1) Tony Fein Wins Pat Tillman Award
Former South Kitsap QB and Mississippi senior linebacker Tony Fein was presented the Pat Tillman Patriot Award by the Military Order of the Purple Heart at Ole Miss’ spring football game.
Fein, who fought in Iraq before continuing his football career, received the award which is presented to exhibit to Americans that some athletes can battle on the gridiron or on the battlefield. It shows a willingness to serve one’s country and still take part in sports.
Fein’s a starting linebacker projected to do big things this coming fall. We’re in the process of getting more detals on this story and will share them with you as soonas soon as we do. Look for a story on Fein in our print pages soon.
2) New Web Site for Kitsap Soccer Fans
If you’re into soccer, check out GOALkitsap.com.
It’s an umbrella site of GOALseattle.com, a popular site devoted to professional and amateur soccer in the Seattle area.
Goalkitsap.com is a fan-operated website that’ll keep you updated on Robin Waite’s plans to build a new stadium in Poulsbo and bring professional soccer to Kitsap County.
Local soccer clubs are also invited to post news and photos.
3) The Sonics Leaving for Oklahoma City
OK, you knew that.
But here’s the latest news, just in case you missed it.
Howard Schultz, the former owner, filed his lawsuit on Tuesday to rescind the July 2006 sale to owner Howard Bennett because the Oklahoma City-based businessman never intended to keep the team in Seattle.
Lester Munson, an ESPN analyst, believes the Schultz has a better than 50 percent chance of winning his case.
“This is a better case than I think most people expected,”
Munson said. “They have some very clever legal procedures and some
overwhelming e-mails that I think together could give Schultz a
chance to accomplish something here. If I were Clay Bennett right
now I would be look at that, and I would be worried.”
NBA commissioner David Stern isn’t flinching.
“Subject to all lawful orders of the court, the Sonics are moving to Oklahoma City, whether it’s the end of this season, next season or the season after that,” he said. “…it would be hard to imagine there would be any circumstances legally that would preclude the Sonics from moving at the end of their lease.”
4) Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame Inductions
The 2008 class has been selected. The Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic Roundtable will release the names next week. They’re making efforts to contact everybody that will be inducted on Sept. 13.
The KCBAR’s also working on this year’s High School Sports Banquet, which honors top student-athletes, and coaches, from our area’s high schools and Olympic College. For the first time, North Mason – which has been excluded in the past because it’s from Mason County – will be included at the banquet. Of course, first-year school Kingston will join in the festivities. Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman, once again, will be the guest speaker. The event will be held June 27 at the President’s Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgronds and Events Center.
In a related note, the KCBAR has a full schedule on tap for Wednesday’s meeting at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grille. Former PGA Tour golfer Ken Still from Tacoma, one of the most popular players of his era, is the headliner. Port Gamble’s Laura Daugereau and her sled dog Bella will be there to talk about the Iditarod. Robin Waite will give an update on his plans to build a soccer stadium in Poulsbo. Bree Schaaf Boyer will talk about her first year on the bobsled circuit and about her chances to make the 2010 Olympic team. Husky analyst Dick Baird will share his knowledge about his year’s UW football team. Get there early to get a seat. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. with the dinner meeting starting at 7 p.m.
5) West Regionals Around the Corner
The NCAA West Regionals golf tournament will be held May 15-17 at Gold Mountain Golf Complex and tournament officials are still looking for volunteers to work four hour shifts for four days. If interested, call Gold Mountain at (360) 415-5432.
Tournament host Washington is in danger of missing the tournament. The Huskies need a high finish at the Pac-10 Championships, held this week (Monday-Wednesday) in Fairfax, Calif., at the Meadow Club.
USC is the defending team champ with USC’s Jamie Lovemark the defending medalist. Lovemark and the Trojans are among the 30 teams likely to be assigned to the West Regionals. The Huskies are hoping they’re one of them.
Gold Mountain, meanwhile, is hoping to wow NCAA officials as the Bremerton city-owned complex plans to bid for the NCAA Championships in 2012. Gold Mountain, which hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2006, will host the U.S. Boys Junior in 2011