High-SchoolWashington: Lakes (wa.)

Football playoff roundup: Browne, Skyline start fast

November, 7, 2011
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Let's take a quick trip around the state in the first week of postseason play.

Class 4A
Skyline QB Max Browne collected 263 yards and five TDs to lead the Spartans to an easy 59-21 win over Monroe. His primary receiver was Nick Sblendorio, who hauled in five balls for 123 yards and three scores. The Spartans move on to face Mead this weekend... I liked Skyview in its game against Issaquah because of its powerful offense. That held true as Kieran McDonagh racked up more than 300 passing yards and Parker Henry added 123 on the ground in a 47-17 win... Olympia ended the HS career of Puyallup senior OL Joshua Garnett in a 38-21 victory. Spenser Killman was a workhorse with 231 yards and three scores to guide Olympia... Bethel scored a mini upset of Bothell behind a late 30-yard FG from Ryan Smolko, 24-22...

Class 3A
Lakes got more of a fight than expected but rebounded to put away Nathan Hale, 56-21. Levonte Littlejohn (four rushing TDs) helped offset a big game by Hale's Markeith Harris (251 yards, 2 TDs) as the Lancers claimed their 11th win of the fall... Teré Calloway predicted improved play from Seattle Prep after his team fell to O'Dea in Week 8. He backed it up by reaching pay dirt three times as Prep downed Timberline, 42-28.

Class 2A/1A
Lakewood RB Donovan Evans notched a school-record 299 yards to go with three touchdowns to lead the Cougars over Burlington-Edison, 55-0. The win gained some revenge for Lakewood, which fell to B-E in last year's playoffs... Michael Amsel Jr. accounted for four TDs to power Chelan to a 51-14 defeat of Riverside.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Panthers claw their way to the top of Washington basketball rankings

October, 19, 2011
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Seattle Prep was expected to have a good team with the return of Metro League MVP Mitch Brewe. With junior D.J. Fenner back in the Seattle area and suiting up for the Panthers, Prep has a great team that could challenge for the 3A crown in March. The squad opens the winter at No. 46 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and tops in the Washington state rankings. Sekou Wiggs and O'Dea could threaten Prep's supremacy, while Rainier Beach added the state's top recruit in senior Anrio Adams. Defending 3A champ Lakes and Franklin round out the top five.

Here’s how the top three looks like heading into the 2011-12 season:
1. Seattle Prep
2. O'Dea
3. Rainier Beach

Go here for the entire POWERADE Washington Basketball Rankings.

Lakes, Eastlake move up in Week 7 football rankings

October, 17, 2011
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There's a new top team in Class 4A play and it's undefeated Eastlake. The Wolves' 44-17 trouncing of Issaquah combined with Ferris' surprising 35-14 loss to Mead, catapults Eastlake to the top of the heap in 4A action. Ferris drops two spots to No. 5, while Bellevue remains No. 1 in the state and No. 16 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Lakes continues to throttle opponents and moves up to No. 2.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
Bellevue — defeated Sammamish, 61-7 (last week No. 1)
Lakes — defeated Enumclaw, 69-0 (last week No. 3)
Eastlake — defeated Issaquah, 44-17 (last week No. 4)

Click here to check out the full POWERADE Washington Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

POWERADE Washington football Rankings: Week 4

September, 26, 2011
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Not much movement in the top 10 as nine of the 10 teams were victorious. Bellevue moved to 4-0 and jumped up two spots to No. 19 in the POWERADE FAB 50, while 4-0 Ferris remains as the top squad in Class 4A action. Skyview's upset of then-No. 7 Camas dropped the Papermakers to a bubble team and allowed undefeated Chiawana to slide in at No. 10.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
1. Bellevue — defeated Lake Washington, 54-0 (last week No. 1)
2. Ferris — defeated Rogers, 61-0 (last week No. 2)
3. Lakes — defeated Wilson, 42-20 (last week No. 3)

For a look at the rest of the movers, check out the full POWERADE Washington Football Rankings.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

The Cutting Room Floor: Zach Banner

September, 21, 2011
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Wash OL DuoPhoto By: Tom Hauck/ESPNHSZach Banner (left) and Joshua Garnett have close to 100 combined BCS offers.


We can't always fit everything we want in the pages of ESPNHS, so we bring you the Cutting Room Floor. Think of it as the deleted scenes portion of your favorite Blu-ray. In September we tracked down Lakes senior OL Zach Banner to share our cover with his close friend Joshua Garnnett, another elite lineman from Washington. If you haven't had a chance to check out the story, visit here. In addition to their close friendship, they also bond over hoops and dancing (still waiting to see the videos, guys). Here are some of the excerpts from our interview with Zach. Stick with us for Joshua's outakes later.

On his love of HS football It’s the moment. It’ something that not everybody gets to go through. Not only do I play high school football, I play on one of the top teams in the country. I live for the moment and opportunity to play. It’s a gift. I’m straight pumped when I get on the field. I’m going to put whoever tries to rush me on their back.

On his inspirationAll you have to do is type my name into Google and that’s my inspiration. I have a lot of eyes on me. I have to deal with the haters and all the people that disrespect me online.

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Skyline takes a tumble in Week 3 football rankings

September, 19, 2011
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It just seems strange to not have Skyline holding down one of the top two spots in the local rankings. But a grueling early-season schedule has dropped the Class 4A perennial powers to No. 5 in Washington. With losses to No. 1 Bellevue and Oregon’s Lake Oswego, Skyline has lost consecutive contests for the first time in more than a decade. Max Browne was stellar in defeat, however, overcoming an early INT to throw for a school-record 459 yards and three TDs.

Bellevue continues its stranglehold on No. 1 and Lakes seems poised to be in the top three all season. Defending state champ Ferris is the top 4A team at No. 2, while Eastlake’s potent attack has helped the Wolves skyrocket to No. 4. New to the mix is Federal Way — a team that features a stellar playmaker in workhorse back D.J. May.

A bubble team to keep an eye out for is Ingraham. The school is the subject of tomorrow night’s RISE UP TV series, and the Rams football team has come out like gangbusters with three wins by a combined score of 85-28, including a 39-22 win over Rainier Beach Friday night.

Here is how the top three teams fared last week:

Bellevue — defeated Interlake, 42-20 (last week No. 1)

Ferris — defeated North Central, 49-9 (last week No. 4)

Lakes — defeated Capital, 57-7 (last week No. 3)
For a look at the rest of the movers, check out the full POWERADE Washington Football Rankings.

Bellevue survives matchup with No. 2 Skyline

September, 13, 2011
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After a tight first half, Bellevue’s defense took control of the Wolverines’ contest against Skyline Friday night.

The Sean Constantine-led unit held the Spartans scoreless in the second half as Bellevue claimed a 31-17 victory. The win catapulted Bellevue to No. 24 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 and keeps the squad on top of its local competition. We didn't penalize Skyline for the loss as they are still the top team in Class 4A.

Lakes continued to make it look easy through the first two weeks of the season, dropping Evergreen, 49-6. The Lancers have outscored their foes, 112-14, during the stretch to remain at No. 3. Bothell took a dive after its loss, allowing O’Dea to creep into the top five.

Here's a look at how the top three teams fared last week:

1. Bellevue — defeated Skyline, 31-17 (last week No. 1)

2. Skyline — loss to Bellevue, 31-17 (last week No. 2)

3. Lakes — defeated Evergreen, 49-6 (last week No. 3)

For a look at the rest of the movers, check out the full POWERADE Washington Football Rankings.

Welcome to the Washington Sports Blog

August, 22, 2011
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We wanted to get ESPNHS cover subjects Joshua Garnett and Zach Banner to shoot a video and welcome you all to this blog, but football workouts got in the way (Some kids are just so dedicated to being the best at their craft). I promise to never allow working out to stop me from posting daily.

Well, welcome to the Washington Sports Blog. You're going to want to bookmark this site for news and videos on the Evergreen State's top athletes and teams, as well as recruiting updates. We'll be coming at you with content daily, but feel free to send along any topics or athletes you would like to see covered. Just hit me up at David.Auguste@ESPN.com or on Twitter: @ESPNHSAuguste.

Here's the lowdown on what to expect later today. Since it’s football season, we’ve decided to kick things off with a look at the preseason state rankings, the All-State squad and a feature on the aforementioned football BFFs.

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