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Archives: July 2010


Team 7:15 concussion summit scheduled for Friday

This press release just popped into my in-box and I wanted to get the information out there.

Here’s the full release:

This Friday July 30th, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Tukwila is the “Team 7:15″ Sports Concussion Summit and Dinner.

This incredible event will bring together nine families of injured high school athletes, all of whom have suffered sports-related concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

The event is designed to educate and bring together these traumatically injured young athletes to work toward changes in standards and protocols at the youth sports level.
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4A, 3A state baseball returning to Cheney Stadium; state hoops update

The 4A and 3A baseball state semifinals and finals will return to Cheney Stadium in 2011. The WIAA Executive Board approved the move from Safeco Field because of a scheduling conflict.

The board also made some decisions regarding the new format of the basketball state tournaments. Here’s information from a WIAA release:

1. District tournaments will be allowed to run as late as the Tuesday prior to the start of the first round (round of 16) of the state tournament (Tuesday, February 22).
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Port Townsend coach adds hoops duties to football and baseball positions

It’s no secret that high school coaches put in plenty of hours. Tom Webster of Port Townsend might put in more than any other coach in the state.

Webster was named the boys basketball coach at Port Townsend this month. He’s also the football and baseball coach.

Here’s what he told the Peninsula Daily News:

“I think after 20-plus years in all of those sports that I’ve been mentored by a lot of really good coaches,” Webster said. “If I’m not ready now then I’m never going to be ready.

“This just kind of fell into my lap [with

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Catching up with Gig Harbor’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins

I caught up with Gig Harbor’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins recently and I’m finishing up a story that will run in Friday’s newspaper. The Tides are at a team camp this week at Curtis High School. Seferian-Jenkins will participate at the high-profile Championship Gridiron King’s 7-on-7 camp this weekend in Orland, Fla. – Skyline’s Kasen Williams will also be in attendance.

Seferian-Jenkins, who’s weighing scholarship offers from California, Florida, LSU, Texas, UCLA and USC, will visit the Bruins next weekend and the Longhorns in two weeks.

Here are some interesting nuggets that didn’t make the piece:

Tides coach Darren McKay recalled how a steady stream of coaches and coordinators from college football powerhouses visited the high school during the spring. Some coaches traipsed through the halls and cafeteria in school colors, letting the entire student body know what institution they represented.
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Kentwood, Mead share 22nd All-Sports Crown

Kentwood and Mead tied for the top spot in The News Tribune’s 22nd Annual All-Sports High School Championships. The title was Kentwood’s first and the 14th for the Panthers of Spokane.

Here are the winners in the other classifications:
3A: Union
2A: Sehome
1A: King’s
2B: Colfax
1B: Colton

Here’s a link to the story and the full standings.
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Eight Washington football players headed to Football University’s Top Gun Camp

Eight Washington football players, including five from the South Sound, will participate at Football University’s Top Gun all-star camp at the end of July.

Here are the players:
QB Kol Cassel, freshman,
RB Visa Thach, sophomore, Kentwood
RB Brandon Long, sophomore, Mead
QB Trey Wheeler, junior, Liberty
LB Joseph Mose, junior, Kent-Meridian
LB Brandon Wells, junior, Rogers (Puyallup)
QB Dylan Podolak, junior, Enumclaw
WR Terenn Houk, junior, Enumclaw

Here’s how the press release describes Top Gun:

These players were invited to Top Gun because of their outstanding performance at Football University and

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Massive recall of stadium light poles

Four Washington high schools were listed in a government safety agency report as sites with potentially faulty stadium light poles that can crack and fall. Click here to read the report and click here to see the list of potentially affected sites.

Auburn Mountainview, Nathan Hale, Mount Vernon and Rainier Beach high schools were among the hundreds of sites nationwide that the Consumer Product Safety Commission included in a report it released on Monday that might be affected. According to the report, the poles, which can weigh as much as four tons, “can fracture or crack and fall over, posing a risk of serious injury or death to patrons and bystanders from being hit or crushed.”

Here's what happens when a pole collapses on a football field.

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