Joel Willits

Interlake rolls in season opener

Sophomore quarterback Matt Malos leads Saints to 1-0 start for the first time since 2005

Don’t expect to see this rivalry again soon: Newport’s move to KingCo 4A means no more games for the Knights against Bellevue

Bellevue football squads face conference, rivalry shakeups in ’08

When high school football kicked off Thursday night, it began a new era for the sport in the city of Bellevue. For the first time in, well, since anyone can remember, conference shakeups have tossed aside familiar foes and fierce rivalries.

Don’t expect to see this rivalry again soon: Newport’s move to KingCo 4A means no more games for the Knights against Bellevue
Interlake junior running back Brett Kirschner has already attracted attention from Pac-10 schools.

KingCo 3A team capsules: Interlake Saints

Coach: Sheldon Cross, 2nd year (2-8 record)

Interlake junior running back Brett Kirschner has already attracted attention from Pac-10 schools.
The 2008 season means a renewed hope for the Totems

KingCo 3A team capsules: Sammamish Totems

Coach: Edd Webb, 2nd year (1-9 record)

The 2008 season means a renewed hope for the Totems
Peter Nguyen is KingCo 3A’s leading returning rusher after racking up 1

KingCo 3A team capsules: Bellevue Wolverines

Coach: Butch Goncharoff, 8th year (87-8 record)

Peter Nguyen is KingCo 3A’s leading returning rusher after racking up 1

UW Football: How many wins will mean safety for Willingham? | Column

Today is more important than any other day for Washington head football coach Tyrone Willingham. Not that he’d admit it.

Sammamish will feature an experienced offensive line with three seniors and two juniors.

Sammamish looks to rebound in reformed KingCo 3A division | HS Football

You can’t blame Sammamish coach Edd Webb if he’s not sad to see Newport, Skyline and Issaquah head to KingCo 4A. It’s nothing personal, he says; Webb and the Totems are just happy to see them go.

Sammamish will feature an experienced offensive line with three seniors and two juniors.
As Bellevue practices

Bellevue Wolverines begin season in unfamiliar territory | HS Football

As the Wolverines conduct their defensive practice on the field below, Bellevue High School football coach Butch Goncharoff ponders from the grandstands the situation his team finds itself in this season.

As Bellevue practices
Senior fullback Ian Case runs the ball during Newport’s Friday practice on Aug. 22.

Knights face uphill battle

For the Newport Knights, it seems the 2008 football season will be all about answering questions.

Senior fullback Ian Case runs the ball during Newport’s Friday practice on Aug. 22.

The state of (Washington) football

Tomorrow marks the start of 23 weeks of madness.

Tam O’Shanter: show patience on this gem

This is the third in a series of columns focusing on golfing opportunities for Bellevue residents from the eyes of a true amateur. Previously reviewed courses include the Golf Club at Newcastle and Willows Run. This week’s course: Tam O’Shanter Golf and Country Club.

Interlake football coach Sheldon Cross barks instructions to his players during a downpour at the Saints Wednesday practice

Rain ushers in football season for Interlake Saints

Despite a torrential downpour that soaked the Interlake High School opening football practice, head coach Sheldon Cross could only smile while talking about his team’s chances at a playoff berth this season.

Interlake football coach Sheldon Cross barks instructions to his players during a downpour at the Saints Wednesday practice
Bobby Kubacki

The Road Less Traveled

Two Bellevue-area football players will spend a year at an East Coast prep school to try and enhance their chances to land a scholarship at a Division 1 college football program.

Bobby Kubacki
Bobby Kubacki

Bellevue athletes look to east coast prep schools to chase D-I football dreams

Reece Anderson should have died eight months ago. After a trip to Pullman in December for the graduation of a friend’s sister, the driver of the car in which Anderson was riding fell asleep at the wheel. The car flipped eight times as a result. “The doctors told me that I should be dead,” Anderson said.

Bobby Kubacki

A world class jerk

It took less than a second for Usain Bolt to go from gold medal champion and world record-holder to world-class jerk.

Bellevue Reporter Minor League Report | A look at local athletes in pro baseball

The following is a listing of players with Bellevue ties playing professional baseball. If you know a player who should be added to the list, please call Joel Willits at 425-453-5045 or e-mail him at jwillits@reporternewspapers.com.

Eastside Catholic teammates Matt Boyd

Eastside pair a hit at prestigious Calif. baseball tournament

A pair of Eastside baseball players recently returned from a prestigious baseball tournament with eyes towards competing in another this weekend.

Eastside Catholic teammates Matt Boyd
The 18th hole ends with a shot over a large fountain.

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.

The 18th hole ends with a shot over a large fountain.

Phelps quest overshadows rest of U.S. team’s success

It was one of those magical events. One of those Olympic moments where the result simply shocks, where the brain screams, that the eyes simply cannot believe what they just saw.

Mariners’ ball girl Erin Tsutsumoto hands out a ball that she caught after it rolled over to right field

Newport’s Erin Tsutsumoto serves as ball girl for Seattle Mariners

There’s one thing for certain about Erin Tsutsumoto’s summer job: the view is to kill for. The Newport senior has the best seat in the house - at Safeco Field. Tsutsumoto is in her second year as a ball girl for the Seattle Mariners, where she shags the various foul balls that come down the line during the game.

Mariners’ ball girl Erin Tsutsumoto hands out a ball that she caught after it rolled over to right field