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Paul Valencia

high school sports reporter


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Nail-biting blowout has Union heading to Tacoma battle-tested

By Paul Valencia March 4, 2015 9:55 p.m.

Someone in the Twitter world counted up all of the regional basketball games, in all classifications, and counted the number of "blowouts" there were Friday and Saturday.

Trust carries Prairie girls to the Tacoma Dome

By Paul Valencia March 3, 2015 10:57 p.m.

The Prairie girls basketball team took the lead late in the first quarter and kept it last week in the Falcons' Class 3A state regional game against Juanita of Kirkland.

Skyview's Friauf says there was contact on controversial call  

By Paul Valencia March 3, 2015 10:54 p.m.

It was a controversial call, for sure. Skyview's Riley Friauf said she was fouled, that there was contact on the arm. But she is quick to point out that she did not think a call would be made.

Paul Valencia: Oakland Raider tells local students 'just persevere'

By Paul Valencia March 3, 2015 7:41 p.m.

T.J. Carrie, who just completed his rookie season with the Oakland Raiders, has been to Seton Catholic High School, Wy'East Middle School, and Prairie High School, sharing his story of perseverance.

4A girls basketball: Camas comes up short against Bellarmine Prep

By Paul Valencia February 28, 2015 8:52 p.m.

Camas girls basketball coach Chuck Knight had a simple explanation for his team's performance Saturday.

4A boys basketball: Camas falls just short against Kentwood

By Paul Valencia February 28, 2015 8:50 p.m.

Kentwood held off Camas 55-53 in a Class 4A state regional playoff at Puyallup High School to advance to the state quarterfinals in the dome. Camas' season came to an end with a record of 17-7 and one big accomplishment.

4A boys basketball: Titanic run sends Union boys to Dome (videos)

By Paul Valencia February 27, 2015 11:47 p.m.

The Union boys basketball team saved its season Friday night, rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Curtis 62-50 in a Class 4A state regional playoff game at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

Trio of girls basketball teams looking for return to Tacoma

By Paul Valencia February 25, 2015 11:34 p.m.

The girls basketball teams at Skyview, Prairie and Camas have a couple of things in common.

State memories still storm back to Skyview girls basketball team

By Paul Valencia February 25, 2015 11:30 p.m.

There is a picture of the 2012 Skyview girls basketball team at the school's gym, celebrating that squad's state championship.

Prairie girls basketball team seeks return to dome

By Paul Valencia February 25, 2015 11 p.m.

It must feel like it has been forever for the Prairie girls basketball team. Forever since the team played in the Tacoma Dome.

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