Back-to-back rivalry games on the slate

of the HeraldJanuary 15, 2014 

Thursday will be an exciting day for high school basketball in east Pierce County. The Rogers girls will host the Puyallup Vikings at 5:45 p.m., and the Rams boys will face the Puyallup Vikings at 7:30 p.m.

It’s not very often the girls and boys basketball teams play games back-to-back at the same location. It probably happens about three times a year for each school.

Yet it’s a great for fans because they get an opportunity to see both teams on the same night.

Typically, the girls and boys varsity games are played simultaneously at opposite venues.

I would venture to guess the parking lot at Rogers High School will be packed for the rivalry showdowns. Puyallup embraces its high school sports programs and isn’t shy about supporting them.

Throughout the years, I’ve witnessed huge crowds at games. During a 2010-11 basketball game between Puyallup and Rogers boys squads, I could barely gain access to the bottom level of the gym at Puyallup High. There were so many people in the gym that fans who arrived just 20 minutes prior to tipoff had to watch the game from the second level of the building.

The energy and intensity these rivalry contests exude is something special. High school sports are unique and intensely local, and that makes for a great combination. The atmosphere at high school events is electric, especially when rivals face each other.

It will be interesting to see how the games turn out this week. Thursday cannot come soon enough.

Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002 or by email at Follow him on Twitter, @herald_shaun.

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