Things to Do and Quick Hitters, TooSeptember 21st, 2009 by cstark
Looking for something to do. Here’s some suggestions:
* Golf: The Ping/Golfweek Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Club features some of the best young players in the country. After a practice round n Saturday, they tee off at 8 a.m. Sunday (36 holes) and Monday (the final 18 holes). Best part? It’s free.
* Prep Football: If you’re looking for high school football game this week, the Seattle Prep-Bainbridge game is the best one in our backyard. It’s the Metro League opener for the Spartans. If you’re willing to put a few miles on your car, head to our state’s capital to watch the South Kitsap Wolves and Olympia Bears in an early-season showdown between top-10 teams. Looking ahead, mark Oct. 2 down on your calendar. That’s the night SK hosts Central Kitsap. And you can always log on to our live streaming video game of the week. It’s Timberline-Bremerton this week and CK-SK the next.
* The Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame banquet, Oct. 3, noon, at Bremer Student Center on the Olympic College campus: This annual event has produced some pretty cool moments and this one, no doubt, will have its share. Some of the big names being inducted this year, Aaron Sele and Benji Olson, won’t be able to attend, but the swimming Kirk sisters — who made this community awfully proud when they both represented the U.S. at the 2004 Olympics — will be there. It’s a big day for Central Kitsap fans and alums, too. The 1969 CK football and basketball squads, two of the best in county history, will be inducted. John Keister, the former host of Almost Live!, will be the MC. Here’a a story that mentions all of the inductees. Also, look for features on some of the inductees in our print editions and online the week leading up to the event.
* Willie Bloomquist, the Kansas City Royal from Port Orchard, is hitting .404 in September. He’s 21 for 52 (including 3 for 4 in pinch-hitting situations) and he’s raised his average to .271 after dropping to .251.
* When’s the last time a Stanford-Washington game had as much meaning as the one that will be played Saturday in Palo Alto? If the Huskies don’t win, the upset over USC doesn’t mean nearly as much, does it? And if Stanford does beat the team that beat THE team, then the Cardinal are suddenly 3-0 and, well, you know what I mean. Washington doesn’t need an impressive win, just a win to keep the momemtun rolling.
* Remember the Mariners? They’re 78-72 and if they were in the Central Division, they’d be smack dab in a pennant race with the Tigers (79-70) and Twins (76-73). An interesting fact, at least I think it’s interesting: The M’s are averaging less fans (27,452) through 75 home games than they did duirng 2008′s 101-loss season (29,349). Is it the economy?
* Don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think that maybe the Seahawks should have taken quarterback Mark Sanchez with the fourth pick in the NFL draft. And I thought that before Matt Hasselbeck’s latest injury. Seattle’s offensive needs an infusion of some new blood. And Justin Forcett might not be the long-term answer, but he needs more carries.