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The reasons we need high school athletics


Why are high school sports important?

Craig Smith of the Seattle Times gives 1.3 million answers (actually more like 15) to that question in his prep column today. Craig sees the sports world through the same prism I do, so I highly recommend this column.

Gonzaga Prep is third this week in the Times' statewide 4A rankings, with Mead moving in at No. 9. Pasco remains No. 1. In the 3A ranks, East Valley is fourth. Bellevue is the top-ranked team in 3A. In the rankings, Puyallup is No. 1 in the 4A, Gonzaga Prep fifth and Mead is in others to watch. In the 3A, East Valley is No. 5. Pullman is second in the 2A with West Valley ninth. Lakeside is sixth in the 1A. Davenport is atop the 2B ranks, with Reardan No. 2. LaCrosse-Washtucna remains top-ranked in the 1B.

Rene Ferren of Tri-Cities covered the Prosser (ranked 44th in the nation this week) rout of Southridge on Saturday, but that's not the only game he commented upon in his blog.

I know this is late, but I'm including this link to the Yakima Herald-Republic's Prosser game story just because the linescore at the bottom is so darn impressive – and scary if you're a Prosser opponent.

The Seattle Times kicks off its coverage of girls soccer with a feature on Highline's Kaitlyn Heinsohn. There is also a list of players to watch in the Puget Sound, while the Everett Herald profiles the Archbishop Murphy girls team.

One last football note from southern Idaho. Bishop Kelly's 25-game winning streak was snapped by Centennial 32-16 on Friday night.

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