Lincoln Hands Prep Quarterfinal Exit

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Lincoln Hands Prep Quarterfinal Exit
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 8 17 21 12 58
Lincoln 14 11 26 19 70

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Lincoln’s Willie Thomas & Emmett Linton

In a classic battle of Tacoma vs. Seattle, undefeated Lincoln took a short trip down the road to take on suddenly streaking Seattle Prep. Could the dynamic Panthers attack send the Abes packing with their first defeat of the season?

Lincoln took advantage of the home cooking early with leading scorer Trevante Anderson netting a dozen in the first half. Prep countered with another strong showing by Collin Welp whose recent performances have been gradually peaking. Additionally, Jaxon Woodward provided a nice boost to help bring the game to a 25-25 heading into intermission.

The intensity of the ballgame grew as the game wore on with physical play leading to critical calls on the floor and big momentum swings. The Abes ability to contain Prep sharpshooter Aaron Nettles played a major role in the outcome as the senior was limited to 10 points in the contest. Collin Welp continued his strong play, but his comrade in the paint Nic Lynch struggle to find a rhythm.

There were four Licoln players in double figures as Emmett Linton, Le’Zjon Bonds, and Willie Thomas joined their leader Anderson. The Abes did not waver in the closing minutes and walked away a dozen ahead of the Panthers. The win earns Lincoln a Friday night bout in front of their hometown crowd.

The Final Score
Lincoln 70, Seattle Prep 58

Top Performers:
Lincoln
Trevante Anderson- 17 points, 4 assists

Seattle Prep
Collin Welp- 20 points, 9 rebounds


Snohomish Wins Panther Battle, Ousts Prep

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Snohomish Wins Panther Battle, Ousts Prep
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Girls 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 3 8 11 14 36
Snohomish 15 15 9 14 53

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Snohomish Panthers

The lunchtime quarterfinal matchup in the girls 3A bracket featured Metro representative Seattle Prep fresh off a win against the defending champs Bellevue against 4A runner-up last season Snohomish. The winner would earn a trip to the semis and play the winner of Mercer Island against Kamiakin.

Snohomish jumped out of the gates ready to compete taking advantage of Kyra Beckman’s strength in the low block. She led all scorers with 17 points in the ballgame. Seattle Prep was limited to a single field goal in the first quarter and were trailing by double digits early. As the half progressed, Prep was unable to find a rhythm and at the break found themselves trailing by 19.

When play resumed, Snohomish kept the pedal down and were able to maintain a sizable lead. Katie Brandvold and Maya Duchesne added 11 apiece. Seattle Prep got a baker’s dozen from Marie Hauck who battled for a tough 31 minutes, but the lack of scoring options around her caused them to fall short. With the victory, Snohomish continues its quest to follow up last year’s second place finish with a title.

The Final Score
Snohomish 53, Seattle Prep 36

Top Performers:
Snohomish
Kyra Beckman- 17 points, 7 rebounds

Seattle Prep
Marie Hauck- 13 points, 8 rebounds


Seattle Prep Deals Timberline Defeat, Advance to Quarters

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Seattle Prep Deals Timberline Defeat, Advance to Quarters
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- March 1st 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 18 13 25 15 71
Timberline 7 14 19 13 53

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Seattle Prep Panthers

Early March is the optimal time for a team to be peaking with its best play. For the Seattle Prep Panthers, they are doing just that.

The opening round of the Hardwood Classic featured 11th seeded Prep battling against counterpart to the south in the Timberline Blazers. Which team would advance to the quarterfinals to face undefeated Lincoln?

Mike Kelly’s Panther squad jumped out to a big lead early scoring a dozen before the Blazers found the scoreboard. It wasn’t until late in the first quarter when Timberline recorded its first points on an Erik Stevenson bucket in the paint. Collin Welp’s dominant effort in this ballgame was evident early as the senior post’s jump shot was falling in addition to controlling the paint. Despite leading by double digits at the break, a late surge by Timberline when the Prep attack stalled put the game within reach heading into the second half of play.

When play resumed, the pace increased and the change favored Seattle Prep whose strong transition game led by Kalu Stricklin & Collin Gale contributed to a 25 point outburst in the third. Additionally, Welp buried some shots from the perimeter and Nic Lynch added a dozen in the low block to extend the lead. Timberline tried to keep pace with some tough shots by Tariq Romain and Hunter Campau but the fate of the game gradually became clear.

The final frame was dominated by a gradual increase in reserves inserted to play by both sides to run down the clock with Prep’s victory looming. When the dust settled, the Panthers won in convincing fashion as they move on to face the Abes tomorrow.

The Final Score
Seattle Prep 71, Timberline 53

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Collin Welp- 22 points, 7 rebounds

Timberline
Tariq Romain- 12 points, 3 steals


Seattle Prep vs. Timberline
Game Stats- 3/1/17
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Wednesday- March 1 2017 3A Boys Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 18 13 25 15 71
Timberline 7 14 19 13 53

3A Seattle Prep Panthers
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A PTS
2 Declan Kelly 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0
3 Kalu Stricklin 5-10 0-1 0-0 5 1 10
4 Nikola Trifunovic 2-3 1-2 0-0 1 0 5
5 Jaxon Woodward 1-5 0-0 0-0 5 2 2
10 Aaron Nettles 1-7 0-3 4-4 3 0 6
14 Colin Gale 4-5 0-0 1-2 3 0 9
20 Alexander Flor 2-4 0-0 1-2 4 0 5
40 Collin Welp 9-17 2-7 2-4 7 0 22
42 Nic Lynch 5-12 0-0 2-2 6 3 12

3A Timberline Blazers
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A PTS
1 Tariq Romain 3-8 0-1 6-8 1 2 12
2 Hunter Campau 3-11 3-8 3-4 2 2 12
3 Eli Morton 2-6 0-1 0-0 4 0 4
10 Erik Stevenson 4-12 1-3 0-0 2 2 9
12 Jamin Faalogo 2-7 0-0 2-2 5 1 6
13 Jaelen Bush 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 0 2
21 Isaac Thompson 2-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 4
22 Conner Warick 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2
23 Terran Melad 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 1
32 DeAnthony Wike 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
50 Mike Zaragoza 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 7 1

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Nic Lynch Shines as Prep Rolls to State

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Nic Lynch Shines as Prep Rolls to State
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 24th 2017 Boys 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Spanaway Lake 10 8 11 16 45
Seattle Prep 14 13 16 21 64

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Seattle Prep Junior Nic Lynch

Regionals weekend at Bellevue College tipped off with a matchup between Metro & South Puget Sound as the Seattle Prep Panthers & Spanaway Lake Sentinels squared off to determine their placement at the Tacoma Dome next week.

The big man tandem for the Panthers of Nic Lynch and Collin Welp played a pivotal role in the ball game as the pair nearly outscored Spanaway Lake in the first half; Sentinels 18, Prep bigs 15 after one quarter. Despite having a half dozen scorers in the first half for Spanaway Lake, there was not an explosive performance by any one in particular like Prep’s Lynch. An Alex Flor 3 at the halftime buzzer sent the Panthers into the locker room with a 27-18 lead.

As play continued, the crafty guard Aaron Nettles made his presence felt by burying three from downtown to extend the lead. Isaiah Turner carried the Sentinels on his shoulders down the stretch scoring a game-high 21, but it wasn’t enough as another Nic Lynch surge in the fourth put the ballgame on ice. With the win, Seattle Prep will return to the Tacoma Dome next week.

The Final Score
Seattle Prep 64, Spanaway Lake 45

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Nic Lynch- 21 points

Spanaway Lake
Isaiah Turner- 21 points

Seattle Prep Walks Tightrope to TDome

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Seattle Prep Walks Tightrope to TDome
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 24th 2017 Girls 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Prairie 11 19 6 17 53
Seattle Prep 11 18 11 15 55

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Seattle Prep Senior Chinwe Ezeonu

The nightcap of Regional play at Bellevue College on Friday night featured Seattle Prep & Prairie. The winner would earn itself a berth to state championship weekend at the Tacoma Dome in the first week of March.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with both teams firing from long range effectively. Brook Walling recorded 17 first half points for the Falcons including a four-pack from beyond the arc. Prep countered with 9 from senior leader Chinwe Ezeonu. After a thrilling first two quarters, the Greater St. Helens representative Prairie led by a single point 30-29.

When the teams returned from intermission, the game entered a lull that lasted throughout the third quarter and ultimately dictated the outcome. The Falcons were only able to string together a half dozen points in the frame and the Panthers capitalized by taking a lead entering the fourth and final quarter. In the closing minutes, Ezeonu took the game into her hands by netting tough buckets down low as part of her team-high 21. Prairie’s Jozie Tangeman countered with a strong fourth frame to keep her team within striking distance.

With under a minute to play, Bea Franklin connected on an off-hand scoop shot to put the Lady Panthers up four. The Falcons were able to cut the lead down to one possession, but a late steal by Prep was enough to kill the clock and send the Lady Panthers to the state championships next week.

The Final Score
Seattle Prep 55, Prairie 53

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Chinwe Ezeonu- 21 points

Prairie
Brook Walling- 23 points

Beach Boys District Finale Bound

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Beach Boys District Finale Bound
By Steve Dion

Thursday- February 16th 2017 Boys 3A SeaKing
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 9 16 13 13 51
Rainier Beach 14 15 15 21 65

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Rainier Beach Vikings

The defending 3A state champions Rainier Beach were back in action on Thursday afternoon following a big win against Garfield two days earlier to battle Seattle Prep for a trip to the district final game on Saturday night. Which Metro rep would move on?

The Vikings were successful in establishing their gameplan early while the Panthers stumbled out of the gates. Kevin Porter Jr. put his strong finishing ability on display early en route to a game-high 19 points in the ballgame. As the first half wore on, Seattle Prep garnered success with utilizing Nic Lynch in the post and cut the deficit to four heading into the break.

The pace of play increased as the game progressed and Rainier Beach’s ability to get behind the Panthers in transition ultimately determined the outcome. Fred Roberson put a stamp on the game with a pair of tomahawk dunks despite a solid effort by Prep’s other big man Collin Welp who finished with 15 to lead his team.

Bethea’s Beach squad continues their quest to defend the 3A title on Saturday night by earning a district final berth.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 65, Seattle Prep 51

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter Jr.- 19 points

Seattle Prep
Collin Welp- 15 points

Pryor, Sarver Send West Seattle to Semifinals

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Pryor, Sarver Send West Seattle to Semifinals
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- February 7th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 17 15 11 6 49
West Seattle 16 7 16 14 53

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West Seattle Wildcats

With a trip to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday on the line and a chance to play the top-ranked team in the country Nathan Hale, the West Seattle Wildcats who entered on an 8-game winning streak hosted the Seattle Prep Panthers on Tuesday night.

The guard battle between Aaron Nettles & Nate Pryor took center stage with both floor leaders trading buckets. Nettles buried a step back fadeaway triple at the first quarter buzzer to give Prep an early lead. This carried to halftime with Nic Lynch also making contributions down low.

Coach Fazio made the required adjustments at the break as West Seattle began to immediately chip away at the Panther lead in the third quarter. Pryor continued his torrid pace, but needed to rely on teammates down the stretch for clutch buckets. Jack Golgart & Cass Elliott buried some huge buckets from beyond the arc to give West Seattle a three point lead in the final minute. A defensive stop set up a series of free throws which allowed the Wildcats to push the lead out of reach and ultimately punch their ticket to the league championship semifinal.

The Final Score
West Seattle 53, Seattle Prep 49.

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Nate Pryor- 21 points

Seattle Prep
Aaron Nettles- 18 points


Pryor, Sarver Send West Seattle to Semifinals
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- February 7th 2017 Girls 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cleveland 11 10 10 21 52
West Seattle 12 27 14 18 71

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West Seattle Wildcats

The nightcap at West Seattle featured the home West Seattle team and visiting Cleveland Eagles with the winner heading over to Hec Edmunson Pavilion at The University of Washington tomorrow to take on #2 seeded Rainier Beach.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the opening quarter with both teams battling playoff nerves. However, West Seattle put together a decisive second quarter which set up an 18 point lead by halftime. Kelsey Lenzie was lethal from the perimeter and Grace Sarver was scoring anyway she wanted to. Jazzeem Bethea tried to keep the Eagles in the game, but was it too late?

West Seattle’s dominance continued in the second half as airtight defense led to one fastbreak after another. In total, four Wildcats scored in double figures. On the other side, Giavanni Flowers put together a strong second half, but the damage was done. The young, talented West Seattle squad is moving on to the big show on Wednesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena at 3:30pm.

The Final Score
West Seattle 71, Cleveland 52.

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Grace Sarver- 18 points

Cleveland
Jazzeem Bethea- 17 points

O’Dea Tops Prep on Senior Night

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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

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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:
O’Dea
Xavier Smith- 24 points

Seattle Prep
Aaron Nettles- 27 points

Metro League Semifinals move to Alaska Airlines Arena at UW

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2017 Metro League Tournament just got Bigger!

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Metro League announced their plans to move their semifinal basketball match-ups to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  The Boys and Girls final four teams will go head-to-head as part of the Metro League Tournament.

Former Garfield Bulldog and current Nathan Hale coach, Brandon Roy, was interviewed by KJR personalities Mitch Levy and Dick Fain about the Raiders upcoming game against his Alma Mater Garfield this Friday Night at Garfield High School.

This battle of #1 Nathan Hale vs. #2 Garfield has received unprecedented coverage and includes live broadcasts on both ESPNU-TV and Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM. This is the first game televised Live from Garfield High School since Roy was a senior for Garfield back in 2002.

Mitch and Dick of Sports Radio KJR then broke the news that the Metro League Playoffs will move its semifinal games to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  This will allow all fans an opportunity to see in person what experts are saying is the toughest league in Washington state history, if not the toughest league in the country.


“Metro Athletics represents quality student athletes from public and private schools in all sports,” stated Eric McCurdy, Executive Director of Athletics of Seattle Schools. “We are proud to have Varsity Hoops Live and theFinalScore.TV produce this event as they continue to positively impact high school students through events and programs on and off the court.”



Game and Broadcast Schedule

2017 Metro League Tournament Semifinals schedule of events:

• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Metro Play-in vs. Metro #2 seed – Girls 3:30pm*
• Winner #5 Seattle Prep vs #4 West Seattle Play-in vs. Nathan Hale – Boys 5:30pm*
• Winner #5 Metro vs #4 Metro Play-in vs. Bishop Blanchet – Girls 7:00pm*
• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Rainier Beach Play-in vs. Garfield – Boys 8:30pm**

* Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on www.theFinalScore.TV
** Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM

The event has several media partners including Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM, POWER 93.3-FM and www.theFinalScore.TV.

All games will be carried via a live audio broadcast over the internet or on radio.

“Our hope is to celebrate great teams in a great venue. We look to showcase amazing high school students on and off the court throughout the day! We are excited to produce the event while broadcasting the games live over the web,” stated Randy Novak, President of ZUMA Media.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets are available for general admission seating and good for all four games. Tickets will be available the day of the event ONLY beginning at 3:00pm at the HUSKY STADIUM Box Office located on the westside of the Stadium.

Once fans enter Alaska Airlines Arena for the event, they can stay for all four games. However, they will not be able to re-enter the event if they leave. Ticket prices are as folllows:

Adults/students without ASB: $10
Students with ASB: $ 7
Kids K-8: $ 5
Seniors 62yrs +: $ 5

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Rainier Beach’s Balance Enough to Prevail Over Prep

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Rainier Beach’s Balance Enough to Prevail Over Prep
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 20th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 8 9 16 24 57
Rainier Beach 13 15 16 24 68

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Rainier Beach Junior Fred Roberson

Rainier Beach whose quest to defend their state title was met with another tough challenge on Friday night against Seattle Prep. Each team plenty of motivation for league placement to battle for the win on the line.

The guard matchup of Khalil Shabazz for Beach and Aaron Nettles of Prep was front and center in this game with Shabazz getting the upper hand early logging 14 points in the first half many of which a result of attacking the cup. Additionally, Tijohn Rodde and Fred Roberson made their presence felt on both ends of the floor helping their Viks squad take a double digit lead into the break.

The Prep Panthers returned to the floor eager to shave the Beach lead and put the ball in Nettles’ hands to make it happen. The senior point guard recorded 15 fourth quarter points for a game-high 22 and was joined by Kalu Stricklin in the second half rally.

Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when Kevin Porter Jr. who was managing foul trouble throughout the contest connected on some pivotal possessions down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 68, Seattle Preparatory 57.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Fred Roberson- 14 points

Seattle Preparatory
Aaron Nettles- 22 points

Rainier Beach Lady Viks Survive Prep Rally

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Rainier Beach Lady Viks Survive Prep Rally
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 20th 2017 Girls 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 9 18 9 16 52
Rainier Beach 15 25 9 6 55

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Rainier Beach Junior Grace Williams

Friday night at Rainier Beach served as the site of a crucial Metro League contest for the host Lady Viks and Seattle Prep Panthers who are amidst a logjam in the league standings.

Beach jumped out front early and were able to hold the lead for the duration of the contest. Grace Williams put together a tremendous first half logging 18 of her game high 20 in the first two quarters. Additionally, NiRae Petty & Dalaylah Daniels set the tone on defense containing Prep’s interior attack. Could the Panthers surmount a double digit lead in the second half.

Prep head coach Michelle Hall said before the game her team is recovering from a bug that hit several players and it seemed to subside in the second half as they chipped away at the Vikings lead gradually. Lone senior Chinwe Ezeonu knocked down some tough buckets in key moments and also was helped by Marie Hauck & Bea Franklin who also scored in double figures.

In the final minute, Rainier Beach’s lead was cut down to a single possession, but a desperation three-point shot on Prep’s final possession missed the mark and Beach held on for a close win.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 55, Seattle Preparatory 52.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Grace Williams- 20 points

Seattle Preparatory
Marie Hauck- 15 points

Head Coach Interview – Michelle Hall (Seattle Prep)

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Varsity Hoops Live Coach Interview
Seattle Prep – Head Basketball Coach
Michelle Hall

Longtime head coach of the Lady Panthers Michelle Hall joins theFinalScore.TV to talk about her young and talented squad this season that has jumped out to a 4-0 start heading into the holiday break. Seattle Prep will head south to California for tournament play to test themselves before jumping back into league play. She also discusses the high level of competition in the Metro League this season.

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Seattle Prep Head Coach Michelle Hall

To catch the complete interview with Seattle Prep Coach Michelle Hall,
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Garfield’s Nowell Leads Charge Past Prep

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Garfield’s Nowell Leads Charge Past Prep
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- December 13th 2016 Boys 3A Metro
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 13 13 22 15 60
Garfield 19 26 29 16 90

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Garfield Sophomore Jamon Kemp

In the final week before holiday break, the Garfield Bulldogs and Seattle Prep Panthers squared off for a Capitol Hill showdown. The guard-strong Bulldogs and post-laden Panthers showcased their strengths early as Jaylen Nowell scored 15 of his game-high 25 in the first half while Nic Lynch anchored Prep with 11 in the first two quarters.

The double digit lead accrued in the first half by Garfield continued to grow in the third quarter highighted by a flurry of steals leading to dunks including an alley-oop slam by J’Raan Brooks who scored 19 for the Bulldogs. Kalu Stricklin continued to battle for Seattle Prep even with the game out of hand recording 15 tough points in the second half.

When the clock hit triple zeros, Garfield picked up their fourth win to continue a perfect start to the season handing Seattle Prep their first loss of the season.

The Final Score
Garfield 90, Seattle Prep 63.

Top Performers:
Garfield
Jaylen Nowell- 25 points

Seattle Preparatory
Kalu Stricklin & Nic Lynch-19 points

Eastside Catholic Rolls Past Prep

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Friday Sept 30th 2016 3A Metro Boys Football
Eastside Catholic High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 0 0 0 7 7
Eastside Catholic 14 18 8 6 46

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Eastside Catholic Rolls Past Prep
By Colin Caruso

On a beautiful September night in Samammish, Washington, the heavily favored Eastside Catholic Crusaders hosted the Seattle Prep Panthers. Eastside Catholic is coming off 2 straight state titles, poised to repeat again with the amount of force they have on both sides of the ball.

In a blowout, it is rare to have one play significantly change the dynamics of a game. Prep was hanging with Eastside for the first third of the game. With 6:45 remaining in the second quarter, with Eastside up 17-0 and driving, the Panthers intercepted Ze’Shaun Lewis’ pass and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. This would have made the game 17-6, with the PAT pending. Instead, Eastside gets a first and goal on the pass interference penalty, and scores on the next play, making it 24-0. This sequence drove the nail into the coffin for the Panther fans and spirits.

Eastside Catholic went on to score another 22 points, while Prep scored a late touchdown to avoid the shutout.

Eastside Catholic won the battle.

The Final Score:
Eastside Catholic 46, Seattle Preparatory 7.

Top Performers

Eastside Catholic
Ze’Shaun Lewis- 18-24 for 264 yards and 3 TDs, 1 INT
Chris Lefau- 13 carries for 111 yards and 2 TDs
Gee Scott- 3 catches for 64 yards and 1 TD

2016 VFL Coach Interview
Seattle Prep Panthers
Head Coach Aaron Maul

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2016 Varsity Football Live Coach Interview
Seattle Prep Panthers – Head Football Coach
Aaron Maul

After spending six years rebuilding Bishop Blanchet, Aaron Maul has taken over as head coach of the Seattle Prep Panthers. He talks about the rise of the Braves which culminated in a run to the final four in 2015. Also, Coach Maul discusses some of the top players on the Panthers and his optimism to build a strong program at Prep.

To catch the complete radio interview with Seattle Prep Coach Aaron Maul,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Nordale, Stenberg Sink Prep with Clutch Threes in Elimination Game

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Nordale, Stenberg Sink Prep with Clutch Threes in Elimination Game
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 19th 2016 Boys 3A SeaKing
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 9 8 10 12 39
Mercer Island 7 13 14 10 44


Mercer Island senior Josh Stenberg

The second boys elimination game in the SeaKing playoff bracket pitted Seattle Prep from the Metro League against KingCo’s Mercer Island. The low-scoring, defensive affair presented itself early and continued throughout the ballgame.

The battle in the block between Prep’s Nic Lynch and MI’s Andrew Pickles took center stage in the first half as the posts traded buckets. The Islanders leading scorer Sam Nordale was a big factor on both sides of the floor as Prep had difficulty contending with the senior’s athleticism. At the break, Mercer Island led by one possession 20-17.

The Islanders extended their lead in the third frame through the sharp-shooting of Nordale and Josh Stenberg. Collin Welp and Aaron Nettles led Prep’s battle back in the fourth quarter, but Stenberg buried some clutch buckets down the stretch to secure a win for Mercer Island. Coach Gavin Cree echoed the magnitude of Nordale and Stenberg’s buckets by saying they “hit the shots that were open and so we’re real proud of our guys for doing that. It was a grind of a game.” In regards to their game plan for the Vikings, Cree replied “Against Rainier Beach you want to slow the game down. You don’t want to allow them to have opportunities against transition defense because they can be really effective there.”

The Final Score
Mercer Island 44, Seattle Prep 39.

Top Performers:

Mercer Island
Sam Nordale- 14 points

Seattle Prep
Nic Lynch- 15 points

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Garfield’s Tempo Too Much for Young Panthers

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Garfield’s Tempo Too Much for Young Panthers
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- December 15th 2015 Boys 3A Metro
Seattle Prep High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 11 19 12 25 67
Garfield 20 25 21 23 89


Garfield junior Jaylen Nowell

Terrell Brown led the top ranked Garfield Bulldogs with 23 points in their victory over Seattle Prep on Tuesday night. Ed Haskins’ defending state champs were victorious by a comfortable 22 point margin, but Steve Kelly’s young Panthers squad showed they can compete with the state’s best in this one. The first half was very physical and thus many key players from both sides received fouls that tested the depth of both rosters. Garfield had early success when they applied the full court press, especially with Prep’s floor general Aaron Nettles on the sidelines. The front court battle of Garfield’s Alphonso Anderson and J’Raan Brooks against SP’s Collin Welp and Nic Lynch was exciting as both duos were integral scoring combos for both teams early. The forwards combined for 14 and 13 in the first two quarters respectively. At the break, Brown’s five field goals helped the Bulldogs earn a 45-30 lead.

Needing to chip away the GHS lead to give themselves a chance in the fourth quarter, Seattle Prep needed to start the second half strong. However, the opposite occurred. Garfield extended the lead to 21 points early in the third as they were able to play at a high tempo and score on the fast break. Jaylen Nowell put a stamp on the game when he threw down a pair of dunks as part of his 14. Prep’s lack of consistent shot-takers dashed their ability to keep pace with the high-flying Bulldogs. The Panthers put together a strong final quarter even though Garfield’s big lead was not in jeopardy. The home team earned 20 trips to the free throw line in which 13 were made. Coach Haskins was able to distribute minutes up and down his roster in the fourth quarter to close out the ballgame. Double digit scorers for the Bulldogs included Daejon Davis, Brown, Nowell, and Brooks. Seattle Prep’s Nettles, Welp, and Lynch scored in double figures.

The Final Score
Garfield 89, Seattle Prep 67

Top Performers:
Garfield
Terrell Brown- 23 points (5/7 FTs)

Seattle Prep
Aaron Nettles- 20 points (8/10 FTs)

Garfield’s Big First Half Leads to Win Over Seattle Prep

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Garfield’s Big First Half Leads to Win Over Seattle Prep
By Colin Caruso

Friday February 7th 2015 Boys 3A State
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 17 13 17 13 60
Garfield 25 21 7 11 64


Garfield Bulldogs

Coaches will always tell you it is difficult to beat a team three times. The fate of the Bulldogs lay in those circumstances Friday night, as the final four teams in 3A boys all came from the same league, the Seattle Metro league.

This matchup is distinctly size versus speed. The Panthers start three players over 6 foot 7 and the Bulldogs don’t have a single player above 6 foot 6. But speed has prevailed in their previous matchups, with the Bulldogs controlling the pace and the game.

The speedy Bulldogs set the pace early, amassing 19 points to the Panthers nine in under five minutes of play. But back to back threes by the Panthers put them right back in the game. Garfield held an eight point lead going into the second.

The eight point lead ballooned to 20 quickly, with seemingly every player on Garfield getting in on the action. Coach Haskins uncharacteristically used ten players in the first half. His team is typically 5-6 deep, but he opened up his bench and let them roll over the Panthers in the first half. They led by as many as 24 in the second, but the Panthers cut it to 46-30 at the half.

Garfield’s heat in the first half turned to ice in the third. They scored just four points in the first six minutes of the quarter, allowing the Panthers to cut the lead to eight. The bleeding continued to for the Bulldogs, as there seemed to be a seal over their basket. The Panthers trailed by just six entering the fourth.

Prep kept their momentum early in the fourth. A Colin Welp three for the Panthers cut the Garfield lead to just three, 56-53 with 5:30 to play. The three point lead was maintained for the next three minutes as neither team was able to convert on the offensive end. Jaylen Nowell broke the cold streak with a pair of free-throws to push Garfield up 60-55 with 1:30 on the clock. Aaron Nettles responded for the Panthers with a mid-range jumper, cutting the lead back down to three with under one minute to play.

Nowell answered again for the Bulldogs, converting on a spin move floater off the glass to extend the lead back to five with 32 seconds on the clock. The ensuing possession resulted in another Welp three pointer, electrifying the Panther crowd, now just down 2 with 10 seconds to go. The Panthers, forced to foul, fouled Terrell Brown, who hit both free throws, icing the game with a four point lead. A Jack Stewart three for the Panthers missed just long, and the Bulldogs took the contest 64-60.

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Jack Stewart and J’Raan Brooks – 16 points each

Garfield
Jaylen Nowell – 21 points
Alphonso Anderson – 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals

The #1 Bulldogs Handle Seattle Prep, Advance to Metro Final


The #1 Bulldogs Handle Seattle Prep, Advance to Metro Final
By Colin Caruso

Wednesday February 11 2015 Boys 3A Metro
Ingraham High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 14 11 15 9 49
Garfield 20 14 16 14 64

Seattle Prep knew they were in for a tough matchup when facing the #1 3A ranked team in the state, the 4A defending champion Garfield Bulldogs. Garfield came out swinging early in the first frame of this contest, putting up a cool 20 on the Panthers, who had no match for the speed and quickness of the Bulldogs. But Prep would not go down without a fight, scoring 14 points on the back of Collin Welp’s 7 to trail by just six going into the second.

The first five minutes of the second quarter all belonged to Seattle Prep. The Panthers zone defense was stifling to the quicker but smaller Bulldogs. Prep cut the Bulldog lead to just one, 26-25 with three minutes to play in the half. But the Bulldogs responded, as they normally do, with a commanding 8-0 run to end the first half with a nine point lead.

Garfield extended their lead again in the third quarter, with sophomores Jashaun Agosto and Jaylen Nowell leading the charge. Prep continued to hang around, but the Bulldogs were in control.

The fourth quarter came down to the final three minutes, with the Bulldogs clinging to a six point lead. Prep could really never get over that barrier, as Agosto forced two late turnovers that sealed the contest for the Bulldogs, 64-49. What a great game!

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
J’Raan Brooks – 12 points
Jack Stewart and Collin Welp – 11 points

Garfield
Jaylen Nowell – 22 points
Jashaun Agosto – 21 points
Alphonso Anderson – 16 points

Worthy, Thybulle Register 15 Apiece as Crusaders Defeat Prep

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Worthy, Thybulle Register 15 Apiece as Crusaders Defeat Prep
By Steven Dion

Tuesday- January 27 2015 Boys 3A Metro-Mountain
Seattle Prep High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 20 10 11 19 60
Seattle Prep 11 10 17 12 50


Eastside Catholic Mandrell Worthy

Any given Tuesday in the Metro League will deliver exciting basketball and showcase some of the top talent in the state of Washington. This particular night featured a clash of top ten squads as Seattle Prep would host the 2013 3A runner-up Eastside Catholic. The Mountain division leader heading into the contest was the Panthers, but a win for the Coach Liley’s Cru would yield identical league records with a tie breaker to Eastside Catholic.

The visitors jumped out to a nice start by converting several offensive possessions into easy buckets through well executed sets. ECHS made use of the shot clock to earn good looks at the cup from crisp ball movement. University of Washington commit Matisse Thybulle netted seven of his fifteen points in the first quarter to help his team pick up an early 20-11 lead. However, the senior forward found himself in foul trouble and Seattle Prep responded with a boost in tempo. Sophomore guard Aaron Nettles dazzled the crowd with crafty passes to teammates and smooth ball handling to get penetration in the paint to open up offensive options. Each time the Panthers picked up momentum, Eastside was able to knock down a rally killer to protect their nine point lead heading into the locker room.

When play resumed, Mike Kelly drew up a new defensive scheme for Prep by plugging Jordan Kitchen into EC’s backcourt. His long 6’8” frame created havoc for the Crusader offense and caused turnovers which sparked a Panther run to tighten up the contest. A 9-2 scoring spree to begin the third quarter caused Eastside Catholic to call a timeout as their lead shrunk to a deuce. J’Raan Brooks established his post presence by finishing tough shots near the cup and registering 8 of his 14 points in the third quarter. Nettles also drained a big three-pointer to help the blue and white climb back into the game heading into the final frame.

Eastside regained their composure in the fourth quarter and knocked down big shots to put pressure on Prep as the clock winded down. The free-throw contest in the final minute put EC to the test as SP tried to extend the contest. They passed with flying colors draining 11 of 13 from the charity stripe. Mandrell Worthy buried the final dagger on a cross-up jumper to give his team a lead they would not sacrifice. With the win, the new leader in the Metro-Mountain division hails from the Sammamish plateau.

The Final Score: Eastside Catholic 60 Seattle Prep 50

Top Performers:
Eastside Catholic
Mandrell Worthy (4/5 FTs) & Matisse Thybulle (2/2 FTs)-15 points

Seattle Prep
Aaron Nettles-17 points (8/10 FTs)

Lancers Pounce on Prep Panthers in Memorial Classic

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Saturday Sept. 12th 2014 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kennedy Catholic 0 6 6 6 18
Seattle Prep 0 3 0 0 3

Game Recap below

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Lancers Pounce on Prep Panthers in Memorial Classic

By Steven Dion

The 1st Annual Memorial Football Classic got underway Friday night and continues Saturday as many of the teams reuniting with the Metro League square off against each other and other local teams. The event commenced with Seattle Prep and Kennedy Catholic from the Seamount League. Seattle Prep likes to play ground and pound football with their featured tailback Sam Kopf who is coming off a huge season opener against Cedar Park Christian. The Lancers also present a strong run game, but are on a by-committee basis which was highly successful on this night.

Field position was the main battle in the first half as both team struggled to get deep into enemy territory. JFK got onto the board via a Jr. Ngauamo score. The Lancers kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the first half and the teams entered the locker rooms 6-0.

Seattle Prep sustained a drive early in the third which resulted in a field goal and cut the deficit in half. However, Kennedy’s commitment to running the football overpowered the blue and white as Nick Galando and Liam Cheskon rushed for touchdowns. Give credit to the Lancer defense who held Prep to three points in the contest. Kennedy takes the victory 18-3.

Top Performers:
Kennedy Catholic
Liam Cheskon – Rushing TD

Seattle Prep Clinches Late Win Against Rival O’Dea

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Friday Jan 3rd 2014 3A Boys Basketball
Seattle Prep High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
O'Dea 11 11 13 10 45
Seattle Prep 8 11 14 16 49

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Seattle Prep Clinches Late Win Against Rival O’Dea
By Colin Caruso

Seattle Prep held two leads in this game, 15-14 in the middle of the second quarter and when it mattered the most, when the clock struck 0:00. O’Dea led at every other moment of the game, but couldn’t close it out in their rival’s gym. The Irish controlled the pace of play from the beginning of the contest. They were more physical, gathered more rebounds, and scored with ease in the interior. The Irish led 11-8 after the first quarter, and 22-19 at the half.

O’Dea senior big Jacob Lampkin carried the Irish in the first half with 11 of his 13 coming prior to third quarter. But only two points after the break, and a Panther defense focused on keeping him out of the game really turned the tide for Prep. The Panthers were having a tough time knocking down the three ball in the first three quarters, but senior guard Marc Caindec and freshman guard Aaron Nettles were not deterred, they kept firing. The most critical was Nettles’ three to put the Panthers up two, 47-45 with just under a minute to play. The Panthers then forced an Irish turnover, and junior Jack Stewart knocked down two free-throws to close out the contest 49-45.

Top Performer:
Seattle Prep
Jordan Kitchen – 16 points

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Basketball Has Begun! Seattle Prep Dominates Bishop Blanchet

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Tuesday Dec 3rd 2013 3A Boys Basketball
Bishop Blanchet High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 13 17 25 17 72
Bishop Blanchet 15 6 5 10 36

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Basketball Has Begun! Seattle Prep Dominates Bishop Blanchet
By Colin Caruso

A great way to tip off the basketball season is a rivalry game. That is what showcased on Tuesday night, as the Seattle Prep Panthers made the three mile trip to Bishop Blanchet to battle the Braves. These teams have shared some amazing games in the past, but this one did not live up to any hype.

Blanchet held the lead after the first quarter on the back of Matt Welch, who scored 13 of his teams 15 first quarter points. Amazingly enough, he actually totaled 28 of his teams first 30 points in the contest. Unfortunately, Blanchet didn’t break the thirty point barrier until midway through the fourth quarter.

On the back of 16 points from 6’6″ junior Jordan Kitchen and 14 points from 6’7″ sophomore Sean Gummersall, the Panthers dominated the final three quarters, outscoring their rivals 59-21 to close out the game. Aside from Welch’s 28 points, no one on Blanchet scored more than two, and the Panthers completely controlled the paint and the three point arc throughout.

In speaking with Coach Mike Kelly at the end of the contest, he is excited about the competition this year in the always dominate Metro league. Metro 3A has taken the state crown in 10 of the last 12 seasons.

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Jordan Kitchen – 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals
Jack Stewart – 13 points, 5 steals, 3 rebounds
Sean Gummersall – 14 points, 5 rebounds

Bishop Blanchet
Matt Welch – 28 points, 6 rebounds

Roosevelt Shuts Out Seattle Prep to Begin Kickoff Classic

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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

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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:
Roosevelt
Bereket Anshebo – 22 carries, 150 yards, TD

2013 Kickoff Classic Preview:
Seattle Prep vs. Roosevelt



Kickoff Classic Preview: Seattle Prep vs. Roosevelt
By Colin Caruso

Kicking off the Emerald City Kickoff Classic will be a battle between the 3A Seattle Prep Panthers and the 4A Roosevelt Roughriders. Roosevelt is coming off a great 2012 season, making the state tournament in 4A and losing in the second round to the eventual champion, another team playing in the classic, the Skyline Spartans. Seattle Prep will face a tough match against a Roughrider team prepared to make another run to the state tournament in 2013.

This game will be the second official game in newly renovated Husky Stadium following the Husky opener last Saturday, Aug 31st, in the Dawg’s rout over Boise State. The Seattle Prep – Roosevelt game will kick off at 10am, Saturday Sept 7th. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 for seniors and students. Good luck to both teams!

2013 Emerald City Kickoff Classic

 

2013 Kickoff Classic

Event At A Glance – League Record
Kickoff Classic W L
Cascade 2A/1A 0 1
Northwest 3A/2A/1A 1 0
Metro 3A 0 1
Kingco 3A/2A 1 0
Kingco 4A 2 1
Out of State 0 1

 

Seattle Prep vs. Roosevelt Game 1
Husky Stadium- FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 0 0 0 0 0
Roosevelt 0 7 0 0 7



 

King's vs. Lynden Game 2
Husky Stadium – FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
King's 0 0 0 6 6
Lynden 7 7 0 0 14

 



 

Coeur d'Alene (ID) vs. Bothell Game 3
Husky Stadium – FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Coeur d'Alene (ID) 8 22 7 6 43
Bothell 7 7 16 14 44

 



 

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Girls- Cleveland sneaks by Seattle Prep and wins Sea-King 3A District Title


Saturday- Feb. 16 2013 – 3A – SeaKing District
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 6 6 15 9 36
Cleveland 13 8 4 12 37


Girls- Cleveland sneaks by Seattle Prep and wins Sea-King 3A District Title
By Colin Caruso

In a rematch of the Metro championship, the Seattle Prep Panthers faced off against the Cleveland Eagles.  Cleveland began the game on a 13-4 run, controlling the pace of play and executing in transition.  The Eagles stifling defense held the Panthers to just six points in the quarter, and Cleveland took a 13-6 lead into the second.

The Panthers still couldn’t get their offense on track in the second quarter.  Six turnovers in the period for the Panthers and again they scored just six points; give the credit to the full court defense by the Eagles and not allowing Prep to use their size in the interior.  Cleveland also struggled from the field in the second, committing five turnovers and making just two shots.  Cleveland took a 21-12 lead into halftime.

The seal was removed from the basket for the Panthers in the third.  Prep controlled the quarter and outscored the Eagles 15-4, crashing the offensive glass and capitalizing on second chance points.  The Panthers zone began to cause Cleveland problems, forcing the Eagles into deeper contested shots that did not fall.  Senior Holly Tonry led the comeback for the Panthers with a quarter high six points.  Prep took their first lead of the game on a three by junior Mary Ann Santucci, and closed the quarter ahead 27-25.

The final quarter was close throughout, with the lead changing hands multiple times.  Prep struggled again from the field, making only two shots in the quarter, both from Tonry.  Cleveland snagged the lead from the Panthers with a free-throw from Myzhanique Ladd, 35-34 with 1:46 remaining.  Prep answered with two free-throws from senior Michaela Carew, taking the lead back with 13 seconds to play.  Ladd drove on the final Eagle possession, got fouled and went back to the line.  She sunk both free-throws with five seconds left and closed out the contest, 37-36.

Top Performers:
Seattle Prep
Holly Tonry (11 points, 3 steals)
Quinn Glosniak (6 points, 8 rebounds)
Mary Ann Santucci (7 points, 3 blocks, 3 rebounds, 3 steals)

Cleveland
Makayla Roper (13 points)
Jayde Christopher (7 points, 4 steals)
Myzhanique Ladd (9 points)