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Friday, February 05, 2016 This Week's Paper

Playoff fever is taking a hold of Tacoma Stars

The Tacoma Stars first full season in the Major Arena Soccer League is coming into the home stretch with five games remaining to sort out their playoff fortunes. After a satisfying 8-2 thumping of the visiting Turlock Express on Friday, Jan. 29 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, the Stars control their postseason destiny, if they can keep on winning.
Of course, now begins the toughest stretch of the season for Tacoma.
With the top three teams in the MASL Pacific Division advancing to the playoffs, it looks fairly clear that the first-place Soles de Sonora (13-2) look like a near-lock with a three game lead over the second place Stars (10-5). Just a half game behind the Stars is the San Diego Sockers (10-6) who already own a head-to-head victory over Tacoma in their first meeting this season. The two teams will face each other… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Late dramatics net another Narrows title for Lincoln

With the 3A Narrows title on the line Tuesday, Feb. 2, at a packed Lincoln High School gymnasium, the pressure was felt by the fans, the players, the coaches and staff and probably for several blocks surrounding Tacoma’s historic school. A victory would clinch a sixth league title for the Abes in the last seven years, while the visiting Wilson Rams were still in the running for the championship, with just one league defeat on the season.

Throw in the fact that this is the biggest rivalry in the city of Tacoma, and you’re beginning to get an idea of what was going down between these two teams.

The bottom line was that the game delivered the goods all the way until the final possession of the contest. Two free throws with five seconds remaining, followed by a steal and an unlikely, celebratory three pointer, sealed the… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 4 - 13

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Capital vs. Wilson
Wilson HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt. Tahoma HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Shelton vs. Foss
Henry Foss HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Boys – Mt. Tahoma vs. Lincoln
Lincoln HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALL
Boys – So. Kitsap vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 4 – BASKETBALLRead Full Story

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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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SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Several Tacoma teams sit atop standings at midseason
By Justin Gimse

As we near the midpoint in the high school basketball season here in Tacoma, it’s time to take a snapshot of the first stretch that Grit City’s boys teams have gone through. At first blush, things look awfully familiar in several league standings as the preseason favorites have been doing exactly…

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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