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Final nonleague baskeball games

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GIRLS BASKETBALL (1-3, 2-5)
Friday, Liberty (5-4), home.
This is the first ever meeting with Liberty of Issaquah, a school that opened in 1977. The location of the school can be confusing. It is in the Issaquah School District, but has a Renton address. It is most often listed as Liberty (Issaquah). The Patriots are members of the KingCo 3A/2A Conference…they are 3A. Liberty has won three of their last four games.

Saturday, South Kitsap (3-3) home.
South Kitsap is making a second trip to the Apple Capital. The Wolves were here two years ago and topped the Panthers 60-48. The Port Orchard school competes in the Narrows 4A League. This game will complete the nonleague portion of the Wenatchee schedule. South Kitsap lost their most recent two games.

BOYS BASKETBALL (3-1, 5-2)
Friday, Lakeside (6-1) home.
It’s Panthers vs. Lions as Wenatchee takes on Lakeside in the final home game of 2012. This is the first time these two schools have met. The Lions are a 2A school enrollment-wise, but op-up and play in the Metro 3A Conference. The Score Czar ranks Lakeside number five in the state among 3A schools.

Ever heard of these folks – Booth Gardner, Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Craig McCaw? They are all graduates of the school located in the north end of Seattle and started in 1923. The tuition at the private school is $27,250.

Saturday, Jackson (7-0) at Port Townsend.
This is an interesting one. Wenatchee is going to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula to play Jackson. Jackson is in Mill Creek about 11 miles south of Everett. Coach Ron Stone came up with this game after trying for some time to fill an opening in the schedule. The Panthers are off to what Port Townsend bills as the Crush in the Slush Tournament to face Henry M. Jackson High School. The Timberwolves are in the WesCo 4A Conference, are in the Everett School District and opened their doors in 1994.

By the way, JHS is undefeated at 7-0 and ranked number five in the state by the Tacoma News Tribune and number two by the Score Czar. The name of the tourney in P.T. may be an appropriate place for Jackson as they have kind of crushed their opponents thus far, winning five games by 29 or more points. Their average winning margin is 28.3.

Tournament? Nah.
The word “tournament” is used as part of the name of a number of high school hoop events this time of year. Some are tournaments, and a large number are not. When teams have all their opponents predetermined it is not a tournament. Maybe a classic, showcase, etc., but tournament not. A couple of simple definitions easily explain what a tournament is:
“A series of contests between a number of competitors, who compete for an overall prize.”
“A series of contests in which a number of contestants compete and the one that prevails through the final round or that finishes with the best record is declared the winner.”

O’Connell, Brandt-Sims AP All-State
Cody O’Connell and Isaiah Brandt-Sims were named to the Associated Press 2012 all-state 4A football team. O’Connell, a 6-8, 345-pound senior, is one of five offensive linemen selected. Brant-Sims, a 5-11, 180-pound junior, is one of three running backs on the team. A couple of weeks ago O’Connell also was named to the all-state team picked by the Seattle Times and the one picked by the Tacoma News Tribune.

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