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Archive for February, 2009

Adrian to Swim at Pac-10s Next Week

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Nathan Adrian and the Cal Bears will head to the Pac-10 men’s swimming championships next week. You can read more about it here. Also, Adrian is listed as a swimmer to watch for the meet.

And you can check out a nice video of Adrian done by Cal-Sports Radio (CSR).

Jason Hammel, Willie B. Updates

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Here’s the latest on two former Kitsap stars of the diamonds:

On Wednesday, Jason Hammel pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-0 loss to Cincinnati in their debut at Charlotte Sports Park.

Kansas City beat the Texas Rangers, 7-2, on Thursday at Surprise Stadium. Willie Bloomquist was retired by Kevin Millwood on a fly to right as Bloomie went 0-for-2.

Willie B. Starting for KC in …. Right Field?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Wait a minute, Willie Bloomquist signed with the Kansas City Royals because they were going to give him an opportunity to be their starting second baseman.

But when the Royals take the field for their first exhibition game today in Arizona, the Port Orchard native will be in right field.

The Royals haven’t given up on Willie as a second baseman. They’re simply taking advantage of his versatility. Bloomquist is filling in for Jose Guillen, who has been slowed by an ingrown toenail and sore shoulder.

You can read more about Willie in this MLB.com story. KC manager Trey Hillman has been impressed so far.

“He’s done a good job,” Hillman said. “I like his versatility, obviously, but I also like the way he’s moving at second base. That’s where he’s exerting most of his energies right now, and that’s what we need to see with the evaluation process. His lateral range is exceptional. The other thing he brings offensively is once he gets on the base paths, he can steal bases.”

Laura Daugereau 4th in Canadian Challenge

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Port Gamble musher Laura Daugereau place fourth in the 300-mile Canadian Challenge held in Saskatchewan. The race started on Wednesday and she finished Saturday. It took her four days, 12 hours and 17 minutes.

It was the final tuneup for the Iditarod in Alaska. She was the first woman from the state of Washington to compete in the race a year ago. She finished 64th.

Her partner, Rick Larson, from Sand Soulee, Mont., was second in Canada. A Belguim, Bart DeMarie, won the race in 4:05.35.

Daugereau was second the previous week in the Race to the Sky, where she won the “Best Kept Dog Team,” award.

We’ll try to catch up with Laura before she starts the Iditarod and will have provide daily reports during the race — both online and in our print editions.

For more background on Laura, go to her web site: nightrunnerkennel.com.

Villopoto: ‘I’ve Got Some Work to Do’

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

After his third podium finish of the season — a third-place finish in Atlanta behind Supercross superstars James Stewart and Chad Reed — Poulsbo’s Ryan Villapoto says he’s pleased with his progress, but is still learning what it takes to race against the big boys. “These guys have been racing for a long time and I’ve got some work to do,” said the two-time Supercross Lites champion.

In the bottom part of this story, he talks about it.

Marvin, Hawks at Portland Tonight and It Will Be Televised by CSN

Friday, February 20th, 2009

With the Sonics long gone, tonight’s game in Portland gives local fans a chance to watch Marvin Williams play in the NBA. Of course, if you don’t have tickets by now, forget it. But if you’re a Comcast Cable subscriber, you can watch it live on TV. Williams and the Hawks play the Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. It’ll be televised live by the CSN Sports Network. It’s Channel 179.

Marvin, who had his No. 24 retired by Bremerton High over the All-Star break, is in the midst of his best season. He gets pretty good grades from this guy on ESPN.

Williams will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and appears headed for a major pay increase.

Gray Scores Career High as Zags Hit Milestones

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Bainbridge grad Steven Gray scored a career-high 23 points as Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount.
It was the 12th straight year of reaching 20 wins for the Zags, who also won their ninth straight WCC title. Keep reading for the game story…


Willie Begins Career With Royals

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Kansas City had its first work out, and Willie Bloomquist hopes to start at second.

Rough Night for Marvin

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Marvin had just six points, but his Hawks still beat the Kings. Keep reading for the game story…


Kelly Misses Cut Again

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Central Kitsap product Troy Kelly missed the cut for the third straight week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Score: 6-over 78 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.
Where he finished: 16-over 232 left him tied for 174th. Cut was at even par.
Recap: His struggles continued to the final hole, where he took a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th. He also had four bogeys and a double bogey to go with three birdies.
Next: Kelly is not in the field for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC in Los Angeles.

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