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September 30, 2011 11:33 PM

Final thoughts on Friday night football

Posted by Mason Kelley

LSHS_ASH_121475.jpg Seattle Times photo by Jim Bates

It was another wild night of high-school football. Seattle Prep escaped against Bainbridge, Franklin upset Ingraham, Federal Way rallied against Bethel and Lake Stevens knocked off Arlington.

And things were also interesting at the game I was covering between Bellevue and Mercer Island. The Islanders rallied feverishly to make things interesting, but the Wolverines held on. More importantly, Mercer Island's three second-half touchdowns helped my pregame prediction, which was 42-28 Bellevue when the final score was 43-28.

Not bad, but also not really all that important, especially where there were great games going on everywhere.

I'll get to the links in a second, but first a few more notes on Bellevue's win.

First, Jeff Lindquist is the real deal. He made a lot of Jake Locker-esque plays. If the Islanders could have made a few key tackles in third-and-long situations it could have been a different game.

In a few instances, they were in great position, but Bellevue players were able to slip tackles. The way Mercer Island played midway through the third quarter and into the fourth should provide a positive to build from.

As far as the Wolverines go, they look unbeatable at times. I haven't seen a team make better halftime adjustments. However, penalties are a problem, and those second-half fumbles were an issue, but Bellevue did enough to remain unbeaten, picking up a few things to build on in the process.

Click here for the full game story.

Here is a look at the rest of Friday night's high-school football action.

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September 30, 2011 4:42 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Thursday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

The Roosevelt volleyball team knocked off another ranked KingCo 4A rival Thursday night, beating No. 10 Skyline two days after dropping No. 8 Woodinville.

Looks like the Roughriders need to be in next week's 4A rankings.

And Puyallup, with the return of Alli Schumacher, took down No. 6 Curtis.

Here are some quick highlights from those matches, as well as others reported to The Times Thursday (I'm heading out to a football game, so I'm mostly just going with team leaders):

Roosevelt 3, Skyline 1

Sarah O'Connor led a balanced attack with 14 kills and 3 aces and the Roughriders also got key efforts from Katrina Lane (13 kills, 10 digs), Maile Munro (40 assists), Kristen Lane (8 kills, 3 blocks, 5 aces, 12 digs) and Frances Woods (8 kills). Skyline's Maddie Magee pounded a match-high 19 kills and added 4 aces. Halle Erdahl and Molly Mounsey chipped in 8 kills apiece and Madison Stoa distributed 34 assists.

Puyallup 3, Curtis 0

Schumacher smashed 18 kills and Maddie Davis added 9 for the Vikings, who also got 33 assists from MaKenzie March. For Curtis, Natalie Brundage (11 kills) and Taina Kanar (9) led the offense with Emily Farnham handing out 31 assists. Caitlyn Gavranich had 12 digs.

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September 30, 2011 2:53 PM

Former Seattle Prep golfer Jamie Hall plays well close to home

Posted by Mason Kelley

Former Seattle Prep golf and baseball standout Jamie Hall, now a freshman at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, returned to the Northwest this week to play in the St. Martin's Invitational in Olympia.

He shot a 67 and was the medalist. Click here for the story.

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September 30, 2011 1:33 PM

Friday night football Twitter updates

Posted by Mason Kelley

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I will be tweeting and retweeting all evening from the Bellevue-Mercer Island game.

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September 29, 2011 4:45 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Wednesday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

I've been hearing a lot about the Bainbridge volleyball team lately, for good reason.

The Spartans beat Seattle Prep earlier his month and Wednesday added a 3-2 victory over No. 7 Holy Names. Look for them to finally get their deserved spot in my Class 3A rankings on Monday!

But the surprise of the day to me was Bonney Lake's 3-2 victory over second-ranked Auburn Mountainview!

Here are highlights from those two matches, along with a brief look at others played Wednesday, as reported to The Times.

Bonney Lake 3, Auburn Mountainview 2

Bonney Lake's Ashtyn Bagby amassed 52 assists, setting up Lisa Demick (18 kills), Nicole Rack (12 kills, plus 19 digs) and Danielle Norton (9 kills, 30 digs). Mountainview's Sam Orden also had 52 kills, along with 11 digs and 3 aces. Kill leaders were Cait Carr (21, plus 11 digs), Kelsey Fausko (18, plus 13 digs) and Molly Cichosz (14, plus 3 aces). Alexia Elliott-Free added 14 digs.

Bainbridge 3, Holy Names 2

Nina Mutty (13 kills, 17 digs), Kat Frickleton (11 kills) and Sarah Dacuisto (9 kills, 14 digs) sparked Bainbridge, wich rallied from a 2-1 deficit. Maggie Haskin added 19 assists and 10 digs, while Emma Burgess had 27 digs and 3 aces. Holy Names had several strong performances as well -- Courtney Lang (12 kills, 11 digs), Courtney Pharr (6 kills, 30 assists), Sarah Bradley (9 kills, 8 blocks), Camille Burkhardt (10 kills) and Whitney Kittelson (12 digs).

Eastside Catholic 3, Lakeside 0

Katherine Towslee and Kameron McLain led the No. 4 Crusaders with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Their assists were split by Hannah Christie (22) and Emilee Derus (14), while Marlena Norwood had 12 digs. For Lakeside, Kaylee Best had 7 kills, while Devin Callahan got 19 assists and Jennie Clerum added 6 kills with 14 digs.

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September 29, 2011 1:14 PM

2011 Class 4A and 3A Week 10 football playoff brackets

Posted by Mason Kelley

There is still plenty of football to be played and a full schedule of great matchups set for Friday night, but it is never to early to glance ahead at the playoffs.

The 2011 Class 4A and 3A Week 10 high-school football playoff brackets were sent out today, so fans can start predicting where teams will be seeded and look ahead to potential playoff matchups.

It's going to look very confusing right now, but come playoff time I'll fill it in and keep people updated.

Class 3A Week 10 bracket

Game No. 1: GSHL No. 3 vs. WesCo No. 1 -- Winner becomes District 1 No. 1
Game No. 2: Metro No. 5 vs. WesCo No. 2 -- Winner becomes District 1 No. 2
Game No. 3: WesCo No. 4/NW No. 2 (winner) vs. Metro No. 1 -- Winner becomes District 2 No. 1
Game No. 4: WesCo No. 3 vs. KingCo No. 1 -- Winner becomes District 2 No. 2
Game No. 5: Seam/Brem No. 2 vs. Metro No. 2 -- Winner becomes District 2 No. 3
Game No. 6: NW No. 1 vs. KingCo No. 2 -- Winner becomes District 2 No. 4
Game No. 7: Narrows No. 2 vs. Metro No. 3 -- Winner becomes District 2 No. 5
Game No. 8: Metro No. 6 vs. SPSL No. 1 -- Winner becomes District 3 No. 1
Game No. 9: Metro No. 4 vs. Narrows No. 1 -- Winner becomes District 3 No. 2
Game No. 10: Narrows No. 3 vs. Seam/Brem No. 1 -- Winner becomes District 3 No. 3
Game No. 11: KingCo No. 3 vs. SPSL No. 2 -- Winner becomes District 3 No. 4
Game No. 12: Metro No. 7 vs. GSHL No. 1 -- Winner becomes District 4 No. 1
Game No. 13: SPSL No. 3 vs. GSHL No. 2 -- Winner becomes District 4 No. 2

Class 3A WIAA First-Round bracket

Game No. 1: District 1 No. 2 vs. District 2 No. 2
Game No. 2: District 4 No. 2 vs. District 3 No. 1
Game No. 3: District 5/6/8 No. 3 vs. District 5/6/8 No. 2
Game No. 4: District 2 No. 5 vs. District 5/6/8 No. 1
Game No. 5: District 2 No. 4 vs. District 1 No. 1
Game No. 6: District 3 No. 3 vs. District 4 No. 1
Game No. 7: District 2 No. 3 vs. District 3 No. 2
Game No. 8: District 3 No. 4 vs. District 2 No. 1

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September 29, 2011 12:00 PM

The K Kast: A conversation with M's broadcaster Dave Sims

Posted by Mason Kelley

This is only the third episode of the K Kast but, as far as content goes, it is the best so far.

It's a great show. We've got all the normal stuff. We talk Huskies, Seahawks, the Mariners' trip to Japan next season and make a few football predictions.

After that we've got a conversation with Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims. In addition to his role in Seattle, Sims also handles radio play-by-play for Sunday night NFL games on Westwood One. He is one of just a handful of guys who works in both baseball and the NFL.

Sims talks about his career as a broadcaster, his roots in newspapers as well as the NFL and, of course, baseball. He does a really nice job of explaining how he calls a game, and the nuances between TV and radio.

He also spends some time talking about how there are fewer and fewer African Americans playing baseball. It was particularly interesting to hear him say he makes a point to talk to every African American big-league ball player he can as he makes his way across the country during the season.

After our talk with Sims, it's time for the Reignman Rant. This one is the best yet. It starts with Shawn Kemp talking about his first Seahawks game as a season-ticket holder last week, but it continues into a conversation about what it's like to get booed and his personal experiences with that.

He talks about a game against Golden State and one overzealous fan fond of shouting "Krispy Kreme." I won't spoil the rest, but it's a great story and worth waiting for.

If you would like to listen to the K Kast in an alternate player, click here.

To listen to past episodes, click here.

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September 28, 2011 4:29 PM

Second 2011 Associated Press high-school football rankings

Posted by Mason Kelley

Here is this week's Associated Press Washington Football Prep Poll:

Washington Football Prep Poll
By The Associated Press

Class 4A

1. Ferris (12) 4-0 120
2. Bellarmine Prep 4-0 105
3. Eastlake 4-0 95
4. Skyline 2-2 79
5. Chiawana 4-0 76
6. Olympia 4-0 60
7. Kentlake 4-0 48
8. Central Valley 4-0 37
9. Federal Way 4-0 24
10. Davis 4-0 5

Others receiving 6 or more points: None

Class 3A

1. Bellevue (12) 4-0 120
2. Lakes 4-0 107
3. O'Dea 4-0 95
4. Kamiakin 4-0 85
5. Peninsula 4-0 71
6. Meadowdale 4-0 59
7. Mount Si 3-1 28
8. Camas 3-1 26
9. Seattle Prep 4-0 25
10. Bonney Lake 4-0 19

Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Kennewick 14. 12, Oak Harbor 10.

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September 28, 2011 1:35 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Tuesday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

There was plenty of high-school volleyball action Tuesday, and here are some highlights from matches reported to The Times -- starting with a bit of an upset:

Roosevelt 3, Woodinville 2

Sarah O'Connor put together 17 kills, 12 digs, 3 blocks and 3 aces to lead the Roughriders to the KingCo 4A victory over No. 8 Woodinville. It was 16-14 in the fifth. O'Connor, one of the top players in the state, had help from Frances Woods (10 kills), Kristen Lane (9 kills, 4 blocks, 3 aces), Katrina Lane (7 kills, 3 blocks, 10 digs), Maile Munro (38 assists, 13 digs, 3 blocks) and Jordan Schwartz (10 digs). Ali Forde had another big night for Woodinville (18 kills, 20 digs) and Ashtyn Mann did a little bit of everything with 9 kills, 7 blocks and 3 aces. Brooke Wiley finished with 17 assists, while Jen Schnelle had 30 digs.

Skyline 3, Ballard 0

Maddie Magee had 16 kills and 12 digs for the 10th-ranked Spartans, who also got 27 assists and 3 blocks from Madison Stoa, 11 digs and 4 aces from Kennedy Stoa and 9 kills from Molly Mounsey. Grace Taylor led Ballard with 7 kills and Monique Marquez had 21 assists. Skyline and Roosevelt play this Thursday in what should be a great match.

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September 27, 2011 2:54 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Monday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Two big Metro League volleyball matches Monday headline the highlights post.

No. 4 Eastside Catholic held off Bainbridge, 3-2, and No. 7 Seattle Prep blanked Holy Names, 3-0.

Read more about those battles along with other matches reported to The Times Monday:

Eastside Catholic 3, Bainbridge 2

Kameron McLain hammered 29 kills and added 11 digs for the Crusaders, while Hannah Christie handed out a whopping 52 assists. Katherine Towslee chipped in 10 kills and Mandy Mahan 7. Defensively, Marlena Norwood (26 digs) and Lauren Rehn (19) stood out. Bainbridge -- a team that continues to make a strong argument to be included in the state rankings -- got 18 kills and 17 digs from Nina Muffy along with 40 assists and 7 digs from Maggie Haskin. Emma Burgess contributed 24 digs and 3 aces, Kat Frickleton (9 kills, 3 blocks) an Amanda Witt (6 kills, 4 blocks) also were solid.

Seattle Prep 3, Holy Names 0

Olivia Magill (16 kills, 5 blocks) and Phylly Knight (12 kills, 3 blocks) paced the offense, with the majority of the assists going to Lauren Ellingwood (20) and Lauren Mathews (12). Maddie Burnett added 7 kills and Ari Mosca came up with 12 digs. There are no Holy Names highlights listed. I received a tip saying several Holy Names players were involved in a minor car accident before the match that appeared to affect the Cougars' lineup. The two teams meet again next Wednesday. Holy names plays Bainbridge this Wednesday.

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September 27, 2011 9:59 AM

Bellevue continues to inch closer to top 10 nationally

Posted by Mason Kelley

In the USA Today Super 25, Bellevue sits on the cusp of the top 10. The Wolverines jumped two spots this week, climbing to No. 11. Click here for full rankings.

In the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Bellevue jumps from No. 20 to 16. Click here.

The RivalsHigh 100 has Bellevue a bit lower than the first two sites, putting the Wolverines at No. 20, which is one spot better than last week. Click here.

Lakes moved up in the Rivals rankings, climbing from 43 to 39.

In the ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50, Bellevue climbs to No. 19 after sitting at 21 last week. Click here.

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September 26, 2011 10:23 PM

Liberty hires John Martin to coach baseball

Posted by Mason Kelley

Liberty High School athletic director Stark Porter announced Monday that John Martin has been hired to coach the Patriots' baseball program.

Martin spent the past few years as an assistant coach at Auburn Mountainview. Prior to that he was an assistant at Liberty.

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September 26, 2011 10:17 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school girls soccer rankings -- Week 4

Posted by Mason Kelley

By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times

The top-ranked girls soccer teams in Class 4A and 3A have plenty in common - things going smoothly so far, but soon to be tested.

Kentwood remains atop 4A with an unbeaten record at 5-0-0 and two more wins last week. Southridge of Kennewick of stayed at No. 1 in 3A by upping its record to a perfect 7-0-0 last week.

Both have big test looming on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Conquerors face off with No. 2 Tahoma (5-0-0) in South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division action on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the Bears' pitch. It is a rematch of last year's 4A title match, won 1-0 by Kentwood in shootout.

Kentwood must get past Kent-Meridian on Tuesday and Auburn Thursday to remain perfect. Tahoma needs wins over Kentlake on Tuesday and at Jefferson on Thursday to set up the battle of unbeatens.

Southridge could be putting its unbeaten and No. 1 spot on the line Saturday at 2 p.m. at home against No. 9 Kamiakin (5-2-0).

The No. 1 Suns play Eastmont at home on Tuesday. Kamiakin, whose only losses are to 4A schools Gonzaga Prep and Moses Lake, hosts Hanford on Tuesday.

In the 4A rankings, nothing changed through the top five spots as after Kentwood and Tahoma came Lewis & Clark of Spokane at No. 3, Skyline of Sammamish at No. 4 and Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma at No. 5. Beamer moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 as Mead switched spots after its first loss of the season.

The best team not ranked in 4A could be Lake Stevens, who is 6-0-0.

Perhaps the most dominant team in the 4A rankings is Beamer, which has outscored opponents 22-1 in six wins.

After the first three teams in 3A - Southridge, Bonney Lake and Seattle Prep - there was considerable movement in the final seven spots of the rankings this week.

Everett (5-0-1) vaulted from No. 7 to No. 4 by staying unbeaten and posting a 2-1 overtime win over Glacier Peak, which moved from No. 6 to No. 7 this week.

Hanford fell from No. 5 to out of the 3A rankings after a pair of losses and fellow Columbia Basin Big Nine Athletic Conference (CBBN), Kamiakin made its top 10 debut at No. 9.

Prairie (5-1-1), of Brush Prairie near Vancouver, moved from No. 8 to No. 6 with a steady week.

Here's the complete ESPN Powerade Fab 50 national rankings with Kentwood at No. 36 and Skyline at No. 41:

http://rise.espn.go.com/girls-soccer/team-rankings/Fall-2011-Rankings/2011/Week-04.aspx?pursuit=GirlsSoccer

In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national rankings from Sept. 20, Kentwood climbs to No. 10:

http://www.nscaa.com/hsRes.php?it=2549

In the Region VI or West Region rankings, there's more Washington representation with Kentwood at No. 2, Tahoma at No. 6, Skyline at No. 10 and Snohomish at No. 12:

http://www.nscaa.com/hsRes.php?it=2548

Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 4:

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September 26, 2011 4:03 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school volleyball rankings -- Week 4

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Corrected version

Let me preface this week's high-school volleyball rankings by mentioning again how there is no exact science to it. They are very arbitary and often can seem unfair.

So, can you tell I struggled with some things this time around?

Absolutely.

Even though there were only two real "upsets" of note, one in each classification. The biggest, of course, was in 3A with Seattle Prep knocking off No. 1 Eastside Catholic. Prep the defending state champion, had been ranked No. 2 in the opening poll of the season, but fell out with a so-so performance at the Auburn Mountainview tournament followed by a loss to Bainbridge.

I felt Prep had to get back in there with that victory, but at who's expense? I didn't want to drop E-C all of the way out, certainly. There are times when a team stays ranked below a team they have beaten, as unfair as that might seem. Eastside Catholic slips to No. 4 and Seattle Prep jumps back in at No. 8.

Prep plays No. 7 Holy Names tonight (Monday).

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September 26, 2011 2:13 PM

High-school volleyball rankings for 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B

Posted by Sandy Ringer

I will be posing The Seattle Times' weekly 4A and 3A state volleyball rankings in a little bit.

In the meantime, here's something I think a lot of you have been waiting for the past few weeks.

We've had some members of the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association work together to compile rankings for 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B. We should get updated rankings each Monday. I am not sure yet whether we will be seeing a coaches' version of the 4A and 3A rankings, as in the past.

Here are the opening rankings for the other classifications:

Class 2A
1. Burlington-Edison
2. Selah
3. Anacortes
4. Tumwater
5. Pullman
6. Black Hills
7. Cheney
8. West Valley (Spokane)
9. Mark Morris
10. Lynden

Class 1A
1. King's
2. Chelan
3. Colville
4. Castle Rock
5. Freeman
6. Lynden Christian
7. Ridgefield
8. Cedar Park Christian
9. Cascade-Levenworth
10. Okanogan

Class 2B
1. Reardan
2. Bear Creek
3. Northwest Christian
4. Riverside Christian
5. Colfax
6. LaConner
7. Pateros
8. Darrington
9. Kittitas
10. Toutle Lake

Class 1B
1. Christian Faith
2. Tekoa-Oaksdale
3. Almira-Coulee-Hartline
4. Moses Lake Christian
5. Wilbur-Creston
6. Klickitat
7. Colton
8. Thorp
9. Lopez
10. Hunters

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September 26, 2011 9:18 AM

2011 boys high-school water polo rankings -- Sept. 25

Posted by Mason Kelley

Here are the 2011 season's first boys high-school water polo rankings.

Boys High School Rankings for Week of 9/25/2011

1. Newport
2. Roosevelt
3. Curtis
4. Bellevue
5. Auburn Riverside
6. Bainbridge Island
7. Wilson
8. Rogers
9. Puyallup
10. Auburn Mountainview

Click here for the link.

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September 26, 2011 9:07 AM

2011 Cross Country Coaches Poll -- Week 4

Posted by Mason Kelley

Here is the updated Class 4A and 3A cross country coaches poll:

Rank Boys 4A

1. Eisenhower
2. Henry Jackson
3. Wenatchee
4. Gig Harbor
5. Mead
6. Ferris
7. Lewis & Clark
8. Auburn Riverside
9. Puyallup
10. Lake Stevens

Others Bellarmine Prep, Redmond & Garfield

Rank Boys 3A

1. North Central
2. Kamiakin
3. Bellevue
4. Seattle Prep
5. Mt. Spokane
6. University
7. Nathan Hale
8. Bishop Blanchet
9. Peninsula
10. Shadle Park

Others Lakes, Camas & Hazen

Rank Boys 2A

1. Lindbergh
2. Sehome
3. Squalicum
4. Cedarcrest
5. Renton
6. Deer Park
7. Ellensburg
8. Bellingham
9. Selah
10. White River

Others Lakewood & North Kitsap

Rank Boys 1A

1. Charles Wright Academy
2. King's
3. Colville
4. Lakeside
5. La Center
6. Lynden Christian
7. Cashmere
8. Montesano
9. Onalaska
10. Royal

Others Meridian, Toledo & Port Townsend

Rank Boys 1B /2B

1. Tri-Cities Prep
2. NW Christian-Lacey
3. Republic
4. Davenport
5. St. George's
6. NW Christian-Colbert
7. Crosspoint Academy
8. Mosseyrock
9. Waitsburg-Prescott
10. Mt. Rainier Lutheran

Others Bear Creek, Riverside Christian & White Pass

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September 25, 2011 9:33 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school football rankings -- Week 4

Posted by Mason Kelley

TJ_KL_111196[1].jpgSeattle Times photo by Jim Bates (Kentlake, No. 7 in 4A, celebrates Friday's win over Jefferson)

One ranked team in each classification lost this week, so there weren't many changes that needed to be made.

However, I struggled to fill the final spot in the Class 4A rankings.

I wasn't sure how much Issaquah's second-half struggles should cost the Eagles. I wasn't sure how to rank Lake Stevens', Arlington's and Woodinville's undefeated starts. I wasn't sure if Skyview's 31-10 win over Camas -- ranked No. 5 in 3A last week -- was enough to get the Storm back into the rankings with a 2-2 record.

Heading into this week's showdown -- the Eagles and Vikings play Friday -- Arlington (45 points per game) and Lake Stevens (44.25 points per game) are putting up similar scores offensively. And Woodinville knocked off Mount Si, ranked No. 10 in 3A, to open the season.

The Falcons play Bothell Oct. 7, and the winner of that game could be headed for the KingCo 4A title game if the Cougars get past Inglemoor this week.

Then there's Skyview. The Storm lost its first two games, before winning the next two. The win over Camas is impressive, but it's not quite enough to get Skyview back into the rankings.

All of these teams have a strong case to claim a spot in the rankings. The same could be said about Davis, after knocking off Richland, 34-27 in overtime and Bethel -- 3-0 after a Week 1 loss to Permian (Odessa, Texas) on the road. The Braves play Federal Way this week, which should be a good gauge of where they're at as a program.

So, after going back and forth, debating with myself for longer than I'd like to admit, I settled on Woodinville. The Falcons are a group that has been building for this season with a good group of seniors. The same can be said for some of the other teams in this group, but helping Woodinville's cause is a defense that has only given up 17 points all season, posting two shutouts.

With so many teams on the verge of a spot in the rankings, I wouldn't be surprised to see quite a few more changes as the season goes on.

In 3A, there is only one change. Since Camas fell to Skyview, the Papermakers drop two spots to No. 7, allowing Meadowdale and Peninsula to move up one spot.

Kennewick is making a case to slip into the top 10 after playing fourth-ranked Kamiakin tough, falling 14-6.

Here are this week's Class 4A and 3A rankings:

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September 23, 2011 11:44 PM

Final thoughts on Friday night football

Posted by Mason Kelley

Josiah_mh054503.jpg Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison

So much for my upset special. After Interlake played Bellevue, ranked No. 1 in 3A, close last week, I expected big things out of the Saints against Mercer Island.

And that was before I heard that Jeff Lindquist wasn't going to play for the Islanders. But it seems like Mercer Island is now playing the way it expected to at the start of the season just in time to take on Bellevue next week.

How about the Islanders backup quarterback Brian Higgins? The junior completed 16 of 22 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown.

Higgins was one of Friday's big-time performers on another wild night. Click here for the game story.

Kentlake, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, had a wild night against Jefferson, holding off the Raiders, who were looking to pull off another upset. Click here for the story.

Then, in a matchup of two unbeaten teams, Oak Harbor blew past Everett, 47-14. Josiah Miller, pictured above, rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. He also caught a 45-yard touchdown pass. Click here for story.

Here's a look at the other games we covered Friday night and a few additional highlights.

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September 23, 2011 3:57 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Thursday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

I'm late getting to this today, and will be heading out to cover a football game shortly, so I will limit the highlights a little more than usual. But here are the top performances from Thursday's matches, as reported to The Times:

Woodniville 3, Garfield 0

Ali Forde set the pace as usual for the Falcons, ranked No. 8 in 4A, with 8 kills and 12 digs, while Kelsea Orren had 12 assists and 8 digs. Jen Schnelle gathered a team-high 13 digs. Garfield got a strong outing from Jazmine Johnson-McCoy (12 kills, 10 digs) with Miko Guzzaardo handing out 24 assists. Sophie Black anchored the defense with 17 digs.

Roosevelt 3, Eastlake 0

Sarah O'Connor smacked 13 kills and served up 3 aces for the Roughriders, while Maile Munro provided 27 assists and 10 digs. Kristen Lane did a little bit of everything with 8 kills, 11 digs and 5 aces.

Bothell 3, Issaquah 2

Katie Arneson led the Cougars with 14 kills and 12 digs, while Allie Hadley had 10 kills and 24 digs. The assists were shared by Molly Rigdon (17) and Makenzie Kruger (12). Sam Rogers had a huge night for Issaquah with 25 kills, 17 digs, 7 aces and 3 blocks. Misty Siochi was also solid with 15 kills and 13 digs.

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September 23, 2011 1:50 PM

Friday night football Twitter updates

Posted by Mason Kelley

prepcoverpic17.jpg Seattle Times photo by John Lok

It's another Friday night full of high-school football action and I'll be tweeting and retweeting all evening.

Here is a look at our high-school football round up from Thursday. Click here.

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September 22, 2011 4:57 PM

A friendly wager -- high-school football predictions

Posted by Mason Kelley

I'm always open to trying new things here on the blog, so when ESPNHS's David Auguste (@espnhsauguste) on twitter asked me to go head-to-head in weekly predictions, I figured it would be fun.

Making it even better, we enlisted Mariner running back KeiVarae Russell to help out.

Here are the picks:

My picks (Record 0-0)

Seattle Prep beats Eastside Catholic
Arlington beats Marysville-Pilchuck
Skyline beats Issaquah
Kentlake beats Jefferson
Oak Harbor beats Everett

Upset special: Interlake over Mercer Island

KeiVarae's picks (Record 0-0)

Seattle Prep
Arlington
Skyline
Kentlake
Oak Harbor

David's picks (Record 0-0)

Seattle Prep
Marysville-Pilchuck
Skyline
Kentlake
Oak Harbor

Upset special: Skyview over Camas

For explanations on Russell and Auguste's picks, click here.

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September 22, 2011 2:28 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Wednesday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

First of all, I want to make sure you are aware of Friday's Class 4A showdown between No. 2 Bellarmine Prep and No. 5 Kentwood, starting at 4:45 at Kentwood. And No. 6 Curtis has a key stretch coming up over the next week and a half with matches at No. 4 Olympia (9/27), Puyallup (9/29) and Bellarmine (10/3).

But the biggest news Wednesday was Seattle Prep's 3-0 victory over Eastside Catholic in a rematch of last year's 3A state championship contest.

EC is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A while Prep, the defending state champ, had fallen out of the rankings with last week's loss to Bainbridge. Wednesday, the Panthers were the better team, EC coach Mike Bryant said in an e-mail.

"Prep played very well," he said. "Our unforced errors were key and Prep had a lot to do with that with the pressure they applied. In each set we fell behind early and the deficits were too great for us to overcome in spite of some late runs and momentum on our side. We struggled with our ball control which equated to limited opportunities and flow on offense."

Set scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-22.

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September 22, 2011 11:33 AM

The K Kast: Spencer Hawes talks Hawks, Huskies, lockout

Posted by Mason Kelley

A special guest joined us for the second show this week, NBA center Spencer Hawes.

The 7-foot-1 big man, who played his high-school ball at Seattle Prep and spent a year at Washington, stopped by to talk about Ichiro's future with the Mariners, the Seahawks, Huskies and the NBA lockout.

Hawes is a restricted free agent, so it was really interesting to listen to him talk about how he is handling his offseason conditioning.

We also took some time to talk to Hawes about his road to the NBA and his improved game in the post after spending some time learning from Shawn Kemp.

In this week's Reignman Rant, Kemp shares his thoughts about the current lockout and talks about his experience during the last lockout during the 1998-99 season.

Hawes and Kemp will be at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday volunteering at a free basketball clinic for boys and girls ages 7-14. Click here for more information.

Click here if you want to listen to thought a different audio player.

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September 21, 2011 10:52 PM

First 2011 Associated Press high-school football rankings

Posted by Mason Kelley

Here is the first Associated Press high-school football media poll of the 2011 season. Two things struck me when I first saw this.

No. 1, in Class 4A Issaquah picked up a first-place vote. The Eagles are good, but it's always interesting to see a team ranked ninth to pick up a vote for the top spot.

The other thing, and it seemed odd, is that Edmonds-Woodway picked up votes, despite being 0-3. These rankings also cover all classifications and will be posted every Wednesday.

Class 4A

W-L Pts

1. Ferris (Spokane) (8) 3-0 88
2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 3-0 70
3. Eastlake (Sammamish) 3-0 60
4. Chiawana (Pasco) 3-0 52
5. Skyline (Sammamish) 1-2 50
6. Olympia 3-0 49
7. Kentlake 3-0 27
8. Central Valley (Spokane) 3-0 25
9. Issaquah (1) 3-0 23
10. Federal Way 3-0 19
Others with 6 or more points: Edmonds-Woodway 9, Arlington 7.

Class 3A

1. Bellevue (9) 3-0 90
2. Lakes (Lakewood) 3-0 79
3. O'Dea (Seattle) 3-0 67
4. Camas 3-0 59
5. Kamiakin (Kennewick) 3-0 58
6. Peninsula (Gig Harbor) 3-0 41
7. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) 3-0 37
8. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) 2-1 20
9. Seattle Prep 3-0 17
10. (tie) Bonney Lake 3-0 7
(tie) Kennewick 3-0 7

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September 21, 2011 10:45 PM

Beamer's Kevin Davis headed to Central Washington

Posted by Mason Kelley

Former Beamer basketball standout Kevin Davis will continue his college basketball career at Central Washington after spending last season at Tacoma Community College.

Here is the press release:

ELLENSBURG (Sept. 20) -- The Central Washington University men's basketball team has announced the addition of sophomore forward Kevin Davis to its roster for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

"We are excited to have an athlete of Kevin's caliber for the next three years," CWU head coach Greg Sparling said. "His ability to rebound and alter shots should have an immediate impact for us."

Davis prepped at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, and transfers to Central from Tacoma Community College. The 6-foot-9 forward will be one of five players on the Wildcat roster to have played at TCC, where he was coached by former CWU assistant Carl Howell.

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September 21, 2011 1:33 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Tuesday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Here are some highlights of volleyball matches played Tuesday, as reported to The Times:

Skyline 3, Garfield 0

The Spartans, new to the Class 4A state rankings this week at No. 10, got 15 kills and 11 digs from Halle Erdahl, 7 kills and 3 blocks from Molly Mounsey and 21 assists, 4 blocks and 3 aces from Madison Stoa. For Garfield, Jazmine Johnson-McCoy smacked 13 kills, while Bekah Louie handed out 17 assists and Sophia Black had 12 digs.

Roosevelt 3, Redmond 0

Sarah O'Connor led a balanced offensive attack with 12 kills and 3 aces and was followed by Frances Woods (9 kills), Katrina Lane (7 kills), Kristen Lane (7 kils, 3 aces) and Kristina Nielsen (6 kills). Maile Munro piled up 33 assists and Audrey Choy picked up 11 digs. For Redmond, Justice Magraw put together 15 assists.

Inglemoor 3, Issaquah 2

Morgan Trahan pounded 16 kills and Emily Carpenter added 13 along with 15 digs to pace the Vikings. Ellie Swanson supplied 30 assists and Macie Cross was good for 17 digs. Issaquah got a game-high 22 kills from Sam Rogers, who added 10 digs and 5 aces. Cassie Elenes chipped in 12 kills and Misty Siochi added 6, while McKenzie Bostic racked up 50 assists. Lindsey Ferguson was good for 14 digs and 6 aces.

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September 20, 2011 4:50 PM

A look at the national high-school football rankings

Posted by Mason Kelley

Bellevue and Lakes are the only Washington teams showing up in national rankings right now. Here is a look at how the Wolverines and Lancers, the top two teams in Class 3A, stack up nationally.

USA Today kept Bellevue at No. 13. Click here.

In the RivalsHigh 100 the Wolverines are No. 24, down two spots from 22. Click here.

Lakes is ranked No. 43, up three spots from last week.

In the ESPN Rise Fab 50, Bellevue climbs to No. 21, up three spots from the previous week. Click here.

In the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Bellevue is up one spot to No. 20. Click here.

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September 20, 2011 1:53 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Monday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

There were some outstanding volleyball matches played Monday, including a 5-set Metro Leaue marathon between Eastside Catholic and Holy Names, both ranked teams in Class 3A.

The No. 1 Crusaders wound up winning 15-2 in the fifth over the No. 7 Cougars.

"Holy Names is solid, with great ball control and a lot of offensive production from many people," EC coach Mike Bryant said in an e-mail when asked about the match. "We were very fortunate to come out of that match with a victory. They put a lot of pressure on us throughout the entire match. We will definitely learn from this match and be better from it as we move forward."

He said Jordan Gates provided a spark in the final set when she subbed in with EC leading just 4-2. But the biggest stars for the Crusaders were Hannah Christie (56 assists, 13 kills, 13 digs) and Kameron McLain (27 kills, 16 digs). Katherine Towslee added 11 kills, while Lauren Rehn had 5 kills and 19 digs and Nicole Boswell supplied 22 digs.

Holy Names was led by Courtney Lang (13 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks). She got help from Sarah Bradley (10 kills, 3 blocks), Camille Burkhardt (8 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces), Courtney Pharr (5 kills, 3 aces), Maddie Koh (32 assists, 6 digs), and Kolleen Kane (20 digs, 3 aces).

The two teams meet again at Holy Names next month.

Here are some highlights from other matches reported to The Times Monday:

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September 20, 2011 12:44 PM

Juanita volleyball coach abruptly fired

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Teena Bambolo was fired as Juanita's head volleyball coach Monday, hours before the Rebels played a KingCo 3A/2A match against Mount Si.

"It was sort of an administrative decision," athletic director Steve Juzeler said Tuesday. "We're not going to give any more information than that. We wish Teena well."

Emily Price, the varsity assistant coach, is serving as interim head coach, according to Juzeler.

Bambolo, who was in her 10th season as head coach, said she was surprised by the abrupt meeting Monday with Juzeler and two other Juanita administrators. She was told her contract was terminated, given a final check (for the entire season) and asked to turn over her facility keys.

"It took all of five minutes," she said. "Ten years, and it took five minutes. They said their decision was final and I didn't get to explain myself. . . . I don't believe I've done anything in my 10 years at Juanita that would warrent termination. What I care about is my name and reputation which right now has been tarnished."

Bambolo is proud of the progress she made with the program, pointing out the team went 0-16 her second year as head coach and last season finished 11-3 in conference play to place second behind unbeaten Mount Si.

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September 19, 2011 8:21 PM

Lake Stevens football highlights Week 3 -- video

Posted by Mason Kelley

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September 19, 2011 8:13 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school girls soccer rankings -- Week 3

Posted by Mason Kelley

By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times

Nothing changed at the top of the Class 4A girls soccer rankings or at the top of the 3A rankings heading into Week 3.

Kentwood retains the top spot in 4A with a 3-0-0 record and South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division rival and second-ranked Tahoma also moved to 3-0-0.

In 3A, No. 1 Southridge of Kennewick improved to 5-0-0 and No. 2 Bonney Lake upped its record to 4-0-0.

The longer Kentwood and Tahoma remain unbeaten, the more meaning it gives their Oct. 1 and Oct. 27 meetings.

Lewis & Clark of Spokane stayed in the No. 3 slot in 4A by going to 4-0-0. The Tigers reached the quarterfinals last season before falling to Kentwood 4-0.

Skyview of Vancouver, which temporarily lost top player Sheaffer Skadsen to a broken nose, dipped to 2-0-3 and fell from No. 6 to No. 9 this week.

In 3A, Seattle Prep displaced Holy Names at No. 3 as the two teams switched spots. Prep improved to 5-0-0 and Holy Names went 4-0-1 with a scoreless tie against Eastside Catholic on Sept. 15.

The two Metro League powers meet Sept. 29 at Holy Names and then again at Prep on Oct. 30 in the season finale.

Camas and Juanita both fell out of the Top 10 in 3A with losing weeks. Hanford (5-0-0) made the biggest jump in 3A, climbing two spots to No. 5.

Prairie and Auburn Mountainview debuted in the Top 10 of 3A.

Here's the complete ESPN Powerade Fab 50 national rankings with Kentwood at No. 40 and Skyline at No. 49 for Washington state representation:

http://rise.espn.go.com/girls-soccer/team-rankings/Fall-2011-Rankings/Fall-2011.aspx?pursuit=GirlsSoccer

In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national rankings from Sept. 13, Kentwood checks in tied at No. 14:

http://www.nscaa.com/hsRes.php?it=2533

Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 3:

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September 19, 2011 4:45 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school volleyball rankings -- Week 3

Posted by Sandy Ringer

I was disappointed I wasn't able to cover the Kent Classic volleyball tournament on Saturday (space issues).

When I saw that two Oregon teams wound up meeting in the championship match, I didn't feel so bad.

But it would have been great to see the semifinals, where Olympia (No. 4 in Washington's Class 4A) lost to Central Catholic (the overall winner) and Eastside Catholic (No. 1 in 3A) fell against Crook County, both in straight sets.

It was also a pretty good day for host Kentwood (then No. 6 in 4A, now No. 5), which placed fifth.

It was not a good day for Wenatchee, which came in ranked No. 5 in 4A. The Panthers lost 2-0 to Skyline in morning pool play, then were swept by Kentwood and Curtis. After a first-round win over Valley Catholic in bracket play, they lost in three to Camas, a solid 3A team.

So, this week, Wenatchee falls all over the way out of the top-10, at least for now. And Skyview of Vancouver, which had jumped in at No. 9 last week, drops back to the watch list -- not so much because of tournament play (the Storm finished ninth, losing to Eastside Catholic and Post Falls), but because they lost a league match to Union last week. It was Skyview's first league loss since 2006.

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September 16, 2011 11:36 PM

Final thoughts on Friday night football

Posted by Mason Kelley

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I wasn't going to do a final Friday night recap this week, because I'm on Skyline's team bus and I planned on sleeping a bit before driving to Spokane -- later this morning I guess since it's past midnight -- to spend some time with my grandfather and watch my brother play football for Whitworth.

But, after what happened tonight, I felt like I owed it to Ingraham to post something.

How about those Rams? I tried to figure out exactly when Ingraham (3-0) last beat Rainier Beach in football and I couldn't pin it down. I will do my best to figure it out this week as I follow up on the Rams' 39-22 win over the Vikings. Rainier Beach coach Mark Haley said he didn't think he had lost to Ingraham since he's been coaching the Vikings, and he's been there a long time.

Here is the game story. Click here.

This week I predicted that the 2011 season would be the second winning campaign for the Rams since their 1988 state-title team. This win goes a long way toward making sure that happens. There's a lot of football left, but that's a big win for a school that's feeding off the pride provided by the ESPN Rise UP renovations to the schools gym, weight room and uniforms.

I also wanted to add a note on Skyline's 56-46 loss to Lake Oswego. Max Browne's 459 passing yards trumped the school record of 426 set by Zach Habben in 2003.

Click here for the full game story.

Here is a look at the other games we covered and highlights that were reported to The Seattle Times.

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September 16, 2011 5:45 PM

See some great volleyball Saturday at the Kent Classic

Posted by Sandy Ringer

If you're interested in watching some top-notch volleyball Saturday, make your way out to the Kent Classic, which is split between Kentlake and Kentwood.

Doors open at 7 a.m. with the first rounds of pool play scheduled for 8 a.m.

The 30-team field includes several ranked teams -- Eastside Catholic (No. 1 in 3A), Olympia (No. 4 in 4A), Wenatchee (No. 5 in 4A), Kentwood (No. 6 in 4A), Curtis (No. 7 in 4A) and Skyview of Vancouver (No. 9 in 4A).

Last year's winner was Jackson, which went on to claim the 4A state title. The Timberwolves are not returning this season (the played in the Adidas Puget Sound Invitational at Auburn Mountainview last weekend and are going to the Crossover Classic in Spokane next month).

Championship play after the first round will be at Kentwood, with additional bracketing at Kentlake. The title match is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Kentwood.

You can find more information at the tournament website.

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September 16, 2011 4:37 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Thursday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Sorry I didn't get to this earlier. Here are some highlights from Thursday's volleyball matches reported to The Times:

Skyline 3, Mercer Island 0

In a battle bewteen KingCo 4A and 3A teams, the Spartans handed the Islanders (ranked No. 6 in 3A) their first loss of the season behind the 17 kills and 3 aces of Maddie Magee. Halle Erdahl added 8 kills and 11 digs, while Madison Stoa put together 6 kills, 30 assists and 3 aces. Kennedy Stoa finished with 15 digs. No MI highlights were posted.

Woodinville 3, West Seattle 0

Ali Forde put together 13 kills and 12 digs, while Ashtyn Mann had 11 kills to pace the No. 10 Falcons. Kelsea Orren and Brooke Wiley split the assists with 14 each and Orren added 3 aces. Jen Schnelle contributed 15 digs. For West Seattle, Hannah Burden had a big night at the net with 12 reported blocks, while Emmie Riley had a team-high 7 kills. Eastyn Baleto dug up 17 balls and Makenzie Harrision served up three aces.

Jackson 3, Glacier Peak 0

Emmy Allen led the third-ranked Timberwolves with 19 kills and Payton Locknane added 11, with Haley MacDonald handing out 27 assists. Miah Diirell finished with 13 digs. GP's Maria Darling had 4 kills.

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September 16, 2011 1:52 PM

Friday night football Twitter updates

Posted by Mason Kelley

I will be Tweeting updates from Skyline's game at Lake Oswego. I will try to retweet as many scores as I can throughout the night.

Here are our stories from Thursday night.

Lake Stevens 42, Inglemoor 25

Click here for story.

Seattle Prep 42, Garfield 7

Click here for story.

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September 16, 2011 1:50 PM

Juanita golfer Frank Garber sets school record

Posted by Mason Kelley

Wanted to make note of this earlier this week, but Juanita's Frank Garber shot a school-record 32 on the par 35 Bellevue Municipal Golf Course against Sammamish High School.

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September 15, 2011 1:05 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Wednesday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Here are some highlights from Wednesday's volleyball matches, as reported to The Times:

Bainbridge 3, Seattle Prep 2

In what has to be the upset of the day, the Spartans took down the state 3A defending champs behind the 19 kills of Nina Mutty, who also had 18 digs. Maggie Haskin dished off 47 assists and added 17 digs, while Emma Burgess piled up 33 digs. Prep got 21 kills and 18 digs from Olivia Magill, 11 kills from Maddie Burnett and 45 assists from Lauren Ellingwood.

Eastside Catholic 3, Bishop Blanchet 0

The top-ranked Crusaders were led by Kameron McLain (13 kills), Hannah Christie (23 assists, 12 digs) and Marlena Norwood (13 digs). Blanchet had several players highlighted -- Molly Manca (10 kills, 3 aces, 7 digs), Allyson Ahern (18 assists, 3 aces), Sophie Beckley (2 aces, 14 digs) and Esther Purcell (3 blocks).

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September 14, 2011 12:40 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Tuesday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

We still aren't getting results from all matches reported to The Times, but here are some highlights from those that were called or e-mailed in Tuesday (and I no longer am going to post scores only from matches where highlights aren't reported or posted; you can see those easily on our website):

Jackson 3, Inglemoor 0

Payton Locknane and Katie Thompson each had 8 kills for the Timberwolves, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. Locknane also served up 4 aces. Inglemoor's Ellie Swanson had 13 assists.

Puyallup 3, Emerald Ridge 2

MaKenzie March handed out 37 assists for the Vikings, who got 8 kills from Allie Clements (we are light on Puyallup highlights). For ER, the standouts were Leia Roy (16 kills, 32 digs), Kylai Colley (11 kills, 12 digs, 4 blocks), Megan Hoeton (26 assists, 3 blocks) and Serena Labounty (12 digs).

Rogers 3, Auburn Riverside 1

Sydney Norris pounded 21 kills and added 4 aces, while Danielle Childs had 8 kills and 10 digs and Whitney Riffle had 9 kills. Ashton Arbuthnot distributed 40 assists. For AR, Alison Wuerch smacked 16 kills, Lauren Johnson put down 12 and Brenna Bruil put together 10 kills and 10 digs. Lexi White chipped in 17 assists.

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September 13, 2011 2:16 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Monday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Here are some highlights from Monday's volleyball matches, as reported to The Times:

Seattle Prep 3, Bishop Blanchet 2

Prep, the defending 3A state champion currently ranked No. 7, won the first two sets, but Blanchet rallied to send it to a fifth. Olivia Magill (25 kills) and Lauren Ellingwood (30 assists) paced the Panthers, who also got 9 kills and 13 digs from Maddie Burnett and 14 digs from Ari Mosca. For Blanchet, Molly Manca put together 23 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks and 3 digs, while Allyson Ahern had 42 assists, 3 blocks and 8 digs. Rachel Hunter (8 kills, 3 digs), Heidi Morisett (6 kills, 2 blocks), Sophie Beckley (2 aces, 11 digs), Esther Purcell (3 kills, 8 blocks) and Riley Stewart (4 blocks) also contributed for the Braves.

Eastside Catholic 3, Lakeside 0

The top-ranked Crusaders were led by Mandy Mahan and Kameron McLain with 7 kills each. Hannah Christie handed out 21 assists. Lakeside's top performers were Jennie Glerum (5 kills, 13 digs), Ana Rodriguez (6 kills, 11 digs), Devin Callahan (17 assists) and Nine Baek (14 digs).

Holy Names 3, Bainbridge 0

The Cougars, ranked No. 8 in 3A, showed their balance -- Camille Burkhardt (7 kills, 18 digs), Erica Ciez (6 kills), Sarah Bradley (6 kills), Maddie Koh (17 assists) and Colleen Kane (11 digs). Nina Mutty led Bainbridge with 9 kills, while Maggie Haskin had 15 assists.

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September 12, 2011 7:51 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school girls soccer rankings -- Week 2

Posted by Mason Kelley

By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times

So far, the Kentwood High School girls soccer team is finding security in numbers.

Right now, zeroes are No. 1 in its scorebook.

The Conquerors' wealth of experienced returners has led to a 2-0 start with a pair of shutout victories and, most importantly, its lofty status atop the Class 4A rankings.

The Conks, who return six starters and 17 varsity players overall, have gotten quality play from sophomore goalkeeper Megan Charlton, who is admirably following in the footsteps of four-year starter Courtney Johnson.

Kentwood, rated No. 47 in the ESPN Powerade Fab 50 national rankings, topped Jefferson 3-0 to open the season last Tuesday (Sept. 6) and then followed that up with a 1-0 decision over rival Kentlake on Thursday.

Kentwood coach Aaron Radford knows his team will get tested in the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division.

"I think Kentlake could be one of sleepers to win the whole league," said Radford. "They made a good push last year. Last year, they were barely out of first place behind Tahoma.

"[Kentlake] played strong and kept us from second. Had they not played Tahoma [a 2-1 loss] in the first round of state, it could've been all three of us in the [Class 4A state] Final Four."

The Conks' biggest test likely will come from No. 2 Tahoma, but they'll have to wait until Oct. 1 for the first meeting and then Oct. 27 in the regular-season finale.

Skyline, ranked No. 12 nationally in the ESPN Powerade Fab 50 rankings, started 2-0-1 but dropped a notch from No. 3 to No. 4 in 4A. Lewis & Clark of Spokane moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 with a 2-0 start.

In Class 3A, the No. 1 spot rests with Southridge of Kennewick after the Suns opened with a pair of victories. The Suns topped Chiawna 2-1 in last Tuesday's season opener - Sept. 6 -- and then beat West Valley of Yakima 2-1 on Saturday.

Southridge won both games without a goal from forward Heather Johnson, last year's Class 3A Player of the Year. Johnson had an assist in Saturday's win.

In 3A, Hanford and Everett debuted in the Top 10 at Nos. 7 and 9, respectively. Hanford beat a solid 4A Richland team and then thumped Kennewick 9-0 on Saturday. Everett won its first two matches by 7-1 count.

Decatur fell from the No. 7 spot in Week 1 to out of the rankings with two losses and Kennedy opened 1-2 and checked out of the Top 10.

In 4A, Beamer and Woodinville debuted at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, after 2-0 starts.

KingCo 4A teams Issaquah (1-2) and Eastlake (1-1-2) exited the Top 10 in Week 2 after tough starts.

Here are the complete ESPN Powerade Fab 50 national rankings.

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September 12, 2011 5:06 PM

Bellevue climbs to No. 13 in USA Today Super 25 rankings

Posted by Mason Kelley

Bellevue continues to inch its way toward the top 10 in the USA Super 25 rankings.

The Wolverines, who are coming off a 31-17 win over Skyline, moved up two spots to No. 13. Click here for the full rankings.

Bellevue is now ranked No. 21 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings. Click here.

In the ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50 the Wolverines made a big jump -- from 32-24. Click here.

And, finally, in the RivalsHigh 100, Bellevue goes from No. 32 to 22. Skyline drops from No. 90-98. Click here.

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September 12, 2011 4:43 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school volleyball rankings -- Week 2

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Early-season volleyball tournaments aren't always a true measure of just how good teams are, or will be.

Some coaches tinker with their lineups more than others. Some might be missing key players. So, I didn't get a real feel for all of the teams at the Puget Sound Adidas Invitational last Saturday.

But I can tell you this much -- Burlington-Edison is a really good team. Not just a really good 2A team -- the Tigers proved that with their championship victory over 4A Bellarmine Prep.

But Bellarmine is awfully good, too. And so is Jackson, which has now lost to both B-E (3-2) and BP (2-1).

Had Bellarmine beaten B-E in the title match, I might have vaulted the Lions up to No. 1. But for now I'm giving Mead the nod and putting Bellarmine at No. 2 with Jackson at No. 3.

It's always a little difficult to figure out what to do with bigger schools that lose to really good smaller schools (and vice-versa, with smaller schools losing to bigger ones).

Curtis, for instance, lost to Tumwater last week. Again, though, Tumwater is a team I think could contend for a 2A title (if I did 2A rankings, they'd probably go B-E at No. 1, Selah No. 2 and Tumwater No. 3). So, Curtis slips only from No. 4 to No. 7.

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September 12, 2011 2:44 PM

Moment of silence leads to delay of game penalty

Posted by Mason Kelley

Before Skyline and Bellevue even set foot on the field Friday night, there was a yellow flag on the green turf.

The Spartans were hit with a delay-of-game penalty after a moment of silence and remembrance to honor those killed Sept. 11, 2001 and in military operations overseas.

The rule, as it was explained to me, is that once the scoreboard clock hits zero before the game, the teams must take the field for the kickoff. If that doesn't happen, a penalty is assessed.

The national anthem was complete when the time on the clock expired and the moment of silence happened after that, resulting in a penalty.

The penalty didn't impact the game -- the kickoff resulted in a touchback and Skyline drove 80 yards for a touchdown, but it seems to me that, considering what the moment of silence represented, there was no need to throw the flag.

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September 12, 2011 1:32 PM

Bothell's Kevin Seguine OK after suffering head injury

Posted by Mason Kelley

Bothell coach Tom Bainter said center Kevin Seguine is going to be fine after taking a hit to the chin during Saturday's game against Mount Si at Pop Keeney Stadium.

Seguine sustained the injury during the second quarter of the Cougars' 26-14 loss. The game was delayed for 40 minutes while his condition was assessed.

The junior was at the school to meet his teammates after the game and was able to attend classes Monday. Bainter said he has a follow-up appointment with a doctor later this week.

"I think he's going to be fine," Bainter said. "He got hit pretty good right under the facemask, and I think he took a pretty good little pop to the chin, kind of like a fighter gets hit and goes down and, all of a sudden, he's like, 'Whoa, what just happened?' When he was down he did experience -- he thought -- some tingling in his feet, so whenever you hear that you automatically assume the worst."

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September 12, 2011 12:45 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school football rankings -- Week 2

Posted by Mason Kelley

This seems to happen every year, so I'm going to say this right away. Yes, I know there is a one-loss team sitting at No. 1 after two weeks.

Since top-ranked Skyline's loss came against Bellevue, which is ranked No. 15 in the nation in the USA Today Super 25, the Spartans get to retain the top spot this week.

I was impressed by Skyline and it will be interesting to see how they respond next week against Lake Oswego, Ore. Back-to-back losses will probably drop Skyline a bit.
So, since Skyline stays at No. 1. Skyview (Vancouver) and Bothell were the only other ranked 4A teams that lost, so there wasn't much to change.

The Storm fell to two out-of-state teams and drops out of the rankings, but Skyview, which was No. 5, remains on the bubble, while Bothell lost to Mount Si.
Central Valley (Spokane) climbs into the rankings at No. 9 after beating Mead, 41-28, Friday. Issaquah takes the final spot in 4A this week.

Whew. That was easier than 3A. Those weren't quite so simple. The top five won, so those teams maintain their positions. Now, since every team in the bottom five -- except Meadowdale -- lost, some by lopsided margins, it was time to make some big changes.

The Mavericks jump to No. 6 this week and, despite losing, Ferndale actually moves up one spot to No. 7 after keeping the game close with third-ranked O'Dea.

Kennedy Catholic -- I was really surprised by the Archbishop Murphy score -- falls out of the rankings with Juanita and University, which both fell. Now, the big question is, which teams belong in those vacated spots?

Peninsula has looked good so far this season, beating 4A Gig Harbor, 48-9, and Eastside Catholic, 49-21, so the Seahawks seemed like a good fit at No. 8.

From what I've seen so far, Seattle Prep has been one of the surprises of the season. The Panthers played well in a win over Mercer Island -- a team I still think is pretty good after the Islanders handled Newport -- and didn't let up against Highline.

Seattle Prep could be undefeated when it plays O'Dea Oct. 20.

I thought about putting Mercer Island back in the top 10 at No. 10, but I was impressed by Oak Harbor's comeback against Glacier Peak, so the Wildcats get the final spot in the top 10.

Meadowdale and Oak Harbor meet Oct. 27. Also, keep an eye on Mount Si, which rebounded from a Week 1 loss to Woodinville and knocked off Bothell on Saturday.

In talking to coaches before the season, it seemed like 3A would be wide-open, but I'm surprised to see so many preseason picks suffering early losses. It makes for an exciting season, even if there are a lot of changes in the top 10.

I didn't put Ingraham on the bubble, but it's nice to see the Rams off to a 2-0 start. Bainbridge is another team that is undefeated so far in the Metro League, a team to monitor, but I'm not going to put the Spartans on the bubble just yet. I also noticed that Kennewick is off to a 2-0 start over in the Tri-Cities.

I kept both University and Mount Spokane on the bubble, because they are supposed to be the top 3A teams out of Spokane. A third loss to open the season would knock them off.

Keep checking on the bottom half of the 3A rankings. I expect there to be a lot of changes as the season goes on.

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September 12, 2011 12:12 PM

2011 Cross Country Coaches Poll -- Week 2

Posted by Mason Kelley

Here is this week's cross country coaches poll.

Class 4A girls

1. Bellarmine Prep
2. Eisenhower
3. Tahoma
4. Eastlake
5. Redmond
6. Walla Walla
7. Auburn Riverside
8. Davis
9. Jackson
10. Central Valley

Others: Skyview, Stanwood

Class 3A girls

1. Glacier Peak
2. Shadle Park
3. Kamiakin
4. Peninsula
5. Lakeside
6. Mt. Spokane
7. Prairie
8. Enumclaw
9. Camas
10. Columbia River

Others: Bainbridge, Seattle Prep, Capital

Class 2A girls

1. Sehome
2. Interlake
3. Cheney
4. North Kitsap
5. Bellingham
6. Lindbergh
7. Lakewood
8. Cedarcrest
9. Burlington-Edison
10. Kingston

Others: Hockinson, Ellensburg, Ephrata

Class 1A girls

1. Riverside
2. King's
3. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls)
4. Cedar Park Christian
5. Bellevue Christian
6. Montesano
7. Highland
8. Bush
9. La Center
10. University Prep

Others: Omak, Cle Elum/Roslyn, Zillah

Class 1B/2B girls

1. Northwest Christian - Lacey
2. Northwest Christian - Colbert
3. White Pass
4. Oroville
5. St. George's

Others: Asotin, Bear Creek, Ocosta

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September 10, 2011 2:34 PM

Bellarmine Prep vs. Seattle Prep volleyball -- video

Posted by Mason Kelley

Image for MaxPreps Video.

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September 10, 2011 9:29 AM

Come on out to Auburn for a great volleyball tournament

Posted by Sandy Ringer

If you're a big high-school volleyball fan, you probably already know about the sixth annual Puget Sound Adidas Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Auburn Mountainview, which is already in progress this (Saturday) morning.

Just in case, here's a little more info -- and I'll be there this afternoon to catch some of the area's top teams in action and cover the title match, which is slated for 7 p.m.

It's a great opportunity to see some fabulous volleyball, so come on out!

Here are highlights from the press release:

Overview

The Puget Sound Adidas Invitational Volleyball Tournament will be one of the premier events of the 2011 volleyball season. It is designed to host twenty-four teams from all over the Northwest and California. This tournament is located at Auburn Mountainview High School, in Auburn, WA. This facility features six full sized courts and ample seating for all spectators.

The Teams

Defending Champion, Sam Barlow of Oregon returns, as well as newcomer Maria Carrillo from Santa Rosa, California.

Washington will be represented well with: Jackson, the 2010 4A State Champion and currently ranked 56th nationally by PrepVolleyball.com...they will be led by junior outside hitters Emmy Allen and Miah Diirell and 6'0 setter Haley MacDonald. Seattle Prep, the 2010 3A State Champions. Fourth place 4A finisher, Woodinville, led by Ali Forde. Seventh place 4A finisher Graham Kapowsin, Fourth-place 2A finisher Burlington Edison, as well as numerous 2010 State Tournament participants.

ADDRESS: 28900 124th Ave SE Auburn, WA 98092

And you can go here for the tourney website, with more great info.

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September 10, 2011 12:13 AM

Final thoughts on Friday night football

Posted by Mason Kelley

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Throughout Bellevue's trip to California, coaches spent a lot of time talking about the Wolverines' conditioning.

On Friday night against Skyline, that conditioning came through with Bellevue's linebackers swarming in the second half.

Bellevue's defense was the difference in the game, blanking the Spartans in the second half during a 31-17 win at Skyline High School.

I was particularly impressed by Sean Constantine, a junior linebacker who was all over the field and picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

"They played great," Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff said.

But, there is still worked to be done for the Wolverines, who are still mastering managing their emotions and would like to cut down on penalties.

"To get where we want to go, which is to get to state, we've got to be smart," Goncharoff said. "You can't make foolish penalties, you can't get under the lights and not do the right thing. But look, we're 2-0 against two great teams, so there's nothing but positive stuff ahead. We've got to get fundamentally better, we will."

As for Skyline, well, this is a very good team. I was interested to see how this group responded this season without Kasen Williams. This team doesn't have a receiver that explosive, but Taggart Krueger, Trevor Barney, Matt Sinatro, Nic Sblendorio and Andrew Giese can all catch the ball and Max Browne looks like he's throwing in his back yard.

In fact, I bet there are few people who could go out in their yard and complete as many passes, as effortlessly as Browne makes it look during games. He threw for 300 yards against a tough defense. He feels pressure and buys time with his feet, doesn't take many big hits.

There are few teams in the state that will be able to slow down the Spartans' offense. Skyline just needs to cut down on turnovers.

"I thought we had a good offensive game plan and we moved the ball," Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. "But then we'd have a turnover."

I know I'll hear about it, but don't be surprised to see the Spartans retain the top spot in Class 4A next week. Losing by 14 points to the No. 15 team in the nation isn't bad.

Click here for my game story.

-- One quick note before I get into the other action from Friday. We're not getting as many highlights from games as I would like. We're getting plenty of scores, but coaches, please get us your big-time performances. I want to write about them, but I can't do that unless you report them to us.

And, with that, here is a look around our coverage area.

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September 9, 2011 2:28 PM

Bellevue-Skyline Twitter updates from the Plateau

Posted by Mason Kelley

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Seattle Times photos by Jim Bates

If you can't make it tonight's big game between Skyline, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, and Bellevue, No. 1 in 3A, I'll have twitter updates.

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September 9, 2011 2:05 PM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Thursday

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Plenty of action Thursday night, so let's get right to it. Unfortunately, we don't have some match results on our website, but I've done my best to track down some of the key ones.

Jackson 3, Snohomish 2

The top-ranked Timberwolves rebounded from Tuesday's 5-set loss to Burlington-Edison against a very solid Snohomish team. We didn't get highlights on our website (still working out kinks), but I read where Emmy Allen (29 kills) and Haley MacDonald (53 assists) had a huge nights. Lanesha Reagan kept Snohomish in it with 20 kills and 13 digs.

Woodinville 3, Graham-Kapowsin 1

Ali Forde had 13 kills and 2 blocks for the No. 7 Falcolns, while Ashtyn Mann put together 9 kills, 3 blocks and 3 aces and Kelsey Orren finished with 17 assists. G-K got 12 kills from Mekenzie Geltz, 36 digs from Aubrey Bond and 31 assists from Asten Robel.

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September 8, 2011 7:37 AM

Some high-school volleyball highlights from Wednesday - Updated

Posted by Sandy Ringer

One match in particular stood out for me Wednesday -- Bellarmine Prep's 3-1 victory over Seattle Prep.

Seattle Prep is the defending 3A state champion, currently ranked No. 2 in the state. Bellarmine Prep is a 4A state contender, ranked No. 3.

Sophomore Courtney Schwan led the Lions with 22 kills, while Katy DeGroot Olivia Magill with 10 kills and 3 blocks.

Here are highlights from some of the other Wednesday matches, as reported to The Times:

Rogers (Puyallup) 3, Auburn Mountainview 1

We had an error on the website showing Mountainview with the win, but it was Rogers coming out on top as the Rams bounced back from Tuesday's loss to Roosevelt. Sydney Norris stepped up with 17 kills and 16 digs, while Danielle Childs put down 14 kills and Ashton Arbuthnot had a big all-around match with 34 assists, 10 digs and 7 aces. Mountainview, ranked No. 8 in 3A, got 15 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces from Kelsey Fausko, 14 kills and 15 digs from Cait Carr and 33 assists from Sam Odren.

Again, we are working out some kinks on the sports desk and we apologize for any errors or missing information.

Bonney Lake 3, Sumner 0

Nicole Rack delivered 7 kills and 5 aces, while Danielle Norton had 6 kills, 15 digs and 6 aces for the Panthers. Sumner's Kendall Jamison finished with 11 digs.

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September 7, 2011 4:24 PM

Kentwood hires Mark Zender as baseball coach

Posted by Sandy Ringer

Mark Zender is the new head baseball coach at Kentwood.

He coached baseball at O'Dea for 10 years before stepping down after the 1997 season. Zender teaches marketing at Kentwood.

Former Kentwood coach Jon Aarstad resigned earlier this year to accept teaching and coaching positions at Auburn Riverside, which is closer to his home. Aarstad was the 2010 Washington State Coach of the Year when Kentwood won the 4A state championship.

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September 7, 2011 1:18 PM

Former UW swim coach Earl Ellis to enter Hall of Fame (update)

Posted by Sandy Ringer

We wanted to share this press release regarding the induction of former University of Washington swim coach Earl Ellis into the national Hall of Fame (note that the original press release said Ellis was the coach for 19 years when in fact it was 29, who we've fixed that):

Longtime former Washington swimming coach Earl Ellis will enter the America Swimming Coaches' Association Hall of Fame Friday night in San Diego as part of the ASCA's annual meetings.

Ellis, who was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 2004, spent 29 seasons as Washington's head coach, retiring in 1998.

During his tenure, Ellis coached 36 men's All-Americans, 25 women's All-Americans, seven Olympians (three medalists) and six national champions. He led the Husky men to a 215-45 dual-meet record while the women posted a 206-29-2 dual-meet mark under his direction.

A native of Mount Vernon, Wash., Ellis had three children who swam for the Huskies.

Ellis will enter the ASCA Hall of Fame alongside fellow coaches George Block, Bob Miller, Jim Wood and Jean Freeman, this Friday night at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego, Calif.

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September 7, 2011 8:13 AM

Nationally ranked Jackson falls; other Tuesday volleyball highlights

Posted by Sandy Ringer

This isn't the way the Jackson volleyball team wanted to start the season, for sure.

The Timberwolves, ranked No. 1 by The Seattle Times in Class 4A and No. 56 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, lost 3-2 to Burlington-Edison Tuesday at home.

Jackson won the first two sets, 27-25, 25-18, but B-E rallied to sweep the final three, 25-15, 25-23, 18-16.

This isn't as big of a shock as some might think. Burlington-Edison is an outstanding team and considered the Class 2A preseason favorite by many. In fact, when I put together a top-25 for PrepVolleyball.com, regardless of classification, I put the Tigers at No. 7, ahead of some awfully good 4A and 3A teams.

Obviously, that wasn't high enough.

This match wasn't reported to The Times, which is always frustrating to me, but I found a short write-up about it in the Everett Herald. Jackson coach Ashley Allen said her team made "a ton of errors," but also credited Burlington-Edison's play.

The Timberwolves were led by Emmy Allen (25 kills) and Miah Diirell (16 kills, 16 digs). They face another challenge Thursday against Snohomish, then will compete in the 24-team Puget Sound Adidas Invitational Saturday at Auburn Mountainview.

And guess who else will be there? Yep, Burlington-Edision. I'll be there to cover the tournament, and I'll have more of an advance for you on Friday.

This season, I'll be blogging volleyball highlights each morning, Tuesday through Friday, based on what is reported to The Times. Coaches are always asked to get us their results, and hopefully this is another incentive so that players can get a little more recognition. If you notice your school's highlights aren't being reported, please help encourage a coach or manager to do so.

So, on to the matches that were reported, and FYI Jackson's loss wasn't the only upset:

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September 6, 2011 1:37 PM

Broadcast schedule for high-school events on Comcast

Posted by Mason Kelley

If you're curious what high-school football games will be appearing on Comcast On Demand, here's the list, complete with the press release.

Comcast, one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced its fall XFINITY On Demand High School sports schedule, featuring 34 marquee football, soccer and volleyball match ups.

All of the action will be available on XFINITY On Demand within 72 hours after the games are played, beginning today with a full length airing of the Sept. 2 game between football powerhouses Liberty and Skyline.

Launched in 2003, XFINITY On Demand contains a library of tens of thousands of sports and entertainment choices available to Comcast customers at their convenience. Usage continues to explode. The company in May celebrated a huge milestone, announcing that its customers have watched 20 billion On Demand choices.

Locally, high school sports can be seen under the XFINITY On Demand menu by selecting Get Local and then Sports with your remote control.

Fall High School Sports Schedule

The following is the complete schedule of fall high school sports available on XFINITY On Demand: (Note: games will appear on XFINITY On Demand within 72 hours after the game is played.)

FOOTBALL
09/02/11
Liberty at Skyline -- currently available

09/09/11
Emerald Ridge at Rogers

09/09/11
Bellevue at Skyline

09/10/11
Franklin Pierce at Cascade Christian

09/16/11
South Kitsap at Olympia

09/16/11
Juanita at Mercer Island

09/23/11
Skyline at Issaquah

09/23/11
Eastside Catholic at Seattle Prep

09/30/11
Archbishop Murphy at Lakewood

09/30/11
Ferndale at Lynden

10/06/11
Mt. Si at Mercer Island

10/07/11
Eastlake at Mariner

10/07/11
Bellarmine at South Kitsap

10/14/11
East Valley at Cheney

10/14/11
Enumclaw at Lakes

10/20/11
Seattle Prep at O'Dea

10/21/11
Bethel at Curtis

10/21/11
Mariner at Jackson

10/27/11
Burlington-Edison at Bellingham

10/27/11
Emerald Ridge at Bethel

10/28/11
Bonney Lake at Lakes

10/28/11
Liberty at Bellevue

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September 5, 2011 9:53 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school girls soccer rankings -- Week 1

Posted by Mason Kelley

By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times

They are the champions until someone knocks them off.

The Kentwood High School girls soccer team won the Class 4A state title a year ago and it appears there's enough firepower back for another title run.

Six regulars, including senior defender Sarah Bindl, return for the Conquerors, who finished 18-3-1 last season and took home the school's first state crown in girls soccer. Bindl was named All-state honorable mention.

Midfielder Reilly Retz and forward Mykala Benjamin -- both seniors -- give the Conks promise on offense.

The old No. 1 begins the 2011 season as the new No. 1 for Week 1 in the Class 4A rankings.

The Conks downed South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division neighbor, Tahoma, 1-0, in shootout. Again, the Bears, ranked No. 2 in the opening set of rankings.

Skyline of Sammamish was ranked No. 1 most of the season and ranked No. 1 nationally at one point before suffering its first loss of the season in last year's state semifinals, falling 1-0 to Tahoma.

The Spartans, who won state titles in 2008 and 2009 in 4A, check in at No. 3 in 4A to open the season. Skyline retains eight regulars from last year's team, which went 19-1-0 and took third place.

In 3A, the Southridge Suns were third last year and retain enough talent to be named the team to beat and the new No. 1 to start the fall. The Suns already are 1-0 with a 2-0 win over Wenatchee on Saturday.

The Suns, who were 17-5-0 last season, have one of the state's best players, Heather Johnson, coming back at forward and that's reason enough to put the No. 1 target on the team from Kennewick.

Johnson, a Gonzaga commit, tallied 31 goals and 18 assists in 2010 as the Suns reached the state 3A semifinals only to fall to eventual Seattle Prep 2-0. Southridge came back to beat Prairie 1-0 to claim third place.

Johnson was named Class 3A Most Valuable Player in 2010 as voted on by Washington's high school coaches.

Seattle Prep won the 3A crown last season after four runner-up finishes, but graduated enough talent from a 15-1-7 squad to yield the favorite's role to Southridge. The Panthers check in at No. 5 in the rankings' debut.

Bonney Lake, led by senior goalkeeper Rendi Johnson, checks in at the No. 2 spot after a 19-2-1 and always-tough Camas opens at No. 3. Johnson posted 15 shutouts and the Panthers outscored foes, 44-7, in 2010.

Sophomore playmaker Madison Adams, who contributed nine goals and 10 assists as a freshman, is back to lead Bonney Lake's offense.

Holy Names could unseat Seattle Prep as the league's team to beat and is No. 3 in the preseason rankings.

In 4A, Lewis & Clark of Spokane is No. 4 and comes off a trip to the state quarterfinals. The Tigers were tripped up by eventual champ, Kentwood, 4-0 in the quarters.

Skyview of Vancouver checks in at No. 5 in the initial rankings, but retains eight starters off last year's fourth-place finishers. The Storm fell 2-1 in shootout in the semifinals to champion Kentwood.

The Storm will feature one of the top players in the state in forward/midfielder Sheaffer Skadsen, who had 15 goals and five assists in 2010.

Two teams from Washington state - Skyline at No. 17 and Kentwood at No. 48 - appeared in the first set of fall national rankings for ESPN Powerade Fab 50. Here's a link to the poll:

http://rise.espn.go.com/girls-soccer/team-rankings/Fall-2011-Rankings/Fall-2011.aspx?pursuit=GirlsSoccer

Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 1:

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September 5, 2011 5:03 PM

High-school football Week 1 highlight videos

Posted by Mason Kelley

I've seen a few high-school football highlight videos from Week 1 and I'll share them here when I get them.

First, it's Bothell's 27-10 victory over Union.

Here is Lake Stevens' 70-6 win over Cascade.

2011 Vikings Football: Shoot It Out from Game Time Video Productions on Vimeo.

Here is Skyline's 62-27 win over Liberty

Have a highlight video to share, send them in. And, since most are created by someone with a rooting interest in the games, the highlights tend to show more of one team than the other.

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September 5, 2011 1:59 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school volleyball rankings -- Week 1

Posted by Sandy Ringer

When the Class 4A state volleyball tournament ended last season with Jackson on top, I told coach Ashley Allen she could expect to see her team to be ranked No. 1 to start the 2011 campaign.

I'm true to my word.

The Timberwolves lost two key members of that team, including all-area hitter Lee-Ann Haataja, but have a ton of talent returning and are an easy choice.

Not that it might mean anything when the state tourney rolls around in November. Last year's preseason No. 1 was Richland. It looked like a good pick until the Bombers bombed out at state, going 0-2.

Jackson is the only Washington team ranked in the top 100 by PrepVolleyball.com, coming in at No. 56.

The Timberwolves are followed by storied Mead of Spokane and Bellarmine Prep, which has perhaps the state's best sophomore/freshman combination. Curtis and Olympia round out the top five.

KingCo 4A is represented by Woodinville at No. 7. Issaquah, the state runnerup last season, took some heavy graduation losses, but could still be in the mix when it couts. The Eagles start on the watch list for now along with a Roosevelt team that could just as easily crack the rankings.

My choice in 3A? Eastside Catholic. The Crusaders have a new coach and a good one, Mike Bryant, who has ions of experince. They are anxious to get finish they job they couldn't quite get done last season, when they lost in the championship match to Seattle Prep.

Prep also has a new coach, Marcene Sullivan, another one with Metro roots. The Panthers graduated Gabby Bird-Vogel (Yale) and some other important cogs, but return Olivia Magill -- a great place to start another championship run. I've got Prep at No. 2 to open the season.

Rarely do you see three teams from any league in the top five, but Metro is not just any league. So, Holy Names checks in at No. 5 -- and it wasn't easy to keep Bishop Blanchet out of the top 10. But I didn't go that far.

Interestingly, Blanchet also has a new coach, Michelle Manlangit Chapin, and don't be suriprised to see the Braves make another trophy run.

I could go on and on, and actually have done that in a very long Washington preview for PrepVolleyball.com, which should get posted late Tuesday (there you'll find info on the smaller classifications, too). Go check it out.

We will be getting polls for all classifications from the Coaches Association within the next week or so. If I had to pick a 2A favorite, I'd go with Burlington-Edison, with Selah, Tumwater and Pullman close behind.

I'm trying to keep my "bubble" list reasonable -- there are so many teams worthy of mention right now. I basically restricted it to 1-2 teams per league or division, with only an exception or two.

So, have a look and let's talk some volleyball!

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September 4, 2011 8:31 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school football rankings -- Week 1

Posted by Mason Kelley

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After looking over the first week of the high-school football season, two questions come to mind.

What happened to KingCo 3A/2A in Week 1?

What teams belong in the bottom spots in Class 4A and 3A?

Outside of Bellevue's big win against Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Calif., it was a tough weekend most KingCo 3A/2A teams. In fact, aside from the Wolverines, only Juanita and Lake Washington picked up Week 1 wins.

Because of the Rebels' victory, Juanita jumps into the rankings at No. 7. Mount Si suffered a lopsided loss to Woodinville, 31-10, and Mercer Island rallied late against Seattle Prep at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at CenturyLink Field, but fell in overtime, 36-35.

I still expect the Islanders and Wildcats to have successful seasons, but they both drop out of the rankings, for now. KingCo 3A has been one of the top leagues in the state for years now, so it will be interesting to see if the Week 1 struggles were a sign of things to come or a bump in the road.

Camas moves up to take the spot vacated by Mount Si and Kennedy Catholic climbs to No. 6, while Ferndale enters the rankings at No. 8.

After that, it's a tough decision. Which teams belong in the final two spots? University (Spokane) and Mount Spokane suffered tough losses against talented Class 4A teams.
The Titans faced a tough task, falling to Ferris, which won the 4A title last year.

University went into the half tied at 14, but the Saxons scored 28 unanswered over the final two quarters. The Spokesman Review picked the Titans to be the top 3A team in the GSL so, despite the loss, they stay in at No. 10.

Filling the No. 9 spot wasn't an easy decision. I considered keeping Mount Si in the rankings, but decided to go with Meadowdale, picked by WesCo 3A coaches to win the league.

Keep an eye on Seattle Prep. That's an impressive win for the Panthers.

In Class 4A, Skyview drops one spot after falling to Sherwood, last year's 5A state champion in Oregon. Bellarmine Prep jumps to No. 4, while Bothell's win over Union bumps the Cougars one spot to No. 9.

Again, the question becomes, which team takes the 10th spot?

There are a handful of bubble teams that could fill that spot, but after a nice Week 1 win against Graham-Kapowsin, I settled on Federal Way, which boasts three players preseason all-state team.

The Eagles get a tough test next week against Puyallup.

Mead and Central Valley square off next week over in Spokane in a matchup that could vault the winner in to the rankings.

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September 4, 2011 12:13 PM

Road trippin' with Bellevue -- Time to fly home

Posted by Mason Kelley

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As quickly as it started, Bellevue's trip to California came to an end.

Players, coaches -- and one reporter who tagged along -- worked their way to the hotel lobby Sunday morning looking like they had been up all night, which wasn't far from the truth.

After knocking off Oaks Christian, 31-21, Saturday night -- the game ended close to 11:30 p.m. -- the Wolverines were greeted at the hotel by a surprisingly large group of parents, fans and cheerleaders, who formed a celebratory tunnel leading into a banquet room with piles of pizza.

Helmets and shoulder pads were strewn all over the room and players dug in, their eye black smeared and little pieces of rubber from the turf field on their faces.

By the time the team got back to the hotel it was about 12:30 a.m. and, with the excitement of the win still fresh in their minds, it would be a few hours before anyone went to sleep. In fact, the hotel bar transformed into a replay viewing party.

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September 4, 2011 8:41 AM

The Mason Kelley Experiment -- Bellevue-Oaks Christian rewind

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September 4, 2011 4:09 AM

Bellevue's Tyler Hasty talks after Oaks Christian win

Posted by Mason Kelley

Attention all Division I schools not currently recruiting Bellevue's Tyler Hasty -- it's time to take notice.

The senior defensive back put on a show Saturday with two interceptions and one of the better defensive plays I've seen recently that created the third turnover he forced during the Wolverines' 31-21 victory over Oaks Christian.

During what looked to be a demoralizing big gain on a completion from the Lions' Lucas Falk to standout Ishmael Adams -- it was close to a 50-yard play -- Hasty caught Adams from behind and stripped the ball.

Hasty didn't just knock it free. He snatched it away. Whether it was as a quarterback or defensive back, Hasty make big plays throughout the game and he talked about the experience in this video:

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September 4, 2011 4:03 AM

Bellevue's John Nguyen talks after Oaks Christian win

Posted by Mason Kelley

John Nguyen's first carry of the second half went for 38 yards.

His second 3 and the third 22. Those three carries, followed by Joey Moore's 15-yard touchdown run sparked the Wolverines' offense during its 31-21 victory over Oaks Christian.

Nguyen talked about the experience in this video:

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September 4, 2011 3:59 AM

Bellevue's Ari Morales talks after Oaks Christian win

Posted by Mason Kelley

Ari Morales had a big game for Bellevue. The junior rushed for 53 yards on seven carries.

The one people will remember is his 23-yard touchdown run, but more than the points it provided, the thing that stands out is the way he was able to keep his feet moving, shake off a defender, plow toward the end zone.

He only weighs 160 pounds, so to see him charge through the tackle was impressive.

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September 4, 2011 2:04 AM

Second-half adjustments help Bellevue finish off upset

Posted by Mason Kelley

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MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - When Bellevue football players gathered in the locker room, there wasn't a big halftime speech.

Sure, the Wolverines trailed by three against California powerhouse Oaks Christian, but coach Butch Goncharoff didn't waste time yelling or cramming in cliches.

He made adjustments.

He tweaked a few aspects of Bellevue's blocking scheme, reminded his players to do a better job of keeping their composure and stressed that the key to second-half success started with cutting down mistakes.

That's all it took. The Wolverines scored on their first drive of the second half and never looked back during a 31-21 victory over the Lions, ranked No. 13 in USA Today's Super 25, Saturday at the Mission Viejo High School Football Classic.

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September 3, 2011 12:40 PM

Road trippin' with Bellevue -- Breakfast and walkthrough

Posted by Mason Kelley

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I'm ready to play. It was about 11 a.m. and Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff had just finished talking to his offensive players.

There was something about what he was saying -- he didn't raise his voice, he didn't have to -- the message made me want to find a way to borrow an extra pair of pads and suit up for tonight's 8:30 p.m. game against Oaks Christian.

So, if his short talk got me ready to play, I can only imagine the impact it had on the players, who are now resting in their hotel rooms, staying off their feet before it's time for one more walkthrough and final game preparation.

The day started with an 8 a.m. breakfast, players stumbling through the hotel lobby to two banquet rooms where they had the options of eggs, oatmeal, toast and peanut butter and jelly.

After breakfast came the walkthroughs, sessions for special teams, offense and defense. I continue to be impressed with the preparation that goes into an event like this.

I don't have a college experience to compare it to, but it's similar to what I imagine a college team would go through on a road trip. So far it's been a trip I won't forget and, for the kids who play tonight, win or lose, it's going to be memory they will always hold close.

The anticipation for this game continues to build among those who around the program. I'm ready to watch a game. I can't believe I have to wait until 8:30. At least there's a full schedule of college football to watch.

With that, I'm going to shift my attention from this laptop to the TV, with a stop in the California sunshine. I'll have more updates throughout the day on Twitter @masonkelley.

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September 3, 2011 12:23 PM

The Mason Kelley Experiment -- checking in from Costa Mesa

Posted by Mason Kelley

The Bellevue football team has some down time, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about the team's trip and its matchup with Oaks Christian at 8:30 p.m. tonight in the Mission Viejo High School Football Classic.

If you want to know more about the Lions, here is a story I read earlier today.









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September 2, 2011 11:06 PM

Final thoughts on Friday night football (Updated)

Posted by Mason Kelley

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The first Friday of the high-school football season was an interesting one for me, because I was at a practice and not a game.

While I watched Bellevue prepare for Oaks Christian, I flipped through Twitter watching Skyline and Liberty trade scores early before the Spartans poured it on. I tracked Bothell's win over Union, noticed that Garfield-Lake Washington ended in a forfeit and even followed Bethel's loss to Permian (Texas).

It was an interesting way to watch things unfold, and I can't wait to see my first game of the season less than 24 hours from now.

However, even though I wasn't at a game, or in Washington for that matter, I wanted to make sure I posted links and highlights from the first Friday.

Auburn 32, Kentridge 20

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Skyline 62, Liberty 27

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Jackson 16, Marysville-Pilchuck 14

Click here for story.

Arlington 42, Mariner 12

Click here for story.

Federal Way 37, Graham-Kapowsin 14

Click here for story.

Bothell 27, Union 10

Click here for story.

Newport 43, Interlake 34

-- Newport quarterback Isaac Dotson had 224 rushing yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score as the Knights held off Interlake.

Saints running back Jordan Todd had 342 all-purpose yards.

Eastside Catholic 63, Cleveland 20

-- Chevy Walker scored five touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving and one on a kick return) and had more than 300 all-purpose yards for the Crusaders.

Lake Washington 14, Garfield 0

-- Garfield trailed 14-0 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter when the Bulldogs' coach, ejected by officials after arguing a call, pulled his team off the field and forfeited to the Kangs.

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September 2, 2011 10:31 PM

Road trippin' with Bellevue -- Dinner and practice

Posted by Mason Kelley

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It was a long day for Bellevue football players Friday, one that started with an early morning plane ride and ended with a practice.

However, considering the flight -- and the fun -- early in the day, the Wolverines found a way to focus.

After getting back from the beach, there was some time to rest before dinner. At 5 p.m. the team split up between two dining rooms and, table-by-table, filled up plates full of Caesar salad and pasta.

When dinner ended, there was a little more time to rest before the team gathered in gear at 6:15 p.m. to leave for practice at Mater Dei High School.

The team was on the field and ready to go a little early. The Wolverines were efficient, wearing helmets and shoulder pads.

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September 2, 2011 5:50 PM

Can't make it to Emerald City Kickoff Classic? WIAA has updates

Posted by Mason Kelley

The WIAA will be hosting a live chat throughout Saturday's Emerald City Kickoff Classic. If you can't make it to event at CenturyLink Field, follow all the action here.

Click here for the link.

In case you haven't seen the lineup of games, here it is:

9:30 a.m. Hazen vs. Blaine
Noon Oroville vs. Darrington
3 p.m. W.F. West vs. North Mason
5:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) vs. Moses Lake
8 p.m. Seattle Prep vs. Mercer Island

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September 2, 2011 5:40 PM

Bellevue's Darien Freeman talks about his first flight

Posted by Mason Kelley

It was a big day for Bellevue lineman Darien Freeman.

The junior stepped onto an airplane for the first time Friday and talked about the experience, while his teammates gathered at baggage claim.

There was a little turbulence, but the worst part for him was the landing.

Here's the video:

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September 2, 2011 4:12 PM

Road trippin' with Bellevue -- D&B's and the beach

Posted by Mason Kelley

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It's a little after 4 p.m. and it's been a busy day for the Wolverines.

The first plane landed at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana about 9:30 a.m. The group of players and younger players settled into seats and waited until the second flight arrived about 11:30 a.m.

Then it was off to baggage claim and two charter buses covered in advertisements for Sea World.

The bus whisked the team off to Irvine where they had a taco bar lunch at Dave and Buster's before the team was turned loose to play games -- pop-a-shot, air hockey and numerous video games -- and win tickets, which some pooled into a giant stuffed white bear that was presented as a gift to coach Butch Goncharoff.

It was a good bonding experience the day before the game.

Before heading into the restaurant that doubles as an arcade, Goncharoff told his players to "have a blast" but to be mindful that they were representing their program and their school.

They team has been playful, but well behaved, impressive considering there are two busloads with players and coaches on the trip.

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September 2, 2011 7:29 AM

More background on the history behind Bellevue's trip

Posted by Mason Kelley

I wrote this story for the Friday paper, looking back on Bellevue's historic win over De La Salle in 2004.

Click here for the story.

While that win helped put the Wolverines on the map nationally, there is a story behind how that game came about in the first place. And, back in 2004, Matt Peterson, a former Seattle Times prep writer, wrote this story about the game's origins.

Click here.

If anyone wants to relive the game a little more, here is the game story, also written by Peterson.

Click here.

Before I shut down the computer and get a little sleep on this flight to Orange County, Here is some video with former Bellevue players talking about that win, including Connor Mawhinney, who is actually on this flight with me.

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September 2, 2011 7:12 AM

Road trippin' with Bellevue -- I'm on a plane

Posted by Mason Kelley

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Greetings from 37,000 feet -- the pilot just announced that will be our cruising altitude this morning as Bellevue begins its road trip to play Oaks Christian.

After shelling out the almost $10 for the in-flight wi-fi, I'm typing my first post of the trip. It seemed like a good time to do it with most of the people on this flight either reading or sleeping.

I left this house this morning at 4:45 a.m. and by the time I parked and worked my way through the security line it was about 6 p.m. I didn't see anyone I recognized until I was close to the gate -- I started to think someone was playing a joke on me and I had the wrong flight information -- but then I saw a couple of assistant coaches waiting in line for coffee at Seattle's Best.

Instead of hitting the coffee stand near the gate, Wolverines players -- the 22 who were on the early flight -- made their way to Starbucks in a big cluster, many wearing shirts with Bellevue and Oaks Christian helmets on them.

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September 1, 2011 11:59 PM

The last time Bill Redell took on a wing-T team: 'Never'

Posted by Mason Kelley

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Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell didn't need much time to respond. When asked when the last time the Lions faced an opponent that runs the wing-T, he said, "Never."

Then he took it one step further.

"If I knew they (Bellevue) ran the wing-T, I wouldn't have played them," Redell said with a laugh. "It was too late. I already signed the contract."

While Oaks Christian is familiar with high-school football in Washington -- the Lions beat Skyline, 28-25, in 2009 -- Saturday's 8:30 p.m. matchup with the Wolverines at the Mission Viejo High School Football Classic will be a new experience, one that can't quite be simulated in practice.

"When we open up against a school like Bellevue, which is an excellent football team, very well coached, we're not used to seeing the Delaware wing-T type of offense, so it's hard to duplicate when you've got your second- and third-team guys trying to run against your first-team defense," he said. "Obviously they're not going to run it as well as Bellevue does."

Redell said it could be a "shock to the system" for the Lions at the start of the game.

While the Lions are preparing to slow down the wing-T, Bellevue must contend with a team that has plenty of speed on both sides of the ball.

There's defensive back Ishmael Adams, linebacker Carlos Mendoza, who has committed to Arizona State, and receiver Jordan Payton. All three are prime prospects. Oaks Christian also has a 6-foot-5, 245-pound tackle in Marcus Piechowski.

That group is a big reason the Lions are ranked No. 13 in the USA Today Super 25.

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September 1, 2011 11:40 PM

Final thoughts on Thursday night football

Posted by Mason Kelley

I typically wait until after Friday's games to recap the week's high-school football action, but since it's the first week of the year and, since I'm still up, I decided to post the links to our Thursday night coverage.

O'Dea 28, Capital 14

The third-ranked Irish showed off an impressive defense and Jayshawn Jordan had a big night with 110 rushing yards and an interception.

Click here for the story.

Kentlake 49, Auburn Riverside 7

Austin Pernell had a big night, leading the Falcons to a big win in their season opener.

Click here for the story.

Lindbergh 40 Marysville Getchell 0

Marysville Getchell suffered a tough loss in its first varsity game in a strong performance from Lindbergh.

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