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Archives: April 2007


Are booster clubs tilting the playing field?

If you haven’t heard already the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association overwhelmingly ruled in favor of limiting booster clubs. Read more about the details of

Monday’s representative assembly meeting here .

The story was a follow on a more in-depth look at how affluent communities are using money to win state championship that I wrote for Sunday’s paper.

Now that the WIAA has essentially tossed the issue back to local school boards to decide if booster clubs should be allowed to augment coaches’ salaries, I want to know what you think.

Do you

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Hurdler Jensen continues to impress; track leaders

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Here’s a closer look at Fife track star Angela Jensen. Scroll down for state and local track leaders.

Fife track athlete Angela Jensen has two characteristics that make her hard to beat.

Boundless talent and a work ethic to match.

Both were on display during her outstanding effort at the prestigious Pasco Invitational over the weekend.

The senior won both the 100 hurdles (14.6) and the 300 hurdles (44.73) under less-than-ideal conditions on a rainy Saturday in eastern Washington. Jensen’s time in the 300 is the fastest in the state.

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Kelly takes Curtis basketball job

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Tim Kelly came to the Lincoln High boys basketball program in 1993 as the fresh-faced newcomer in the Narrows League.

On Tuesday he resigned after 14 seasons to take the head job at Curtis High School, his alma mater.

Kelly, 45, leaves Lincoln as one of the most accomplished coaches in Tacoma Public Schools history, leading the Abes to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 2001 and 2002 and totaling a 222-123 overall record.

“A lot of the success, a lot of the things we do, now you have

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Beamer, Kent-Meridian hire new football coaches

Two South Puget Sound League schools filled head football coaching vacancies this week. And another is expected to hire someone by Friday.

Beamer High in Federal Way filled its job vacancy from within, replacing Dick Zatkovich with assistant coach Gem Abe.

Beamer athletic director Jerry Peterson said Abe will be the head coach on an interim basis this fall, and will have an opportunity to apply for the position and be evaluated as a permanent hire at the end of the football season.

"He’s a good fit," Peterson said. "He’s going to continue what Zatkovich has

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Tacoma Invitational, softball on tap this weekend

There’s plenty of action happening this weekend if you’re interesting in watching high school sports.

Lincoln High will host its annual Tacoma Invitational at Mount Tahoma Stadium, which I wrote about in today’s paper. Check out this link l to read about this weekend’s event, along with state and area leaders in track and field.

The annual Pasco Invitational also takes place on Saturday, with several local teams making the trek across the Cascades to compete.

For fastpitch fans, the second annual Fastpitch Festival, hosted by Centralia High, will take place Saturday at Husky

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Batter Up: state baseball poll

The first Washington state high school baseball rankings are out, which I have posted below. There are few surprises here, with defending Class 4A champion Jackson ranked No. 1 for 4A. Auburn, one of the favorites to win the Class 3A title, is ranked No. 1 for Class 3A, and Mark Morris is ranked No. 1 for Class 2A.

Peninsula and Bonney Lake, two teams that should compete for the Class 3A title this season, were left off the list. But they have some time to work their way onto the rankings this season.


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Washington boys, girls win Northwest Shootout

With a team consisting of 10 Division I signees the Washington girls basketball team overwhelmed Oregon 104-60.

Chief Sealth’s Nia Jackson, headed to UCLA, led all scorers with 17 points. Kentwood’s Courtney Vandersloot finished with 14 points, as did Auburn Riverside’s Stephanie Wilber. Lincoln’s Alex Montgomery added seven points.

The Washington boys team also fared well, defeating Oregon 96-82. Washington was led by Gonzaga-bound guard Steven Gray, who finished with 20 points. Click here to check out the game stories on The Oregonian Web site. Find the box scores below.



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Area baseball standings

Narrows League


North Kitsap 7-1 7-1

Bellarmine Prep 5-1 5-1

Stadium 4-1 4-

Foss 5-3 5-3

Gig Harbor 5-3 5-3

Central Kitsap 3-3 3-3

Olympia 3-3 3-3

South Kitsap 3-4 3-4

Mount Tahoma 2-7 2-7

Wilson 0-5 0-5

Lincoln 0-6 0-6

SPSL South


Beamer 4-0 6-3

Curtis 3-0 5-2

Puyallup 2-2 4-4

Graham-Kapowsin 1-1 2-4


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