Joel Willits

Bellevue vs. Kamiakin live coverage | Class 3A state championship

Sportswriter Joel Willits will host a live chat at 3 p.m. prior to Bellevue's Class 3A state title game against Kamiakin. Once the game begins,… Continue reading

The 'Bellevue Battles for Natalie' pink heart sticker on a Wolverine player's helmet during the 3A state semifinal football game against Lakes at the Tacoma Dome on Friday.

Bellevue battles for Natalie

The act is small. But the message is big. A glimpse at the helmets of the Bellevue football team reveals a small pink heart on the backside. A heart that reads a simple four-word message that has become a rallying cry for the entire Wolverines football program. That message reads "Bellevue battle for Natalie."

The 'Bellevue Battles for Natalie' pink heart sticker on a Wolverine player's helmet during the 3A state semifinal football game against Lakes at the Tacoma Dome on Friday.
Wolverine RB Myles Jack (21) breaks free for a touchdown run against Lakes at the Tacoma Dome on Friday. Bellevue won 35-7 advancing to the 3A title game in December 4.

Bellevue beats Lakes 35-7 to advance to 3A title game | Slideshow

An unusual week of practice led to an uncharacteristic first quarter for the Bellevue football team. Due to the weather and school cancellations, the Wolverines were only able to hold two practices this week. The disruption of their normal schedule was evident in the first quarter of Friday's semifinal matchup with Lakes at the Tacoma Dome. Bellevue fumbled twice in the quarter, including once at the Lancers' 10-yard line. With the timing of the Wing-T offense off, the No.1 Wolverines looked vulnerable. Then came the second quarter. The Wolverines ripped off 28 straight points and stepped up defensively, cruising to a 35-7 win over Lakes that returns the team to the Class 3A state championship game for the eighth time in 10 seasons.

Wolverine RB Myles Jack (21) breaks free for a touchdown run against Lakes at the Tacoma Dome on Friday. Bellevue won 35-7 advancing to the 3A title game in December 4.

2010 All-Bellevue Reporter Football Team

The All-Bellevue Reporter football team is selected by the editorial staff of the Bellevue Reporter in conjunction with various sports reporters from our other local… Continue reading

Saints WR Scotty Gehlhausen (11) turns defender as Wildcat defender Alex Galgano (27) intercepts a ball in the endzone during the first half at Interlake on Saturday. Archbishop Murphy won 58-13.

Saints season ends with loss to Archbishop Murphy | Prep Football

The Interlake Saints run through the Class 2A playoffs came to an abrubt end Saturday when they ran into a bad combination against the state's… Continue reading

Saints WR Scotty Gehlhausen (11) turns defender as Wildcat defender Alex Galgano (27) intercepts a ball in the endzone during the first half at Interlake on Saturday. Archbishop Murphy won 58-13.
Wolverines LB William Bissell (36) celebrates a first half interception against Liberty on Friday. Bellevue beat the Patriots 35-0.

Bellevue takes down Liberty 35-0 | Prep Football

So much for the hype.When Bellevue met Liberty for the fourth time in less than a year Friday night, most expected a classic game that… Continue reading

Wolverines LB William Bissell (36) celebrates a first half interception against Liberty on Friday. Bellevue beat the Patriots 35-0.

Bellevue College women’s soccer reaches NWAACC semifinals

The Bellevue College women's soccer team advanced to the NWAACC semifinals for the first time in school history with a 3-2 win over Chemeketa on… Continue reading

Bellevue's Rachel Schneider competes in the 500-yard freestyle final during the WIAA 3A girls state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Saturday.

Interlake, Newport swimmers finish second | State Swim and Dive Championships

The state swim and dive championships brought out the best in area teams.Both Interlake (2A) and Newport (4A) earned second place finishes in their classifications… Continue reading

Bellevue's Rachel Schneider competes in the 500-yard freestyle final during the WIAA 3A girls state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Saturday.
Saints linebacker Jacob Marks (8) celebrates a sack of Port Angeles quarterback Keenen Walker during a playoff game at Interlake on Friday. Interlake won 47-26.

Saints race past Port Angeles 47-26 | State Football

Friday was one of those nights for Interlake. One of those nights where good things get better and bad things go good. A quick start keyed by some unusual plays fueled the Saints to a 47-26 win over Port Angeles in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. Interlake got on the board quickly, scoring less than four minutes into the game on a Matt Malos 32-yard touchdown pass to Kamana Adriano.

Saints linebacker Jacob Marks (8) celebrates a sack of Port Angeles quarterback Keenen Walker during a playoff game at Interlake on Friday. Interlake won 47-26.
Cole Wiper

Newport pitchers Cole Wiper, Jared Fisher sign National Letters of Intent | Prep Baseball

Newport baseball coach Hal DeBerry knows he's a lucky man. He was reminded of it Wednesday afternoon, as he watched two of his senior pitchers, Jared Fisher and Cole Wiper, sign National Letters of Intent to play Pac-10 baseball next season. "To be able to have one player in your program who can do that is very fortunate as a coach, but to be able to have two, that is something that is very special," DeBerry said. "That speaks to the ability that these guys have." Fisher, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher, signed with the University of Washington, while Wiper, also a 6-foot-4 righty, signed with the University of Oregon.

Cole Wiper

State playoffs sports chat | Wednesday, 2 p.m.

We'll be holding a live sports chat with various reporters from the area to talk about all the state playoffs. Join us at 2 p.m.… Continue reading

Seven area teams qualify for state tournaments

Seven area teams have qualified for the state tournament in various sports.The Newport, Interlake and Bellevue Christian volleyball teams all reached their state tournaments with… Continue reading

Another huge night for Jordan Todd as Interlake returns to state | Prep Football

Jordan Todd said he was a bit tired after playing twice in four days and preparing again for a game Saturday. It's hard to blame the Interlake junior running back. After all, he scored 11 touchdowns in those two games, getting plenty of work on the ground as the Saints rebounded from a tough loss last week to win the West Central District play-in game Tuesday. "In practice Wednesday and Thursday I could barely run," Todd said. "But just like coach told us, we just had to tough it up and go."

Bellevue boys, Interlake girls finish fourth | Cross Country State Championships

The Bellevue boys cross country team and the Interlake girls team each earned fourth place finishes, leading all teams at the state cross country championships,… Continue reading

Wolverine KR Myles Jack

Bellevue rolls past Bainbridge 54-7 | Prep Football

The Bellevue Wolverines rolled past the Bainbridge Spartans 54-7 in Bellevue on Friday to advance to the state playoffs.

Wolverine KR Myles Jack
Members of the Newport swim team celebrate their KingCo league meet championship win.

Newport wins KingCo league meet, ends regular season undefeated | Prep Swimming

In the ever-competitive KingCo swimming circuit, it takes a strong team to rise above all others. Newport, this year, is showing itself to be the class of the conference. The Knights, led by strong performances from every class, swept through the regular season undefeated and capped things off with a win at the KingCo League Meet last weekend at the University of Washington pool.

Members of the Newport swim team celebrate their KingCo league meet championship win.
Saints RB Jordan Todd (22) breaks free for first quarter touchdown run against North Mason at Interlake on Tuesday.

Jordan Todd scores seven touchdowns as Interlake beats North Mason | Prep Football

Jordan Todd set a career-high with four touchdowns Friday against Juanita.It took him all of four days to set a new standard.Todd scored a whopping… Continue reading

Saints RB Jordan Todd (22) breaks free for first quarter touchdown run against North Mason at Interlake on Tuesday.

Newport looking forward to Kentlake | Prep Football

Mike Miller is keenly aware things have worked out pretty nicely for his Newport football team. The Knights, at 5-4, knocked off Crown division No.2 Inglemoor 28-17 Friday in the KingCo 4A crossover playoffs. Because of that win, Newport claimed KingCo's No.3 seed to the week 10 playoffs, while Eastlake and Issaquah (who both beat the Knights during the regular season), take home the No.4 and No.5 seeds.

Knight MB Casey Schoenlein (21) returns a volley against Issaquah at Newport on Monday.

Newport volleyball falls to Issaquah in regular season finale

Monday night's KingCo 4A regular season finale between Newport and Issaquah was for all the marbles. Issaquah was sitting at a perfect 9-0 in league play, yet the Knights, at 8-1, could capture the KingCo regular season title with a win.

Knight MB Casey Schoenlein (21) returns a volley against Issaquah at Newport on Monday.
Interlake captains Max Crowell (left)

Interlake runners eye school history

When Interlake's cross country team hits the course, success begins and ends with a team concept. That theory - the idea that yes, even cross country incorporates teamwork - has hit hard with this year's version of the Saints squad and has them looking to make school history. "It's probably weird for people to think that in cross country there is teamwork," said Max Crowell, the Saints No.1 runner and one of its captains. "But it's really just knowing that everyone has your back that pushes you."

Interlake captains Max Crowell (left)