Monthly Archives: December 2011

Padres tender Cunningham a contract

Outfielder Aaron Cunningham, a South Kitsap grad, was one of 35 unsigned players on the Padres’ 40-man roster who was offered a contract on Monday. Cunningham hit .178 with three home runs and nine RBI in 90 at bats a year ago. The 25-year-old outfielder hit .329 with nine homers and 63 RBI over 384 plate appearances for Tucson in the Pacific Coast League.
Cunningham has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, with Oakland in 2008 and ’09, and with San Diego in 2010 and ’11. His career numbers: .231 with six home runs and 44 RBI in 355 at bats.

Pumas’ Burke signs with L.A. Blues

Bryan Burke is the latest Kitsap Pumas player to land a contract with a higher-level club.

Burke, who was named finals MVP last summer when Kitsap won the Premier Development League champions, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Blues of the United Soccer Leagues First Division. He’s the second former Kitsap player to land with the team. Leon Abravanel, who played for the Pumas in 2009, is on the Blues’ roster.

So far three players off Kitsap’s national championship team have secured spots on higher-level clubs. In addition to Burke, goalkeeper Bryan Meredith was signed by the Seattle Sounders and defender Daniel Scott was signed by FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League.

Adrian wins 100 free, sweeps events at winter nationals

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle Saturday, sweeping the sprint events at the U.S. winter nationals in Atlanta.

Adrian pulled away from the rest of the 10-man field in the final 10 meters and touched the wall in 48.33 seconds. Darian Townsend and Yannick Agnel of France tied for second in 48.87.

Adrian won his sixth straight 50 free national title Thursday.

Adrian fastest qualifier in 50 free at nationals

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian had the fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle Thursday morning at the winter nationals in Atlanta.

Adrian touched the wall in 22.21 seconds. Australia’s Roland Schoeman was second in 22.29 and Josh Schneide was third in 22.63. Other finalists include Matt Grevers, Fred Bousquet of France and Garrett Weber-Gale.

The finals are at 3 p.m.