After a one-year break, ROOT Sports will again televise the 4A and 3A boys and girls state championship games Saturday.

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TACOMA — After a one-year hiatus, ROOT Sports will again televise the Class 3A and 4A boys and girls basketball championship games on Saturday.

The 3A boys, 4A boys and 4A girls title games will be broadcast live. The 3A girls broadcast will be tape-delayed at 11 p.m. Saturday. Games will also be available live online at

All games will also be archived for on-demand viewing. The 3A girls game will be live on the network; the other games will be blacked out online in the ROOT coverage area.

Last year, ROOT didn’t televise the basketball championship games after the network’s contract with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association ended in the spring of 2011 and wasn’t renewed.

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ROOT televised football title games last year.

“I think it’s really the best of both worlds for the fans,” WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese said. “If they don’t have cable or if they’re not in the area, they can get it on the web. … And it also allows people to watch it on cable.”

The WIAA has a five-year contract with PlayOn! Sports, which live streams state events and controls the WIAA’s broadcast rights.

Colbrese said all state-championship events will be available live online in the next year or two.

Martin dunk

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Few teams can dunk as ferociously as Bothell, but even the high-flying Cougars hadn’t seen this before.

Midway in the second quarter of the Cougars’ consolation game against Newport on Friday, Bothell forward Josh Martin, a 6-foot-8 junior with a Washington offer, dunked so hard that he dislodged the basket from its base. That led to a 15-minute delay after Bothell took the lead from Newport.

Newport quickly rallied to take a five-point halftime lead and went on to win the loser-out game, 65-58.

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