Sports

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Back to back losses brought an early end to West Seattle's stay at the state Class 3A girls fastpitch softball championship tournament Friday.

After being edged by Enumclaw by a 2-1 score in their noon opener the Wildcats played Glacier Peak at 2 p.m. and bowed out with a 7-2 loss.

West Seattle entered the tournament as the fourth seed out of the Sea-King District 2 tournament after winning its first ever Metro League title.

The state tournament was played at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

05/27/2016

Courtesy article by Gerardo Bolong

For the fourth consecutive season, the Seattle Christian fastpitch softball team will marshal its troops at the Columbia Playfield in Richland for the Class 1A WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires state tournament.

While performing the traditional decorating of the team bus on Wed., May 25, senior players recalled their experiences.

"I'm grateful I was able to play from the beginning of this season," said oft-injured Hannah Ruffcorn, who suffered a season-ending injury last season before incurring another season-ending injury a few weeks ago. "The seniors were able to lead well and we learned to communicate well, non verbally, as well as out loud. We gave it our all and fully respect and love each other."

Tri-captain Lisa Kumasaka, who is Lewis & Clark College (Portland) bound, added her thoughts.

"Making it to state every year was a great experience," she said. "The hard work the coaches put in and the great attitude of our team are just memorable. I'll really appreciate winning district last year and tri-district the year before."

05/27/2016
Slideshow:  Warriors march on Richland
Photo credit: 
Gerardo Bolong

Seattle Christian players pose on one side of the bus.

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

West Seattle and Seattle Christian both drew noon Friday starts for their state girls fastpitch softball tournament efforts, but they will be playing on opposite sides of the Cascade Mountains.

West Seattle's Wildcats will be down I-5 in Lacey playing against Enumclaw at that time, while the Warriors from SeaTac are going on the road to Richland to play Deer Park.

The Class 3A state tournament involving 16 teams will take place at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey, while the 1A tournament is being held on the Columbia Playfield.

Both teams would play at the same ensuing times that day if they have the same results.

A win would advance them into 4 p.m. action, while a loss would mean a 2 p.m. start for their second game. Ensuing loser's bracket games would take place at 6 p.m.

Both tournaments continue through Saturday -- weather permitting. Two Friday wins would advance a team to Saturday.

05/27/2016

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Two Foster athletes took titles to highlight the Highline-area performances in West Central District track and field meets that concluded Saturday.

Shakila Omar of the Bulldogs won the girls 400-meter run at the Class 2A meet, posting a time of 59.04 seconds.

Over on the boys side, Foster's Zane Jacobson won the javelin with a throw of 162 feet, 00 inches.

Both will compete at the state meet to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Mount Tahoma High School stadium in Tacoma. Class 3A and 4A will also be held there at the same time.

05/27/2016
Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
Fastpitch softball
West Seattle journeys to the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey for state tournament action scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Seattle Christian will be at the Columbia Playfield in Richland playing in the 1A state tournament the same days.
Times and opponents are to be announced.

Track and field
Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma will be the site of the state 2A, 3A and 4A track and field meets Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the 1A, 2B and 1B teams go to Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Golf
State golf action concludes Wednesday with all of the tournaments played in Central or Eastern Washington.
The 4A boys tournament is being held at Meadow Springs in Richland and the 4A girls at the Sun Willows course in Pasco.
The 3A boys are at The Creek at Qualchan in Spokane and the 3A girls at Indian Canyon in Spokane.
As for the 2A action, the boys are playing at Horn Rapids in Richland and the girls are at Columbia Point in Richland.

05/25/2016
Sportswatch: For the week of May 25-31

Article courtesy of Gerardo Bolong

AUBURN - SPSL Class 3A second place Auburn Mountainview jumped on top of Nisqually 1A League champion Seattle Christian early on Mon., May 16, en route to a character building and skills experience 7-2 home win under intensely cloudy skies.

The home standing Lions drew positives from the victory, but the Lady Warriors also drew plusses from playing tough non leaguers.

"I love it," said sophomore outfielder Madisen Fors. "It's a good opportunity to learn from other teams. It helps to go against fast pitching and it makes us better when we play against 1A teams."

05/24/2016

Article Courtesy of Gerardo Bolong

Early missile strikes by Seamount League fastpitch softball champion John F. Kennedy Catholic led to the Lancers' downing of the Nisqually 1A titleist Seattle Christian 11-1 in five innings at the City of Burien's Chelsea Park on Tues., May 17.

For the Lancers ( 16-3) and the Warriors (13-4), it was another chance to keep active until the May 20-21 district tournaments at Sprinker Fields on May 20-21. 3A Kennedy had one more tune up against Bellarmine Prep on Wed., May 18, while Seattle Christian faced two days of tough practices before entering an 8 p.m Fri. district opener at Sprinker. Kennedy faces Prairie on Fri in a 10 a.m. district opener.

The Lancers avenged an earlier 6-5 loss at the Warrior home field and head coach Dino Josie felt confident about his team's metamorphosis from the start of the season

05/24/2016

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Wednesday, May 18

Fastpitch softball
Bellarmine 7, Kennedy 2
Kennedy Catholic took a non-league loss to Bellarmine on Wednesday in a final tune-up for West Central District tournament action to be held Friday and Saturday at the Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway..

Tuesday, May 17

Boys soccer
Pasco 4, Mt. Rainier 0
The Rams' state playoffs appearance ended with a 4-0 shutout loss in action that took place over the Cascade Mountains at Pasco on Tuesday.

Friday, May 13

Track and field
Metro League meet
West Seattle finished fourth on the boys side and eighth on the girls side at the Sea-King District 2 tournament that concluded Friday, May 13 at the Southwest Athletic Complex.

Chief Sealth and other results were not available.

05/24/2016
Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Kela placed on 60-day DL

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela has been transferred to the Texas Rangers' 60-day disabled list retroactive to April 25 after surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

His earliest possible return to the Rangers' bullpen is in July.

Barnette keeps improving

Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette has improved his record to 3-2 for the Texas Rangers and lowered his earned run average to 2.76.

Barnette has worked 16.1 innings in 17 games with 11 strikeouts and three walks.

Brett still on Durham's DL

Highline graduate Ryan Brett remains on the disabled list for the Class AAA Durham Bulls of the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Ishikawa has six home runs

Federal Way graduate Travis Ishikawa has now hit six home runs and four doubles for the Class AAA Charlotte Knights of the Chicago White Sox organization.

He has 23 runs scored and 17 RBI with a .205 batting average (30-for-146).

Conger catching for Rays

05/24/2016
Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

Kela placed on 60-day DL

Chief Sealth graduate Keone Kela has been transferred to the Texas Rangers' 60-day disabled list retroactive to April 25 after surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

His earliest possible return to the Rangers' bullpen is in July.

Barnette keeps improving

Thomas Jefferson graduate Tony Barnette has improved his record to 3-2 for the Texas Rangers and lowered his earned run average to 2.76.

Barnette has worked 16.1 innings in 17 games with 11 strikeouts and three walks.

Brett still on Durham's DL

Highline graduate Ryan Brett remains on the disabled list for the Class AAA Durham Bulls of the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Ishikawa has six home runs

Federal Way graduate Travis Ishikawa has now hit six home runs and four doubles for the Class AAA Charlotte Knights of the Chicago White Sox organization.

He has 23 runs scored and 17 RBI with a .205 batting average (30-for-146).

Conger catching for Rays

05/24/2016
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