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Archive for November 2009

>On the docket this Monday….

>Time to get back to work on this Cyber Monday, hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Of course, if you have not heard, the weekend ended yesterday on a very horrific note in Pierce County, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to the familes of the fallen officers and their colleagues in law enforcement.

Let’s talk good stuff this morning, and we have some good news. A Mount Si grad will be playing in an NCAA division I postseason tournament for maybe the first time ever that we can remember. Washington State’s women’s volleyball team (Faith Hutcherson/Jr/Ames Lake) was selected as an at-large qualifier in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament and has been sent to Lincoln, NE, to open play this weekend. WSU will play the Missouri Valley Conference’s Northern Iowa Friday at 2:30pm. There will be a webstream available on the NCAA website for those who are interested in watching. A win by the Cougars sends them into a Saturday match at 3:00 pm against either Coastal Carolina or host Nebraska.

The winner of this subregional will meet the winner of the Ames, IA, subregional next weekend in Omaha, NE. Possible teams include Iowa State, Wichita State, Saint Louis and George Mason (VA).

Now to the cooler:

-Another news item about head injuries in football and this is from Ohio. A middle-school player suffered a concussion during a recent practice, and errors by two doctors in diagnosing it allowed the boy to continue to practice despite the head trauma, exposing him to second impact syndrome. Now the boy’s mom is calling on Ohio officials to enact a law similar to the Lystedt law here in Washington.

-A new report from a group in Kentucky formed following the high-profile death of a football player due to heat exhaustion is among other things calling for all high schools in the state to hire certified athletic trainers. Story is here from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

-The New York Times did a feature piece on a girls’ sports activist from Philadelphia.

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Written by Rhett Workman

November 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

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>Sunday nuggets……

>Some college football for you quickly.

Two teams with local players saw their seasons end yesterday with playoff losses. Eastern Washington (Dexter Moetului/RFr/North Bend) fell in the first round of the Division I FCS playoffs to Stephen F. Austin 44-33 in Nacogdoches, TX. SFA advances to face Montana next week, and speaking of the Grizzlies, did you hear about their game yesterday? Down 41-14 to visiting South Dakota State in the third quarter, Montana mounted a furious rally and won the game 61-48. How is that one possible?

Also, Central Washington (Tyson Riley/Fr/North Bend and Michael Nelson/Fr/Tolt Hill) saw their season end in heartbreaking fashion, as they fell to NW Missouri State 21-20 in Ellensburg. CWU scored a touchdown with seconds left, but had the extra point blocked, sealing their fate.

In both games, none of the locals saw action.

And, Washington (Brandon Yakaboski/Jr/Duvall/Mount Si ‘o7) won the Apple Cup, beating WSU 30-0. No Yakaboski either yesterday.

Now to the water cooler:

-The folks down at the San Jose Mercury News continue to cover the tragedy which happened on Thanksgiving Day involving the local high school football player in the South Bay. Today’s piece focuses on the continuing risks of head injuries in football despite advances in equipment and coaching.

This story out of Tampa focuses on the financial impact of Florida high school football, and touches on the issues surrounding the Florida Title IX suit which was one of the big stories in high school sports nationally this year.

-From the AP out of Wyoming comes this story about a high school basketball team’s success which is bringing a community together during rough times.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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>Saturday nuggets……

>Hope all of you got a chance to get out and shop yesterday or take in the sights down at Westlake with the lighting of the star on the corner of Macy’s. That has been a Seattle tradition for many years, and remains one of the top events of the year in the area.

Now to the news at hand:

-WSU women’s volleyball closes out the regular season with a hard-fought five set win over Oregon State, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 25-27, 15-11. Faith Hutcherson (WSU/Jr/Ames Lake) had two service errors. The win puts the Cougars in position for a possible NCAA tournament berth. The selection announcement comes tomorrow at high noon on ESPNews, so check the listings to get the channel number for your cable/satellite system.

In the meantime, while you Cougar fans ponder the possibilities, we bring you the Cougar volleyball blog. Hutch provides the blog’s latest post, from November 18. In this item, she talks about how a recent practice provided something a little different for the team, as they got to hit the water and learn about a sport that is a fave of this blog – rowing.

-Local WHL ref Zach Brooks is staying busy, working his second game in three nights; the North Bend native handled the lines at Showare in Kent last night for another edition of the always spicy I-5 rivalry between the T-birds and Portland Winterhawks. It was a wild one, too, as Portland won 6-4. There were a pair of fights and a penalty shot in the contest. Box here.

-The cooler takes us to California today:

-Longtime San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy brings readers his take on the tragedy which happened on the football field in the South Bay on Thanksgiving, which we discussed here yesterday.

-You have probably heard many times at Mount Si and other Kingco Conference contests the announcement prior to the start of games regarding sportsmanship. This column out of a paper in Willows, up north of Sacramento along I-5, is proof positive of why that announcement is read.

Today, the Apple Cup, and an equally big football game in Ellensburg. Good luck to the Huskies, Cougs, and CWU Wildcats.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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>Friday cooler….

>Shopping til you drop today? Hope you have a good time and get those gifts. In the meantime, the weekend took a tragic turn down in the Bay Area, and this raises the issue again about head injuries in football.

An annual Thanksgiving Day contest between two rival high schools in the south Bay was marred by a serious head injury to one of the players and that young man as of late Thursday was in critical condition. More from the San Jose Mercury News here. A witness, who the M-N said was from Redmond, told the paper the player’s injuries came as the result of a clean hit to the shoulder, then he fell backwards and hit his head on the ground. Love to see the video on this one, but sadly, probably won’t.

Tough stuff on this Friday and we hope for the best for the player and his family and friends.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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>Before you sit down and eat your turkey, here are some appetizers for discussion around the dinner table……

>A few things on this Thursday, so let’s get to those:

-WSU women’s volleyball falls to Oregon in four, 25-16, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20. Faith Hutcherson (WSU/Jr/Ames Lake) had one ace on serve and one dig for Cougs in loss.

-Valley native Zach Brooks will be celebrating Thanksgiving with his family today, but beforehand, he had a Western Hockey League game to referee last night; Brooks worked the lines up in Everett as the Spokane Chiefs visited the hometown Silvertips. Box here. Everett rallied from 3-1 third period deficit to win in overtime 4-3.

-To the cooler, and a couple of stories about television and high school sports:

-From Indiana, a column from a writer in Evansville about the positive feedback a local station has received for airing several high school football playoff games on a digital sub-channel.

-From New Jersey, word of a local high school’s decision to partner with MSG to be one of the first schools in the Garden State to be featured as part of the new MSG Varsity sports channel we told you about here earlier this year.

-And to wrap, also in the Garden State, realignment for one league in that area is complete.

Speaking of which, Tuesday is a date to keep an eye on, as preliminary counts are released by the WIAA for reclassification of schools. The process will take several weeks, but the preliminary count of students for each school will serve as a baseline to see who is where in 2010-2011 school year. The guess for Mount Si is they will remain 3A, but with the school’s growth and the percentage-based system that is used for classification nowadays (top 28% of all schools pop-wise in 4A; the next 28% in 3A, etc.), it is anybody’s guess as to what will happen. After all, no one expected Newport to jump up from 3A to 4A two years ago, and them doing so forced the Kingco to merge into one combined unit of 2A/3A/4A schools.

We will provide updates here and on the Valley Record website as things develop.

Enjoy the turkey today, everyone, and get ready to shop til you drop tomorrow.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm

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>A response….

>Our good friend, and Mount Si football/soccer webman Dave Snead offers his comments on our thoughts about Memorial Stadium. This is also in the comments section on the previous post, but in fairness to the other side of this debate, we publish here as well.

Hi, I addressed the issue of Memorial Stadium last year at this time. Go to http://www.mtsihsfootball.com/seattle_memorial_stadium.asp

I find the stadium to be a much needed “alternative use open space” more in line with the cultural needs of the city than the commercialized core to the south of the city and the homes of the Mariners and Seahawks. The Stadium SHOULD NOT go away nor be downsized to some afterthought of a facility that doesn’t project something special is going on when our youth teams get the privilege to play there. The City of Seattle needs to provide a venue that is special for the PEOPLE. A public facility the projects importance and appreciation for amateur sports…a truly special CITY venue, a place to showcase regional talent…an old school open air facility unique to the greater northwest and an alternative to the DOME!

I closed my article from the website listed above on 11.11.08 with…

“In closing a brief comment: Personally I feel that we need to preserve the stadium. Alternatives can be made for renovation and we most certainly need additional parking in the downtown area. Since parking is such a major issue a study might be performed to provide it under the existing field. This is not an impossible job by any means and the debt could be serviced over many years off the receipts alone and still provide the school district with its much need $700,000+ a year. There are many methods of construction that could accomplish this task. Remove the parking in front of the stadium and replace it with a park/memorial and access to the underground parking. The Ticket Complex could certainly use a facelift and pregame use and meeting would be greatly enhanced. There is always use for a complex such as this. So dig a hole, build a multi level parking garage, and put a new state of the art field back on top of it. Renovate the entire complex, stick a fountain and memorial statue out front, provide some grass and seating and we end up with something that makes money and is an honor to our city. AND GETS USED! Sure would beat the look of the parking structures across the street that are making someone a ton of money.”

Save the stadium…Dave Snead – MSHS Wildcat Football Webmaster

Now you have both sides of this debate. Dave, by the way, mentions to us that he is an expert in this area, as a landscape architect and civil engineer. You know, the Center and SPS should have called you first, Dave.

Discuss.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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>Wednesday nuggets…..

>On this Thanksgiving eve:

-We have the postseason awards list for Kingco 3A football, and we will have that here or in print, stay tuned and we’ll let you know.

-Humboldt State’s women’s basketball team (Caitie Richards/Fr/Snoqualmie) exploded in the second half en route to a 76-47 win over Sonoma State last night in Rohnert Park, CA. Richards played 16 minutes and scored three points. Humboldt was trailing at the half by one, 28-27, to Sonoma but outscored the Seawolves 49-19 in the second half to cruise to the win. HSU forward Stephanie Barnes was the team’s leading scorer with 13 points in a relatively balanced scoring effort. HSU moves to 2-1, 1-0 conference.

-Our cooler starts with a Seattle Times story about an agreement in principle between Seattle Center and Seattle School District officials to tear down Memorial Stadium, the big high school facility at the east end of the center to make way for underground parking, a transit facility, a smaller stadium, and what is being called a “great lawn” open space. One veteran’s group is opposed to this, and they are expected to put up a fight. Discuss.

Our thought about this is that it’s about time. The stadium is, and we hate to call it this for fear of disrespecting the veterans’ memorial element of it, a dump. Plain and simple. We have covered three Mount Si games – two football and one girls’ soccer -in that stadium over the last three years, and we are not impressed. The seating is not great, the steepness of the seating bowl is most likely a violation of ADA guidelines, the concessions are not the best, the locker rooms are small and cramped and there’s simply too many seats in there. It has, as the story notes, fallen into disrepair, and you can tell that’s the case if you go in there.

We understand and respect the views of the veterans who oppose this demolition. But we would ask if they are so concerned about that, and have been for so long, why haven’t they spent the same time and energy to demand that the school district and center spend the necessary money to renovate and maintain the facility? We suspect to get this thing up to code now would cost a minimum, we believe, of $25 million. Here’s what we think would need to be done:

*Replace all the seating
*Decrease the steepness of the seating bowl
*Add seating for wheelchair-bound and other disabled fans in accordance with ADA regs
*Expand and improve locker room facilities
*Modernize the bathrooms and concessions
*Replace the press box, and with the new box, add at least one elevator between concourse and box in addition to the existing stairway access (again, an ADA thing)

About the only thing we don’t see being replaced is the turf, and even there, the venue gets so much use that the wear on that is greater now than it normally would be.

We think that the venue, in its present condition, is an insult to those veterans who died for our country and whose contributions are memorialized with this facility.

We would hope that the veterans who are opposed to this would look at the bigger picture, and work with the school district and city to come up with a facility that will continue to honor the memory of their fallen brothers for generations to come.

-Obviously, we will probably get some hate comments for our last item, so off the soapbox and off to other things.

First in Iowa, a soccer club is looking to add a high school program in the town of Emmetsburg. But they are running into a problem districts all over the country are dealing with: lack of money.

And in Connecticut, awful news from Ledyard, where a three-sport star passed away on the football field, but doctors, according to the school superintendent are saying his fatal injury wasn’t sports-related. The young man’s peers have been hit very hard by this, since he was well-known in the local high school there. Our thoughts and prayers with the young man’s family, friends, and entire community as they deal with this. It will be a very difficult Thanksgiving for everyone there.

Written by Rhett Workman

November 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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