OOOPS!: It was pointed out that I had Howie Stalwick playing in Saturday’s East-West football game in Everett. Now Howie’s a heckuva an athlete, but I think our freelance writer from Idaho’s a little old to be knocking heads with our state’s best football players.
I meant to write Howie McDonald. Howie Stalwick, I’m sure, would be quite proud to be mistaken for the young Mr. McDonald.
Sorry about that, Howies.
Looking for something to do this weekend. There’s something for everybody, and it’s all right here in our own backyard and it doesn’t include the myriad of youth events and tournaments going on. Hope you can make time to get out to one of these events:
RODEO: The Thunderbird Pro Rodeo gets going with barrel racing Friday at 6 p.m. and there’s full rodeo performances on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). This is a quality event, featuring NFR quality cowboys and the top upcoming talent in the Northwest. There’s a concert after Saturday’s show and music in the beer garden, too. And it’s all for a good cause with all proceeds going to Corey’s Day on the Farm for special needs children and the Northwest Burn Foundation.
DRAG RACING: The Handlers Association, now in its 50th season, is hosting its biggest event of the season on Sunday. It’s the NHRA Division 6 National Open. The quarter-mile strip on the backside of Bremerton National Airport will be hopping. Read all about it here.
SOCCER: Saturday’s 7 p.m. match between the Kitsap Pumas and the Spokane Spiders at Bremerton Memorial Stadium is “Buck a Brat” Night. Uli’s Homemade Sausages from Poulsbo supplies the Brats. The Pumas (8-0-2) still haven’t lost in United Soccer League Premier Developmetn League play and if you haven’t been to a game, check it out. You can’t beat those $5 end zone seats. … You can get two-for-one tickets for the uncovered grandstand section if you stop by an Emerald City Smoothie. Those tickets normally go for $8. … Look for a feature on the Pumas in Saturday’s print and online editions. French midfielder Aziz Dieng has finally arrived and he’s supposed to be a special player. He’d been delayed nearly two months attempting to gain his visa.
BASEBALL: The West Coast League team opens a three-game series against the Kelowna Falcons at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Games start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Kitsap’s 4-7, but the season’s young. Kelowna is 8-4 and second in the East Division. There’s $2 domestic beer in the second, fifth and sixth innings in the beer garden. Look for a profile on fourth-year outfielder Doug Buser in Sunday’s print and online editions of The Sun.
FOOTBALL: The West Sound Saints open their semi-pro season on Saturday at Silverdale Stadium at 6 p.m. … You want to check out the new Hood Canal Bridge? Keep driving and you can watch the Kitsap Bears, our other semi-pro football team, take on Olympic Peninsula in a 7 p.m. game at Port Townsend’s Memorial Field. … The East-West All-Star Classic, featuring top Class 4A and 3A players in the state — including Central Kitsap RB/LB Howie Stalwick McDonald and North Kitsap QB Kevin Stringer, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium.
GOLF: The 52nd Kitsap Amateur is Saturday and Sunday at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club. It’s free to the public. Round one leaders will be teeing off Sunday at 2:30 p. on No. 10.
RUNNING: If you see more skinny people than usual running across the bridges on Saturday, they’re participating in the Bridge 2 Bridge Run. The 3.1-mile race starts (9 a.m.) and finishes at Evergreen Park. Day of race registration is available. Show up early.