Monthly Archives: September 2010

Villwock Ties Hanauer With 61st Unlimited Victory

Port Orchard native Dave Villwock drove the Spirit of Qatar to his 61st career unlimited victory on Sunday in San Diego, tying Chip Hanauer on the all-time list. One more win and Villwock will tied Bill Muncey’s record of 62 wins. He

This is the San Diego Union’s story on the race, which has an interested take on Villwock’s victory as a rookie driver in the Coors Dry, “a boat that had about as much self-life as the discontinued beer,” writes Ed Zieralaski.

Tomahawks Hockey Season Opens Next Week

The Puget Sound Tomahawks will open their seventh season in Bremerton at the ice arena when they host the Eugene (Ore.) Generals at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

If you’re not familiar with the Junior A hockey club that plays in the NOR-PAC League, here’s a couple links to get you caught up on the team. Look for an advance on the team and upcoming season net week.

Puget Sound Tomahawks Hire New Coach

Tomahawks Draft Goes Well

Puget Sound T-Hawks Fighting for Attention


Tomahawks forward Jake McMullen was invited to attend the WHL Portland Winterhawks’ camp and defenseman Colby Hurst was invited to the Vancouver Giants camp, which ran from Aug. 27-Sept. 1. … Puget Sound’s opening-weekend opponent, Eugene, also replaced its head coach in the off-season. The Generals hired Chuck Kennedy to replace Jay Miller. Miller resigned in August. Kennedy coached high school hockey in Michigan as well as travel-level hockey programs. The Generals were the third team in the Pacific Division to replace its head coach. River City hired Ross Gale to take over for Joakim Falt. Gale coached the Portland State University hockey team last season. The Vikings posted their first winning season as a club under Gale, who was a player on the 2003-04 Cascade Cup (NOR-PAC League championship) for the Portland Pioneers. … The Pacific Division will be down one team this season as the Tri-City Titans folded. The Titans made the playoffs last season, losing to Eugene 3-1. The NOR-PAC announced it will add two teams next season in Great Falls and Kalispell, Mont. Also, the Rogue Valley Wranglers changed their name to the Southern Oregon Spartans after an ownership change. The Spartans are based in Medford, Ore.

Hydros Ready to Return to San Diego

Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar will be back on the water this weekend in San Diego. Villwock, a South Kitsap product, is fighting with U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto driver Steve David for the High Points National Title. Villwock is still chasing history. A win this weekend would tie him with Chip Hanauer for second on the sport’s win list.

Bloomquist Gets First NL Hit

Willie Bloomquist was 1-for-3 and started in right field during Cincinnati’s 7-5 win over Arizona on Wednesday.

The Port Orchard native is expected to start again on Friday when the Reds face Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Bloomquist is a .275 hitter vs. left-handers and .256 vs. righties.

Acquired in trade from Kansas City on Monday, Bloomquist went from 27 games out of first place to a team that was on top of its division by seven games.

Bloomquist won’t be eligible for the postseason, but told the Cincinnati Enquirer he was excited about playing in meaningful games.

“I’ve got to be thankful for what I’ve got,” he said. “The place where we were – 27 games out … I’m certainly not going to complain. This is an opportunity to experience the atmosphere as we get closer to the end. It’s an experience I haven’t had before. I consider myself blessed.”

Cunningham Gets Best of Fellow SK Grad Hammel on This Night

DENVER —The first pitch was an all-South Kitsap affair at Coors Field on Tuesday night.

Aaron Cunningham was batting leadoff for the first time for the San Diego Padres, and Jason Hammel was on the mound for the Colorado Rockies. Cunningham’s a 2004 SK grad; Hammel a 2000 grad.

Cunningham lashed a line drive single up the middle. He finished 3-for-5 with two singles, a double and scored two runs as the Padres (82-62) opened a 2 1/2-game lead on the Rockies (79-66) in the NL West.

Hammel (10-8) took the loss.

Here’s a story on the Padres’ site before the game on Cunningham batting No. 1 in the order.

The three-hit night raised Cunningham’s average to .327.

Pumas’ League Undergoing Change

Well, it’s the league (United Soccer Leagues) which oversees the Premier Development League, which the Pumas have called home the last two seasons. Here’s news of the USL combining its First and Second Divisions.

This is news considering the Pumas have contemplated a move to the Second Division. Here’s a story in the Sun with comments from Kitsap owner Robin Waite and executive director Ben Pecora.

The team is also in negotiations to join a professional indoor soccer league in the fall.