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Saturday, June 25, 2016 This Week's Paper

Despite June slump, Rainiers still in first

As the Tacoma Rainiers baseball season hits the midway point, the team’s recent June slump has been a big reminder that the Pacific Coast League season is not a sprint. It’s a marathon, or maybe a triathlon would be more fitting. As the Rainiers currently sit at 39-32, one thing has remained a constant from opening day at Cheney Stadium, up until their most recent 5-2 road loss to the Sacramento River Cats. Over the course of Tacoma’s 72 games thus far, the Rainiers have never left first place in the PCL Pacific Northern division standings.
While the team may currently be tied for first with the Reno Aces, Tacoma fans may find a silver lining in the fact that the boys of Cheney have been slumping, yet still they remain at the top and in the hunt for a PCL pennant.
The month of June has been difficult on the Rainiers,… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
TAC awards Yearian with top honor

For those feeling uncertain about the youth of America and wondering if any true leaders will arise from their ranks someday down the road, one must simply attend a Tacoma Athletic Commission (TAC) Athlete of the Year banquet. The quality and quantity of upstanding, outstanding and remarkable student athletes representing the 34 high schools within Pierce County was both staggering and breathtaking on Wednesday, June 15, when the cream of the crop filled up the LeMay-America’s Car Museum.
To be completely honest, this writer was nearly moved to tears several times throughout the proceedings as it was difficult not to feel a profound sense of pride in these young men and women who have already begun trying to better our area with their gifts. The fact of the matter is these kids today are giving their time and doing things in… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 25 – JULY

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – SCOT GAMES
Tacoma Highland Games
Froniter Park, Graham – 8 a.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL
Puget Sound vs. Puyallup Nation Kings
Chief Leschi Stadium – 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL
Cowlitz Cobras vs. PC Bengals
Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 – SOCCER
Women – Yakima FC vs. South Sound
Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood – 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 – SOCCER
Men – Yakima FC vs. South Sound
Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood… Read Full Story

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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League rules may harm South Sound FC
By Justin Gimse

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Tacoma Rainiers come home clinging to first place
By Justin Gimse

The month of June hasn’t exactly been a delight for the Tacoma Rainiers’ record, but with all of the other great things going on around the organization, the current 6-7 mark by the ball club doesn’t really look so bad overall. With a team still sitting in first place in the Pacific Coast League’s…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS June 17 – July 3
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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More state championships for Tacoma’s preps
By Justin Gimse

It was an exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking year in sports for Tacoma high school athletes, and when it came down to the final weekend of the year, several of our cities finest saved their best for last. After a thrilling weekend of state track and field performances, including an historic 3A…

SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 9 – JULY 3
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 – BASEBALL Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – BASEBALL Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – SOCCER Crossfire vs. Sounders U23 Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 11 – BASEBALL Reno vs.…

Lincoln Abes capture state track title
By Justin Gimse

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TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS June 2 – June 26
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 – BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – BASEBALL Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – SOCCER Lane United vs. Sounders U23 Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 4 – FOOTBALL…

SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

TACOMA STARS GEAR UP FOR YOUTH ACADEMY CAMP AT SERA School's out soon and it's time to start planning a great summer for the children. The Tacoma Stars Youth Academy has partnered with Metro Parks Tacoma to deliver a series of summer camps for young Stars fans at the South End Recreation Area (SERA).…