Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Bellevue Wolverines sophomore guard Jalen Love, right, is guarded by Rainier Beach point guard Kahlil Shabazz in the first round of the Class 3A state boys basketball tournament. Rainier Beach defeated Bellevue 69-38 in the contest on March 1 at the Tacoma Dome.

Wolverines memorable season comes to a close

A lopsided loss in the first round of the Class 3A state boys basketball tournament didn’t dampen the spirits of Bellevue Wolverines head coach Chris O’Connor.

The Wolverines boys basketball season came to an end in the first round of the 3A state tourney courtesy of a 69-38 loss to the Rainier Beach Vikings on March 1 at the Tacoma Dome. The Wolverines finished the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 20-8.

“This was one of the most fun teams I have ever coached,” O’Connor said. “Throughout the season we kind of had to redefine and reinvent ourselves to figure out ways to get the most out of this group. To their credit, they are a very coachable team and we made improvements during the year to put ourselves in a position to be able to get to the Tacoma Dome. That is what I’m most proud of.”

The journey to the state tournament was unforgettable. Bellevue defeated Kamiakin 64-55 in a loser-out playoff game on Feb. 21 to keep their season alive. The Wolverines clinched a berth at the Class 3A state tournament with a 66-63 win against Squalicum on Feb. 24. Bellevue forward Colin Suter, who was one of the four seniors on the roster, said the finality of the last game of the season brought up emotions within him.

“We couldn’t had done it with a better group of guys. We battled all year and we’ve been through some rough patches but we’ve always bounced back in the face of adversity. I’m proud of these guys,” Suter said.

More in Sports

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Bellevue Christian ace pitcher Eric Kats, left, and infielder Daniel Teramato, right, are looking to lead their team to the Class 1A state baseball tournament this May.
Vikings are dominating on the diamond in 2018

Bellevue Christian is having a breakthrough season on the diamond.

Photo Courtesy of Maddi Davidson
Bellevue’s Boettcher kicks grass and takes names

Two sisters tell the story of a Bellevue woman who helped pioneer women’s soccer in the region.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
                                Mercer Island player Alex Platou, left, and Interlake defender Charlie Myhran, right, battle for possession of the ball in the first half of play on April 11 at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Mercer Island defeated Interlake 2-1 in the contest.
Islanders defeat Saints in rivalry showdown on the soccer field

Interlake nearly ties the game in the closing seconds.

Jemal, Campana dive onto USA Junior National ultimate teams

Three Cedars Waldorf coach is blessed to have guided the duo along their journey.

Bothell defeats Newport, 5-1

Bothell beat Newport, 5-1, in 4A KingCo baseball action on March 28… Continue reading

Playing multiple sports creates better, healthier kids, says physical therapist

Special to the Reporter In an era of specialization in sports involving… Continue reading

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Bellevue Bulldogs freshman infielder Megan Marino is dominating at the plate thus far during the 2018 season. Marino is batting .540 and has 21 RBI in 12 games played during the season. The Bulldogs currently have an overall record of 16-1.
Marino is making a sizable impact in first season with Bulldogs

Bellevue Bulldogs softball team is dominating its opponents in early season action.

Goucher to host baseball camp in April

Former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout Steve Goucher will conduct… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                The Bellevue Wolverines girls lacrosse team lost 16-3 to the Mercer Island Islanders on March 21. Bellevue players Kimberly Nickerson, Abby Parrish and Lily Weingaertner each recorded a goal apiece in the loss. The Wolverines dropped to 2-1 overall with the loss while Mercer Island improved their overall record to 4-0.
Islanders defeat Wolverines in rivalry lacrosse showdown

Wolverines suffer first loss of 2018 season.