Regardless of sport or gender, there hasn’t been a more successful team in the state the last several years than the Kent Crusaders girls rugby team.
The Crusaders kept that trend going last Saturday at Marymoor Park in Redmond, blanking Budd Bay of Olympia, 10-0, for the state girls rugby title.
Kentlake High’s Amanda Ogle and Amber Brakke netted a goal apiece for Kent, which claimed its ninth consecutive state championship.
The Crusaders had lost both previous meetings with Budd Bay this season.
With the win, the Crusaders earned a berth in this weekend’s regional tournament at Ryan Field in Tukwila. The regional tournament is comprised of two teams from Washington, one from Oregon and one from California. The championship is slated for Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to the national tournament on May 31 and June 1 in Pittsburgh.
JUDO: KR wraps up Puget Sound crown
The Kentridge Chargers are one-third of the way to their second straight high school judo triple crown.
Kentridge wrapped up the Puget Sound Judo League championship on April 24 by winning three of four matches at Enumclaw. The Chargers defeated Kentlake and Kent-Meridian by identical 90-60 scores, then rolled to an 83-33 victory against Enumclaw before Kentwood pulled out a 70-67 victory.
KR went 6-1 in league competition. Kent-Meridian was second a 5-2, followed by Kentwood at 5-3. Enumclaw (5-5) and Kentlake (3-3) both finished at .500, while Snohomish was 0-10.
Kentwood won four of its five matches at Enumclaw: 75-65 against the host Hornets, 90-60 against Kentlake, 140-10 against Snohomish, and 70-67 against Kentridge.
Kent-Meridian took three out of four, its only loss coming to Kentridge. The Royals beat Kentwood, 80-70; Enumclaw, 97-37; and Snohomish, 110-10.
The George Wilson Challenge Cup, which is the second stage of the triple crown, took place on Friday at Kentwood (results unavailable). The tournament, named in honor of the late Dr. George Wilson, who got judo started in Kent District high schools, features all four Kent schools in a round-robin competition.
The state championships, the triple crown’s final jewel are set for May 10 at Kentridge, beginning at 9 a.m.