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Archives: April 2012


Football: Pierce County National Football Foundation finalists

The Pierce County chapter of the National Football Foundation will hand out awards at its 36th annual scholar athlete banquet Sunday at Curtis High.

Bob Robertson will emcee the event and YMCA director Phil Carter, a former standout at Wilson High and Notre Dame, is the guest speaker.

Here are of the finalists. The two winners will receive $1,500 scholarships and each one of the semifinalists will receive a $750 scholarship. Thirty-five nominees will get a $100 scholarship.

2012 NFF Finalists

Paul Walrof Lineman Award

Joseph Lovejoy, Bellarmine Prep
Christopher Harmon, Lakes
Theodore Bridgman, Curtis
Kodiak Lyons, Tacoma Baptist
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Baseball: Narrows 4A, 3A tournament updates

Rain washed away first-round games of the Narrows League 4A baseball tournaments on Tuesday. Those games have been pushed back to Wednesday.

In two loser out games, South Kitsap will face Central Kitsap at 1 p.m. and Bellarmine Prep plays Stadium at 4 p.m. today. Both games are at Heidelberg Park.

In the 3A tournament, Capital beat Wilson 10-2 on Tuesday. The Cougars play Yelm at 7 p.m. today. The winner advances to meet Timberline in the finals on Thursday and the loser will be the third seed to the West Central District tournament.

Because play must be completed by Thursday, the 4A tournament won’t be completed. Narrows League baseball commissioner John Portenier said teams will be seeded to the West Central District tournament based on their finish in the league standings.
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Baseball: SPSL 4A playoff schedule

All games will be played May 3 (weather permitting)

At Curtis High
Graham-Kapowsin vs. Auburn Riverside-Kentlake loser, 4 p.m. (Winner No. 9 seed to district, loser out)

At Heritage Park
Emerald Ridge vs. Auburn Riverside-Kentlake winner, 4 p.m. (Winner No. 7, loser No. 8 to district)
Beamer vs. Tahoma, 7 p.m. (winner No. 3, loser No. 4 to district)

At Kent Memorial

Rogers vs. Kentridge, 4 p.m (Winner No. 5, loser No. 6 to district)
Puyallup vs. Kentwood, 7 p.m. (Winner No. 1, loser No. 2 to district)

*I’ll post other playoff

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Football: Enumclaw hires football coach

Enumclaw High has hired Mark Gunderson to lead its football team.

Gunderson replaces former coach Don Bartel, who will be defensive coordinator at Skyline High next season.

Here’s the release put out by the district:

Enumclaw High School Hires Mark Gunderson as PE/Health Teacher and Football Coach

After a rigorous application and interview process, Enumclaw High School Principal Jill Burnes announced the selection of Mark Gunderson as a new PE/Health Teacher and Football Coach.
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Baseball: Bethel’s Cory Nelson throws no-hitter

Bethel senior Cory Nelson threw a no-hitter game Tuesday night, beating Spanaway Lake 7-0.

Nelson, a right-hander, struck out 14 and walked none in the SPSL South contest. An error kept Nelson from a perfect game.

According to Nelson, there was a first-time spectator watching him pitch:


Baseball: Gig Harbor, Olympia play for Narrows 4A title Wednesday

Gig Harbor pitcher Nick Gagliardi threw a complete game three-hitter, leading the Tides to a 4-1 win over Olympia on Monday.

The victory forced Gig Harbor and Olympia into a first-place tie. The teams will close out the regular season Wednesday at Olympia High.

Gig Harbor scored all of its runs in the first inning when it tagged Leif Hansen for six straight hits. Hansen settled down after, allowing only one more hit before leaving the game in the fifth.