Meg Wochnick writes The Olympianís South Sound Sports blog, covering the area high school and college sports scene, and community activities. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
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YAKIMA -- Mark Morris forced overtime with a game-tying bucket with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, then Raimee Sluder and Kourtney Eaton hit four free throws in the final 28 seconds of the four-minute overtime to lift the Monarchs to a 49-46 overtime victory over River Ridge in the teams 2A girls state semifinal game Friday night at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
So when she had a one-and-one opportunity at the line after being fouled with two free throws likely sealing the victory with the Hawks up by one, the butterflies began to rattle more.
All postseason long, the Timberline High Blazers have been riding a tidal wave of emotion and momentum.
It was only after the Bearcats 36-18 victory over Cedarcrest in Thursdays 2A girls state quarterfinal game at the Yakima Valley SunDome did they learn the feat: the Bearcats set a record for fewest points given up in a 2A girls state tournament game.
A look at the 3A boys state tournament, set for Thursday through Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
A glance at the Class 2A girls state basketball tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
RENTON Less than 24 hours after beating the Class 3As No. 2-ranked team in a down-to-the wire finish to earn a trip to the Tacoma Dome for the first time since 2004, Timberline boys basketball coach Allen Thomas was still receiving congratulatory handshakes.
A look at the 3A boys and 2A girls first-round state quarterfinal games at the Tacoma Dome and the Yakima Valley SunDome.
TACOMA Everyone around Lacey knows the bigger the game, the better Timberline High School boys basketball coach Allen Thomas dresses.
TUMWATER The one possession, the one play, the one moment River Ridge coach John Barbee hoped would put his Hawks back on track never happened.
KENT For two-and-a-half quarters, the River Ridge Hawks played like freshmen and sophomores according to coach Jackie Robinson.
A look at this weekend's regional boys and girls basketball games involving Yelm girls, River Ridge girls, W.F. West girls, Timberline boys and River Ridge boys.
This week's regional boys and girls basketball schedule.
Here are the 1A SWW Evergreen Division boys and girls basketball teams, as voted on by the league's coaches ...
KENT The final play for the Timberline Blazers was a backdoor cut for Donaven Dorsey, a player the Lincoln Abes had trouble stopping all game.
The All-4A Narrows League boys and girls basketball teams, as voted on by the league's coaches ...
A total of five South Sound wrestlers won state titles in their weight classes Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome at Mat Classic XXV.
And Saturday night, the following night, against the 3A Narrows League-rival Foss, a team the Blazers had dropped both regular-season contest to, it was the defense that took over when it mattered most in a 52-48 victory over Foss at Franklin Pierce High school in the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district boys basketball semifinals.
LACEY -- Winning at the 2A Southwest District IV tournament has become an expectation for the River Ridge Hawks.
Longtime Olympia High School assistant baseball coach Greg Creighton will hold the tag of interim head baseball coach at Olympia this spring.
Here's the updated district playoff picture for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The All-2A Evergreen Conference boys and girls basketball teams, as selected by the league's coaches ...
Seattle Sonics legend Slick Watts will headline a panel discussing the history and future of basketball in the Northwest. The event will take place at the State Capital Museum (221 21st Ave. SW, Olympia), at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is a suggested $2 and free for all youth basketball players.
A look at Tuesday's and Wednesday's boys and girls basketball district tournament games.
TUMWATER -- A frequent topic heard from fans during Saturdays 2A Region III wrestling tournament at Tumwater High School was how brutal the regional tournament was.
The Hawks (16-4) now face top-ranked Mark Morris (19-2), a 78-34 winner over Centralia, in one of two semifinals games Tuesday at either Centralia or W.F. West. The Hawks and Monarchs will tip-off at 6 p.m. at either W.F. West while the second semifinal between W.F. West, a 58-24 winner over Aberdeen, and Black Hills will tip-off at 8 p.m. The Wolves topped Hockinson, 56-43, in their first-round game.
Olympias KGY 1240-AM will start an hour-long sports talk show every Friday from 10-11 a.m. beginning Feb. 22, hosted by high school sports play-by-play team Brent Bryant and Keith Clark.
The all-Pacific 2B League boys and girls basketball teams, as voted on by the league's coaches.
Shelton High School honors its four Division I-bound athletes -- David Ajamu, Ralph Kinne, Jake Lindley and Jared Welander during Wednesday morning's Signing Day ceremony.
Here's a list of known athletes who signed national letters of intent today.
Here's a look at this week's boys and girls basketball postseason for teams in District IV (2A, 1A, 2B and 1B).
The first item on Kara Petersons agenda as Saint Martins Universitys head volleyball coach is to plan an upcoming recruiting trip to Las Vegas over Presidents Day weekend.
Black Hills High School football coach Jack Zilla has resigned after 15 seasons coaching the Wolves.
Postseason basketball begins this week for 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B boys and girls basketball teams. The 2A Evergreen Conference regular-season wraps up Tuesday, so spots will be finalized on the boys and girls side following Tuesdays games. Heres an early look at this weeks first-round games of various district tournament games:
Updated league-by-league basketball standings for the 4A/3A Narrows, 2A EvCo, 1A SWW Evergreen and Pacific 2B.