EXCLUSIVE to this website: Pirates Clinch 4th Consecutive Nisqually League Crown!

Feb 2, 2008
by Charlie Pieterick
Vashon's Green Tide has plenty of reason to cheer this season.
The Vashon Pirate boys’ basketball team clinched a 4th consecutive Nisqually League championship last night when they advanced their league record to 9-1 in a win over the Life Christian Eagles.  Earlier that evening, Cascade Christian, their closest league rival, lost to Seattle Christian to drop back to 8-3.  With only two league games remaining for the Pirates, they are guaranteed at least a share of the title!

Nisqually1A-2B Winter 2007-8
Team                                    League W-L        Overall W-L
Vashon Island                     9-1                         17-1
Cascade Christian             8-3                         12-6
Seattle Christian                 7-3                         14-4
Charles Wright                    6-4                         12-5
Life Christian                       3-6                          7-10
Orting                                    1-9                          3-15
Chimacum                           1-9                          2-16

As the Pirates continue their successful 2007-08 campaign, they are drawing increased attention outside the league.  Earlier in the week, they moved up to a tie for the number two slot in 1-A state rankings.

Associated Press 1A Poll - 1/30/2008
Class 1A
School Record - Points
1. Bellevue Christian (6) 16-2 66
2-tie. King’s (1) 12-4 64
2-tie. Vashon Island (1) 16-1 64
4. River View 15-1 54
5. Lake Roosevelt 15-2 36
6-tie. Meridian 12-4 33
6-tie. Chelan 14-3 33
6-tie. Connell 14-3 33
9. Castle Rock 14-3 14
10. Cascade Christian 12-5 13
Others receiving votes: Winlock 12. Nooksack Valley 11. Seattle Christian 4. White Swan 3.

As number one team in league, the Pirates will be moving on to the Northwest Bi-district tournament to be held later this month.  But first, they will play a district tournament game against the number two Nisqually League placer to determine seeding to districts.  This is scheduled to take place at the Seattle Christian High School gym on Saturday, February 16th at 5:00PM.  Three teams from the Nisqually League move on to Districts.
   West Central District
    Feb. 16 @ Seattle Christian
#1: Nisqually 4 vs. Nisqually 3, 1:30 p.m. (3rd)
#3: Nisqually 2 vs. Nisqually 1, 5 p.m. (1st, 2nd)

The Bi-district tournament will feature 6 of the other best-ranked teams in the state, including (likely) King’s, Meridian, Nooksack Valley, Cascade Christian, and Seattle Christian.  Those games will be held at Montlake Terrace High School on February 20th, 22nd, and 23rd.  

    Feb. 20 @ Mountlake Terrace
#1: Northwest 3 vs. West Central 2, 6 p.m.
#2: West Central 3 vs. Northwest 2, 8 p.m.
    Feb. 22 @ Mountlake Terrace
#3: Winner 1 vs. Northwest 1, 6 p.m.
#4: Winner 2 vs. West Central 1, 8 p.m.
    Feb. 23 @ Mountlake Terrace
#5: Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 2 p.m. (3rd)
#6: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 6 p.m. (1st, 2nd)

Three teams move on from the Bi-districts to the WIAA 1-A State Tournament to be held at the Sundome in Yakima from February 27 to March 1.

So mark your calendars Pirate fans and plan to support your Vashon Pirates as they prepare their run at bringing home the golden ball from Yakima later this month!