Auburn High, the Class 3A state boys basketball champions, won their opening game at the GEICO State Champions Invitational on Thursday afternoon, beating Norcross High (26-7), a Class 7A state champ from Georgia, 58-41 in Tampa, Florida.
The Trojans (28-2) will play Calvary Christian (25-2), the Class 4A champs of Florida, in the title game on Saturday at 9 am The game will be on ESPN2. Calvary is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Maxpreps.com. Auburn is No. 23.
Kaden Hansen scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Trojans.
• The Salt Lake Bees used a 10-run seventh inning to beat the host Tacoma Rainiers 14-1. Rainier’s outfielder Taylor Trammell left the game in the eighth inning with an apparent leg injury. He collapsed while running out a ground ball.
• With a roster containing five of the Mariners’ top 30 prospects, the Everett AquaSox will open the season Friday at home at 7:05 pm against the defending Northwest League champion Eugene Emeralds.
† Grant Heiser was 2 for 2 with three RBI and a walk, but Seattle U (7-18, 5-8 WAC) lost to visiting Utah Valley 6-5 to open a series.
• OL Reign goalkeeper Phallon Tullis Joyce earned the NWSL save of the week for the second consecutive week after her save in the 56th minute of the match on Saturday vs. Portland.