Junior League rewards young golfers with instruction, prizes

August 27, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

On Sunday afternoons during warmer months, the Mount Si Golf Course hosts a golf tournament designed for learning about golf tournaments.

The Mount Si Golf Course Junior League is a weekly tournament where young golfers get to engage in the finer points of the game.

“It’s a good teaching tool for the kids to learn how to act and how to participate,” said Ron Lee, a PGA professional at Mount Si for the past 25 years.

Lee started the Junior League four years ago. He wanted young golfers to have an easy and fun way to learn how to navigate tournament play. Rules and etiquette are more important in a tournament than in a casual game, and Junior League helps young golfers get comfortable with that style of play. Read more

Wildcats look to scratch their way up the 4A ranks

August 26, 2015

NEW — 1:28 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015

At a recent Mount Si High School football practice, coach Charlie Kinnune noted the music blasting throughout the Wildcats’ stadium — punchy, classic rock hits.

He said that’s what he wants for his team during these sunny summer practices before the season — developing a high-energy atmosphere.

By Sam Kenyon Senior wide receiver Parker Dumas prepares to pull in a pass at a recent Mount Si High School football practice.

By Sam Kenyon
Senior wide receiver Parker Dumas prepares to pull in a pass at a recent Mount Si High School football practice.

Kinnune enters his 24th season with a retooled Wildcats team full of versatile, athletic veterans ready to tackle Mount Si’s second season in the Class 4A KingCo Conference. Read more

Billy Andrade breaks long drought with one-shot win at Boeing Classic

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:20 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

After nearly 15 years and 283 professional starts without a victory, Billy Andrade wasn’t about to complain about how his dry spell ended.

Heading into the Aug. 23 final round of the 11th annual Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Andrade had a three-stroke lead. But he nearly had a fatal error on the fourth hole, driving his tee shot out of bounds and taking a penalty stroke.

By Greg Farrar Billy Andrade watches his shot on the 17th tee head up the fairway during the final round of the Boeing Classic.

By Greg Farrar
Billy Andrade watches his shot on the 17th tee head up the fairway during the final round of the Boeing Classic.

Faced with a chip from the green-side bunker, the 51-year-old Andrade managed to sink the shot and salvage a triple-bogey 7. Read more

Mount Si reboots its dance team

August 20, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 20, 2015

The Mount Si High School dance team says its motto is “small but mighty.”

The four-member team is working hard in the weeks leading up to the start of the school year and the fall football season.

By Sam Kenyon The Mount Si Dance Team is (from left) sophomore Jeorgia Rowell-Gimmeson, senior Rosa Cozzitorto, coach Jen Stokes, sophomore Josette Vail and junior Emma Eubanks.

By Sam Kenyon
The Mount Si Dance Team is (from left) sophomore Jeorgia Rowell-Gimmeson, senior Rosa Cozzitorto, coach Jen Stokes, sophomore Josette Vail and junior Emma Eubanks.

“We have five home games,” said Jen Stokes, the team’s coach. “We are hoping to bring a different routine to each game.” Read more

Marshawn Lynch’s mud run makes for smiling, dirty faces in Snoqualmie

August 19, 2015

NEW — 4:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

More than 1,200 people went to the DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie to channel their inner “Beast Mode.”

The second Marshawn Lynch Subway Beast Mode Challenge was held Aug. 15 and participants weren’t afraid to get a little dirty.

By Sam Kenyon Participants run through a giant, inflatable Seahawks helmet at the start of the Beast Mode Challenge.

By Sam Kenyon
Participants run through a giant, inflatable Seahawks helmet at the start of the Beast Mode Challenge.

“It was really fun,” said Jayne Grounds, an 8-year-old running with several of her family members from Mukilteo. Read more

Veteran roster has Mount Si golfers aiming for lofty goals

August 14, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015

Four senior boys are expected to lead the Mount Si High School golf team this fall, and head coach Brandon Proudfoot thinks the team has a good shot to make a deeper postseason run than the Wildcats have had in the last several years.

Alex Nelson, Jimmy Jacobson, Mitchell Dover and Nicholas McAlister spent the summer staying sharp on the greens. Proudfoot said this season’s team was more receptive than ever to putting in some work during the summer.

“That’s always the hard thing,” Proudfoot said. “Every year you have kids who come in and haven’t played since last year, and it takes them a while to get going, but the season’s just not that long for boys golf.”

This year, the veteran golfers shouldn’t be rusty after focusing on several intrasquad matches designed to keep them sharp. The boys bought into it. Read more

BaseCamp Fitness gets personal with exercise, adventure

August 13, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 13, 2015

When is a gym not a gym? When it’s a way of life.

BaseCamp Fitness, a new fitness studio in North Bend, is a business that focuses on living a healthy and active life.

Photos contributed Dave Buzard (front) and Amber Henry (in green) take the BaseCamp Fitness suspension plus class.

Photo contributed
Dave Buzard (front) and Amber Henry (in green) take the BaseCamp Fitness suspension plus class.

“Our goal is to create a very holistic approach to health by focusing on functional fitness, nutritional guidance and outdoor adventures,” said Paul Goldenberger, who along with his wife Kim opened the business six months ago. Read more

TPC Snoqualmie Ridge hosts 11th Boeing Classic

August 12, 2015

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015

The Boeing Classic golf tournament returns for its 11th year at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, with action teeing off Aug. 17.

Eighty-one Champions Tour professionals — players 50 years and older — will compete at the event, which covers three rounds from Aug. 21-23. Players will have practice rounds Aug. 17-18, with a pro-am tournament highlighting activities Aug. 19-20.

Past tournament champions include Mark Calcavecchia, Bernhard Langer and Loren Roberts. Tom Kite (2006, 2008) is the only two-time champion.

Last year’s event ended dramatically in a sudden-death playoff with Scott Dunlap, the Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, edging Mark Brooks for the title. The Boeing Classic has needed a playoff to decide a champion in five of its first 10 years. Read more

Wildcat Speed Camps take the ache away from area athletes

August 6, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and if prevention is the goal, the Wildcat Speed Camps want to be the cure.

The series of summer camps for youth and high-school athletes are based around proper form and technique to reduce common sports injuries.

By Sam Kenyon Shane Dowling, 13, in the red shorts, edges out Max Harris, 11, in purple, during a sprint. On the far right, Leah Corra, a soccer player for Whitworth College, coaches the campers.

By Sam Kenyon
Shane Dowling, 13, in the red shorts, edges out Max Harris, 11, in purple, during a sprint. On the far right, Leah Corra, a soccer player for Whitworth College, coaches the campers.

“I got tired of treating kids’ hamstrings and quad pulls the first week of practice,” said John Zanas, the director and founder of Wildcat Speed Camps. Read more

Honkers season ends with two losses at NBC World Series

August 5, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The Northwest Honkers’ inaugural season in Fall City came to an end after the team lost twice in the 2015 National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

On Aug. 1, the Honkers lost 10-2 to the Haysville Aviators out of North Carolina. The following day, they lost by the same score to the San Diego Waves.

Contributed The Northwest Honkers take a team photo before action at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

Contributed
The Northwest Honkers take a team photo before action at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

The Honkers earned a trip to Kansas via the single Pacific International League bid. The Honkers, with a conference record of 14-5, were actually in second place in the PIL, but the first-place team, the Seattle Studs, won an automatic bid to the World Series because they played in the championship game the previous year. The PIL bid then fell to the Honkers. Read more

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