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Archives: June 2012

June
28th

Boys basketball: Mount Rainier hires Ken Bush as head coach

Ken Bush has been hired as the head boys basketball coach at Mount Rainier High. Bush has been an assistant with the Rams for four seasons and played at Seattle University from 1992-96.

“Ken’s basketball background along with his direct experience with the program should serve to ease the transition to a new head coach,” said Terri McMahan, Highline School District athletic director. “We believe he will build upon the foundation established by Bryan Johnson and continue to improve the program. Ken is a solid individual with a well-designed plan aimed at improving our student athletes both on and off

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June
27th

Football: Beamer hires Darren McKay as head football coach

Less than a week after Beamer High opened up a search for a football head coach, the hunt is over.

The Titans filled the vacancy with a big-name hire, choosing former Gig Harbor High coach Darren McKay.

“I’m excited and happy,” McKay said. “Unless something opened up late I expected to be teaching at Gig Harbor next year and taking the year off from coaching.”

McKay marveled at the speed of the interview process.

“It moved incredibly fast,” he said
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June
22nd

Football: Beamer searching for a head coach

David Sundheim knows the timing wasn’t optimal, but resigning as Beamer High’s football coach was something he had to do.

“There was a family issue that came up and I was able to come through for my family,” he said. “This has nothing to do with or against Beamer.”

Sundheim, who submitted his resignation on Thursday, will join his father Pete as an assistant coach at Pinecrest High in Pinehurst, N.C.

Sundheim, who is from Virginia, completed three seasons at Beamer, compiling a record of 10-20.

Sundheim’s resignation means the Titans must begin searching for a new head coach less than two months before the season begins. Beamer athletic director Jerry Peterson said he’s already begun the process.
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June
21st

Boys Basketball: Ahmaad Rorie transfers to Lincoln

Ahmaad Rorie plays for Clove Park at the Class 2A boys basketball state tournament in March.

If Ahmaad Rorie adds another basketball state championship to his résumé, it won’t be won wearing a Clover Park High uniform.

Rorie, the Cal-bound rising junior, will attend Lincoln High for the 2012-13 school year, Abes boys basketball coach Aubrey Shelton confirmed Thursday morning.

“He enrolled last week for the upcoming school year,” Shelton said.

Rorie, The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year in 2011, helped Clove Park win the Class 2A state championship in 2011 and led the Warriors to a fourth-place finish at state in 2012.

Shelton knows the caliber of player he’s getting in Rorie. The 6-foot point guard averaged 33.7 points per game in the state tournament.

“I would say he is the best point guard in the state,” Shelton said.

Rorie isn’t the only basketball standout transferring to Lincoln.
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