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King Classic gtives Eagle teams a second chance

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Revenge could be sweet for the Federal Way basketball teams today inside Seattle’s KeyArena at the prestigious 2005 King Classic.

The Eagle girls and boys will take on the two teams that eliminated them from last year’s postseason at one of the premiere high school basketball showcases in the state. The Federal Way girls will play Kentlake at 11 a.m. in the opening game of the six-game schedule and the Eagle boys will play the finale at 8:30 p.m. against Central Kitsap. Kentlake beat Federal Way 43-42 on a last-second shot at the South Puget Sound League Tournament and Central Kitsap won a winner-to-state, loser-out match up at districts a season ago.

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids,” said Federal Way boys coach Jerome Collins. “They will be on center stage.”

The King Classic was organized to match up some of the best high school teams in the state, while also bringing together a number of diverse communities to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have been associated with promoting Dr. King’s birthday and legacy for eight years,” said event organizer Randy Novak. “Over that time, I have been reminded over and over again the huge sacrifice Dr. King made for all us. It is with this in mind, we continue to reinforce his message utilizing basketball and music while bringing different towns and communities together to celebrate this special weekend.”

Federal Way is the only school at the King Classic to have both its boys and girls teams represented. And the school’s athletic director wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“They called and invited just the boys,” Bob France said. “I called them back and said I wanted to bring my girls team too. I don’t think it’s fair for the girls if only the boys go. Sometimes the girls team gets left out. I told them I wouldn’t bring the boys if the girls didn’t get to play.”

France got his wish when the organizers of the King Classic added a sixth game, allowing the Eagle girls the rematch with Kentlake inside KeyArena.

The Federal Way/Kentlake game looked like a mismatch before the Christmas break. The Eagles started the season 0-5 in the SPSL South, but have since won four straight to get back into the playoff hunt. Federal Way has been led by the play of junior Selena Dickerson. The 5-10 wing is second in the South in scoring at 16.4 points a game and has poured in 27 points twice in their four-game winning streak.

But the Eagles will run into an even hotter team this morning. Kentlake’s only loss

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