The top 10 sports stories of 2008

 Chambers Bay selected for 2015 U.S. Open

 The United States Golf Association selected Chambers Bay Golf Club as the site for its 2015 United States Open and its 2010 U.S. Amateur.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bruce Charleton on a former gravel and sand quarry, Chambers Bay is a links-style course that opened in 2007. The course is owned by Pierce County and is part of a 930-acre park in University Place.

Chambers Bay will be the first golf course in the Pacific Northwest to hold the U.S. Open.

"We never dreamed we'd be chosen by the USGA to host both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open championships," said John Ladenburg, Pierce County executive. "Especially not so close to the opening of the course. It is a true honor."

USGA official Jim Hyler, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee, said, "We are excited to take the U.S. Open Championship and the U.S. Amateur to such an awesome site. We are confident that the golf course will provide a challenging test for the best players in the world, as well as a great spectator experience for those who attend the event and watch it online and on television."

Chambers Bay joins Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines, Pinehurst and Pebble Beach as the only courses that have been chosen for the U.S. Open that are not private clubs.

Bellarmine boys, Fife girls best in state

Elliot Morton led the Bellarmine Prep boys soccer team to the 2008 4A state championship. The Lions beat Puyallup in the finals, 2-1, in a shootout, after Morton had tied the game in the 78th minute. Morton was named the Narrows League's Most Valuable Player.

"He carried the team on his shoulders all year long," said Lions coach Joe Waters.

The Fife girls soccer team won the 2008 2A state championship game for the second consecutive year, something not done before in state history. Led by 2A Player of the year Amanda Roselli, goalkeeper extraordinaire Ryann Waldman and a core of nine returning starters, the Trojans finished with a 20-0-1 record, giving up only one goal the entire way.

Yes she Cann

Scarlet Cann won the state 4A title in the 200-yard freestyle on Nov. 15. She was the first swimmer from Stadium, the oldest school in the city, to win a state title. Cann also accomplished the "Iron Woman" feat, qualifying for state in all eight individual races, as well as three relays.

Earlier in the year, Jake Kaija of Wilson won the 4A state title in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.94 and was third in the 100-freestyle.

Cole Scarbrough of Mt. Tahoma won the 100-yard backstroke in 51.77

Third place is second best for Lions

Bellarmine Prep finished third at the 2008 state 4A basketball tournament. It was the second-best finish in school history. The 1980 Lions basketball squad finished second. The Lions showed a lot of grit, coming through with a 62-59 victory over Decatur, after trailing in the third quarter by seven points, and after having suffered a 75-60 loss to Ferris in the semi-finals. Abdul Gaddy scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the third-place win over Decatur.

Rams' entire lineup makes All-Narrows

Wilson High School placed seven players on the first-team All Narrows fastpitch team, and two more on the second team. Pitcher Kellie Ruth, catcher Anthea Aasen, infielders Britney Dinelt, Courtney Cabrera, Katie O'Brien, and outfielders Erin Cross and Taylor Darneille all made the first team. Taylor Gomsrud and Alyssa Tachell were selected to the second team.

The Wilson squad finished fourth in the state tournament.

He's Young at 67

Bob Young, a 67-year-old softball player, was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame July 19. Young, a retired local Teamsters president, played on teams that won the 55-and-over slow pitch world championship six of 12 years, at one point compiling a 99-1 record. In 1999, when he moved into the 60-plus division, he was selected first-team all tournament with a .836 batting average. In 2005, Young's team, First American Title, won the Western National Championship and has continued piling up tournament championships as Young continues to stroke the ball, hitting in the .800 range.

The longest trip to a first-place medal

At the State 4A Girls Track and Field Championships in May, Bellarmine senior Nicole Cochran was disqualified for an alleged lane violation in the 3,200 meters, a race she had easily won. The Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association, 10 days later, admitted its error, reversed the disqualification, and reinstated Cochran as state champion.

At the state meet, a number of Cochran's competitors in the 3,200 were bewildered and upset by the ruling, including runner-up Andrea Nelson from Spokane, who was given the first-place medal after Cochran's DQ. In fact, after the presentation, Nelson stepped off the podium, walked over to Cochran and put the first-place medal around her neck, in what must be considered the classiest act of sportsmanship of the year.

Mt. Tahoma - or 'Mt. Rush More'

Ronald Baines, a senior and All-Narrows league running back at Mt. Tahoma High School, rushed for 421 yards in a game against Shelton on Sept. 5. Baines' performance was the fifth best in state history. He carried the ball 24 times in the game and scored five touchdowns.

It was a school record at Mt. Tahoma, and coach Kevin Hanis said Baines' yardage total could have been higher, but Baines rested some in the second half with leg cramps.

Lincoln wrestler makes history

Freshman Kaylene Young from Lincoln became the first girl from Tacoma to win a victory in the state wrestling tournament. It was only the second year for girls wrestling in the state, and Young, wrestling in the 130-pound weight class, defeated Skyview's Anna Stauffer in her first match of the tournament. Young would ultimately win three more matches and finish fifth in the tournament.

Tower Lanes rejuvenated

A dream team of new owners renovated Tower Lanes during the summer. Jeanne Naccarato, a former star on the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, along with Bob Hanson, Gary Glein, Lance Lorfeld, Andy Ritting and Ray Schuler, formed the new ownership group.

On Aug. 1 the group took over the ownership and operation of the lanes, which was started in 1957 by Dez Issacson. Most of the owners had important connections with the lanes going back to their younger days.

The renovations included remodeling the bathrooms, replacing carpet, renovating the mini-golf course, rebuilding the sign on 6th Avenue, remodeling party rooms, getting new pins and house balls, repairing the lighting, remodeling the billiard and game area and upgrading the lounge and the kitchen.

The new owners also aim to bring a high level of bowling instruction to the business.


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