THE MORE I think about the WIAA and it’s decision to go with a Final Eight format in basketball, the more I think they ought to just go back to a Final Four format for all classifications, like they did back in the days when I was wearing Navy bellbottom jeans and pocket T-shirts to school on most days (hey, that was the style). Instead of playing eight loser-out, winner-to-state “regional” games, hold four, four-team regionals at various locations around the state. The winners at each regional move on to the Final Four. If you wanted, you could play the 4A/3A/2A Final Fours all under the same roof. It would make for some high-level, exciting basketball and I think it would put some fans in the stands, which seems to be the WIAA’s biggest concern.
HAS A University of Washington athlete, or any athlete from the state for that matter, gotten more media attention than Jake Locker? If you want more, tune in to ESPN tonight at 5 p.m. for a documentary on the Husky quarterback.
SPEAKING OF UW football, did you know that former Central Kitsap tight end Cameron Salley is on the Husky roster. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Salley is a sophomore walkon after playing as a freshman at the University of Puget Sound. Look for a story on Salley this week. I’m hoping to get a comment from coach Steve Sarkisian or someone on staff about him and the walk-on program before I publish the story.
BREMERTON BOBSLEDDER Bree Schaaf was the pilot of a man-boblsed (with three other women) that took a run down the course in Lake Placid at the end of the season. It was reportedly the first time four American women had ever done that. The women currently compete in a two-man sled, but Schaaf’s leading the charge to make the four-man event a staple for women, too.