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June
21st

‘Summer Classic’ all-state football game (with rosters) tonight in Moses Lake

Tonight at 7 p.m. is the annual 4A/3A all-state football “Summer Classic” game at Moses Lake’s Lions Field, presented by the Washington State Football Coaches Association.

EAST ROSTER (4A/3A)
# Player HT WT Position School Coach
1 Brennan Schon 5’11 160 WR/DB Lewis & Clark Dave Hughes
2 EJ Deveaux 5’10” 185 WR/DB Curtis Clay Angle
3 Javan Williams 6’1″ 190 WR/DB Kamiakin Scott Biglin
4 Tim Hergert 6’1″ 180 DB Heritage Jack Hathaway
5 Jabari Marshall 6’2″ 215 RB/LB Skyview Steve Kizer
6 Rod Jones Jr. 6’2″ 230 RB/DL Federal Way John

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June
20th

Thomas returns home to host three-day youth basketball camp in South Tacoma

Once again, Isaiah Thomas is making the summer-camp rounds.

And he clearly has one favorite spot – home.

Staring Monday, the former Curtis High School and University of Washington standout now with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings will host the Isaiah Thomas Youth Skills Academy at the Henry T. Schatz Boys & Girls Club.

“I love these camps, especially my Tacoma camp,” Thomas said. “It’s made me feel … so blessed to give back to the community of Tacoma. The smiles on the kids’ faces are priceless.”

Thomas debuted the three-day camp in Tacoma last summer. After it was over, the

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June
19th

McGuire inks $2.36 million contract with Pittsburgh as No. 14 MLB Draft pick

From correspondent Howie Stalwick

The ink had barely dried on the $2.369 million contract Reese McGuire signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates when the recent Kentwood High School graduate demonstrated the type of poise that convinced the Pirates he was worth so much money.

McGuire drew laughter Tuesday at his introductory press conference in Pittsburgh when he discussed the standard urine test required during physical exams of drafted players who sign pro contracts.

“I was a little worried about the urine test,” McGuire joked, “because in the past, I’ve had a little stage fright, or it took me a while. So

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June
17th

Chambers, Schwan selected 2013 Tacoma-Pierce County athletes of year by TAC

Already regarded around the state as the finest performers in their respective sports, soon enough the Pacific-12 Conference will find out about Foss High School’s Marcus Chambers and Bellarmine Prep’s Courtney Schwan.

Chambers, the recently-graduated track and field sprinter signed with Oregon, and Schwan, a junior who has already given an oral commitment to the University of Washington for volleyball, were named the 2012-13 Tacoma/Pierce County high school athletes of the year, selected by the Tacoma Athletic Commission.

Chambers and Schwan were honored at the TAC’s annual year-end banquet at Bellarmine Prep on Monday night. Each received a $2,500 college

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June
10th

Emerald City Kickoff Classic being held at new Husky Stadium on Sept. 7

The first non-University of Washington event to hit new Husky Stadium?

It comes from the WIAA – the 2013 Emerald City Kickoff Classic.

The annual multi-game event will be held Sept. 7, featuring a Bellevue-Skyline headliner between the reigning Class 3A and 4A state champions.

Other games includ Bothell-Coueur d’Alene (Idaho), Lynden-King’s and Roosevelt-Seattle Prep.

“The return of the Kickoff Classic to Seattle at the brand new Husky Stadium with the four match-ups will be a great Saturday,” WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese said in a released statement. “Our thanks to the University of Washington for hosting this annual event.”

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June
8th

Beatty goes from battling cancer to fighting for a baseball job with San Diego

Max Beatty threw a party.

It wasn’t just any ordinary gathering – it was the final day of the 2013 Major League first-year draft.

Beatty, a right-handed pitcher from Fort Vancouver High School and Pacific Lutheran University, hooked up his laptop to the family’s big-screen television back home in Vancouver. All day, the selections were monitored closely.

Finally, a phone call came in during the 32nd round from the Los Angeles Angels. They were peeking into the next round, and told Beatty – the No. 2 NCAA Division III prospect – to be on alert.

One team – the San

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June
7th

Morris (4th round), Voth (5th), Monda (6th) and Cimber (8th) all MLB second-day draft picks

Late in 2010, with his elbow in a sling, carrying a ligament carefully stitched back together, Federal Way’s Elliot Morris had no clue if he had a career in baseball anymore.

And on Friday, he got his answer.

Nearly 21/2 years after having Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in his pitching elbow, the right-handed pitcher from Pierce College was selected in the fourth round (No. 127 pick overall) by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2013 major league first-year draft.

Overcome with emotion once he saw his name appear on the computer screen Friday morning, Morris gave a giant bear hug

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June
6th

Dream comes true, McGuire goes in first round of MLB Draft to Pittsburgh

Reese McGuire, your new life begins.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. PDT Thursday, the nation’s top catching prospect was selected 14th overall in the MLB first-year draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

His draft slot calls for a $2.5 million signing bonus.

He is also the area’s second-highest draft pick behind Capital High School’s Travis Lee, who went No. 2 to Minnesota in 1996.

“We really like the receive (skills), the block, the throw. And he’s called his own game forever,” Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington told Pittsburgh-area reporters after McGuire was selected. “That’s very unique in this industry.”

The only other

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