Elijah Foster, Rainier Beach boys basketball

Foster, a 6-foot-8 senior center, stood tall when the nationally ranked Vikings needed him most, averaging team-bests of 13.3 points and 10.7 rebounds to lead them to a third straight Class 3A state championship and earn MVP honors. “All year I told him it starts with him, and it ended with him in championship fashion,” assistant coach Dave King said.

Makala Roper, Cleveland girls basketball

Big-time players know when to step up, and for the second straight year that’s what the 5-foot-8 senior guard did to key the Eagles’ run to a second straight 3A state title. She was a repeat selection as MVP, averaging 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. “She did some great stuff and hit some big buckets,” coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said.

Garfield boys basketball team

Led by tournament-MVP Tremaine Isabell, coach Ed Haskins’ Bulldogs captured the 4A state championship for the first time since 1998, beating previously undefeated Richland in the final. It is their record 12th title overall.