By Nathan Joyce
Top-ranked Rainier Beach beat No. 4 Seattle Prep 96-82 in an early season Metro League showdown. The Vikings used a 12-0 run early in the second half to pull away from the Panthers.
It was a couple of transfers that helped the Vikings to the win. Nyandigisi Moikobu, who came to Rainier Beach from Chief Sealth, scored five during the run, and Aaron Dotson, who transferred from Garfield, scored a game-high 27 points.
Jordan Hamilton scored 26 for Prep.
More Basketball: Mount Rainier's Alfie Miller scored a career-high 38 points as the Rams beat Highline 88-75. ... Josh Smith, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, scored 31 as No. 6 Kentwood beat Kentlake 72-54. ... No. 1 Franklin benefitted from a controversial call and beat Inglemoor in overtime 81-66. The Quakers trailed by three with 2.4 second remaining when star Peyton Siva (29 points) was fouled on a 3-point attempt and Inglemoor star Mike McLaughlin (23) was called for a technical for pulling out his jersey. Franklin hit three of the five free throws to send the game to OT.
Girls Basketball: Blair Has Things Moving in Ballard
Karen Blair, who had 255-39 record and two state titles at Meadowdale of Lynnwood, has things rolling at her new school, Ballard.
The Beavers improved to 6-0 by handing Roosevelt its first loss in a blowout, 50-26.
"It's been a long journey for them to buy into my philosophy," Blair told the Seattle Times. "It's taught me a lot of life lessons."
Jeanette Hansen, a 6-5 Danish exchange student, scored 10 points and impacted the game with her intimidating defensive presence.
Football: O'Dea QB Headed to Montana
Donny Lisowski led the O'Dea Fighting Irish to the Class 3A state title game.
Now the quaterback/safety will try and lead another perennial power, the Montana Grizzlies, committing to the school last week.
He's expected to play safety.
Athletics: State Not Thinking About Drug Testing
In the wake of baseball's Mitchell Report, which detailed the sport's steroid era, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the state's governing body of high school sports, said it is not considering testing high school athletes.
The Mitchell Report, citing studies, said that between 3 and 6 percent of high school athletes have used steroids.
"I don't want to downplay the fact that it's an issue," WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese told the Seattle Times. "But we're not seeing it rise to a level where our school administrators and coaches say they believe it is an issue that can be addressed through anything other than education at this point."
Soccer: Pair Named All-American
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named Issaquah senior Kate Deines to its all-American team as well has naming her state player of the year.
Deines had 22 goals and four assists to lead Issaquah to the Class 3A state title.
Pasco's Brandon Zimmerman, a member of the U-17 U.S. Men's National Team, was named to the boys team for the second straight season.