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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 This Week's Paper

QUEENS OF THE COURT

Television and radio announcers often say that you can throw out the records when it comes to a rivalry game. When dealing with any sort of crosstown or league rivalry, it’s usually a safe bet that the action is going to be tight, and outcome never certain for the favorites. When the University of Puget Sound Loggers paid a visit to Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the teams’ numbers were an odd reflection of each other, and it didn’t bode well for the host Lutes.

The sixth-ranked Logger women entered the contest against their historic rivals with an eye-popping 22-1 record. Meanwhile, the host Lutes, wrapping up what was rebuilding year Parkland, came into the game with a 1-22 mark.

With legendary broadcaster Bob Robertson doing the radio play-by-play at the scorer’s table,… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Playoff fever hits Tacoma’s hoopsters

The district basketball crunch is nearing its end, and a host of Tacoma schools are still in the postseason mix for a ticket to regionals, while some have already secured a spot to the big dance. If the Tacoma-area schools can continue notching wins, this year may very well go down as one of the largest bumper crops of basketball talent that the City of Destiny has ever produced.

With as many as 16 Tacoma-area teams still in the hunt for a trip to the state tournament, let’s take a look at how they’ve reached this point and what is now standing in the way of the state tournament.

Bellarmine Prep’s Lady Lions have had an incredible season. The 4A South Puget Sound League champions dispatched Union by an embarrassing score of 58-15 to open district play. Up next was 20-4 Todd Beamer, a team that has given Bellarmine… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
No place like home for Tacoma Stars

Coming home on the heels of four consecutive road losses was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Tacoma Stars. Playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd Sunday, Feb. 12 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, the Stars welcomed the most hard-luck team in the Major Arena Soccer League to the Puget Sound. The St. Louis Ambush rolled into the arena with just one victory on the season, and from the opening whistle against the Stars, it was clear that they didn’t bring enough firepower along with them to overcome the hometown boys.

With their rival, the San Diego Sockers trying to run away with the MASL Pacific Division, it has begun to feel… Read Full Story

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SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

TACOMA’S OWN ISAIAH THOMAS OPENS AL DAVIES BASKETBALL GYM Teens’ cheers and smiles erupted when the purple doors opened to the new Boys & Girls Clubs gym—and NBA star Isaiah Thomas was there to greet them. Thomas, a Tacoma native and alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound,…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 16 – MARCH 4
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL Girls – Prairie vs. Lincoln Olympia HS – 6 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL Girls – Mountain View vs. Wilson Timberline HS – 6 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL Girls – Rogers vs. Curtis Clover Park HS – 6 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL…

Make that 21 straight for Tacoma Baptist
By Justin Gimse

Normally, when you’ve got a few hundred Baptists and Lutherans together in the same place, there’s probably a potluck fellowship about to break out. With all-important seeds to the 1B Tri-Districts on the line, there wasn’t any lineup of casseroles and cold cuts at the Tacoma Baptist gymnasium…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 9 – MARCH 4
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL Girls – Tahoma vs. Curtis Curtis HS – 6 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL Girls – TBD vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine HS – 6 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL Girls – Evergreen vs. Lincoln Lincoln HS – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL Boys – Auburn…

SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

TACOMA STARS LOOK TO REBOUND AFTER TOUGH MEXICO TRIP The Tacoma Stars (9-5) dropped their second straight road match, a 6-4 decision against Atletico Baja (8-7), on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Unidad Deportiva in Tijuana, Mexico. The Stars offense was led by forward Joey Gjertsen, who logged two points on…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 2 – MARCH 4
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL Girls – Graham Kapowsin vs. Curtis Curtis HS – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL Girls – Bellarmine vs. Emerald Ridge Emerald Ridge HS – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL Boys – Curtis vs. Graham Kapowsin Graham Kapowsin HS – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB.…

Tacoma Golden Gloves returns for 69th year
By Justin Gimse

The Tacoma Golden Gloves boxing tournament returns for its 69th year and the competition is expected to be as exciting as ever. Not only is the event one of the best of its kind in the entire United States of America, it’s also the crown jewel of events put on by the fabled Tacoma Athletic Commission.…

Playoffs on the horizon for Tacoma hoopsters
By Justin Gimse

As the high school basketball regular season winds down with just a few weeks left, it’s time to take a look at where the Tacoma area schools stack up in the postseason picture. With new leagues and new classifications represented by Tacoma schools, the postseason looks to be busier than ever for…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JAN. 20 – FEB. 2
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL Boys – Puyallup vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine Prep – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL Boys – South Kitsap vs. Curtis Curtis HS – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL Girls – Bethel vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma HS – 7 p.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 20 – BASKETBALL Boys…

SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

TCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO HOST FREE MLK HOOPS CLINIC Back by popular demand, your Tacoma Community College women's basketball team is hosting its second free youth basketball clinic, this time in the newly remodeled TCC gym. Girls and boys in the 2nd through 6th grades are encouraged to attend our…