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Archives: May 2012

May
25th

4A Fastpitch: Jefferson is lone South Sound team in semifinals

SPOKANE – The best fastpitch softball teams usually rely heavily on dominant pitching, but the Jefferson Raiders are doing their best to change that way of thinking.

“Our thing is all about outscoring teams,” Jefferson coach Chad Fahnlander said after the Raiders opened the State 4A tournament with a pair of high-scoring wins Friday at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

The Raiders (26-4), the only area team that remained undefeated after the first day of the two-day, double-elimination tourney, beat Central Valley of Spokane Valley 7-4 and Monroe 10-8.
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May
25th

2A Boys Soccer: Fife advances to championship game

They’re back – and they’re ready.

A year after breaking a 25-season drought in the Class 2A state soccer championship game, the Fife Trojans are headed there again after a 2-0 shutout of Tumwater on Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium.

The Trojans will face Archbishop Murphy or Cheney at 4 p.m. today.

“It was a wonderful win,” said Fife coach Tony Crudo. “The goal in the kids’ minds all year long has been to get back here so we can get another shot. It’s so hard to get here.”

Fife controlled possession early on, with both of its goals coming in the first half. Senior forward Cesar Esquivel scored off a volley pass from freshman forward Victor Mansaray in the 18th minute, and sophomore defender Gilberto Garcia made what he called an unexpected shot in the 36th minute.
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May
25th

4A Baseball: It’s Puyallup vs. Kentwood for the state title

PASCO — It usually takes your best game to reach the championship of the 4A baseball state playoffs.

But sometimes, good enough will get you there.

Kentwood cobbled together four runs in the fourth and fifth innings with the help of two big errors, leading the Conquerors to an 8-5 win over Todd Beamer in Friday night’s state semifinals at Gesa Stadium.

The Conks also turned in the game’s biggest defensive play in the fifth on a Beamer mistake after a squeeze bunt for a potential tying run turned into an inning-ending double play when the bunt was popped up to catcher Reese McGuire.

“That was definitely the turning point in the game,” Kentwood coach Mark Zender said after the win over the Conks’ South Puget Sound League neighbor. “Baseball at any level is an emotional game, but especially at the high school level. For Beamer, that was a killer.”
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May
25th

Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 3A recap

Marcus Chambers wouldn’t quite admit that Saturday’s preliminary races in the 200 and 400 meter dashes were easy. But the junior from Foss sure made it look that way.

Chambers looked at ease as he easily cruised to heat wins in each event, while also posting the top times as well.

“Hard work pays off,” he said moments after the 200. “My plan was to win my races and try to come in with the fastest times. I didn’t want to give my all because there is no point giving it your all and then running slower in the finals. I know I will be stronger for (today).”
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May
25th

Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 4A recap

Rachel O’Neil didn’t know if she had won the finals of the Class 4A girls 100-meter hurdles.

The Auburn Riverside junior believed she held off defending champion Sadie Sparks of Chiawana at the line Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium. But the finish was so close, she couldn’t be certain.

So, when it was confirmed to O’Neil that she was the winner, she burst with genuine emotion, hugging a stranger and screaming for joy.

“I’m just so happy,” she said between sobs. “I never thought that I was going to be No. 1 for anything.”

O’Neil won by two-hundredths of a second, winning with a time of 15.02 seconds on the second day of Star Track XXX.
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May
25th

Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 2A recap

While his competitors probably into the preliminary races of the 300 hurdles with the mindset of just surviving, not falling and making the finals, Daniel Zmuda had a slightly different approach. The Steilacoom junior was looking to make a little history on Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium for Star Track XXX.

With a day to recover, Zmuda set his sights on the Class 2A meet record of 37.79 set by John Casselman of Pullman in 2003.

“I was shooting for that record,” he said. “I knew I had a days rest and would be good for tomorrow. I really thought I could get it.”

However with the wind blowing up to 15 miles per hour during the race, it wasn’t meant to be.

“If it wasn’t for that wind,” Zmuda said shaking his head.
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May
24th

Star Track XXX: Records fall on the first day

Marcus Dickson lost his kicks.

Trailing Squalicum High’s Patrick Gibson for seven and a half laps, Dickson figured his end-of-race rocket boosters would blast him into the lead and he’d win the Class 2A boys 3,200 meter race Thursday night at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

But when Dickson kicked, nothing came.

“The mile and 800, I kick and I go,” the White River High senior said. “This race I kicked and couldn’t go any faster. It was crazy.”

Gibson held off Dickson, setting a 2A state meet record with a winning time of 9 minutes, 1.86 seconds. Dickson’s time of 9:04.91 also broke the previous record.
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