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Late Night for Tomahawks

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Hockey players may not mind playing overtime games too often — the thrill of every rush down the ice in anticipation of scoring the game-winning goal.

Double overtime? Ummm, not so much.

The Puget Sound Tomahawks, the Junior A NORPAC League team that plays at the Bremerton Ice Center, had a taste of that against the Southern Oregon Spartans on Thursday. Unfortunately, it was Southern Oregon that came out on top with a 3-2 win in the extra periods.

Here’s the rundown.

Puget Sound led 1-0 after the first period — Dustin Pierce scored off a feed from Christofer Videto — despite getting outshot 23-3 by the Spartans. That’s great netminding right there by Tomahawks goalie Seth Kollman.

The Spartans tied the game in the second on a Casey Skolnik goal. Pierce put Puget Sound back in the lead on a powerplay goal at 4:16 of the third. Keiffer Comstock had the assist.

Southern Oregon tied the game again, 2-2, on a Vance Bridgman goal midway through the third and neither team capitalized until the second overtime.

That’s when the Spartans’ Keith Saito scored with 44 seconds left to send Puget Sound to its ninth straight loss.

Pierce leads the team in points and scoring with 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points.

Kollman has been improving by leaps and bounds the last few games he’s started in net. The rookie netminder is constantly peppered with shots — 62 total from Southern Oregon — and takes the brunt of a young team learning to play at the Junior A level. But when I spoke with Tomahawks coach Jason Quinn last week, he said he’s been working with Kollman on his game and is seeing his goalie getting better. Quinn worked with the WHL’s Portland and Vancouver teams as a goaltender coach.

Puget Sound will be back on the ice at 7:30 tonight when it hosts River City.


Marvin Off to Good Start With Hawks

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Marvin Williams had a strong first outing as the Hawks opened the season with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Marvin had 15 points and seven rebounds.


Villlopoto Gets a Teammate at Kawaski

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Poulsbo’s Ryan Villopoto, one of the superstars of Supercross, has a Kawasaki teammate for the 2011 season.

Kawasaki recently signed Jake Weimer to run with Villopto in the 450 class. Weimer was one of the top riders in the 250 circuit.

With bikes sales down, the economy is taking a toll on a lot of the teams, who are opting to go with one star and a less expensive backup rider.

Here’s the lineups of some of the other factory teams:

Honda: Signed Trey Canard earlier, and added Josh Grant as the backup.

L&M: James Stewart is the hotdog with Kyle Regal in the support role.

Suzuki: Ryan Dungey’s the main man with Brett Metcalfe the backup.

Yamaha: Tommy Hahn and Kyle Chisholm.

Toyota/JGRMX: Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton.

KTM: Andrew Short and Mike Alessi (motocross only).

Villopoto was at Dodger Stadium last week, trying to explain what it’s like to race on a new track. The venue will host a Supercross race on Jan. 22. Villopoto won seven races a year ago before suffering a broken leg that ended his season.


Don’t Forget to Vote for Adrian

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian has been nominated for male athlete of the year.

Adrian, who attends the University of California, established himself as the top sprinter in the U.S. this summer.

Michael Phelps and Ryan Locke are also nominated.

Phelps, Lochte and Natalie Coughlin have earned a leading four nominations each for the Golden Goggle awards, which honor USA Swimming’s top performances.

The awards will be given out Nov. 22 in New York in a ceremony hosted by Natalie Morales of the “Today” show.

Phelps, Lochte and Coughlin each earned two individual nominations and two relay nods.

Fans can vote for the winners online through Nov. 19 at goldengoggles.com.


USA Swimming Team Member Dies in FINA Event

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Fran Crippen, who was competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup in Fujairah, south of Dubai, died Saturday.

Crippen, 26, failed to finish the race and his body was found two hours later. He comes from a prominent swimming family that includes Maddy Crippen, who swam  for Villanova and competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Claire Crippen was an NCAA All-American at Virginia, and Teresa Crippen currently swims for the University of Florida and is a member of the U.S. national team.

Dubai is the host city to the upcoming FINA Short Course World Championships in Dec. Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is a member of the U.S. team.

Here’s a link to the story.


Pumas Release Indoor Schedule

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

You wanted it, you’ve got it….

The Kitsap Pumas released their schedule for the 2010-11 Professional Arena Soccer League on Friday.
Tthe Pumas will play 13 games beginning with a Nov. 13 road contest against the Tacoma Stars at the Tacoma Soccer Center. It’s the first of four games against the Stars.
Kitsap also has home-and-away games against the Wenatchee Fire, Central Oregon Steelheaders, Snohomish Skyhawks and Whatcom Soccer Academy Rapids, as well as a home match against the California Cougars.
Kitsap will play its home games at the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton.
As far as roster moves, the Pumas have reached agreements with six players, all familiar names.
Matt Friesen, Greg Miley, Kellen Wantulok and Taylor Hyde played outdoor for the Pumas in the Premier Development League this year, while Kyle Johnson and Mark Conrad competed for the team in 2009.

John Purtteman, men’s soccer coach at Evergreen State College in Olympia, has also been brought aboard to serve as an assistant to head coach Dustyn Brim, who was hired earlier this month.

Kitsap Pumas
PASL Pro Schedule
Date    Opponent    Time
Nov. 13    at Tacoma    7 p.m.
Nov. 20    Wenatchee    7:05 p.m.
Dec. 4    at Central Oregon    7:05 p.m.
Dec. 10    California    7:05 p.m.
Dec. 11    at Snohomish    7:05 p.m.
Jan. 9    Tacoma    5 p.m.
Jan. 15    WSA Rapids    7:05 p.m.
Jan. 21    Tacoma    7:05 p.m.
Jan. 29    at WSA Rapids    7:05 p.m
Jan. 30    Central Oregon    3:05 p.m.
Feb. 5    Snohomish    7:05 p.m.
Feb. 12    at Tacoma    7:05 p.m.
Feb. 13    at Wenatchee 5 p.m.


Tomahawks at Eugene Thursday

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Puget Sound Tomahawks will look to end a five-game losing streak as they travel to Eugene to take on the Generals.

The NOR-PAC Junior A hockey league West Division game begins at 7 p.m.

The game can be followed online at fasthockey.com.


Cielo Added to List of Swimmers for Dubai

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Bremerton native and California senior Nathan Adrian and Brazilian Olympic champion Cesar Cielo will likely go head-to-head at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships in Dubai, UAE, Dec. 15-19.

Cielo recently confirmed he will swim in the event.

Cielo is the current Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter freestyle, while Adrian has solidified himself as the No. 1 U.S. sprinter after winning golds in the 50 and 100 freestyles at the Pan Pacific Championships in August. It was the first time Adrian beat Cielo in international competition.

Championship director Obaid Al Shamsi said the addition of Cielo is wonderful news for swim fans.

“We have a beautiful, new state-of-the-art venue and with athletes like Cesar and Nathan Adrian up against each other, spectators will be able to see racing of the highest class,” he said.

Here’s a link to the story.


Villopoto Likes Idea of Racing at Dodgers Stadium

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Poulsbo native and AMA Supercross star Ryan Villopoto won’t get a chance to sail a home run over the wall at Dodger Stadium, but he can catch some big air in the outfield.

Villopoto, who is recovering from an injury that ended his 2010 season, had this to say about racing at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22.

 ”It’s always a different track no matter the stadium. It really comes down to the dirt as some is really soft while others are really hard. If it is anything like the dirt we have at other rounds in California, it should be good. I’m really looking forward to the season coming up and I feel like I’m going to be more ready than I’ve ever been before.”

Here’s a link to the story.


Bremerton’s Adrian Nominated for Swimmer of the Year

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian has been nominated for male athlete of the year. Adrian, who attends the University of California, established himself as the top sprinter in the U.S. this summer.

Michael Phelps and Ryan Locke are also nominated.

Phelps, Lochte and Natalie Coughlin have earned a leading four nominations each for the Golden Goggle awards, which honor USA Swimming’s top performances.

The awards will be given out Nov. 22 in New York in a ceremony hosted by Natalie Morales of the “Today” show.

Phelps, Lochte and Coughlin each earned two individual nominations and two relay nods.

Fans can vote for the winners online through Nov. 19.


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