The Sideline

According to a new report from GoalWa.net and the Tacoma Stars, Lane Smith, majority owner of the Stars is in talks to take over the ailing and controversial Seattle Impact FC franchise, which is currently in the midst of its first season in the national Major Arena Soccer League.

The Impact will be immediately rebranded the Tacoma Stars and will finish out the MASL season, if all goes according to plan. The Stars, currently 8-0 are in first place if the inaugural Western Indoor Soccer League and would reportedly finish out the WISL season as well.

Here is the full release from David Falk of http://www.GoalWa.net and the Tacoma Stars:

"The Tacoma Stars are in negotiations to move into the professional Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) as early as Friday, January 16 with the intent of stepping in to complete the final seven MASL matches of Seattle Impact FC.

Stars owner Lane Smith has been vetted and approved by the MASL. Now Smith describes talks with Impact owner Dion Earl as “95% complete” in a move that would see the Stars go pro and play starting Friday night at the Kent Showare Center against the San Diego Sockers. See the remaining Impact MASL schedule here.

Smith would acquire the rights to the Impact MASL franchise and would immediately rebrand them as the MASL “Tacoma Stars” for this and future seasons.

The Stars would also play out their current season in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL).

Stay tuned to http://www.TacomaStars.com for updates on these quickly-moving events."

MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE - http://maslsoccer.com/

REMAINING IMPACT SCHEDULE - http://www.test.designspyder.com/schedule/

WESTERN INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE - http://www.wislnews.com

Our crack panel of Sports Writers are about to draft the selections for our ALL CITY high school football teams.

That's right. TEAMS - as in TWO teams, to be exact.

Most all-star teams have first, second and honorable-mention selections. We do it differently here at your Tacoma Weekly.

After years of research, we've found that there are usually too many players named to a second-team that have every right to be a first-teamer. However, there are really only so many slots available.

We feel our process is much better and altogether at least more fair.

The Tacoma Weekly puts all of our first and second teams onto a draft board and selects one player, back-and-forth, for each All-City, All-Star Team.

HERE'S WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We need you, TACOMA to come up with a name for each team.

For an idea of what we are looking for, via a poor example - "The Tacoma Fighting Tideflats" or "The Asarco Angry Neighbors"... you get the idea.

We'll pick the best two and those Winners will receive - TWO (2) tickets each for the next TACOMA STARS indoor soccer match at the Tacoma Soccer Center on Dec. 20.

The Winners' name will ALSO appear along with their ALL-CITY team in next week's TACOMA WEEKLY.

Put on your thinking caps and get creative. The more LOCAL FLAVOR the better.

The Contest will run through this Friday night, Nov. 28.

SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO - JGIMSE@TACOMAWEEKLY.COM

Good Luck and we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

photo of Tightwad Hill at Lincoln Bowl from last Saturday's Abes game by Rocky Ross

It's going to be a big day for football in Tacoma on Saturday. By way of state bracket magic, both Lincoln and Bellarmine will host state tournament quarterfinal football games this weekend against higher-ranked teams.

LINCOLN ABES

Fifth-ranked Lincoln (11-0) dropped a big 35-30 win on #3 O'Dea (9-2) Friday, Nov. 14 at Lincoln bowl. The 35 points were the most surrendered by O'Dea the entire season. The next closest amount of points given up was in the Fighting Irish's only other loss of the season; a 26-20 defeat by second-ranked Eastside Catholic - Lincoln's next opponent.

This game will mark just the second time the Lincoln Abes have hosted a state tournament football game since the advent of the state tournament in 1973. The first game was last Friday. Get to Lincoln Bowl early as last week saw the biggest crowd there in decades.

BELLARMINE PREP LIONS

The surprise of the 4A state tournament has to be the Bellarmine Prep Lions (8-3). In the district playoff, the Lions had to face #10 Kentwood (8-2) at French Field in Kent and handled the favored Conquerors 17-6. Next up, Bellarmine had to travel down to #2 Camas on Saturday, Nov. 15 for a first round state game and shocked the Papermakers (10-1) 20-13.

Now, Bellarmine faces a familiar foe in a familiar setting. Three out of the last four years, Bellarmine has hosted Bothell in a state tournament game at Mt. Tahoma Stadium. Each contest saw the Lions walk away with the win. Top-ranked Bothell has to be looking for some revenge or redemption, but they probably were last year, and the year before as well.

3A STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS

LINCOLN (11-0) vs. EASTSIDE CATHOLIC (10-1)

SATURDAY, NOV. 22 - LINCOLN BOWL - 4 P.M. KICK-OFF

4A STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS

BELLARMINE (8-3) vs. BOTHELL (11-0)

SATURDAY, NOV. 22 - MT. TAHOMA STADIUM - 1 P.M. KICK-OFF

It was one of the largest crowds in decades at historic Lincoln Bowl and the Lincoln faithful had to stay until the joyful end as Jusstis Warren and Jeremy Lukosh sacked O'Dea quarterback Nathan West as time expired, snuffing any hope for a Fighting Irish comeback miracle.

The 35-30 Lincoln (11-0) victory moves the Abes on to the quarterfinals of the 3A state football tournament, but they won't be leaving town. Lincoln Bowl will host its second state playoff game in a row as the Abes welcome 2nd-ranked Eastside Catholic (10-1).

Lincoln's Jordan Kitna completed 15 of 22 pass attempts for 267 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Lincoln's Jayson Williams caught four passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. His 74-yard reception on the first drive of the game set-up the Abes first touchdown.

Lincoln took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Third-ranked O'Dea (9-2) fumbled the ensuing kick-off and Lincoln's Zantease Maddox recovered the ball at the 38-yard line. On the first play, Kitna hit receiver Dehonta Hayes on a quick swing pass and Hayes raced up the sidelines through and past O'Dea defenders. Lincoln led 28-7 just 16 seconds into the third quarter.

O'Dea capitalized on a couple of Kitna interceptions by scoring a touchdown and field goal, trimming the Abes' lead to 28-17.

Lincoln answered with a 12-play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped by a Kitna touchdown pass to receiver Alvin Johnson for a 35-17 Lincoln advantage with just over 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Fighting Irish struck back quickly on the second play of the next possession. O'Dea running back Myles Gaskin took a pitch and lofted a long pass down the sideline to a wide-open Mikel Owes, who raced to the end zone untouched for the 67-yard touchdown. Lincoln's lead was down to 35-24 with one second left in the third quarter.

Williams fumbled the ball at the nine-yard line on the following kick-off and O'Dea punched the ball across the goal line three plays later on a three-yard run by Gaskin. O'Dea went for two and West was sacked. Lincoln led 35-30 with 11:12 left in the game.

With 6:16 remaining in the game, Lincoln took over possession at their own 45-yard line. The Abes rattled-off 12 plays, ending with a turnover on downs at the O'Dea five-yard line. O'dea took over with just 19.2 seconds remaining in the game and 95 yards to score again.

O'Dea's West scrambled up the sideline for a 22-yard gain to the 27 yard line and 10.8 seconds left on the clock. On the next snap, west was gobbled-up by Warren and Lukosh for a 2-yard loss and that was the ballgame.

Lincoln out-gained O'Dea 387 yards to 312 yards. Johnson finished with a pair of touchdown receptions and Tony Archie added a score as well.

The 35 Lincoln points was the most points scored against O'Dea the entire season. The Fighting Irish came into the game surrendering an average of just 6 points a game.

Lincoln will host Eastside Catholic next Friday or Saturday at Lincoln Bowl. We will announce date and time as soon as they become available.

Friday night was a huge night for Tacoma public school football.

While the fifth-ranked Lincoln Abes took care of business in a contest they were heavily-favored to win, the additional news from Seattle's Memorial Stadium that the Wilson Rams led throughout and knocked-off Metro Valley champion Ballard was a big one.

LINCOLN - 63, NATHAN HALE - 6

WILSON - 43, BALLARD - 22

It's been a long time since two Tacoma public schools advanced to the State 3A Tournament.

The Round of 16.

The Show.

It was the 1979 football season that saw two Tacoma public schools win their way into the state tournament simultaneously. Mt. Tahoma and Foss advanced past the first round and MT beat the Falcons 28-0. The T-Birds went on to win the first of their two-straight state titles.

Friday's 7 p.m. kick-off against third-ranked O'Dea will mark the first home state tournament game at Lincoln Bowl for the Abes since the advent of the State Tournament Format in 1973.

The First Time Ever.

41 Years.

Lincoln sophomore Jordan Kitna passed for 284 yards and five touchdown passes in the first half and sat out the second half. Senior Dehonta Hayes opened the scoring in the game with an electric 11-yard race to the end zone off a Kitna toss.

Hayes went wild in the second quarter picking off a pass at the Lincoln 40-yard line and ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown.

Two minutes later, Hayes picked up a punt off the bounce and headed for the Lincoln sideline. The D-1 recruit maneuvered through solid blocks and traffic up the sideline and broke back to the middle for another touchdown. At the time, Lincoln now led 35-0 with 8:10 remaining in the game.

Lincoln (10-0) led 63-0 over Nathan Hale (4-6) at halftime. With a running clock in the second half, Lincoln played mostly their second, third and fourth-string players, running the ball and chewing clock. The defense held the shutout until Nathan Hale's final drive of the game.

In Fridays issue (11/07) of the Tacoma Weekly, we wrote about the Wilson Rams .vs Ballard Beavers match-up -

"...With a penchant for come-from-behind wins and experience on the road, Wilson has a legitimate shot at winning this game and moving on to the first round of the state playoffs."

Wilson (8-2) didn't have to come from behind in the actual game tonight, as they led throughout and pulled away from Ballard (5-5) in the second half for the three-touchdown victory.

The Rams get a true state tournament feel coming up in their opener. They will travel over the mountains to face Mt. Spokane (8-2) at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 15. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT - TACOMA AREA FOOTBALL SCORES FOR NOV. 7

4A DISTRICT ROUND

UNION - 42, CURTIS - 14

2A DISTRICT ROUND

FIFE - 21, LIBERTY - 0

Resounding upset on the road against ranked KingCo team.

KINGSTON - 20, FRANKLIN PIERCE - 19

A missed extra-point to take the lead late and a missed extra-point in Overtime doom the Cardinals at home in a big upset.

1A DISTRICT ROUND

CHARLES WRIGHT - 24, PORT TOWNSEND - 14

The Terriers (4-5) were blown out 49-6 by Port Townsend (7-3) one week ago. A massive upset over the Olympic league champions.

NON-PLAYOFF GAMES

FOSS - 30, STADIUM - 22

LAKES - 47, MT. TAHOMA - 0

SATURDAY NIGHT TACOMA HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT GAMES

4A DISTRICT ROUND

BELLARMINE (6-3) at KENTWOOD (8-1) - FRENCH FIELD, KENT - 7 P.M.

2B DISTRICT ROUND

ADNA (6-3) at LIFE CHRISTIAN (6-2) - HARRY LANG STADIUM, LAKEWOOD - 7 P.M.

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