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Archives: June 2009


Knutson out after 17 years as baseball coach

Baseball isn’t really one of this blogs sports, but the release of longtime Husky baseball coach Ken Knutson more than deserves mention here.

Here are the highlights from UW:

After 17 seasons as the University of Washington’s head baseball coach, Ken Knutson will no longer serve in that position effective June 30. Knutson, only the second head coach of the Husky baseball program since 1977, has spent almost all of the last 27 years as a player, assistant coach and head coach at Washington.

The complete release is available at GoHuskies.com.


USC picks former Arizona interim coach O’Neill

USC has picked Kevin O’Neill to replace Tim Floyd as men’s basketball coach.

O’Neill has extensive college and NBA experience, but most recently he was interim head coach at Arizona last season.

He also was one of the more interesting coaches in the weekly Pac-10 coaches’ conference calls, so I guess it’s good that one of the league’s better quotes remains in the league.

Here’s the release from USC.


Isaiah Thomas throws first Rainiers pitch tonight

Tacoma’s own Isaiah Thomas will throw out the opening pitch at Cheney Stadium on Saturday night as the Rainiers hold their “Paint the Park Purple” night.

In addition to the appearance of the Huskies basketball star, the Rainiers will wear purple and gold uniforms against the visiting Reno Aces. The uniforms will be auctioned off.

First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Saturday. Here are the details.

The game also will be televised on Comcast Sports Northwest.


Pondexter makes World University Games team

UW senior-to-be Quincy Pondexter has been selected as part of the 12-member USA World University Games team.

Pondexter was selected after three days of trials in Colorado Springs, and will be coached in the July 1-12 competition by Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.

“To have a chacne to represent my country, the University of Washington, Fresno (his hometown), and my family at the international level is just a great, thrilling opportunity,” Pondexter said through a UW media release.

Here’s that full release.


Huskies edge Zags (for best pet mascot)

Dubs, the cute little furball of a husky pup introduced last year as UW’s new live mascot, has been named by Petside.com as the best mascot to appear in the most recent NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Dubs finished two spots ahead of Gonzaga’s Spike the Bulldog. (The contest disintergrates from there, because UConn’s Jonathan the Husky couldn’t look stupider if it tried, yet somehow finished fifth.)


Another Tacoma appearance for Sarkisian

First-year University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian and a handful of his assistants are scheduled to be keynote speakers at a high school coaching banquet June 24th at Joeseppi’s Italian Ristorante in north Tacoma.

Gig Harbor High coach Darren McKay is in charge of organizing the sit-down dinner, which will feature 80 high school coaches and assistants.

Joining the UW staff is Pacific-10 Conference referee Jay Stricherz, of Tacoma.

Those interested in getting in on the festivities, phone Mike Stortini, the co-owner of Joeseppi’s, at (253) 761-5555 and leave a message. Stortini will have information about

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