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Decorated Thurston County Soccer Players Meet in Tucson for PDL West Title

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Miguel Gonzalez (Kitsap Pumas)

The Premier Development League’s Western Conference semifinals kick off tonight in Tucson, Arizona with a distinctly Thurston County flair.

The Kitsap Pumas and two brothers from Yelm, Daniel and Miguel Gonzalez, and Evergreen alum George Bundy kick off at 6:00 PM against the Ventura County Fusion and Capital graduate Josh Phillips leads the defense for FC Tucson when they play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23s at 8:00 PM at the Kino Sports Complex.

Miguel Gonzalez and Phillips are both trying to prove that they can play professional soccer at a high level after finishing decorated Division I collegiate careers. Despite Gonzalez being named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year for his 15 goals with Seattle University and Phillips earning West Coast Conference Defender of the Year in his senior season at Gonzaga, neither were extended invitations to the Major League Soccer Combine.

All Gonzalez does is continue to score. In nine games, the Pumas forward has six goals and two assists in leading Kitsap to the Northwest Conference’s title.

Gonzalez set records at Peninsula College in Port Angeles with 34 goals as a sophomore and 49 career goals for the Pirates and was named NWAACC West Division MVP both seasons. He then scored four goals as a junior and 15 goals as a senior at Seattle University including both goals in a 2-1 NCAA tournament first round upset of Creighton in 2013.

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Josh Phillips (Gonzaga athletics)

Phillips started the majority of games over his first three seasons at Gonzaga but it wasn’t until an outstanding senior season that he popped up on the the radar of professional teams. The Zags, led by a handful of talented and motivated seniors, posted a 10-6-3 record and finished third in the WCC after not winning a single game the previous season.

Phillips was named WCC Defender of the Year and was expected to be a late pick in the MLS SuperDraft. That didn’t happen but Phillips did score trials with USL squad Sacramento Republic FC and a pair of Germany clubs. Without a pro offer, Phillips joined a few of his Gonzaga teammates in Arizona and has played well in 10 games for FC Tucson notching one assist out of the backfield.

Joining Miguel Gonzalez on the Kitsap squad is his younger brother and fellow Yelm standout and Peninsula College alum, Daniel and Evergreen Geoducks standout and ex-Tumwater Pioneer George Bundy. Daniel has played in four games in the midfield for the Pumas while Bundy has appeared in three games in defense.

If the Pumas can get past the Ventura County Fusion and FC Tucson can best the Whitecaps U23s tonight, the Gonzalez brothers and Bundy would face Phillips on Saturday at 7:30 PM in Tucson.

UPDATE: Both games came down to the wire and all of the Thurston County products are still alive and will meet for the Western Conference title on Saturday.

The Kitsap Pumas and Ventura County Fusion played to a 3-3 tie after regular time and 30 minutes of extra time before the Pumas won 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout.

Following that game, FC Tucson scored in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time to knock off the Whitecaps U-23s.

UPDATE #2: Miguel Gonzalez scored Kitsap’s second goal on Saturday night and the Pumas knocked off FC Tucson 3-0 to take the Western Conference title. They will travel to Pontiac, Michigan this weekend for the PDL Final Four and will face the Ocala Stampede on Friday at 2:00 PM.

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Third Annual Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup Kicks Off Saturday

FoM2014The third annual Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup kicks off on Saturday morning at Tumwater High School featuring six teams comprised of alumni of local high schools playing in honor of Mia Deligeannis, who passed away from childhood cancer two years ago at the age of five, and raising funds for childhood cancer research and families at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The tournament gets underway on Saturday at 9:00 AM at Tumwater Stadium with a game between Capital and Tumwater and wraps up on Sunday with the championship game at 3:00. Pints Barn hosts the tournament party after the games on Saturday where they will air the Sounders game and raffle off a signed Sounders jersey.

Capital won their second straight FoM Alumni Soccer Cup in 2014.

Capital won their second straight FoM Alumni Soccer Cup in 2013.

Admission to the tournament is free and Friends of Mia will be accepting donations throughout the tournament. If you are interested in playing, there are spots still available on some teams. For more information, visit the signup page at Brown Paper Tickets. Registration is $65 and players are guaranteed four games.

Area Pros Open 2014 Baseball Season: Vogt, Conley Assigned to AAA

Baseball season is underway and Minor League Baseball kicks off this week with a handful of Olympia area athletes in action. Four locals are playing and one is managing in affiliated Minor League ball while two are representing the area in the independent leagues.


vogtStephen Vogt – C – Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
: The Visalia, California native and Azusa Pacific graduate who now winters in the Olympia area was one of the last cuts from the Major League roster and will start the season in triple-A Sacramento.

“That was maybe the most difficult one I’ve ever had to do,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told the San Jose Mercury News. “What he’s meant to this team in the time he’s been here. Come into spring trying to make a team, proving that he belongs here, and he did. That’s a tough one on everybody.”

Vogt appeared in 47 games for the A’s last season and hit .252 with four home runs and 16 RBIs and started all five American League Division Series games against the Detroit Tigers and collected the game winning hit in game two that led to this celebration…

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Vogt hit .324 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs in Sacramento last season. If either of the A’s catchers – John Jason and Derek Norris – goes down with an injury, Vogt will be back up in Oakland. If he is not called up by then, Vogt and the River Cats visit Tacoma for four games starting on April 19th.


ConleyAdam Conley – P – New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA)
: The Olympia High School alum and 2011 second round pick of the Miami Marlins continues to rise the Marlins ladder and will start the season at triple-A New Orleans.

Conley, Baseball America’s #8 prospect in the Miami organization, is in his third full season in the minors and third season as a starting pitcher and will look to improve upon his outstanding season at double-A Jacksonville where he went 11-7 with a 3.25 ERA and 129 strikeouts.

If he continues to pitch strong in triple-A, expect Conley to get a mid-season call up and opportunity to start games for the Marlins. Miami has a talented and young but unproven rotation in Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner and Tom Koehler and if one of them falters, Conley could be the first called upon to replace them.


champlinKramer Champlin – P – Dunedin Blue Jays (A)
: Olympia High School’s other representative in the minors, Champlin moves up from the low-A Midwest League to high-A Florida State League and the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Champlin had a breakout season in relief for Lansing last season. The 33rd round draft pick out of Arizona State went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 81 innings and was one out away from a seven inning perfect game in a spot start in June that was broken up with just one out to go.

Champlin earned a promotion to Dunedin but gave up 14 runs, eight earned in three games and was sent back to Lansing.


seth harveySeth Harvey – P – Milwaukee Brewers Org.
: Harvey had Tommy John surgery in May and is currently rehabbing and hopes to be back pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers organization one year later, middle to late May.

The 26 year-old River Ridge alum earned 10 saves in 16 appearances for the high-A Brevard County Manatees before he was injured.


jared-sandberg-picJared Sandberg – Mgr. – Charlotte Stone Crabs (A):
Capital graduate, former Major Leaguer and Sandberg Baseball Club owner Jared Sandberg returns to the Tampa Bay organization for his sixth season as a coach and will move up to the high-A Charlotte Stone Crabs after spending 2013 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Sandberg, 36, spent three seasons as the manager of the short season Hudson Valley Renegades and won a New York-Penn League championship in 2012. He picked up his 200th career managerial win last season and has compiled a 246-186 record in stints with Princeton, Hudson Valley and Bowling Green.


brodinJoash Brodin – 1B – Long Island Ducks (Ind.):
North Thurston’s Joash Brodin got a brief chance with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season appearing in a handful of games for the Visalia Rawhide at the end of the season but was released by the organization during Spring Training this year. While that may be bad news, Brodin was welcomed back with open arms by the independent Long Island Ducks, one of the most successful independent teams in the nation.

The 27 year-old from the College of Charleston first joined the Ducks in 2012 after his team, the London Rippers of the Frontier League, folded mid-season. Brodin was tearing up the Frontier League at the time hitting .370 with 11 homers and 49 runs scored in 59 games and continued his outstanding season at Long Island leading the Ducks to the Atlantic League championship with a .359 average in the playoffs. Last season, he hit .307 with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and 79 runs scored before signing with Arizona.

The Atlantic League season starts on April 25th.


o'bryanNate O’Bryan – P – Traverse City (Ind.)
: O’Bryan, an Olympia High School and Saint Martin’s grad, is heading to Michigan’s #1 resort town, Traverse City, for his second season in the independent Frontier League.

O’Bryan was a workhorse in relief for the Rockford Aviators last season when he pitched in 35 games, second most on the team, posting a 1-1 record.

The Beach Bums and O’Bryan open the 2014 season on May 16th against the Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget, Illinois.

Josh Phillips Named WCC Defender of the Year

PhillipsJosh Phillips, a 2010 graduate of Capital and currently a senior at Gonzaga University, was named the West Coast Conference’s Defender of the Year today. From GoZags.com

“Phillips (Olympia, Wash.) joins Nick Barclay in 2008 as the only other Bulldog to earn Defender of the Year accolades. A mainstay on the Bulldog defense he was instrumental in Gonzaga allowing opponents just 0.95 goals/match. The 10 wins for the Bulldogs this season marked the first double-digit wins season since 2000, and Gonzaga’s 5-4-3 WCC record for third place is the highest finish since 2008. He earned All-WCC second-team honors in 2011.

Phillips said it’s a great honor to be chosen.

‘I was pretty excited when I heard the news. It’s a great honor to be recognized with this award, not only for me but as a program we really turned things around this year. It’s been a wonderful ride this year.'”

Gonzaga went 10-6-3 overall this season and finished in third place of the WCC at 5-4-3 behind Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara. The Zags did not receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships on Sunday.

Phillips is the second local alum honored in Division I soccer. Tumwater grad Abbey Bergquist was named the Big Sky’s Newcomer of the Year. She made 16 starts for Portland State and scored a pair of goals with a pair of assists.

Today (9/5): Saints kick off the fall season with a soccer doublheader

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Men’s soccer

Saint Martin’s vs. Chico State – SMU Soccer Field – 3:00 PM


Women’s soccer

Saint Martin’s vs. Concordia – SMU Soccer Field – 5:30 PM

The soccer season at Saint Martin’s gets underway for real today when they host a men’s and women’s doubleheader beginning at 3:00 PM. The men welcome fellow NCAA Division II squad Chico State to town. The Wildcats were 9-3-6 last season and will pose a tough test for the Saints. Read more about both teams in the preview on SMUSaints.com.

Another tough test for the Saints comes at 5:30 PM when the women play host to the NAIA Division II’s 5th ranked Concordia Cavaliers. Olympia High School grad Olivia Brock has played in all three of Concordia’s games at goalkeeper. The freshman has made two starts and has given up just one goal in 200 minutes and may get the start in her hometown today. The Cavaliers are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents 11-1. Read more about the game from both Saint Martin’s and Concordia.

Keller, Stewart, Elam, Haupert, Berendt and Nault

Wednesday news and notes (updated throughout the day)

Kasey Keller at workFun interview with North Thurston grad Kasey Keller on TheGuardian.com mainly about his time playing in Europe. “We had pitch invasions at Millwall. I thought it was normal.” – Link

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Timberline alum Jonathan Stewart was placed on the Physically Unable to Play list yesterday by the Carolina Panthers. He will miss at least the first six weeks of the season. He won’t be eligible to play until the Panthers’ sixth game against St. Louis on October 20th. Stewart signed a $37.8 million extension last August but has only played in nine games since. – Link

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Capital has hired Tenino baseball head coach Jesse Elam as their new head coach and Kelsey Haupert as the new softball head coach for the Cougars. Elam took the Beavers to four state playoffs in his six years at Tenino and Haupert is a Black Hills grad that played at Purdue. – Link

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ThurstonTalk.com profiles Olympia graduate Michaela Berendt, who is a freshman playing volleyball at Villanova in Philadelphia after a great career for the Bears. – Link

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The Olympian begins their high school football previews with a profile of Shelton’s linebacker, tight end and rugby player Brian Nault. – Link

Today (8/24): Geoducks, Saints soccer; Super Stock 100; Hoopin For Life

Schedule for Saturday, August 24th

Men’s soccer

Evergreen vs. Fraser Valley (scrimmage) – Evergreen Pitch – 1:00 PM
Saint Martin’s vs. Alumni – SMU Soccer Field – 5:00 PM


Women’s soccer

Saint Martin’s vs. Alumni – SMU Soccer Field – 3:00 PM


Auto racing

Super Stock 100, hobby stocks, baby grands, vintage modifieds – South Sound Speedway – 6:30 PM


Basketball

Hoopin For Life Charity Tournament – South Sound Sports Center – All Day

Montgomery steps down at SMU; Bryant greyshirts; McCoy stars for Wolves; Oly table tennis

Wednesday news and notes

Dee Dee Montgomery - Photo from SMUSaints.com

Dee Dee Montgomery – Photo from SMUSaints.com

Dee Dee Montgomery resigned as Saint Martin’s head track & field coach today less than a month after taking the job. The 1996 Atlanta Olympics participant has taken an administrative position at another university. The  search is on for another head coach, the third since since Julie Sullivan stepped down in January. Chad Colwell was the interim coach when Sullivan stepped down and had the interim tag removed in April. Evergreen grad and former coach Jason McConnell was named head coach of the cross country team today as well. – Link

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Tumwater grad Jamie Bryant was one of the first 2013 recruits to verbally commit to the University of Washington football team but is now having to watch this season from Tumwater taking classes part time at SPSCC and working out at the high school after he was asked to greyshirt and not join the team until 2014. – Link

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ThurstonTalk.com profiles Black Hills High School libero Jensyn McCoy. The senior will lead a Wolves team that has a new coach, Tika Chandler, after her coach for the previous three years, Kara Peterson, left for Saint Martin’s. McCoy has verbally committed to play collegiate volleyball at Central Washington. – Link

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Tom Rohrer also brings you the story of the Olympia Table Tennis Club, who meet twice a week at Capital City Tennis in Tumwater. – Link

Stewart and Johnson still battling injuries; Tough luck for Conley; Saints men picked 7th

Tuesday news and notes (updated throughout the day)

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Jonathan Stewart

Timberline alum Jonathan Stewart still has not practiced for the Carolina Panthers this preseason and will not play on Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens. There is no timetable for his return from surgery on both of his ankles during the offseason and head coach Ron Rivera said that it is possible that he ends up on the physically unable to perform list. If he is put on the PUP list, he will miss the first six weeks of the season. – Link

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In other NFL injury news, Tumwater’s Matt Johnson was hoping to return to practice on Monday for the Dallas Cowboys but still has not seen the field since his injury in the Hall of Fame game. The Cowboys expect him to practice either at the end of this week or next week. – Link

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Touch luck loss for Olympia alum Adam Conley last night. Conley struck out seven, gave up three hits and one walk over six innings but allowed a solo home run and an RBI double in Jacksonville’s 2-1 loss in game one of a doubleheader in Chattanooga. Conley is now 11-6 this season with a 3.29 ERA for the Miami Marlins double-A affiliate. – Link

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The GNAC men’s soccer preseason poll was released today and Saint Martin’s is picked to finish seventh out of eight teams. Only GNAC newcomer, South Dakota School of Mines, is picked to finish below the Saints who won only three games last season and finished in the basement. – Link

North Thurston’s Brodin signs with Diamondbacks organization

Brodin-Connects-7-19-13After five outstanding seasons in the independent leagues, North Thurston grad Joash Brodin finally got the call from a Major League organization on Tuesday night and has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks this morning. He will head from Sugar Land, Texas where he was on the road with the Long Island Ducks, to Visalia of the advanced-A California League.

Brodin was hitting .307 with 11 home runs, 79 runs scored, 49 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He represented the Ducks in the Atlantic League All-Star, his third all-star game since hitting the independent circuit out of the College of Charleston.

He was in his second season with the Ducks having signed with them at midseason last year after his team, the London Rippers of the Frontier League, abruptly folded. He was tearing up the Frontier League for the Rippers hitting .370 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs in 59 games and then had to adjust to a higher level of competition in the Atlantic League and still hit .282 with 24 RBIs and 31 runs in 49 games for the Ducks and tore up the playoffs hitting .359 with seven RBIs and eight runs in Long Islands’ championship run.

Brodin will likely join Visalia on Friday when they open a homestand with the Stockton Ports. The Rawhide have 18 games remaining in the regular season and are fighting for a playoff spot sitting just a half game behind the Modesto Nuts.