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

Poll tourney to attract female players

They can rack ‘em up and sink them in the pocket like few pool players can and still rock the high heels and lipstick.

  • Aug 15, 2008

Sammamish Rowing Association sets open house

The Sammamish Rowing Association will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at their boathouse.

  • Aug 15, 2008

Is your left side working right?

Before we get to the lesson this week I want to congratulate Scott Piercy on his win last weekend at the Wichita Open a Nationwide Tour event. I have spent many hours working with Scott on his swing and he is a great kid.

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.

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.

6-year-old takes on kids’ triathalon

Taylor Cundiff was one of the youngest participants in the PCC Natural Market Kids Triathlon that took place during Seafair last Sunday at Seward Park. Taylor, 6, competed in the Splashers event, which involved swimming 50 yards, biking one mile, and running one-fifth of a mile.

  • Aug 13, 2008

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.

Thoughts from Seahawks training camp

Competition is heating up at the Seahawks training camp in Kirkland. I spoke with starting cornerback Marcus Trufant about camp, the new facility in Renton, and a few other things.

  • Aug 12, 2008

Women give hockey a try — and Seattle Women’s Hockey Club is born

Women of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences have been coming together for generations to discuss their book club’s latest selection. But just as book clubs are no longer just for women, hockey clubs are no longer just for men. Many women like Bellevue resident Daniella Moreano, 23, have opted out of book clubs for a more lively and interactive clubs such as the Seattle Women’s Hockey Club.

  • Aug 9, 2008

Savannah ineligible for Huskies

Former Bellevue High School standout E.J. Savannah won’t be part of the University of Washington football team for the near future.

  • Aug 7, 2008

Does swingweight really matter?

The concept of swingweight was developed by custom clubmaker Kenneth Smith about 60 years ago. He was trying to figure out how to “match” clubs, and settled on balance point as a way to do so.

  • Aug 7, 2008

Lakeside season ends at state

One big hit in the first inning, and the result might have been different for the Lakeside Senior American Legion team Monday afternoon.

  • Aug 7, 2008

Drive for a Cure Golf Tournament raises $70K for cancer research

The Second Annual Drive for a Cure Golf Tournament, presented by Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, raised more than $70,000 for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The effort more than doubled last year’s total and brings the two year total to more than $100,000.

  • Aug 6, 2008

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.

Don’t take practice swings

There are a few reasons for this:

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.