Monday, February 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

A baker’s dozen of destiny?

For local athletes, parents, coaches and basketball fans, there is no time like the present. With the excitement of the various district tournaments now in the rearview mirror, all eyes are now directed at the host of regional basketball games taking place seemingly in every nook and cranny throughout the state of Washington. With eight teams assured of a spot at their respective state tournament, that leaves another eight teams in each field faced with a do-or-die basketball game.

While the Tacoma area dished up a handful of the best basketball teams in the state, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be hosting a regional-round game (we discuss on Page 12).

If lightning strikes for the City of Destiny, there could be as many as eight local teams playing at the Tacoma Dome for the 3A and 4A Hardwood Classic. Tacoma… Read Full Story

Eye on the finals

SHOWTIME. (top-left) Alina Collins, 110 class, Bellarmine Prep Lions. (top-right) Elias Harvey, 113 class, Chief Leschi Warriors. (second-left) Gavin Knapp, 182 class, Fife Trojans. (second-right) Ketner Fields, 160 class, Curtis Vikings. (third-left) Jackson Potts, 285 class, Foss Falcons. (third-right) Elijah Duncombe, 132 class, Lincoln Abes. (fourth-left) Jorge Melendez, 200 Yard IM, Curtis Vikings. (fourth-right) Trey Caldwell, 138 class, Stadium Tigers. (bottom-left) David Ling, 200 Freestyle Relay, Curtis Vikings. (bottom-right) Josh Arnold, 500 Freestyle, Curtis Vikings. Congratulations to the Curtis Vikings on their fifth-place team finish at the 4A state swim meet and kudos to the Wilson Rams and Stadium Tigers on their ninth-place and twelfth-place finishes at the 3A state swim meet. Congratulations to Flor Parker-Borrero… Read Full Story

It’s almost now or never for the Stars

With two regular season games remaining for the Tacoma Stars, the stakes couldn’t be much higher. The playoff scenario is pretty simple for Tacoma at this point. Win both games and they will meet the first-place San Diego Sockers (12-5) in the opening round of the playoffs. Should Tacoma (10-8) slip against either the Chicago Mustangs or the Sockers to close-out the regular season, they will open the back door and give the Ontario Fury (8-8) a glimmer of hope with four games left on their own schedule.

Tacoma didn’t do themselves any favors on Thursday, Feb. 17 when they travelled south to Ontario and spotted the host Fury a whopping… Read Full Story

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The new RPI system has failed Tacoma
By Justin Gimse

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Make that 21 straight for Tacoma Baptist
By Justin Gimse

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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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…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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