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By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Here come the Lancers!

No, not those Lancers, if one's thinking of the Kennedy High School kind. But, if one's thinking of the football variety, then, that's right, because the Puget Sound Lancers, with ages ranging from six years old to 14, are coming to a football field near you as their regular season starts Sept. 6. with its home games at Highline Memorial.

Official schedule is to be announced for the Nisqually Junior Football League.

Used to be four divisions in the NJFL, starting with the youngest, Pee Wees, and going to the oldest, Seniors, but, not anymore. The Lancers' four teams are labeled: first and second graders, third and fourth graders, fifth and sixth graders, and seventh and eighth graders.

"We are the official feeder program for Kennedy High School," said Leon Curenton, president of the Lancers, whose four divisions open up before the season's opener with, first, a scrimmage against the Pacific Highway Chargers at Chief Sealth High School this weekend, with different grades playing each day, Saturday and Sunday.

08/29/2014
Junior Lancers feed into JFK
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Lancers seventh-eighth graders player, Gerald Hood, encouraging teammates, Fritz Schuster, and, Nathan Gibson, to keep bear crawling to the finish in a practice in high heat at Kennedy High School.

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

For the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 3

By Tim Clinton, SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
The fall football season kicks off with jamborees Saturday, including the Highline School District Jamboree scheduled for 10 a.m. at Highline Memorial Stadium.
Evergreen High School of White Center will be joined by Mount Rainier of Des Moines and Highline of Burien for the action.
Mariners
Seattle will be at home at Safeco Field for a 12:40 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday before hosting the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
Then it's on to Oakland to play the Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Monday, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.
All of the games can be seen on ROOT Sports cable television.
Rainiers
Tacoma plays its final regular season home game at Cheney Stadium on Wednesday, hosting the Iowa Cubs at 7:05 p.m.
The Rainiers finish the Pacific Coast League season at Fresno.
They will play the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday ahead of a 6:05 p.m. game Sunday and a 1:05 p.m. game Monday.
Seahawks

08/27/2014
Sportswatch for 8-27
Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton,
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
The fall football season kicks off with jamborees Saturday, including the Highline School District Jamboree scheduled for 10 a.m. at Highline Memorial Stadium.
Evergreen High School of White Center will be joined by Mount Rainier of Des Moines and Highline of Burien for the action.

Mariners
Seattle will be at home at Safeco Field for a 12:40 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday before hosting the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
Then it's on to Oakland to play the Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Monday, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.
All of the games can be seen on ROOT Sports cable television.

Rainiers
Tacoma plays its final regular season home game at Cheney Stadium on Wednesday, hosting the Iowa Cubs at 7:05 p.m.
The Rainiers finish the Pacific Coast League season at Fresno.
They will play the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday ahead of a 6:05 p.m. game Sunday and a 1:05 p.m. game Monday.

Seahawks

08/27/2014
Sportswatch week of Aug. 27-Sept. 3

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Burien Bearcats Junior Football is practicing, and, things looks like, once again, the Seniors division will lead them, as they await their Northwest Junior Football League opener on Sept. 6 weekend.

The coach of the Seniors is John Howard, who teamed with George Jackson and Milton Chatman for many years very successfully.

But last year was different. No Jackson coaching. And, not so coincidentally, no championship. The Seniors for the last decade delivered more trophies to the Bearcats than any other division of the youngest 76ers to the 89ers to the Pee Wees to the Bantams and Juniors.

And, not only that, but the Bearcats Seniors, with championships littered throughout the last 10 years, probably have more of those than any other division of the whole NJFL, which includes teams from places like North Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, Mulkiteo and Shoreline.

"We didn't win the championship last year. We got to the playoffs, but we lost there," said Howard. "We didn't have George (Jackson). He went to coach a semipro football team, the Renton Ravens."

08/26/2014

By Bob Sims

I remember the first time I walked on the lush Sick's Seattle Stadium grass as a 12-year-old kid. Vividly. It was on Little League Day in the summer of 1962, the year of the Seattle World's Fair.

I picked up a patch of the verdant Rainier Valley turf and put it in my back pocket, carefully, as if it were part of hallowed ground.

The ghosts of Rainiers past had trod there, and I knew it, names like Earl Averill, "Kewpie" Dick Barrett, Bobby Balcena, Fred Hutchinson, Vern Kindsfather, Rogers "The Rajah" Hornsby, Hal Turpin, Dewey Soriano, Edo Vanni, Ron Santo, Jo Jo White, Joe Taylor, Maury Wills, "Jungle" Jim Rivera and Artie Wilson.

All of them helped contribute to the burgeoning Seattle renaissance after the Depression. They were big stars.

"The Rainiers were Seattle's first big entertainment offering," said Dan Raley, author of "Pitchers of Beer: The History of the Seattle Rainiers."

08/25/2014
Dan Raley, author of 'Pitchers of Beer: The History of the Seattle Rainiers' hosting event in White Center

Dan Raley, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer sportswriter and Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor, will host a book event for "Pitchers of Beer" at White Center Library on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Tick, tick, tick...
It's time for the SWAC Cougars to play ball after they began practicing back on July 28.

They are getting ready to host the Greater Seattle Youth Football League's Jamboree on Sunday, Aug. 24 before the CD Panthers come to Chief Sealth High School for the first game of the season Sept. 6.

Seniors coach Shon Sweet leads the group of players who mostly were together winning a Juniors division championship last season, beating the Kent Cobras, 19-18. But one learns from talking to him that there's a lot more to be learned in football than just winning the championship.

"We want to teach these kids about winning in life," said Sweet, who coached as an assistant on that Virgil Riley coached Juniors champion team.

Riley's been coaching SWAC a long time, 17 years, and he turned the reins of the Juniors over to another coach and stepped in under Sweet this season as an assistant on the Seniors team.

08/22/2014
SLIDESHOW: SWAC Cougars will host Jamboree Aug. 24; Junior football is about to kickoff
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Ed Shepherd

SWAC Junior Football Seniors division players running during a recent practice at Chief Sealth High School.

Slideshow

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Seatac Sharks Junior Football is about hitting and tackling and throwing and catching and running, and, cheerleaders cheering.

But under that skin of what was a 2013 Sweet Peas championship and a Juniors runner-up finish is the community of it all as franchise president, Clarence Presley, explained.

"We are trying to build a relationship with others around us," said Presley, mentioning Teri McMahon, who is involved with Highline schools, and Lyn Higginbotham, who is team president of another area Junior Football League franchise, the Burien Bearcats. "Highline has one of the highest free and reduced lunch programs in the state, so that speaks of the economy in this area."

Presley wants people to understand all the fundraising and getting fields and everything is hard work, and likes the other sports in the Fall that are getting its players' locations to play. However, Presley also wants football able to share that field fun, too, in complementary fashion.

08/21/2014
Sharks hunting for postseason success
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Coach Mike Dixon of the 1st-2nd graders Junior Football League division, talking to Papa Faletogo, in a recent practice at Valley Ridge, next to Tyee High School.

Slideshow

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

With one year under their belt in the Greater Seattle Youth Football League, the Pacific Highway Chargers hope to command a little more attention this season from its foes in its respective divisions, Pee Wees, 89ers, Juniors and Seniors.

They practice at Chinook High School Monday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. until the opening Jamboree this Sunday at Chief Sealth High School.
The season starts Sept. 6 against Kent at French Field and the first home game is Sept. 21 against SWAC of West Seattle at Highline Stadium.
"This is our second year in existence, and all of our numbers are pretty maxed out," said Chargers president Donald Wallace.

"Pretty maxed out" is a good way of putting it, with two divisions -- Pee Wees and Seniors -- with closed rosters and the other two divisions approaching those filled-up numbers, too.

Two years ago, Wallace created the Chargers franchise from having coached in the Burien Bearcats' organization a few years in a row.
Wallace just wanted to do things differently, go out on his own, and put into reality what he felt could happen with a lot of hard work.

08/21/2014
Chargers trot into second season
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Pacific Highway Chargers, Jesse Morales (white jersey), doing a squat drill, along with teammates, on his Juniors division team at a recent practice at Chinook Middle School near Tyee.

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton, SPORTS EDITOR

Week of Aug. 20-27
High schools
Football tryouts officially begin Wednesday across the state of Washington, and all other fall sports get underway Monday.
Contact your respective school for more information.

Sounders
Seattle will be at home at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday when it hosts the San Jose Earthquakes for a 7 p.m. Major League Soccer match that can be seen on JOEtv.
The Sounders go to Portland for 2 p.m. action Sunday, with ESPN2 carrying that action.

Seahawks
Seattle hosts the Chicago Bears for a 7 p.m. National Football League exhibition game at CenturyLink Field on Friday.
The action can be seen live on Channel 13.

Mariners
The Seattle Mariners continue their quest for a postseason berth Wednesday when they pay a 10:05 a.m. visit to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Then it's on to Boston for a 4:10 p.m. game against the Red Sox on Friday followed by 10:35 a.m. action on Saturday and Sunday.
Seattle comes home to Safeco Field to play the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and at 12:40 p.m. next Wednesday.

08/20/2014
SportsWatch for 8-20-14
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Tim Clinton

CenturyLink Field in Seattle will be alive with frenzied fans Wednesday when the San Jose Earthquakes roll into town for a 7 p.m. Major League Soccer match.

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton, SPORTS EDITOR

Week of Aug. 20-27
High schools
Football tryouts officially begin Wednesday across the state of Washington, and all other fall sports get underway Monday.
Contact your respective school for more information.

Sounders
Seattle will be at home at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday when it hosts the San Jose Earthquakes for a 7 p.m. Major League Soccer match that can be seen on JOEtv.
The Sounders go to Portland for 2 p.m. action Sunday, with ESPN2 carrying that action.

Seahawks
Seattle hosts the Chicago Bears for a 7 p.m. National Football League exhibition game at CenturyLink Field on Friday.
The action can be seen live on Channel 13.

Mariners
The Seattle Mariners continue their quest for a postseason berth Wednesday when they pay a 10:05 a.m. visit to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Then it's on to Boston for a 4:10 p.m. game against the Red Sox on Friday followed by 10:35 a.m. action on Saturday and Sunday.
Seattle comes home to Safeco Field to play the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and at 12:40 p.m. next Wednesday.

08/18/2014
SportsWatch for 8-18-14
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