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Saturday, June 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

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SOUNDERS WOMEN PICKING UP STEAM WITH TWO-WIN WEEKEND

The Sounders Women traveled to Oregon for a two-game road trip over June 10 and June 11 playing FCM Portland on Saturday night, then turning around and playing Westside Metros on Sunday. Both games ended in victories for the surging Sounders Women. The wins come at a good time with the Sounders Women sitting in second place in the WPSL NW Division behind the Issaquah Gunners. The two top teams in the division meet Friday, June 16 which is setting up to be a flyer of a game.

On Saturday, June 10, the Sounders Women played at FCM Portland. The Sounders Women would take control early peppering the FCM Portland goal early and often. Nia Gordon found the back of the net first on a feed from Kaycie Tillman. Kate Bennett would then make the score 2-0 after Shea Moyer dished her a quality assist. Gordon then became the playmaker of her own handing Charlotte Williams a ball making the game 3-0 with the Sounders Women firmly in control. Tillman would round out the night with a goal after Bennett played her in.  Final score on the night was 4-0 in favor of the Sounders Women.

With a quick turnaround on Sunday, June 11th, the Sounders Women took on Westside Metros in a game that turned out to be tougher than expected. The young Westside team stayed competitive in the game with the Sounders Women looking to put balls in the back of the net. Finally, Charlotte Williams would add another goal to her weekend to go with the goal she scored the day before. Maddy Schultz played Williams in and the goal would be the difference as the Sounders Women won by a final score of 1-0.

By taking all six points on the road this weekend, the Sounders Women move into sole possession of second place in the divisional standings. This Friday, June 16, will bring the 1st and 2nd place teams together at Issaquah High School at 7 p.m. with the Sounders Women visiting the Issaquah Gunners. Come check out the top teams in the WPSL and the future of women’s soccer. For a complete schedule, information, and tickets, please go to www.sounderswomen.com.

NFL STAR AND TACOMA NATIVE DESMOND TRUFANT TO HOST CAMP

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl cornerback and Tacoma native Desmond Trufant is bringing back his annual camp, giving local youth a fun opportunity to interact with and learn from NFL players.
This FREE camp will be held Saturday, July 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High in Tacoma. Participants will receive a camp t-shirt, complimentary lunch, and giveaways. All positions are welcome to come learn in this competitive, yet fun environment. The camp will include individual drills, one-on-one competition and seven-on-seven play. Cleats and gloves will be required for all participants.
“Each year the goal is to create a fun environment where the kids can come out and work on their football skills,” said Trufant. “I’m very proud of the work my brothers, Marcus and Isaiah, and the Trufant Family Foundation do in Tacoma, and I’m happy to provide an opportunity for the youth in our community.”
Confirmed players to attend the 3rd Annual Desmond Trufant Competition Camp are:
Robert Alford, Atlanta Falcons; Scott Chricton, Minnesota Vikings, Xavier Cooper, Cleveland Browns; Cornelius Edison, Atlanta Falcons; CJ Goodwin, Atlanta Falcons; Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks; Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs; Brian Poole, Atlanta Falcons.
Camp registration is already underway, but there are still limited spots left! Parents can submit their child’s form at www.dtcompetitioncamp.com. Registration is based on a first-come first-served basis and will close once full.

SOUNDERS U23 REBOUND WITH PAYBACK THUMPING OF LANE UNITED

After suffering a tough road loss at Lane United this previous week, the Sounders U23 team returned home on Friday, June 9 to play Lane United in a quick rematch at Sunset Stadium in Sumner. The Sounders U23 team lost 1-4 at Lane United after only surrendering one goal in the previous four matches. The young guns in green took a 3-0 win on Friday night and pulled closer to Calgary Foothills who lead the Premier Developmental League (PDL) NW Division in points with a record of 5-1.

Adam Jones made his presence known early with looks at the Lane United goal. In the 40th minute, Miguel Berry whipped in a cross that Derek Johnson headed back to Jones.  Jones buried the shot to put the Sounders U23 squad up 1-0. The score would stay at 1-0 heading into half time.

The second half started much as the first half ended with Jones, Berry, Johnson, and Airrion Blackstock peppering the Lane United goal mouth. In the 63rd minute, Jones struck again to take the game to 2-0. Finally, in the 80th minute, Jones intercepted an errant pass and throttled home a 20-yard bomb to complete his hat trick on the night. 

The Sounders U23 team head to Salem on Tuesday, June 13 to take on the Portland Timbers U23 team at McCullough Stadium at 7 p.m. The Sounders U23 team has played the Timbers U23 team twice with a win and tie so far this season. Sounders U23 tickets and information can be found at www.soundersu23.com.

POINT RUSTON TO HOST WORLD WATER SKI RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The world’s fastest water skiers will converge on the Puget Sound this summer for the 20th World Water Ski Racing Championships. It’s all a part of the SunFest Watersports Festival on Saturday, July 29 and Saturday, August 5 at Point Ruston, which is free to attend.

The world championships are conducted every two years and was last held in Wellington, New Zealand in 2015. The last time the world championships were conducted in the U.S. was 2003 in Long Beach. This summer, the competition comes to Point Ruston with its panoramic views of the South Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainer.

“This international event is taking place on our very own shoreline for everyone to enjoy, regardless if you are a water skiing fan or not,” said Phedra Redifer, regional parks attractions manager for Metro Parks. “This event is just a continuation of our collaborative efforts that help us bring such unique and exciting events to Tacoma.”

The World Water Ski Racing Championships will showcase 180 high-performance athletes and powerful boats from Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, and the United States. The competition consists of four races held over a 10-day period. Races are circuits between 30 to 60 minutes long. Points are awarded for each race and the worst score is dropped from the total. This sport combines extreme speed, strength, endurance and determination.

Fifty international teams will participate in six different classes – men, women and juniors. Each team consists of a driver, observer and skier behind specialized tow boats capable of speeds of more than 100 miles per hour (thanks to custom engines throwing off 1,600 horsepower). Skiers ride on a large, single water ski with the tow rope wrapped around their backs to stabilize them.

Along with the World Water Ski Racing Championship, the SunFest Watersports Festival will include a Hyperlite Wakeboarding event, Airchair Demonstration, and skydiving demonstrations from world renowned skydiver, Luke Aikins. There will also be local food, live music, beer gardens, a family fun zone, and areas to ‘meet the teams’. The land side portion of the event will be produced by local specialty event planning company, Festivals Inc., which produces large scale events like the Bite of Seattle and the Taste of Tacoma.

SunFest will benefit Ben’s Fund, founded by Seahawks General Manager John Schneider and wife Traci, in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment, which provides financial assistance with services specifically related to autism spectrum disorder treatments. For more information on the World Water Ski Racing Championships or the SunFest Watersports Festival, head to www.wwsrc2017.com.

LINCOLN TO FACE O’DEA AT HUSKY STADIUM FOR EMERALD CITY CLASSIC

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced the matchups for the 2017 WIAA Emerald City Kickoff Classic (ECKC) to be hosted at Husky Stadium on the University of Washington Campus, Saturday, Sept. 2. The eight participating teams in the 14th edition of the event will be: Lincoln, Fife, Eastside Catholic, Gonzaga Prep, Kennedy Catholic, O’Dea, Pullman and Seattle Prep.

The event will consist of four in-state matchups beginning at 10 a.m.

The first matchup of the day will feature Pullman, which qualified for the first round of the WIAA State Playoffs in 2016, and Fife which will make its second appearance in the Kickoff Classic after debuting in 2008 against Cascade Christian.

The second contest will pit Kennedy Catholic against Seattle Prep in a battle between two local teams. Kennedy Catholic was knocked out of the 2015 WIAA Playoffs by eventual champion Bellevue, and was a participant in the second annual ECKC in 2004, defeating Tahoma. Seattle Prep will make its third appearance in the event after winning against Mercer Island in 2011 and falling to Roosevelt in 2013.

The 4 p.m. game will include a pair of teams that met in the 2016 3A State Playoffs in O’Dea and Lincoln. O’Dea emerged victorious in the quarterfinal meeting, edging out a 28-20 win before advancing to the State finals and falling in an overtime thriller against Kamiakin. Lincoln is coming off three-straight state appearances and will look to kick off their season in a big way over the holiday weekend.

The evening finale will feature a pair of state powerhouses in Gonzaga Prep and Eastside Catholic. Gonzaga Prep is one of the most decorated programs in the 4A division, with 19 state appearances and three WIAA Championships. Eastside Catholic has qualified to 14 playoff appearances and owns two State Championships at the 3A level. Both schools have one previous win in their lone appearance in the Kickoff Classic.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for students (with valid ASB card), and seniors. Children under the age of five are free. More information regarding the event and its history can be found on WIAA.com.

2017 Emerald City Kickoff Classic Schedule
10 a.m. – Pullman vs. Fife
1 p.m. – Kennedy Catholic vs. Seattle Prep
4 p.m. – O’Dea vs. Lincoln
7 p.m. – Gonzaga Prep vs. Eastside Catholic

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