Sunday, May 01, 2016 This Week's Paper

Rainiers take PCL lead with sizzling start

While it’s very early in what is looking to be a fantastic Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball season, there are some tidbits concerning the team that are just plain strange. It figures though, seeing that the month of April around Grit City has seen temperatures in the 80s, as well as monsoon-type rains scattered here and there.

First of all, with the nasty stretch of weather we have had recently, it’s quite surprising that only one game of the first 12 at Cheney Stadium has been called due to rain. In past years, it became somewhat of a tradition to miss a good half-dozen or so home games in the month of April. Last season, there were two rainouts for the entire season, including one in April. If we can keep this trend going, we may just have another magical summer at Cheney Stadium. Cross your toes.

The second oddity is… Read Full Story

South Sound FC doubles down for 2016 season

Everyone seems to have a saying to fit every situation. In the case of the South Sound Football Club men’s soccer team, it is probably “third time is the charm.” That’s what they are hoping for anyway. As the Shock enter their third season in the burgeoning eight-team Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA), the memory of two consecutive second-place finishes has the time champing at the bit to get back to business, and take care of it this time around.

For two seasons, the local boys from the South Sound FC have had to witness the EPLWA trophy head across the state to rest in the hands of the two-time champion Spokane Shadow. The 2014 season ended with the Shock missing out on the trophy by just two points, while the 2015 season saw the Shadow pull away over the final three weekends for a comfortable run to the title with a… Read Full Story


The Pacific Lutheran baseball team are Northwest Conference champions for the second consecutive season as the Lutes knocked off No. 14 Whitworth 6-5 on Sunday, April 24 at Merkel Field in Spokane.
The Lutes (25-16) entered the day undefeated in the tournament and needing one win in the double-elimination format to clinch the title.
The Lutes jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before the Pirates could record an out but needed a gutsy pitching performance from Ty Donahou after the Pirates rallied back in the bottom of the first inning to tie… Read Full Story

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – SOCCER Bellarmine vs. Gig Harbor Gig Harbor HS – 5:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – SOCCER Lincoln vs. Foss Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – SOCCER Shelton vs. Wilson Stadium Bowl – 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 29 – BASEBALL Shelton vs. Mt. Tahoma Mt. Tahoma…

Playoff picture still a puzzle in 2A SPSL
By Justin Gimse

Winning a league championship is pretty difficult. Hanging onto a first-place lead for all, or most of, the season seems even tougher sometimes. Not only is every team gunning for you because you’re team is the best, they’re also giving it their all, because if they’re a decent squad, chances…

Wilson remains in playoff hunt despite tough loss
By Justin Gimse

Two seasons ago, the Wilson Ram boys’ soccer team was the toast of the town as they ran away with the 3A Narrows League crown. The next season saw the Rams slip a little with potent newcomers Central Kitsap and Capital joining the league. While the Rams made the playoffs both seasons, one-point…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, APRIL 21 – SOCCER Wilson vs. Foss Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 21 – SOCCER South Kitsap vs. Stadium Stadium Bowl – 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – SOCCER South Kitsap vs. Bellarmine Bellarmine HS – 4 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – FASTPITCH Foss vs. Lincoln Sera Fields…

Football returns to the Sound
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The Puyallup Nation Kings hosted the Renton Ravens on Saturday, April 16 for a pre- season scrimmage. Working out a mix of new and returning talent, the Kings gave up an 11-0 halftime lead and were edged by a score of 12-11. Puyallup is the defending Western Washington Football Alliance champions…

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BIG NAMES RETURNING TO SOUNDERS U23 AFTER STELLAR 2015 CAMPAIGN Guillermo Delgado and Michael Bajza will return to play for the Sounders U23 team in 2016. Delgado, who plays college soccer at the University of Delaware, led the Sounders U23 team in scoring in 2015 as the team went on to claim the…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – FASTPITCH North Beach vs. Chief Leschi Chief Leschi HS – 3 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – FASTPITCH Foss vs. Stadium Peck Field – 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – SOCCER Mt. Tahoma vs. Foss Mt. Tahoma HS – 6:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – SOCCER North Thurston vs. Lincoln…

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RAINIERS, MARY BRIDGE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL UNVEIL NEW FAMILY PAVILION The Tacoma Rainiers, in partnership with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, have unveiled the brand new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Family Pavilion at Cheney Stadium. The 9,670-square-foot family pavilion was constructed…

Lutes continue drive for a playoff berth
By Justin Gimse

With just eight games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes are doing their best to stay in the hunt for a Northwest Conference playoff berth following a four-game split at home against rival Linfield on Saturday, April 2 and April 3. The Lutes now sit in…

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RAINIERS WELCOME 17 NEW FACES WITH 2016 TRIPLE-A ROSTER The Tacoma Rainiers today announced their 2016 Opening Day roster ahead of the club’s season-opener this Thursday, Apr. 7 against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Outfielder Boog Powell headlines a 25-man roster comprised of eight returning players…