The Sideline

In their first state playoff appearance since 2004, the Wilson Rams outplayed Shorewood for the first 20 minutes but couldn’t produce any goals, ultimately falling 1-0 tonight to the Thunderbirds at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

Shorewood’s Taj McChesney provided the lone strike in the 32nd minute, stealing a ball near the top of the Rams’ box and driving a low shot past diving Wilson keeper Matvey Shitik.

That moment contradicted much of the theme of the first half, as Wilson kept possession in the Thunderbirds’ half for much of the period and outshot Shorewood 5-4. But the Rams…

Track district schedule rundown

Here’s a quick look at the district track meet schedule for this weekend, with local teams taking part in meets around the region starting today:

Tacoma Baptist begins their quest at the 2B Bi-District meet this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the SW Athletic Complex at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle (8402 30th Ave SW). The Crusaders’ girls took first at the SeaTac 2B meet last week while the boys took second. The Bi-District meet continues on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Charles Wright will head to North Seattle for the 1A Tri-District prelims tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Kings High School’s…

Quick state soccer tournament primer

The 4A and 3A state soccer tournaments begin today and tomorrow. Here’s a quick look at the schedule and outlook for our two local squads.

Stadium (13-2-1) at Richland (12-3), Tonight, 6 p.m., Richland High School: The Tigers’ reward for a 3-0 blanking of Emerald Ridge on Saturday is a trip to the Tri-Cities to take on Columbia Basin 4A league winner Richland. Not an easy trip, but the Tigers have the weapons to make a run at it. Should they win, Stadium would “host” a second-round state game at a site to be determined on Friday or Saturday.


In their first playoff game in nine years, Mount Tahoma battled Enumclaw to a 1-1 draw for 90 minutes before falling 4-3 in penalty kicks to see their successful season come to an end on Saturday at Highline Memorial Stadium.

As has been the case all season, Kenyan forwards Brian Wambaa and Ian Karanja created scoring chances early and often for the T-Birds with their blazing speed and keen sense of connection up front.

“Me and Ian just play soccer a lot,” Wambaa said. “It just comes out on the field. Other people tell us that. We don’t even think about it, we forget about…

Munassar Saleh’s goal in extra time gave Wilson a 2-1 win over Auburn Mountainview on Saturday at Auburn Memorial Stadium, punching their ticket to the 3A state tournament.

With the game tied 1-1, Saleh struck less than two minutes into the first golden-goal overtime period for his second goal of the match. The sophomore wing perfectly executed a give-and-go with junior forward Oswald Ramos, taking a pass, outracing the Lions’ defense on the right side and driving a low shot in between the legs of keeper Alex Fausko for the game winner.

“I gave it to (Ramos) and saw the…

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