Category Archives: Olympia Reign

Today (7/6): Reign face Portland in IBL final four

The red hot Olympia Reign continue their quest for an International Basketball League title this evening when they face the #2 seed Portland Chinooks at Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham.

The Reign are riding a four game wining streak and are 5-3 since an ill-fated trip to Canada at the beginning of June. Much of the Reign’s success can be linked to the reemergence of Nate Menefee’s game. In the last eight games, Menefee has scored 24.5 points per game and has been the floor general dishing out 6.5 assists per game. Mike Ward has continued his solid season scoring 22.5 points per game during the stretch and newcomer Gjio Bain has taken control of the center position pulling down 13 rebounds per game in his five games with the Reign. In those five games, the Reign are 4-1.

Olympia and Portland met four times in the regular season. The Reign won the first game 138-127 in Clackamas but the Chinooks took the next three meetings.

Tip-off in Bellingham tonight is scheduled for 5:00 PM. Updates on the game can be found on the IBL Or Bellingham Slam Twitter pages.

Thursday scoreboard: Reign upset Energy again; Linx, A’s win

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Earlier this season, without three of their top five scorers, the Olympia Reign were rocked by the Edmonton Energy in a two game series in Edmonton losing by a combined 91 points. Since those two losses to the Energy, the Reign have gone 5-2 and have scored two straight upsets over the 14 win and #3 seeded Energy including tonight’s 101-89 victory in the first round of the IBL playoffs. Mike Ward scored 27 points and both Nicholas Moore and Gjio Bain posted double-doubles to lead the the Reign. The Reign are 4-1 since they picked up Bain, a seven foot center from Southern Miss, from the Orlando Venom on their trip to Florida.

Next up for the Reign is the #2 seed Portland Chinooks in the IBL final four tomorrow at 5:00 PM at Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham.


Puget Sound Collegiate League baseball

West Olympia Linx 3, Nisqually Silvers 1
Olympia Athletics 4, Hawks Prairie Cardinals 3


Olympia Reign vs. Edmonton Energy photo gallery

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The Olympia Reign beat the Edmonton Energy 118-111 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday scoreboard: Menefee’s triple-double upsets Energy; Cards, Silvers win in extras

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Nate Menefee’s 28 point, 12 assist and 10 rebound triple-double and Mike Ward’s 30 points led the Olympia Reign to a 118-111 overtime win over the Edmonton Energy in the regular season finale at Little Creek Casino. Before tonight’s upset, the Energy beat the Reign by a combined 91 points in two games in Edmonton at the beginning of June.

The Reign jumped out to a quick 16-8 lead to open to game, led by as many as 21 in the first half and took a 59-46 lead in the locker room at halftime. But the Energy chipped away at the lead in the third quarter outscoring the Reign 28-17 to trail by just two going into the fourth quarter. The Energy quickly took the lead in the fourth quarter and held an 87-83 lead with six minutes left. But the Reign reeled off seven straight points to regain the lead at 90-87 and held a 97-95 lead with 52 seconds left. After the Energy tied the score at 100 with 18 second left, the Reign lost control of the ball and following a scramble could only manage a wild shot to end regulation.

The Reign slammed the door on the Energy in overtime scoring nine straight points in the first minute and a half and never allowed the Energy to get within five points the rest of the game. The Reign picked up just their seventh win of the season while Edmonton dropped to 14-4.

Nick Moore chipped in 18 points and 13 boards for the Reign while Gjio Bain also added a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds in the win. The Energy were led by Steve Sir’s 22 points and Robbie Sihota’s 18 points and 19 rebounds.

The two teams meet again on Thursday in the first round of the IBL playoffs hosted by the Bellingham Slam at Whatcom Pavilion. The match-up between the #6 seed Reign and the #3 seed Energy tips off at 5:00 PM.


Puget Sound Collegiate League baseball

Hawks Prairie Cardinals 8, Olympia Athletics 8 – 10 innings/Cardinals win
Nisqually Silvers 2, West Olympia Linx 1 – 10 innings


Today (7/3): Reign wrap it up; PSCL doubleheader

Good morning from beautiful downtown Yakima and Northtown Coffee’s working WiFi.  While I’m sitting in this nice coffee shop, I’m staring at what I can only assume is a very large jail, a great addition to any downtown scene. Anyway, we now return you to your regularly scheduled Olympia sports scene…

The Olympia Reign’s regular season comes to an end tonight when they host the Edmonton Energy at the Skookum Events Center at Little Creek Casino at 7:00 PM.  Both teams are bound for the IBL playoffs in Bellingham starting on Thursday. With a win the Energy would secure a first round bye (don’t quote me on that, though, as the seeding process is a bit of a mystery). Win or lose, the Reign are bound for a first round game on Thursday.  The Energy dropped the Reign to their worst loss of the season on June 1st in Edmonton, 126-69. The Reign rallied the next night and only lost 138-104. Tip-off tonight is at 7:00 PM. Tickets are just $7 or $5 with a Little Creek players club card.

Meanwhile, the Puget Sound Collegiate League features two games tonight at the RAC. The Hawks Prairie Cardinals take on the Olympia Athletics at 5:00 PM and the West Olympia Linx face the Nisqually Silvers in the nightcap at 7:30.

Thursday scoreboard: Senators and Reign victorious

Puget Sound Collegiate League baseball

Thurston County Senators 13, Okanogan A’s 0

Chandler Tracy (Saint Martin’s ) hit a second inning grand slam to lead the Thurston County Senators to a day one 13-0 win over the Okanogan A’s in the Canada Weekend Baseball Blast tournament in Kelowna, British Columbia. Max Dickinson (Lower Columbia CC) picked up the win.

The Senators have an early morning game tomorrow when they face the Coquitlam A’s at 8:00 AM.

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Olympia Reign 108, Oregon Waves 106

Mike Ward scored 21 points, pulled down nine boards and had seven assists and Nate Menefee’s double-double – 18 points and 10 rebounds – led the Olympia Reign to a 108-106 defeat of the patchwork Oregon Waves at Little Creek Casino. Gjio Bain, a seven foot center from Southern Miss that the Reign brought back with them from their Orlando trip, scored 12 points and had 18 rebounds.

Former Saint Martin’s forward Jeremy Green scored 19 points for the Waves in the loss. Andre Murray, who usually plays for the Vancouver Volcanoes but was picked up by the Waves for this game, scored 36 points and Rashaad Powell added another 25.

Tonight (6/28): Reign or Rainiers?

The Olympia Reign return to the Slookum Creek Events Center at Little Creek Casino tonight when they square off against Los Angeles USBA China the Oregon Waves. The Waves are the third opponent that have been scheduled for this game and are playing in just their fourth game as a traveling IBL squad. The Waves are 0-3 on the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Now, I hate to go against my Olympia teams, but let’s be honest, the most intriguing sporting event happening in the South Sound tonight is the Tacoma Rainiers hosting the Las Vegas 51s at Cheney Stadium.

The historic pitching match-up couldn’t be more fascinating if you are a Seattle Mariners fan. The Mariners first round draft pick last year, 22 year-old Danny Hultzen, gets the start for the Rainiers against 49 year-old former Mariner star Jamie Moyer, who just signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week.

And since it is also Thirsty Thursday, the Rainiers are going to have a HUGE crowd. Get your tickets printed out online and leave Olympia early. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

Saturday scoreboard: Cosas Roll; Reign win in Orlando; Linx win in 10, Cards beat Brewers; Sparks humiliated

Roller Derby

Oly Rollers Cosa Nostra Donnas 226, Naptown Roller Girls Tornado Sirens 66

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Olympia Reign 130, Orlando Venom 119

Puget Sound Collegiate League baseball

West Olympia Linx 7, Nisqually Silvers 5 – 10 innings
Hawks Prairie Cardinals 7, Tumwater Brewers 5
Lacey Saints vs. Nisqually Silvers – Rained out

Pacific Northwest Tecmo Championships

Brandon Sparks: 0-5 – Bumped from the tourney too easily

Friday scoreboard: Venom strike down Reign

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Orlando Venom 144, Olympia Reign 128

Wednesday scoreboard: Saints, A’s, Cards prevail; Reign shot down by Soldiers

Puget Sound Collegiate League baseball

Lacey Saints 6, Nisqually Silvers 3
Olympia Athletics 3, West Olympia Linx 2
Hawks Prairie Cardinals 6, Tumwater Brewers 4

The Nisqually Silvers took a three run lead in the third inning but gave up six unanswered runs and dropped the game 6-3 to the Lacey Saints. After a Brandon Evans (Colorado State-Pueblo) single drove in two runs and Chase Lacomb (Colorado State-Pueblo) drove in another in the third for the Silvers, the Saints quickly tied the game in the top of the fourth after a bases loaded walk by Colby Fitzgerald (Centralia College) and a two run error on a ball hit by Jesus Acosta (Centralia College).

The Saints took the lead for good when Kyle Pegram (Pierce College) scored on a Tyler Zwosta (Centralia College) fielder’s choice in the sixth inning. Alexander Lee (Skagit Valley CC) and Pegram each drove in a run in the eighth inning when the Saints tacked on a pair for good measure.

Colin Nilson (PLU) went seven innings for the Saints giving up just the three runs in the third inning to pick up the win. Chase Wasson (Centralia College, Timberline HS) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save.


Following a walk, Brian Clayton (Green River CC) scored the winning run in extra innings for the Olympia Athletics from first base on an error filled play giving the A’s the 3-2 win that snapped the West Olympia Linx’s seven game winning streak.

The Linx opened the scoring in the fourth inning on a Kyle Leady (Lower Columbia) double that scored Jordan Johansen (Corban College). The A’s Kyle Thomson (Yakima Valley CC) led off the sixth inning for the with a triple and was driven in two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gray (Central Washington) to tie the score at one. Thomson scored the go ahead run in the eighth but the A’s were unable to close the game and Mac Gridley (Lower Columbia) scored the tying run in the top of the ninth for the Linx before the A’s finally pushed across the winning run in the 10th.

The Linx’s Dan Eck (Yakima Valley CC) and the A’s Roderick Fields (Green River CC) each gave up just one run over six and seven innings respectively but neither figured in the decision. Despite blowing the save, Ryan Smith (Chemeketa CC, Black Hills HS) got the win for the A’s.


Chandler Tracy (Saint Martin’s) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and Daniel Flahie (Grays Harbor CC) went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the Hawks Prairie Cardinal’s 6-3 win over the Tumwater Brewers.

Both teams scored runs in the first inning and were deadlocked going into the sixth inning. But in the sixth, the Cardinals broke the game open behind Flahie’s two run double that scored Conor Cook and Kohei Yamaguchi (Riseisha-Osaka). Flahie scored two batters later on an Adam Yunker (Seattle U) single to give the Cards a 4-1 lead. The Brewers committed four errors in the game and it cost them when Jacob Oster (Chemeketa CC) scored what proved to be the winning run in the seventh inning for the Cardinals.

Sam Shadle (Graham-Kapowsin HS) got the win and Eli Fulton (Clark CC, Capital HS) got the save for Hawks Prairie. Naoki Imoto (Olympic College) and Kyle Holtman (St. Clair County CC) each had two hits for Tumwater in the loss.

International Basketball League

Salem Soldiers 171, Olympia Reign 142

Giovanne Woods scored 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Nate Menefee scored 26 points and seven rebounds in the Olympia Reign’s 171-142 loss to the Salem Soldiers. The Reign actually had the lead after one quarter, 34-32, but Salem scored 51 points in the second quarter to take a 15 point lead into the half.

Portland State grads Jeremiah Dominguez and Phil Nelson scored 45 points and 37 points respectively for the Soldiers. Dominguez went a ridiculous 12-for-13 from behind the three point line and the Soldiers hit 26 threes and shot 53% from three point range and 61% overall.

The Reign scored 142 points but only had nine assists on the night. Salem’s Dane Johnson had 15 assists himself.