Sounders FC U-23 defender DeAndre Yedlin was named First Team All-PDL on July 31. The right back started every match during the 2012 campaign, scoring a goal and an assist. The selection recognizes Yedlin as one of the 11 best PDL players among the 73 teams across North America.
“DeAndre is a dynamic, modern, outside back, with a great engine,” said Sounders U-23 Head Coach Darren Sawatzky. “He was a warrior this summer logging every minute of every game.”
Yedlin joined the Sounders U-23 after his freshman season at Akron. Following his freshman season at the NCAA powerhouse, Top Drawer Soccer named him as one of the Top 10 Freshman in college soccer.
“DeAndre comes to training and games and works hard without any excuse, and he has grown daily over the past two years,” Sawatzky said. “We look forward to watching him grow this fall at Akron.”
The future is bright for Yedlin, who is a Sounders FC Academy alum. The 19-year-old is eligible to be a Homegrown Player for the Seattle Sounders FC. This means the Sounders FC first team could acquire Yedlin automatically without using a draft pick if, or when, they choose.
“DeAndre is poised to play at the next level, and time will tell how well he does,” Sawatzky said. “He has the pieces necessary to play as a professional and it will be fun to watch him in the coming years.”
STUDS AT WORLD SERIES
The Seattle Studs have been taking part in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan., having won their first two games before falling to drop to the loser’s bracket.
The Studs began the tournament with a 2-0 win over the Conejo Oaks on Aug. 1, as starter David Benson pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits and one walk in nine innings, with four strikeouts. Right fielder Kyle Boe was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored, and Eric Peterson delivered the game’s only run batted in by singling to score Boe in the fourth. Connor Savage pinch ran in the eighth inning and scored on a wild pitch to account for the other run.
The Studs cruised to a 7-0 win over the Nevada Griffons on Aug. 3, as Damon Porter, Taylor Thompson and Thomas DeBoer combined on a six-hitter. Caleb Brown doubled to score Brian Corliss to get the Studs on the board in the third, and Bobby Joe Tannehill followed with a run-scoring single and finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Boe, Jett Hart and Derek Jennings also collected runs batted in for the Studs.
The Studs then fell to the El Dorado Broncos 1-0 on Aug. 4, as starter Brandon Faulkner fired a three-hitter and struck out 11 batters to take the win. Studs starter Miles Nagel allowed only one run – on a single in the first inning – in five innings, but suffered the loss.
The Studs were to take on the Kansas Cannons in the loser’s bracket on Aug. 7, with the winner facing the Dodge City A’s in the semifinals on Aug. 8.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE OFFERED
Registration for the RAGE Girls Volleyball League in the Puyallup and Spanaway-Parkland communities will be held on Sept. 15, at Rogers High School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and again on Sept. 22, at Franklin Pierce High School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. League play is offered for girls in third to ninth grade in both the elementary and junior high divisions. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt, an instructional clinic, and seven matches. The instructional clinic by members of the Rogers High School volleyball team will be held on Sept. 15, from 9-10:30 a.m. for students in third to fourth grade and from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for students in sixth to ninth grade. Another similar clinic will be held on Sept. 22, at Franklin Pierce High School. Volunteer coaches are also being sought. More than 300 girls participated in the league last year. For further information, go to www.recre8.org and click on Rage Volleyball League or contact Justin Luckman at (253) 298-3026 or at email@example.com.
LOGGERS’ SWIMMERS HONORED
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America has released it list of Scholar All-America teams and individuals with both Puget Sound swim teams are represented. Both the men’s and women’s teams earned a spot on the NCAA Division III Scholar All-America team lists for the spring semester. In order to earn inclusion on the prestigious list, both teams posted above a team 3.0 GPA. Three Loggers also earned the individual honor of the same name with all coming from the women’s team. Tracy Wormwood, Kenzie Kitson and Ava Williams were all named Scholar All-Americans. The CSCAA requires swimmers to post a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher and qualify for their respective national championship in order to earn the honor. Wormwood qualified for the Division III Championship in both the 100 and 200 breast while all three Loggers were part of the 400 medley relay team that qualified for championship meet. Teale Kitson of the men’s team earned Scholar All-America Honorable Mention. The list includes swimmers who did not qualify for the national championship but have a 3.5 GPA or above and recorded an NCAA provisional time in at least one event. Kitson was an NWC champion in the 100-yard backstroke and held a “B” time in both backstroke events.
BATTLE AT THE BOAT 88 UPCOMING
Battle at the Boat veteran Jose “Loco” Hernandez and Robert Osiobe have replaced the Juan Garcia-John Jackson bout as the main event for “Battle at the Boat 88” on Aug. 18 at the Emerald Queen Casino. The original headliner was scrapped due to unforeseen circumstances but the new main event is expected to produce fireworks from the opening bell.
The definition of a tough luck contender, Hernandez, 13-5-1 (5 KO’s), is known for taking on all comers with no questions asked. Born in Nigeria and based in Denmark, Osiobe is also recognized for his willingness to challenge the best. Osiobe, 12-5-4 (6 KO’s), battled nine undefeated foes and the five men to beat him were a combined 74-1-1.
Retired Marine and local superstar Nate Serrano, 4-1-1 (3 KO’s), will look to best Osvaldo Rojas, 6-2 (2 KO’s), in the semi-main event. Serrano, of Yakima, and Portland’s Rojas fought to an entertaining six-round draw in June and agreed to a rematch just minutes after exiting the ring. The undercard also pits junior welterweights Portland native Ray Lampkin Jr., 1-0, against Yakima’s Randell Corpuz 2-1-1.
Tickets starting at $25 are available at the EQC box office or by going to Ticketmaster.com. Additional bouts will be added shortly. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the opening bell is scheduled for 7 p.m.