Porter Drops 52 in O’Dea Rout

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Porter Drops 52 in O’Dea Rout
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- January 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Metro
O'Dea High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
O'Dea 11 22 15 20 68
Nathan Hale 31 26 38 15 110

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Nathan Hale Senior Michael Porter Jr.

Fresh off their Les Schwab Invitational championship, top-ranked Nathan Hale returned to league play in 2017 to take on O’Dea. The packed gymnasium was brimming with anticipation to see the high-flying Raiders take on the reigning state runner-up.

In the opening moments, PJ Fuller started the high-scoring affair with a quick 7 points as part of a 31 point first quarter. The tenacious Hale defense matched their unstoppable attack forcing turnovers and setting up Michael Porter with some high-flying slams and pinpoint shooting. The 6’9 senior logged an impressive 52 points and 15 rebounds in the contest.

O’Dea battled until the final whistle despite being down big early on including strong efforts by talented sophomore Noah Williams who scored 28 tough points and Xavier Smith who tallied 21 in the game. When the dust settled, Hale rang in the new year with a dominant 42 point win.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 110, O’Dea 68.

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 52 points, 15 rebounds

O’Dea
Noah Williams- 28 points

Post-Game Interview with Nathan Hale Head Coach Brandon Roy 12/9/16

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Varsity Hoops Live Post-Game Coach Interview
Nathan Hale Raiders – Head Basketball Coach
Brandon Roy

Following Friday night’s big win for Nathan Hale, Dick Fain catches up with Brandon Roy to talk about his thoughts on the matchup and the outlook for his team this season.

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Hale Outlasts Beach in Early Season Showcase

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Hale Outlasts Beach in Early Season Showcase
By Steve Dion

Friday- December 9th 2016 Boys 3A Metro
Nathan Hale High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 15 10 16 20 61
Nathan Hale 17 17 17 23 74

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Nathan Hale Sophomore PJ Fuller

If tonight was a taste of what’s to come this Metro League season, we’re all in for a real treat as a capacity crowd filled the Nathan Hale gym to see the defending champion Rainier Beach Vikings take on the host Raiders.

The frenetic pace of play was present wire-to-wire with Hale leading the majority of the contest. Early foul trouble for Jontay Porter forced Coach Brandon Roy to keep the talented junior on the bench accordingly leaving older brother Michael to pick up the slack en route to his game-high 35 points. Meanwhile the supporting cast of Hale including PJ Fuller and Keegan Crosby recorded 9 & 12 respectively.

The Vikings trailed the majority of the ballgame, but a few second-half spurts made the contest interesting until the final minutes when Hale pulled away. Kevin Porter led RB with 14 tough points while being blanketed all game long. Also in double figures were Jorell Soterfield and N’Keil Nelson who scored 10 and 11 apiece. Some missed opportunities near the rim for the defending champs hindered their ability to pull out a big road victory, but they’ll certainly reload and likely give Nathan Hale a tough test on a bigger stage down the stretch.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 74, Rainier Beach 61.

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 35 points

Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter Jr.-14 points

Lakeside Prevails in Double Overtime Shootout with Hale

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Saturday Nov. 1st 2014 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1OT 2OT Final
Nathan Hale 7 7 14 7 7 0 42
Lakeside 3 8 7 17 7 7 49

Game Recap below

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Lakeside Prevails in Double Overtime Shootout with Hale
By Steven Dion

November has arrived which means playoff football is in it stages of infancy as seeding is underway for the postseason. The seventh and eighth seeds for the Metro League were to be decided by the Lakeside Lions and Nathan Hale Raiders. It is fitting the game was played at Memorial Stadium because this contest was indeed memorable.

The Lions took advantage of an extended drive early in the contest by allowing Wyatt Paul to boot a 20 yard chip shot. Paul was a big factor in the game as his leg was responsible for 9 points and a great deal of field position advantage for his squad. Hale responded with a Nathan Cooprider quarterback keeper from five yards out for a Raiders lead. Cole Stephens returned the favor with a 13 yard scamper of his own for the third of eight lead changes in the game. The Raiders turned up the intensity a notch by blocking a field goal and forcing a pick in the hands of Sam Tessema. The latter led to a Naweeb Kamiab run to establish a 14-11 lead which they took to the locker room.

Heading into the third trailing by only three points was a stroke of luck for Lakeside because they committed nine penalties to Hale’s one. The yellow laundry started to catch up with Lakeside in the opening minutes of the third, as they committed two personal fouls which aided a touchdown drive capped off by a 25 yard run by Noah Witmer. On the ensuing drive, Lakeside’s quarterback Bennett Dondoyano found a wide open Mayan Chavez and connected, but the ball mysteriously came free from the Lion receiver’s hands mere yards from the endzone. Nathan Hale took advantage by feeding Witmer and he delivered with another touchdown run, this time from 26 yards out. NHHS had the momentum at this point leading 28-11. The Lions took it back as they conducted a three-play, eighty yard drive which finished on a 37 yard Stephens run. After three quarters, Hale led 28-18.

To climb back into the game, Lakeside was forced to gamble on fourth downs to keep the chains moving. With 10:45 left, Cole Stephens scored for the third time on a 53 yard screen pass from Dondoyano. Minutes later, Dondoyano got a TD of his own after Stephens converted on a 4th and 3 previously. Hale bit back on a Webb Hopkins touchdown grab, one of many fine catches by the senior. NHHS recovered the ensuing kickoff in the redzone, but came away with no points. With 1:37 remaining, Lakeside had to travel 98 yards to erase a 3 point deficit. The Lions were able to get to the Hale 2 with 5 ticks left. Wyatt Paul hit a 17 yard FG at the buzzer to tie it up 35 apiece. We headed to overtime.

First Overtime
Hale would get the ball first as Lakeside chose to defer after winning the toss. Cooprider found William Sanders open on an option from 10 yards out that tricked the Lion defense. Lakeside needed to match the Raiders to keep the contest alive. Cole Stephens stepped up as he did all game by punching the pigskin in from 2 yards out. The game continued.

Second Overtime
Lakeside won the toss again and chose to receive. For the fifth and final time, Cole Stephens barreled into the endzone from the one yard line. Needing a touchdown, Nathan Hale found themselves in a fourth and two situation. They handed the ball to Sanders. He dove forward very close to the first down marker. It was close. The chain game came out to measure. Short. Ballgame. Lakeside wins 49-42 to take the seventh seed in the Metro playoffs. Hale takes 8th.

Top Performers:
Lakeside
Cole Stephens
4 rushing TDs (1, 2, 13, 37) and 1 receiving TD (52)

Nathan Hale
Noah Witmer – 2 rushing TDs (25, 26)

Rainier Beach puts up 115

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Tuesday Jan 7th 2014 3A Boys Basketball
Rainier Beach High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Nathan Hale 18 14 20 18 70
Rainier Beach 33 25 39 18 115

See game recap below
 


Rainier Beach puts up 115
By Colin Caruso

The defending state champion Rainier Beach Vikings have already had a phenomenal season, and we aren’t even to February. The 10-0 Vikings have already beaten teams from all over the country, the likes of Bishop Gorman in Nevada and Whitney Young in Illinois. They faced up against a 3A metro team on Tuesday night looking to build upon their close seven point win in Bainbridge just four days prior.

Nathan Hale, instead of attempting to slow the contest down, did what they could to keep up pace with the amazingly athletic Vikings. The Raiders from Hale continuously put up shots early in the shot clock, giving Beach the ability to get up and down the floor with simplicity and grace. Rainier Beach flirted with the full court press in the first half, and went into the locker room with a commanding 58-32 lead.

The third quarter proved to be a three point entourage from the Vikings. Seven threes on the quarter, three from transfer David Crisp, pushed the Vikings to an outpouring of 39 points in the eight minute quarter. That is averaging almost five points per minute, or right around a point every 12 seconds. Hale guard Steven Shpreyregin did what he could to keep up with the Vikings, scoring 23 on his own. But his talents were trumped by this heavy favorite to win the state title. Beach took the home contest 115-70.

Top Performer:
Rainier Beach
Shaqquan Aaron – 27 points
David Crisp – 23 points

Hale Prevails in Three Point Shootout With Ingraham

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Friday Jan 3rd 2014 3A Boys Basketball
Ingraham High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Nathan Hale 13 9 17 25 64
Ingraham 20 7 6 17 50

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Hale Prevails in Three Point Shootout With Ingraham
By Steven Dion

The first Friday of 2014 delivered several quality hoops matchups; one of which a showdown between Nathan Hale and host Ingraham. Both teams are jockeying for position in the highly competitive Metro League. Marques Chinn’s Ram squad is undersized, but fortunately makes up for it with an active guard duo of Jovan Owens and D’Olajuwon Swanks. The Raiders also boast a strong pair of guards in Tim Iwuhoa and Gadisa Margarsa that have size and athleticism.

Ingraham shot out of the gates with a 10-0 run sparked by Owens’ perimeter shooting. Hale cut into the deficit with a pair of triples by Steven Shpreyregin, but Owens struck back in a big way by draining a half-court shot at the buzzer to close out the first quarter with a 20-13 lead. The second quarter was a coach’s nightmare for both sides as poor shot selection and unnecessary fouls plagued both sides. The Raiders cut into the Ram lead marginally in the second quarter by edging the home team out 9-7 in the second frame. At the half, Ingraham led 27-22.

Nathan Hale certainly received a stern halftime talk by coach Chris Weakley for a relatively sloppy first half because the Raiders put together an impressive second sixteen minutes. Ingraham’s inability to score in the paint from their forwards extended a scoring drought into the third frame as the Rams only netted six points. NHHS started knocking down jumpers in transition through superior ball distribution by Tim Iwuhoa. The fourth quarter featured a shooting spree from Hale guards Shpreyregin and Nate Hartman as both seniors drained two from downtown. Ingraham could not recover from the deficit despite a late surge by Raymond Horne who scored twelve of his eighteen in the final quarter. Final score: Nathan Hale 64 Ingraham 50.

Top Performer:
Nathan Hale
Steven Shpreyregin – 23 points (7/10 FT’s, 4 3 pt. FG’s)