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Today (5/24): State Baseball, District Softball, Derby and Racing

Schedule for Saturday, May 24th

High school baseball
3A State Tournament Regionals
North Thurston vs. O’Dea – Bannerwood Park, Bellevue – 1:00 PM
Timberline vs. Bainbridge – Wheeler Field, Centralia – 1:00 PM

The Rams, the 3A Narrows League regular season champs, survived three loser-out games in the District 3/4 tourney and draws an extremely tough match-up in O’Dea, the Metro League champion with a 21-2 overall record. The winner will face either Columbia River or Mountlake Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

Timberline knocked off North Thurston in the Narrows League championship game and won three straight games in districts to take the #1 seed to state. The 23-2 Blazers will face Bainbridge at 1:00 in Centralia with the winner moving on to face either Mt. Si or Shorewood at 4:00.

2A State Tournament Regionals
Tumwater vs. White River – WF West HS – 10:00 AM

The T-Birds (20-4 overall) took third in the District 4 tournament after a loss to WF West and an elimination game win over Capital. They face the #2 seed out of District 3, White River (19-5 overall) in the morning game in Chehalis. The winner will face Klahowya or Centralia in the next round at 4:00.

High school softball

4A District 3/4 Tournament
Olympia vs. Thomas Jefferson – Kent Service Ballfields – 1:00 PM

The Bears open district play against a Thomas Jefferson team that is 11-10 overall and has lost three straight games. The winner will face either Battle Ground or Puyallup in the quarterfinals at 5:00 PM while the loser faces the loser of that game in a loser-out game also at 5:00.

3A District 3/4 Tournament

North Thurston vs. Peninsula – Sprinker Recreation Center, Spanaway – Noon
Timberline vs. Mountain View/Auburn Mountainview – Sprinker, Spanaway – 4:00 PM

The Rams face a 9-10 Peninsula team at noon. The winner faces Enumclaw in the next round while the loser will face either Timberline, Mountain View or Auburn Mountainview in a loser-out game at 6:00 PM

The Blazers get a first round bye and will face the winner of Mountain View/Auburn Mountainview. If they win, they qualify for state and will next play on Saturday. If they lose, they fall into a loser-out game against either North Thurston or Peninsula at 6:00.

Roller derby

JBLM Bettie Brigade May-Hem Doubleheader – Bettie Bunker, Lacey – 6:00 PM

The JBLM Bettie Brigade hosts a pair of interleague bouts followed by a concert featuring Mach Society, Mosquito Hawk and Buffalo Skies to raise money for improvements to their Lacey home, the Bettie Bunker. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information, click here.

Auto racing – Weather permitting

Street, Mini and Hobby Stocks, Vintage Modifieds, Stinger 8’s – South Sound Speedway – 6:30 PM

PHOTO GALLERY: MIA Rolls Grunge City at the Bettie Bunker

Behind the strong jamming of Jacky O Nastiest and Slamber Ella, the MIA Derby Girls made easy work of the Grunge City Rollers, 203-111, at the Bettie Bunker in Lacey on Saturday night.

It was Oly Sports first derby at the Bettie Bunker, the warehouse on Lacey Boulevard that the MIA Derby Girls and the JBLM Bettie Brigade share, and it has quickly and easily eclipsed Skateland! as the best place to watch derby in the Olympia area. It’s bright, open, has decent sound, a beer garden, concessions and has been nicely decorated with a big graffiti mural on one side and a red, white and blue derby mural on the other side.

The floor is a hard concrete warehouse floor and is very unforgiving on the skaters. Some of the tumbles that they took, especially in the fresh meat game that preceded the main event (MIA won 99-72), were particularly nasty and painful looking and made me uncomfortable watching their pain.

Bathroom facilities are a problem that will have to be worked out if the Bettie Bunker will continue to host events. Currently, the public restrooms are two honey buckets in the parking lot.

Also, parking is a bit of a problem. There is a small lot in the front of the building, one in the back of the building and there is a lot across Pacific Avenue at Pope John Paul II High School that was designated for derby parking. Unfortunately, you have to cross a field, the bike path and five lanes of Pacific to get to the lot and at night, it was unnerving, at best. The empty lot in front of the Bettie Bunker was blocked and closed to parking or else most people could have parked there.

No matter the problems, the Bettie Bunker is a good place to watch derby and it is obvious that MIA and JBLM are actively trying to make improvements to the facility for their skaters and fans. While the quality of roller derby played by the Oly Rollers at Skateland! is still far superior, their facility is not.

Saturday Scores: Geoducks Women, Saints Men Pick Up League Wins; MIA Tops JBLM in Lacey Debut

Women’s basketball

Western Washington 79, Saint Martin’s 73 – Recap
Team 1st 2nd Final
Western Washington (5-2 GNAC, 9-6 overall) 41 38 79
Saint Martin’s (5-2 GNAC, 11-5 overall) 35 38 73
Saints fall into 4 way tie for 1st place in GNAC

Five Saint Martin’s players scored in double-digits but a back-and-forth contest eventually swung back Western Washington’s way with a 9-0 run that gave the Vikings a 72-65 lead with 3:55 left and the Saints never got to within four points again in a 79-73 loss that dropped them into a four way tie for first place in the GNAC.

Jordyn Richardson and Liz Mills each scored 12 points, Angela Gelhar added 11 and Krista Stabler and Brooke Paulson each notched 10 for the Saints.

McCleary’s Katie Colard led the Vikings with 21 points and Sarah Hill pulled down 14 rebounds as the Vikings out-rebounded the Saints 42-31.

The Vikings and Saints each are 5-2 in the GNAC along with Montana State-Billings and Alaska-Anchorage. The Saints head to Billings to take on the Yellowjackets on Thursday night at 6:00 PM.

Evergreen 78, Warner Pacific 74 – Recap
Team 1st 2nd Final
Evergreen (4-5 CCC, 8-8 overall) 33 45 78
Warner Pacific (1-8 CCC, 5-15 overall) 31 43 74
TESC leader: Uriah Thomas – 22 points

Uriah Thomas scored 22 points off the bench to lead Evergreen to a 78-74 win over Warner Pacific and their first ever weekend sweep of the Portland schools. Brittany Clark posted a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Geoducks dominated the boards with a 53-25 advantage.

Sammi Clark scored 19 points and dished out seven assists and Jessica Denmon added 11 points to help Evergreen improve to 4-5 in the Cascade Conference and 8-8 overall.

Highline 67, SPSCC 53 – Box score
Team 1st 2nd Final
SPSCC (2-5 NWAACC West, 3-13 overall) 30 23 53
Highline (5-1 NWAACC West, 14-4 overall) 24 43 67
SPSCC leaders: Jesse, Anger – 16 points

LaKeisha Anger and Sofia Guerra each notched a double-double and Maria Jesse scored 16 points in SPSCC’s 67-53 loss to Highline. Anger poured in 16 points with 15 rebounds and Guerra went for 10 points and 15 boards.

Men’s basketball

Saint Martin’s 79, Western Oregon 73 – Recap
Team 1st 2nd Final
Saint Martin’s (3-4 GNAC, 6-9 overall) 45 34 79
Western Oregon (3-4 GNAC, 10-7 overall) 28 45 73
SMU leader: Ryan Rogers – 19 points

The Saint Martin’s men built a 20 point lead at the 17:56 mark of the second half but Western Oregon stormed back with a 42-20 run to temporarily take a 73-71 lead on a pair of Jordan Wiley free throws  with 2:31 left to play. But a Ryan Rogers layup tied the score at 73 and Tyler Copp’s 3-pointer gave the Saints a 76-73 lead that they would not relinquish and they escaped Monmouth with a 79-73 win.

Ryan Rogers led the Saints with 19 points and seven rebounds and Lucas Shannon scored a season high 15 points. Issac Bianchini scored 14 points, 12 of them to help them build their big first half lead, and Evan Coulter chipped in 12 points.

Warner Pacific 79, Evergreen 70 – Recap
Team 1st 2nd Final
Evergreen (1-8 CCC, 2-14 overall) 33 37 70
Warner Pacific (6-3 CCC, 12-9 overall) 45 34 79
TESC leader: Jordan Dam – 19 points

Jordan Dam’s three at the 10:11 mark of the second half brought Evergreen back from a 16 point deficit to within one but the Geoducks were unable to get over the hump and dropped another game, a 79-70 decision to Warner Pacific in Portland. Dam scored 19 points and Cody Peters and Dre Taylor each chipped in 13 in the loss.

Highline 88, SPSCC 55 – Box score
Team 1st 2nd Final
SPSCC (1-6 NWAACC West, 1-14 overall) 31 24 55
Highline (5-1 NWAACC West, 14-3 overall) 37 51 88
SPSCC leader: Slanblaytee Kaye – 18 points

The SPSCC men and their six able bodied players fell 88-55 to a Highline squad that played 12 players against them. Slanblaytee Kaye scored 18 points and Brian Tyson posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Picture of the Bettie Bunker, from the JBLM Bettie Brigade Facebook page

Picture of the Bettie Bunker, from the JBLM Bettie Brigade Facebook page

Roller Derby

MIA Derby Girls 195, JBLM Bettie Brigade 178
Team 1st 2nd Final
MIA Derby Girls 105 90 195
JBLM Bettie Brigade 95 83 178
Jordan Nailon’s player of the game: Bam Bam Tiffalo

In a bout that featured five lead changes, the MIA Derby Girls pulled away for good with less than three minutes to play to take a 195-178 win in front of an estimated 400 fans at the Bettie Bunker in Lacey.

Thanks to Jordan Nailon for the updates.

Today (1/18): Saints Women Face Vikings for GNAC Lead; JBLM, MIA Open New Home

1-18-SMU-WWUWomen’s basketball
Saint Martin’s vs. Western Washington – Marcus Pavilion – 7:00 PM

Fresh off of their thrilling 73-71 win over Simon Fraser on Thursday night, the first place Saint Martin’s women continue one of their toughest home stand of the season when they welcome Western Washington to Marcus Pavilion at 7:00 PM.

The Saints enter the game at 5-1 in the GNAC, one game in front of Alaska-Anchorage, Montana State-Billings and Western Washington, who all sit at 4-2.

The Vikings are led by McCleary’s Katie Colard, a 13 points per game scorer in her junior year at Western. Taylor Peacocke, a transfer from Sacramento State and former teammate of the Saints Liz Mills, has started seven games and is the Vikings only other double-digit scorer at 10.9 points per game. Western is coming off of a 78-58 win over Western Oregon in Monmouth on Thursday night that saw Peacocke go for 19 points and Sarah Hill record a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

The Saints are led by Chelsea Haskey’s 13.7 points per game. She is just 12 points of 1,000 career points but has struggled a big lately and scored just two points against Simon Fraser. Angela Gelhar has emerged as a consistent first or second scoring threat and is averaging 12.9 points per game.

Live video with me, Brandon Sparks, on the play-by-play can be seen by clicking here.


JBLM MIARoller derby
JBLM Bettie Brigade vs. MIA Derby Girls – Bettie Bunker – 6:00 PM

Just down the road from Marcus Pavilion at 5700 Lacey Boulevard, the JBLM Bettie Brigade and MIA Derby Girls open their 2014 roller derby seasons in their new, shared Lacey home. The Bettie Brigade made the decision to move off base to make it easier for people to see them play and found a fellow tenant in MIA, who spent their entire existence practicing and playing at South Sound Sports Center in Tumwater.

Doors open at 5:00 PM with derby action getting underway at 6:00. There will be a beer garden for fans 21+. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Roller Derby News: Oly Releases Schedule; JBLM Relocates to Lacey; M.I.A. Moves In

The Oly Rollers have posted their 2014 season, highlighted by home bouts against the travel teams from Montreal Roller Derby and St. Louis’ Arch Rivals. They will also travel to the Big O tournament in Eugene, Oregon where they will have the chance to face highly ranked WFTDA teams Rose City, Texas, Philly and Kansas City.

Oly will open their season against the Jet City Hula Honeys on January 18th at Skateland! and will follow that up with a February date with fellow Olympia area MIA Derby. And in April they will face Seattle’s Rainier Roller Girls. According to their website, they also expect to announce more bouts soon.

All of the currently schedule bouts are listed as using the WFTDA rule set and you can expect to see the Cosa Nostra Donnas, the varsity team of the Oly Rollers, qualify for the WFTDA playoffs after not playing enough WFTDA bouts to qualify last season. Oly focused on the USARS rule set last season and were never tested, easily rolling to their second straight USARS national championship.

jblm bettie bunker

Photo from the JBLM Bettie Brigade Facebook page

In other derby news, the JBLM Bettie Brigade and their youth league, the JBLM Bettie Bratz, announced last week that they have moved from their home on the base to a warehouse that they are leasing at 5700 Lacey Boulevard. The warehouse is located on the corner of Lacey Boulevard and Clearbrook Drive and is near Meconi’s, Cheers, Cutters Point Coffee and more and should provide a great location for roller derby fans.

“We are still a military league and we still affiliate with JBLM,” the announcement on their Facebook page read, “however we needed the space to grow and be more accessible to our non-military fans who may have a hard time getting on base for bouts.”

The first event scheduled for the Bettie Bunker is a New Years Day Fundraiser Poker Tournament beginning at 1:00 PM.

Photo from the MIA Derby Girls Facebook page

Photo from the M.I.A. Derby Girls Facebook page

Also moving into the facility will be the M.I.A. Derby Girls. M.I.A. has played their home bouts at the South Sound Sports Center in Tumwater until this season and will now share the Bettie Bunker with JBLM.

The first bout scheduled for the Bettie Bunker in Lacey is on January 18th between facility mates M.I.A. and the Bettie Brigade. For more info, click here.

With the addition of the Bettie Brigade, the Olympia area is now home to four roller derby organizations: the Oly Rollers, Underground Derby, JBLM and M.I.A. Welcome to Derby City USA.

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