Memorial Classic Media Day Recap


3rd Annual Memorial Football Classic 2016

Friday, September 10th & Saturday, September 11th at Memorial Stadium in Seattle

The Third Annual Memorial Football Classic is a special two-day event to celebrate Seattle high school athletes, to raise money for all Seattle public high school athletics, and to build support for the Metro League.

Media day for the Memorial Classic was held at Ballard High School Tuesday afternoon to meet coaches and players from the participating schools for a Q&A session. Also, speakers at the event included Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell (Garfield & University of Washington alum), former Seattle Seahawks Paul Johns & Edwin Bailey, and Seattle Public Schools Director of Athletics Eric McCurdy.

Additionally, founder of the event Joey Thomas (Garfield head coach, Kennedy Catholic alum, NFL veteran) has selected Monte Kohler for the “Icon Award” from his long and distinguished coaching career at O’Dea and “Legends of the Game Award” to Terry Metcalf (Franklin alum, NFL veteran) for his outstanding coaching tenure locally.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 9, 2016
5:00 pm – Archbishop Murphy vs. Bishop Blanchet
7:30 pm – Shelton vs. O’Dea

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Noon – Kennewick vs. Cleveland
2:30 pm – Juanita vs. Garfield
5:30 pm – Roosevelt vs. Ballard
8:00 pm – Skyview vs. Eastside Catholic

Varsity Football Live for Podcast

Rainier Beach Glides Past Lakeside in League Matchup

Rainier Beach Glides Past Lakeside in League Matchup
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 19 2014 Boys 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 23 21 26 17 87
Lakeside 18 12 18 20 68

Rainier Beach Junior Keith Smith

Quality basketball is a guarantee on a Friday night inside Crawford Court at Rainier Beach High School. The reigning 3A champs hosted the Lakeside Lions in a Metro League showdown on Friday night as some of the top talent in the state would put their talents on display. Could the Lions pull an upset on the road?

Lakeside’s dynamic guard Isiah Brown established his pivotal role on the team by scoring 13 of his team’s 18 first quarter points. Beach countered with a balanced attack of point guards Shadeed Shabazz and Ivy Smith feeding Dejounte Murray and Keith Smith. The Vikings built a five point lead after one frame, but the slim margin kept the door open for the Lions. With increased intensity on the defensive end for Lakeside, they rebounded the ball well and found points at the other end. Mid-way through the second quarter, Mike Bethea called a full timeout because the scoreboard read 27-26 Rainier Beach. The Viking responded like they are accustomed to by closing out the half on a 17-4 run. Murray and Shabazz were major contributors to the surge of points to extend the halftime score to 44-30.

The Viking lead grew even more after the break as Keith Smith and Dejounte Murray knocked down some transition buckets at the cup. Ivy Smith tacked on seven in the third quarter also. Lion guard Connor Duffy provided a nice spark off the bench knocking down 10 points in the second half. Lakeside slowly cut the Rainier Beach lead and with over 5 minutes remaining, were trailing by single digits. However, RB closed out the second half like they did the first half and kept their undefeated record intact with a 19 point victory.

The Final Score: Rainier Beach 87 Lakeside 68

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Dejounte Murray-29 points

Isiah Brown-35 points


Roosevelt Shuts Out Seattle Prep to Begin Kickoff Classic


Saturday Sept. 7 2013 4A-3A Boys Kickoff Classic
Husky Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 0 0 0 0 0
Roosevelt 0 7 0 0 7

See game recap below

Blanchet Rolls Over Ballard
By Colin Caruso

The first game of the Emerald City Kickoff Classic hosted the Seattle Prep Panthers and the Roosevelt Roughriders, a 3A-4A matchup. Neither team was able to exert themselves offensively in the first quarter, with neither team attempting a single pass.

Roosevelt, in strictly the Wing-T, was able to move the ball relatively well in the second quarter, but was unable to crack inside the Panther 25 until 6:10 remaining in the second. An inside handoff to Roughrider running back Bereket Anshebo turned into a touchdown after a few nifty moves and a broken tackle, to take the lead 7-0.

A blocked punt by Roosevelt with 3:02 left in the second gave the Roughriders the ball on the Seattle Prep 1 yard line, but two penalties pushed them back to the 18. Roosevelt had to settle for a field goal attempt that was missed right, a huge break for the Panthers, who were down just 7-0 at the half.

The second half spelled equal trouble for the Panthers offense, which couldn’t break through the Roughrider defense to put any points on the board. Roosevelt pitched a full game shutout to send the Panthers to 1-1 in their history at the Kickoff Classic. Coach Nelson for the Roughriders mentioned after the game that Prep came out with a different offense than they had initially expected, but credited his players for making the adjustment and shutting out the Panthers, 7-0.

Top Performers:
Bereket Anshebo – 22 carries, 150 yards, TD

Rainier Beach Handles Franklin; will meet Lakeside in Metro Final

Rainier Beach Handles Franklin; will meet Lakeside in Metro Final
By Colin Caruso 

Tuesday- Feb. 5 -2013- Metro League Tournament
Ingraham High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Franklin 11 20 14 24 69
Rainier Beach 28 24 12 27 91

With Seahawks safety Cam Chancellor watching, the Rainier Beach Vikings were at their finest, beating the Franklin Quakers 91-69 to advance to the Metro final.  Beach came out on fire, with Djuan Piper scoring 11 and Shaqquan Aaron scoring nine in the first quarter alone.  They jumped on Franklin early, taking a 28-11 lead at the end of the first.  Beach didn’t lay off the gas in the second quarter either.  Aaron and Piper both finished with 13 at the half, and freshman Dejounte Murry added seven in the second alone.  Beach led at the break 52-31. Arell Hennings and Eugene Artison led the way for the Quakers, both scoring seven points in the first half.

The scoring for both teams slowed down in the third quarter with Franklin outscoring the Vikings 14-12, cutting the lead to 19 going into the fourth.  But Beach was too much to handle in the fourth quarter.  Fuquan Niles had all of his 11 points in the second half and the Vikings put up 27 points in the fourth quarter to win 91-69.  With the win, Rainier Beach will play Lakeside in the Metro final, a rematch of their January 15th meeting where the Vikings won by a score of 78-64.

Leading Scorers:
Arell Hennings (18)
Eugene Artison (14)

Rainier Beach
Shaqquan Aaron (22)
Marquis Davis (18)

Big thanks to Nic Beckman (the world’s greatest public address announcer) for game analysis.