High-SchoolWashington: Washington

It has been a big year for Puyallup OL Joshua Garnett.

The senior opened the fall by gracing our September cover and went on to guide the Vikings to a third-place finish in the SPSL South. His huge senior campaign continues Thursday, when he will represent Washington at the Under Armour All-America Game (live on ESPN, 4:30 p.m.). He is the state's first representative at the game. Garnett is rated the No. 43 player in the ESPNU 150 and holds a multitude of offers from BCS programs, including Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan and Auburn, among others.
You guys know the deal; it's the end of the year and time to reminisce about the top sports stories of the last 12 months. We have selected five of our favorite athletic moments from the 2011 season and sprinkled in a couple honorable mention items to end the year with a bang. So let's ring in the New Year by giving some love to the top stories of 2011.

1. Bellevue gets national love
This year's squad was loaded with talented underclassmen intent on sending the seniors off on a winning note. Bellevue made it look easy, going 14-0 to capture the Class 3A crown and finish No. 11 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Along the way, the Wolverines posted statement victories over Lakes, 4A champ Skyline and Oaks Christian (California).

2. Heavy course load
Washington harriers took center stage this fall as four locals finished ranked in the DyeStat XC Top 25 rankings. Shadle Park's Nathan Weitz was tops among the Washington contingent, checking in at No. 3 following his third-place showing at Foot Locker Nationals. Lakes' Izaic Yorks (No. 5), Kamiakin's Anthony Armstrong (No. 9), Mead's Andrew Gardner (No. 11) rounded out the locals.

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After games ending Saturday, Dec. 24

Three undefeated squads make their debut in this week's hoop rankings. Bellarmine Prep has emerged as one of the state's premier squads with an impressive 6-0 start that includes wins over Lincoln and previously ranked Lakes. Snohomish is 8-0 and has four double-digit victories, while University is the pride of Spokane with six consecutive wins. Rainier Beach remains at the top and is trying to hold off fast-charging Skyline. O'Dea and Seattle Prep, who will clash in a few weeks, hold down the four and five spots.

1. Rainier Beach (5-0) Last week: 1

2. Skyline (7-0) Last week: 7

3. Bellarmine Prep (6-0) Last week: NR

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

Across the country, the high school football season is now complete, and Washington's football champs join the list of state champions in every classification throughout the nation.

To see the full list of state champions as well as how this state stacks up, click here.


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After games ending Wednesday, Dec. 13

Seattle Prep's loss to Rainier Beach bumped our preseason No. 1 from its perch and elevated Beach to the top spot. Rainier should have some staying power after taking out No. 2 O'Dea behind a 25-point effort by Kansas recruit Anrio Adams. Oak Harbor dropped two games and fell out of the top 10, allowing undefeated Evergreen to make its way into the rankings. Bubble teams Bellarmine Prep, Lewis & Clark and Issaquah are likely candidates to move up next week should another ranked team struggle.

1. Rainier Beach (4-0)

2. O'Dea (3-1)

3. Seattle Prep (3-1)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.
Burlington-Edison girls' volleyball player Katlyn Mataya was named Gatorade Washington Player of the Year this morning.

Mataya, a senior setter, powered the Tigers to an undefeated mark and the Class 2A crown. She tallied 884 assists, 136 digs and 73 service aces to earn Northwest Conference MVP honors for the third time. She finished her career tops at the school in assists (3,242) and aces (243).

For the full breakdown of Mataya's award, click here.

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Washington next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Peyton Pelluer (JR), Skyline, LB
Credentials: Recorded 122 solo stops and added a pair of sacks for state champs, KingCo 4A Defensive Player of the Year

4. Sefo Liufau (JR), Bellarmine Prep, QB
Credentials: Completed 60 percent of his passes, passed for 2,254 yards and 22 touchdowns, added 241 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground

3. Tatum Taylor (JR), O'Dea, RB/DB
Credentials: Breakaway speed helped him record eight scores of 50 or more yards, All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, holds a slew of offers from BCS schools, also a track standout

2. Sean Constantine (JR), Bellevue, LB/TE
Credentials: Tackling machine anchored Class 3A champ's stifling unit, All-KingCo first-teamer

1. Max Browne (JR), Skyline, QB
Credentials: Gatorade State Player of the Year passed for 4,034 yards and 45 TDs to lead Spartans to 4A crown, completed 70 percent of his passes, had three five-plus TD games

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Washington Weekly Basketball Rankings.

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Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Washington A-Listers

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Washington this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Max Browne, Junior
Skyline, Football
Credentials: Gatorade State Player of the Year tossed a pair of scores to lead the Spartans to the Class 4A title; finished season with 45 touchdown passes.

Anthony Armstrong, Senior
Kamiakin, Cross Country
Credentials: Won Class 3A individual race with a blistering time of 14:58; placed seventh at Nike Cross Nationals.

Anrio Adams, Senior
Rainier Beach, Basketball
Credentials: Immense scoring ability and deep range make Adams the state's top senior hoop recruit; committed to Kansas.

Jordan Rogers, Senior
Mead, Wrestling
Credentials: Rated nation's No. 10 senior grappler by InterMat; went 48-0 and captured his second state crown last year as a junior.

Clint Coulter, Senior
Union, Baseball
Credentials: Projected first-rounder was one of the standouts of this summer's Area Code Baseball Games presented by New Balance; batted over .500 and crushed five homers last year.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Washington.

Think we missed an athlete who should be on the A-List? Holla at me on Twitter (@ESPNHSAuguste) and let me know.

If the top two teams in our final rankings look familiar, it's because they're the same two that topped our preseason rankings. Bellevue and Skyline continued their dominance of the competition in Class 3A and 4A, respectively, clinching state crowns this past weekend. Bellevue went undefeated this fall and finished the season No. 9 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Behind Gatorade State Player of the Year Max Browne, Skyline rebounded from three regular-season losses to clip Skyview in the finals. Also in the mix are 2A champ Lynden and 1A winner Connell.

Here's how the top three teams fared last week:
Bellevue — defeated O'Dea, 35-16 (final regular season ranking: No. 1)
Skyline —defeated Skyview, 38-7 (final regular season ranking: NR)
Skyview — lost to Skyline, 38-7 (final regular season ranking: NR)

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

NOTE: With the playoffs having ended, this will be the last Washington weekly ranking of the season.

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

Skyline quarterback Max Browne was named Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year this morning.

Browne, a junior, has guided Skyline to a 10-3 mark and a berth in this weekend's Class 4A championship game. Browne has connected on better than 70 percent of his passes and has tossed 43 touchdowns this fall. He joins former Skyline stars Kasen Williams and Jake Heaps (two-time selection) as Gatorade Player of the Year winners.

For the breakdown on Browne's award, click here.
Bothell G Zach LavineRick Dahms/ESPNHSBothell junior guard Zach LaVine can score with the state's best and is receiving interest from UCLA, USC, Cal and Washington.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Washington edition.

When you watch Zach LaVine play basketball, you’ll quickly see why Division I schools are knocking down the doors at Bothell in hopes of landing the junior phenom.

Peep his NBA range from the perimeter, the insane balance he displays when crossing over defenders and the mean swag he exudes whenever he steps on the court.

What you won’t see from the 6-foot-2 combo guard on the hardwood is the excruciating pain he feels with each Bothell loss — the Cougars went 4-16 last year. No, that’s reserved for the locker room, where you might find LaVine holed up in the corner with a towel over his head imagining each setback is just a bad dream he’ll soon wake up from.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” says LaVine. “You have to handle adversity well. There are roadblocks you will have to fight through.”

LaVine’s on-court talents and his ability to maneuver through adversity are why he’s being viewed as a beacon of hope for a Bothell hoops program that has long lived in the shadow of the school’s decorated football team. Considered one of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2013, LaVine averaged a gaudy 25.9 points per game in his first varsity season last year.

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Washington football pick 'em: Round 9

November, 17, 2011
We all had the same picks last week, meaning we all stayed put in our respective spots in the standings. I'm calling a pair of upsets in this week's action, so there should be some movement in next week's rankings.

Here's a look at this week's games with my rationales for each pick. Hit me up with your selections on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste if you want to get in on the act.

Bellevue at Lakes
Lake Stevens at Eastlake
Central Valley at Skyline
Lynden at Interlake
Union at Woodinville

Bellevue — This contest has game of the year potential. Both teams feature plenty of offensive firepower and playmakers on both sides of the ball. You have to give the edge to Lakes in the talent department, especially with blue-chip prospect Zach Banner anchoring the O-line, but Bellevue's championship pedigree will prove to be the difference. Give me Bellevue holding off a late Lakes' rally.

Eastlake — I'm back on the Eastlake bandwagon this week, and the defense is the reason why. The Wolves have yielded a combined 49 points against good offensive teams in Newport, Mariner, Issaquah and Federal Way. Also, no defense has been able to hang with Eastlake's attack.

Skyline — Central Valley scored a major upset in ending Ferris' repeat bid last week, but they didn't have to contend with a QB the caliber of Max Browne. The junior could be headed toward Gatorade State Player of the Year honors, and his accuracy and penchant for playing well in big games bodes well for the Spartans, who are gunning for another shot at Eastlake.

Lynden — Interlake has given up more points than it has scored and that concerns me going into a contest against a Lynden offense that can score at will.

Union — So I'm the only one who believes in Union, huh? The Titans' upset of Kentlake last week should provide the squad with enough confidence for a repeat performance. Look for Brandon Brody-Heim to make his presence felt on defense.

Mason's picks:

KeiVarae Russell's picks:

Washington football pick 'em: Round 8

November, 11, 2011

All-State Hoops: Washington

November, 8, 2011
See all 51 All-State teams.

With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Washington.

We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent, and included several other players who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.

For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Washington, click here.

Washington All-State Basketball

First team

G: Anrio Adams, Rainier Beach, 6-3/175, Senior
Rated the No. 1 senior prospect in Washington by ESPNU.

G: Zach LaVine, Bothell, 6-2/155, Junior
Our cover boy averaged 25.9 points per game last winter.

G: Sekou Wiggs, O’Dea, 6-2/175, Senior
Athletically gifted guard earned first team All-Metro honors last year.

F: Mitch Brewe, Seattle Prep, 6-8/240, Senior
Arguably the state’s most feared scoring threat in the low post.

C: Zach Banner, Lakes, 6-9/330, Senior
Our September cover for football led the Lancers to 3A crown last winter.

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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.