Bellevue’s Aaron Bright and Newport’s Betsy Kingma will participate in the 17th annual Les Schwab Northwest Shootout basketball game on…
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.
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.”
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’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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.'”
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.
A survey released by the Bellevue School District in order to identify possible cuts, increases and reductions to school services has caught the ire of students and parents alike in Bellevue.
Before Aaron Bright even made it to the floor for his last game against Glacier Peak, it hit him.
This was it. The last hurrah. The last time the Stanford-bound senior would play a high school basketball game.
It hit the Bellevue star hard.