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Friday, July 21, 2017 This Week's Paper

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TCC HIRES UW BASKETBALL LEGEND TO LEAD WOMEN’S PROGRAM

Regina Rogers, who finished her basketball career as the 18th-highest scoring player in UW women’s basketball history, has signed on as head coach of the Tacoma Community College Titan women’s basketball team.
A graduate of Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle, Rogers played basketball as a freshman at UCLA. She returned to Seattle after the passing of her grandmother in 2007. After sitting out a redshirt year, she began her UW basketball career that would end with Rogers being named an All-Pac-12 First Team player with 1,171 points to her credit. One of the most efficient post players in the Pac-12 Conference, she led her team in field goal percentage in her three seasons at UW.
After leaving college, Rogers decided she would rather coach than continue to play. Since then, she has coached at Denny Middle School, Rainier Beach High School and Lindbergh High School.
“Regina was a prolific basketball player for the University of Washington,” said TCC Titan Athletic Director Jason Prenovost. “She has the qualities to be a great coach:  enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to teaching. These qualities, along with her vast network of players, coaches and mentors will help her to build into a top-level coach. We are excited to welcome Regina Rogers to the Titan family as the next women’s basketball coach of Tacoma Community College.”
Rogers begins her career at TCC this month. Last year, the TCC women’s basketball team played in the NWAC finals, and they are ready for another winning season.

FORMER TITAN AND VIKING RETURNS TO HEAD UP TCC VOLLEYBALL

Samantha Hutchinson joins the Tacoma Community College Titan women's volleyball program from Western Washington University, where she has an outstanding record both as a player and as a coach. The Vikings advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the two years she served as a member of the program's coaching staff, making a NCAA II Final Four appearance in 2015.
A graduate of University Place's Curtis High School, Hutchinson had a standout career as a player with the Vikings, finishing second among WWU and Great Northwest Athletic Conference career dig leaders with 2,438 digs. Among other honors, Hutchinson was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons (2011 – 14, and was twice named an All-American.
Titan Athletic Director Jason Prenovost is confident that Hutchinson is a great choice to lead the Titan women's volleyball team, a strong program that traditionally finishes near the top of its league.
"Samantha is a great hire for TCC," Prenovost said. "She is local player who went to one of the top college programs in the country and excelled. To excel on defense in any sport requires discipline, work ethic and grit. We value those qualities in our coaches and students at TCC and are excited to welcome Samantha Hutchinson into the Titan family!"
Hutchinson says she's extremely honored to be selected as TCC's new head volleyball coach.
"I look forward to returning home to create a successful, student-centered volleyball program for the Titans," Hutchinson said. "This is a wonderful opportunity and I am eager to start this new journey and help the TCC volleyball program reach its full potential.

NFL STAR AND TACOMA NATIVE DESMOND TRUFANT TO HOST CAMP

Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl cornerback and Wilson High School legend 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 12-2:30 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 third 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.

TACOMA AND PIERCE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS WANTED
The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. Line Judges are also needed for local high school matches. A comprehensive training program scheduled for Aug. 23, 22, 28 and 30 is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive.
For students, retirees, or former athletes looking to re-connect with a sport, officiating high school and middle school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams.  Registration is due no later than Aug. 10th so please contact us immediately.
For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit our website at www.tpcvob.com and contact Marc Blau at (253) 677-2872 or mhblau@comcast.net.

PLU’S STURDIVAN HELPING CHILDREN WITH THERAPEUTIC HORSES

A mother was brought to tears upon seeing the results of work done by Pacific Lutheran University women's basketball student-athlete Kristin Sturdivan at Russell's Ranch in Buckley, Wash.

Sturdivan, a junior-to-be that started all 25 games for the Lutes in 2016-2017, is working at becoming a therapeutic riding coach. Children who are nonverbal, or struggle with anxiety, attempt to find peace on the backs of horses. With encouragement from Sturdivan, a reluctant rider found her peace.

"She is nonverbal and does not sign regularly," Sturdivan said. "However, the second time she came out, she rode with me and loved it. Once she was on, you could see her whole body relax. Her mother started crying when her daughter started making eye contact with her as we walked around the arena. Her mom had said she doesn't make eye contact and that she had never seen her do that before."

Sturdivan is on her way to becoming PATH certified. She's on step two of a four step process. She's already passed three handwritten tests covering the rules of PATH. The test included horse knowledge disability knowledge, and procedural understanding. Step two is completing 25 supervised hours of lessons. Step three and four include a three-day workshop, teaching lessons in front of judges, another written test, and a riding test.

Sturdivan's typical day at the ranch is long. They begin at 5 a.m. when she picks up her horses, Jessie and Colt. The horses take about an hour to eat before they are brushed and saddled for the first rider. Once the horses are ready, the riding area is set up with cones and poles for upcoming lessons. Lessons start at 10:30 a.m. and can go as long as 5:30 p.m.

"This is definitely a perfect fit," Sturdivan said. "It has always been a passion of mine to be around horses. I love the energy they give off, and comfort they offer. The hearts of the children in my program make the early mornings and late nights so worth it. If I could pick the perfect job, I would do this all day long. It's incredible to see children connect with the horses."

By the end of the summer, Sturdivan will be more than qualified to serve others in life changing ways through therapeutic horse riding. ~ By Christian Bond, PLU Sports

POINT RUSTON TO HOST WORLD WATER SKI 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, Aug. 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.

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