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Federal Way Mod and United currently registering for fall soccer

Fall soccer registration in Federal Way is currently open for players ages 5 to 17. The Federal Way Mod Soccer Club and the Federal Way United Club are taking online registration at the Club’s Web site at

www.federalwaysoccer.com. Players will be placed on teams by the Club Coordinators. Deadline for registering for fall soccer is June 27. Call (253) 529-7774 or email www.fwsoccerfamily@comcast.net.

• The Braves, an 10-12-year-old major baseball team from Steel Lake Little League, recently won the league title, along with the District 10 Tournament of Champions.

The Tournament of Champions was held at the Federal Way National Little League site near the King County Aquatic Center and included 11 teams who were the champions of their various leagues. Steel Lake beat Kent Little League in the championship game.

The team included Jake Kolterman, Jordan Price, TJ Bryne, Caleb Wallen, Jesse Fite, Mikey Mojica, James Hyatt, Danny Jones, Dashay Ware, Hunter Wolanski, Jared Sinsheimer and Alex Opincar. The team was coached by Rich Price, Scott Kolterman, Tom Bryne and Todd Wallen.

• The world’s largest touring grill will be at Emerald Downs in Auburn from 4 to 10 p.m. on July 3 and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.

The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill is no ordinary backyard barbecue. Weighing more than 53,000 pounds and measuring 65 feet long, this giant grill requires its own semi-truck to haul it from one location to another. It is equipped with hot and cold running water, a prep station, and a refrigeration unit. The grill has the capacity to cook more than 750 brats at a time — approximately 2,500 per hour — and can accommodate more than 12 grillmasters.

Proceeds from sales at the grill benefit local charities and other non-profit organizations. To date, the Big Taste Grill has raised over $2 million for charities across the United States and Canada.

“People who see the Big Taste Grill™ for the first time are awestruck because of its enormity and uniqueness,” says Cory Bouck of Johnsonville. “We think it’s a memorable way for people to try the great taste of Johnsonville bratwurst while supporting their favorite charities.”

• Three Senior teams from Bally Tennis in Federal Way will be competing in the 2008 USTA League Pacific Northwest Senior Sectional Championships to be held June 26-29 in Sunriver, Ore.

The Bally Tennis Federal Way teams are: Men’s 3.0 and Women’s 3.0, captained by Judy Ronning, and Men’s 3.5, captained by Donald Brennan. They will join 60 teams and 350 players that will compete in the Section Championships.

The tournament will feature the best senior tennis teams from throughout Oregon and Washington. The teams, which represent various tennis clubs and facilities, have finished at the top of their local leagues and will now play for a United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest (USTA/PNW) Section title.

The 2008 USTA League Pacific Northwest Senior Section Championships features teams of players who must be age 50 or over who are grouped into three different ability levels. Play consists of the best of three doubles matches with the outcome decided by team scoring.

In addition to the Senior Section Championships, the USTA/PNW will hold a Super Senior League Championship June 29-July 1 in Sunriver. Super Senior League players must be age 60 or over.

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year to over 625,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. Chrysler is in its third year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of the USTA League program.

• Highline Community College’s new personal fitness training program is already helping dozens of students find new careers in a rapidly growing industry.

“We’ve got a wide range of students,” says program manager Josh Baker. “Most of our graduates will pursue careers as personal trainers and group exercise instructors. This is a high demand area and we expect continued growth in the Puget Sound area.”

Baker notes how the profession has grown in recent years, spurred by rising demand for quality instruction from increasingly health-conscious consumers.

“There’s a need for more qualified personal trainers,” he says.

The Highline CC program offers an associated of applied science degree, as well as a one-year certificate. Both degrees include coursework in functional training, special populations and body composition.

“Our curriculum was developed off of industry standards with input from local employers,” Baker says, providing one of the best programs in the Greater Seattle area. “Our faculty is excellent. We have great connections with local businesses and opportunities to continue on to four-year schools.”

Baker’s background includes a master’s degree in physical education from Brigham Young University. He has worked as a fitness specialist, strength and conditioning coach, and has long had an interest in creating such a program to help train people to help others improve their overall health and fitness.

For more information, contact Josh Baker at (206) 878-3710, ext. 3997, or email jbaker@highline.edu.

• The Federal Way United Soccer Club is offering a variety of soccer camps for youth this summer. The Mod and under-11 camp is for players age 6 to 10 and it will be held June 30–July 3. This camp will focus on skill and tactical development with attention to dribbling, passing and shooting. Registration fee is $85 and registration deadline is June 24.

In addition, there are two camps that are geared toward players 11 and older and those will be offered the week of July 14-17. The two camps for older players are a goalkeeper camp and a speed, agility and skills camp.

The goalkeeper camp provides the basics to the complex and is geared toward both new goalkeepers, as well as very experienced goalkeepers. Each two-hour session in the speed and agility camp will feature a warm-up, a speed and agility component and skill activities and games.

Registration forms for all three camps can be found on the Federal Way Soccer Club Web site at www.federalwaysoccer.com on the United Club “news” page.

For additional information or questions, email fwsoccerfamily@comcast.net or call (253) 529-7774.

• Lance Glasoe, Pacific Lutheran University pitching coach, and a staff of current college softball players will be conducting a fastpitch camp at the South County Ballfields on Military Road, July 21-24.

The camp is for players ages 7 to 15 years old and will teach fundamentals. The fee is $99.

For more information, visit www.grandslamcamp.com or call (360) 802-2232.

• The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center is offering a lifeguard training class from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 23 to July 2.

The American Red Cross class costs $105 and includes training and first aid, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and bloodborne pathogen training. For more information, call (206) 296-4444 or (253) 927-5173.

• Decatur High School boys basketball will again be hosting its Gator Basketball Camp this summer. The camp is for boys and girls entering fourth through ninth grades. The camp runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 23-26, at Decatur High School.

The cost is $100 or $85, if paid by June 12. Each camper receives a T-shirt and ball. For more information, contact head coach Kevin Olson at kolson@fwps.org or (253) 945-5272.

• The Marine Hills Pool in Federal Way is offering swim lessons to the public. Experienced, qualified instructors provide lessons for children as young as 2½ with all ability levels.

Morning sessions begin June 16 and registration for lessons starts up on June 7.

The Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club has the largest outdoor pool in greater Federal Way and is located at 600 S. 302nd St. in the Marine Hills neighborhood. Tennis lessons are also available to general public.

“We’ve recently installed a state-of-the-art energy efficient boiler, which is keeping the water a comfortable 84 degrees,” said pool manager Robin Hoof.

The public is invited to check out the pool at the Marine Hills Swim & Tennis Club from noon to 3 p.m. today for a visitors open swim. Music, pool games for the kids and snacks will be provided and fees will be waived.

For more information, call the Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club at (253) 839-4960 or visit www.marinehillspool.org.

• The 62nd Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Glan Gathering will be held at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw, July 26-27.

Traditional athletic competitions dating back to the 11th Century are integral to the games and provide endless family entertainment. Stone throwing or clachneart, involves “putting” or throwing the 16-22 pound stone as far as possible. The caber toss involves athletes flipping large logs end over end and being judged on the straightness of the turn.

Remember meeting a distant Scottish relative? If you’ve ever wondered about your Scottish heritage, stop by the Clan tent to trace your genealogy and search to see if your family had its own distinctive tartan pattern.

Start your weekend early and attend the popular ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee), a celebration of contemporary Celtic music and dance beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday evening and again on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

Authentic Scottish cuisine, Scottish athletic events and Celtic merchandise tents are part of the appeal of the Highland Games. The Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games are the sixth oldest in the United States and the largest in Washington State, with past attendance reaching 30,000.

This year’s festival also includes:

Bagpipe, drumming and pipe band competitions.

Highland dance competitions.

Scottish farm, with cattle, horses and sheep.

Scottish Setter Pointing demonstrations.

The fairgrounds will be open on Friday, July 29, 2005: 6:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. , Saturday, July 30, 2005: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 31, 2005: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $12 one day or $18 for a two-day pass for adults, children 5 to 18 and seniors 60 and over cost $9 one day or $13 for a two-day pass. Children under 5 are free. Parking is $4 per day.

• The Federal Way school district will be heavily represented at the annual East-West All-Star Football Game July 3 at Spokane’s Central Valley Stadium.

Four football players will be making the trek east of the mountains for the prestigious game. Beamer lineman Evan Cook will play for the East squad and Federal Way’s Justin Southern, Jefferson’s Bryant Cameron and Decatur’s Israel Kinlow will take the field for the West.

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Cook has already signed a national letter of intent to play next season at Eastern Washington University as a defensive lineman, as did Cameron. The 6-4, 215-pound wide receiver physically dominated smaller cornerbacks on his way to 71 catches for 1,018 yards. He also caught a league-leading 14 touchdown passes and had a high game of 174 yards for the Raiders.

Southern completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,919 yards in 10 games as Federal Way’s quarterback and led the Eagles’ to their first SPSL championship since 1976. He threw for 16 touchdowns, ran for five more and also caught a touchdown pass on a throwback.

Kinlow was a monster up front for the Gators. The lineman is listed at 6-6, 330 pounds.

• Federal Way Track Club (FWTC) has begun its sign-up for the 2008 summer track and field season. Events offered during the summer program include sprints, middle distance, distance, steeple chase, high jump, hurdles, shot put and discus. The team practices at Thomas Jefferson High School.

The eight-week summer program is for young athletes between the ages of 8 and 18. Athletes 8 to 12 will practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through

July 23. Athletes 13 to 18 will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through July 23.

For more information, go to www.fwtrack.com or contact head coach Darryl Genest at (253) 839-4964.

• Season ticket packages for the new Seattle Major League Soccer franchise will be based on an 18-home match schedule with prices starting as low as $288 for a full-season ticket package. All home matches will be played at Qwest Field.

“We’ve created a variety of season ticket packages to meet the needs of our passionate soccer fans in the Pacific Northwest,” said majority owner Joe Roth.

Season ticket prices per match are $16, $20, $24, $29 and $35. Ticket prices in Club Wells Fargo are $39 and $75 per match.

Fans seated in $75 ticket sections will receive exclusive benefits that include reserved parking and an all inclusive menu hosted in the FSN Lounge. The menu will feature regional flavors and local ingredients prepared by a personal Chef.

In the north end of the stadium, fans seated in $24 ticket sections will enjoy an all inclusive experience featuring classic stadium food and beverages.

Each season ticket holder will be assigned a personal customer sales representative to assist with their seating selection. Fans who placed deposits for Sounders FC will be sent an e-mail this week inviting them to submit their seating preferences through an interactive website.

The team has created a unique site to help fans find their ideal seat location based on personal interests such as group affiliations, teammates from the soccer leagues they play in, or the desire to sing, chant and stand during matches.

With a seating capacity of 24,500 in the lower bowl, soccer fans will enjoy excellent views in a stadium that was built to host professional soccer matches. Qwest Field’s upper bowl will be covered to create a more intimate atmosphere.

“To create a world class environment, we will encourage fans to bring horns, banners, streamers and noisemakers to replicate the atmosphere similar to the great international matches,” said Vulcan Sports & Entertainment CEO Tod Leiweke.

Launched in November 2007, Seattle Sounders FC became the 15th club in Major League Soccer and will begin play during the 2009 MLS season. The ownership group includes film producer Joe Roth, Adrian Hanauer, Vulcan Sports & Entertainment and comedian Drew Carey. The team has received deposits for more than 14,700 season tickets since the announcement.

For information on Sounders FC season tickets please visit www.soudersfc.com or call 1-877-MLS-GOAL.

• All Nations Cup, a soccer tournament comprised of teams from throughout the Puget Sound’s

immigrant communities, celebrates its return for the sixth year in a row in June with a larger tournament and expanded arts and cultural celebration.

Founded in 2003 by Sister Communities, a South-end nonprofit organization, All Nations Cup 2008 is expanding to a three-week celebration of cultural diversity in the Pacific Northwest. This year the event is getting started early with the kick off the event on June 6 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

This year All Nations Cup is further celebrating soccer’s diversity by expanding the Women’s

Tournament to include six regions — Europe, Middle East, East Asia, Africa, North America, and Latin America — and will be introducing the first-ever All Nations Cup Youth Tournament. For the first time, young players will have the chance to mimic what they see on the fields of the adult tournament. Teams will be divided into two age brackets of four regional teams — Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe. The ANC Freestyle Soccer Competition will also return with two youth brackets and an adult bracket for players to show off their skills.

After two weeks of tournament and finals play, the Championship Game Day will be held at Starfire Sports Complex on June 22. An all-star game will be held for the star players

of the teams that did not make it to the semi-finals, coached by two guest coaches from the Puget Sound area.

Participating countries in 2008 include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Ethiopia, Europe, Fiji, France, Gambia, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kurdish Community, Mexico, Moldova, Morrocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oromo Community, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam.

• Thirty-five stakes races worth over $2.3 million will be run at Emerald Downs in Auburn, including the $300,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 17. The minimum stakes purse is a record $50,000, up from $45,000 last year.

During live racing (April 18-September 28), the $5 fee includes access to the first five levels of the stadium, the Paddock and Park. Kids 17 and under get in free and kids 13 and under must be accompanied by parent or guardian. You must be 18+ to wager.

Preferred parking is $5, while valet parking is $10. Parking in the general lot is free.

Live racing will take place Friday through Sunday through April 25 and will switch from Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 28. Racing starts at 6 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends.

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