Talking Points: High school basketball success
Saturday, February 25, 2012
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
Congratulations to all the high school basketball teams in Clark County that are still playing this weekend. That means you reached the Sweet 16 in your classification, which is a successful season by any measure.
Two local boys teams won Friday, with Union advancing to the Class 4A Elite Eight at the Tacoma Dome, and King’s Way reaching the 1B quarterfinals in Spokane. Three girls teams play Sweet 16 games on Saturday. With a little luck, we could have multiple Clark County schools playing for state championships next week.
That said, we offer particular kudos to the Union boys. Two years ago, the Titans entered the state tournament with nine losses on the season and left it the same way — with nine losses. This year’s squad has seven losses but is still playing with one weekend left in the season. Coach Maco Hamilton has a knack for getting his team to play its best at the end of the season, and that could make the Titans dangerous next week.
Rumors are swirling that could be big news for soccer fans in the Northwest — the Seattle Sounders Women of something called the W-League reportedly are close to signing U.S. National Team star Alex Morgan.
In the wake of the Women’s Professional Soccer league shutting down for at least this coming season, the Sounders already have signed goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Signing two of the most popular players from the National Team is a quick way to change questions from “There’s a W-League?” to “Where do I buy tickets?”
The Seattle Seahawks lost a coin toss Friday that gave the Kansas City Chiefs the 11th pick in this year’s NFL Draft and relegated the Seahawks to picking 12th. No, it’s not quite like the old NBA days, when a coin toss used to decide the No. 1 pick in the entire draft. It’s not even like the movie “Friday Night Lights,” when a coin toss determined a playoff berth. But when it comes to the NFL, there’s no limit to the fans’ interest.
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