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It’s been a very successful fall campaign for Fife High School athletics. Four teams are still alive and have advanced to their respective 2A state tournaments. It will be comfortable and warm for the Trojan volleyball and swimming teams, but the forecast has gotten downright chilly for the football and girls soccer teams.

Here’s a look at the Trojans state tournament pictures.

First round – 2A State Football Tournament

Fife (7-3) vs. Tumwater (10-0)

Tumwater Stadium, Nov. 14 – 7 p.m.

Last week - 2A District Football, Nov. 7.

Fife – 21, Liberty – 0

The Trojans pulled off possibly the upset of the weekend as they traveled north to face the tenth-ranked Patriots (6-4). The battle-tested champions from the KingCo league were kept off of the scoreboard only one other time this season and that was against 3A national powerhouse Bellevue.

Along with the stout defense, Fife’s Austin Woods was a game changer for the Trojans. Woods rushed 13 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns. The senior also added an interception on the night.

Fife will face what is probably the toughest team in the state in top-ranked Tumwater. The perennial powerhouse Thunderbirds are averaging 45 points a game, while surrendering just over ten points. It will take some more upset magic from the Trojans to advance to the 2A quarterfinals, and perhaps a miracle.

One thing the Trojans have going for them is the weather. Bad weather sometimes has a tendency to make games a little closer than they normally would be. Fife’s defense seems to be firing on all cylinders right now and this game could come down to the wire. Tumwater turned the ball over three times last week in their 28-0 win over R. A. Long.

The forecast for kick-off calls for a temperature near 30-degrees and clear skies.

2A State Volleyball Tournament

Ridgefield vs. Fife

Pierce College

Nov. 14 – 8 a.m.

If Fife wins, they will play at 6:45 p.m. A loss would move them to the consolation bracket for a 3:15 p.m. match. Saturday’s semifinals are at 1 p.m. and the championship game is at 7:30 p.m.

Head coach Katy Ferguson’s team nearly made it to the 2A district championship match last week, losing a tough 3-2 contest to eventual champion North Kitsap. Ferguson feels her team is clicking right now and was just a different bounce away from the championship match.

“The girls have been working hard at practice, which they know will pay off this weekend,” said Ferguson. “They are going into the tournament confident, but also knowing the team will need to play their best volleyball during all of our matches this weekend.

“I told them, all they have to give me is four of their best matches they have ever played, just four, and we can be one of the best 2A teams in the state.”

With one of the earliest start times (8 a.m.) for a state tournament game anywhere in any sport, the team will have to wake up and get into the game quick.

“I prepare my team by being very honest with them,” said Ferguson. “I tell them how I think they will match up with our opponent and what they will need to specifically do to beat them. I told them our 8 a.m. match will not be easy, none of them will. But again, give me your best volleyball for just four more games and the victory will be so sweet.

“My girls live for the games that are close and exciting, forcing them to work hard and work together.”

2A Girls Soccer State Tournament

Fife vs. Ephrata

Ephrata High School 

Nov. 12 – 4 p.m.

It’s going to be a cold one for head coach Anthony Crudo’s talented bunch. With a forecast temperature of 30 degrees at kick-off, it will easily be the coldest game of the year and will probably affect the performance of both teams. The ball will be hard. The playing surface will be hard. Bringing home a victory after a three-hour bus ride might be hard.

“To prepare for the cold weather I told the girls to sleep outside in their uniforms and cleats last night. Just kidding,” said Crudo. “Hopefully, the girls will be able to be competitive in the situation. If we play well, I would guess that it will be one of those one-goal games or to penalty kicks.

“It should be an interesting game. We have to drive for three hours and then step off the bus and directly onto the field.”

2A Girls State Swim Meet

Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center

Nov. 14 – 4:45 p.m. and

Nov. 15 – 5:30 p.m.

The Trojan swim team will be well-represented at the state meet with eight of the events covered by Fife swimmers. District champion Liberty looks to be the clear favorite for the team title, but expect a strong showing from Fife, as they will enter five races with qualifying times in the top five.

Look for a strong showing from Meredith Sawer in the 200-yard breaststroke. The senior has the best time of all state-qualifiers at 1:07.54. The 200-yard medley relay team comes in with the third-best time at state and senior Lacey Wentler and Sawer have the fourth-best times in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard intermediate, respectively.