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Today (9/16): League Soccer, Volleyball Opens Play

Schedule for Tuesday, September 16th

Girls Soccer
North Thurston vs. Lincoln – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
Olympia vs. South Kitsap – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:15 PM

High School Volleyball
Timberline @ Tumwater – Tumwater HS – 7:00 PM
Capital vs. Central Kitsap – Capital HS – 7:00 PM
River Ridge vs. Clover Park – River Ridge HS – 7:00 PM

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PHOTO GALLERY: T-Birds Barely Escape Wild Affair in Lacey

High School Football

Tumwater 35, Timberline 33
South Sound Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
T-Birds (2-0 overall) 7 7 7 14 35
 Blazers (1-1 overall) 0 12 7 14 33

Timberline quarterback Gabe Gutierrez threw three touchdowns and rushed for another but a missed extra point and a subsequent missed two point conversion in the second quarter plus numerous key penalties throughout proved to be the difference in Timberline’s 35-33 loss to Tumwater on Thursday night at South Sound Stadium.

Tumwater’s Easton Trakel rushed for two touchdowns – one for seven yards and the second for 54 – in the fourth quarter after struggling to find much room to run in the first three quarters. Cade Otton caught a pair of touchdownw from Spencer Dowers in the first half and the T-Birds took a 14-12 lead into the half.

Gutierrez hooked up with Elijah Alllen twice, once near the end of the first half and once more in the fourth quarter to cut the T-Birds lead to two points, 28-26. Following a Trakel touchdown that extended the Tumwater lead to 35-26, Jonathan Dowell caught a 14 yard touchdown pass from Gutierrez to once again cut the lead to two points, 35-33.

The Blazers had the opportunity to take the lead after stopping the T-Birds with under five minutes left to play but a fourth and one slant pattern was broken up and Tumwater escaped Lacey with a 35-33 win.

High School Football Power Rankings: A Good Week Means Not Much Change

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

The T-Birds are still #1

It was a very good week for the local schools. The only losses came to other in-area schools and Rochester’s loss to Centralia so there isn’t much of a shakeup in the Oly Sports power rankings this week. With more in-area games this week, there will definitely be some changes next week.

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1. Tumwater T-Birds (1-0)
Last week: #1 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Capital, 14-3
Next game: @ Timberline – South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:00 PM

Notes: It took a half of football, but the second ranked team in 2A finally got the job done in the second half to knock off the Cougars 14-7. Junior Spencer Dowers struggled a bit in his first start at quarterback but Addison Barrett and Easton Trakel each scored for the T-Birds. Next up, Timberline on Thursday night, who they trounced last season 44-0.


2.
Tenino Beavers (1-0)
Last week: #2 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Charles Wright, 50-8
Next game: @ Castle Rock – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Beavers hung 30 points on Charles Wright in the first quarter and never looked back in their 50-8 whomping of the Tarriers. Thomas Pier had runs of 94 and 95 yards and the single wing worked to perfection in Randy Swilley’s debut and the Beavers moved up to #4 in 1A in this week’s AP poll.


3.
Timberline Blazers (1-0)
Last week: #3 (no change)
Previous game: Beat North Thurston, 34-21
Next game: vs. Tumwater – South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Gabe Gutierrez threw a touchdown and rushed for three more in a game that wasn’t as close as the score maybe indicates. Timberline took advantage of North Thurston turnovers to take home the win but now they draw a team in Tumwater that beat them up good last season, 44-0, and it will be interesting to see how the Blazers respond and will show a lot about where this team actually is this season.


4.
Olympia Bears (1-0)
Last week: #4 (no change)
Previous game: Beat Ferris, 20-13
Next game: @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Bears got a nice performance out of running back Collin Courter and the defense made a clutch stop to knock off the #9 team in last week’s AP poll. The win moved Olympia into the top ten of the poll and now they put that ranking up against their fierce rival, Capital.


5.
River Ridge Hawks (1-0)
Last week: #6 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Aberdeen, 49-7
Next game: vs. North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Wow River Ridge! We knew they had some speedy weapons but they absolutely rocked Aberdeen on both sides of the ball and suddenly look like a very dangerous team. And for the first time in a long time, you look at the Hawks schedule and you can’t see too many roadblocks. We’ll see if they can repeat that performance against North Thurston on Friday night.


6.
Rainier Mountaineers (1-0 overall, 1-0 in 2B Pacific)
Last week: #7 (+1)
Previous game: Beat South Bend, 44-2
Next game: @ Kittitas – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Rainier’s first game in 2B couldn’t have gone better. It’s nice to get a team that was winless the season before to build some confidence and the Mountaineers did just that. Nic Henry ran for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Next they travel to Central Washington for non-league game against Kittitas.


7.
Black Hills Wolves (1-0)
Last week: #9 (+2)
Previous game: Beat Montesano, 33-7
Next game: vs. Rochester – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  The Wolves spoiled the opening of Montesano’s rebuilt Rottle Field thanks to a backup quarterback. Chase Morrow threw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns against the 1A – albeit a historically good 1A school – Bulldogs. They next face a Rochester team that is staffed by many former Wolves assistants.


8.
Capital Cougars (0-1)
Last week: #5 (-3)
Previous game: Lost to Tumwater, 14-3
Next game: vs. Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  As I said last week, Capital could be a pretty good team. But this schedule that they play is nearly impossible. They played a very good defensive game against Tumwater in week one and took a 3-0 lead into the half. But not being able to get into the endzone when they were holding the T-Birds down was their demise and now they take an 0-1 record into a game with their rival, the #9 ranked 4A team Olympia.


9.
North Thurston Rams (0-1)
Last week: #8 (-1)
Previous game: Lost to Timberline, 34-21
Next game: @ River Ridge – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  It looks like it might be a rough season for the Rams. The only reason I didn’t drop them further below winners like Yelm and Shelton is that they lost to a pretty good team in Timberline while the Tornadoes and Highclimbers beat weaker competition. The Rams next get a River Ridge team that looks poised to have a big season and the speed of the Hawks will likely be a major problem for the Rams.


10.
Yelm Tornadoes (1-0)
Last week: #11 (+1)
Previous game: Beat Steilacoom, 22-12
Next game: @ Foss – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Yelm made the necessary adjustments to knock off Steilacoom but it was hardly convincing. Devante Pearson started at quarterback but moved to running back and scored a pair of touchdowns.


11.
Shelton Highclimbers (1-0)
Last week: #12 (+1)
Previous game: Beat North Mason, 28-21
Next game: @ Sumner – Sunset Chevy Stadium, Sumner – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Confidence. Last year the Highclimbers opened against Tumwater and were completely stymied in a big loss. That loss, though expected, set the tone for the rest of the season. The coach, the players, nobody seemed to have any confidence to do anything other than run Jake Henry straight up the middle. This year, you can tell that the team has more confidence. They have matured and against North Mason they opened the playbook, played more players and reaped the benefits against a Bulldogs team that didn’t take proper advantage of their best weapon, Daniel Burggraaf. But now they get Sumner, a team that went 11-1 last year and easily beat Franklin Pierce in their opener.


12.
Rochester Warriors (0-1)
Last week: #10 (-2)
Previous game: Lost to Centralia, 47-7
Next game: @ Black Hills – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes:  Rochester, with a big loss, is already out of the playoffs. That is the sad by-product of running away from the 2A EvCo and joining Aberdeen – who also lost to a 2A school and is eliminated – in the hybrid 2A/1A. Basically, they had to beat all of their 2A opponents to get in and they didn’t and now they are done. Perhaps that will allow them to play with a certain abandon from here on out.

Tuesday Scores: Navigators Volleyball, Blazers, Wolves and T-Birds Soccer Open With Wins

College Volleyball

Northwest University 3, Saint Martin’s 2 – Box score
Portland, OR 1 2 3 4 5
Eagles (7-6 overall) (3) 25 23 18 25 15
Saints (1-5 overall) (2) 22 25 25 23 9
 SMU: Kristyn Ross – 17 kills


High School Volleyball

Northwest Christian 3, Chief Leschi 0
Portland, OR 1 2 3
Navigators (1-0 overall) (3) 25 25 25
Chief Leschi (2) 6 12 16
NCHS: Megan VanMarter – 12 kills

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Rogers 3, Olympia 0
Olympia High School 1 2 3
Bears (0-1 overall) (0) 23 21 15
Rogers (3) 25 25 25
OHS: Jona Spiller – 15 assists

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Curtis 3, Tumwater 0
University Place, WA 1 2 3
Curtis (3) 25 25 26
T-Birds (0-1 overall) (0) 21 23 24
TUM: Sarah Warner – 18 assists


Women’s Soccer

Warner Pacific 2, Evergreen 0 – Box score
Portland, OR 1st 2nd Final
Geoducks (1-4 overall) 0 0 0
Knights (2-3-1 overall) 0 2 2
TESC: Kayla Kitts – 5 saves


Girls Soccer

Tumwater 1, Fife 0
Fife, WA 1st 2nd Final
T-Birds (1-0) 1 0 1
Fife 0 0 0
TUM goal: Devyn Thompson (34th minute)

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Timberline 4, River Ridge 1
Geoduck Pitch 1st 2nd Final
Hawks (0-1 overall) 1 0 0
Blazers (1-0 overall) 1 3 4
RR Goal: Renne Pickard (5th) | TIM goals: Leah Magee (19th), Jade Castaneda (60th),
Casey Whitt (64th), Maddie Dhanenf (74th)

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Black Hills 6, North Thurston 2
Geoduck Pitch 1st 2nd Final
Rams (0-1 overall) 1 1 2
Wolves (1-0 overall) 4 2 1
BHHS: Joslin Lindsay – 3 goals

Friday Football Scores: An Outstanding Night for Local Teams

The 12 local high schools teams won 9 games tonight. The only blemishes were in the two games that featured two local teams and Centralia’s dismantling of Rochester. Other than that, a clean, convincing sweep.

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Shelton 28, North Mason 21
Highclimbers Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bulldogs (0-1 overall) 0 6 8 7 21
Highclimbers (1-0 overall) 0 14 7 7 28
Shelton: Jake Henry – 153 rushing yards, 1 TD | Colton Paller – 78 yard KO return TD
Tanner Rhodes – 5 yard rushing game winning TD
North Mason: Daniel Burggraaf – 67 receiving yards, 2 TDs

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Olympia 21, Ferris 13
Ingersoll Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Saxons (0-1 overall) 0 7 0 6 13
Bears (1-0 overall) 6 7 0 7 20
Olympia: Collin Courter – 74 yard game winning rushing TD

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Timberline 34, North Thurston 21
South Sound Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Blazers (1-0 overall) 7 13 14 0 34
Rams (0-1 overall) 0 7 7 7 21
Timberline: Gabe Gutierrez – 4 total TDs

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Tenino 50, Charles Wright 8
University Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Beavers (1-0 overall) 30 0 13 7 50
Tarriers (0-1 overall) 8 0 0 0 8
Tenino: Thomas Pier – 95 and 94 yard rushing TDs

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River Ridge 49, Aberdeen 7
Stewart Field, Aberdeen 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Hawks (1-0 overall) 14 14 14 7 49
Bobcats (0-1 overall) 7 0 0 0 7
River Ridge: Michael Key – 3 rushing TDs

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Tumwater 14, Capital 3
Tumwater Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Capital (0-1 overall) 0 3 0 0 3
T-Birds (1-0 overall) 0 0 7 7 14

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Yelm 22, Steilacoom 12
Tornadoes Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Sentinels (0-1 overall) 0 6 6 0 12
Tornadoes (1-0 overall) 0 9 6 7 22
Yelm: DeVante Pearson – 2 rushing TDs

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Black Hills 33, Montesano 7
Rottle Field, Montesano 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Wolves (1-0 overall) 0 13 7 13 33
Bulldogs (0-1 overall) 0 7 0 0 7
Black Hills: Chase Morrow – 356 passing yards, 4 TDs

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Centralia 47, Rochester 7
Tigers Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Warriors (0-1 overall) 7 0 0 0 7
Tigers (1-0 overall) 14 19 7 7 47

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Rainier 44, South Bend 2

Week 1: My Girls’ Expert High School Football Picks

It is once again time for my favorite time of the year. Not the high school football season, though it does play a part in it. No, it’s when my daughter’s use their expert analytical skills to pick the local high school games each week. This year, my girls are six and three years-old making their insight into these games even more rock solid.

So without further delay, here is the full schedule of high school football games complete with broadcast information and my girls expert picks.

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Black Hills Wolves @ Montesano Bulldogs
Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM – Radio: KXRO

Addie’s pick: Wolves – “The Wolves will eat the Bulldogs. Because they are hungry Wolves!”
Rory’s pick: Wolves – “The Wolves would eat a pig! No, they would eat the Bulldog!


Capital Cougars @ Tumwater T-Birds

Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM – Webcast: ESN

Addie’s pick: Cougars – “The Cougars will pounce up, grab and eat them.”
Rory’s pick: T-Birds – “They would chirp at the other birds.”


North Thurston Rams vs. Timberline Blazers

South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM – Webcast: ESN

Addie’s pick: Rams – “When the Blazers are trying to cut down a tree, one Ram will come and use his horns and pick him up and another Ram will come and knock down the tree with his horns.
Rory’s pick: Blazers – “Because….actually I’ll take the other birds. No, the Rams will eat the Blazers. Hmmmm….maybe I’ll pick the other birds.”


Olympia Bears vs. Ferris Saxons

Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Saxons – “The Saxons will play their saxophones and put the Bears to sleep.”
Rory’s pick: Bears – “The Bears will jump out and get them.”


Rainier Mountaineers @ South Bend Indians

South Bend HS – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Indians – “When the Mountaineers throw snowballs and ice things at them, the Indians will use their Indian swords, guns and shields to knock down the ice and cut their snowballs and then they go forward and say ‘oops we just knocked down your ice with our shields and swords'”
Rory’s pick: Mountaineers – “Because they will go chop chop chop chop chop chop and then go eat them! And then they’ll go TOUCAN! TOUCAN! TOUCAN! and scare them away.


River Ridge Hawks @ Aberdeen Bobcats

Stewart Field, Aberdeen – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Bobcats – “Because the lady Bobcats will stand behind on rocks and the men will stand on the ground and the men will pounce on the Hawks and the girls will jump down on top of them and they will scrape them.”
Rory’s pick: Bobcats – “Because they will eat them!”


Rochester Warriors @ Centralia Tigers

Tiger Stadium, Centralia – 7:00 PM – Radio: KELA

Addie’s pick: Warriors – “Because they will shoot them.”
Rory’s pick: Tigers – “Because they will jump down and eat them!”


Shelton Highclimbers vs. North Mason Bulldogs

Highclimbers Stadium – 7:00 PM – Radio: KMAS – 1030 AM and 92.9 FM

Addie’s pick: Highclimbers – “Because they will climb up and throw down their weapons on the Bulldogs.”
Rory’s pick: Bulldogs – “Because they will headbutt them down.”


Tenino Beavers @ Charles Wright Tarriers

Charles Wright Academy, University Place – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Beavers – “The Beavers will run off and chop a tree and it will land in the goal and the Beavers will keep doing it until they have 500 goals.”
Rory’s pick: Beavers – “Because they will chew down a tree on top of them like rrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrr. They will gulp out their knees. Yep, my team will gulp out their knees. Gulp out the other team’s knees.”


Yelm Tornadoes vs. Steilacoom Sentinels

Yelm Tornadoes Stadium – 7:00 PM

Addie’s pick: Tornadoes – “They will blow their wind in and suck up them and will spiiiiiinnnn until they chew them while they are spinning.”
Rorry’s pick: Tornadoes – “The Tornadoes because the will spin around and kick them and go wrooollooo wrooollloooo wroooo.”

High School Football Preseason Power Rankings: T-Birds On Top

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings.

The T-Birds sit atop the Oly Sports preseason power rankings, again.

Here we go. Just a day away from the first high school football games of the season. And it is a season of changes and uncertainty for the 12 local high school football teams. Tumwater is the clear #1 team but after that it is almost a toss up. Tenino, Timberline, Olympia, Capital, even River Ridge, Rochester or Rainier could claim a high spot in these rankings.

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1. Tumwater T-Birds
Last season: 13-1 – 2A EvCo champions, lost to Lynden in the 2A state title game
Next game: vs. Capital – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: Two straight 2A state title games and the T-Birds don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The Sid Otton coached team returns most of the top players including all-state linebacker Trevor Davis, wing back Easton Trakel and running back Tyrus Snow. There is no reason to think that they won’t be back in the title game again. The only major question is quarterback Spencer Dowers and how he replaces Jayden Croft. Croft’s first start running the complicated Tumwater offense as a junior didn’t go as planned with a surprising loss to Shelton. Dowers faces Capital in his first start.


2.
Tenino Beavers
Last season: 6-5 – 1A Evergreen champions
Next game: at Charles Wright – University Place – 7:00 PM

Outlook: Tenino has a new head coach, former Yelm coach Randy Swilley, and returns a talented group of players that won the Beavers’ first league title in 27 years. Quarterback Calvin Guzman and running back Thomas Pier will have to adapt to Swilley’s single wing offense – an old school, rugby-ish offense that will either delight Tenino fans or make them pull their hair out. They will also have to adapt to the new hybrid 2A/1A Evergreen Conference. The league lost the tiny Rainier Mountaineers and gained Eatonville and 2A Aberdeen while Rochester stayed put in the league but moved up to 2A.


3.
Timberline Blazers
Last season: 6-4 – 3A Narrows League champions
Next game: @ North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The Blazers move up from the 3A Narrows to the 4A Narrows and return a solid group of skill players in senior quarterback Gabe Gutierrez, running back Andrew Paquin, speedy returner and defensive back Stevie Cleveland and a lot more from a team that won the league title but couldn’t get past Meadowdale in the crossover game. It’s hard to say how they will compete with the Bellarmines and Gig Harbors of the 4A Narrows, but they should find themselves competing with Olympia for a playoff spot.


4.
Olympia Bears
Last season: 7-3 – 4th in 4A Narrows
Next game: vs. Ferris – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: Olympia was easily the best team in the area that did not go to the playoffs in 2013 but the 4A Narrows was a little wild and wooly and the Bears just narrowly missed out. On the offense, gone is quarterback Derrick Becker and do everything Mitch Fettig to college careers which means that Kaden Wilson takes over under center after losing the job as a junior to the transfer Becker. Injuries have hurt the Bears already with Chase Zarate out for the season and it doesn’t help that the Bears and Aberdeen’s prize recruit Joel Dublanko flirted with each other in the spring and over the offseason before his family decided to stay put in the Harbor.


5.
Capital Cougars
Last season: 4-6 – 3rd in 2A EvCo
Next game: @ Tumwater – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: I flirted with the idea of putting the Cougars as high as #2 in the power rankings this week because they return a really good core including both 1,000 yard runners in Connor Kennedy and Ryan Rieta and a solid offensive line that will help to spring them. However, you look at their schedule and it is impressively difficult. Tumwater to open the season, Olympia in week 2, Lincoln in week 3 and until they get to Week 7 against Mount Tahoma and week 9 against Shelton, there isn’t much of a competitive break for the Cougars. They opened the season with three straight losses in 2013 and could easily be 0-3 once again. But they could also be 2-1 or even 3-0. We’ll see.


6.
River Ridge Hawks
Last season: 4-5 – 5th in 2A EvCo
Next game: @ Aberdeen – Stewart Field, Aberdeen – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: New offense, new league, new hope for River Ridge. The Hawks smartly ran away from the disintegrating 2A EvCo and found a new home in the SPSL. Sumner moved up to 3A so the league is much more balanced than it was a year ago when they ran the table. The speedy hawks will surely compete with the likes of the White River, Franklin Pierce and Steilacoom and could easily find themselves on top of the table when it is all said and done.


7.
Rainier Mountaineers
Last season:  3-7 – 7th in 1A Evergreen
Next game: @ South Bend – South Bend HS – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: There was no bigger winner competitively in the reclassification shuffle  than Rainier. They went from one of the smallest 1A schools to one of the biggest 2B schools and will have a very serious opportunity to contend with Raymond or North Beach in the 2B Pacific League. McKoy Bichler returns to Terry Shaw’s offense and could be the class quarterback of the league.


8.
North Thurston Rams
Last season: 5-5 – 5th in 3A Narrows
Next game: vs. Timberline – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The Rams return just seven starters total from their 5-5 team last season including defensive lineman Grant Williams and defensive back Malachai Hicks. But the offense lost quarterback Ryan Mets and their hard nose running backs and the Rams look to be rebuilding in a highly competitive 3A Narrows League.


9.
Black Hills Wolves
Last season: 4-6 – 4th in 2A EvCo
Next game: @ Montesano – Rottle Field, Montesano – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The ugly ousting of Dominic Yarrington is behind the Wolves and Kirk Stevens takes over the reins of a team that might not be too bad but have an unfortunate league situation in the current four team 2A EvCo. With Tumwater, WF West and an improved Centralia squad, it seems like the Wolves might be the odd team out. The spread offense with quarterback Jayden Troy and a trio of good receivers could surprise, though.


10.
Rochester Warriors
Last season: 6-4 – 2nd in 1A Evergreen
Next game: @ Centralia – Tiger Stadium, Centralia – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: If Rainier was the big winner in the reclassification cycle, Rochester has to be considered the big loser. The Warriors suddenly found themselves as one of the smallest 2A schools and were faced with the possibility of joining Tumwater, WF West, Black Hills and Centralia in the 2A EvCo. But, in my opinion, the Warriors did the smart thing and, along with fellow 2A squad Aberdeen, entered the hybrid 2A/1A Evergreen. They keep their traditional rivals, play schools that are much more in line with their size and resources and it should make it better competitively for all sports. However, that means the road to the playoffs is much more difficult since neither they or Aberdeen have a guaranteed spot in the 2A postseason. The schedule also doesn’t pay them any favors. Somehow the Warriors only play three home games this year.


11.
Yelm Tornadoes
Last season: 4-6 – 6th in 4A Narrows
Next game: vs. Steilacoom – Yelm Tornadoes Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: Yelm has a good sophomore running back in Brandon Montgomery and a good offensive line to help spring him but they play a tougher non-conference schedule this season and have to face the always strong 4A Narrows League. It could be a long season for Jason Ronquillo’s squad.


12.
Shelton Highclimbers
Last season: 2-8 – 6th in 3A Narrows
Next game: vs. North Mason – Highclimbers Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Outlook: The Highclimbers are coming off a year that was only salvaged because they won games against two of the worst teams in the entire state, Mount Tahoma and Stadium. This year, Shelton will be better than last year and they still have workhorse Jake Henry at running back and putting Brian Nault at fullback will take advantage of his skills. But looking at the rough schedule that includes a non-conference game at Sumner, you can’t help but think that a 1-8 regular season is on the way.

PHOTO GALLERY: T-Birds, Rams and Highclimbers Jamboree it Up

Tumwater, North Thurston and Shelton kicked off their 2014 seasons with a little jamboree action at Tumwater Stadium tonight. Here is a small photo gallery that is a little Tumwater offense heavy, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since the jamboree was a little Tumwater offense heavy.

2014 High School Football Schedules By Team

Senior Jayden Croft dives for a touchdown in Tumwater's title game loss

Jayden Croft dives for a touchdown in Tumwater’s title game loss

Football season is just around the corner with practices kicking off next week. It’s a season of change: new classifications, new leagues, new teams coming to town, increased travel and a lot of questions as to how this season will play out in the South Sound.

So with that in mind, here are the 2014 area football schedules listed by each team. Please let me know if I messed anything up, it’s entirely possible I missed something.

Legend: Bold = Home games | * = League game | + = OlySports.com Game of the Week on KMAS |
| ^ = Thursday game | $ = Saturday game |


Black Hills Wolves (2A Evergreen Conference)

9/5 – @ Montesano – Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. Rochester – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – @ North Kitsap – North Kitsap Stadium, Poulsbo – 7:00 PM
9/26 – @ Columbia River – Chieftain Stadium, Vancouver – 7:00 PM
10/3 – vs. W.F. West – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – @ Port Angeles – Civic Field, Port Angeles – 7:00 PM
10/17 – vs. Kelso – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/24 – vs. Tumwater – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/31 – vs. Centralia – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM *


Capital Cougars (3A Narrows League)

9/5 – @ Tumwater – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM+
9/19 – vs. Lincoln – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM *
9/26 – @ Foss – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – vs. Central Kitsap – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – @ Wilson – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – vs. Mount Tahoma – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – @ North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – vs. Shelton – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+

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File photo: 2013 North Thurston Rams

North Thurston Rams (3A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. Timberline – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ River Ridge – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Wilson – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
9/25 – @ Central Kitsap – Silverdale Stadium – 7:00 PM*^
10/2 – vs. Foss – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*^
10/10 – @ Lincoln – Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma – 7:0o PM*
10/17 – @ Shelton – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/24 – vs. Capital – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Mount Tahoma – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*

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File photo: 2013 Olympia Bears

Olympia Bears (4A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. Ferris – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM+
9/19 – @ South Kitsap – SKHS, Port Orchard – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Timberline – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/3 – @ Issaquah – Issaquah Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/10 – vs. Stadium – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Gig Harbor – Roy Anderson Field, Gig Harbor – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – vs. Bellarmine – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Yelm – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*


Rainier Mountaineers (2B Pacific League)

9/5 – @ South Bend – South Bend HS – 7:00 PM*
9/12 – @ Kittitas – Harding Field, Kittitas – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Raymond – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – @ Ocosta – Ocosta HS, Westport – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – vs. North Beach – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Tacoma Baptist – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
10/18 – @ Life Christian – Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood – 7:00 PM*$
10/24 – vs. Ilwaco – Rainier HS – 7:00 PM*
10/30 – @ Chief Leschi – Chief Leschi Stadium, Puyallup – 7:00 PM*


River Ridge Hawks (2A South Puget Sound League)

9/5 – @ Aberdeen – Stewart Field, Aberdeen – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – @ Franklin Pierce – Franklin Pierce Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Orting – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/3 –  @ White River – White River HS, Buckley – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Washington – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – vs. Clover Park – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – @ Fife – Fife HS – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Steilacoom – Steilacoom HS – 7:00 PM*


Rochester Warriors (2A/1A Evergreen)

9/5 – @ Centralia – Tiger Stadium, Centralia – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ Black Hills – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – @ Elma – Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Forks – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – @ Aberdeen – Stewart Field, Aberdeen – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Eatonville – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Montesano – Rottle Field, Montesano – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – @ Hoquiam – Olympic Stadium, Hoquiam – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – vs. Tenino – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*


Shelton Highclimbers (3A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. North Mason – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM+
9/12 – @ Sumner – Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Foss – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
9/26 – @ Lincoln – Lincoln Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – vs. Wilson – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/10 – @ Central Kitsap – Silverdale Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – vs. North Thurston – Highclimber Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/24 – @ Mount Tahoma – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+


Tenino Beavers (2A/1A Evergreen)

9/5 – @ Charles Wright – Charles Wright Academy, University Place – 7:00 PM
9/12 – vs. Castle Rock – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/19 – vs. Hoquiam – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
9/26 – vs. Elma – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – @ Forks – Forks HS – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Aberdeen – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Eatonville – Eatonville HS – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – vs. Montesano – Tenino Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – @ Rochester – Rochester HS – 7:00 PM*

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File photo: 2013 Timberline Blazers

Timberline Blazers (4A Narrows League)

9/5 – @ North Thurston – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/11 – vs. Tumwater – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
9/18 – vs. Yelm – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*^
9/26 – @ Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/3 – vs. Bellarmine – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – @ Gig Harbor – Roy Anderson Field, Gig Harbor – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ Stadium – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/23 – vs. Puyallup – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
10/31 – vs. South Kitsap – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM*

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File photo: 2013 Tumwater T-Birds

Tumwater T-Birds (2A Evergreen Conference)

9/5 – vs. Capital – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/11 – @ Timberline –  South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
9/19 – vs. La Center – Tumater Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/26 – vs. Lake City (Idaho) – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/3 – @ Columbia River – Chieftain Stadium, Vancouver – 7:00 PM
10/10 – vs. Centralia – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/17 – @ West Valley – Zaepfel Stadium, Yakima – 7:00 PM
10/25 – @ Black Hills – Tumwater Stadium – 7:00 PM*+
10/31 – @ WF West – Bearcat Stadium – 7:00 PM*


Yelm Tornadoes (4A Narrows League)

9/5 – vs. Steilacoom – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM
9/12 – @ Foss – Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma – 7:00 PM
9/18 – @ Timberline – South Sound Stadium – 7:00 PM^
9/26 – vs. South Kitsap – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/3 – @ Stadium – Stadium Bowl, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/10 – vs. Evergreen – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM
10/17 – @ Bellarmine – Memorial Field, Tacoma – 7:00 PM*
10/24 – vs. Gig Harbor – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*
10/31 – vs. Olympia – Yelm Stadium – 7:00 PM*

Legend: Bold = Home games | * = League game | + = OlySports.com Game of the Week on KMAS |
| ^ = Thursday game | $ = Saturday game |

KMAS and OlySports.com Announce Expanded High School Football Coverage

KMASPRESS RELEASE: KMAS to broadcast five Shelton games, the Spaghetti Bowl and Pioneer Bowl

SHELTON, Wash. – Newsradio 1030 AM KMAS, in conjunction with OlySports.com, will expand their high school football coverage for the 2014 season to include Shelton High School football and four prime matchups featuring Thurston County powerhouses. KMAS will be the only local radio station providing over-the-air broadcasts of Olympia area games this season.

“Not many people know it, but KMAS Radio broadcast the South Sound Game of the Week as far back as 27 years ago, with John Willis doing the play by play,” said Dale Hubbard, President and General Manager of Olympic Broadcast and Media. “We are excited about our recent programming changes, to all news & information for the South Sound, and are looking forward to bringing some of the best high school matchups in the area to the fans!”

KMAS will broadcast five Shelton High School football games beginning with the Mason County Cup against North Mason on September 5 and continuing with 3A Narrows League games against Foss (September 19), Wilson (October 3), North Thurston (October 17) and Capital (October 31).

The Highclimbers return a talented group of seniors including All-Narrows first team linebacker Brian Nault and honorable mention running back Jake Henry and will look to improve on their 2-8 record in the 2013 season.

The OlySports.com Game of the Week on KMAS will debut on September 12 with the annual Spaghetti Bowl featuring Olympia and Capital at Ingersoll Stadium. KMAS will carry the Timberline at Olympia game on September 26 and the Pioneer Bowl between Tumwater and Black Hills on October 24. The October 10 game is still to be determined.

The KMAS football broadcast team of Brandon Sparks and John McGlamery return to the booth for their third season.

“John and I are excited for the opportunity to continue to call Highclimbers football games,” said Sparks, who is also runs the local sports website OlySports.com. “And we can’t wait to bring some of the best games between South Sound teams back to the airwaves in the Olympia area.”

In total, KMAS will broadcast five Shelton games and feature Capital and Olympia twice and Tumwater, Timberline, North Thurston and Black Hills once with one week of games yet to be determined.

All games can be heard live on 1030 AM and 104.1 FM and can be streamed worldwide on kmas.com or the TuneIn Radio app on a smartphone.


2014 High School Football Broadcast Schedule on KMAS

Sept. 5 – MASON COUNTY CUP: Shelton vs. North Mason – Highclimbers Stadium
Sept. 12 – Capital vs. Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium
Sept. 19 – Shelton vs. Foss – Highclimbers Stadium
Sept. 26 – Timberline @ Olympia – Ingersoll Stadium
Oct. 3 – Shelton vs. Wilson – Highclimbers Stadium
Oct. 10 – TBD
Oct. 17 – Shelton vs. North Thurston – Highclimbers Stadium
Oct. 24 – Tumwater vs. Black Hills – Tumwater Stadium
Oct. 31 – Shelton @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium
Week 10 and playoffs: TBD

All games kick off at 7:00 PM with the pregame show beginning at 6:45.