Timberline Keeps Peninsula Out of Endzone for Title Crown By Steve Dion
The seventh and final week of league play to close the regular season proved necessary to determine the South Sound Conference winner as the Timberline Blazers played host to the Peninsula Seahawks at South Sound Stadium on Thursday night.
The battle at the line of scrimmage dictated the outcome of this contest as both offensive units struggled to find their groove for the majority of the game.
A Timberline drive late in the second quarter deep in Seahawk territory resulted in a 25 yard strike from Jacob Henning to Tariq Romain on fourth down.
Peninsula returned from the locker room ready to put a strong second half together as the opening kickoff was returned into the Blazers side of the field. Unfortunately the drive stalled and they settled for a Danny Jackson field goal from 35 yards out.
The Hawks defense stepped up yet again when Michael Campigotto picked off a deep Timberline pass and ran back a nice return. The Blazers did not allow that to bite them.
As the end of regulation was closing in, Peninsula had one final drive to punch it in. Brandon Potter took a pitch from the backfield inside the THS five yard line with less than a minute remaining.
The Blazer defense held their ground after that lapse and stuffed Peninsula the next three plays.
On fourth down, it was all or nothing. Quarterback Ryder Johnson drops back, scans his check downs, finds his target. Incomplete!
Timberline takes control and lines up in the victory formation to close out the game and claim the 2016 South Sound Conference Title!
The WIBCA All State Games take place this Saturday at Mountlake Terrace High School. The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association have put together its annual Boys All State Games featuring players from all classifications as they wrap-up their high school careers. Listen as Steve Willits from Sound Live Sports Network provides all the details about the event including some of the top players from each classification’s team!
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Steve Dion had a chance to catch up with head coach of the Peninsula Seahawks Jake Jackson whose team has vaulted to one of the top teams in the state after recording six combined wins in the three seasons leading up to his arrival in 2012. He discusses the evolution of his senior class including JaQuori McLaughlin, Jimmy Ritchie, Josh Keough, and Austin & Garrett Kingman both on and off the court.
Coach Jackson also talks about the Seahawks Basketball Academy which he launched in 2013 that currently involves over 150 boys and girls between 3rd and 8th grade with the simple mission to “build a passion for basketball in the harbor”. Additionally, he explains what DWWD stands for which can be found on the backs of his team jerseys; a philosophy he learned during his time with the Arizona Wildcats staff.
He closes by describing the ways his student-athletes are making a positive impact in the community including the involvement with their annual kids camp at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and assistance at the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Jackson emphasizes “teaching them to have a serving mentality; giving back and serving others” as part of his coaching duty at Peninsula High School.
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Peninsula Soars in Heavyweight Bout with Wilson By Steve Dion
Saturday- December 19th
Peninsula senior JaQuori McLaughlin
The primetime matchup of the 2015 Showare Shootout featured a heavyweight bout between Peninsula and Wilson. The guard matchup of Seahawk JaQuori McLaughlin and Ram David Jenkins Jr. presented itself early as the two led their teams in scoring with 21 and 28 apiece. Austin Kingman allowed the Seahawks to go into halftime with momentum as the senior forward rushed down the floor in the final moments of the second quarter to finish at the cup at the buzzer. PHS ran into the locker room energized and with a five point lead in hand. Could Wilson strike back in the second half?
The intensity heated up as the second half progressed. Jimmy Ritchie and Kingman made big contributions for the Seahawks recording 13 points apiece. Additonally, McLaughlin showed his exceptional scoring ability knocking down several acrobatic shots. Wilson countered with Emmitt Matthews Jr. who finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Jenkins helped the Rams tie the game up a 37 apiece midway through the third. Moments later, Wilson was leading and did so until 3 minutes left in the fourth when Peninsula roared back. A 25 point fourth quarter gave the Seahawks a late lead which put Wilson in desperation mode in the waning moments. Jenkins and Matthews made clutch shots to keep Wilson alive, but cold-blooded free throws by Ritchie held off a Ram miracle. Peninsula escaped with a narrow win against a top Narrows opponent.
McLaughlin Notches 31 in Peninsula Victory Versus Auburn By Steven Dion
Friday- January 23
Auburn High School
Peninsula Junior JaQuori McLaughlin
The high school basketball regular season is in the home stretch and the sprint to a league title is winding down. South Puget Sound League’s 3A division features Peninsula at the top with Auburn-Mountainview and Auburn with several other teams in the middle of the pack. The Seahawks would pay a visit to the Trojans on Friday night for an important league matchup.
From the opening tip, this contest was a real slobber-knocker as both teams had difficulty retaining possession and putting together offensive production. Auburn’s tenacious interior defense created several takeaways and kept the Hawks off the scoreboard until the 5:33 mark. Unfortunately, the Trojans did not fully capitalize on their defensive effort as they trailed 4-2 with 3:18 left in the first quarter. University of Washington commit JaQuori McLaughlin recorded his second personal foul early which relegated the Peninsula guard to the bench.
In the second frame, reserve Patreon Lee gave AHS a boost by knocking down some big buckets and firing up his teammates. The ping-pong nature of the game continued and the game was all knotted up at 22 apiece midway through the quarter. In the final possession of the half, Auburn hoisted a desperation shot and was fouled in the process by McLaughlin for his third of the game. The scoreboard read 30-28 in favor of Peninsula halfway through.
The second half began the way the first did for Auburn as their defensive intensity sparked their production. The Trojans grabbed a 39-34 lead midway through the third. Malik Williams ignited the AHS throughout the game as he led his team with 24 points and set the tone on the defensive end. His counterpart McLaughlin was forced into tough shots, but got his fair share to fall toward the end of the third.
Leading by three as the fourth started, Auburn was in prime position to complete the upset. However, Coach Jake Jackson’s Seahawks had another plan. They rolled off a 10-0 run with buckets by Garrett Smith and Austin Kingman. Williams knocked down a pair of threes to get Auburn back on track, but the Hawks kept the pedal down. Leading by a half dozen with two minutes remaining, PHS retained their lead to the end and picked up a tough division victory.
The Final Score: Peninsula 69 Auburn 62
Top Performers: Peninsula
JaQuori McLaughlin-31 points (11/13 FTs)
Bellevue Takes Route 66 over Peninsula By Colin Caruso
These Bellevue Wolverines, who seem to never lose, just rattled off their 66th straight win, with a fine 31-7 performance over the Peninsula Seahawks on Friday night in the Washington State quarterfinals. The Wolverines, led by Sam Richmond on the ground were able to capitalize on an unfortunate injury for the Seahawks.
Big number 77, Caleb Greer for the Seahawks went down with an ankle injury late in the second quarter, in just a 3-0 ballgame at that point. With this injury on the interior line, Bellevue was able to score quickly with a Sam Richmond touchdown.
Greer was able to return in the second half, but was limited by his injury and did not finish the contest. This opened up running holes all over the field for the Wolverines, who put up 21 straight in the third quarter to take a commanding 31-0 lead. Peninsula was able to score on a great throw by Robert Kvinsland to Kyle Olson-Urbon midway through the fourth, but it was too little too late for the Hawks.
Bellevue’s defense was menacing throughout, only allowing 6 total yards in the first half. Bellevue will advance to the state semifinal to take on the winner of Marysville Pilchuck and Columbia River.
Top Performers: Peninsula
Robert Kvinsland – 14-24 for 139 yards and 1TD
Sam Richmond – 23 carries for 159 yards and 1TD
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 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.
Peninsula Survives Shootout with Lions, Claim First Place in League Standings By Steven Dion
The 3A classification of the South Puget Sound League has been a roller coaster ride this season starting with the logjam at the top. The big surprise thus far Auburn-Mountainview would put their undefeated mark on the line as battle-tested Peninsula rolled into town. With a win, the Lions would capture the league title. The Seahawks would be able to claim the crown with a win in the final two games. When the final whistle sounded, everyone had witnessed an instant classic.
Heavy rainfall picked up right at kickoff, making for a slow start for both squads. Peninsula started the scoring on a pair of 24 yard field goals by Logan Marten. Following the second score, the AMHS got rolling as Gresch Jensen found a passing rhythm with his wideouts, capped off by a 25 yard touchdown pass to Abenego Kondiano. The Seahawks responded with a drive of their own in the waning ticks of the first half. Robert Kvinsland connected with Kyle Olson-Urbon on a well-placed ball to the corner of the endzone with twenty seconds remaining. At the half, Peninsula led 13-7.
The Seahawks appeared to address their lack of an effective rushing attack in the first 24 minutes as Major Ali would carry his team on his 5’7” 189 pound frame. But before he could make his presence felt, he watched Gavin Robertson carry the ball into the endzone from seven yards out, regaining the lead for the home team. Ali strung together several big gains to put the Hawks within scoring position, but an interception by Robertson near his own goal line turned the ball back over. Fortunately for PHS, Jack Filkins returned the favor by picking off Jensen.
In the final quarter trailing 14-19 on 4th and 6, Gresch Jensen found his steady playmaker Gavin Robertson downfield to move the chains. On another 4th down moments later, Ki’Jan Weisinger hauled in a pass which put the Lions up 20-19. The Seahawks had three minutes to march down field and at least get within field goal position. With a steady dose of Ali runs, Peninsula was on the red zone. A penalty by AMHS put the Hawks on the 7 with a running clock. Sticking to what kept Peninsula clicking, Kvinsland handed the ball off to Major who rumbled to the endzone with 7 seconds left in the contest. The Peninsula faithful in the bleachers erupted with excitement. To put the icing on top, PHS recovered the ensuing squib kickoff and ran down the final seconds. In a game reminiscent of basketball where the team with the ball last would win, Peninsula rose to the occasion and now control their own destiny to win the SPSL 3A title. Auburn-Mountainview’s dream season is in the balance as next week will decide their outcome.
Top Performers: Peninsula
Major Ali- Game winning 7 yard touchdown with 7 seconds remaining
Seahawks Soar Over Hornets in SPSL Showdown By Steven Dion
The first boys matchup of the ShoWare Shootout featured two South Puget Sound League squads in White River and Peninsula. The Seahawks donned the letters DWWD on the backs of their jersey which according to coach Jack Jackson represents their commitment to “Do What We Do”. This motto carried Peninsula to a 4-2 record heading into their matchup Saturday which was their win total a year ago. However, the Hornets were anxious to go toe-to-toe with their opponent from a high classification to finish strong going in the holiday break.
Nerves appeared to affect both squads early as scoring was minimal and players were reluctant to shoot and create scoring opportunities. After the first frame the Hawks led 8-6. The energy picked up in the second quarter as the McLaughlin brothers JaQuori and O’Shea of Peninsula began to carry the bulk of the Hawks offensive output. The pair scored a combined 33 points on the contest including 10 of 12 from the charity stripe. Despite being undersized the Hornets were aggressive on the boards including 10 from senior guard Brandon Dove. Going into the break, both teams shot 42% from the field and PHS carried the slimmest of leads at 25-24.
This league showdown remained tight for the majority of the contest as one or two possessions separated the teams. In total, there were seven ties and sixteen lead changes throughout the game. Coincidentally, both teams notched 13 apiece in the third so the one-point Peninsula lead carried into the final period of play. The Hornets prolific offensive effort yielded an impressive 34 shots in the second half to PHS’s 18, but only 8 fell through. Meanwhile JaQuori Parker converted on some critical buckets down the stretch in addition to his flawless shooting from the charity stripe. The Hawks built their biggest lead of nine points in the fourth and didn’t look back. When the dust settled, the Hawks picked up a 55-48 victory. They are now 5-2 on the campaign.