O’Dea Tops Prep on Senior Night

O’Dea Tops Prep on Senior Night
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Metro
O’Dea High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 10 20 22 18 70
O’Dea 20 12 25 16 73


O’Dea Sophomore Noah Williams & Head Coach Jason Kerr

On the final night of regular season play, O’Dea hosted their Capitol Hill rival Seattle Prep on senior night to close out another great year of Metro League play leading into the postseason.

The back and forth affair started with a hot start by the home team with Noah Williams & Xavier Smith knocking down shots early and giving the Irish an early ten-point advantage. As the first half progressed, Prep’s floor general Aaron Nettles made his presence felt by beginning his three-point barrage and setting up his teammates with open looks to the cup. Trailing by a pair at halftime, could the Panthers get their bigs Collin Welp & Nic Lynch involved to head into the Metro League playoffs with a victory?

Prep emerged from the locker room on a mission as the visitors opened with an extended run primarily through deep shots from Nettles. In total, the senior guard knocked down a half-dozen from downtown as part of a game-high 27 points. However, O’Dea countered with Russell Whealdon as a deep threat and buried a four-pack from beyond the arc.

In the final minutes of regulation, the lead bounced back and forth several times with O’Dea taking a late lead on a tough Xavier Smith jumper in the paint. The lead grew to three after a Fighting Irish defensive stop and a pair of free throws. Seattle Prep called a timeout with a chance to draw up a play to push the game into overtime.

Nettles quickly received the ball on the baseline beyond the arc, his shot bounced of the side of the backboard back into control of Prep’s Kalu Stricklin who quickly returned the ball to Nettles for a final shot. At the buzzer, the ball glanced off the front rim and the Irish players met at mid-court with exuberance after surviving a full full-quarter effort.

The Final Score
O’Dea 73, Seattle Prep 70.

Top Performers:
Xavier Smith- 24 points

Seattle Prep
Aaron Nettles- 27 points

Porter Drops 52 in O’Dea Rout

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

Noah Williams- 28 points

Kamiakin Wins an OT Defensive Thriller, Captures 2016 3A


Friday Dec 2nd 2016 3A Final Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Kamiakin 0 0 0 7 7 14
O’Dea 0 0 7 0 0 7

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See game recap below

Kamiakin Wins an OT Defensive Thriller, Captures 2016 3A Washington Crown
By Steve Dion

In a year filled with milestones for longtime O’Dea coach Monte Kohler, one game separated his Fighting Irish from a state title and an undefeated season. To achieve that accomplishment, O’Dea would have to defeat a gritty Kamiakin Braves squad, fresh off a breathtaking win vs. the back to back 3A champion Eastside Catholic Crusaders.

Starting its third string quarterback Emonte Scott in place of Warren King and Ben Beale, the Irish were forced to rely on their power running game of Hunter Franco and Jamyn Patu. Conversely, Kamiakin utilized the improvisational skills of quarterback Zach Borisch.

The first half was marred by stalled drives, turnovers and relentless defense from both schools. A 0-0 halftime score was not the expectation for either team heading into the break.

O’Dea began the second half as they have in several big games this season with pitches to Patu in the “I” formation for long sweep carries. He found a gap for a big gain early in the third, and eventually closed the drive with a 20-yard scamper for the first points of the game. The game remained a stalemate for the next 18 minutes.

Late in the fourth quarter, with the score 7-0 O’Dea, the Braves needed to make an offensive push. From their own 47-yard line, Borisch connected with Darreon Moore on a short pass to score a 53-yard touchdown and tie the game with 4:24 remaining.

The Irish managed the clock through their power running game and put themselves in a position to kick a game winning field-goal with 3 seconds remaining in regulation. The kick sailed just right of the goalposts, sending the game to overtime.

Kamiakin had the first possession from the Irish 25, and Borisch dashed to the pylon for the go-ahead score before anyone in the Tacoma Dome could blink an eye. O’Dea was then forced to score a touchdown, but the stellar Kamiakin defense held strong and closed the door with a fourth down stand, becoming the 3A Washington 2016 football state champions.

The Final Score:
Kamiakin 14, O’Dea 7.

Top Performer:
Zach Borisch- 2 total TDs

2016 Gridiron Classic
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O’Dea Bookends Abes Season to State Semi Berth


Friday Nov 18th 2016 3A Playoffs Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 0 7 0 13 20
O’Dea 7 7 7 7 28


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O’Dea Bookends Abes Season to State Semi Berth
By Steve Dion

In a rematch of week one between the O’Dea Fighting Irish & Lincoln Abes which O’Dea prevailed 31-14, the winner of Friday night’s game at Memorial Stadium would punch their ticket to the state semis.

Lincoln worked the opening possession down the field effortlessly until they reached the one yard line where they were stopped and held scoreless. The Irish countered with a touchdown drive capped off with a 36 yard Hunter Franco run.

The momentum swung in Lincoln’s favor midway through the first half when a fourth down stop led to a Ben Malietufa run to the endzone to tie the game. LHS even had a chance to take the lead when they regained possession. However, a forced fumble gave O’Dea the ball back and before the half concluded, Ben Beale found a wide open Sam Sanchez to give the Irish a 14-7 lead heading into the break.

When play resumed, Jamyn Patu earned a heavy dose of O’Dea touches and found an opening from 19 yards out early in the third to put his team up 21-7.

The Abes returned the favor by marching down the field and punching it in from two yards out by LJ Lovelace.

Patu struck back with another touchdown to retain the two-possession lead, could Lincoln keep pace?

Joey Sinclair took to the air and found a heavily covered Kavon Holden who hauled in a tremendous grab to bring the score back within one possession.

With the clock winding down, the Abes found themselves with an opportunity to tie up the game, but a big stop by O’Dea tough defense was enough to finish the Abes comeback threat.

The Fighting Irish return to semifinal weekend under Monte Kohler illustrious tutelage still in heavy contention for another state title.

The Final Score:
O’Dea 28, Lincoln 20.

Top Performer

Jamyn Patu- 2 TD’s (18, 19)

O’Dea Roars Past Ferndale in Dominant Second Half


Friday Nov 11th 2016 3A Playoffs Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Ferndale 14 0 0 7 21
O’Dea 0 7 21 14 42


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O’Dea Roars Past Ferndale in Dominant Second Half
By Steve Dion

With only sixteen teams remaining in the quest for a state championship, one of the standout contenders in O’Dea welcomed in the Golden Eagles from Ferndale. The Fighting Irish were looking to keep their undefeated record intact, but would need to knock off a tough Northwest squad to move on.

Ferndale jumped out to quick lead through some sleight of hand in the backfield. Ben Broselle ripped off a 60 yard run early in the first quarter.

The Golden Eagles defense fed off that momentum and contained O’Dea’s playmakers in the early going.

FHS grabbed possession back and were facing a 4th and long from the O’Dea 40. Showing no fear, they went for it and Broselle dashed right up the gut to the endzone 14-0.

Ferndale had a chance to put themselves up 3 scores and potentially put themselves in a great position to put the Irish in big trouble, but fumbled and O’Dea recovered.

O’Dea took advantage and finally broke through on a drive which Warren King imposed his will with quarterback sneak into the teeth of the Ferndale defense to move the sticks. The offense capped it off with a jump pass to Sam Sanchez who was wide open in the endzone.

With 8 seconds remaining and Ferndale punting the ball, Shea Carstens returned the kick 77 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, a personal foul negated the score and Ferndale maintained their 14-7 lead heading into halftime.

O’Dea responded in a big way.

Early in the 3rd frame Jamyn Patu finally found some daylight from the backfield and took the rock 70 yards up the sideline to tie the game up.
Moments later, Kyle Hollabaugh returned a fumble for touchdown to give the Irish the lead. Coincidentally, the rain started to fall as Hollabaugh crossed the goal line.

Soon to follow: another Patu touchdown run. Then a pitch and catch by King to Quinton Lewis. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled and returned by Parker Dana for a score to put a stamp on the contest.

When the dust settled, O’Dea walked away winners 42-21. They will face the Lincoln Abes in the quarterfinal round.

The Final Score:
O’Dea 42, Ferndale 21.

Top Performer

Jamyn Patu- 2 TD’s (5, 70)

2016 VFL Coach Interview
O’Dea Fighting Irish
Head Coach Monte Kohler


2016 Varsity Football Live Coach Interview
O’Dea Fighting Irish – Head Football Coach
Monte Kohler

Longtime O’Dea head coach Monte Kohler joins Dick Fain on Varsity Football Live in the wake of a big win against Eastside Catholic. He talks about this year’s current team and their aspirations to contend for a state title. Coach Kohler also addresses the question as to how he maintains his passion for coaching year-after-year.


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VFL’s Big Games of the Week:
Rainier Beach vs. Roosevelt & Eastside Catholic vs. O’Dea


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Varsity Football Live’s Big Games of the Week
Rainier Beach vs. Roosevelt & Eastside Catholic vs. O’Dea

Big Games of the Week: Rainier Beach vs. Roosevelt & Eastside Catholic vs. O’Dea

O’Dea Dethrones Crusaders in Downtown Thriller


Friday Oct 14th 2016 3A Metro Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 7 10 0 0 17
O'Dea 7 0 2 11 20

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O’Dea Dethrones Crusaders in Downtown Thriller
By Steve Dion

Friday night under the Space Needle at Memorial Stadium featured a heavyweight bout between #1 Eastside Catholic & #2 O’Dea. Both teams entered the contest undefeated with bragging rights as top dog in the state on the line and a fast-track to a league title.

It is never good to start with a three and out and that’s unfortunately what O’Dea did. The Crusaders made them pay when Ze’shaun Lewis connected with Marcus Stoebner for a 53-yard score less than 3 minutes into the contest.

O’Dea regrouped with a drive highlighted by some nice Jamyn Patu runs. Patu eventually punched it in from 10 yards out to tie it up.

If there was any doubt about Hunter Bryant’s recovery process from knee injury in the Skyview game, it was put to rest when he took a screen pass 72 yards to the house to put EC back on top.

The half ended with a bit of controversy when the Cru were on the doorstep of breaking the game open. With 5 seconds remaining in the second quarter, they opted for a corner fade to Bryant which was broken up by Dominique Gates. The scoreboard read triple zeros, but the officials claimed there was one second remaining. Eastside Catholic was able to boot in a field goal for a 17-7 lead at the break with a fire-breathing Monte Kohler making his way to the locker room.

The Crusaders received the ball to start the second half and within the first minute, an errant snap rolled into the endzone and resulted in a safety making it an 8 point game.

O’Dea built some momentum off this play and kept the Cru attack at bay throughout the 3rd quarter.

The Irish had a chance to tie it up pending a two point conversion early in the 4th, but were stuffed by a gutsy goal line stand from the Eastside defense and settled for 3 cutting the deficit to 5 points. The Cru regained possession and were on the move to seal it. As they moved into Irish territory, Dominique Gates hauled in a massive interception for O’Dea.

This time, they took full advantage of the opportunity and from six yards out O’Dea quarterback Warren King rolled out and bolted to the corner pylon to take the lead. There was some déjà vu on the two-point conversion as King dashed to the goal line giving his team a 3-point lead.

Eastside had their shot. They moved the ball down the field in a hurry and were facing a 4th down deep in O’Dea territory. A Lewis pass was broken up, but defensive pass interference gave them a fresh set of downs.

The Cru moved it to the 3 yard line and called a timeout with less than 20 seconds remaining. On third down, Lewis drops back, sees a receiver streaking across the goal line, he lets it fly. Interception. Shea Carstens. Ballgame. O’Dea hands Eastside Catholic their first in-state loss since the 2013 season. Stay tuned the remainder of the season, there may be a sequel!

The Final Score:
O’Dea 20, Eastside Catholic 17.

Top Performer

Warren King – 6 yard game-winning touchdown

3A State Rankings
Football Week #3



3A LIVE 5! Football Week #3
# School League Record
1 Eastside Catholic Metro 3-0
2 O'Dea Metro 3-0
3 Squalicum Northwest 3-0
4 Ferndale Northwest 3-0
5 Peninsula South Sound 3-0

3A IN THE HUNT Football Week #3
# School League Record
6 Oak Harbor WesCo 3-0
7 Bellevue KingCo 0-1
8 Lynnwood WesCo 3-0
9 Garfield Metro 3-0
10 Interlake KingCo 3-0

3A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #3
# School League Record
- Bonney Lake Pierce Country 2-1
- Lincoln Pierce County 2-1
- Kamiakin Mid-Columbia 2-1
- Timberline South Sound 2-1
- Mount Tahoma Pierce County 2-1


3A State Rankings
Football Week #2



3A LIVE 5! Football Week #2
# School League Record
1 Eastside Catholic Metro 2-0
2 Kamiakin Mid-Columbia 2-0
3 O'Dea Metro 2-0
4 Squalicum Northwest 2-0
5 Ferndale Northwest 2-0

3A IN THE HUNT Football Week #2
# School League Record
6 Lynnwood WesCo 2-0
7 Peninsula South Sound 2-0
8 Oak Harbor WesCo 2-0
9 Kelso Greater St. Helens 2-0
10 Mount Tahoma Pierce County 2-0

3A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #2
# School League Record
- Interlake KingCo 2-0
- Yelm South Sound 2-0
- Mountain View Greater St. Helens 1-1
- Gig Harbor South Sound 1-1
- Bellevue KingCo 0-0


Coach Kohler Earns 300th Career Victory as O’Dea Downs Shelton in Memorial Classic


Friday Sep 9th 2016 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Shelton 0 6 0 0 6
O'Dea 0 17 21 7 45


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Coach Kohler Earns 300th Career Victory as O’Dea Downs Shelton in Memorial Classic
By Steve Dion

The Friday nightcap of the Memorial Classic matched the Shelton High Climbers of the newly created South Sound Conference against O’Dea whose legendary Coach Monte Kohler entered with a chance to cross a significant milestone which is 300 career wins as head coach of the Irish.

A slow start for both teams was the result of tight defense and erratic passing attempts from each offense. O’Dea struck first when their staunch offensive line opened a massive running lane for Parker D’Anna allowing the junior tailback to glide to the endzone. Minutes later, Connor Gregoire benefited from the same treatment for a touchdown of his own adding to O’Dea’s lead. Shelton recorded six before the break, but had an uphill battle in the second half.

The second half can be simply classified as ‘The Hunter Franco Show’ as the senior running back busted loose three times for long touchdown runs of 47, 51, & 44 yards respectively. This outburst proved too much for the Climbers when paired with the Irish defense clamping down in the final two quarters without allowing Shelton to score. At the end of the night, O’Dea moves to 2-0 and Coach Kohler earns win number 300 of his legendary coaching tenure.

The Final Score:
O’Dea 45, Shelton 7.

Top Performer


Hunter Franco- 3 TDs (44, 47, 51)

3A State Rankings
Football Week #1




3A LIVE 5! Football Week #1
# School League Record
1 Eastside Catholic Metro 1-0
2 Bellevue KingCo 0-0
3 Squalicum Northwest 1-0
4 Kamiakin Mid-Columbia 1-0
5 O'Dea Metro 1-0

3A IN THE HUNT Football Week #1
# School League Record
6 Mountain View Greater St. Helens 1-0
7 Lakes Pierce County 0-1
8 Peninsula South Sound 1-0
9 Ferndale Northwest 1-0
10 Gig Harbor South Sound 0-1

3A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #1
# School League Record
- Bonney Lake Pierce County 0-1
- Kennewick Mid-Cloumbia 0-1
- Lincoln Pierce County 0-1
- Southridge Mid-Columbia 1-0
- Juanita KingCo 0-1


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

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Final 3A Boys Power Rankings

Final 4A Boys Power Rankings
By Steve Dion

With the 2015-2016 season in the books, here are the final top ten rankings for the 3A Boys classification!

1) Rainier Beach (21-4):
Mike Bethea is running out of ring fingers as Head Coach of the Beach Boys captures another state title in a season loaded with quality 3A teams.

2) Garfield (24-3):
Convinced the Bulldogs would have played in the championship game if not placed in the same side of the bracket as Rainier Beach.

3) O’Dea (21-9):
The Irish take the third spot based on the convincing matchups against the Bulldogs in the regular season. Handing Beach a loss in the opening round of the playoffs was impressive.

4) Kennedy Catholic (18-11):
Despite the record, the Lancers found a groove late in the season to propel themselves to the 3A semifinal against O’Dea in a strong finish to the season.

5) Bellevue (25-3):
A shocking end to a fantastic season leaves some curiosity of what the Wolverines could’ve done in the Hardwood Classic if played again.

6) Cleveland (22-7):
Coach Petty deserves a ton of credit for arguably the biggest turnaround in the state by making the Eagles a formidable force to the best the state has to offer.

7) Lincoln (21-5):
Narrows champs completed another year as the class of the 253 finishing down the street at the TDome.

8) Auburn-Mountainview (23-2):
Claiming the league title from unquestioned favorite Peninsula was a huge accomplishment; The Lions unfortunately fell short of a trip to Tacoma.

9) Wilson (18-7):
A team worthy of playing in the comfy confines of the Tacoma Dome drew Garfield in the regional round who ended the solid Rams season.

10) Peninsula (21-4):
Purdy has plenty to be proud of as Coach Jackson’s first full class of Seahawks completed a strong senior season led by Mr. Basketball JaQuori McLaughlin.

On the Bubble
Mountlake Terrace
Shadle Park

Rainier Beach Takes Back the 3A State Championship

Rainier Beach Takes Back the 3A State Championship
By Colin Caruso

Saturday- March 5th 2016 Boys 3A Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
O'Dea 9 12 11 17 49
Rainier Beach 26 17 14 13 70

3A Champions – Rainier Beach Vikings

In their third matchup of the year, the O’Dea Fighting Irish faced off against the Rainier Beach Vikings for the 3A basketball coveted state championship. Rainier Beach was fresh off a win over the #1 ranked Garfield Bulldogs, another Metro league team, and looking towards a dominating performance in the final.

Beach started the game on a frantic pace, seemingly knocking down every shot and consuming O’Dea with their defensive pressure. At halftime, Nkeil Nelson for the Vikings had as many points as the entire O’Dea team, 21 a piece. The Vikings took a 43-21 lead into halftime, seemingly ending the game at intermission.

O’Dea didn’t do much to trim the lead in the third quarter. Rainier Beach definitely slowed their pace down, shortening the game in favor of longer possessions. The 22 point halftime lead progressed to 25 for the Vikings, with a 57-32 advantage.

The expectations entering this contest leaned towards a close matchup. These two split their regular season meetings, surprising based on the outcome of this contest. Rainier Beach took the victory with ease, 70-49, amassing their 4th title in the last 5 years. A lot of sportsmanship was shown from both sides. Congratulations to Rainier Beach!

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 70, O’Dea 49.

Top Performers:

Rainier Beach
N’Keil Nelson- 26 points, 6 rebounds

Michael Carter- 21 points

Player Stats- 3/5/16
O’Dea vs. Rainier Beach


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3A O'Dea Fighting Irish
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Quin Barnard 2-7 2-5 0-1 6 0 2 6
4 Ryan McAloon 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 3 3 6
5 Michael Carter 6-13 3-5 6-7 3 1 4 21
11 Xavier Smith 0-6 0-4 0-1 3 1 2 0
12 Tommy McAloon 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 0
13 Ben Johnson 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
14 Noah Williams 1-5 0-0 2-5 3 2 3 4
22 Race Porter 2-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 1 4
24 Cal Hansen 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 2 1 2
33 Peter Jones 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 6
45 Cole Burcham 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0

3A Rainier Beach Vikings
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
0 Khalil Shabazz 1-2 0-0 0-2 3 2 3 2
3 Sam Cunliffe 5-13 1-2 4-4 6 0 4 15
4 Tijon Rodde 0-2 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0
5 Kevin Porter 2-6 2-4 0-0 3 2 4 6
10 Freddie Roberson 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 2
11 Keith Smith 4-6 0-0 3-5 3 4 4 11
12 Anthony Stell 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
14 Darrien Sampson 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
15 Nkeil Nelson 11-19 1-3 3-5 6 2 2 26
20 Darion Mango 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0
24 Marquis Gurski 2-4 0-0 4-8 8 1 2 8
33 Kendall Williams 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Saturday- March 5th 2016 Boys 3A Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
O'Dea 9 12 11 17 49
Rainier Beach 26 17 14 13 70

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Player Stats- 3/4/16
Kennedy Catholic vs. O’Dea

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3A Kennedy Catholic Lancers
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
2 Emilio Mancol 3-14 0-5 0-0 5 2 2 6
5 Keannu Royster 3-9 0-0 3-7 6 4 2 9
10 James Jolly 3-7 1-3 3-4 9 1 5 10
14 Matthew Sasonoff 11-17 2-2 2-2 6 2 4 26
20 Andrew Ellingson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
22 Simon Harris 0-2 0-1 1-2 2 0 1 1
24 Jared Thurber 3-8 0-4 2-2 3 0 4 8
34 Daeshaun Wilson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

3A O'Dea Fighting Irish
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Quin Barnard 2-7 1-4 2-4 2 1 2 7
5 Michael Carter 5-16 0-2 10-10 6 2 0 20
11 Xavier Smith 3-7 1-2 2-2 4 1 1 9
14 Noah Williams 4-5 0-0 2-3 2 3 5 10
24 Cal Hansen 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 0 0 4
4 Ryan McAloon 3-4 0-0 2-6 2 1 3 8
12 Tommy McAloon 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0
22 Race Porter 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 2
33 Peter Jones 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 1

Friday- March 4th 2016 Boys 3A Semi-Finals
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kennedy Catholic 12 13 16 19 60
O'Dea 14 15 8 24 61

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3A State Basketball Rankings

3A State Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 3A classification!

1) Garfield 14-1 (10-0)
Not only the best team in the state, but among the best in the country.

2) Rainier Beach 11-1 (10-0)
While Bethea’s Beach Boys patiently await their anticipated game against Garfield, they continually breeze through their league schedule.

3) Bellevue 14-1 (9-0)
The Wolverines have all the pieces necessary to match up against any team that stands in their way.

4) Peninsula 15-1 (9-1)
If they continue to “Do What We Do”, this team could make a serious run.

5) Lincoln 12-2 (9-0)
The Abes have earned the distinction of Tacoma’s best right now.

6) Wilson 13-3 (9-1)
Tough interstate loss against a strong West Linn squad last week, but still top ten material.

7) Auburn-Mountainview 15-1 (9-1)
Defensive minded Lions have held opponents to 50 or fewer points in 10 of 16 games.

8) Cleveland 13-2 (9-1)
A convincing win over O’Dea on a big stage at the Unity Hoop Showcase showed these rising Eagles are for real.

9) West Seattle 12-4 (8-3)
A polished leader at point guard and a staunch front court is a nice recipe for a well-rounded Wildcats squad.

10) Shadle Park 11-4 (10-3)
The Hilanders are holding their own nicely against a 4A-laden GSL.

On the Bubble
Mercer Island
Seattle Prep

Audio Recap: O’Dea vs. Bothell- Bothell Holiday Classic Final

Game Recap
O’Dea vs. Bothell 12-30-15

The O’Dea Fighting Irish and Bothell Cougars met for the championship game in the 2015 Bothell Holiday Classic! Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the game including post game comments from the winning coach!

To listen to the game recap, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.


O’Dea Wins 2015 Bothell Holiday Classic

O’Dea Wins 2015 Bothell Holiday Classic
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- December 30th 2015 Boys 4A/3A KingCo/Metro
Bothell High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Bothell 15 12 24 30 6 87
O'Dea 19 20 24 21 15 96

O’Dea Fighting Irish

The final game for the 21st Annual Bothell Holiday Classic featured O’Dea and the host team Bothell Cougars. This high-scoring affair opened with a 9-point first quarter by Cougar sophomore Jake Medjo who finished with 21 total and 10 first half points by Cameron Tyson who ended with a game-high 31 points. The Irish countered with sharpshooter Quin Barnard who found a rhythm from distance as the first half progressed. The senior guard recorded 13 of his 29 in the first two quarters included three from downtown. The Irish closed the first half strong and took a twelve point lead into the break.

Bothell would need to find a way to gradually chip away at the deficit if they were to hoist the hardware on their floor. By the 3:42 mark in the third quarter, the scoreboard read 46-43 in favor of O’Dea. As the clock winded down in the fourth, Bothell faced another sizable margin to overcome. This is the point when Cameron Tyson and Josh Kollman sparked a heroic comeback. The Cougs defense got the defensive stops it needed and the scoring duo capitalized on the other end. Trailing by two with five seconds remaining, O’Dea’s Barnard was at the free-throw line to shoot two. The first was nothing but net. The second shot rimmed out and Tyson grabbed the rebound. He rushed down the floor and let one go from the top of the key at the buzzer. After clanging around the rim and backboard, the shot fell and the gym burst into elation. The championship game was headed to overtime.

O’Dea coach Jason Kerr gathered his squad and told his players, “Regulation is over…you gotta start a new game for four minutes.” They responded accordingly as the Irish rattled off a dozen points in extra time. A dagger three pointer by Barnard sealed the deal. After the trophy ceremony, when asked about how winning this tournament sets up his team for league play, Kerr stated, “When they execute correctly, they can play with anybody.” Congratulations to O’Dea on their tournament victory.

The Final Score
O’Dea 96, Bothell 87

Top Performers:
Quin Barnard (Tournament MVP)- 29 points
Cameron Tyson- 31 points (Made 3 point shot at end of regulation to force overtime)

VFL’s Big Game of the Week:
O’Dea vs. Bishop Blanchet



Game Recap as broadcast on Sports Radio 950 KJR

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Varsity Football Live’s Big Game of the Week
O’Dea vs. Bishop Blanchet

Big Game of the Week: O’Dea vs. Bishop Blanchet

Blanchet Ends 22-Year Winless Streak to O’Dea in Comeback Fashion


Friday Oct. 2 2015 3A Boys Football
Bishop Blanchet High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 7 0 0 26 33
O'Dea 0 14 7 0 21


Blanchet Ends 22-Year Winless Streak to O’Dea in Comeback Fashion
By Steve Dion

All good things come to an end. For the O’Dea Fighting Irish, their 22-year streak of victories against league opponent Bishop Blanchet did just that Friday night. A large crowd amassed at BBHS to see two undefeated Metro teams battle to maintain a blemish-free record. The home crowd would be rewarded for staying a full four quarters.

BBHS nearly scored early in the game as quarterback Alex Freeman was approaching the endzone coughed up the ball and was smothered by an O’Dea defender for a touchback. However, the defense held strong for first-year Braves Head Coach Kyle Moore. Freeman was able to avenge the early turnover when he connected with Jamiek Satterwhite for a 17 yard strike. O’Dea woke up after that score as their quarterback Nathan West’s nerves appeared to settle down. He matched Blanchet’s touchdown with a 17 yard dart to Sam Sanchez and followed that up with a 21 yard pass to Race Porter following a Blanchet fumble. The Irish carried a 14-7 lead into the half.

An interesting coaching decision that proved successful for the Braves was staying on the field during the intermission. It appeared that Blanchet’s players were gassed and Moore chose to refrain from making his team schlep down the hill into the team locker room.
This payed dividends early as a renewed sense of green and gold energy resulted in an interception by Ryan Howard. Unfortunately, the offense stalled and were forced to give the ball back up. Monte Kohler’s troops responded with a sustained drive that culminated with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by West which was set up by multiple strong runs by tailback Hunter Franco. That would be the Fighting Irish’s last points of the game.

The Braves began their improbable rally by finding the endzone to bring it back within a score. They would then recover a pair of onside kicks and fumble recovery for touchdown. But a lead was not enough. After taking over with a six minutes remaining, the Braves tacked on another touchdown for good measure to secure a 34-21 victory and end to a streak older than any player on the field!

The Final Score: Bishop Blanchet 33 O’Dea 21

3A State Football Rankings Week 9


3A State Football Rankings
By Steven Dion

Marysville-Pilchuck has been on everybody’s mind.  The Tomahawks took on Meadowdale with a packed house looking on, they got the win.  We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.

1) Bellevue 8-0, 6-0 League
The Wolverines rattle off another undefeated regular season. They have a great chance to raise the hardware in December once again.

2) Eastside Catholic 8-1, 4-0 League
Undefeated against teams from Washington and 1-1 out of state record. This may be Thielbahr’s best chance to capture a state title.

3) O’Dea 8-1, 4-1 League
Monte has rested the best tailback in the state through the latter half of the season. Myles Gaskin and the veteran lineman from the Irish have a playoff run in them.

4) Marysville-Pilchuck 7-1, 4-0 League
The community has rallied around this team in the wake of tragedy and they are responding by playing great football heading into the postseason.

5) Lincoln 9-0, 7-0 League
An undefeated regular season gives the Abes another crack at the best 3A has to offer. Will Kitna be able to make another step and overtake the elite teams in the postseason?

6) Peninsula 8-1, 7-0 League
After losing a one-point game in the season opener against Gig Harbor, the Seahawks have won eight straight en route to a 3A SPSL title run.

7) Auburn-Mountainview 8-1, 6-1 League
The Lions have plenty of talent at the skill positions to make some noise in the playoffs, but a push to the Tacoma Dome will be a tall task for a team with limited postseason experience.

8) Oak Harbor 6-1, 4-0 League
Hats off to the Wildcats for awarding the 3A Wesco League title to Marysville-Pilchuck. That game projected to be great measuring stick for Oak Harbor, but the circumstances rightfully took priority.

9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 4-0 League
Spotless record for the Lancers with only 30 points allowed all season. The Seamount did not present any great obstacles, but Bourgette’s boys will not back down from any playoff challengers.

10) Mount Spokane 7-2, 5-1 League
The Wildcats’ two losses were by a total of 10 points by Sandpoint (ID) and Gonzaga Prep. Beating several 4A teams throughout the season earns this Greater Spokane League squad the tenth spot.

On the Bubble
Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League
Bishop Blanchet 7-2, 2-2 league
Capital 7-2, 6-1 league

3A State Football Rankings Week 7


3A State Football Rankings
By Steven Dion

The question we are asked each week is simply, who can defeat Bellevue?  Bellevue continues to be the team everyone is looking to beat.  We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.

1) Bellevue 6-0, 4-0 League
It is no surprise to see the Wolverines perched at the number one spot in the rankings. Goncharoff continues to put an elite high school football team under the Friday night lights every week.

2) Eastside Catholic 6-1, 4-0 League
The victory over O’Dea last Friday earns the Crusaders the number two ranking. Thielbahr has the pieces to bring his team to the state championship game for the third straight year.

3) O’Dea 6-1, 3-1 League
The Fighting Irish roster is loaded, so the loss to Eastside Catholic will certainly not slow down Kohler’s march back to the Tacoma Dome.

4) Lincoln 7-0, 5-0 League
The Abes are averaging 56 points per game including a 91 point effort. Jon Kitna’s team may not have had any true tests yet, but they will get a chance to go toe-to-toe with the state’s best.

5) Marysville-Pilchuck 6-1, 4-0 League
Losing to O’Dea without your star running back doesn’t mean much when you take down a top 10 team in 4A (Lake Stevens) and beat everyone else by at least 27 points.

6) Peninsula 6-1, 5-0 League
After a thrilling victory over Auburn-Mountainview last week, the Seahawks have vaulted up to six on the rankings. The decisive win over Lakes was nice, and the lone loss is a 30-29 grinder to Gig Harbor.

7) Auburn-Mountainview 6-1, 4-1 League
Someone had to win the back-and-forth classic between the Lions and Peninsula. The margin was so thin that AMHS sits right under the Hawks in the rankings as they have proven their strength thus far.

8) Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League
It is fitting that the dark horse in the rankings are the Mavericks. They are undefeated in competitive league play and the one loss on the record was against Lake Stevens by a touchdown on the road.

9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 5-0 League
An undefeated record this late in the season is impressive even considering a strength of schedule that may be lacking. Until they even sniff a loss, the Lancers keep earning top ten consideration.

10) Oak Harbor 5-1, 4-0 League
The Wildcats are yet to face their strongest opponent of the year as Marysville-Pilchuck makes a visit, but they have accomplished enough this year to grab a top ten nod.

Eastside Catholic Fends Off Fighting Irish


Friday Oct. 17th 2014 3A Boys Football
West Seattle Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 13 6 7 0 26
O'Dea 10 0 7 3 20

Game Recap below

Eastside Catholic Fends Off Fighting Irish
By Colin Caruso

A subtle drizzle amplified the setting of this great matchup between two of our state’s finest in 3A, the Eastside Catholic Crusaders travelling to West Seattle to face the O’Dea Fighting Irish. The last competition between these two stellar programs took place in the Tacoma Dome, with a trip to the State finals on the line. Eastside Catholic took that contest 28-14, and O’Dea’s seniors came into this one looking to avenge that State semi-final loss.

Scoring started early in the light rain, with a forced fumble on the second play from scrimmage by O’Dea senior Garrett Granlund. The ball fell into the hands of the fastest player on the field, Myles Gaskin, for an easy touchdown run and a 7-0 O’Dea lead just 35 seconds into the game. O’Dea would add just one more touchdown before the night ended.

Eastside Catholic responded on their next drive. Addison Hull, Eastside’s non-featured back ran right through the middle of O’Dea’s defense for 39 yards and a score to tie the game at seven. The scoring continued in the first, with a field goal from the Irish and another Eastside Catholic rushing touchdown, putting the Crusaders up 13-10.

The story in this game was the defense of the Crusaders. O’Dea would only total 10 points in quarters 2-4. Their touchdown came on an 88-yard run from Gaskin, but outside of that score, the Crusaders in white played tenacious defense. Great tackling, shedding blocks, and constant pressure gave O’Dea fits in their offensive backfield.

While the Crusader defense continued its exemplary play, their offense was not in full sync. Quarterback Harley Kirsch missed a number of open receivers, and seemingly when he threw a great ball, the receivers would drop his passes. The rushing game, however, continued to perform. Dominique Fetui added a score in the second, and Hull again in the third, putting the game just out of reach for the Irish.

This game was effectively the Metro-Mountain championship game. If both of these teams maintain their superior play, which I expect they will, we will see them late into November yet again.

Top Performers:
Eastside Catholic
Brandon Wellington – 13 carries for 120 yards and 1TD

Myles Gaskin – 25 carries for 189 yards and 1TD, fumble recovery for TD, defensive INT

2014 VFL Coach Interview
Eastside Catholic
Head Coach Jeremy Thielbahr



2014 Varsity Football Live Interview
Eastside Catholic Crusaders – Head Football Coach
Jeremy Thielbahr

Ahead of Schedule on a Great Journey

Join us as Dick Fain chats with Coach Jeremy Thielbahr about 4th ranked Eastside Catholic’s football program, being in the playoffs 3 years in a row, and in 2 state championship games the last 2 years.

Since Coach Thielbahr and his staff took over in 2011, it seems the road to winning in 3A always goes through Bellevue, so he hopes this is the season his Crusaders can win it all.

“We had to do some things to get our minds and our kids to this level of competitive camaradarie and aggressiveness on the field – and I think we’ve done that.”

How is Coach Thielbahr able to focus on the Metro league instead of the upcoming state championship game ? “We’ve got great talent, smart kids who understand what we’re asking them to do, have faith in their coaches, and believe in what we do.”

With a healthy program of good senior, junior, sophomore and freshman players, they are excited to see where the season will take them and looking forward to being able to win year after year.


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