Gig Harbor Faces Oly Bears

olyvsgigharborGame Results:  Gig Harbor 27- Bears 26

The #3 team in 4A, Gig Harbor, comes to town to face the #6 team, Olympia, at Ingersoll Stadium. We will have the call on 1030 AM, 103.3 FM and beginning at 6:45. It should be a great game but the Bears will have to replace their star running back Scott Gunther, who was lost for the rest of the regular season at least with a collarbone injury against Stadium last week.

by Brandon Sparks,

Climbers Run Past Rams For 38-21 Win

SheltonAxeColton Paller ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Shelton Highclimbers to a 38-21 win over North Thurston on Thursday night in Lacey. Paller has rushed for seven touchdowns in the last two games to lead the Highclimbers to a 3-2 record in the 3A Narrows League, half a game behind Wilson and Central Kitsap, who both play on Friday night.

Shelton dominated the first quarter and a good portion of the second quarter building a 21-0 lead on a 16 yard touchdown run, a 14 yard touchdown run and an incredible 93 yard touchdown sprint by Paller.

The Highclimbers gained 232 yards in the first half but only took a seven point lead into the break after Rams quarterback Jake Harn completed four passes of 20 yards or more in the last six minutes of the half. He hit Brandon Morgan for a 28 yard touchdown at the 2:55 mark and then threw a 20 yard strike to Devin Santos that got them down to the one. Quentas Ward punched it in from a yard out with seven second left in the first half to cut the Highclimbers lead to 21-14 at the half.

Following a 32 yard field goal by Cody Bragg, Shelton extended their lead after quarterback Tyler Giraldes found Kyle Kimball on a slant pattern that he worked into a 40 yard gain and Paller did the rest covering the final ten yards in two plays for his fourth touchdown of the game and a 31-14 lead for the Highclimbers.

Harn found Santos for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to get to within 10 points, but Shelton strung together a 10 play drive capped off by a Giraldes sneak for a one yard touchdown and a 38-21 lead that would stand up over the final four minutes of the game.

The 38 points was the most points scored by Shelton since they beat Mount Tahoma 42-0 on October 25th, 2013.

Harn threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

The Highclimbers improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the 3A Narrows. Wilson and Central Kitsap are both 3-1 and tied for second place in the league but neither of them have played Lincoln yet with Central Kitsap facing the Abes on Friday and Wilson facing them one week later.

by Brandon Sparks,

Arizona Picked To Repeat As Pac-12 Regular-Season Champion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two-time defending champion Arizona has been chosen to win the Pac-12 regular-season basketball title for a fourth straight season.

Coach Sean Miller's Wildcats received 18 first-place votes in a poll of media members announced at Pac-12 media day Thursday. California is picked to finish second with nine first-place votes under second-year coach Cuonzo Martin. His team has added top recruits Jaylen Brown from Georgia and local Oakland standout Ivan Rabb to join senior returner Tyrone Wallace. The Golden Bears finished 18-15 and eighth in the Pac-12 last season.

Utah is selected third and has four returning starters. Pac-12 tournament runner-up Oregon is fourth, with UCLA fifth. They are followed by Oregon State, Colorado and Arizona State, which is now coached by Bobby Hurley. Rounding out the poll are NIT champion Stanford, USC, Washington and Washington State.

October 16, 2015

Duke, Nike Reach 12-Year Extension On Athletic Apparel Deal

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke and Nike have agreed to a 12-year extension to their deal supplying Blue Devils sports teams with uniforms, footwear and athletic apparel.

The school announced the extension through 2027 on Thursday, though financial terms were not disclosed.

In a news release, Duke athletic director Kevin White noted the two have been partners since 1992 and the deal will provide "more cutting edge innovation in addition to significant financial resources" that benefits school athletes. Nike North America president and general manager Joaquin Hidalgo's statement called Duke "a proven leader in higher education and college sports."

October 16, 2015

Seahawks' Coleman Arrested In Hit-And-Run Investigation

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman has been arrested and is under investigation of vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. The team says he has been suspended indefinitely pending further information.

According to jail records, Coleman was booked into King County Jail in Seattle early Thursday and bail was denied. He was arrested by Bellevue police but details were not immediately available. An afternoon news conference is scheduled.

Coleman is in his fourth season with the Seahawks. He spent the 2012 season on the practice squad before making the 53-man roster in 2013. Coleman missed 11 games and the playoffs last season because of a broken foot.

Coleman is legally deaf and his football success has made him an inspirational figure. He has been featured in TV commercials and written a book that was released this year.

October 16, 2015