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Tumwater Pioneers will not return for second season

Tumwater Pioneers fullThe Tumwater Pioneers indoor soccer team will not return for their second season in the PASL Premier. Health issues have forced the Pios owner to close Tumwater Indoor Sports and they will not field a team for the 2013-2014 season.

The Pioneers had a rough lone year in Tumwater going 1-7, their lone win coming in their home finale, a 9-7 win over the shorthanded Oregon Blacktails. Evergreen alum Kevin Flavin scored 12 goals and was named PASL Northwest player of the week by for his five goal performance against the Marysville Ruckus on January 5th.

On a personal note, I worked for the Tumwater Pioneers volunteering to build and run their website and social media outlets, I was their PA announcer and played the music and sound effects at the games. I’m disappointed that the team will not be back and I am hoping to possibly put something together to bring another team to town. Our crowds were really fun and I think we could do even better both on and off the field in the 2013-2014 season with me in charge. Not sure yet if it is even possible to get a team up and running but I am at least exploring the possibility.

In other PASL Premier news, the South Sound Shock, the Tacoma based team that played their home games in Tumwater in 2012 and two home games at Tumwater Indoor Sports last season will likely play their full home schedule in Gig Harbor this season.

Thanks to all of the Pioneers players and fans for a fun single season. I hope I can see you out there again sometime soon.

Today (3/16): Wolves, OC baseball, softball jamboree, Budd Bay rugby

I’m on a mini-vacation and kind of fell off the wagon yesterday. But right back at it today…

High school baseball

Black Hills vs. Yelm – Black Hills HS – Noon

High school softball

Black Hills 18 team jamboree – The RAC – All day


Budd Bay Buffaloes vs. Portland – Rainier Vista – Noon

College baseball

Olympic College vs. Thompson Rivers (DH) – The RAC – 1:00 PM

Saturday scoreboard: Cougs, Hawks advance; Pios get off the schneid; Geoducks women win home finale

Boys basketball

2A District IV playoffs
Capital 69, Hockinson 53
River Ridge 54, Washougal 51
WF West 78, Tumwater 60

Premier Arena Soccer League

Tumwater Pioneers 9, Oregon Blacktails 7 – Recap

Men’s basketball

Alaska Fairbanks 68, Saint Martin’s 67 (OT) – Recap from
Southern Oregon 75, Evergreen 56 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Lower Columbia 76, SPSCC 57 – Box score

Women’s basketball

Evergreen 68, Southern Oregon 65 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Central Washington 52, Saint Martin’s 38 – Recap from
Lower Columbia 71, SPSCC 29 – Box score

College baseball

UPS 12, Saint Martin’s 0 – Recap from

Today (2/9): Baseball is back; boys district playoffs; every college hoops team; Pioneers home finale

It’a a ridiculously busy day of sports in the South Sound. Let’s get right to it…

College baseball

Saint Martin’s vs. UPS – The RAC – 11:00 AM

Baseball season is upon us in early February and it looks like the weather will cooperate. Today, Saint Martin’s makes their home debut after dropping their opening series at Cal Poly Pomona last week.

Boys basketball

2A District IV playoffs
Capital vs. Hockinson – Capital HS – 7:00 PM
River Ridge @ Washougal – Washougal HS – 7:00 PM
Tumwater @ WF West – Chehalis – 8:00 PM

Women’s basketball

SPSCC vs. Lower Columbia – SPSCC Gym – 3:00 PM
Saint Martin’s vs. Central Washington – Marcus Pavilion – 5:15 PM
Evergreen vs. Southern Oregon – CRC Gymnasium – 5:30 PM

Saint Martin’s faces a critical test tonight with Central Washington in town. The Saints offense has been virtually non-existent in the last two games and as a result, they have fallen out of a playoff spot currently sitting in seventh place at 4-8. Central sits right behind them in eighth at 3-8.

It’s senior night at Evergreen and the Geoducks will honor four players wrapping up their careers before tonight’s game against Southern Oregon. Seniors Jessica Edge and Dela Jones will be joined by juniors Maddie Graves and Danielle Swain, both of whom are graduating and moving on with a year of eligibility remaining.

Men’s basketball

SPSCC vs. Lower Columbia – SPSCC Gym – 5:00 PM
Saint Martin’s vs. Alaska Fairbanks – Marcus Pavilion – 7:30 PM
Evergreen vs. Southern Oregon – CRC Gymnasium – 7:30 PM

Saint Martin’s upset Alaska Anchorage on Thursday, can they pull off another Alaska upset tonight when they face the Nanooks? Fairbanks sits in a tie for third place in the GNAC at 7-5 while the Saints win got them back into the hunt for the final playoff spot. They currently sit in eighth place at 3-8.

Travis Wagner and Elzie Dickens will play their last game at Evergreen tonight when the Geoducks host #24 ranked Southern Oregon. The two seniors were the only returners from last season’s one win team.

Premier Arena Soccer League

Tumwater Pioneers vs. Oregon Blacktails – Tumwater Indoor Sports – 7:00 PM

The Tumwater Pioneers wrap up the home schedule of their inaugural season still in search of their first win. After a tough stretch that saw them take on the top two teams in the league three times, the Pios host fellow expansion team Oregon tonight. The Blacktails sit at 2-5 and have lost four straight games, their last win coming against the Pios in December. Tickets are just $5 for adults.

Saturday scoreboard: Oly sports go O-fer

Men’s basketball

Seattle Pacific 82, Saint Martin’s 54 – Recap from
Eastern Oregon 82, Evergreen 67 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Centralia 63, SPSCC 55 – Box score

Women’s basketball

Alaska-Anchorage 48, Saint Martin’s 45 – Recap from
Eastern Oregon 50, Evergreen 45 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Centralia 77, SPSCC 33 – Box score

Girls basketball

Raymond 49, Northwest Christian 40

Premier Arena Soccer League

Kitsap Pumas 18, Tumwater Pioneers 7 – Recap from the Pioneers

Today (1/26): A night of big upsets?

Another busy Saturday in the South Sound. Let’s get right to it…

Men’s basketball

SPSCC vs. Centralia – SPSCC Gym – 5:00 PM
Evergreen vs. Eastern Oregon – CRC Gymnasium – 7:30 PM

The struggling South Puget Sound men face off with the West Region’s second place team, Centralia, tonight. Northwest Christian grad Zach Carras is third on the Blazers scoring 11 points per game in his freshman year.

The NAIA’s #1 ranked team comes to town tonight to take on Evergreen. The Mountaineers are 23-1 overall and are coming off a victory over #15 ranked Northwest last night. The two teams met in La Grande earlier this season and EOU took a 77-60 decision.

Women’s basketball

SPSCC vs. Centralia – SPSCC Gym – 3:00 PM
Evergreen vs. Eastern Oregon – CRC Gymnasium – 5:30 PM
Saint Martin’s vs. Alaska-Anchorage – Marcus Pavilion – 7:00 PM

The Evergreen women face a stiff test when they face #5 ranked Eastern Oregon. The Mountaineers are 22-2 overall and 12-0 in the CCC and knocked off the Geoducks 66-45 on December 21st in La Grande.

Saint Martin’s improved to 4-4 in GNAC play on Thursday and moved into fifth place one game ahead of tonight’s opponent Alaska-Anchorage. The top six teams in the GNAC make the conference tournament hosted by the Saints.

Premier Arena Soccer League

Tumwater Pioneers vs. Kitsap Pumas – Tumwater Indoor Sports – 7:00 PM

The Tumwater Pioneers will have a tough time getting off the schneid tonight against the second place Kitsap Pumas. The Pios come into tonight’s game at 0-5 but have played the toughest schedule with their previous opponents sitting at 18-7-3. The Pumas knocked off the Pios in the season opener 11-3 in Bremerton.

Girls basketball

Northwest Christian vs. Raymond – Northwest Christian HS – 6:00 PM

Saturday scoreboard: SPSCC sweeps Grays Harbor; Saints women top Wolves; Shock roll Pioneers; Navs girls win

Men’s basketball

SPSCC 65, Grays Harbor 63 – Box score
Western Washington 104, Saint Martin’s 56 – Recap from
Corban 76, Evergreen 73 – Recap from Evergreen athletics

Women’s basketball

SPSCC 56, Grays Harbor 53 – Box score
Saint Martin’s 54, Western Oregon 47 – Recap from
Corban 73, Evergreen 63 – Recap from Evergreen athletics

Premier Arena Soccer League

South Sound Shock 20, Tumwater Pioneers 5

Girls basketball

Northwest Christian 40, Naselle 22

Boys basketball

Naselle 45, Northwest Christian 24

Today (1/19): Saints and Vikings highlight busy day of basketball, soccer and roller derby

Extremely busy day of sports in the Olympia area that features a little something for everybody. College basketball, high school basketball, arena soccer, roller derby…how can you go wrong?

clipperlogoIt all starts with a doubleheader at South Puget Sound where the SPSCC men’s and women’s teams host a doubleheader against Grays Harbor. The women’s game gets underway at 3:00 PM and the men will tip-off afterwards, somewhere around 5:00.

Across town at Marcus Pavilion, Saint Martin’s is hosting a high school boys basketball game between Longview’s Mark Morris and Lynden. Mark Morris last played at Saint Martin’s last season when they fell to River Ridge in the district championship game. They currently sit at 3-1 in the 2A GSHL. Meanwhile, Lynden is 13-1 overall and undefeated in the 2A Northwest League. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

At 5:45, Northwest Christian hosts a high school doubleheader against Naselle. The girls kick things off and will be followed by the boys game.

MIADerbyGirlsOver in the Tumwater Sports District (my term), the MIA Derby Girls start their second season with a bout against the JBLM Bettie Brigade at the Sound Puget Sound Sports Center. The bout will feature a live DJ, halftime performance by MAXX WATT, Barb’s BBQ for concessions and a beer garden for fans 21-and-over with ID. Tickets are just $15 at the door. Doors open at 5:00 PM with derby action getting underway at 6:00 PM.

Just down the street at Tumwater Indoor Sports, the Tumwater Pioneers face the South Shound Shock in arena soccer action. The two teams share the facility and this week the Shock will serve as the home team. Last week the two teams met and the first place Shock dominated the action knocking off the Pioneers 11-2. The Shock sit at 4-0-1 atop the PASL Northwest Division while the expansion Pioneers are suffering some growing pains sitting at 0-4.  Doors open at 6:00 PM with first kick scheduled for 7:00. Tickets are just $5 for adults.

Saints_logoAnd finally, the main event. The defending NCAA Division II men’s basketball national champion Western Washington Vikings come to Marcus Pavilion to take on Saint Martin’s. The Vikings are 15-0 and ranked #3 in the nation following a 91-81 win over Western Oregon in Monmouth on Thursday night. The Vikings are led by John Allen and Paul Jones, who scored 38 and 27 points respectively against the Wolves and average 18.3 and 15.9 points per game.

It also marks the return of Black Hills graduate and SPSCC star Anye Turner to Olympia. Turner, a sophomore, is averaging 3.9 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game in his first season in Bellingham.

The last non-exhibition loss that Western suffered came at Marcus Pavilion where they fell to Montana State-Billings in the semifinals of the GNAC tournament.

The Saints are coming off of a dominating performance over GNAC bottom feeders Simon Fraser. The win pushed the Saints record to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play. Eric Taylor and Rei Jensen each scored 18 points in the win while Roger O’Neill chipped in 17.  Last season, the Saints gave the Vikings quite the test when they rallied behind a 20 point run but eventually fell, 70-67. You can read the Oly Sports game recap in tweets here.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM and the first 200 fans in the building will receive a Saints rally towel. If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch the game and listen to me, Brandon Sparks, call all the action by clicking here.

Saturday scoreboard: Cougs, Navs, Rams nab conference wins

I have been sick for the last couple days, so apologies for the lack of posts. Let’s get to these Saturday scores…

Men’s basketball

Alaska-Anchorage 74, Saint Martin’s 71 – Recap from
Oregon Tech 71, Evergreen 68 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Pierce 92, SPSCC 48 – Box score

Women’s basketball

Northwest Nazarene 86, Saint Martin’s 69 – Recap from
Oregon Tech 64, Evergreen 43 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Pierce 74, SPSCC 51 – Box score

Premier Arena Soccer League

South Sound Shock 11, Tumwater Pioneers 2 – Recap from

Boys basketball

Capital 52, Black Hills 33
Northwest Christian 60, South Bend 52

Girls basketball

North Thurston 48, Aberdeen 39

Saturday scoreboard: Pios drop home opener; Saints sweep; Hawks win non-leaguer

Premier Arena Soccer League

Marysville Ruckus 11, Tumwater Pioneers 9 – Recap from

The Tumwater Pioneers took an 8-2 lead early in the third quarter but a furious rally the rest of the way for the Marysville Ruckus spoiled the Pioneers home opener as the Pios dropped an 11-9 heartbreaker in front of a packed house at Tumwater Indoor Sports on Saturday night. Kevin Flavin scored five goals for the Pioneers while Victor Navarro scored three times for the Ruckus including the eventual game winner with less than four minutes to play.

Women’s basketball

Saint Martin’s 70, Seattle Pacific 66 – Recap from
Warner Pacific 54, Evergreen 51 – Recap from Evergreen athletics

Men’s basketball

Saint Martin’s 71, Western Oregon 59 – Recap from
Warner Pacific 74, Evergreen 40 – Recap from Evergreen athletics

Boy’s basketball

Raymond 57, Northwest Christian 18

Girl’s basketball

River Ridge 52, Olympic 35
Centralia 64, Tumwater 41

American Basketball Association

Calgary Crush 137, Olympia Rise 100

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