Seattle Prep Deals Timberline Defeat, Advance to Quarters

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


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

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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West Seattle Chops Timberline in Regional Rout

West Seattle Chops Timberline in Regional Rout
By Steve Dion

Saturday- February 25th 2017 Boys 3A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Timberline 12 8 7 11 38
West Seattle 16 10 14 20 60


West Seattle Senior Yusuf Mohamed

In the 1pm Saturday afternoon state tournament seeding regional matchup at Bellevue College, West Seattle squared off against Timberline with a first round bye at the Dome on the line.

A closely contested first quarter featured a showcase guard matchup between Nate Pryor & Tariq Romain with the pair matching a half dozen in the opening frame. As the half wore on, the Wildcats were able to create separation as Anthony Giomi made his presence felt by knocking down a pair of triples which marked the margin held by West Seattle at halftime.

The third quarter began with key fouls to West Seattle’s Yusuf & Abdul Mohamed which forced Keffrey Fazio to put in reserves for the majority of the third quarter. Unfortunately for Timberline, this opportunity to capitalize was not taken advantage of and they found themselves trailing by double digits heading into the fourth even with a strong effort by Blazers leading scoring Erik Stevenson entering double figures in the game.

Nate Pryor put a stamp on the contest in the final frame by netting five more points including a deep three en route to a game-high 21 as West Seattle’s Cinderella season continues next Thursday at the ‘Woodshed’ with the first-round bye earned with the win over the Blazers.

The Final Score
West Seattle 60, Timberline 38

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Nate Pryor- 21 points

Erik Stevenson- 10 points

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Oak Harbor vs. Timberline
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Oak Harbor vs. Timberline

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Timberline Keeps Peninsula Out of Endzone for Title Crown


Thursday Oct 27th 2016 3A South Sound Boys Football
South Sound Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Peninsula 0 0 3 0 3
Timberline 0 7 0 0 7

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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 Final Score:
Timberline 7, Peninsula 3.

Top Performer

Tariq Romain- 25 yard rec TD

Timberline vs. North Thurston
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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


Audio Recap: West Central District- Timberline vs. Olympia

Game Recap
West Central District- Timberline vs. Olympia 2-17-16

Timberline Blazers

In a winner-to-state match-up in the 4A West Central District 3 bracket, Narrows League opponents Timberline and Olympia squared off for the third time this season. The Bears captured the first two, would Timberline prevail in the all-important round three? Listen as Nic Beckman provides a game recap including post-game comments from Timberline senior Jarryn Bush and Olympia head coach John Kiley!

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Bush Leads Timberline in 4th, Punches Ticket to Regionals

Bush Leads Timberline in 4th to Punch Ticket to Regionals
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- February 17th 2016 Boys 4A West Central District 3
Stadium High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Olympia 17 11 14 14 56
Timberline 15 11 22 18 66

Timberline Blazers

In the second of two consolation match-ups in the West Central District 3 tourney at Stadium HS on Wednesday night, Timberline and Olympia squared off for the third time this season. Olympia won the first two, but Timberline was able to capture round three which earns the Blazers a berth in the regional round next week.

Oly held a narrow two-point lead at the break with Hunter Sipe finding a rhythm recording 10 of his team-high 15. The size advantage for Timberline was evident early as Jaelen Bush finished at the rim with regularity. Like the first two match-ups in the regular season, Olympia coach John Kiley stated, “This was a classic Olympia/Timberline battle and little things made the difference in the end.”

The Blazers started to take control of the game late in the third quarter when Erik Stevenson fired his team up with emphatic blocks on the defensive end and a three at the horn before the final frame. Needing a late surge, Liam Murphy knocked down a three with a foul for a four point play. However, Jarryn Bush scored tough buckets down the stretch as part of his game-high 21 to pull away and secure a Timberline win. When asked about moving on to regionals again, Bush said, “It feels just as sweet this year now that it’s my senior year.” He added, “All respect goes out to Olympia High School. That is probably the best defense I’ve personally seen.” Bears Coach Kiley talked about his team’s memorable season stating, “From May 31st when I took over the program, the kids bought in completely and I can never thank the seniors enough.” When asked about what he told his team in the locker room, Kiley responded, “I told them two things. I told them that I am extremely proud of them. And I told them that I loved them.”

With the win, Timberline will play Kentridge on Saturday at Mt. Tahoma High School at noon to determine the fifth and sixth seeds from West Central District three. From there, the Blazers play in a must-win game that would advance them to the Tacoma Dome.

The Final Score
Timberline 66, Olympia 56.

Top Performers:

Jarryn Bush- 21 points

Hunter Sipe- 15 points

West Central District 3: First Round Recap


West Central District 3: First Round Recap by Nic Beckman

West Central District 3 playoffs got underway with eight home games for the top seeds as 16 teams from the SPSL and Narrows leagues vie for the 6 WCD3 state tournament seeds. Home court advantage was evident as 7 of the 8 host teams came away with wins.

The top two seeds in the SPSL continued their dominance. #1 seed Federal Way had the Tornados of Yelm blow into the Eagles nest. After a close first quarter 17-12, coach Jerome Collins’s Eagle team pulled away. Behind the 19 points of Ferron Flavors and a 29-10 third quarter, Federal Way still undefeated with a comfortable win moves on. The Final Score FW 78 Yelm 41.

The #2 seed Curtis Vikings, undefeated in league play until a 63-61 loss to Federal Way at the ShoWare in the SPSL tournament championship defended their home court. Coming off a 66-63 win over Kentwood, the Vikings faced another SPSL Northeast foe in Kentlake. Aushanti Potts-Woods with 27 and Glenn Jordan with 19 combined for more than the Falcons could total as a team. The Final Score Curtis 83 Kentlake 45.

Narrows #1 seed Bellarmine matched up with SPSL South Spanaway Lake. The Lions 18-3 on the season with an unblemished 12-0 league record under the direction of head coach Bernie Salazar represented for their league with a home court opening round win over the Sentinels. The Final Score Bellarmine 75 Spanaway Lake 65.

The #2 seed out of the Narrows coach John Kiley’s Olympia Bears at 18-3 on the season and 10-2 in league play, had the Todd Beamer Titans in the house for first round action. The Bears continue on their quest to the Dome getting a 20 point win over Beamer. The Final Score Olympia 70 Todd Beamer 50.

Emerald Ridge travelled north to Kentwood to face the Conquerors. Jason Cassens and the Jags were up 12-11 after the first quarter, but coach Blake Solomon’s Conk’s were ready for the challenge. Kentwood with four players in double digits would be led by Darius Lubom with 20 and Rayvaughn Bolton with 12 as Cassens with 10, was the only Jaguar to reach double digits. The Final Score Kentwood 58 Emerald Ridge 41.

Coach John Callaghan’s Wolves of South Kitsap crossed the bridge to come play the Vikings in Puyallup. Daniel Tomkiewicz with 9 second quarter points to lead all scorers at half with 11, saw his team down 34-30. The Viks were paced by Jaden Vollmen and Tony Gutierrez each with 9. Tomkiewicz would add 8 3rd quarter points and tie the game at 42. SK down 1, 44-45 heading into the final period. Coach Scott Campbell turned up the Viking pressure and held the Wolves without a point in the quarter until 3:24 remaining. By that time Puyallup was up 54-45, Tony Gutierrez in his first game back from a quadriceps injury hit 6 of the Puyallup 13 3’s enroute to game high honors with 23. South Kitsap’s Daniel Tomkiewicz finished with 22 and Eric Wattree added 16. The Final Score Puyallup 59 South Kitsap 55.

Kent Meridian facing rival Kentridge was able to overcome an 11 point halftime deficit to tie it at 57 at the end of regulation. But Mahlik Hall with 23 and Romaine Jackson with 18 for the Royals were not enough to get their team over the hill. The Chargers held home court with a 12 -7 overtime period, Joran Ticeson led the Chargers with 19. The Final Score in OT Kentridge 69 Kent Meridian 64.

The Blazers of Timberline after finishing third behind Bellarmine and Olympia in Narrows league play, had to go to Thomas Jefferson for their first round match-up. The Raiders of the SPSL Northwest behind leading scorer Darius Anderson were unable to defend their home court. Timberline gets the only visitor win on the night. The Final Score Timberline 52 Thomas Jefferson 48.

Friday night will see winners bracket match ups Federal Way vs Timberline at 6pm, followed by Olympia vs Kentwood at 7:45pm at Auburn Mountainview HS. Bellarmine vs Kentwood at 6pm and Puyallup will face Curtis for the third time this season at 7:45pm at Mt. Tahoma HS. Winners will move on for #1 through #4 seeds.

On the loser out side of the the bracket, Yelm vs Jefferson at 6pm, then Beamer vs Emerald Ridge at 7:45pm will be played at Stadium HS. Spanaway Lake vs Kent Meridian 6pm and South Kitsap vs Kentlake at 7:45pm are playing at Auburn HS. The winners all working for the final 2 seeds from the West Central District 3 heading into the state regional round the final week of February.

Audio Recap: Timberline vs. Ballard- Sterling Shootout

Game Recap
Timberline vs. Ballard 12-28-15

The Timberline Blazers defeated the Ballard Beavers in the first semifinal game of the Sterling Shootout! Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the game.

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Timberline Dominates Beavers Wire to Wire

Timberline Dominates Beavers Wire to Wire
By Steve Dion

Monday- December 28th 2015 Boys 4A/3A Narrows/Metro
Kennedy High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Ballard 12 9 13 9 43
Timberline 17 18 23 20 78

Timberline sophomore Eli Morton

The first semifinal matchup on Monday Night of the Sterling Shootout matched up Timberline and Ballard. The winner would play for the tournament championship game against the victor of Peninsula and host team Kennedy which were on tap to play afterwards. The Blazers set the tone early by opening with a 12-0 run before the Beavs could record their first points. After Coach Broom called a timeout, Ballard regrouped and worked their way back into the game by closing the first quarter on a 12-5 run. Timberline built their lead back up in the second quarter Erik Stevenson and Austin Curry each notched a half-dozen in the frame.

If Ballard were to make a comeback, they would need to work quickly to cut down the lead. However, THS broke the contest wide open by scoring 25 points in the third from 6 different scorers. Ballard wasn’t able to keep pace and the Blazers cruised to a comfortable victory in which Coach Thomas distributed playing time up and down his bench. Timberline will play in the final!

The Final Score
Timberline 78, Ballard 43

Top Performers:
Austin Curry- 25 points
Nick Conway- 11 points

Coach Interview with
Timberline’s Nick Mullen



2014 Varsity Football Live Interview
Timberline Blazers – Head Football Coach
Nick Mullen

A Tale of Two Seasons

Join us as Steve Dion talks with Coach Nick Mullen about the games the Blazers have played so far and Timberline’s identity as they change classifications.

Coach Mullen has a winning record in 5 of his first 6 years, but is facing new challenges this season.

“4A is a lot different – we were pretty strong in the 3A Narrows for a long time … I think our kids figured out sometimes a loss teaches you more than a win does.”

Going forward, Coach Mullen observes there is now a much different level of competition, with larger schools having more players.

His coaching philosophy includes very sound words of wisdom for his Blazers team, from “the harder you work, the harder it is to quit” – to knowing “you can only control what you can control.”


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Lincoln wins West Central District Championship on Late Free-Throws, beats Timberline by One

Monday- Feb. 18 -2013- 3A West Central District
ShoWare Ctr. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 10 15 17 10 52
Timberline 12 14 11 14 51

Lincoln wins West Central District Championship on Late Free-Throws,
Beats Timberline by One
By Colin Caruso 

With a strong crowd at the ShoWare Center, the Timberline Blazers took on the Lincoln Abes for the 3A West Central District Boys Title.  Timberline played a 2-3 zone throughout the first quarter, limiting the Lincoln penetration and forcing the Abes to shoot deep three point shots.  Lincoln missed all five of their three point tries in the first and the Blazers took a 12-10 lead into the second behind four points and three rebounds from junior Donaven Dorsey.

Lincoln came out in the second with great defensive intensity, forced two quick turnovers and scored five transition points to take their first lead of the ballgame at 15-12.  The Blazers answered behind six points in the quarter from Dorsey, to reclaim the lead going into the half, 26-25.

Despite seven turnovers for the Abes in the third, Lincoln was able to capitalize off of four offensive rebounds to score 17 points in the quarter.  The Abes began to play a 1-2-2 zone on the defensive side, forced five turnovers of their own and held Timberline to just 11 quarter points, nine of which from Dorsey.  Lincoln took a 42-37 lead into the fourth.

Timberline started the final quarter with a 6-1 run to tie the game at 43 with 5:00 to play.  The teams exchanged baskets for the next two minutes, until Dorsey hit a layup to put the Blazers up one, 49-48 with 2:30 left.

Amaad Rorie answered for the Abes with a baseline three with 1:15 remaining to put the Abes up two.  Sophomore guard Brandell Evans responded for the Blazers, hitting a driving layup to tie the game again with 42 seconds remaining, 51-51.

On Lincoln’s next possession, Rorie missed a floater in the lane but the rebound went to Abe senior Tre-Shaun Fletcher and he was fouled on the put back.  He made one of two free-throws to take a one point lead with 19 seconds remaining.

Timberline drew up a final play on a full timeout, but the attempt was blocked by Fletcher to secure the win for the Abes. Lincoln captures the 3A West Central District Championship.

Top Performers:
Tre’Shaun Fletcher (21 points, 11 rebounds)
Amaad Rorie (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals)
Ar’Mond Davis (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals)

Donaven Dorsey (25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals)
Brandell Evans (12 points, 4 steals)