Joel Willits

Pro Sports Club Women to compete in National Championships

The Pro Sports Club Women's 4.0 team from Bellevue will compete in the 2009 USTA League Senior National Championships, held Oct. 16-18 at Indian Wells… Continue reading

Complete Bellevue Reporter Football Preview

Sports Editor Joel Willits recently rolled out the 2010 Bellevue Reporter Football Preview. Here are links to all the stories.Team PreviewsNewport to debut new offense… Continue reading

Monday’s sports results

A summary of all the action from Monday, April 20 in Bellevue

Season not over for BHS XC runners

Just because the cross country season is over doesn't mean the athletes have stopped running. In fact, for some Bellevue cross country runners, the state championship - where the boys team finished third - wasn't the last elite meet of the year. Several Bellevue runners took part in the Nov. 14 Nike Team National Regional qualifying event. Dubbed the "Wolverine XC Club", the Bellevue athletes held their own in Boise, Idaho against the region's best, finishing in fifth place.

Wolverine wrestlers place at Mariner Tournament| WRESTLING NOTEBOOK

Several Bellevue wrestlers placed at the Mariner Holiday Tournament last Saturday at Mariner High in Everett.Bellevue's Josh Speizle went 3-0 with two falls to win… Continue reading

Woman hit by car at intersection of Bel-Red Road and 120th Avenue Northeast

A middle-aged woman was hit by a car crossing the intersection of Bel-Red Road and 120th Avenue Northeast this morning. The woman, an employee at a nearby business, was hit by a Ford Taurus heading eastbound while she crossed the road.

Tuesday’s tennis results

Newport 6, Redmond 1Singles — Steven Miyauchi, N, beat Blake Larsen, 6-0, 6-2; Jeff Jou, R, beat Eddie Lin, 2-6, 5-0, inj. ret.; Jonathan Newman,… Continue reading

Bellevue-area golfers move on to districts | KingCo 3A/2A golf

Several area golfers will move on to the district tournament after strong showings at the KingCo 3A/2A medalist tournament at Snohomish Golf Course.

Mora, Goodell among those attempting Rainier summit

Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be among the eight local executives guided by mountaineers Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker on an ascent of Mount Rainier on July 5.

Bellevue takes third at Region I wrestling championships; send seven to state; Newport, Interlake send wrestlers on

When Matt Casimes stared across the mat at his opponent during the 112-pound title bout at Saturday's 3A Region I Championships, he didn't see West Seattle's Louis Wright. He saw burritos. "[Teammate] Erik Ovens and I have a bet," Casimes explained minutes after pinning Wright in 3:14. "Whoever gets the most pins this season buys the other Chipotle. And we all know Chipotle is really good, so I was just trying to add another one." Mission accomplished. Casimes' cradle pin of Wright made him one of Bellevue's four regional champions as the Wolverines qualified seven wrestlers for next Saturday's Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome. Bellevue found tremendous success Saturday at Liberty High School, as every returner to the regional meet from last year either stayed the same place or improved on their previous finishes.

A legacy of passion | Long-time Sonics and Seahawks worker and Bellevue resident, Scott Patrick, dies at 51 after a long bout with brain cancer

If the measure of a man's life is based on the amount of joy he brought to others, it would be hard not to consider Scott Patrick's the standard against which all others are judged.

New coach, trio of talented stars have Newport rolling | Gymnastics

It's easy to understand why Newport first-year coach Melissa Baker knocks on wood when talking about her gymnasts remaining healthy throughout the regular season. Because of the format to reach the state tournament for teams from the loaded KingCo 4A conference - a winner-takes-all district meet - it's important for a team to stay injury-free until the big meet. It's especially important when a team has a trio of big stars like Baker's squad sports. Freshman Candace Ho and juniors Kristine Wong and Malie Fujii have helped the Knights remain undefeated in meets thus far this season - and have the team looking like it could be a legitimate contender to upset conference power (and four-time defending state champion) Woodinville to represent KingCo at the Tacoma Dome.

Week 9 Reporter Newspapers football poll

The Reporter Newspapers football poll is voted on by sportswriters from various Reporter papers across the state of WashingtonClick here for a look at last… Continue reading

Newport can clinch playoff spot with win Friday

Newport football coach Mike Miller says his team realizes the opportunity they have Friday. With a win over Eastlake Wolves, the Knights assure themselves one of the three KingCo 4A Crest Division playoff spots. While the order of the spots could fluctuate greatly with the remaining two weeks left to play, the Knights are one of just three teams in the division who control their own destiny when it comes to the playoffs.

Interlake tennis still swinging along

Football isn’t the only sport off to a scorching hot start at Interlake High School. While it’s the Saints success on the gridiron that gets most the attention, the team playing on the courts behind the school is quietly continuing the momentum it garnered at the end of last season when Jayson Shieh and Nikita Nosov won the first tennis state title in the school’s history. “It just helped change the outlook for Interlake sports,” said coach Matthew Perlman. “It gave us confidence, momentum and just a really good solid attitude moving forward.”

Bellevue-Skyline football game official

The two reigning 4A and 3A state football champions will meet next season as Bellevue will play Skyline on Sept. 11 next season.The game will… Continue reading

Seven area teams qualify for state tournaments

Seven area teams have qualified for the state tournament in various sports.The Newport, Interlake and Bellevue Christian volleyball teams all reached their state tournaments with… Continue reading

From the Sidelines: Talkin’ ‘Hawks draft

Seattle has the fourth pick in Saturday's NFL draft. Here's what staff writer Joel Willits thinks the Seahawks will do with that pick.

Sewell, Rutledge win WSGA state titles

Lauren Sewell finally got her second chance. Sewell, a 17-year-old who will be a senior at Kentridge High School next year, won the girl's 16-17 title at the Washington Junior Golf Association's State Championship. Sewell finished the final round, held at Bellevue's Glendale Country Club, at par, winning the tile by four strokes over Kirkland's Simone Strauss.

Willows Run

Note: this is the second of a series of columns reviewing local golf courses available to Bellevue golfers from the eyes of a true amateur. The first column covered Newcastle Golf Course and appeared in the Bellevue Reporter on July 30.