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Will be there 14. can be to pick up Phone When necessary, 435-4442. the club 0. Page A5 SCOTT MORRIS The Arlinqton l.T~es Arlington~ Nick Yoney drives and dishes on a rare turnover. He made his shots when it counted, scoring a game-high 20 points. II AHS 8-10 4th qtr. _bY_ Sc_?tt Mo.rris ................. The Arlington Times ARLINGTON -- Holiday games are called tuneups, and after host- ing the Hazen Highlanders Dec. 29, Arlington's ['~/IJlil(l] i m~ boys basket- few mid-season diagnostics. -- The Eagles are a lot better with their star, 6-4 forward Nick Yoney, than without him. -- Their big men, 6-8 Jarrett Schulz and 6-6 Zach Marzolf, frus- trate inside opponents with their long arms, arid they can also bail out their guards on penetrating drives without picking up too many ticky-tack fouls. -- Arlington is a fairly good free-throw shooting team in the clutch but could be better overall. --The Eagles can break and burn the full-court press if they stick to their spaces and move the ball, but spurts of sloppy ball-han- dling have let opposing teams back into games. The report worked in Arling- ton's favor against Hazen. The Eagles (2-0 league, 5-2 overall) held off a quick and pesky Highlander team 65-56 despite seeing a 12- point lead evaporate with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter. When Hazen (1-5 overall) picked up its seventh foul with about a minute left in the third quarter, the one-and-one bonus meant much of the fate of Arlington's three-point lead would be decided at the charity stripe. The Eagles responded, hitting 8- 10 free throws from then on (not counting two meaningless misses with two seconds left). Up to that point, Arlington had only hit 12-21 from the line. Even bigger was the return of Nick Yoney to the lineup. When he went to the bench earlier in the third quarter, Arlington had a commanding lead. His teammates padded the lead to 42-30, but then Hazen's Charles Weaser brought the Highlanders back with strong moves and pumpfakes inside. Without Yoney guarding him, Weaser got loose, and Hazen closed to 45-41 at the end of the third quarter. His turnaround baseline jumper tied the game at 45 early in the final period. Then Marzolf hit the type of ill- advised 3-pointer that makes coaches-say, "No, no ... Yes!" And Yoney simply took over the game. The Arlington junior drove relentlessly despite hard fouls. He scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, including 5-6 shooting at the free- throw line. Yoney was also the key to help- ing break Hazen's aggravating press, shoring up the center, draw- ing fouls, dishing for layups and finishing drives if the defense sagged. Arlington started to pull away by breaking the press thanks to a nice assist from Yoney to Spike McCormack for a layup, followed by a beautiful one-handed Magic- Johnson pass from point guard Ryan Rumbaugh to P.J. Swesey for a 56-51 lead with 4:41 remaining. Both teams got a little ragged, but Arlington's guards seized the upper hand as McCormack made a couple of steals, including one great coast-to-coaster which he fin- ished with a deft touch, narrowly avoiding a charge with good body control. McCormack's layup made it 61- 53, and Blake Lennox tried to match the feat, snagging another steal. His layup missed, but Yoney flew in to follow for a 63-53 lead. Hazen didn't quit. Nigel Williams converted a three-point play with 1:14 to go, and the High- lander press forced two Lennox turnovers. Hazen couldn't convert either one. Swesey saved the day with a perfectly timed block that forced a jumpball with less than a minute left. The Eagles played keepaway from then on, and Yoney nailed the coffin with two free throws for the final score. Marzolf finished with 15. Ben Smith had a big first half, muscling in 8 points for the game by not backing down inside. Both teams started out cold, especially Yoney, who missed his first three shots before hitting a trifecta, helping Arlington estab- lish a 14-6 lead. Williams cut the lead to 22-18 in the second quarter with a trey, but Arlington rode Marzolf inside to stay ahead. Swesey finished a good baseline drive and converted the free throw with nine seconds left for a 31-22 halftime lead. ~Morris The Arlington Times LAKEW~"= The Cougar Clas- sic jerked Lakewood's boys basket- ball team through a Jekyll-and- Hyde experience last week. The Class 2A Cougars romped 72-56 in a confidence-builder against Class A Orcas, then fin- ished with a humbler, losing 90-55 against perennial powerhouse Forks in the finals. Both games were decided by explosive, 30-point third quarters by the winning teams. Amazingly, each game also fea- tured shooters who hit eight 3- pointers apiece to lead their teams. Orcas led 20-19 in a low-scoring first half. Then Lakewood senior John Halverson found a groove from behind the arc. The Cougars blitzed Orcas 30- 19 in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth as Halverson and teammate Scott Santos heated up. Halverson finished with a game-high 27 p'oints and eight downtowners. Santos poured in 22. The next night against Forks, Halverson could have used some more of that magic. The Spartans certainly had some left over. Forks' 5-11 senior Casey Ulin camped out behind the arc and destroyed Lakewood's zone with 43 points (eight treys.) Lakewood actually led 18-15 after the first quarter. The Cougars' zone stayed active, and Forks missed several hurried outside shots. But Lakewood was even colder, scoring only six points before the half. Forks led 31-24, thanks to a stifling press that forced too many Lakewood turnovers. One minute into the third quar- ter, Forks led 41-24 after two 3- pointers from Kurt Olson and two steals and layups by Ulin. Olson finished with 25 points. Faster than you could say, "Should we try man-to-man?" Ulin had already buried three straight trifectas for a 50-31 lead. Lakewood point guard Mike Work and Santos refused to fold. .... Work hit a 3-pointer and a nifty shake-and-bake drive, and Santos was a force inside, driving for pull- up J's and drawing fouls. But the Cougars could not stop the Spartan shooters, who hit eight 3-pointers in the decisive third quarter and 14 for the game. Santos scored 21 to lead LHS. SCOTT MORRIS TI'~ ,~-Iin~3ton Times Lakewood~s Mike Work (33) takes on Forks' Casey Ulin at the point. Work scored 22 in the two-game Cougar Classic. by_ Scott Morris The Arlington times RAINIER H.S. -- Darrington's boys basketball team rolled through the holidays unscathed, thanks to its defense. The Loggers followed a Dec. 21 70-41 pounding of Mount Vernon Christian by winning the Rainier Tournament. Darrington beat White Pass 53- 44 and Tenino in the finals 52-31. "We're much more focused [defensively],~ said head coach Jeff Bryson, "and it showed by holding White Pass to 44 points. They usu- ally score a lot.~ Bryson said the Loggers were never really in sync offensively. Leading scorer John Fromong still put in 14 and 10 points each game despite battling the flu. Trevor Faucett stepped in to pick up the slack, posting 10 points 7 boards in the final game. Bryson praised Faucett as his most consistent player. "His defense is always solid. He usually guards the other team's best big players," Bryson said. The bench has been solid, too, he said. i AHS beats Cougars first b_Y_S_c9 t t Morris The Arlington Times LAKEWOOD -- Nobody in Arlington likes to lose to Stanwood. It doesn't matter that the game didn't matter. When Stanwood's Tina Donahue broke free for a game-winning layup with 17 seconds to go in the finals of the Stilly Shootout Dec. 22, Arlington's perfect 7-0 record sank along with her shot, 55-53. The game lived up to its billing, even though the holiday tournament game did not count toward their Wesco 3A league records. The archrivals will get two more chances at each other in the regtflar season with the league title probably on the line. If Arlington had to lose one to Stan- wood, this would be the best one, but good luck finding anyone on either side of the rivalry that would concede even a scrim- mage. Arlington came into the game fourth- ranked in the state, based on last year's eighth-place finish and an intact lineup, while Stanwood, Meadowdale and Monroe (all 2(~ i~ }c:tgt.~', ! ~! been somewhat (~ looked. Arlington head coach Mike Buckholz has ScoTr MORRIS The A~lington Times Lauryn Jones (32l faces Erin Johnston (30) been saying all along that no team has a lock on the league title. Stanwood returned Donahue, Hanni Wenzel and sharpshooters Paige Leatherman and Kisha kalahiki, a transfer from South Whidbey. Arlington held Wenzel well below her 20- point potential, but Donahue burned the Eagles for 19 points. Arlington pulled ahead by five points early, but Stanwood popped a 25-point second quarter on the Eagles to pull ahead 34-29 by half- time. The defenses took over in the third quarter. Arlington pulled even, 39-39, setting up a barn- burning finish. For the first time this season, Arlington's bench was blanked. So far, Buckholz had been pleased with the contributions of several untested players. But against Stanwood, only four Eagles scored. The names are familiar -- they all played in the Kingdome last spring. Kayla Burt led everybody with 21 points (none behind the arc), and fellow guard Kim Guadalupe helped with 13, including two 3-pointers. Inside, Lauryn Jones and Megan Toth were solid as always with 10 and 9 points respectively. Jones also tossed in a "3." But nobody else scored. Losing by one bucket makes the box score standout even more. Arlington advanced easily the day before against tournament host, Lakewood, win~ ning 65-23. More characteristically, eight Eagles scored. The Class 3A Eagles towered over the Class 2A Cougars, and Arlington opened with white-hot shooting. Lakewood actually took a 5-3 lead after ninth-grader Stephanie Anderson answered a Burr 3-pointer with her own trifecta and Lakewood's Kelcie Barker followed with a put-back. Arlington then reeled off 15 straight points and led 24-7 by the end of the first quarter. The Eagles employed a merciless full- court press and broke Lakewood's press going the other way. But Lakewood scrapped. Jamle Hassing finished a fast break, and Cougar teammate Erin Johnston rejected a shot and stole the ball early in the second quarter. Burt returned the favor at the other end, but Anderson was there to scoop up the loose ball and sink a jumper at the shot- clock buzzer to make it 26-11. Lakewood started to tire and Axlington's defense took advantage, turning steals into layups to put the game away 39-15 by half- time. Burt led both sides with 18 points, including four from long-range. Toth threw in 14 points and nine rebounds. Lauryn Jones was right behind with 13 points.