Greetings! Clouds again today, and hoping we are in the home stretch of the rainy weather. Lots of WIAA tournaments greatly affected by it – both in performances and schedules.
* This week, the TNT published its All-Area teams for baseball, fastpitch and boys’ soccer. Kentwood catcher Reese McGuire was the MVP for baseball, Emerald Ridge pitcher Meagan Hendrix was the player of the year for fastpitch and Jefferson forward Isidro Prado-Huerta got the MVP nod in boys’ soccer.
* Yours truly delved into a growing issue in track and field – why nobody likes the 400-meter run anymore? Of course, Foss High’s Marcus Chambers is the rare athlete who does, and excels at it.
* What a year for South Kitsap baseball under first-year coach Marcus Logue. Wolves went through a tumultuous offseason, wasn’t playing that well early-on … but have caught fire making the 4A semifinals.
* Kentwood came into the season with the fanfare as defending 4A champion, and having the best amateur catcher on the planet in McGuire. But then there is Kentridge, which has quietly made it through to the final four. Kent paper previews weekend.
* Good read from my friend, Jayson Jenks, at the Seattle Times on Auburn Mountainview stud pitcher Nick Brooks, the SPSL 3A player of the year. At this juncture, state championship hopefuls need go-to players like Brooks.
* Great story by partner Meg Wochnick, of the Olympian, on Tumwater assistant Clay Hill, a former minor leaguer who spent years as the Thunderbirds’ fastpitch coach. He took them to the 2A title game last season before coming over to baseball to watch his son.
* Something from the Tri-City Herald on Kennewick’s Vincent Gonzalez, whom the Auburn Mountainview Lions will have to worry about tonight in the 3A semifinals.
TRACK AND FIELD
* The Vancouver’s Columbian has been all over Camas star distance runner Alexa Efraimson in recent weeks. She is quickly establishing herself as one of the all-time greats, and she is only a sophomore. She started Star Track XXXI with a bang Thursday night with a record performance in the 1,600. The newspaper recent did a nice profile piece on her.
* Best girls’ 400 runner in the state? Might not be the name you might think. Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier is certainly making a case.
* Fantastic piece by the Spokesman Review’s Greg Lee on Rogers High (Spokane) distance runner Carson Murray, who pulled away for a 1,600 state title win Thursday. Very interesting background.
* Last year, something very scary happened to Enumclaw’s Tammy Wilkening. The fact she is back playing for the Hornets at the 3A state championships this week is a feel-good story.
* Many consider this afternoon’s Snohomish-Jefferson – fairly or unfairly – the 4A state title match. Would think the Panthers are probably favored, and here is a report from their camp this week.
* Look at this cool photo (and feature) on Hanford goalkeeper Jacob Thiel, who is expected to be under an assault of shots today against Bonney Lake’s high-powered offense in a 3A semifinal in Puyallup.