Stocking Stuffers … Keeping It Local

Here’s a few gift ideas for those inclined to support something in the community:

Pumas Tickets
The United Soccer Leagues formally announced Wednesday that the Kitsap Pumas will be part of the Premier Development League. There wasn’t anything new in their press release that hasn’t been reported before, other than the fact that Bremerton houses the “massive Bremerton Memorial Shipyard.”
I don’t think the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard has undergone a name change.
At any rate, the Pumas have officially arrived. The team is selling tickets and the next step is to hire a coach and put together a roster. For ticket information, call (360) 377-6008 or go to

BlueJackets Tickets
The Kitsap BlueJackets of the West Coast League (formerly West Coast Collegiate Baseball League) will be fighting for some of the same fans as the Pumas. For $175, you can get season tickets to watch the BlueJackets, who operate their franchise like a minor-league team.
Half-season packages are available for $100. There’s plenty of other options, too. Call (360) 479-0123 for information. The WCL has expanded its league schedule to 42 games.
Caleb Brown, a freshman at the University of Washington, is reportedly set to play for the BlueJackets this summer. Matt Acker, head coach at Green River, will return to manager the team. OC coach Ryan Parker will be back as an assistant coach.

Victory Park
If you haven’t checked out Victory Park at Bremerton Memorial Stadium, you need to. Especially if you’re a Bremerton grad or a veteran.
The Chuck Semancik Foundation has put together something the community can be proud of. You can purchase a personalized tile for $50 or $100 and your donation is tax deductible.
The foundation’s also selling chairs that can be used at Bremerton High School events in the gym. The back of a chair will have a personalized plaque placed on it. Cost is $125 and all proceeds go toward Semancik Scholarships. For more information, call (360) 479-1189 or e-mail

Youth Sports

Write a check to your favorite youth group. You know they can use it. Costs are going up for everything. Somebody told me the other day that the local basketball officials organization now uses 3-man crews for all basketball games, even for the youngest levels. That doesn’t seem right, but it’s evidently now the practice.

Anyway, the pee wees, youth soccer and baseball, Special Olympics — a donation to any of those organizations or organizations like them will make you feel good.

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