Monthly Archives: February 2011

Victorious Villopoto: ‘Sometimes it’s not about being the fastest’

Poulsbo’s Ryan Villopoto took advantage of a late crash to move from third to first during the AMA Supercross at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday night. It was his third win of the season and left him 10 points ahead of James Stewart in the points race at the halfway point of the season.

Here’s a photo of Villopoto at the finish line.

Adrian wins sprints, but No. 1 Cal loses to rival Stanford

Nathan Adrian did what he could, but the No. 1-ranked California Bears lost a Pac-10 meet for the first time this season to rival and second-ranked Stanford, 124.5 to 118.5.

Adrian won the 50-yard freestyle (19.24 seconds) and 100 free (42.80) and was the anchor leg in the 400 free relay.

The dual meet came down to the 400 relay. Despite an outstanding swim by Adrian (41.51), Cardinal Austin Staab out-touched Adrian at the wall as Stanford won, 2:53.97 to 2:54.05.

The Bears (4-1, 3-1 Pac-10) and Cardinal (7-0, 4-0) will compete in the upcoming Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, March 2-5.

Marvin gets a little help from his friends

Last time Marvin Williams played the Knicks, he was ejected after getting into it with New York’s Shawne Williams in a Jan. 28 game in Atlanta. According to this report in the New York Daily News, Williams called on a couple of friends to  help him out after getting heckled at Madison Square Garden in the return engagement earlier this week. Wonder if they were pals from Bremerton?

Atlanta columnist argues that Marvin should go to the bench

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is of the belief that the Atlanta Hawks would be better of if Bremerton’s Marvin Williams was moved to the bench.

“And it’s not that Marvin isn’t capable of making an imprint on games; it’s just that, for 5 1/2 puzzling seasons, he has been content to do the minimum,” writes Bradley.

Read the full post here.

Here’s another column saying that while Marvin is a solid player, a “glue” guy, trading him could put the Hawks over the top.

Adrian featured on

California senior and Bremerton native Nathan Adrian was featured in a story by Mechelle Voepel on Monday.

Voepel spoke to Adrian about his Olympic experience, his final year swimming for Cal and his desire to help the Bears to an NCAA men’s title — a first since the 1980 season.

Here’s an excerpt:

“It would mean everything to me; it’s one of the main reasons I decided to swim collegiately this year,” Adrian said. “I saw a lot of potential in our team. It’s something I didn’t want to miss out on. It’s exciting to even think about, so to be honest, I try to put it out of my mind and not get too riled up about it.”

You can read the rest of the story here.

Adrian helps No. 1 Cal to win over USC

California senior Nathan Adrian won the 50 and 100-yard freestyles as the No. 1-ranked Golden Bears beat No. 8 USC, 160-133 on Friday in a Pac-10 swimming meet.

Adrian, a Bremerton native, won the 50 free in 19.25 seconds and the 100 free in 42.57.

Also, Adrian was named the Swimming World Performer of the Week last week after his leg in the 400-free relay in Cal’s win over Arizona. Adrian swam a 42.61, the fastest unshaven, untapered collegiate time this year.

Next up for the Bears will be Cal State Bakersfield, Saturday at 11 a.m.

Marvin: No hard feelings after fracas in New York

Bremerton’s Marvin Williams made his first comments since being ejected after getting into a scrap with New York’s Shawne Williams last Friday. Williams missed Atlanta’s game on Saturday and must also sit out Wednesday’s game.

Marvin’s coach Larry Drew told the Atlanta Constitution-Journal that the the incident might be good for the team, which is viewed as soft by some around the league. Read the full story here.