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Beamer’s Carpio, TJ’s Williams top wrestling rankings

December 16th, 2011 at 11:20 am by caseyolson
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The Washington Wrestling Report website came out with its updated high school rankings Thursday. They include rankings for all classifications, along with 4A, 3A, etc. They also include team rankings for all classes.

Beamer’s Ares Carpio is the website’s top-ranked wrestler at 126 pounds and Thomas Jefferson’s K.W. Williams is the top-ranked wrestler at 195 pounds.

For a complete list of the rankings, click here.

High school students suspended for ‘Tebowing’

December 16th, 2011 at 9:34 am by caseyolson
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This is kind of funny, but still kind of unsettling.

Four students at Riverhead High in Long Island, N.Y., were suspended after Tebowing, in which they struck a pose that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is known for, in the hall. Jordan Fulcoly, Wayne Drexel and brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll were given one-day suspensions for their homage to Tebow. The school suspended them because other students joined them, clogging the hallways.

Here is video of the incident from the Los Angeles Times.


Portland’s Brandon Roy set to retire?

December 9th, 2011 at 9:49 am by caseyolson
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Portland Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy is planning to announce his retirement due to degenerative knees, perhaps as soon as today, sources with knowledge of Roy’s decision have told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard and’s Chad Ford.

Roy grew up in Seattle and attended Garfield High School before playing four years at the University of Washington.  Roy, 27, has had three knee surgeries in the past 18 months. Last season he averaged a career low 12.2 points while playing in just 47 games as a reserve.

A three-time All-Star, Roy was named the 2006-07 NBA Rookie of the Year after being drafted sixth overall in the 2006 NBA Draft. Roy’s best season came in 2008-09 when at the age of 24 he averaged 22.6 points and 5.1 assists in 78 games for Portland.

Talia Walton to make debut with Huskies Friday?

December 7th, 2011 at 11:26 am by caseyolson
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Federal Way High School graduate Talia Walton is set to make her debut on the University of Washington women’s basketball team on Friday when the Huskies host the University of Portland, according to the Seattle Times.

Walton underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee in October. Walton was one of the top recruits for Washington’s 2011 class coming out of Federal Way last spring. The 6-foot-2 Walton helped lead the Eagles to three state tournament berths, and was highly sought after because of her ability to score from all areas of the court.

Walton was voted the Associated Press Class 4A Washington Prep Girls Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Eagles into the state title game as a senior.

Walton was also named the South Puget Sound League’s South Division Most Valuable Player, Seattle Times’ Star Times All-Area, The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year and the Mirror’s All-City Player of the Year.

Walton led the Eagles to a perfect 16-0 record in the South Puget Sound League South Division and to the West Central/Southwest District championship, while averaging 17 points and close to 13 rebounds per game. It was the third-straight season that Federal Way has played at the Class 4A State Girls Basketball Tournament.

She also led the SPSL in rebounding during the regular season by grabbing 11.8 per game. Walton also led the league in blocked shots and was 10th in the league in steals (2.13 a game). She was a first-team, All-SPSL North selection for the third time.

Sounders FC Academy update

December 6th, 2011 at 11:53 am by caseyolson
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Report taken from

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLA. — It was a mixed weekend for Sounders FC Academy as they competed in the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. The U18’s struggled, losing two intense matches and tying their final game, while the U16’s continued their success with three strong victories. The weekend was highlighted by the US U17 Men’s National Team winning the Nike International Friendlies after a 3-1 victory over Brazil on Sunday, thanks in large part to keeper Paul Christensen, a Sounders FC Academy product.

On Friday, the Sounders squads were pitted against Kendall Soccer Club from Miami. The U18’s got in a hole early as Kendall took a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of play. Current Todd Beamer junior Ike Crook cut the lead right before the half when he scored on a header in the 39th minute on an assist from Stefan Bangsund. Kendall came back immediately, however, scoring right after the second half kick in the 40th minute. The Rave Green immediately dialed up the pressure and scored in the 45th when Bangsund volleyed in a cross from Sam Langston, but that would be the last score of the day as Kendall emerged with a 3-2 edge. Things got messy late in the game as a melee broke out about 30 yards from goal as the Sounder U18’s were pressing forward. The scuffle resulted in red card ejections for Sounders Michael Gallagher and Ian Lange.

The U16 Sounders took down Kendall 2-1 on goals from David Olsen and Duncan McCormick. Olsen got the Rave Green on the board in the 31st minute with a nice finish on an assist from James Nosack. In the 53rd, Kyle Bjornethun dribbled up the right sideline past two defenders and crossed to McCormick for the goal. Kendall would score on a defensive miscue in the 68th, but Sounders FC locked it up from there on out to prevent an equalizer. Saturday’s matches saw Sounders FC on the pitch with fellow MLS youth academy FC Dallas.

The U18 game featured a matchup of two USSDA Division Winners from last year, and the teams didn’t disappoint. After no scoring in the first half, Dallas picked up two goals early in the second half and held a 2-0 lead through 70 minutes. However, in the 71st, Rave Green striker Dom Dismuke came alive. Dismuke, who has eight goals in nine USSDA matches this season, picked up goals in the 71st and 85th minutes on assists from Nick Raskasky and Austin Curtis, respectively. The score remained 2-2 until the 90th minute when Dallas picked up a late-winner on a scramble in the box. The Sounders battled tough in 3-2 loss despite missing the players that received red cards on Friday.

In the U16 game, Sounders FC scored three first half goals and cruised to a 3-0 win over FC Dallas, led by a goal and an assist from Olsen. McCormick scored first on a penalty kick in the 25th minute after a handball in the box. Olsen scored in the 29th on a pass from Michael Steele and assisted Miguel Medina’s goal in the 37th. Decatur High School keeper Connor Adkisson gets the clean sheet for Seattle.

After two strong performances over the weekend, U16 defender Jalen Markey was called up to play with the U17/18 Select Team, an all-star team that played in front of US U18 Men’s National Team coach Richie Williams, as well as numerous other scouts and Development Academy Technical Advisors. Markey, who started and played a full 90 minutes for the “Red” side, came up huge in a 1-1 tie against “Blue” on Saturday night. After Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC) put Blue up 1-0 with a goal in the 11th minute, but Red responded in the 61st when Markey accurately placed a cross in the box for Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake AZ), who rose up and headed in the equalizer.

The teams were off Sunday and went to watch fellow-Sounders FC Academy player Paul Christensen start in goal for the US U17 Men’s National Team against Brazil in the final game of the Nike International Friendlies. Christensen, a Woodinville resident and member of the Sounders FC Pre-Academy squad, is living in Florida as part of the US Men’s National Team residency program. His three saves helped the US win 3-1 and clinch their first ever championship in the tournament. With all the scoring occurring in the first half, Christensen was able to handle Brazil’s increased offensive pressure in the second 45, most notably securing a save on a late-opportunity for Brazil from 15 yards out.

The Monday games concluded the weekend with the Sounders FC teams facing the McLean Academy. The games were played simultaneously at 11:15 a.m. on fields next to each other, with Head Coach Dick McCormick and Sean Henderson coaching the U18 game, and Technical Director Darren Sawatzky and Billy Crook coaching the U16 game. The U18′s tied the match 1-1, getting an unassisted goal from Jordan Schweitzer. Markey was called up to play on the U18 team from the U16 team as a reward for stellar play.

The U16’s beat McLean 3-2 despite going down twice in the game. After McLean scored first in the 15th, the Sounders answered on the kickoff with a goal from Olsen, assisted by Medina. At 1-1, the Rave Green gave up another goal on a defensive miscue, allowing McLean to go up again 2-1. In the 71st minute James Molyneux-Elliot scored an equalizer on an assist from Bjornethun. The game ended in explosive fashion in the last minute, with Olsen scoring again for the winner after a Mark Matula run down the flank, giving the Sounders a 3-2 win. Olsen highlighted the weekend for the U16’s, finishing the weekend with four goals and an assist, while McCormick (two game-winning goals), Bjornethun (two assists), and Medina (goal, assist) also came up big.

The Sounders FC Academy teams play next on December 17th against the Vancouver Whitecaps in another MLS youth academy showdown.

Sounders FC hosting open tryouts in January

December 6th, 2011 at 11:49 am by caseyolson
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RENTON, WASH. - The Seattle Sounders FC will hold open tryouts on January 21-22, 2012, at the team’s training fields at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Tryouts will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The tryouts are open to male soccer players ages 18 years and older. Tryouts will feature small-sided as well as 11v11 games.

Players will be assessed by members of the Sounders FC technical and coaching staffs, including Head Coach Sigi Schmid, General Manager Adrian Hanauer and Technical Director Chris Henderson. In addition, other approved assessors will oversee the tryouts including goalkeeper coaches.

“We continue to seek the best domestic and foreign talent that can help the Sounders be more successful on the pitch,” said Sounders FC Technical Director Chris Henderson. “Anytime a player has a chance to perform in front of a professional coaching staff with hopes of pursuing his lifelong dreams, it is very exciting.”

The registration cost for each player is $125. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

To register, visit

Once applications are accepted participants will receive email notification.

Huskies will play Baylor in the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl

December 6th, 2011 at 11:44 am by caseyolson
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Washington will play Baylor in the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 29. Kickoff is 6 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN, with Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich on the call. The game will also air on the Washington IMG Radio Network, with flagship KJR (950 AM and 102.9 FM) and affiliates, as well as nationally on ESPN Radio.
Washington and Baylor have faced one another four times in their histories, with Baylor having won three of the four. The Bears won regular-season games in Waco in 1954 and 1965 and another in Seattle in 1955 while Washington’s win in the series came in 1965 at Husky Stadium. They’ve never met in a bowl game.
This is Washington’s first appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl and 32nd all-time bowl game. The Huskies have previously played bowl games in the state of Texas on four occasions, having appeared in the Sun Bowl in 1979, 1986, 1995 and 2002. The Huskies are 16-14-1 all-time in bowl games.
The Huskies are holding their annual team awards banquet Sunday night, so there is no press availability. However, here are some quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian, as well as quarterback Keith Price and linebacker Cort Dennison:

Sarkisian: “We’re excited to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl and to represent the University of Washington and the Pac-12 Conference. The selection is a testament to the hard work our team has put in, and we look forward to a great trip and exciting game.”

Price: “It’s a big honor for us to be selected for this game. It’s a great reward for the team and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to play.”

Dennison: “As a team, we’re very excited and honored to get to play in such a great bowl game. A lot of our hard work has paid off, but we realize that we have a big challenge in front of us. We’re excited to go out and compete and represent our university.”

The Huskies will return to the practice field (Dempsey Indoor) Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11. Practices on Friday and Saturday begin at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s starts at 9:30 a.m. Washington will also practice in the Dempsey each day Dec. 15-19 and then depart for San Antonio on Dec. 23. The UW will practice Dec. 24-27 in San Antonio.

Times beyond next weekend have yet to be determined. The Valero Alamo Bowl will also host press conferences for both teams on Dec. 26 (UW offense/Baylor defense), Dec. 27 (UW defense/Baylor offense) and Dec. 28 (head coaches) at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk, which is the official media hotel.

For tickets and additional UW information, go to the Huskies official Bowl Central page.

Touchdown ‘celebration’ costs his team a state title in Mass.

December 6th, 2011 at 11:39 am by caseyolson
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Here is a heart-breaking story out of Massachusetts that was found on

When he raised his fist on his way to the end zone, Boston (Mass.) Cathedral High quarterback Matt Owens that he was celebrating the score that would hand his school a surprising Super Bowl title. Instead, he was doing the one thing that could keep them from it: Earning a penalty on a play where there was nothing but green turf between himself and the end zone.

As reported by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald among other sources, Owens was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for raising his fist during his run to the end zone in the fourth quarter, a call which negated the touchdown and moved the ball back out to the spot of the foul at the Blue Hills (Mass.) High 24-yard-line.

For the complete story including a photo of the hand-raising, click here.

Federal Way grad Jodie Kaczor Berry named top assistant hoop coach

December 6th, 2011 at 11:12 am by caseyolson
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Federal Way High School graduate Jodie Kaczor Berry is in her seventh year as a member of the Gonzaga women’s basketball coaching staff and fifth year as an assistant coach. She served as the coordinator of women’s basketball operations for the Bulldogs for two seasons prior to being promoted to an assistant coach role in the summer of 2005. Kaczor Berry was promoted to Gonzaga’s top assistant last summer after Jennifer Mountain left to become the head coach at Santa Clara University.

Kaczor Berry brings a solid basketball background to GU after earning four varsity letters at Western Washington University. She finished her career as WWU’s career leader in three-pointers (210) and free-throw percentage (81.9) and earned All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors in 2001 and 2002. Western Washington posted a 95-24 record during Kaczor Berry’s four-year career and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament with a final four appearance in 2000. Kaczor Berry led Federal Way to the 1996 state girls basketball championship.

Here is a story by Jason Belzer, currently posted on that names the 25 best assistant coaches at women’s mid-major basketball programs across the nation.
Federal Way’s Kaczor Berry is ranked fourth overall by Belzer:

Over the past few seasons, I compiled lists of the top assistant coaches in men’s college basketball, most of which have now gone on to lead their own programs as head coaches. On the heels of the success of these lists, I have decided to provide a similar ranking for women’s college basketball “Mid-Major” assistant coaches.
Ranking the quality of a team is never easy. Ranking the quality of a coach is even harder. Ranking an assistant coach is well… almost down right impossible. There are so many factors that go into determining what exactly makes a good assistant coach; work ethic, servants mentality, reliability, attention to detail, recruiting skills, overall basketball knowledge, the list goes on and on. What is most imperative to remember is that even though assistant coaches are integral parts of each program, they are not irreplaceable. A good assistant supports his head coach, and not the other way around.
In compiling this list, several factors were weighed, one of the more significant of which was an assistant’s longevity with the program. Those that have served their time and paid their dues with unquestionable loyalty to their head coaches have proven their worth as an assistant and will themselves be rewarded one day with the opportunity to lead a program. Other factors that went into the rankings include; overall program success while on staff, total years as an assistant, head coaching experience, recruiting, reputation amongst peers, and future potential. Many staffs, as you will see, have two long tenured assistants that have worked in tandem and are thus grouped together.
Almost all of those listed will one day be head of their own programs and those that are not will only be so by choice. Most importantly is the realization that this list was created not to classify the haves from the have-nots, but to honor those assistants who have done great work throughout their careers and bring something truly special to a staff.

1. Lori Bodnar – Kent State
As one of the most successful mid-major women’s college basketball assistants in the nation, Bodnar has played an integral role in leading the Golden Flashes to 3 Mid-American Conference Tournament Championships, 12 20-win seasons and 4 NCAA Tournament appearances over her 23 years with the program. She has also been vital in recruiting and coaching 14 All-MAC selections and 2 MAC tournament MVPs.

2. Jennifer Roos – Bowling Green
Roos enters her 11th season with the Falcons, where she has helped lead the program to tremendous success including 5 MAC Tournament crowns and 7 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. During the last 8 years, the Falcons have compiled an amazing 213-50 overall record, including 110-18 in MAC regular-season play and 131- 21 in all games vs. league foes during that time.

3. Misti Cussen – Oral Roberts
Since joining the Oral Roberts coaching staff in 1996, Cussin has assisted the Golden Eagles in winning 230 games and five NCAA tournament appearances. As the team’s top assistant, she has also helped the program secure five Summit League tournament titles, three All-American selections, five conference players of the year, five conference newcomers of the year, and 25 all-conference selections.

4. Jodie Kaczor Berry – Gonzaga
Kazcor Berry has helped guide Gonzaga to new heights, as the Bulldogs have made three-straight NCAA tournament appearances since she was promoted as top assistant in 2008. The Bulldogs’ amazing run of success includes winning 36-straight West Coast Conference games, making their first-ever trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2010 and their inaugural appearance in the Elite Eight in 2011.

5. Megan Gebbia – Marist
Gebbia’s resume includes over 18 years of coaching experience as she begins her 8th season on the Marist staff, where she has helped lead the Red Foxes to 8 consecutive MAAC regular season titles and six straight NCAA tournament appearances. She also spent time at Wright State, UMBC and her Alma mater Towson.

6. Jeanine Radice – Delaware
As the longest tenured current assistant coach among Delaware women’s athletics teams, Radice has been a key component behind the Blue Hens run of success, which includes 258 wins, 2 NCAA tournament berths, 5 WNIT appearances and 3 conference titles.

7. Heather Stephens – Liberty
Entering her 9th season on the Lady Flames’ sideline, Stephens has helped build the program into a dominant force in the Big South by assisting them to 192 wins, 6 conference titles, and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2005.

8. Brad Nelson – Northern Iowa
Nelson begins his 12th season at Northern Iowa, where he has played a crucial role in the Panthers’ 2 NCAA Tournament and 3 WNIT postseason runs. Since being named recruiting coordinator in the 2001-02 season, he has helped sign 4 MVC All-Conference players including the 2011 MVC Player of the Year.

9. Charlie Buscaglia – Robert Morris
Enters his 8th season on the Colonials staff and 3rd as associate head coach. Helped RMU to back to back NEC Regular Season and Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008 In 2009-10 team set records for regular season wins (22) and captured its first outright NEC Regular Season. He spent 5 seasons as an assistant at his Alma mater, Manhattan, before joining the RMU staff.

10. Lisa Hayden – Miami (Ohio)
Over her 11 tenure at Miami, Lisa has helped developed 6 Redhawks players presently listed among Miami’s career top 10 in three-point field goals. She has also been instrumental to Miami’s 2 MAC Championships and first NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 7 years.

Federal Way’s Olive and Pulu named All-State

December 1st, 2011 at 4:38 pm by caseyolson
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Federal Way High School seniors Uso Olive and Jordan Pulu were named to The News Tribune’s All-State Team.

Olive is a Portland State-commit and might be the strongest player in the state of Washington. The 6-foot, 310-pound Olive can bench press 455 pounds and can toss away opposing offensive lineman like flies.

The senior finished third in the SPSL South in tackles for loss with 12 during the regular season. Olive’s presence in the middle of the Eagle defense helped Federal Way give up just 11.7 points a game, which was far-and-away the best in the SPSL.

Pulu was a first-team, preseason all-state selection and didn’t disappoint. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound middle linebacker was a beast in the middle for the Eagles’ defense and will play next fall at Washington State University. Pulu was named the SPSL South Division’s Linebacker of the Year by the coaches.

Pulu led Federal Way in tackles with 61 in nine SPSL games for an average of 6.8 a game. He had 50 solo tackles and a high game of 10.5. Pulu broke his ankle during the Eagles’ playoff opening win over Snohomish and was held off the field during their state loss to Eastlake.

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