The Sideline

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…

Lincoln had the height advantage, but it was Sunnyside's smooth-shooting guards that took over to lead the Grizzlies to a 67-54 win over the Lady Abes on Friday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome. The loss brings Lincoln's magical season - in which they advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2006 - to an end.

Breneya Johnson's putback tied it 9-9 three minutes into the game, but Sunnyside took the lead for good with a 13-3 run capped by a jumper by Natalia Bazan at the end of the first quarter.

Bazan was 8-for-10 from the field, scoring 18 points, while Emilee Maldonado…

Freshman sensation Josie Matz pulled another clutch performance out of the hat, leading and pushing the Wilson Lady Rams to a 58-33 victory over Mercer Island on Thursday night at the Tacoma Dome. The Lady Rams (20-5) move on to play Bishop Blanchet (21-4) at 9 p.m. Friday night in the semifinals of the 3A State Hardwood Classic.

Matz finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals after a first-half struggle where she could only muster four points. Luckily, Wilson owned a 22-12 halftime lead in a game where Mercer Island never led.

Mercer Island (17-9) ended the game…

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