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ESN Reports Soccer: United pulls away from WF West claims Lewis County Crown

3/25/16 United 5, WF West 2 (Chehalis, WA) The combined Toledo-Winlock United team are a pair of 2B schools that compete at the 1A level. United completed the Daily Double of taking down both Lewis County 2A teams, Centralia and now WF West to reign supreme among the local schools. Now of course both games are non-league and last night it was made clear by Bearcats coach Tino Sanchez that winning was not his top priority whereas for the United team coach Horst Malunat was a bit more motivated to win the match and both approaches actually made sense. For Malunat this would be their last non-league game of the season and now roll into a long and usually tough Trico league schedule so pulling it all together for his starters and playing well was important to launch into the games that count. Meantime, Sanchez and the Bearcats don’t have a league match until April 8th in the 4-team cozy Evco 2A league and he has a very young squad on top of it, so young not one senior on the varsity team. Sanchez says of course he would welcome a win but with such a young team it is more important to see improvement and to see his kids make good decisions while at the same time continue to try players at different positions to find the best...

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ESN Reports Baseball: Crazy 7th inning as Hawks give-up lead, then comeback to get Sentinels

3/22/16 (Lacey, WA) The biggest question of the day was would the rain hold off to get this SPSL 2A league contest in and indeed it turned out to be a decent day. The field was a bit wet in places but River Ridge Coach Chad Arko and his assistants and team did a great job to have the field as game ready as you can get in March in Washington State. Steilacoom came in with just 1 game under their belt a 14-4 win over Bonney Lake in non-league. Head Coach Brian Shannon expressed a bit of frustration as they did not have a game scheduled last Thursday or Friday when the weather cooperated and would have liked to have had another game under their belt prior to starting league play. The Hawks did get 2 games in last week and came in with an 0-2 record. The Sentinels are a mixture of young and old with 5 Senior’s in the starting line-up but no Juniors while the Hawks are a very young squad. Mac Armstrong would get the start for River Ridge and the defense started off shaky with an error putting Isayah Quitagua on 1st for the Sents. After a strike-out Steilacoom’s starting pitcher Brennan Postal would single and Quitagua ended up on 3rd. Postal would steal 2nd and runner’s were on 2nd and 3rd with...

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ESN Reports Soccer: Coachless Wilson digs out impressive 2nd half win over Thurston

3/22/16 Wilson 2, North Thurston 1 (Lacey, WA) The Wilson Rams were without their Head Coach on this night as Jason Gjertsen was not available so Assistant Coach Craig Vincent was in charge. This appeared to be even more of an issue considering Wilson only has 1 senior, Hasan Altameeni who was also out dealing with an injury. So the 7 Jr’s, 6 Soph’s and 1 Frosh took the field facing a solid North Thurston team with several returning starters. In the 1st half it looked like the home team and experienced North Thurston squad would get the job done scoring in the 12th minute when Safwan Smael crossed the ball in which bounced off Jaden Remely and rolled to Ian Gibbons who punched it in for the score. Later in the half Wilson had a great opportunity to even it up when Anei Yel sidestepped North Thurston’s keeper Diego Roderiguez and looked to have an empty net when Ian McLean swooped in and cleared the ball securing the 1-0 lead at halftime. At the half it appeared Wilson senior Altameeni was giving his teammates quite a pep talk and it seemed to spur on the young Rams. It took only 3 minutes for Yel to hammer in the equalizer on a middle pass and Yel hit a low shot that Roderiguez could not reach. The game would come...

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ESN Reports Soccer: T-Birds record 1st goal and win over Shelton

3/19/16 Tumwater 1, Shelton 0 (Tumwater, WA) Both teams came into the match looking for their 1st win of the season but Tumwater was also looking for their 1st goal. They would not find it in the 1st half as both teams battled to a 0-0 1st half score. Both teams would have chances with the best coming from Austin Mikesh who had a 1-on-1 with Highclimbers keeper Cody Bragg. The ball bounced and Mikesh tried to flip it over Bragg and if he could have had an easy tap in goal but Bragg put up his big left hand and grabbed it denying the score. Shelton’s best chance came on a laser shot from Manny Nicasio that T-Bird keeper Britton Fine punched out and T-bird defender Adam Warren was able to screen off the Highclimbers from the ball as it spun back to Fine saving the opportunity. In the 2nd half Tumwater would break the ice and put in a goal in the 44th minute off a corner kick. Mikesh had kicked 2 earlier and gone long, this time he hit short to Diego Levy who knocked it past Bragg for the score and the 1-0 lead. Mikesh was just warming up as he would get several more chances at goals but Bragg came up big with spectacular saves and Mikesh would bounce one off the left post...

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ESN Reports Soccer: South Kitsap Olympia battle to scoreless stand-off

3/17/16 South Kitsap 0, Olympia 0 (Olympia, WA) There was no give in this early season Narrows 4A League match-up as both keepers and defense were tough as nails denying each other’s offenses from tallying any goals ending in a scoreless tie. There are no overtimes in the Narrows League so if the 80-minutes is a stalemate that’s how it ends. Both teams offenses had chances to knock in shots with the Wolves taking more but Olympia missing a couple of prime opportunities including a dead on shot from Ian Hesse who got just a bit too much elevation and hit the crossbar bouncing out. South Kitsap’s best opportunity came on a penalty kick but Bears keeper  Matteo DelGiudice came up with our ProActive Play of the Game with a spectacular save. Both teams also struggled with a tightly called match by officials where minor bumps were being called and there were an abundant number of calls that really impacted the pace of the game. Defensive play ruled the match with big performances from Max Nail and both keepers Dylan Stevenson and Alex Hutchison for South Kitsap. For Olympia, Garrett Landers, Andrew Hoang and keeper DelGiudice were stand outs. Both teams remained undefeated but obviously not untied with South Kitsap now 1-0-2 and Olympia 1-0-1. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to...

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