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Today (11/14): State Tournament Time

Schedule for Friday, November 14th

High School Volleyball
4A State Tournament
Olympia vs. Skyline – Marcus Pavilion – 3:15 PM

3A State Tournament
Capital beat Ferndale, 3-0, at 8:00 AM
North Thurston lost to Soutridge, 3-0, at 8:00 AM
North Thurston vs. Bellevue/Lakeside – Marcus Pavilion – 3:15 PM (loser-out)
Capital vs. Eastside Catholic – Marcus Pavilion – 5:15 PM

2A State Tournament
Tumwater vs. Steilacoom – Pierce College – 11:45 AM

Girls Soccer
4A State Quarterfinals
Olympia vs. Skyline – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM

High School Football
Tumwater vs. Fife – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM

AP Washington State Prep Football Poll – How They Fared in Week 9

The regular season wraps up this weekend and so far there hasn’t been much in the way of shakeups heading into the playoffs. In 3A, #8 Shadle Park fell to Mt. Spokane and in 2A, #9 Liberty dropped one to Mount Si. Really, those were the only upsets this week amongst ranked teams.

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OlySports.com Local Sports Report for October 13th

AP Washington State Prep Football Poll – How They Fared in Week 6

And down goes #1! Freeman is the first top ranked team to lose this season dropping a 28-7 decision to 6-0 Colville. And in 2A, #1 Lynden nearly fell as well but kicked a last second field goal to beat Burlington-Edison 23-20.

Weird upset of the night: Unbeaten Libery of Renton fell to Sammamish, a team that forfeited a game last week due to a lack of healthy players. And in the 3A ranks, Shadle Park fell to Ferris, who were just 1-4 before scoring the upset.

And in 2B, #2 Napavine scored a rather easy win over #4 Toledo.

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Friday Football Scores: T-Birds, Hawks, Mountaineers Roll

High School Football

Olympia 34, Stadium 6
OLY: 3-0 4A Narrows, 4-2 overall | STAD: 0-3 4A Narrows, 0-6 overall

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Yelm 50, Evergreen 40
YELM: 4-2 overall | EVER: 2-4 overall
YELM: Brandon Thompson – 364 yards rushing and 7 TDs

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Capital 34, Wilson 21
Tacoma, WA 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cougars (3-1 3A Narrows, 4-2 overall) 7 14 7 6 34
Rams (3-1 3A Narrows, 5-1 overall) 7 0 7 7 21
CAP: Connor Kennedy – 269 yards rushing, 3 TDs

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Central Kitsap 42, Shelton 8
Silverdale, WA 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Highclimbers (0-4 3A Narrows, 1-5 overall) 0 0 0 8 8
Cougars (3-1 3A Narrows, 3-3 overall) 21 7 14 0 42

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Lincoln 69, North Thurston 27
LIN: 4-0 3A Narrows, 6-0 overall | NT: 1-3 3A Narrows, 1-5 overall

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River Ridge 53, Washington 8
South Sound Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Patriots (1-3 2A SPSL, 2-4 overall) 0 0 8 0 8
Hawks (3-1 2A SPSL, 5-1 overall) 29 7 7 10 53
RR: Michael Key – 4 rushing TDs

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Tumwater 61, Centralia 7
Tumwater Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tigers (0-1 2A EvCo, 4-2 overall) 7 0 0 0 7
T-Birds (1-0 2A EvCo, 6-0 overall) 21 13 20 7 61
TUM: Noah Andrews – 2 passing TDS, 1 rushing TD

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Black Hills 27, Port Angeles 14
BH: 3-3 overall | PA: 3-3 overall

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Eatonville 51, Rochester 14
Rochester HS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cruisers (4-0 2A/1A Evergreen, 6-0 overall) 14 21 0 16 51
Warriors (2-2 2A/1A Evergreen, 2-4 overall) 7 0 7 0 14

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Tenino 54, Aberdeen 43
Tenino HS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bobcats (1-3 2A/1A Narrows, 1-5 overall) 10 21 6 6 43
Beavers (1-3 2A/1A Narrows, 3-3 overall) 20 6 14 14 54
TEN: Thomas Pier – 309 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs

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Rainier 48, Tacoma Baptist 0
Rainier HS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Crusaders (0-5 2B Pacific, 0-6 overall) 0 0 0 0 0
Mountaineers (3-2 2B Pacific, 4-2 overall) 14 21 13 0 48
RAI: McCoy Bichler – 2 rushing TDs, 1 passing TD

High School Football Power Rankings: T-Birds and Hawks Then Everyone Else

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

Rolling.

Well, the mediocrity that I expected out of this local football season has started to take hold.

Last week, Tumwater and River Ridge got big wins while Capital, Yelm and North Thurston each picked up Ws but didn’t exactly do it convincingly. Well, North Thurston did. They knocked off a suspect Foss team 51-0 for their first win of the season.

Other than that, Olympia somehow got blown out by Issaquah, Timberline lost their second straight game and their quarterback and Tenino continued their skid. Bleh!

Note: This week’s ranking features some of the ScoreCzar predictions for each game. Thanks as always to the wonderful ScoreCzar computers.

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1. Tumwater T-Birds (5-0)
Last week: #1 (No change)
Previous game: Beat Columbia River, 62-6
Next game: vs. Centralia (4-1) – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Tumwater 30, Centralia 13

Notes: Well, Tumwater has certainly hit their stride. They didn’t just beat the #8 team in 3A, they demolished them. And just a week after they demolished one of the best teams in all of Idaho. Hard to imagine Tumwater being challenged until they meet one of the three other top teams in the state in the playoffs: Prosser, Ellensburg or #1 Lynden. 2A EvCo play starts this weekend when they host Centralia.


2.
River Ridge Hawks (4-1 overall, 2-1 2A SPSL)
Last week: #3 (+1)
Previous game: Beat White River, 44-0
Next game: vs. Washington (2-3) – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: River Ridge 33, Washington 6

Notes: Another big win for the Hawks put them at 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the SPSL, one game behind Fife and Franklin Pierce. This week they host Washington, who is 1-2 in league and coming off of a 46-14 win over Clover Park.


3.
Capital Cougars (3-2 overall, 2-1 3A Narrows)
Last week: #5 (+2)
Previous game: Beat Central Kitsap, 3-0 in OT
Next game: @ Wilson (5-0) – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Wilson 26, Capital 13

Notes: Hard to move a team up two places after a 3-0 win over a mediocre Central Kitsap team, but such is the mediocrity of local football right now. Capital’s defense IS worth a #3 spot, though, as they continue to play tough. Their only blemish is the Lincoln game and that can be excuses considering what Lincoln has done to other teams lately. But their biggest test comes this weekend when they face Wilson. The Rams did not play a great game at Shelton and despite their 5-0 record, they haven’t played anybody of quality yet and certainly no defense like Capital’s.


4.
Olympia Bears (3-2 overall, 2-0 4A Narrows)
Last week: #2 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to Issaquah, 28-7
Next game: vs. Stadium (0-5) – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Olympia 32, Stadium 3

Notes: There is no team more confounding than these Bears. Absolutely dominate all aspects of the game against Timberline and then drop a 21 point decision to previously 1-3 Issaquah? Got me. They should get right against Stadium this week but it seems like anything could happen this season.


5.
Rainier Mountaineers (3-2 overall, 2-2 in 2B Pacific)
Last week: #4 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to North Beach, 44-7
Next game: vs. Tacoma Baptist (0-5) – Rainier HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: N/A

Notes: Well, no shame in losing to North Beach. But that makes all of these upcoming games for Rainier especially important. This week they get 0-5 Tacoma Baptist who forfeited their first two games and has only scored 13 points in their other three games. They have a date with third place Life Christian coming up next Saturday.


6.
Timberline Blazers (2-3 overall, 1-2 4A Narrows)
Last week: #6 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to Bellarmine, 29-22
Next game: @ Gig Harbor (4-1) – Roy Anderson Field, Gig Harbor – Thursday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Gig Harbor 35, Timberline 8

Notes: This tough patch for the Blazers isn’t going so well so far with back to back losses to Olympia and Bellarmine with Gig Harbor coming up tonight. And word has it that Gabe Gutierrez is out for the Tides game and the Blazers will start a freshman quarterback. Yeesh.


7.
Yelm Tornadoes (3-2 overall, 1-2 4A Narrows)
Last week: #10 (+3)
Previous game: Beat Stadium, 16-6
Next game: vs. Evergreen (2-3) – Yelm HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Evergreen 23, Yelm 21

Notes: Yelm only jumps up three spots because they won and the teams below them, other than North Thurston, all lost. That’s not to say that their 16-6 win over lowly Stadium is impressive. It isn’t. But at least they pulled it out. They take a break from conference play and take on Evergreen this week.


8.
North Thurston Rams (1-4, 1-2 3A Narrows)
Last week: #12 (+4)
Previous game: Beat Foss, 51-0
Next game: @ Lincoln (5-0) – Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Lincoln 47, North Thurston 7

Notes: A 51 point outburst got the Rams their first win of the season and gave them a huge boost in these power rankings. However, they have to face Lincoln on Friday night in Tacoma so the shoe will likely be on the other foot.


9.
Tenino Beavers (2-3 overall, 0-3 2A/1A Evergreen)
Last week: #7 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to Forks, 20-19
Next game: vs. Aberdeen (1-4) – Tenino Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: N/A

Notes: Oh boy, after topping out at #4 in the AP 1A poll, the Beavers have lost three straight games and fell to 0-3 in conference play after being nipped by Forks up on the Peninsula. Can they get right against 2A Aberdeen at home this week? Who knows.


10.
Rochester Warriors (2-3 overall, 1-2 2A/1A Evergreen)
Last week: #8 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to Aberdeen, 29-28
Next game: vs. Eatonville (5-0) – Rochester HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: N/A

Notes: The Warriors still haven’t beaten a 2A team after their loss to previously winless Aberdeen on Friday night. The Warriors are definitely out of the playoff picture and get to face an unbeaten Eatonville this week.


11.
Black Hills Wolves (2-3 overall, 0-1 2A EvCo)
Last week: #9 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to WF West, 26-7
Next game: @ Port Angeles (3-2) – Civic Field, Port Angeles – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: N/A

Notes: Three straight losses for the Wolves and none bigger than dropping their 2A EvCo opener to WF West. Interesting to see what happens to them up in Port Angeles on Friday where they take on a much improved Roughriders team.


12.
Shelton Highclimbers (1-4 overall, 0-3 3A Narrows)
Last week: #12 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to Wilson, 35-20
Next game: @ Central Kitsap (2-3) – Silverdale Stadium – Friday, 5:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Central Kitsap 30, Shelton 7

Notes: The Highclimbers played their best half in probably two seasons and then played their most disappointing half in two seasons against Wilson. They actually held a 20-14 halftime lead but turned the ball over four times in the second half en route to a 35-20 loss.

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AP Washington State Prep Football Poll – How They Fared in Week 5

So. Many. Blowouts. Try these on for size: Lincoln 91, Mount Tahoma 0 and Okanogan 83, Manson 0. Yikes.

Jordan Kitna threw seven touchdowns and rushed for another for the Abes. That means that up 28-0, he was still throwing. Up 35-0, he was still throwing. Up 42-0, he was still throwing. Up 49-0, he was still throwing. Up 56-0, he was still throwing. Up 63-0, he was still throwing. Then the half mercifully came to an end at 70-0 and it looks like the second team got their opportunity.

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High School Football Power Rankings: Bears Make a Big Jump; Blazers, Beavers Tumble

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

#1 with a bullet

The Tumwater T-Birds cemented their place atop the Oly Sports power rankings with a convincing win over a really good group of Idahoans. And the Bears made a huge leap after their absolutely dominating performance over Timberline that totally flipped my thinking on this season.

Big games coming up this week include Tumwater at Columbia River, Rainier vs. North Beach and Timberline hosts Bellarmine. We might have even more movement in next week’s power rankings.

Note: This week’s ranking feature the ScoreCzar predictions for each game. Thanks as always to the wonderful ScoreCzar computers.

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1. Tumwater T-Birds (4-0)
Last week: #1 (No change)
Previous game: Beat Lake City (Idaho), 49-24
Next game: @ Columbia River (4-0) – Chieftain Stadium, Vancouver – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Columbia River 26, Tumwater 23

Notes:  The T-Birds passed a big test on Friday with their 49-24 win over Lake City of Couer D’Alene that wasn’t even as close as the score indicates. Big credit to their defense that stopped a high powered team that had been running all over very good teams. But now they make the drive to Vancouver to take on the #6 team in 3A, Columbia River, who have outscored their opponents 148-27 so far this season.


2.
Olympia Bears (3-1 overall, 2-0 4A Narrows)
Last week: #8 (+6)
Previous game: Beat Timberline, 38-6
Next game: @ Issaquah (1-3) – Issaquah HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Olympia 31, Issaquah 6

Notes: Wow, that was an impressive performance by the Bears. They absolutely dominated Timberline from start to finish. Running back Isaiah Brooks was fantastic again and this was QB Kaden Wilson’s breakout game. And the defense didn’t allow Gabe Gutierrez and the speedy Blazers offense to do anything. It was a shocking result and I was so impressed that I had to jump the Bears all the way up to the #2 spot.


3.
River Ridge Hawks (3-1 overall, 1-1 2A SPSL)
Last week: #4 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Orting, 40-31
Next game: @ White River (1-3) – White River HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: River Ridge 29, White River 7

Notes: After a late loss to Franklin Pierce, the Hawks got back on track with a 40-31 win over Orting (they are 1-1 against Cardinal teams this season). They now are in a gridlock at 1-1 in the 2A SPSL one game behind Franklin Pierce and Fife with a game against 1-3 White River looming on Friday.


4.
Rainier Mountaineers (3-1 overall, 2-1 in 2B Pacific)
Last week: #5 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Ocosta, 25-2
Next game: vs. North Beach (4-0) – Rainier HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: North Beach 30, Rainier 0

Notes: The Mountaineers also got right this week with their 25-2 win over Ocosta. They have punished the lower ranks of the 2B Pacific league and haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown and just two safeties to South Bend and Ocosta. But next they host North Beach, who knocked off Raymond in overtime on Friday and Saturday (a bad transformer forced a delay), and are 4-0 this season.


5.
Capital Cougars (2-2 overall, 1-1 3A Narrows)
Last week: #7 (+2)
Previous game: Beat Foss, 32-13
Next game: vs. Central Kitsap (2-2) – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Capital 16, Central Kitsap 15

Notes: Another team back on the right track. The Cougars took care of business against a struggling Foss team and now draw another Cougars squad in Central Kitsap that is also 2-2 but have only beaten a bad Mount Tahoma team and just barely beat 0-4 North Thurston.


6.
Timberline Blazers (2-2 overall, 1-1 4A Narrows)
Last week: #2 (-4)
Previous game: Lost to Olympia 38-6
Next game: vs. Bellarmine (3-1) – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Bellarmine 32, Timberline 8

Notes: What in the world happened to the Blazers? I’m still struggling to process what I saw on Friday in their loss to Olympia. They were dominated in every aspect of the game and didn’t look anything like the team that nearly beat Tumwater two weeks earlier. They will have to respond in the middle of their toughest stretch. First up, Bellarmine, who is 3-1 this season with their only loss coming to Gonzaga Prep, 17-0. On the plus side for the Blazers, the combined record of the three teams the Lions have beaten is 1-11.


7.
Tenino Beavers (2-2 overall, 0-2 2A/1A Evergreen)
Last week: #3 (-4)
Previous game: Lost to Elma, 44-14
Next game: @ Forks (1-3) – Forks HS – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Tenino 25, Forks 16

Notes: After marching up the 1A rankings and topping out at #4, the Beavers have plummeted out of the top ten with losses to Hoquiam (OK, it happens) and Elma (44-14? WHAAA?). Next up, Forks, never an easy trip.


8.
Rochester Warriors (2-2 overall, 1-1 2A/1A Evergreen)
Last week: #10 (+2)
Previous game: Beat Forks, 25-18
Next game: @ Aberdeen (0-4) – Stewart Field, Aberdeen – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Rochester 32, Aberdeen 8

Notes: Rochester ground out another tough win with a 25-18 win over Forks. They are now 2-0 against 1A teams and 0-2 against 2A teams. On Friday, they travel to Aberdeen to take on another 2A school, albeit a bad Bobcats team that has been outscored 183-27 in four losses.


9.
Black Hills Wolves (2-2 overall)
Last week: #6 (-3)
Previous game: Lost to Columbia River, 45-7
Next game: vs. WF West – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: WF West 21, Black Hills 20

Notes: The Wolves were beaten up pretty good in Vancouver against a highly ranked 3A team in Columbia River and now they get to open up 2A EvCo play against WF West. Every game in conference is important and none more than this game against the Bearcats.


10.
Yelm Tornadoes (2-2 overall, 0-2 4A Narrows)
Last week: #8 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to South Kitsap, 20-19
Next game: @ Stadium (0-4) – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Yelm 35, Stadium 9

Notes: Poor Yelm. Beaten on the last play of the game against South Kitsap. They fell to 0-2 in the 4A Narrows with their toughest games yet to play. But not this week, they should get a win and should have some fun against Stadium.


11.
Shelton Highclimbers (1-3 overall, 0-2 3A Narrows)
Last week: #11 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to Lincoln, 62-0
Next game: vs. Wilson (4-0) – Highclimbers Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM
Scoreczar prediction: Wilson 40, Shelton 3

Notes: A 62-0 loss to Lincoln isn’t surprising as the Shelton sidelines basically became a M.A.S.H. unit in the loss. Now they get another undefeated and high powered team in Wilson and might have to do it without a handful of their first string players.


12.
North Thurston Rams (0-4, 0-2 3A Narrows)
Last week: #12 (No change)
Previous game: Lost to Central Kitsap, 30-27
Next game: vs. Foss (1-3) – South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:15 PM
Scoreczar prediction: North Thurston 23, Foss 22

Notes: The Rams are 0-4!? My alma mater is 0-4!? They came close in Silverdale but couldn’t get the job done and now face a Foss team that looks to be close to their level. Get one Rams!

Schedule for Thursday, October 2nd

Schedule for Thursday, October 2nd

Men’s Soccer
Saint Martin’s vs. Simon Fraser – SMU Soccer Field – 3:00 PM

Girls Soccer
North Thurston vs. Wilson – South Sound Stadium – 3:30 PM
Tumwater vs. Fort Vancouver – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
Olympia vs. Yelm – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:15 PM

High School Volleyball
North Thurston vs. Wilson – North Thurston HS – 7:00 PM
Northwest Christian vs. Rainier – Northwest Christian HS – 7:00 PM
Black Hills vs. Columbia River – Black Hills HS – 7:00 PM
River Ridge vs. Fife – River Ridge HS – 7:00 PM

High School Football
North Thurston vs. Foss – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM