RORIE CAPS LINCOLN CAREER WITH ALL-STATE HEROICS
Lincoln High School standout guard Ahmaad Rorie had one more show to put on Saturday, March 22, at the WIBCA all-state boys basketball game. The future California Bear scored a team-high 32 points and dished-out eight assists, leading the 3A team to a comeback 134-127 win over the 4A squad at Eastside Catholic High School. This year Rorie helped lead the Lincoln Abes to a 22-4 season and a back-to-back district championship victory over cross-town rival Wilson.
BUJAJ CAPTURES CRUISERWEIGHT BELT AT BATTLE AT THE BOAT 95
A sold out Emerald Queen Casino showroom witnessed a coronation March 22 when Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (12-0, 9 KOs) stopped Victor Barragan in the seventh round to capture the WBC United States Cruiserweight Title. The undefeated 23-year-old sent a bloodied Barragan (12-8, 3 KOs) to the canvas with a right to the chin. Barragan was on his feet before the referee counted him out, but was not fit to continue and the referee called the fight. The next EQC night of boxing – Battle at the Boat 96 – is scheduled for June 7.
SOUNDERS U-23 ADD MORE LOCALS AS SEASON NEARS
Two Washington Huskies and a Seattle Redhawk have signed on with the Sounders U-23 for the 2014 Premier Development League season. Goalkeeper Ryan Herman started 17 games for Washington this season, while forward Darwin Jones rang up seven goals and four assists in 22 games for the Huskies. Chase Hanson, a midfielder/defender appeared in 24 games for Seattle University. All three players were with the Sounders U-23 in 2013.
More than 20 Sounders U-23 players have signed professional contracts since the club’s inception in 2006 when it was originally known as the Tacoma Tide. Their season begins May 5 at Sumner’s Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in a friendly match against Western Washington University.
LIFE CHRISTIAN TABS JESS NELSON AS NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
Former Stadium High School football head coach Jess Nelson has taken his clipboard across town to Life Christian Academy. Nelson ran the Tigers program since 2007 and will replace departing coach Tim Kuykendall. “I believe my coaching philosophy will be an incredible fit with the academy’s core values,” said Nelson. “As a transformational coach, my goal is building champions on the field, in the classroom and in life.” Life Christian competes in the 1A Nisqually league.
PUGET SOUND’S WAGAR NAMED NWC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
University of Puget Sound pitcher Steve Wagar was awarded Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after hurling 10.1 scoreless innings between two games against St. Martins and Pacific Lutheran. The junior right-hander struck out a total of 10 batters bringing his season total to 33 strikeouts in 33 innings and a 2.73 earned run average. UPS edged PLU two out of three games in their March 22/23 cross-town tripleheader.