Category Archives: Alumni

Saturday news and notes (updated throughout the day as needed)

Saturday news and notes (Updated throughout the day as needed)

Tumwater’s Matt Johnson is preparing for his second season with the Dallas Cowboys, though it will be more like a rookie season after missing all of last year with injuries. Meg Wochnick catches up with him. – Link

Everything you could possibly want to know about synchronized swimming in Olympia. Everything. – Link

Interesting look at the Wenatchee Applesox owner’s quest for ballpark upgrades from the Wenatchee World. The Olympia area would be a great place for a collegiate West Coast League team but doesn’t have a suitable facility. Though not about Olympia, this article illustrates the costs and problems facing a team that already has a usable facility and great support. – Link

Jared Sandberg’s Hot Rods no-hit Lugnuts


Bowling Green’s four pitchers and catcher following their no-hitter.

Jared Sandberg, a Capital High School alum and current Bowling Green Hot Rods manager, presided over the first nine inning no-hitter in franchise history tonight in the Hot Rods’ 14-1 win over the Lansing Lugnuts in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

While usually a manager just has to keep an eye on the pitch count and keep quiet during a no-hitter, Sandberg had to use four pitchers after his starter, Blake Snell, walked five batters and gave up one run in the third inning after a walk and two errors. Eduar Quinonez, Nick Sawyer and Marcus Jensen combined to pitch the final six innings with just two walks the rest of the way. Left fielder Marty Ganntt made the play of the game in the ninth inning robbing Dalton Pompey of a base hit with a leaping catch.

β€œIt is great to be part of history,” Sandberg told Michael Compton of the Bowling Green Daily News. “No-hitters are difficult, especially when you get a bunch of pitchers involved. In the ninth inning, when Gantt made the play, everybody jumped off their seats. You could see over the course of the game that the guys were sitting in the same spot, had the same tendencies, the superstitions. You started to feel it around the sixth inning – the nervous energy.”

Sandberg, the former third baseman for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays who is in his first year with the Rays’ full season Single-A affiliate in Bowling Green, recently picked up his 200th career managerial win and won the New York-Penn League championship with the Hudson Valley Renegades last season. The Hot Rods are 40-30 under his guidance this year.

Photo courtesy of Bowling Green Hot Rods.

PHOTO GALLERY: Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup

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Capital’s young squad of graduates went undefeated and ran away with a 4-0 win over Tumwater in the final game to repeat as Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup champions.

Pictures are from Sunday’s Tumwater/River Ridge, Tumwater/North Thurston and Tumwater/Capital game.

Today (6/16): Friends of Mia tourney crowns a champion


Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup – The RAC – 9:00 AM

The Friends of Mia tournament continues with six pool games and the championship game this afternoon. Here is today’s schedule…

River Ridge vs. Tumwater – Field 3 – 9:00 AM
North Thurston vs. Olympia – Field 4 – 9:00 AM
Tumwater vs. River Ridge – Field 3 – 10:15 AM
Capital vs. Olympia – Field 4 – 10:15 AM
North Thurston vs. Tumwater – Field 3 – 11:45 AM
Capital vs. Timberline – Field 4 – 11:45 AM

Championship game – Field 4 – 1:15 PM

Today (6/15): Friends of Mia soccer, Tatunka 7s rugby tournaments; Racing at the Speedway


Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup – The RAC – 9:00 AM

FoMCrestMediumThe second annual Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup gets underway today with pool play beginning at 9:00 AM on Field 4 at The RAC. Capital, North Thurston, Olympia, River Ridge, Timberline and Tumwater will battle for the title in support of families fighting pediatric cancer at Children’s Hospital in Seattle and pediatric cancer research. Here is today’s tournament schedule…

Tumwater vs. Capital – Field 4 – 9:00 AM
North Thurston vs. River Ridge – Field 3 – 10:15 AM
Olympia vs. Timberline – Field 4 – 10:15 AM
River Ridge vs. Capital – Field 3 – 11:30 AM
Timberline vs. Tumwater – Field 4 – 11:30 AM
Capital vs. North Thurston – Field 3 – 12:45 PM
Olympia vs. Tumwater – Field 4 – 12:45 PM
Timberline vs. North Thurston – Field 3 – 2:00 PM
Olympia vs. River Ridge – Field 4 – 2:00 PM

Following the action today, O’Blarney’s is hosting a post-tournament party beginning at 4:00 PM. O’Blarneys will donate 20% of all tabs opened between 4:00 and 10:00 PM and there will be a variety of items up for auction including a Seattle Sounders jersey signed by the entire team.

The tournament continues on Sunday at 9:00 AM with the championship game getting underway at 1:15 PM.


Budd Bay Rugby’s Tatunka 7’s – Evergreen State College – 10:00 AM

The annual Tatunka 7’s rugby tournament hosted by Budd Bay Rugby kicks off the 7s season in the Pacific Northwest. The tournament will feature three divisions – men’s competitive, women’s open and men’s open – and last year featured 22 teams in a double elimination tournament. The Tatunka 7s tourney used to accompany Super Saturday, the celebration on Evergreen’s campus the day after graduation but has stood on it’s own since the funding for Super Saturday was cut.

Auto racing


Street Stocks, Legends, Baby Grands, Bumblebees and Outlaw Compacts – South Sound Speedway – 6:30 PM

Olympia’s Champlin nearly perfect

ChamplinOlympia High School alum Kramer Champlin made his first start of the season on Saturday night for the single-A Lansing Lugnuts in a seven inning game two of a doubleheader against the West Michigan Whitecaps in Comstock Park, Michigan.

Champlin, a 6-foot-6 right-hander who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft out of Arizona State, had retired all 18 batters that he faced through six innings and entered the final inning of the game with a 2-0 lead and a perfect game on the line.

He made quick work of the Whitecaps’ Zach Kirksey, who lined out to left field on the first pitch and then struck out Jered Reaves for the second out of the inning. With just one out to go to perfection, Devon Travis hit a tough chopper that ate up shortstop Emilio Guerrero on a short hop, went under his glove and bounced into left field.

So, with the perfect game off the table but a no-hitter still a possibility, you make the call, is this a hit or an error? Watch the video by clicking here.

It’s a tough call, but the the official scorer gave Travis a base hit, ending Champlin’s bid for a no-hitter. Lugnuts play-by-play announcer, Jesse Goldberg-Strasser, described Lansing players throwing up their hands in disgust and looking up to the press box following the play, obviously rooting for that to go down as an error.

Champlin promptly struck out the next batter, his tenth strikeout of the game, to secure the complete game, one hit shutout in his seventh career start. He moved to 3-1 on the season and lowered his ERA by nearly a point from 4.01 before the game to 3.13.

His performance comes one day after another Olympia High School star pitched his best game of the season. Adam Conley, a second round pick of the Miami Marlins in the 2011 draft out of Washington State, struck out eight and gave up just one earned run on seven hits for the double-A Jacksonville Suns. He moved to 5-2 in 12 starts this season and lowered his ERA to 4.10.

Image courtesy of the Lansing Lugnuts Facebook page

Capital’s Jason Monda goes to the Phillies in the 6th round

Capital High School alum and current Washington State junior outfielder Jason Monda was drafted in the sixth round with the 181st pick by the Philadelphia Phillies. Monda hit .294 with seven home runs for the Cougs this season and spent the 2012 summer wood-bat season with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League.

Here is what the Twitter-verse is saying about the Monda pick…

Here is what says about Monda…

“Monda is a projectable college outfielder who hits for average and should add power down the line. Monda, out of Washington State, has shown that he can handle center but might have to move to a corner as he fills out, a place where his glove could be plus. He has average speed on the basepaths but possesses great instincts that allow his speed to play up. If Monda can add power, then he could become a solid everyday player in the Majors.”

Now the question is, will he sign or return to Washington State for his senior season?

Baseball alumni: Smith wins NAIA title; Boyle and Weiks open NCAAs; Calhoun’s squad in NJCAA title

Black Hills alum Ryan Smith and his Faulkner University Eagles won the NAIA championship on Thursday night with an 11-4 win over Lewis & Clark State on LCSC’s home field in Lewiston, Idaho. Faulkner went 56-11 this season and was the #1 ranked team in the nation. Smith, a junior that pitched two years at Chemeketa Community College before transferring to the Montgomery, Alabama school, appeared in nine games for the Eagles posting a 2-0 record with a 2.52 ERA in five starts.

BoyleIn other college baseball post-season news, two area high school baseball players open the NCAA Division I regionals tomorrow. River Ridge alum Brandon Boyle and South Alabama will take on Mercer in Starkville, Mississippi at noon while Capital grad Jourdan Weiks and the University of San Francisco will face Rice at 2:00 PM in Eugene, Oregon. Both games can be seen on ESPN3.

Boyle, a junior transfer from Lower Columbia Community College, has made 19 appearances and four starts for the Jaguars posting a 2-2 record striking out 36 batters over 45 2/3 innings of work. South Alabama is 42-18 so far this season and is the #2 seed in the Starkville regional, hosted by Mississippi State, the #1 seed. Mercer is the #3 seed while Central Arkansas is the #4.

Weiks_JordanWeiks had his struggles for the Dons in his sophomore season hitting just .159 in just 44 at-bats. He started 10 times and appeared in 34 games scoring 13 runs for the Dons. USF went 34-22 this season and are the #3 seed in the Eugene regional where they will face the #2 seed Owls. Oregon is the #1 seed and will face #4 South Dakota State on Friday.

One last local post-season note: Nick Calhoun, the incoming head coach for the Hawks Prairie Cardinals of the Puget Sound Collegiate League, is an assistant coach for Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. With a 6-0 win over Heartland on Thursday night, the Aggies moved into the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game on Saturday. Calhoun’s squad is 45-22 this season and will take on either Madison College or LSU-Eunice for the title.

Oly soccer community rallies again for Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup


After an extremely successful first season as an eight team, single day event in 2012, the Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup returns and will expand to two days this season, June 15-16, at The Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

Tumwater's Corey Johnson and Olympia's Bryce Brown battle in 2012 tourney

Corey Johnson and Bryce Brown battle in 2012 FoM tourney

Eight teams representing alumni from the soccer programs at Black Hills, Capital, North Thurston, Olympia, River Ridge, Shelton, Timberline and Tumwater will compete in honor of Mia Deligeannis, who passed away from childhood cancer last year at the age of five. Proceeds from the tournament go to Friends of Mia, a Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild that provides support for families going through treatment of childhood cancer and to support research at Children’s Hospital founded by Mia’s parents Casey Deligeannis and Lelani Benavente.


Mia and family

The registration deadline for the tournament is fast approaching and all teams are still in need of players, especially the Black Hills and Shelton squads. And for the first time, a free agent pool has been created for players interested in playing in the tournament but don’t have ties to an area team. Free agents will be assigned to teams needing players. All players, alumni and free agents, can find more information on the Facebook event page and can register on Brown Paper Tickets. Registration is $65 and players are guaranteed at least three games.

Today is the last day to register and guarantee that you will receive the official 2013 Friends of Mia Alumni Soccer Cup jersey complete with new crest designed by Oly Sports (above).


River Ridge’s Kenny Turner performs his patented karate kick defense at the 2012 FoM tourney

Last year’s tournament was one of the highlights of the area sports calendar, a great event that showcased the camaraderie and generosity of the soccer community in the Olympia area. To see everybody come out to support Mia, the Deligeannis family and Friends of Mia just a couple months after her tragic passing at such a young age was extremely humbling and uplifting.

Capital celebrates their 2012 tourney victory

Capital celebrates their 2012 tourney victory

Teams played their hearts out and the tournament was eventually won by Capital in a penalty shootout over Olympia in their fifth 70 minute game of the day. With everybody wiped out after one day of games, the decision was made to break the tournament up over two days with pool play taking place on Saturday the 15th and the semifinals and championship game taking place on Sunday the 16th.

O’Blarney’s will host the after party on Saturday night with a portion of sales going to Friends of Mia.

Olympia native LaValla in the nude

Click the picture to see Lavalla's more revealing, kind of NSFW picture

Click the picture to see LaValla’s more revealing, kind of NSFW picture

North Thurston football player, Budd Bay Barbarian, star collegiate rugby player in Ireland, Rugby World Cup participant with Team USA, Stade Francais Paris lock….nude calendar cover boy?

Yes, it’s true. Scott LaValla adds another title to his impressive and growing resume as he graces the cover of the 2013 Stade Francais Paris calendar. You can order the calendar at the Stade Francais Boutique for 26.60 Euros (around $34).

LaValla has started six games and played in nine of Stade Francais’ 12 games so far in the 2012-2013 Top 14 season. Stade Francais sits in 10th place at 5-6-1.

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