Wolfpack, Grizzly boys, Wildcat girls lose | State basketball

Mar 04, 2019

Jackson’s return to the 4A state boys basketball tournament was brief, but rewarding.

After a four-year absence from state regionals and a five-year absence from playing in the Tacoma Dome, the Timberwolves wrapped up the season as one of the top 12 teams in the state.

Puyallup ended Jackson’s postseason run with a 56-50 victory Wednesday, Feb. 27, in a loser-out contest in the Tacoma Dome.

Senior Christian Liddell led the Wolfpack (18-6) with 17 points and senior Kyle Bigovich added 10 points.

“We obviously managed to get back and make it close at the end,” Jackson coach Steve Johnson said. “We had a goal to get back to the Tacoma Dome. Obviously, we’ve been there before. I’m pleased we were able to do that.”

Johnson praised the Wolfpack for returning to the top of the Wesco 4A standings with a 13-0 mark. Jackson placed second in the Wes-King 4A District tournament, losing 65-56 to Mount Si and then fell 69-49 to Federal Way in a regional game Saturday, Feb. 23, at Puyallup High School. That loss sent the Wolfpack into Wednesday’s loser-out game, while Federal Way advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

The Timberwolves graduate six seniors – Liddell, Olesen, Bigovich, Kevin Han, Isaac Grayson and Joe Capponi. Many of them were involved in Jackson’s feeder program and attended youth camps hosted by Jackson.

“This is a group who’s been around a long time. They’ve been together a long time,” Johnson said. “Their goal was to make it to the top of the league. Their goal was to get back to state. … hopefully, the kids are proud of that.”

Glacier Peak took a 3-point lead into the fourth quarter, but then was outscored 16-10 by Curtis, who prevailed 46-43 in a loser-out 4A state boys basketball tournament game Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Tacoma Dome. Senior Even Mannes led the Grizzlies (15-8) with 18 points.

This was the third straight year Glacier Peak has advanced to the state tournament and the program’s seventh overall appearance at state. The Grizzlies earned the trip to the Tacoma Dome after knocking off Issaquah 56-49 in a loser-out state regional tournament game Friday, Feb. 22, at Everett Community College. Fletcher Douglas scored 19 points and Mannes added 16. Corwin finished with 10 points.

Archbishop Murphy’s season came to an end with a 60-47 loss to Black Hills in a loser-out 2A state girls basketball tournament game Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Kiana Yesiki scored a game-high 22 points for the Wildcats.



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