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Tuesday Scores: Girls Soccer, Volleyball get Going

Girls Soccer
Black Hills 4, North Thurston 1
Tumwater 0, Fife 0
Shorewood 3, Olympia 2
Timberline vs. River Ridge – No report

High School Volleyball
Olympia 3, Rogers 1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23)
Tumwater 3, Curtis 1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23)
Franklin Pierce 3, Black Hills 2 (19-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-18, 18-16)

High School Football Power Rankings: Taking the Easy Way Out

tornado-avatar3I will openly admit, I’m taking the easy way out for my first high school football power rankings of the season. But with ten teams winning and winning relatively easily, it is hard to pick a leader at this point. Yes, obviously Tumwater should be #1, but they will be there eventually and Yelm really showed me something this week…and then really let me know about it. So they get the 1a treatment. Nice work Tornadoes. The rest are in no particular order…


1a. Yelm Tornadoes (1-0)
Previous game: Beat Steilacoom, 44-14
Next game: vs. Foss (0-1) – Yelm Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: I picked Steilacoom to win on Friday and Yelm took issue…

Then the Tornadoes went out and had a fantastic second half scoring 30 straight points to break a 14-14 halftime tie en route to a 44-14 drubbing. Brandon Thompson racked up three touchdowns in the win, all thanks to me…

1b. Shelton Highclimbers (1-0)

Previous game: Beat North Mason, 35-21
Next game: vs. Sumner (1-0) – Highclimbers Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Tyler Giraldes threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns in Shelton’s 35-21 Mason County Cup win and Shelton put on an exciting show for those of us that have watched them run the same handful of plays over the past couple of years. Giraldes, a junior making his first start, seems to have grown a couple of inches and put on some weight and now stands 6-4. If the new, big QB can be as accurate as he was on Friday night in Belfair, the Highclimbers could surprise some teams down the road. But Sumner this week is not quite the same team as North Mason.

1c. Rochester Warriors (1-0)

Previous game: Beat Centralia, 17-7
Next game: vs. Black Hills (1-0) – Rochester High School – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The road to the playoffs is a tough one for Rochester as one of two 2A teams in the 2A/1A Evergreen. Last season they lost on week one and were virtually eliminated from contention but one year later they came up with one of their biggest wins, a tough 17-7 win over Centralia. Kage Thayer racked up 83 yards for the Warriors who now get another chance to knock off a 2A Evergreen team when Black Hills comes to town.

1d. Black Hills Wolves (1-0)

Previous game: Beat Montesano, 55-32
Next game: @ Rochester (1-0) – Rochester High School – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Wolves put up 554 yards on Montesano on Friday night with a pair of touchdowns from Cameron Berndson, Connor Furu and Mark Melendres. It’s a nice win for the Wolves with Rochester coming up on Friday night and three weeks remaining until their first conference game.

1e. Rainier Mountaineers (1-0, 1-0 2B Pacific)

Previous game: Beat South Bend, 58-20
Next game: vs. Kittitas – Rainier HS – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Rainier put a hurting on conference foe South Bend scoring 51 points in the first half including one rushing touchdown and a pair of touchdown passes from McKoy Bichler. 2B football suits the Mountaineers. Next up, their only non-conference game of the season when Kittitas comes to town.

1f. North Thurston Rams (1-0)

Previous game: Beat Timberline, 38-32
Next game: vs. River Ridge (1-0) – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Jake Harn threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns as the Rams picked up the win over the hated Blazers. Darren Sroor was on the receiving end of three of Harn’s TD passes but the defense wasn’t quite what the Rams had hoped for allowing 32 points. The Rams get another crosstown rival on Friday when they face River Ridge.

1g. Tenino Beavers (1-0)

Previous game: Beat Charles Wright, 49-19
Next game: @ Castle Rock – Castle Rock High School – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Thomas Pier rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns and the Beavers got a pair of passing touchdowns from Calvin Guzman to bury Charles Wright. The Beavers had some trouble adapting to Randy Swilley’s system last season but with Pier doing what he does and other guys contributing, it could be a huge year for the Beavers.

1h. River Ridge Hawks (1-0)

Previous game: Beat Aberdeen, 39-8
Next game: @ North Thurston (1-0) – South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Kobe Key threw for three touchdowns and Gustavo Diaz rushed for two more and the Hawks opened up a 39-0 lead on Aberdeen in the third quarter. Though they have lost some key components from last season’s team that lost to perennial power Lynden in the playoffs, there is still plenty in the tank with Key running the show.

1i. Olympia Bears (1-0)

Previous game: Beat Ferris, 42-0
Next game: vs. Capital (0-1) – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: The Bears sure did enjoy their day at Husky Stadium and the Emerald City Kickoff Classic. Scott Gunther rushed for over 90 yards and two touchdowns and the defense held the Saxons to just 51 yards. Not too bad with spaghetti coming their way.

1j. Tumwater T-Birds (1-0)

Previous game: Beat Capital, 42-9
Next game: vs. Timberline (0-1) – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Surprise, surprise, surprise…the T-Birds won.

11. Timberline Blazers (0-1)

Previous game: Lost to North Thurston, 38-32
Next game: @ Tumwater (1-0) – Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Uli Maae rushed for three touchdowns and other than a 15 point stretch by the Rams in the third quarter, the Blazers kept the game close. Despite getting to within six points twice in the fourth quarter, the Blazers couldn’t finish and now face a very tough start to their season with Tumwater looming large.

12. Capital Cougars (0-1)

Previous game: Lost to Tumwater, 42-9
Next game: @ Olympia (1-0) – Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Notes: Nothing much went right for the Cougars, but then not much usually does when you play Tumwater. The Spaghetti Bowl is next and the Cougs hope they will have their starting quarterback, Cody Jenkins, back for the rivalry game.

Labor Day Weekend Scores

High School Football
Olympia 42, Ferris 0 (Saturday)

Men’s Soccer
Cal State-LA 4, Saint Martin’s 0 (Saturday) – Box Score
Evergreen 3, Doane 0 (Sunday) – Box Score
Saint Martin’s 3, Chico State 2 (Monday) – Box Score

Women’s Soccer
Great Falls 1, Evergreen 0 (Saturday) – Box Score

College Volleyball
Evergreen 3, Warner Pacific 2 (Saturday) – Box Score
Hawaii Pacific 3, Saint Martin’s 0 (Saturday) – Box Score
BYU Hawaii 3, Saint Martin’s 0 (Saturday) – Box Score
Chaminade 3, Saint Martin’s 1 (Monday) – Box Score

Friday Scores: Great Night for Area Football; Geoducks Victorious in CCC Opener

High School Football

Shelton 35, North Mason 21

Junior Tyler Giraldes went 14-for-19 with 204 yards passing and three touchdowns in his first start to lead Shelton to a 35-21 Mason County Cup win over North Mason in Belfair.

Giraldes hit Kyle Kimball on the second play of the game for a 42 yard strike and later found Skyler Ross for a 24 yard TD toss near the end of the first half. He added a 13 yard touchdown to a twisting and turning Willy Ruiz on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Highclimbers up 35-14.

Colton Paller’s 45 yard run on the second play of the second half opened up a 28-7 lead for the Highclimbers. Paller finished with 76 yards rushing and Ruiz added 65 yards as the Highclimbers racked up 190 yards on the ground. Tanner Rhodes added a two yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

Sophomore QB Preston Poulton did most of the damage for North Mason with a touchdown run of 57 yards on 4th-and-2 that got the Bulldogs to within seven points at 14-7. He scored his second rushing touchdown, this time from 17 yards out to pull with in 14 points at 28-14 in the third quarter. Poulton finished with 114 yards rushing.

In other action…
Black Hills 55, Montesano 32
Rochester 17, Centralia 7
Tumwater 42, Capital 9
North Thurston 38, Timberline 32
Yelm 44, Steilacoom 14
Tenino 40, Charles Wright 19
Rainier 58, Sound Bend 20

College Volleyball
Evergreen 3, Multnomah 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-13) – Box Score

Evergreen got the Cascade Conference season off to a nice start with a three set sweep of brand new CCC member Multnomah in Portland. Natalie Taylor and Jorden Porter led the way for the Geoducks with 13 and 12 kills respectively.

In other action…
#12 Sonoma State 3, Saint Martin’s 1 (25-18, 25-17, 25-21) – Box
Chaminade 3, Saint Martin’s 1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11) – Box

Thursday Scores: Hawks Roll; Saints Men Earn Draw

High School Football

River Ridge 39, Aberdeen 8

Kobe Key passed for three touchdowns and Gustavo Diaz rushed for two scores in River Ridge’s 39-8 romp over Aberdeen on Thursday night in Lacey. The Hawks jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first quater and scored 39 straight points before Aberdeen could get on the board against the Hawks second team. Up next for the Hawks is a crosstown matchup with North Thurston next Friday night.

Men’s Soccer

Saint Martin’s 1, UC San Diego 1 – Box Score

McKay Kohn’s header in the 83rd minute drew Saint Martin’s level with UC San Diego and earned the Saints a 1-1 draw in their season opener on Thursday afternoon at SMU. Nick Rosato made seven saves in net for the Saints.

Women’s Soccer 
Chico State 2, Saint Martin’s 0 – Box Score

Week One: My Girls’ Expert High School Football Picks


Me and my girls enjoying a different sport

Football is back and you know what that means: my daughters are here to give you their high level, deeply analyzed and nuanced picks of this week’s game. They are now seven and four years-old and better than ever. You can take these predictions to the bank.

Here is the full high school football schedule for week one, complete with radio and webcast links.


River Ridge vs. Aberdeen
South Sound Stadium – Thursday, 7:00 PM | Radio: KXRO

Addie: Hawks – “The Hawks can fly and their wings are pretty silent when they are gliding. They can sneak up on the Bobcats and bite them.”
Rory: Bobcats – “But the Bobcats have very sharp teeth! They are cats and we have a kitty cat.”

Black Hills Wolves vs. Montesano Bulldogs

Tumwater Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Addie: Wolves – “Well, they are both dogs but I’ll say Wolves because Bulldogs are really slobbery and have sharp teeth but the Wolves are faster and can be quieter and have sharper teeth.”
Rory: Wolves – “I’ll say the same thing as Addie.”

Tumwater T-Birds @ Capital Cougars

Ingersoll Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM | Webcast: Eli Sports

Addie: Cougars – “The Cougars can jump really high and they can sorta climb and they can also sneak up on the birds when they are up in a tree.”
Rory: Cougars – “Because there is a capital in Olympia.”

North Thurston Rams @ Timberline Blazers

South Sound Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM | Webcast: Eli Sports

Addie: Blazers – “Some of them have axes so they can, like, if they are trying to trick them, they can get above them and when they touch them they can escape. I’m not sure what that means.”
Rory: Blazers – “Because they are kind of in Mt. Rainier stuff. They are kind of in trails. And they can go around and ahhhhhhhhh.”

Rainier Mountaineers vs. South Bend Indians

Rainier High School – Friday, 7:00 PM

Addie: Mountaineers – “If there are snowmen on that team, they can roll down the mountain and get covered in snow and then put the other team in a big ball of snow that they are already in.”
Rory: Mountaineers – “Because there is Mt. Rainier in Seattle. So they go into the mountain to the very top, they eat the snow and then they get big and when they get close to the other team, they spit it out at them.”

Rochester Warriors vs. Centralia Tigers

Rochester High School – Friday, 7:00 PM

Rory: Tigers – “Tigers have very sharp teeth and can mostly bite through anything.”
Addie: Tigers – “Yeah, me too.”

Shelton Highclimbers @ North Mason Bulldogs

Phil Pugh Stadium, Belfair – Friday, 7:00 PM | Radio: KMAS

Rory: Highclimbers – “Because they could cut down a tree and it would fall on the other team.”
Addie: Highclimbers – “If they fall, they could land on the other team and ride the Bulldogs.”

Tenino Beavers vs. Charles Wright Tarriers

Tenino Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Addie: Beavers – “If the dogs get close to them, they can cut down a tree with their teeth and it will land on the dog and it will fall down.”
Rory: Beavers – “I think the tree should fall where the dog wants to go and then another Beaver chops down another tree and falls the other way and traps him from going into the forest.”

Yelm Tornadoes @ Steilacoom Sentinels

Steilacoom Stadium – Friday, 7:00 PM

Addie: Tornadoes – “The Tornadoes can go around and around and around faster than anybody else and they can throw them in the ocean.”
Rory: Tornadoes – “They can spin the other team away! To somewhere else!”

Olympia Bears vs. Ferris Saxons

Husky Stadium, Seattle – Saturday, 1:00 PM | Webcast: Eli Sports

Addie: Bears – “They can run faster than humans, probably.”
Rory: Bears – “The speed limit is as fast as a cheetah! BEARS ARE SUPER FAST. And they have very sharp teeth.”

Football Is Back


Saturday Scores: Late Rally Earns Draw for Clippers; Oly Rollers Continue to Mock Nationals

Men’s Soccer
SPSCC 4, Rogue 4 – Box Score

South Puget Sound scored three goals in the second half including the equalizer in the 90th minute to take a 4-4 draw with Rogue CC in the season opener at the NWAC Friendlies in Eugene, Oregon.

After falling behind by two goals, Victor Corona got the scoring started for the Clippers in the 34th minute. Jesus Ramos scored in the 61st minute and then got the brace in the 79th minute to draw the Clippers even at 3-3. After a Rogue red card and a goal that put the Osprey up 4-3 in the 86th minute, Gavin Trotter scored a stoppage time goal to earn the draw.

Women’s Soccer

Corban 3, Saint Martin’s 2 – Box Score

Abby McFaul scored the first and the last goals of the game for Saint Martin’s today in Salem, but Corban rattled off three straight goals in between to take a 3-2 non-conference win.

Linfield 3, Evergreen 0 – Box Score

College Volleyball

Lewis-Clark State 3, Evergreen 0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-18) – Box Score
St. Francis 3, Evergreen 1 (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23) – Box Score

Roller Derby

USARS Roller Derby National Championships
Oly Rollers 109, Pennsylvania All-Stars 18
Oly Rollers 266, Chicago Red Hots 5

The Oly Rollers dominated the competition and will play for the fourth straight USARS championship on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Friday Scores: Saints Win Scrimmage; Oly Rollers Dominate Nationals

College Volleyball
Saint Martin’s 3, Warner Pacific 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-18) – Recap
Montana-Western 3, Evergreen 0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24) – Recap

Roller Derby
USARS Roller Derby National Championships
Oly Rollers 214, Northwest United 12
Oly Rollers 280, Chicago Red Hots 5

PHOTO GALLERY: Climbers, T-Birds, Bears and Rams Jamboree

Click any image to go to gallery and see full size

Shelton welcomed Olympia, Tumwater and North Thurston to Highclimber Stadium for a little jamboree action on Friday night. All four teams played played their cards close to the vest but each had a handful of highlights in preparation for their openers next week. Shelton, North Thurston and Tumwater each play road games next Friday against North Mason, Timberline and Capital respectively and Olympia faces Ferris at Husky Stadium on Saturday at 1:00.

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