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Archives: July 2008


New look for leagues begins this fall

A week ago I asked for your take on the upcoming high school football season. Some of you posted your predictions on the blog and others e-mailed me what they thought. Thanks for your comments.

Since we’re gearing up for the fall season, I thought I’d post a little reminder that the South Sound’s leagues have taken on dramatically new looks since the spring.

Here’s a quick rundown:

– North Kitsap has left the Narrows League for the Olympic League and Shelton has joined.

– Auburn and Auburn Riverside have been reclassified as 4A schools

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Franklin Pierce plays for Junior A Legion state title

The Franklin Pierce American Junior Legion begins play Saturday at the Washington Junior A Legion baseball tournament at University High School in Spokane Valley.

The Division III champions will meet host University on Friday afternoon as part of a double-header after the Lake Stevens-Lewis & Clark contest in the double-elimination tournament.

Here’s the roster:

Bryce Carter, Devin Kaaiwela, Jonathan Deck, JT Dempsey, Kyle Rodriguez, Mickey Lyons, Patrick Dahlby, Ryan Hogan, Dempsey Wheelock, Davyn DeGraw, Travis Hoberg.

Head coach: Tyler Robertson

Assistant coach: Todd Deck

Manager: Jim Dempsey


Running, jumping at Junior Olympics; paddling to Russia

Andrea Geubelle continues to win champions by leaps and bounds — literally.

The Curtis senior placed first in the long jump last week at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Omaha, Neb. Geubelle, who claimed Class 4A state titles in the long jump and triple jump, won the event with a leap of 19 feet, 8.25 inches in the Young Women’s division, the highest category of competition. She also placed sixth in the triple jump.

Geubelle was joined at the meet by a few of her teammates from the Flying AJ’s Track Club, along

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New football offense: Everybody go long

With practice beginning in less than four weeks, it’s too late for high school football coaches to install a new offense, but I’d like to see a local team use the A-11 offense.

The A-11 offense brings eight-man football to the 11-man game and renders offensive linemen obsolete. Two tight ends line up on both sides of the center. Two groups of three receivers are spread on both sides of the field. In the backfield, two quarterbacks wait for the snap seven yards behind the line of scrimmage in a shotgun formation.

Breaking it down, it’s like

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Local WIBCA Hall of Fame inductees

Two local coaches will today be inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

They are:

Lyle McIntosh, Gig Harbor

The Tides current coach has a 25-year record of 395-244. Gig Harbor won the Class 3A state title in 1996 under McIntosh.

Jim Clifton, Puyallup, Sultan

Long-time Puyallup coach Jim Clifton compiled a career record of 290-206 in 20 seasons, split between leading the Vikings and Sultan.


Prep athletes caught using steroids

The state of Texas tested more than 10,000 high school athletes for steroids and found only two that were using “unauthorized substances.”

Is drug testing high school athletes worthwhile? Is it right? I think these results show that taxpayer money can be better spent elsewhere.

Click below for the story.

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Carly Stowell Foundation fundraiser

The Carly Stowell Foundation for Education in Athletic and Music Performance is taking its first big, public step this weekend when it hosts the Field of Dreams fundraiser.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Grimstad Farms in Kent. The RSVP date has passed, but people can attend by paying the $75 fee at the door. There will be a silent auction, which includes trips to Africa, Mexico and British Columbia.

The gala’s aim is to show that the 1-year-old foundation is intent on reaching its goals and to secure donations to help it realize

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Bethel football coach writes book

When Gravin Kralik became Bethel’s head coach at 27 years of age, he thought leading a football team was about schemes, strategies and sets. Four years later, he understands it requires much more than a playbook.

“I had no idea how much it was about building a program,” he said, “and not offensive or defensive sets.”

His mistaken assumptions spurred him to learn more about what it takes to build a winning program from coaches at some of the nation’s top football programs. So, Kralik traveled the country during the offseason and put what he gleaned into a

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