Joel Willits

Nick (standing) and Liz (seated) Merrill later this month will run from Portland to their Bellevue home to raise funds to provide water to Africa. With them are their children

Merrill familiy plans Portland-to-Bellevue run to raise money for African wells

Liz Strathy-Merrill and her husband, Nick Merrill, are taking the marathon to an all-new level, all for a cause in which the two fiercely believe. The Bellevue couple will run 200 miles from Portland to their Bellevue neighborhood, each of them running 25 miles a day, almost a complete marathon for four-straight days August 26-29.

Nick (standing) and Liz (seated) Merrill later this month will run from Portland to their Bellevue home to raise funds to provide water to Africa. With them are their children
Bobby Engram and his daughter

Seahawk Bobby Engram’s daughter gives focus in battle against sickle cell anemia

Fast. Tough. Reliable. These are the traits Bobby Engram possesses on the football field, the traits that helped the wide receiver lead the Seahawks last season in receptions and receiving yards. The same traits that allow a 35-year-old man to continue to excel in a young man’s game, to become the team’s most valuable receiving threat.

Bobby Engram and his daughter

Bellevue’s Ben Johnson moves to AAA

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.

Brad Reid has moved from the Arizona League to the Mariners’  rookie team to the M’s Class A advanced team.

BCC’s Reid leaps through Mariners farm system

A month into his professional baseball career, Brad Reid has learned one thing: you need to have a short memory to succeed as a pitcher in pro ball. After appearing in only one game with the Peoria Mariners of the Arizona League, the Seattle Mariners’ rookie team, Reid was called up to the High Desert Mavericks, the M’s Class A advanced team in the California League.

Brad Reid has moved from the Arizona League to the Mariners’  rookie team to the M’s Class A advanced team.
Lakeside’s Grant Gellatly gets a hit against Bankers Baseball Club.

Lakeside finishes fourth in tourney

Perhaps it was just fatigue from playing their sixth game in six days. Or maybe it was the hot bats of the Bankers Baseball Club, or the weary Lakeside pitching.

Lakeside’s Grant Gellatly gets a hit against Bankers Baseball Club.

Second-half MLB predictions | Joel Willits

It’s All-Star break time in Major League Baseball, so there’s no better time to lay out some bold predictions for the second-half of the season.

Lakeside first baseman Will Pierce stretches for the ball as Red Lion’s Cody O’Neill slides back to the base Sunday

Lakeside squeezes into third/fourth place game

After a pair of tough losses in which they could not find a way to mount an offensive attack, the Lakeside Recovery American Legion Baseball club found itself with its back against the wall on the last day of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament.

Lakeside first baseman Will Pierce stretches for the ball as Red Lion’s Cody O’Neill slides back to the base Sunday

A showcase of Washington baseball talent | Joel Willits

If you like baseball, I can’t encourage you enough to head out to either BCC or Bannerwood Park this weekend.

Bankers #16 Michael Robertson

Lakeside Recovery defeats Honda in first game of Brandy Pugh tourney

What looked to be a sure victory quickly turned into a scare for the Lakeside Recovery Senior Legion baseball team in its first game of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament.

Bankers #16 Michael Robertson
Benjamin Titus stands on the second hole at Bellevue Municipal Golf Course where he scored an albatross

Forget eagles and birdies — Bellevue golfer hits albatross

For the record, Benjamin Titus didn’t even know what an albatross was until two weeks ago. But, thanks to two perfect swings of a golf club, both Titus and his father, Bud, know all about albatrosses and the odds against obtaining them. An albatross is perhaps the most rare event in golf. Also known as a double eagle, an albatross occurs when a golfer shoots 3-under par on a hole. That’s what Titus did June 23 on the second hole at the Bellevue Municipal Golf Course.

Benjamin Titus stands on the second hole at Bellevue Municipal Golf Course where he scored an albatross

Kudos to Fourth and fireworks

Finally, a sport that doesn’t disappoint.

A generation of memories gone

For once in my life, I’m speechless. So I’ll make this brief, because each word typed out on this keyboard makes me sick to write.

Runners cross the 520 floating bridge to Bellevue during the Virginia Mason Team Medicine Seafair Marathon.

Seafair Marathon’s start leaves 400 runners stranded

The sun was shining, the runners were trained and ready, but due to a organizational snafu, some participants in the Virginia Mason Team Medicine Seafair Marathon were left out of the race.

Runners cross the 520 floating bridge to Bellevue during the Virginia Mason Team Medicine Seafair Marathon.
Alexa Linger became motivated to help others after the death of a friend.

Bellevue grad plans basketball camp in tribute to fallen UW classmate

Alexa Linger wanted to do more. The Bellevue High grad and UW freshman had been volunteering with the Seattle Union Gospel Mission since November of 2007, and was looking for a way to do something bigger for the Mission, but struggled to figure out what that might be. After tragedy rocked both the Bellevue and University of Washington communities, Linger realized she could wait no longer. When Chase Anderson, an ex-boyfriend and friend of Linger’s from Bellevue High School, was tragically killed April 25 while longboarding on the university’s campus, it changed the way Linger approached life.

Alexa Linger became motivated to help others after the death of a friend.
Players and coaches of the Bellevue Blue lacrosse team celebrate after taking second in an East Coast tournament.

Bellevue Blue lacrosse sticks it to East Coast competition

When the Bellevue Blue 7/8 lacrosse team traveled to Philadelphia last week, they were able to taste some authentic Philadelphia cuisine in addition to the competition of a large East Coast lacrosse tournament.

Players and coaches of the Bellevue Blue lacrosse team celebrate after taking second in an East Coast tournament.
Blaine Lints

Newport’s Lints blazes new trail in triathlon

After swimming a quarter mile, biking for 14 miles and finishing up with a 5-kilometer run, Blaine Lints had only one feeling - regret.

Blaine Lints

No worries WSU fans: all is well with Paul Wulff

I thought it was time to throw a bone to the West-side Cougars.

Mariners clean house, hard part will be replenishing it | Column

A lot of boxes were packed in a three-day span at Safeco Field last week. With the Mariners sitting dead-last in the majors, the powers-that-be announced General Manager Bill Bavasi had been relieved of his duties early in the week. On Thursday, Seattle canned manager John McLaren, who had led the club to a lackluster 68-84 record since taking over for Mike Hargrove last season.

Brad Reid

Three BCC MLB draftees sign contracts with teams

Three of the four current and former BCC baseball players selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft have signed with their teams, according to BCC head coach Mark Yoshino.

Brad Reid

Swanson led in athletics and activities

On the field and off, Jenika Swanson stands tall.