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Archives: April 2013


Successful Spokane coach Sheridan dies from Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Forgot to pass this along over the weekend, but one of the most successful Washington high school coaches in any sport – Linda Sheridan, of Shadle Park High School – died in Spokane on Saturday of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Sheridan led that school to seven state titles – five in volleyball and a pair in girls’ basketball.

Here is Chris Derrick’s story in the Spokesman-Review.


Washington boys’ bid for last-second win thwarted at the 18th Northwest Shootout

PORTLAND – It is advertised as a goodwill all-star basketball game between the best high school seniors from Washington and Oregon – a showcase of Northwest talent.

And the 18th Northwest Shootout ended up being a scratch-claw-and-grab affair for a victory.

Twice, the Washington boys’ squad was down big – and both times they came back. But their chance to win at the buzzer on Dominic Robinson’s corner 3-pointer was deflected, and Oregon snapped a five-game losing streak with a 113-111 victory at the Chiles Center on Saturday night.

Calvin Hermanson, a 6-foot-6 guard from Lake Oswego High School who

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Oregon girls snap losing streak with rout of Washington, 99-70, in Northwest Shootout

A 12-0 run midway through the second half turned this all-star game into a rout, and the Oregon girls snapped its five-game skid to the Washington girls at the Northwest Shootout with an easy 99-70 victory at the Chiles Center in Portland on Saturday night.

Johanna Paine led Oregon with 20 points. Jordan Reynolds, who is headed to Tennessee, added 19 points and six assists.

Time and time again, Reynolds, of Central Catholic, and Oregon City point guard Montana Walters got deep into the lane, leading to easy baskets and big runs.

In fact, Reynolds had the play of the

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Loague tosses no-hitter in pitching duel, leading Olympia past Bellarmine Prep, 2-0

In the biggest baseball game of the season, Olympia High’s Elliott Loague was ready – despite the bad weather.

Loague and the Bears celebrated the school’s first seven-inning no-hitter since 2008, blanking Bellarmine Prep, 2-0, at Fuchs Field on Friday afternoon.

The win broke a tie atop the Narrows 4A standings, giving the Bears (13-4, 8-1) the inside track over Bellarmine Prep (11-4, 7-2) for their sixth consecutive league crown by sweeping the season series.

Loague (seven strikeouts, 84 pitches in seven innings) emerged the winner in a pitchers’ duel with Lions’ ace Harry Stenberg (three-hitter in seven innings, seven

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Promoted assistant Depiano takes reins of Auburn Mountainview girls basketball program

Auburn Mountainview has decided to keep its girls’ basketball job in-house, promoting Dustin Depiano from Lions’ assistant to coach, replacing Chris Carr.

Carr, also the school’s athletic director, released this statement:

“I am glad to announce the promotion of Dustin Depiano to head coach. The familiarity he has of this program will make a smooth transition as we work to continually build on the foundation that has been established here. Dustin has already announced the hiring of Tim Nelson, former Auburn Riverside head coach, as a varsity assistant for this upcoming season. We are excited to get two top notch

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Timberline High offering two youth football camps in June

Timberline High School, coached by Nick Mullen, is hosting a couple of youth football camps the same weekend June 24-26 – the Timberline Youth Football Camp and South Sound Regional Youth Regional Team Camp – at South Sound Stadium in Lacey.

The youth camp will be held in the morning – 9 a.m. until noon – and available for players from grades 1-6. Applications can be filled out, and payment information can be found here.

The team camp, held for seventh and eighth graders, will follow each day from 5 to 8 p.m. Information on that camp can be

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Ex-North Mason star Landram hired as new boys basketball coach at Gig Harbor

Billy Landram spent many nights terrorizing teams by lighting up the scoreboard in the Pierce County League while a star guard at North Mason High School.

The one school disciplined enough to give him fits was Gig Harbor High.

Funny how sometimes things come full circle. The ex-Bulldogs’ standout, and News Tribune 1996 All-Area player was hired last week to take over the program at Gig Harbor.

“I think it’s a great job,” said the 35-year-old Landram. “It is where I live. … It has great facilities. It has good tradition.”

In 1995-96, while Landram was scoring nearly 19 points

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Paralyzed ex-Spanaway Lake athlete trying to raise funds for walking aid

In 2003, former Spanaway Lake football player Logan Seelye broke his neck at a football camp at Central Washington University.

Here are his words about the ordeal:

My name is Logan Seelye. At the young age of 16 years old, on July 2, 2003 my life forever changed; I broke my neck and suffered a spinal injury while playing at football camp at Central Washington University. Now, to most people who have gone through any setback or troubles in life, the reasonable thought that would come to mind when you get paralyzed is to ask “Why me?”, but if you

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