The Sideline

The cream of Tacoma’s rich basketball talent crop will be well-represented Friday night at the 7th annual Cloud 9 Boys All-Star Games at Auburn High School. There are four games on the schedule and tipping off at 7 p.m. the showdown of the night is easily the 3A Narrows all-star team against the 4A Narrows all-stars.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students with ASB card.

4:00 - Seamount All-Stars vs. Nisqually All-Stars

5:30 - 2A SPSL All-Stars vs. 3A SPSL All-Stars

7:00 - 3A Narrows All-Stars vs. 4A Narrows All-Stars

8:30 - 4A SPSL North All-Stars vs. 4A SPSL South All-Stars

Unlike the All-State all-star games, these Cloud 9 contests will feature players from all grades, not just outgoing seniors. The All-State games are scheduled for March 22 at Eastside Catholic High School.

The Seattle Mariners have promoted Roy Howell as the new manager of the Tacoma Rainiers. Howell was recently serving as the hitting coach of Mariners Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals of Tennessee.

Howell replaces Rich Donnelly who was named the new third base coach for the Mariners on March 7. Donnelly's stop in Tacoma was a quick one. He took over the Rainiers January 15 and leaves the team before managing a single game.

Prior to his stint at Jackson, Howell was the hitting coach for the Class-A High Desert Mavericks. During his two seasons of instruction the Mavericks set franchise batting records in average, hits, RBI and runs scored.

A former American League All-Star and 1978 team MVP of the Toronto Blue Jays, Howell spent parts of 11 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Texas Rangers, Toronto and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Things were quiet on the Wilson side of the Tacoma Dome as the Lady Rams struggled for three quarters and fell behind 26 points before the start of the fourth. It was a fabulous fourth quarter, but the Lady Rams ran out of time falling to a hot-shooting Bishop Blanchet squad 65-55 in the 3A State Semifinal Match-up.

Freshman Josie Matz scored 12 of her team-high 22 points in the fourth quarter. Wilson(20-6) shot 8-for-12 for the quarter following three quarters under 30 percent. Meanwhile, the Braves (22-4) started hot, converting 60 percent of their shots, including five 3-pointers in the first half. Blanchet would cool off to finish at 51.2 percent for the game, but the damage had already been done.

Wilson junior Violet Morrow finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while sophomore Kiara Knox added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Blanchet was led by Jadyn Bush’s 22 points and 8 rebounds.

The young Wilson club will play Bellevue (22-7) at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome for the 3A Third-Place Trophy. Blanchet meets Cleveland (25-2) at 9 p.m. for the 3A Hardwood Classic Title.


WILSON: Josie Matz 22, Violet Morrow 14, Kiara Knox 10, Tyra Foster 4, Kiara McMillan 4, Paige Costello, Amanda Darden, Aujanique Doss, Desiree Ayler.

BISHOP BLANCHET: Jadyn Bush 22, Caitlyn Dixon 11, Micah Lussier 9, Bella Kemp 8, Lily DiPietro 6, Taylor Chambers 5, Julia Fleming 2, Lee Erickson 2.

Lincoln had the height advantage, but it was Sunnyside's smooth-shooting guards that took over to lead the Grizzlies to a 67-54 win over the Lady Abes on Friday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome. The loss brings Lincoln's magical season - in which they advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2006 - to an end.

Breneya Johnson's putback tied it 9-9 three minutes into the game, but Sunnyside took the lead for good with a 13-3 run capped by a jumper by Natalia Bazan at the end of the first quarter.

Bazan was 8-for-10 from the field, scoring 18 points, while Emilee Maldonado tallied a team-high 19 points for Sunnyside.

Tamia Braggs controlled the interior for Lincoln, finishing with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Johnson finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Maldonado put Sunnyside up 41-28 with a three-pointer early in the third quarter, but Lincoln wouldn't go away. The Abes clawed to within 44-38 on a pair of free throws by Braggs late in the third, but Maldonado promptly answered with a three at the other end. The Grizzlies finished 7-for-15 from beyond the arc, and Lincoln committed 21 turnovers that led to 16 points for Sunnyside.


LINCOLN: Tamia Braggs 25, Breneya Johnson 13, Kiaira Thomas 3, Aamira Turner 3, Joy Failauga 3, Jasmine Mamea 3, Kayla McLean 2, Aaqila Turner 2

SUNNYSIDE: Emilee Maldonado 19, Natalia Bazan 18, Jordan Rodriguez 14, Vanessa Alvarez 7, Selena Rubalcava 5, Jessica Mendoza 3, Jazel Trevino 1

Freshman sensation Josie Matz pulled another clutch performance out of the hat, leading and pushing the Wilson Lady Rams to a 58-33 victory over Mercer Island on Thursday night at the Tacoma Dome. The Lady Rams (20-5) move on to play Bishop Blanchet (21-4) at 9 p.m. Friday night in the semifinals of the 3A State Hardwood Classic.

Matz finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals after a first-half struggle where she could only muster four points. Luckily, Wilson owned a 22-12 halftime lead in a game where Mercer Island never led.

Mercer Island (17-9) ended the game converting an abysmal 12.7 percent of their shots in the face of stiff Wilson defensive pressure. Wilson out rebounded the Islanders 63-40, led by Violet Morrow’s massive 18 rebounds to go along with nine points. Tyra Foster added another 11 rebounds and seven points.


WILSON: Josie Matz 25, Kiki Knox 10, Violet Morrow 9, Tyra Foster 7, Amanda Darden 6, Aujanique Doss 1, Paige Costello, Kiara McMillan, Kalayah DeGregory, Jalani Thompson, Desiree Ayler, Rache’ Dixon.

MERCER ISLAND: Jessica Blakeslee 11, Julia Blumenstein 8, Kailee Yan 3, Taylor Krause 3, Anna Luce 3, Suri Johnson 2, Renae Tessem 2, Arianna Moscatel 1

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