The Sideline

An errant Mount Tahoma handball in the box put Decatur’s Marco Bravo in position to put his team ahead 1-0 just ten minutes into the April 1 Tuesday night non-league match and the senior punched it into the back of the net at Mt Tahoma Stadium.

For the next seventy minutes Mt Tahoma (1-3-1) controlled the ball, dictated the flow of the game and had several chances for an equalizer goal, let alone a handful more. Instead, the Thunderbirds were plagued by numerous offside calls, poorly struck kicks in front of the goal and a few headers that were almost good enough.

The Gators…

Following possibly the roughest season in school history, Mount Tahoma High School has hired Ricky Daley to take over the Thunderbird football program.

Daley has been an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound since 2007; most recently coaching tight ends. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he was an Academic All-Conference wide receiver, Daley is also an Investigator for Child Protective Services.

“I look forward to bringing some excitement and success to the Thunderbird program,” said Daley. “I want to get the numbers back up with our turnout, get those…

The cream of Tacoma’s rich basketball talent crop will be well-represented Friday night at the 7th annual Cloud 9 Boys All-Star Games at Auburn High School. There are four games on the schedule and tipping off at 7 p.m. the showdown of the night is easily the 3A Narrows all-star team against the 4A Narrows all-stars.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students with ASB card.

4:00 - Seamount All-Stars vs. Nisqually All-Stars

5:30 - 2A SPSL All-Stars vs. 3A SPSL All-Stars

7:00 - 3A Narrows All-Stars vs. 4A Narrows All-Stars

8:30 - 4A SPSL North All-Stars…

The Seattle Mariners have promoted Roy Howell as the new manager of the Tacoma Rainiers. Howell was recently serving as the hitting coach of Mariners Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals of Tennessee.

Howell replaces Rich Donnelly who was named the new third base coach for the Mariners on March 7. Donnelly's stop in Tacoma was a quick one. He took over the Rainiers January 15 and leaves the team before managing a single game.

Prior to his stint at Jackson, Howell was the hitting coach for the Class-A High Desert Mavericks. During his two seasons of instruction the Mavericks set…

Things were quiet on the Wilson side of the Tacoma Dome as the Lady Rams struggled for three quarters and fell behind 26 points before the start of the fourth. It was a fabulous fourth quarter, but the Lady Rams ran out of time falling to a hot-shooting Bishop Blanchet squad 65-55 in the 3A State Semifinal Match-up.

Freshman Josie Matz scored 12 of her team-high 22 points in the fourth quarter. Wilson(20-6) shot 8-for-12 for the quarter following three quarters under 30 percent. Meanwhile, the Braves (22-4) started hot, converting 60 percent of their shots, including five 3-pointers in…

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