Joel Willits

Toronto Blue Jays call up Newport grad Rommie Lewis

The Toronto Blue Jays have called up left-handed pitcher Rommie Lewis, making Lewis the eighth Newport alum to reach the Major Leagues since the school… Continue reading

Blaine Lints

130 miles in 24 hours? That’s next for Blaine Lints

Blaine Lints is moving again. It's hard to put a stop to the Newport junior, an endurance athlete who has completely immersed himself in the sport. Now he's using his talents for a great cause. Lints hopes to run for 24 hours straight during the University of Washington's Relay for Life on May 22 and 23 - raising money for each mile he runs, which he hopes will reach 130.

Blaine Lints

Little League day at Sammamish slated for April 28

The Sammamish and Interlake High School softball teams are welcoming all Bellevue East Little Leaguers and all other little leaguers to come out to Sammamish High on April 28 for Little League day at the ballpark. Sammamish coach Jessica Cabales called the event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. for the game between the Totems and Saints, an attempt to "create a marriage" between the two high schools and Bellevue East Little League, which feeds into Sammamish and Interlake.

Bob Albo to be honored by Newport with April 30 “Coach Albo Day”

Newport High School baseball will honor former coach Bob Albo on Friday, April 30 with "Coach Albo Day" at the ballpark during the Knights game… Continue reading

TJ Parthemer

Parthemer to play at Cornell University

TJ Parthemer, a left-handed starting pitcher for Bellevue College, has committed to play at Cornell University next season. Parthemer is speculated by coach Mark Yoshino to be the first NWAACC baseball player to play at an Ivy League school.

TJ Parthemer
Alex Kairis

Newport linebacker Alex Kairis takes on judo

Craig Kairis still laughs when he thinks about the friendly father-son battles he's had with his son Alex over the years. Over the years, Alex would sometimes playfully challenge his father - and every time, without fail, he'd end up on the ground, thanks to Craig's background in judo. "He was 13, 14 years old, bigger and stronger than me, and I could still drop him in a parking lot," Craig said with a laugh. "I used to joke with him, saying 'Hey Alex, which way do you want to fall this time?'" Finally, Alex got tired of falling.

Alex Kairis

Cole Wiper and Jared Fisher earn Perfect Game invites

Newport baseball players Cole Wiper and Jared Fisher have accepted invitations to Perfect Game's National Showcase June 17-20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Over the past eight years, the showcase has produced more first round Major League Baseball draft picks than any other showcase in history. The event is one of the largest scouting attractions in all of baseball. Wiper and Fisher are both juniors who pitch and play the infield. The last time a Newport High School player made the event was 2003, when Colin Curtis was selected.

Aaron Bright, Betsy Kingma to play in Northwest Shootout

Bellevue's Aaron Bright and Newport's Betsy Kingma will participate in the 17th annual Les Schwab Northwest Shootout basketball game on Saturday, April 17 at the… Continue reading

Football: ’08 Bellevue grad Altomare walks on at Idaho

Taylor Altomare, a 2008 graduate of Bellevue High School, has walked on to the University of Idaho football team.

Associated Press honors go to trio of Bellevue, Bellevue Christian and Newport athletes

Bellevue's Aaron Bright was named to the Associated Press all-state basketball first-team for Class 3A. Bright, who will attend Stanford next season, helped Bellevue to a seventh place finish at the 3A state tournament.

Kevin and Isabel Chien hope to become the first brother/sister combo to both qualify for the state tournament. Kevin qualified in the fall; freshman Isabel is expected to be one of Newport's top golfers this season.

No sibling rivalry here

If Isabel Chien qualifies for the 4A state tournament as a freshman, she'll be making things easier for her whole family. That's because her brother, Kevin, has already qualified for the state tournament. If Isabel qualifies, the Chien's could be due for a little more family time.

Kevin and Isabel Chien hope to become the first brother/sister combo to both qualify for the state tournament. Kevin qualified in the fall; freshman Isabel is expected to be one of Newport's top golfers this season.
Seniors Madeline Hall

Depth a nice problem for Newport golf coaches

The toughest task on the Newport girls golf team may belong to coach Frank Nimmo. It's Nimmo who has to make a tough call every match - which eight of his many talented golfers he will use to battle for varsity points. With a team that has more than 10 golfers who can make a big impact, it's not always easy. "From a coaching standpoint, it makes it tricky," Nimmo said at Newport's practice on their home course, the Golf Club at Newcastle. "Don't get me wrong, it's a great problem to have."

Seniors Madeline Hall

College basketball fun reveals potential for football | From the Sidelines

Who'da thunk it?Butler University, the private libral arts university of just over 4,000 students in Indianapolis, playing Basketball University in the National Championship game on… Continue reading

Bellevue’s Jimmy Trull wins wrestling titles, will go to nationals

Bellevue's Jimmy Trull won both the USAW Cadet Freestyle and Greco Roman 215-pound championships at Battle Ground High School on March 27 and 28 in the USAW Northwest Regional. The tournament is one of three qualifying events for nationals, held in Fargo, North Dakota. The greco roman tournament had 314 participants from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Alaska. The top three finishers qualified for nationals.

Bellevue Christian's trio of junior pitchers have the Vikings thinking about a return trip to the Class 1A state tournament. From left

Vikings hope tradition carries on for BCS baseball

In its short history, the Bellevue Christian baseball team has set some expected standards. Since the program began in 1998, its players have laid down simple set of objectives. Play hard. Win the Emerald City League . Go to state. Compete. It's a tradition - an expected one - that's in the head of each player. "Tradition doesn't graduate," said shortstop Max Pressey, one of two Bellevue Christian seniors. "You have to carry on what's been done before you. You don't want to be the seniors who didn't win the league title and didn't make it to state."

Bellevue Christian's trio of junior pitchers have the Vikings thinking about a return trip to the Class 1A state tournament. From left
Newport seniors (from top to bottom) Trace Tam Sing

Solid core, new coach Hal DeBerry have Newport up and running | Prep Baseball

Among all the familiar faces returning to the Newport baseball team, a squad that finished fourth in class 4A last season, one is noticeably absent. Brian Fischer, who led the Knights to a 222-91-1 record and three state titles in 15 seasons, opted not to return as head coach this season, instead remaining in Arizona, where he lives. Taking over this season is former Knights assistant Hal DeBerry, who enters his first year at the helm amid high expectations thanks to a host of returners from last years squad. "It's daunting," DeBerry said. "You don't want to be the guy to replace the legend, but in this situation, I'm replacing two legends with Brian and coach [Bob] Albo. I don't think I'm that much different than the kids are used to though...it's like, heck, it's very nice to have all the pieces in place. We came in and hit the ground running."

Newport seniors (from top to bottom) Trace Tam Sing
Kent native Kenny Mayne couldn't be happier with his current role at ESPN.

From garbage can builder to Mayne Street: Kent native Kenny Mayne has found his niche at ESPN

When Kenny Mayne explains how he finally landed a job offer from ESPN, he makes sure he notes the stops along the way. A gig at the now-defunct KSTW TV station in Seattle. A stint as a prepaid legal insurance salesman. Time spent working for the communications company MCI. And yes, even a job as a garbage can builder. But persistence finally won ESPN over. Mayne, who'd been a freelance producer for the Bristol, Conn., based sports giant for four years, sent executive John Walsh a letter one day - a letter that asked him to check the appropriate box.

Kent native Kenny Mayne couldn't be happier with his current role at ESPN.

The affects of a great training program can surprise anyone | From the Sidelines

The date is getting closer.As of this issue, I'm a mere 45 days away from my half-marathon (the one my lovely wife signed me up… Continue reading

Bellevue’s Lansing completes Big Climb – and intends to better her mark next year

Bellevue's Shirley Lansing has a reason to be at next year's Columbia Center Big Climb. "I had no idea they were timing," said Lansing, who at 80-years-old was the oldest female participant. "I thought I was just cruising up, no big deal. When I saw my time, I thought 'oh gee, I wanted to be faster than that.'"

Shirley Lansing

Bellevue woman will be oldest female in Sunday’s Big Climb

When 6,000 participants begin to ascend the 1,311 stairs that make up the Columbia Center's Big Climb on Sunday, Bellevue resident Shirley Lansing will be among the field. Lansing, 80-years-old, enters the event as the oldest woman in the field.

Shirley Lansing