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The Vikings took the 3A state championship for the second year in a row over Lakeside.  It is the second back-to-back championship in a decade for RBHS.   They won in overtime 62-59.

With the new IB program coming on-line this fall, RBHS is poised to be a changed school over the next several years.  School pride comes in all shapes and sizes.

The Lady Eagles won 45-43 against Seattle Prep.  Cleveland has won this title for the second time in four years. 

Congrats to both these great teams!

Update: a little odd.  Seattle Times doesn't have this on their digital headlines under Sports.  A Husky game, a Mariner game but two Seattle high schools win state championships against private schools and it's no big thing.  Nice job there, Times.


mirmac1 said…
Great job Athletes! And kudos to the staff and parents who supported them!
Po3 said…
These athletes are to be admired. They work hard, glad it has paid off for them!
Anonymous said…
Funny, two of the RB star players stole computers from Lakeside about a month ago and got caught when they tried to pawn them. The RB coach got the Lakeside coach and AD to agree to not call the police. Sad state of athletics at RB, winning at any cost is the philosophy top to bottom.

IMHO, you know this for a fact? Those are serious charges.
Anonymous said…
Yes. Former Lakeside player (kicked off team and out of school) with former RB player brother participated.

The thing is Van Asselt never should have been moved. If you have a K-8 building, there should be a K-8 program there. Also, it makes Van Asselt very near two other elementaries. This business of putting elementaries so close together is not the greatest idea.
Jan said…
IMHO -- if true (I am not saying you are wrong -- just that I have no independent knowledge), that is really too bad. We let these kids down, in the WORST way, when we overlook this stuff at the juvenile level. When you look at the NBA/NFL players who are in serious, career-ending, freedom-ending trouble with the law, and the ones whose problems in college prevent them from ever graduating (the vast majority), or going on to pro-sports (the small minority), so very often the trail leads back to problems that started when they were teens -- but were not addressed then. And at times that seems to be because their athletic affiliations helped them avoid the consequences. When we do this -- we are nothing better than "enablers."

Because of NCAA institutional loss of control threats, college coaches are increasingly unwilling to retain players whose actions threaten their entire programs with sanctions. I wish they had instead done some sort of "deferred prosecution" or something -- some consequence that starts to bring home the reality that refusing to live by society's rules is not worth the "short term" gain of the bad behavior.
Anonymous said…
I was told by the Seattle Times Sports team that they only report on the high school results that get sent to them. So if the coach or someone doesn't send in the results, it doesn't get reported.

HP, I'm not saying it wasn't in their sports section; it was. But no headline there or in the digital section.
Anonymous said…
Melissa - the thing was all over Lakeside. Yes, there was a bb player that was caught stealing computers and expelled. Did he wind up playing for Beach - maybe!

Seattle high schools win state championships against private schools and it's no big thing

The big story is - that private schools even made it this far in the first place - not that they lost. Students at Lakeside and other private schools have a lot more going on than basketball, and a much more rigorous education - so, it's amazing that they made it to the playoffs as well. I'm not sure why you would think the Times should make a big deal out of Beach or any other public school beating out a private. That would be expected. Now... if Beach or any other public school beat them out on National Merit semifinalists - THAT would be a huge story, and I'm sure it would be covered.

Anonymous said…
Private schools are allowed to and do recuit atheletes. Don't kid yourself.

-Not a private school parent
Parent, you missed my point entirely.
Anonymous said…
When it comes to athletics in public or private schools, we have many not so proud moments. Lots of opportunities for reform of this whole system. But for this thread, I say congrats to RBHS (and Garfield too).

another parent
Anonymous said…
Participating in athletics or a club or other team in high school, helps to keep kids in school and on track to graduate.


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