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Archives: Aug. 2006

Aug.
31st

Drama On Opening Night

Tahoma, rated as one of the top teams in the state, sneaked out of Spanaway with a win on Thursday night. The Bears marched 71 yards with just over 90 seconds remaining in the contest, tying the score at 28-all on a 10-yard Riley Tubbs touchdown reception from Tyson Bundy. Tahoma then went on to win the game in overtime, 35-34 over the Sentinels.


Lincoln jumped out to a 6-0 lead over highly touted Kennedy in Burien. But the Abes seemed to tire in the second half, and talented runner Nate Williams took over. The Division I recruit finished

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Aug.
31st

The News Tribune Preps Pick

Starting tonight, every weekend Ryan and I will hold a weekly picks contest against a guest picker to see who knows the most about the South Sound high school football scene.


This week our prep picker is Lincoln Abes’ standout running back Roman Pula.


Ryan, who’s been in this state about a month, already is talking trash.


“I really don’t think I’m going to miss any of these games,” said the Montana native after he handed me his picks. “This is pretty easy.”


We’ll see.


- Eric Williams



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Aug.
31st

Recognize This Guy?

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You may have already heard about former WSU quarterback Jason Gesser, who’s coaching at Federal Way High this season.


Gesser, shown in the Lui Kit Wong photo above, plays in the Arena Football League for the Utah Blaze, and is using the coaching opportunity to help pursue his long-term interest of coaching in college.


We’ll have a feature on Gesser in our prep football preview, which will be published on Friday.


Gesser will get his first experience as a coach tonight, as Federal Way hosts Rogers of Puyallup in

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Aug.
25th

Reloading At Lakes

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They only have six starters back, but you wouldn’t know it by the way guys were flying around the ball out in Lakewood on Friday.


Lakes High has only one returning guy from its offensive line and will have to replace its entire backfield.


But they do have experienced quarterback Nick Williams returning as the glue. And the talented quarterback is surrounded by a plethora of speed and athleticism.


That lethal combination makes the Lancers one of the teams to beat in the newly

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Aug.
23rd

New League, High Expectations For Franklin Pierce

Difficult to get a read on, Franklin Pierce High has been one of those enigmatic football programs in the South Sound.


Frontline talent has never been the issue. The Cardinals sent News Tribune All-Area running back Eric Kimble to Eastern Washington University. He’s now an undrafted rookie in the Miami Dolphins camp.


Fullback Jeff Muai has not done badly for himself, either. He played for the Tri-City Knights of the semi-pro Evergreen Football League, and won the 2005 championship.


Enough talent might have been a past sore spot, especially when it came to taking on Seamount League

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Aug.
23rd

Air Bethel? If Henry has his way.

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SPANAWAY — You can’t help but notice Oliver Henry during Bethel football practice. It isn’t just because he’s the Braves quarterback and the center of the entire offense. Nope, even if all the players were just standing around, Henry would stand out from the rest — or more correctly — above the rest.


Standing 6-feet-6 inches, Henry is about a helmet taller than everybody else on the field, except for a couple coaches. But once, he starts leading the offense through 7-on-7 drills, Henry’s obvious physical talent demands all attention.


The

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Aug.
23rd

Bellarmine Buzzing With Activity

Take a look around the Bellarmine Prep campus perched atop a bluff overlooking Union Ave. in Tacoma, and you’re likely to see an athlete in motion.


From tennis players and cross country athletes finishing afternoon workouts, to the girls soccer and football teams working on drills on the school’s practice field, it’s no wonder the Lions have won The News Tribune All-Sports title for Class 4A schools the last three years.


But Bellarmine head football coach Tom Larson hopes this is the year the Lions turn hard work into a playoff berth.


The Lions have finished

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Aug.
22nd

Lincoln Ready For Prime Time

That unique sound of pads popping echoed across the field at the old Mount Tahoma High as Lincoln practiced Tuesday morning.


Most teams are practicing for the first time in full gear this week, and I imagine several players throughout the South Sound have been anticipating the chance to go full go.


Lincoln’s players didn’t disappoint, as the first-team defense put several football-rattling hits on the scout squad.

The Abes are adjusting to being at the old Mount Tahoma for a year while Lincoln is remodeling.

But the players didn’t seem to mind their new digs.


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