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Kentwood’s Darrius Coleman (left) found plenty of room to run on Friday night

Kentwood football team fends off Kentlake, grabs playoff berth

The Kentwood football team was in need of an offensive spark last Friday night at French Field. Down 7-6 in the third quarter against Kentlake in what amounted to a survival game for a South Puget Sound League playoff berth, the Conquerors needed something — anything.

  • Nov 4, 2008
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Kentwood’s Darrius Coleman (left) found plenty of room to run on Friday night
Kentlake’s Chelsea Bailey was in a league of her own on Saturday at the district meet

‘Tired’ Bailey torches field at swimming events

Chelsea Bailey hasn’t even gotten to this year’s state girls swim meet yet, since it’s not until next weekend. But the Kentlake High sophomore already has swum faster than one state record — and darn near did it in two events during last Saturday’s Class 4A West Central District meet.

  • Nov 4, 2008
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Kentlake’s Chelsea Bailey was in a league of her own on Saturday at the district meet

Sewell’s jewel: KR golfer takes title

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  • Nov 2, 2008
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Kentwood senior Lauren Campbell pounded out 16 kills in Monday night’s four-game match victory over Kentlake. The win helped the Conquerors seal their fourth straight South Puget Sound League North Division title.

Kentwood upends Kentlake, secures fourth straight North title

Plenty of new faces have graced the Kentwood volleyball court during the last four years. The program’s unmatched success, however, has continued.

  • Oct 30, 2008
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Kentwood senior Lauren Campbell pounded out 16 kills in Monday night’s four-game match victory over Kentlake. The win helped the Conquerors seal their fourth straight South Puget Sound League North Division title.
Kentwood wide receiver Robbie Morris was all alone for this reception

Still alive: Kentwood eliminates Kentridge

Another week, another hero. That proved to be the case again Friday night at French Field for the Kentwood football team.

  • Oct 28, 2008
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Kentwood wide receiver Robbie Morris was all alone for this reception

Kentwood clinches North crown

Perfection eluded the Kentwood girls soccer team last Thursday night. Another top-notch defensive performance and a league championship did not. Courtney Johnson and Megan Walburn combined for their 12th consecutive shutout, but it was in a 0-0 South Puget Sound League North Division tie against rival Tahoma at French Field.

  • Oct 28, 2008
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K-M’s Martin impresses at sub-district meet

Kent-Meridian’s Alexia Martin may just be a freshman. But last Thursday at Fort Steilacoom Park in the South Puget Sound League 4A sub-district meet, she ran like a veteran.

  • Oct 28, 2008
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Kent-Meridian’s McKaley Brewer (right) tries to split the defense of Kentwood’s Elle Mortensen (left) and Stephanie Shumaker (middle). Brewer

Third-year K-M volleyball coach has program firing on all cylinders

Root beer has mostly given way to orange soda for Michael Christiansen. But the Kent-Meridian volleyball coach couldn’t be any happier with the change in soft drinks. It simply means the Royals are winning. Drinking an orange soda after victories has become tradition for Christiansen. And root beer? Well, that comes after defeat.

  • Oct 24, 2008
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Kent-Meridian’s McKaley Brewer (right) tries to split the defense of Kentwood’s Elle Mortensen (left) and Stephanie Shumaker (middle). Brewer
Vineeth Omkaram has been one of the many key contributors to Kentridge’s unbeaten South Puget Sound League North Division record this fall.

Tennis: Depth proved key for Kentridge’s perfect season

This year, the recipe for success for the Kentridge tennis team was a simple one: Combine a strong core of talented players in a program with a long-standing tradition of excellence and spice it up with a heaping helping of team unity and spirit – and voilá, an SPSL North team title and a perfect 16-0 season record.

  • Oct 24, 2008
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Vineeth Omkaram has been one of the many key contributors to Kentridge’s unbeaten South Puget Sound League North Division record this fall.
Kentridge quarterback Brandon Reiter looks for some running room against Auburn Riverside on Friday night. Reiter helped the Chargers upend the Ravens

Football: Kentridge, Kentwood, Tahoma come up big

In dire need of another win, Kentridge delivered on Friday night at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Behind a stout defensive performance and a pair of early touchdown runs from junior running back Alex Tyson, the Chargers turned back Auburn Riverside 28-6 in a South Puget Sound League North Division game

  • Oct 20, 2008
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Kentridge quarterback Brandon Reiter looks for some running room against Auburn Riverside on Friday night. Reiter helped the Chargers upend the Ravens
Lindsey Moore of Kentwood

Kentwood’s Moore chooses Nebraska

She had plenty of choices. But when it came down to it for Kentwood High basketball star Lindsey Moore, the University of Nebraska just seemed like the right decision. “I went out there, I checked it out twice and found it was the right fit for me,” admitted Moore, who recently made a verbal committment to the Big 12 university.

  • Oct 17, 2008
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Lindsey Moore of Kentwood
Kentwood junior Kent Hagen lines up a putt during last Thursday’s match against Kentridge. Hagen carded a 39 on the day as the Conquerors secured their second straight South Puget Sound League North Division crown.

Golf Report: Two crowns in one day for Kentwood

The rain couldn’t do it. Nor could hail, wind or a highly-talented Kentridge team. Such has been the case this year — and last — for the Kentwood boys golf team. The Conquerors, behind their usual blend of talent and depth, continued to deliver last week, coming from behind to beat Kentridge in a South Puget Sound League North Division match, 83-73, at Fairwood Golf and Country Club.

  • Oct 16, 2008
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Kentwood junior Kent Hagen lines up a putt during last Thursday’s match against Kentridge. Hagen carded a 39 on the day as the Conquerors secured their second straight South Puget Sound League North Division crown.
Kentlake's Tyler Wright goes over two Auburn defenders on a kickoff return in the first half. Auburn defenders are Andrew Bonwell (32) and Doug Davis  (8).

Second-half meltdown sinks KL in defeat to No. 5 Auburn

The trifecta didn’t quite happen for the Auburn High football team on Friday night at French Field. But win No. 50 for seventh-year coach Gordon Elliott did. Behind the three-pronged rushing attack of Chris Young, Austin Embody and Jeff Gouveia, the Trojans steamrolled to 449 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in a 42-7 South Puget Sound League North Division victory against Kentlake.

  • Oct 13, 2008
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Kentlake's Tyler Wright goes over two Auburn defenders on a kickoff return in the first half. Auburn defenders are Andrew Bonwell (32) and Doug Davis  (8).

Jefferson upends KL in defensive struggle

Jefferson girls soccer coach Wade Webber had a pretty good idea Tuesday’s match against Kentlake would be a low-scoring affair. “We had seen them play against Kentridge ... and it made some things come into a little clearer focus in regards to their formations,” he said. “They look a lot like us. They are difficult to score on and play good defensive ball.”

  • Oct 10, 2008
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Kentridge boys closing in on another tennis crown

The Kentridge boys tennis team hasn’t yet mathematically clinched its second straight South Puget Sound League North Division title. But at 11-0, the goal is certainly within reach.

  • Oct 10, 2008
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Kentwood’s Jessie Genger

Volleyball: Conks continue run of dominance

It played out like a game of cat and mouse. The Kentwood High volleyball team has been on that kind of run the last four years, often appearing to toy with its opponents before finishing them off. And Wednesday night’s South Puget Sound League North Division showdown against rival Kentridge was no different.

  • Oct 10, 2008
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Kentwood’s Jessie Genger

Rogers hands Kentlake its second-straight loss, 40-13

Rogers 40, Kentlake 13: Cody Arp and Jordan Smith each caught touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough for the Falcons (3-1, 3-2) in a nonleague loss to the Rams.

  • Oct 6, 2008
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Kentwood sophomore Katie Clayton

Prep soccer: KW girls continue to roll

Wins and zeroes continued to pile up for Kentwood’s girls soccer team last week. The Conquerors, who opened the week ranked eighth in the state poll, upended Auburn Riverside, 1-0, on Thursday and continued the onslaught on Saturday with a 10-0 drubbing of Kent-Meridian.

  • Oct 6, 2008
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Kentwood sophomore Katie Clayton

KW collects fifth straight shutout on soccer pitch

Another game, another shutout. Such is life these days for the eighth-ranked Kentwood High girls soccer team.

  • Oct 2, 2008
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Volleyball: K-M delivers win

Wins have been few and far between in past seasons for the Kent-Meridian volleyball team. But even before the season began, third-year K-M coach Michael Christiansen has preached that this year’s team is different. The Royals proved as much Tuesday night, knocking off perennial power and South Puget Sound League North Division foe Auburn Riverside in four games: 25-16, 25-20, 24-26 and 25-17.

  • Oct 2, 2008
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