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Anderson will play at all-state game Friday

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Federal Way High School senior Morris Anderson has been selected to play at the All-State boys high-school basketball games Friday at Seattle’s KeyArena.

The 31st annual event, for high-school seniors, includes three games to precede an NBA basketball game between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tickets, available Friday at KeyArena’s east box office, are $10 and are good for all three high-school games. Fans with Sonics tickets will be admitted to the all-state games for free.

The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a game between two Class B teams. Class 1A and 2A teams will meet at 1 p.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. game between 3A and 4A teams. Anderson, a 6-foot-3 point guard, will be playing on the 4A team.

Artem Wallace, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound University of Washington signee, is perhaps the marquee player in the event. Anderson’s 4A team will also include Steffan Johnson from Kent-Meridian, among others.

Coaches of four state-champion boys teams — Pat Mullen of Bethel (4A), Arnold Brown of Medical Lake (2A), Mike Downs of Bellevue Christian (1A) and Dean Wagenaar of Sunnyside Christian (B) — will participate.

• Don’t put those skis and snowboards away just yet. Several of the resorts around the Cascade Mountains have reopened thanks to a large accumulation of snow after recent storms in Western Washington.

Crystal Mountain and White Pass reopened last weekend and the Mt. Baker Ski Area has expanded to full operation with all chairlifts running daily through April 11 and Friday through Monday through the remainder of April.

Crystal Mountain is set to be open through Sunday and White Pass will remain open through Monday.

For individual mountain information and operation status, visit www.skiwashington.com for links to mountain Web sites.

• The Des Moines Legacy Foundation, in conjunction with the Des Moines Dollars for Scholars and the Rotary Club of Des Moines, is presenting the Third Annual Des Moines Sports Night Dinner and Auction on May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center (2045 S. 216th St.) in Des Moines. All proceeds will benefit youth scholarships in the greater Des Moines Community.

Former KOMO TV sports director Bruce King will be back to emcee the event again this year and the keynote speaker will be former Seattle Mariner pitcher Brian Holman. There will be appearances by current and former professional athletes including former Seattle SuperSonics and Seattle Seahawks. Athletes appearing at the past two years’ events have included former Sonics Steve Scheffler and James Donaldson and former Seahawk Charlie Young.

Auction items will include an autographed Rashard Lewis practice jersey, a bronze USA Olympic Hockey sculpture, a Paul Pierce USA Olympic Basketball Jersey and many more sports and non-sports items.

Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. Tickets will be limited to the first 200 and will be available at the Des Moines Field House (1000 S. 220th St.).

For more information, call the Des Moines Field House at (206) 870-6527.

• The Metropolitan King County Council honored the Decatur High School boys swim team at its meeting on Monday.

The Gators won the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championship in February. The team was coached by Rick Dennison.

• The Brooklyn Baseball Club for boys 16 and under is seeking two players for the 2005 season. The team plays a 60-game season and will finish up in Atlanta for the CABA World Series. For more information, check www.eteamz.com/brooklynbaseballclub or email coachsteven08@yahoo.com.

• Horse racing at Emerald Downs will kick off April 15. The Washington Horse Racing Commission has approved a 101-day race schedule for the 2005 Emerald Downs live-racing season, ending Oct. 16.

“We believe this will be the best year ever for racing in Washington,” Emerald Downs President Ron Crockett said. “We have increased our race dates this year, as well as increased our daily purses, substantially. In addition, we have several new and exciting special race dates on tap for the new season.”

The 101-day meet will run three days per week (Friday through Sunday) during the months of April and May. The schedule will then shift to four days per week (Thursday through Sunday) during the months of June, July and August.

During the months of September and October, Emerald Downs will have five special Monday race dates – providing fans with a Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday racing week during the last two months of the season.

First-race post times on Mondays will be 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays will be 6 p.m. and weekends will be 2 p.m.

The Longacres Mile, one of the most prestigious and oldest races on the West Coast, will be Aug. 21. The Mile is one of 36 stakes races during the 2005 Emerald Downs’ meeting.

• The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County and south King County. A comprehensive training program is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive.

For students, retirees, or former athletes looking to re-connect with a sport, officiating high school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams. Registration is due no later than April 8th so don’t wait too long to join.

For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit our website at www.tpcvob.com or contact Marc Blau at 253-848-1360 or blaumarc@qwest.net or John Wohn at 253-272-8543 or jwohn@yahoo.com

• The Federal Way baseball team that will travel to Japan this summer for a Sister City baseball tournament is hosting a a baseball clinic for 6 to 12 year olds from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Decatur gym tomorrow. The clinic will feature Decatur head coach Steve Murphy and former Decatur baseball coach Lance Baker. The cost is $45 per player or teams are invited for $30 per player (eight player minimum). Space is limited. To register, contact Dean McColgan at (253) 838-5587 or Richard Garner at (253) 941-9109.

The group will also host an open golf tournament and silent auction on April 24 at the Auburn Golf Course. A separate, larger dinner and auction will be held at a later date. Players and parents are working to raise an estimated $36,000 for the trip, which is scheduled for June 25 through July 5.

Donations of money or auction items may be made to: Federal Way Sister City Association c/o Jordan Wheeler, City of Federal Way, 33325 8th Ave. S., P.O. Box 9718, Federal Way, Wash. 98063.

If interested in participating in fundraising events, or if you have any questions, contact Wheeler at (253) 835-2403, or jordan.wheeler@cityoffederalway.com.

• The Seattle Sounders Professional Soccer Club will play English League championship club, Sunderland AFC, in an exhibition match on July 20 at Qwest Field. The match kicks off at 7 p.m.

Sunderland AFC is currently in third position in the English League Championship, Coca-Cola First Division. The top-three finishers in the division are promoted to the English Premier League (EPL), which features internationally recognized franchises such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

“We certainly look forward to playing Sunderland,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “It will be a great test for our guys and it will also give the people of Seattle a great chance to experience top quality English soccer.”

“We traveled to the USA for preseason last year and it was great preparation for the season,” Sunderland Manager Mick McCarthy said. “The warm weather is perfect for training and the different environment is good for everyone. We’re really looking forward to visiting the three clubs and I’m sure they’ll give us a good work out in preparation for the new season.”

Tickets for the match cost $12 for general admission or $17 for reserved seating. Individual tickets go on sale to the public March 15 through Ticketmaster. For more information, call (206) 628-0888.

• King County Executive Ron Sims recently announced 25 matching grants that will give youth sports and recreation facilities a much-needed boost in the region, including a $50,000 grant to refurbish the Thomas Jefferson High School track. The grant is being matched by the Federal Way School District and the Federal Way Track Club.

King County awarded $829,094 in Youth Sports Facility Grants to organizations throughout the county that promote youth sports, including school districts, suburban cities and community groups. The grants will be used to build new or renovate ball fields, playgrounds, a climbing wall, a rowing facility, a running track, tennis courts, ball courts, mountain biking track and a skateboard park.

“These activities are vitally important to keeping kids off the streets, building self esteem, teaching teamwork and promoting good health,” said Sims. “By leveraging these grant funds that come from car rentals in King County, with additional funds this year from the sale of surplus property, we are able to continue improving recreation opportunities for our kids. By partnering with these worthy organizations we are able to do more than any of us could do alone.”

Administered by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, the Youth Sports Facility Grant (YSFG) program is funded and sustained through a quarter of 1 percent of car rental taxes. Organizations must match the grant money. By ordinance, the program is funded from a dedicated revenue source (car rental taxes) that cannot be used for parks maintenance and operations.

And while the funds have traditionally come solely from car rental taxes, King County this year approved the sale of one of its last remaining parcels on the former Kingdome site, with proceeds of roughly $400,000 going to support a YSFG endowment. The county is also looking to sell another building west of Qwest Field in 2005, with proceeds also going to the YSFG fund.

More than $7 million in grants have been awarded since the program’s 1993 inception, resulting in nearly 200 new or renovated youth sports facilities. Suburban cities and school districts are encouraged to partner with youth sports leagues and community organizations to apply for grants. Grant funds can be used for a variety of projects, including construction or rehabilitation of ball fields, playgrounds and sport courts, among others.

• The Federal Way YMCA has a variety of spring sports programs that will begin in April. The Federal Way YMCA is currently registering for T-Ball (ages 4 to 6), Coach Pitch Baseball (7 to 8), Outdoor Mini Soccer (3 to 5), Indoor Soccer (5 to 7), Basketball Clinics (10 to 13), Tennis Clinics (8 to 17), Roller Hockey (5 to Adult), Dodge Ball (8 to 13) and an Adult Dodge Ball Tournament on March 29. Other programs include Ant Hockey and Mini Basketball classes for ages 4 to 6.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Sean Stolte at (253) 838-4708 or email at sstolte@fw.seattleymca.org

• The Federal Way YMCA will be hosting its Second Annual Adult Dodge Ball Tournament March 29th for ages 16 to adult. Tournament fee is $60 per team. The tournament will be held at the Federal Way YMCA and will begin at 6 p.m.

First- and second-place teams will advance on to play in the YMCA Greater Seattle Dodge Ball Tournament held on April 30th at the Northshore YMCA. Teams will compete against other YMCA regional champions.

Teams can now register at the Federal Way YMCA. For more information, contact Sean Stolte at (253) 838-4708 or email sstolte@fw.seattleymca.org

• The Federal Way Boys and Girls Club is now registering for spring basketball. The program is a games-only league for grades 4 through 12. The games will be played at the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club and the season runs April 25-June 25.

To register online go to www.fw-bgc.org or in person at the club. Coaches and referees are also needed. Registration fees range from $60 for grades 4-5 to $70 for grades 10-12. A $20 membership fee is not included.

• Federal Way High School senior football player C.J. Green was honored as a scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation and Hall Of Fame King County Chapter.

The King County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is one of more than 113 chapters throughout the country that honors student-athletes. The foundation promotes amateur football at all levels recognizing teams, coaches, officials, administrators and young men who excel both as a player and as a student.

The King County Chapter represents 64 high school football programs throughout King and Kitsap Counties. At the end of the season, each coach nominates two of his players, a back and lineman, for recognition by the NFF. Each year the selection commitee made up of former coaches, players, and administrators has a difficult task in narrowing down the list to the final eight, four back and four lineman.

The winner of the $2,000 scholarship for backs was Christopher Taylor of Mercer Island and linemen Darius Dale of West Seattle. Each of the remaining six finalists received a Scholar-Athlete Scholarship of $500. All finalists were entered in the College Hall of Fame.   

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