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U.S. Open Picks! Who is your pick?

I decided to roll a little gentleman's bet with my Dad. We pick our Top-5 finishers, with two wild cards. At the end of the tournament we'll add up the players' winnings and decide the winner.

What is tour Top-5?

Justin Gimse Picks -

1 - Michael Putnam 2 - Phil Mickelson 3 - Martin Kaymer 4 - Hideki Matsuyama 5 - Tiger Woods Wild Cards Patrick Reed Cheng-Tsung Pan

Arnie Gimse Picks

1 - Phil Mickelson 2 - Jordan Spieth 3 - Rory McIlroy 4 - Justin Rose 5 - Rickie Fowler Wild Cards Jordan Day Brandt Snedeker

It was a brutal first half for the Stadium boys basketball team. Nothing was going right. Layups, jumpers, passes and free throws all going awry, which led to a 27-20 halftime deficit to visiting Kentlake. By no means was Kentlake setting the nets on fire or putting on a dazzling display of basketball.

It seemed as though Kentlake had one game plan for the 4A West Central District contest, and that was to stop the probable 4A Narrows MVP from scoring. No matter what.

Stadium's Bobby Moorehead entered the game averaging 26.2 points a game and the Falcons limited him to 13. Mission accomplished. The two teams traded leads throughout the latter half of the third and all of the fourth quarter. Kentlake escaped with the 48-47 victory when Stadium's Londrell Hamilton missed an eight-footer just as time expired.

The biggest hit to the Tigers game was the defensive pressure Kentlake applied on Moorehead. The Falcons had a defender in Moorehead's face and shadowing him wherever he went on the floor. If Moorehead was 30 feet from the basket, without the ball, there was a defender in his face.

It seemed like an adjustment would have taken place and the Tigers would have begun setting picks to free up an increasingly-frustrated Moorehead, but that call never came. Instead, Moorehead worked to get free by himself for four tiring quarters.

Hamilton added 17 points for Stadium (10-10). Meanwhile, Kentlake (12-9) just hung in there and ended up celebrating on the Stadium court with an unexpected win.

Stadium moves to the consolation bracket of the 4A WCD and will face Rogers at Mt. Tahoma on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2:45 p.m. The Tigers will need to win three straight games to move on to the Regional Tournament.

TACOMA-AREA BOYS DISTRICT PLAYOFF SCORES

4A - KENTLAKE - 48, STADIUM - 47

4A - BELLARMINE - 60, PUYALLUP - 53

4A - CURTIS - 63, ROGERS - 42

3A - LINCOLN - 72, HAZEN - 60 (3 OT)

3A - FOSS - 54, SUMNER - 46

3A - WILSON - 71, KELSO - 46

3A - PENINSULA - 65, MT. TAHOMA - 54

2A - CLOVER PARK - 78, NO. KITSAP - 65

2A - WASHINGTON - 61, BREMERTON - 55

2A - FIFE - 60, EVERGREEN - 43

NEXT UP - BOYS DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

ALL GAMES SATURDAY, FEB. 14

4A - CURTIS vs. KENTLAKE at PUYALLUP HS - 2:45 p.m.

4A - BELLARMINE vs. KENTWOOD at PUYALLUP HS - 6:30 p.m.

4A - STADIUM vs. ROGERS at MT. TAHOMA - 2:45 p.m.

3A - LINCOLN vs. PENINSULA at ROGERS HS - 1 p.m.

3A - FOSS vs. KENNEDY at ROGERS HS - 4:30 p.m.

3A - WILSON vs. AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW at ROGERS - 6:30 p.m.

3A - MT. TAHOMA vs. HAZEN at CLOVER PARK - 1 p.m.

2A - WASHINGTON vs. RENTON at HENRY FOSS - 1 p.m.

2A - FIFE vs. CLOVER PARK at HENRY FOSS - 2:45 p.m.

The 4A Narrows champion Bellarmine Lady Lions opened West Central District tournament play like the talented, veteran team that they are and quickly put the visiting Emerald Ridge Jaguars out of commission with a 65-27 thumping in front of the home crowd at Bellarmine Prep High School.

Junior guard McKenzie Alton filled up the nets for 17 points in the first half, pacing the Lady Lions to an insurmountable 43-14 advantage at the break. Alton finished with a game-high 20 points on the night. Freshman center Shalyse Smith scored 13 points in extended playing time as all-league center Claire Martin spent a healthy portion of the night on the bench due to early foul troubles and a blowout ballgame.

Sophomore Jayana Ervin was a defensive force throughout, harassing Jaguar (11-14) guards into ill-fated passes and bad turnovers. Ervin added 12 points for the fourth-ranked Lady Lions (19-1).

TACOMA-AREA GIRLS DISTRICT PLAYOFF SCORES

4A - BELLARMINE - 65, EMERALD RIDGE - 27

4A - CURTIS - 52, KENT-MERIDIAN - 25

3A - WILSON - 7S, HAZEN - 38

3A - LINCOLN - 58, ENUMCLAW - 29

3A - AUBURN RIVERSIDE - 55, MOUNT TAHOMA - 41

3A - LAKES - 58, NORTH THURSTON - 43

2A - FRANKLIN PIERCE - 56, LINDBERGH - 32

2A - FIFE - 42, KINGSTON - 39

2A - OLYMPIC - 59, WASHINGTON - 37

NEXT UP - GIRLS DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

ALL GAMES FRIDAY, FEB. 13

4A - BELLARMINE vs. KENTRIDGE - at MT. TAHOMA - 6 p.m.

4A - CURTIS vs. SOUTH KITSAP - at MT. TAHOMA - 7:45 p.m.

3A - MT. TAHOMA vs. HAZEN - at FRANKLIN PIERCE - 6 p.m.

3A - WILSON vs. AUBURN RIVERSIDE - at ROGERS - 6 p.m.

3A - LAKES vs. PRAIRIE - at ROGERS - 7:45 p.m.

3A - LINCOLN vs. KENNEDY CATHOLIC - at CLOVER PARK - 6 p.m.

2A - FRANKLIN PIERCE vs. OLYMPIC - at FOSS - 7:45 p.m.

2A - WASHINGTON vs. LINDBERGH - at WILSON - 7:45 p.m.

2A - FIFE vs. LIBERTY - at CURTIS - 6 p.m.

The Tacoma Weekly has just received word that the sale of the Seattle Impact professional indoor soccer team to Tacoma's Lane Smith is happening.

The Tacoma Stars will take over the remainder of the Seattle Impact's Major Arena Soccer League scheduled games and it appears likely this will be starting THIS Friday night as the Stars host their old MISL rival San Diego Sockers at the Showare Center in Kent.

First kick would be at 7:30 p.m. - Stay tuned as more details will be forthcoming.

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

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