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Tonight (1/5): Pioneers, Saints, Geoducks, Navs and Hawks

Busy night of sports on tap in the South Sound tonight with two college basketball doubleheaders, an arena soccer home opener and a couple high school basketball games.

PioneersCountdown0The Tumwater Pioneers arena soccer team makes their home debut tonight when they take on the Marysville Ruckus at Tumwater Indoor Sports. The Pioneers struggled on the road dropping two decisions to the Kitsap Pumas and Oregon Blacktails in December. But the Pios play four straight games in Tumwater starting tonight and face a Ruckus squad that is just three points ahead of them in the standings with a record of 1-2.

Tumwater will have their two leading scorers, Chris Pugh and Kevin Flavin, and goalkeeper Matt Stalnik back in the lineup tonight against Marysville, who features the week one PASL Northwest Division player of the week Josh Rudnick.

First kick is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. There will be a beer garden for fans 21-and-over, concessions provided by a taco wagon and games and prizes for all-ages. Dress warmly and bring a blanket if you want.

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Saints_logoThe Saint Martin’s basketball teams host a doubleheader at Marcus Pavilion tipping off with the women at 5:15 PM and following with the men at 7:30.

The women come into the game at 0-3 in the GNAC having faces all three of the GNAC’s best teams in their first three games. And the road doesn’t get any easier, Seattle Pacific is 3-0 in conference and 9-2 overall and is coming off a 72-65 win over Western Oregon on Thursday.

The men make their return to the Pavilion court for the first time in over a month. The Saints dropped a pair of GNAC games in late November/early December and sit at 0-2 in conference play. 2-0 Western Oregon comes into town tonight featuring the GNAC’s second leading scorer, Andy Avgi, who is scoring 20.4 points per game.

SpeedyQAnd across town, the Evergreen basketball teams wrap up their homestand against Warner Pacific. The women tip at 5:30 and the men follow at 7:30.

The Lady Geoducks are 3-3 in the CCC after a 58-52 win over Concordia last night. Danielle Swain had an outstanding night scoring 21 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Warner Pacific sits a game ahead of the Geoducks at 4-2.

The men fell to 1-5 after their loss to Concordia last night and face a Knights team that upset #21 Northwest University last night to move to 5-1 in the CCC.

And finally, in high school basketball action…

Boy’s basketball

Northwest Christian vs. Raymond – Northwest Christian HS – 7:00 PM

Girl’s basketball

River Ridge vs. Olympic – River Ridge HS – 7:30 PM


Saturday scoreboard: Oly Rollers move to another championship; Saints hold down Dominican

USA Roller Sports Derby Nationals

Oly Rollers 241, Tulsa 24
Port City 126, Underground 39

In day two of the USA Roller Sports National Championships in Fresno, California, the Death Dealing Dolls of the Underground Derby League fell to Port City, 126-39, to fall to 0-2 in the tournament. They will play tomorrow at 10:00 AM in the consolation bracket against Deep South Derby.

Meanwhile, the Cosa Nostra Donnas of the Oly Rollers handily won their second game of the tournament knocking off Tulsa 241-24. They move into the championship game tomorrow at 4:00 PM against San Diego Roller Derby.

Women’s basketball

Saint Martin’s 49, Dominican 36 – Recap from
Spokane 73, SPSCC 24 – Box score

Dominican took a 10 point lead with 2:54 left in the first half and took a 27-23 lead to the locker room but Saint Martin’s held the Penguins to just two field goals in the second half and nine points total and finished the SMU Classic with a 49-36 win. Chelsea Haskey scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win.

Men’s basketball

Olympic 81, SPSCC 67 – Box score

Boy’s basketball

Franklin Pierce 65, Black Hills 47
Northwest Chrisitan vs. Northwest – No report

Premier Arena Soccer League

Oregon Blacktails 14, Tumwater Pioneers 5

Saturday scoreboard: T-Birds fall; Saints, Geoducks men lose thrillers; Geoducks women rally for win; Pios drop debut

High school football

2A state title game
Lynden 41, Tumwater 7 – See photos from the game here

Men’s basketball

Northwest Nazarene 66, Saint Martin’s 65 (OT) – Recap from
Northwest 94, Evergreen 89 (2OT) – Recap from Evergreen athletics

Rei Jensen gave Saint Martin’s a 65-64 lead in overtime but Northwest Nazarene’s Kenny Jones turned the corner and scored an uncontested layup with .4 seconds left on the clock to give the Crusaders a 66-65 overtime win. Jensen scored 29 points and pulled down 11 boards for the Saints while Jones scored 23 points for the Crusaders. The Saints led by as many as 19 points in the first half and took a 13 point lead to the half before NNU turned it on in the second half.

Travis Wagner hit a three pointer with less than ten second to play in regulation to send the game to overtime and Elzie Dickens banked one in at the buzzer to send the game to a second overtime, but #20 Northwest University finally got some distance in double-OT and knocked off Evergreen 94-89. Wagner led the Geoducks with 23 points and KJ Hong added 20. Michael Greene scored 32 and grabbed 13 rebounds and former Saint Martin’s Saint Michael Russo posted 26 for the Eagles.

Women’s basketball

Evergreen 55, Northwest 46 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Western Washington 75, Saint Martin’s 51 – Recap from

Evergreen came back from 10 points down at the half to knock off Northwest 55-46 at the CRC Gymansium. Danielle Swain scored 17 points for the Geoducks while Sammi Clark nearly had a triple-double posting 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Saint Martin’s shot just 26.3% from the floor including just five first half field goals and fell to #8 Western Washington 75-51. Brooke Paulson led the Saints with 12 points.

Premier Arena Soccer League

Kitsap Pumas 11, Tumwater Pioneers 3 – Recap from

Kevin Flavin scored twice and Chris Pugh added a goal in the Tumwater Pioneers’ franchise debut in the Premier Arena Soccer League on Saturday night, an 11-3 loss to the Kitsap Pumas at the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton. Matt Friesen and Scott Ford each scored two goals for the Pumas.

Girl’s basketball

Black Hills 64, Elma 56
Capital 49, Shelton 25

Tumwater Pioneers release roster for debut game against Kitsap

BeatKitsap(Press release from the Tumwater Pioneers)

TUMWATER, WA – The Tumwater Pioneers make their PASL debut on Saturday, December 1st when they travel to Bremerton to take on the Kitsap Pumas at the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center. Today, the Pioneers are proud to announce the “Pioneer 17”, the founding roster that earned the opportunity in preseason to represent the Pioneers in their debut match against the Pumas. The “Pioneer 17” is a mix of experienced veterans and younger players with a heavy Evergreen State College flavor.

Ten of the “Pioneer 17” are former or current Evergreen Geoducks. Head coach and goalkeeper Matt Stalnik followed his career at Evergreen with indoor stints with the Denver Dynamite and Wenatchee Fire. The Soldotna, Alaska native took a season off last year to work in the oil fields of Alaska but returned to Olympia this season to lead the Pioneers.

Former Geoducks include defender Chris Pugh and midfielder Matt Herrera, both graduates of North Thurston High School in Lacey. Pugh earned All-Cascade Conference second team honors in 2002 and Herrera is currently the head coach of his alma mater Rams boy’s soccer team. Forward Corey Johnson was a tw0 time all-conference honoree who, along with defender Carl Determeyer, wrapped up their careers at Evergreen in 2011. And defender Kyle Foster was an All-Cascade Conference first teamer in 2009.

Four members of the 2012 Evergreen squad that finished second in the Cascade Conference will also represent the Pioneers on the initial roster. Goalkeeper Mauricio Sanchez was a second team all-conference honoree for the Geoducks. The junior from Wenatchee made 42 saves in nine games and posted a 7-2 record. Midfielder George Bundy was also named to the conference second team in his senior season. The Enumclaw native played in 18 games with three assists. He is joined by Kevin Flavin, a senior who scored five goals with five assists in 2012 and fellow senior Kyle Wiese.

A handful of non-Evergreen players make up the rest of the “Pioneer 17” including assistant head coach and defender Kevin Creeley. The Olympia High School graduate is one of the most experienced indoor players on the team and has spent time with the Tacoma Stars. Auburn-Riverside alum Mike Rancipher Jr. is also an experienced indoor player and a solid preseason has earned him a spot in the lineup.

Midfielder Ivan Gonzalez joins the Pioneers after wrapping up his junior season at Saint Martin’s. The Salem, Oregon native started 16 games for the Saints and tallied two assists. He is joined by a former Saint, Pasco’s Sergio Lopez, who will play forward for the Pioneers.

South Puget Sound Community College is represented by 18 year-old freshman defender Riley Hoiem and former Clipper and Olympia native Logan Smith, a 22 year-old midfielder.

And rounding out the roster, a player that has been playing soccer longer than any of the rest of the roster has been alive, 42 year-old Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz is a versatile presence for the Pioneers and will play midfield, defense and serve as emergency goalkeeper.

The “Pioneer 17” make their debut on Saturday night when they travel to Bremerton to take on the Kitsap Pumas. First kick at Olympic Soccer and Sports Center is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Updates from the game can be found on the Tumwater Pioneers Twitter page, @TumwaterPios.

Disclosure: Oly Sports manages the media relations for the Pioneers.

Sunday scoreboard: Clippers get second win; Pioneers’ maroon squad dominates white

Men’s basketball

SPSCC 67, Linn-Benton 64 – Box score

Jamey Smith continued his hot start to the season scoring 19 points in South Puget Sound’s 67-64 win over Linn-Benton in the Pierce College tournament in Lakewood. A.J. Fuller and Scotty Ewing each added 16 points in the win. The Clippers scored 27 points off of 15 Roadrunners turnovers while the Roadrunners scored just four points off of 11 Clippers turnovers. Bonhan Stafford went 7-of-9 from three point range and scored 26 points to lead Linn-Benton.

Premier Arena Soccer League

Tumwater Pioneers intersquad game
Maroon 8, White 3 – Photo gallery and recap from

Today (11/25): Pioneers Maroon vs. White game

The Tumwater Pioneers continue to prepare for their debut in the Premier Arena Soccer League and tonight host their final tuneup with the Maroon vs. White intersquad game. First kick is scheduled for 6:00 PM at Tumwater Indoor Sports. Admission is free.

Saturday scoreboard: T-Birds, Rams, Geoducks take second on an epic day of Oly sports

High school volleyball

4A state tournament
Mead 3, Olympia 0 (25-22, 25-17, 36-34)
Jackson 3, Olympia 1 (28-26, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22)

Olympia lost in straight sets to Mead in the semifinals including an epic 36-34 loss in the third set and then lost 3-1 in the 3rd/4th place game to finish fourth in state.

3A state tournament semifinals
North Thurston 3, Southridge 0 (25-15, 30-28, 25-20)
Prairie 3, North Thurston 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-16)

North Thurston knocked off Southridge in straight sets but were swept by Prairie in the title game and finished second at state.

2A state tournament
Tumwater 3, Colville 2 (25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15- 10)
West Valley (Yakima) 3, Tumwater 1 (25-24, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18)

Tumwater knocked off Colville to advance to the 2A state title game but fell to West Valley of Yakima, 3-1, and finished second at state.

2A state tournament consolation
Capital 3, Sehome 1 (26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19)
East Valley (Yakima) 3, Capital 0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-21)

Capital knocked Sehome out of the tournament but was swept by East Valley to take eighth in state.

High school football

3A state tournament
North Thurston 35, Kennewick 23
Marysville-Pilchuck 33, Timberline 21

Kennewick took a 16-0 lead to open the game but then gave up 28 straight points over the remainder of the first half and North Thurston moved on to the quarterfinals with a 35-23 win this afternoon in Kennewick. Mo Manning scored twice for the Rams and Brandon Belisario added another touchdown on the ground. Ryan Mets hooked up with Josh Cahill for a 26 yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner. The Rams will have to head east again to take on University in Spokane next week.

Marysville-Pilchuck limited Timberline’s high powered offense to just two touchdowns and ended the Blazers’ season with a 33-21 win at South Sound Stadium. Chris MacNeil threw two touchdown passes in his final game as at Timberline.

2A state tournament
Capital 47, Lakewood 36

Kai Van Sickle scored six rushing touchdowns including two in the fourth quarter and Capital came from behind to beat Lakewood 47-36 at Goddard Stadium in Everett. The Cougars trailed 22-21 in the third quarter before Derek Chase’s 95 yard kickoff return put the Cougars on top 27-22. But Lakewood responded and led 36-33 in the fourth quarter but Van Sickle’s 32 yard run put Capital ahead for good, 40-36. Unofficially, Van Sickle rushed 51 times for 350 yards.

Next up for Capital: Burlington-Edison, who were 35-21 winners over Orting on Friday.

Men’s soccer

Cascade Collegiate Conference championships
Concordia 2, Evergreen 1 – Recap from Evergreen athletics

Concordia’s Septi Danciu beat Evergreen goalkeeper Mauricio Sanchez on a penalty kick in the 49th minute for what proved to be the game winning goal and the Cavaliers captured the Cascade Collegiate Conference title with a 2-1 win at Tuominen Yard in Portland. Ben Joselyn scored in the 88th minute to get the Geoducks back in the game but there wasn’t enough time left to score an equalizer and Evergreen’s season came to an end. The Geoducks finish the season at 13-5 overall.

Men’s basketball

Saint Martin’s 76, Hawaii-Hilo 67 – Recap from
Montana Tech 74, Evergreen 54 – Recap from Evergreen athletics

Women’s basketball

Hawaii Pacific 69, Saint Martin’s 67 – Recap from

College volleyball

Northwest Nazarene 3, Saint Martin’s 0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-20) – Recap

Premier Arena Soccer League

Preseason friendly
Tumwater Pioneers 8, Marysville Ruckus 7

Tumwater Pioneers release inaugural season schedule

The Tumwater Pioneers indoor soccer team released their inaugural season schedule on Monday night. They will play eight home games total including four home games, the first on January 5th against the Marysville Ruckus. The Pios will play their first ever game on December 1st in Bremerton against the Kitsap Pumas.

The PASL Premier’s nine teams will be grouped in one division but not all teams will play each other. The Pioneers will play the Pumas, South Sound Shock (Tacoma), Cascade Steelheaders (Bend, Oregon) twice and the Ruckus and Wenatchee Fire once but they don’t face the Arlington Aviators, Snohomish Skyhawks or WSA Rapids in the regular season.

For more info on the Pioneers, visit their website at and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Tickets for games at Tumwater Indoor Sports are just $5 for adults and $3 for children

(Full disclosure: I manage the media relations and marketing for the Pioneers.)

Saturday scoreboard: Geoducks keep rolling; T-Birds, Wolves soccer prevails in 2OT; Rams upset Blazers in Narrows tourney

Men’s soccer

Evergreen 2, Oregon Tech 0 – Recap from Evergreen athletics
Clark 6, SPSCC 0 – Box score

Women’s soccer

Saint Martin’s 1, MSU Billings 1 – Recap from

Girl’s soccer

2A District IV tournamentRecaps from The Olympian
Tumwater 3, Hockinson 2 (2OT)
Black Hills 3, Mark Morris 2 (2OT)
Ridgefield 3, Capital 0

Semi-pro soccer

Arlington Aviators 9, Tumwater Pioneers 4 – Preseason scrimmage

College volleyball

Oregon Tech 3, Evergreen 0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-17) – Recap
Western Washington 3, Saint Martin’s 1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-10, 25-18) – Recap

High school volleyball

Narrows League tournament
North Thurston 3, Timberline 2
Olympia 3, Central Kitsap 1

Friday scoreboard: Blazers drill Rams, Kinne tops 2,000 yards; Capital clinches #2 seed

High school football

Timberline 24, North Thurston 0
Shelton 55, Mount Tahoma 7
Capital 42, WF West 14
Yelm 17, Gig Harbor 12
Black Hills 42, Centralia 17
Rochester 41, Stevenson 14
Bellarmine 21, Olympia 0
Hoquiam 41, Tenino 3
Montesano 70, Rainier 0

College volleyball

Concordia 3, Evergreen 0 (25-12, 27-25, 25-9) – Recap

Women’s soccer

College of Idaho 5, Evergreen 1 – Recap from Evergreen athletics

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