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Archive for August 2008

>Eastern Washington women’s soccer falls

>From El Paso today:

Texas State scored a pair of goals in the second half and beat Eastern Washington 2-0 in women’s soccer action. North Bend’s Jess Blessard came in to man EWU’s net in the 74th minute, shortly after Texas State scored its second goal against Eagle starter Ashley Renz. EWU’s efforts to come back from that second half deficit were hamstrung by a red card ejection of Eagle Lillian Bourret in the 64th minute after her second yellow card of the contest, which came nearly three minutes after her first yellow. No word on why she was assessed the two yellows. As in high school soccer in college teams play a player short when their players get red cards.

Eastern plays their home opener next Friday 9/5 against CSU-Bakersfield in Cheney.


Written by Rhett Workman

August 31, 2008 at 11:23 pm

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>UW Football note

>Brandon Yakaboski, ex-Mount Si star, did not see action last night for the Huskies in their blowout loss at Oregon, 44-10.

Huskies at home Saturday against BYU @ Husky Stadium in Seattle.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 31, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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>Soccer highlights for Saturday, August 30

>A couple of games of note yesterday:

Western Washington’s men opened with a 1-0 win over CSU Monterey Bay in Bellingham. Gibson Bardsley, Fall City, 0 goals, but had a couple of solid chances in the first half, including one in the 1st minute. Nice job Gibbie!!!!!!!!

Carroll’s (MT) women opened with a 5-1 loss in Olympia against Concordia of Portland. Jordan Tipton, North Bend, did not get in until very late in the contest, no stats recorded.

Carroll plays tonight @ 6:00pm against Evergreen State down in Olympia.

One other game today, as Eastern Washington’s women in El Paso, TX, face Texas State. Look for North Bend’s Jess Blessard to possibly see some action today, if nothing more than to give starting keeper Ashley Renz a bit of a breather after her long day on Friday, a 2OT tie with LA-Lafayette, who I would imagine has probably already left town with the potentially devastating hurricane en route to their home area in Louisiana. Here’s hoping for the best for everyone on the Gulf Coast as Gustav approaches.

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August 31, 2008 at 3:40 pm

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>Volleyball scores and highlights for Saturday, August 30

>A lot of action to get to, here we go.

Let’s start with Central Washington. They split a pair of games in Los Angeles, giving coach Mario Andaya the school record for career wins as a coach, an accomplishment we noted just yesterday.

Game 1: CWU over Academy of Art 25-15, 25-22, 25-15 (Maggie Olson, North Bend, 28 assts, 5 digs 1blk)-This win gave Andaya the previously mentioned mark, and once again, a congrats is in order. Way to go Coach!
Game 2: CWU lost to CSU Los Angeles 25-15, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22 (Olson 4 games, 2 kills, 34 assts, 1 ace, 14 digs, 1 blk)

Now on to Hope International, at the Concordia tournament in Orange County, CA:
HIU lost to S Oregon 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 (Sine Schirmer, North Bend, 1 kill in 3 games)
HIU won over Carroll (MT) 20-25, 25-18,25-23, 25-23 (Schirmer DNP)

Also, their website has posted the Wednesday score and stats of their opener against Great Falls. As we had told you earlier there apparently was some kind of a glitch preventing immediate release of the stats from that contest, well, that has been fixed, and the stats are now up:
HIU lost to Great Falls 25-17, 25-19 25-19 (Schirmer, 2 games, 3kills, 1 blk)

Off to Boise, and Washington State in the tournament there:
Game 1: WSU over Seattle U 20-25, 25-21,25-9, 20-25, 15-12 (Faith Hutcherson, Redmond/Mount Si ’07, played 1 game, no stats)
Game 2: WSU over Boise State 9-25, 25-23, 31-29, 25-21 (Hutcherson 1 game 2 digs)

WSU Coach Andrew Pailieo gave Hutcherson it seems more action in two games yesterday than former coach Brian Heffernan gave her all of last season, let’s hope it keeps up.

Down to Scotts Valley, CA, to see how Emily White and her Bethany team is doing in their event:
Game 1:Bethany lost to The Master’s College 25-9, 25-12, 23-25, 25-5
Game 2: Bethany lost to Peru State (NE) 26-24, 26-28, 25-13, 13-25, 15-12
No White in either contest. Friday’s results are also up, here they are:
Bethany wins over William Jessup 18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 15-6 (EWhite 3 games, 1 ast, 1 ace, 8 digs)

In the second game yesterday against Peru State, Bethany only used a rotation of seven players, it would seem they will need to spread it out a little more if they want to win those five-game barnburners.

Next volleyball action is not until next Thursday night, then next weekend gets real heavy once again.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 31, 2008 at 3:26 pm

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>An editorial about the future of the NBA in Seattle

>As I noted in my opening letter, sometimes I might use this blog to provide my take on major issues affecting the Seattle sports scene. Well, as all of you know, the future of the NBA in this town has been a discussion point for the last, oh, four years or so, and incase you missed it, the end has come. Howard Schultz decided to can his lawsuit against Bennett yesterday. Here’s my editorial comment about it.

Howard Schultz’s announcement Friday that his lawsuit against Clay Bennett seeking to void Schultz’s sale of the Sonics to Bennett, and Bennett’s subsequent move of the team to Oklahoma City is the final sad development of what has been the saddest chapter in Seattle sports since the move of the baseball Pilots in 1970 to Milwaukee.

I felt from day one that this lawsuit had merit, if for nothing more than being the first of its kind within professional sports that I had ever heard of, meaning there was new legal ground being blazed here. I also felt that if the Schultz team felt they had no chance of winning, they would have never filed the complaint in the first place. There are many fans who feel that this whole thing was a PR ploy by Schultz to save face public relations-wise and try to regain goodwill, and lost business for his Starbucks coffee shops, among angry basketball lovers. They have a right to feel that way, but are misplaced in that view.

It is along that same line, no chance of winning, no reason to pursue, that the legal team and Schultz have decided to call off the dogs. I would agree with U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on the issue of NBA intervention, but not on the split of the case into two parts. The NBA had every right to intervene in this matter – after all, any decision she would have made in this matter would have adversely affected their operations. However, to not split the case, as Schultz correctly noted in his letter, made it so they would have “no opportunity to fashion” a workable legal outcome that would return the NBA to this city.

Those fans who would take offense at these rulings and question the judge’s impartiality, are also missing the boat. Judge Pechman, because of her lack of emotional ties to this team, was the best judge to decide these cases. Judges are supposed to interpret the law based on the facts of the case. They cannot allow emotion or public pressure to influence their decisions. In this case, she would have decided the future of a sports team based on the fundamental principles of law that have been around since before any of us were born. That is why this case was so interesting, and why some, including this writer, thought he had a potentially good case.

The blame instead should lie at the feet of this mayor (Nickels)and this city council who all hid behind public polls and perception, and took the easy way out and made a cool $45 million off it. Maybe we should all blame ourselves as well. Absent any solid groundswell of pressure, as there was when the Seahawks and M’s nearly moved out of town, that allowed the anti-sports forces to rule the day and allow these politicians plenty of cover. And that leads me to my final comment.

With this decision by Schultz, this means the end of the NBA in Seattle. For good. This city, this state will never, ever get another team in this league. The animosity of this league and its commissioner is so great towards this region’s politicians and citizens right now, and probably will never subside. David Stern was so soundly told to take a hike that well, he did. And he ain’t coming back, either, because he knows what the response will be. The polls and political belief are hardline and fim. That won’t change, as long as we have major issues to deal with, specifically transportation and education.

The election in Novemeber may provide hope, but the end reality is, once fans – and the public – get used to not having the NBA around, they won’t miss it. Again allowing politicians and anti-stadium forces cover and control of the discussion.

If the NBA were to ever come back, it would be in the suburbs, thanks to I-91,but as stated already, the public and political will is not there now, has not been there for a long time, and will never be there. Ever.

I know I sound defeatist here, but face the facts, fans. Our leadership sold us down the river, and we did nothing to stop it. And once we get used to life without it, we’ll move on, we’ll support what’s there. Whether it’s the Huskies, Seattle U or high schools, we’ll find a way to go enjoy our favorite sport, and have a good time doing it.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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>Volleyball highlights for Friday, August 29

>A lot to get to.

Central Washington won two games in Carson, CA, yesterday. Game one vs Grand Canyon of AZ was taken by Central 25-16, 25-8, 18-25, 32-30. Senior Maggie Olson, North Bend, 25 sets, 6 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks and a kill. Maggie is the chief setter for the Wildcats this season. Game 2 against CSU Dominguez Hills was a 25-20, 26-24, 25-12 Central sweep. Olson with 22 sets, two aces, five digs, a block and a kill. SnoValley Sports and the Valley Record both want to quickly congratulate CWU Coach Mario Andaya. The win over CSUDH was the 187th of his career in Ellensburg, tied for tops in school history. Maggie Olson has been part of this program, and quite a few of these victories, for the last five years, and a nice pat of the back is in order for coach Andaya for allowing Olson to be a part of his program’s success these last few years. Way to go, Coach, and here’s to 187 more wins.

Northwest won two games in Portland. Game 1 vs Holy Names (CA) was 26-24, 21-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-8. No stats reported. Game 2 vs MSU-Northern (MT) was 25-22, 25-22, 25-15. Alisha Larion played all 3 games, and had 2 kills, 4 sets, 1 dig and 1 block.

Hope International lost a tight one with Jamestown (ND), 25-18, 26-24, 27-25. Sine Schirmer played 1 game and had a kill. They also won one, vs College of St. Mary (NE) 25-16, 23-25, 25-12, 25-18. Schirmer did not play in the match. Both games were played in Concordia (CA)’s tournament in Orange County.

WSU won in Boise over CSU Northridge 25-12, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 15-10. First win for new coach Andrew Palileo in Pullman; however, he didn’t use ex-Mount Si’er Faith Hutcherson to get it, she didn’t play.

Bethany’s game with William Jessup, there was no report. Fall City’s Emily White was expected in the lineup for Bethany.

Written by Rhett Workman

August 30, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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>Thursday score

>A quick score from yesterday-Men’s Soccer, SPU and CSU-Monterey Bay ended in a 0-0 draw in Seattle. SPU’s D Jace Derwin from North Bend played a little late in the game off the bench, but did not record any stats of note.

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August 30, 2008 at 2:39 am

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