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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

STADIUM STUNNED

When it comes to any sort of sporting endeavor, there is nothing more difficult for a team than running the table for a perfect season and taking home the championship trophy. Many in the business believe a loss or two during the season can be advantageous for a quality team in the postseason. The taste of a loss can often fuel a fire inside and make a squad perform even a little bit better.

Then again, it’s pretty awesome to try and make a run at a perfect season. It’s the rarest event in team sports and much like the movie "Highlander," in the end there can only be one.

The most difficult thing dealing with an undefeated regular season is the fact that there is no more room for a stumble, once the postseason arrives. Short of losing in a state championship game, there is arguably nothing more heartbreaking… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
SPORTSWATCH

BIG OPENING WEEKEND FOR SOUNDERS U23 ARRIVES

The Sounders U23 2017 PDL season kicks off this Friday May 19, at Bonney Lake high school versus the Portland Timbers U23 team at 7:30 p.m. With a quick turnaround, the young guns in green will face the defending NW Division and Western Conference Champion, Calgary Foothills, on Sunday, May 21, at Sunset Stadium in Sumner at 2 p.m. Opening this weekend against perennial powers will be a test for the new look Sounders U23.

The Portland Timbers U23 team boasts a great history in both winning games and developing players. Formed in 2008, the Timbers U23 team rattled off 16 straight wins in 2010 to claim the PDL National Championship under then head coach, Jim Rilatt. From that point, the Timbers U23 have helped place players throughout the professional leagues… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
A little rain won’t slow Tacoma

Though the Rainiers currently sit atop the Pacific Coast League Pacific Northern Division standings, they haven’t been afforded much breathing room, with the Reno Aces hot on their trail, entering their respective weekend series trailing by just half a game. For that reason, this past weekend was critical for Tacoma. They needed a good showing against Round Rock to maintain their advantage over Reno as they head into one of the most grueling portions of their schedule.

With days off on May 10 and May 15, the Rainiers got bit of a breather over the past week, but they shouldn’t get used to the rest, as they’re entering a stretch… Read Full Story

More Sports
PHOTO GALLERY - SHOCK SURGE TO FIRST PLACE
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

FIRST PLACE. The 1-0 victory by Washington Premier South Sound FC over the Spokane Shadow was a first for the hometown boys. In their previous six meetings, Spokane was victorious in four matches and tied with the Shock in the other two. Spokane won the first two Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) championships…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 19 – JUNE 11
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

FRIDAY, MAY 19 – SOCCER Portland U23 vs. Sounders U23 Bonney Lake HS – 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 20 - FOOTBALL NW Hurricanes vs. Pierce Cty Bengals Art Crate Stadium - 5 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 21 - SOCCER Women - Olympic Force vs. WP SSFC Peninsula HS - 2 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 21 – SOCCER Calgary Foothills…

THE SHOCK DROP FIVE ON SEATTLE IN OPENER
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Having navigated through a successful slate of preseason games, the Washington Premier South Sound FC opened league play against the Seattle Stars, one of their toughest rivals on Sunday, May 7 at the Washington Premier Soccer Fields. After a even matchup early on, Seattle would break the ice for…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 11 - 28
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, MAY 11 - SOCCER Mt. Rainier vs. Bellarmine Prep Sparks Stadium - 5:30 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 11 – BASEBALL Round Rock vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 11 – SOCCER NPSL #6 vs. Bellarmine (WCD Playoffs) Curtis Viking Stadium – 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 12 - BASEBALL…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 4 - 21
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, MAY 4 – FASTPITCH Lindbergh vs. Foss Heidelberg Complex – 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 4 – FASTPITCH Wilson vs. Stadium Peck Field – 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 4 – FASTPITCH Lakes vs. Lincoln Sera Field – 4 p.m. THURSDAY, MAY 4 – BASEBALL Lincoln vs. Wilson Wilson HS – 4 p.m. THURSDAY,…

WILSON HOOPS LEGEND GOES D-1
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

WINNER. (Left Arvella Jenkins, David Jr. and David Jenkins Sr.) On Monday, May 1, a gathering of family, friends and supporters of Wilson High School basketball got together for a celebration. With a few swipes of a pen, one of the greatest basketball players to ever lace up the sneakers in the city…

South Sound FC christen new home, partnership
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

SHOCK! The South Sound FC will begin their fourth year of play in the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) soon with a new name and some new digs. Gone are days at Lakewood's Harry Lang Stadium, where it felt like the players were several hundred yards away from the fans. Now, the Shock will be calling…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 27 – MAY 14
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – FASTPITCH Lincoln vs. Stadium Peck Fields – 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – SOCCER Stadium vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – BASEBALL Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 27 – SOCCER Bethel vs.…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 20 - 30
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 – FASTPITCH Wilson vs. Lincoln SERA Complex – 4 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 20 – SOCCER Mt. Tahoma vs. Wilson Stadium Bowl – 7:15 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 22 – BASEBALL Central Kitsap vs. Bellarmine Cheney Stadium – 12 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 22 – SOCCER Curtis vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 13 - 30
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 – SOCCER Bethel vs. Lincoln Lincoln Bowl – 7 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 13 - BASEBALL El Paso vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 14 - BASEBALL California Lutheran vs. PLU Pacific Lutheran University - 11 & 2 a.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 14 - FASTPITCH UPS vs. PLU…