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July
16th

South Sound gets star power for annual wrestling camp with charitable Robles

Arizona is home for Anthony Robles, who turns 25 on Saturday. He was born there – without a right leg – in Mesa. He won an NCAA Division I wrestling title at the hometown university – Arizona State. And he recently bought his own house there.

And he’s now become one of the colorful and eloquent personalities of the sport. After releasing his biography “Unstoppable” last September, he has made more than 70 speaking engagements and book-tour trips all over the country, and into Canada and Mexico. He also serves as a wrestling commentator for ESPN.

But something about Orting

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July
15th

TAC’s ‘Celebrity Classic’ opens today at Highlands Golf Course

The Tacoma Athletic Commission is putting on its first “Celebrity Classic” golf tournament today to raise money for youth sports in Pierce County.

Fifty-four golfers will be grouped with nine local celebrities for a nine-hole scramble at Highlands Golf Course starting at 1 p.m.

Some of the celebrities:

* Jon Kitna, former Central Washington University and Seattle Seahawks quarterback who is now the coach at Lincoln High School.

* Dane Looker, former UW and St. Louis Rams receiver who is now the receivers’ coach at Pacific Lutheran.

* Bob Houbregs, former UW All-American basketball player who set 10 school scoring

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July
8th

Dorsey gives Washington the thumbs up, commits to Huskies’ basketball team

By Meg Wochnick

From the first day of Donaven Dorsey’s basketball recruiting chronicle that dates back to his early high school years at Timberline, the Washington Huskies sought after the Blazers’ highlight-real guard.

Coach Lorenzo Romar also was visible at many of Timberline’s games last winter, eyeing on arguably one of the state’s must-have recruits for the Class of 2014.

Both were big factors for the-now 6-foot-7 senior-to-be’s commitment to the hometown Huskies.

Late Monday afternoon, Dorsey, a combo guard who has grown into a small forward stature, gave a verbal commitment to play for UW, choosing the program

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June
30th

Shelton brothers lose in Elite Division semifinals at Spokane’s Hoopfest

In a matchup of the past two Elite Division men’s winners, defending champion Douglass Properties defeated Mamma’s Boys – made up of the Shelton siblings of Lincoln High School – 20-12, in the Spokane 3-on-3 Hoopfest semifinals at Nike Center Court in Spokane.

Nik Raivio sank a long 2-pointer (regular field goals are worth 1; 3-pointers are worth 2) to end the game Sunday afternoon. Douglass Properties are made up of former Gonzaga standouts Josh Heytvelt and David Pendergraft, and Raivio, who played at the University of Portland.

The Sheltons – Aaron, Aubrey (varsity boys’ basketball coach for the Abes),

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June
28th

Camas, Kamiakin, Sehome win TNT’s 2012-13 All-Sports crown

ALL-SPORTS STATE TOURNAMENT SCORING SYSTEM
Volleyball, football, basketball (boys and girls), track (boys and girls), baseball, fastpitch, soccer (boys and girls): 1st/50 points, 2nd/40, 3rd/35, 4th/30, 5th-8th/20, 9th-16th/10.
Cross-country (boys and girls), wrestling, tennis (boys and girls), golf (boys and girls): 1st/40, 2nd/32, 3rd/28, 4th/24, 5th-8th/16, 9th-16th/8.
Swimming (boys and girls), gymnastics: 1st/20, 2nd/16, 3rd/14, 4th/12, 5th-8th/8, 9th-16th/4.
Bowling, girls wrestling: 1st/14, 2nd/10, 3rd/8, 4th/6, 5th-8th/4, 9th-16th/2.

CLASS 4A
1. Camas 258.5

Alexa Efraimson and company “run” away with first All-Sports title.
2. Skyline 238
Spartans beat Camas in football semifinals, but

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June
27th

Out of the NFL, LeDuc still helping out in football at Hoquiam High School

Dana LeDuc is hardly retired.

He just isn’t in the NFL at the current time. Largely known as the godfather of today’s professional strength and conditioning program, the Tacoma native is still involved in football, just at a more basic level.

LeDuc, a Washington High School graduate, and former NCAA Division I shot put champion at Texas, owns a summer home at Ocean Shores, and lives there starting in late spring – and will stay in the area until well into September.

And this weekend, LeDuc – a former strength and conditioning coach for the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis

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June
23rd

New Jersey bans trash-talking in athletics; would WIAA take THIS step?

New Jersey high school athletes who talk trash could find their teams penalized and themselves under investigation by the state Civil Rights Division.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the state Attorney General’s Office announced the new policy for its nearly 400 schools earlier this week.

They say it brings athletic events into line with the state’s anti-bullying law for schools.
The sports policy goes into place this fall.

Participants could be in trouble if they make harassing statements related to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion. Referees would also be required to report incidents

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June
23rd

Van Sickle’s touchdown run starts West team’s rout in 2A-1A all-state game

Here is the story my friend Scott Spruill wrote for the Yakima Herald Republic

By being so talented at so many skill positions, Justin Peterson never did have a primary position in Lakewood’s offense last season. He nearly pulled off a triple double, running for 10 touchdowns, catching 12 scoring passes and throwing for seven.

But Central Washington University signed Peterson for a specific position and it was obvious Saturday afternoon at the 19th annual Earl Barden Classic all-star football game at East Valley.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior concentrated on being a wide receiver — exactly what the Wildcats are

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