By Tim Clinton

It is the rebirth of one era and the end of another.

The North Puget Sound League is returning to the local high school scene for the first time since it folded following the 1998-99 school year, but now the Seamount League is set to disappear.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has set the state's school classifications for four years starting this fall and that triggered the changes.

Kennedy Catholic and Mount Rainier are both among the 16 members of the new NPSL, with Kennedy moving up from the Seamount League along with Hazen and Mount Rainier moving over from the South Puget Sound League.

The NPSL will be a Class 4A league in King County, while the 4A SPSL teams are beyond the Pierce County line.

At the WIAA's announced net enrollment of 639.88, Kennedy is actually small enough to be a 2A school but instead "opted up" so it could join the 4A league. Kennedy was a 3A team along with Hazen in the mostly 2A Seamount League last year.

Mount Rainier is opting up from 3A with its net enrollment of 1,252.51 below the 1,343.29 line for 4A.


By Tim Clinton

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Girls basketball
West Seattle 51, Seattle Prep 41
The Wildcats improved to 14-0 in Metro League play and ran their overall record to 19-0 with Wednesday's win.
Holy Names 60, Chief Sealth 42
Chief Sealth suffered a loss at the hands of Holy Names on Wednesday.
Kennedy 74, Evergreen 26
The Lancers rolled past the Wolverines in Wednesday action.
Renton 44, Foster 27
Foster fell to the Indians on Wednesday.
Hazen 48, Tyee 36
The Totems were tripped up by the Highlanders on Wednesday.
Lindbergh 45, Highline 32
The Pirates also took a loss Wednesday.

Boys basketball
Kennedy 62, Evergreen 34
Kennedy finished at 12-2 for first place in the Seamount League on Wednesday.
Tyee 67, Hazen 58
Tyee rose up to knock off the Highlanders in Wednesday action.
Renton 81, Foster 30
Renton routed the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Lindbergh 70, Highline 58
Highline was hammered by the Eagles in Wednesday's game.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Boys basketball
West Seattle 55, Seattle Prep 52

Sports Roundup 2-5-16

By Greg Whittaker

The groundhog saw its shadow and snow lovers are stoked. I’m not talking about the groundhog in Punxsutawney, I’m talking about my father, Darrell, who resides in Juanita, WA. He was born on groundhogs day 1949 and I use him as my litmus test for our region. This vast U.S. does not have the same snow cycles in the east coast as the west coast, so we need to differentiate when we are looking at what length of winter we will have in the NW.

With a couple of warm fronts the last 2 weeks arriving midweek, we have been continuing to get significant accumulation on the weekends up in the Cascades and skiers and snowboarders can expect to see more. Reports from riders are that Thursday was awesome with 7-12 inches of accumulation depending on wind drift, and blue skies. As I write this on Friday, upper lifts are closed at Crystal Mountain as a warm front pushes its way in, bringing 50-70 mph wind gusts. The warm front is expected to be followed by cool arctic air which will bring 3-7 inches by Saturday morning with calming winds. The weekend cold cycle continues!

Westside Snow Report 2-5-16
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Ballard High School held their biggest NCAA National Signing Day in 10 years yesterday morning.

This year they have 11 student-athletes who are signing contracts to participate in athletics after high school. In addition, there are several other student-athletes that will participate in athletics next year, however they are still in the process of deciding which school to attend. Spring Sport student-athletes typically don’t commit until Spring.

The student-athletes, their school and sport are listed below.



Rayhmondo Trevino
Idaho State (Bengals)

Davine Tullis
University of Hawaii (Rainbow Warriors)

Elijah Davis
Central Washington University (Wildcats)

Jack Dinneen
Oregon – Ducks (walk on)

Jesse Elion
Scottsdale CC (Fighting Artichokes)

Antione Patton
Scottsdale CC

Darrion Peterson
Scottsdale CC

William Jones (BBQ)
Scottsdale CC

Fua Ta’ase
Scottsdale CC

Isle Raftery
Babson, Wellesley Mass (Biz. E Beaver)

Handwalla Bwana
UW (Huskies)

Cole Weaver
PLU (Lutes)

11 BHS students sign contracts for collegiate athletics
Photo credit: 
Carrie Burr/BHS

The student-athletes after signing. Congradulations and good luck!

By Tim Clinton

Thursday, Jan. 28

Foster 36, Tyee 18
The Bulldogs scored a victory over the Totems Thursday.
Hazen 59, Kennedy 24
Kennedy absorbed a loss at the hands of Hazen.
Chief Sealth 45, Lakeside 9
The Seahawks scored a win over Lakeside in Metro League action.
Roosevelt 48, Chief Sealth 27
Chief Sealth took a loss to the Roughriders in a second match Thursday.

Boys swimming
Lindbergh 99, Kennedy 81
The Lancers lost a close one to the Eagles.
Renton 62, Evergreen 32
Renton was a winner against the Wolverines on Thursday.
Renton 69, Highline 19
The Indians also won compared to Highline.
Renton 71. Tyee 0
Renton won by shutout over the Totems at the same time Thursday.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Girls basketball
West Seattle 44, Blanchet 30
West Seattle took sole possession of first place in the Metro League and remained undefeated at 17-0 this year with Wednesday's win.


Article Courtesy of Gerardo Bolong

PUYALLUP - Defining defense and a cast of game changers combined as they led the Seattle Christian Warriors girls basketball team to an essential 44-40 Nisqually 1A girls basketball win at Cascade Christian High School on Fri., Jan. 29.

Benefits of the win include inside track on second place at 4-2 and a 9-4 overall record with two regular season games to go, including a Tuesday game at Charles Wright (3-2, 10-4) and a Friday match up against league leader Bellevue Christian (5-0,15-2). The No. 2 seed to West Central District avoids a play-in game and will get to host the first round of WCD.

"I thought that all seven that played did a great job," said Warrior head coach Dave Jansen. "We needed this game and they all stepped up."

The final countdown to conquest began in the fourth quarter with Cascade Christian leading 32-29 with just more than five minutes left.

Anna Whitten made the second of two free throws before freshman Serianna Anderson took center stage for Seattle Christian on seven consecutive points.


Article Courtesy of Gerardo Bolong

PUYALLUP - When you have an opponent down, it can be difficult to keep them down.
In a game fraught with fervor, thrills and side tours, the Seattle Christian Warriors let a 10-point lead escape midway through the fourth quarter en route to a 62-57 Nisqually 1A League boys basketball loss at Cascade Christian High School on Fri., Jan. 29.

The loss enabled the Cougars to slip by the Warriors into second place at 4-2 ahead of SC's 4-3. CCHS is 7-8 overall while SC is 9-7.

Leading only 44-43 in the fourth quarter with 4:06 showing on the scoreboard clock, the Warriors blew out what appeared to be the winds of winning.

Ryan Gifford notched a short baseline basket followed by Taggart Anderson's 13-foot jumper. Next came two free throw conversions from Gunhus as Seattle Christian tried to write the final chapter of victory. Anderson angled home a 3-point basket to put the Warriors in command at 53-47 with 2:12 in regulation.
But the final chapter of four quarters strongly favored CCHS.


By Tim Clinton

Friday, Jan. 29

Boys basketball
Seattle Lutheran 73, Quilcene 11
Seattle Lutheran of West Seattle ran its overall record to 16-0 and its SeaTac League mark to 8-0 with Friday's decisive win.
Shorewood Christian 68, Rainier Christian 53
Shorewood Christian also emerged victorious in Friday action.
Kennedy 57, Hazen 34
Kennedy Catholic nailed down the Seamount League championship with Friday's victory over the Highlanders.
Roosevelt 54, Chief Sealth 41
Roosevelt roughed up the Seahawks on Friday.Garfield 86, West Seattle 32
Garfield cruised past the Wildcats in Friday action.
Highline 57, Foster 51
The Pirates edged out the Bulldogs on Friday.
Lindbergh 56, Tyee 35
The Eagles soared past the Totems Friday.
Renton 69, Evergreen 58
Evergreen took a loss Friday.
Todd Beamer 80, Mt. Rainier 52
Todd Beamer trounced the Rams on Friday.

Girls basketball
West Seattle 62. Garfield 40
West Seattle cruised out to 13-0 in Metro League action and to 18-0 overall.
Roosevelt 54, Chief Sealth 39

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

High schools

Boys basketball
Evergreen hosts Kennedy Catholic for a 7 p.m. game Wednesday as Foster entertains Renton, Highline hosts Lindbergh and Tyee travels to Hazen.
Seattle Christian goes on the road to Northwest School for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday and Tyee hosts Liberty for a 7 p.m. game Friday.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday Seattle Lutheran is at Evergreen Lutheran and Shorewood Christian at Mount Rainier Lutheran, while at 8 p.m. Chief Sealth is at Eastside Catholic and West Seattle at Franklin.
Shorewood Christian plays an 8:45 p.m. home game against Northwest Yeshiva on Saturday and Seattle Christian entertains Bellevue Christian at 7 p.m. Monday.

Girls basketball
West Seattle continues its quest for an undefeated season when it hosts Seattle Prep for a 7:30 p.m. game Wednesday as Chief Sealth entertains Holy Names.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday Kennedy hosts Evergreen and Tyee hosts Hazen as Foster travels to Renton and Highline to Lindbergh.

Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton

Penner named Player of the Week

Kennedy Catholic graduate Mitch Penner was named as the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.5 points in back-to-back wins in Alaska last week.
Penner also totaled 10 rebounds and nine assists for the two games.

Gandy strikes for Western

Mount Rainier graduate Kiana Gandy scored a game-high 18 points for the Western Washington University women's basketball team in its 68-43 win over Concordia on Saturday, after hitting a team-high 15 in a 53-47 victory over Montana State Billings Thursday, Jan. 21. She also had five rebounds in that game.

Jordan McPhee averaging 12.8

Mount Rainier graduate Jordan McPhee is averaging a team-high 12.8 points per game for the Seattle Pacific University women.

Brittany sinking 6.2 average

Brittany McPhee, another Mount Rainier graduate, is averaging 6.2 points per game at Stanford University.

Ishikawa deal falls through

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