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Zach Hernandez rears to go in the batters box against Kentridge. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent 2024 prep baseball season preview

No Kent school has made the state tournament since 2018, but these teams look to change that.

Zach Hernandez rears to go in the batters box against Kentridge. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentwood HC Blake Solomon holds his arm in the air in celebration after beating Olympia. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood boys take fourth inside Tacoma Dome

Conks go 3-1 and take fourth in a convincing 22-point win over Skyview.

Kentwood HC Blake Solomon holds his arm in the air in celebration after beating Olympia. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentlake alum and current University of Washington senior starting pitcher Jared Engman. Courtesy Photo

Track the Grad: Jared Engman

The Kentlake High School alum was named the ace of the UW pitching staff, and eyes MLB draft

Kentlake alum and current University of Washington senior starting pitcher Jared Engman. Courtesy Photo
Niki Boris takes a three pointer at Issaquah High School in the regional playoff round. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood hoops update: Girls fall, boys face Olympia in Tacoma Dome

Girls can’t overcome Eastlake, while boys run out of gas against Mount Si.

Niki Boris takes a three pointer at Issaquah High School in the regional playoff round. Ben Ray / The Reporter
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Kentwood High welcomes Alanna Vann-Young as new athletic director

The University of Montana grad is coming from Bishop Blanchet.

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Kentwood swimmer in the fly section of the IM race. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood and Kentridge record points at state swim

Swimmer and diver recorded points at the King County Aquatic Center.

Kentwood swimmer in the fly section of the IM race. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Oksana Galiant face-to-face with her opponent in the state championship. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Mat Classic XXXV breakdown: Kent School District

Kentwood’s Wright and Kent-Meridian’s Galiant just miss titles.

Oksana Galiant face-to-face with her opponent in the state championship. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Sophomore Brandon Tagle drives to the hoop in the second half. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood boys basketball makes state for first time since 2020

Conks needed an extra quarter to get past SPSL champs Sumner on the road.

Sophomore Brandon Tagle drives to the hoop in the second half. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Royal 165-pound wrestler Jessie Neff pins his opponent early in the tournament. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Wrestling: Kent-Meridian sends eight to state

Royals took second in the district tournament at Todd Beamer.

Royal 165-pound wrestler Jessie Neff pins his opponent early in the tournament. Ben Ray / The Reporter
3A NPSL MVP Jaylen Petty dunks the ball against Lincoln in the first round of the playoffs. Ben Ray / The Reporter

NPSL All League basketball awards announced

Auburn, Kent and Federal Way school districts represented.

3A NPSL MVP Jaylen Petty dunks the ball against Lincoln in the first round of the playoffs. Ben Ray / The Reporter
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Giovanni Mora Zorrilla takes a shot against the Kent-Meridian.

Kent School District and Special Olympics of Washington are perfect match

KSD is striving to have every school be a unified champion.

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Giovanni Mora Zorrilla takes a shot against the Kent-Meridian.
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Pictured: Kentlake High School’s cheer team. Kentlake won one category over Gig Harbor and 3A NPSL rival Auburn Riverside in the 3A Game Day Small event. The Falcons scored 77.6 just beating out the Tides, who scored 76.6.

Kentwood and Kentlake win state cheer titles

Cheerleaders bring home some hardware in three different categories.

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Pictured: Kentlake High School’s cheer team. Kentlake won one category over Gig Harbor and 3A NPSL rival Auburn Riverside in the 3A Game Day Small event. The Falcons scored 77.6 just beating out the Tides, who scored 76.6.
Kentwood High School’s Sarah Wright and her father, Dan Wright. Courtesy Photo

All the Wright moves: Kentwood senior and father form super combo

Sarah Wright excels on the wrestling mat and the softball diamond - and has the support system to back it up.

Kentwood High School’s Sarah Wright and her father, Dan Wright. Courtesy Photo
A halftime show consisted of a performance from the Kentridge unified dance team between the second and third games of the night. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Pack the Gym is a celebration of community

Unified basketball brings three Kent schools together.

A halftime show consisted of a performance from the Kentridge unified dance team between the second and third games of the night. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Junior Kaylee Guiles finds a hole in against Kent-Meridian. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent’s girls flag football teams make solid first impression

Kentlake reigns supreme, sitting at 2-0 after the first two games of the season.

Junior Kaylee Guiles finds a hole in against Kent-Meridian. Ben Ray / The Reporter
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Kentwood athletic director retires after 40 years

Kurt Phelps,graduated from Kentridge in 1980, is calling it a career after serving Kent community since 1984.

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Sebastian Arius of Auburn Mountainview dribbles through the Todd Beamer High School defense in a January game.

Promotion and relegation in high school sports? I say yes | Commentary

Keeping a balance in each sport is more important than basing athletic competition on school population.

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Sebastian Arius of Auburn Mountainview dribbles through the Todd Beamer High School defense in a January game.
Auburn High School’s Jaylen Petty, left, with coach Ryan Hansen. Courtesy photo

Auburn High’s Jaylen Petty joins 1,000 point club

The junior reached the milestone in just 45 games with the Trojans.

Auburn High School’s Jaylen Petty, left, with coach Ryan Hansen. Courtesy photo
Kalia Washington goes up on a fast break lay-up vs. Decatur. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Hoops: Kentridge girls score huge win over Decatur

Chargers now sit in second place in the NPSL behind Tahoma.

Kalia Washington goes up on a fast break lay-up vs. Decatur. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Sophomore Brandon Tagle holds the finish on a three pointer. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood basketball hosts McKinnon from Australia in split doubleheader

Conk boys won 73-62, while girls fell 43-35 against the Cougars.

Sophomore Brandon Tagle holds the finish on a three pointer. Ben Ray / The Reporter