Federal Way Mirror Sports Briefs | Aug. 16

Lorenzo Walker, 15, catches some air Aug. 14 at the Steel Lake Skate Park in Federal Way. Walker, who’s been skating for four years, said he skates “all day, every day” during the summer. - Joshua Lynch/The Mirror
Lorenzo Walker, 15, catches some air Aug. 14 at the Steel Lake Skate Park in Federal Way. Walker, who’s been skating for four years, said he skates “all day, every day” during the summer.
— image credit: Joshua Lynch/The Mirror

Emerald Downs action

The three horses who have dominated Emerald Downs’ handicap division this year – Chhaya Dance, Nationhood and Wasserman – are among 29 nominees for the $300,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 17.

Three Sisters Stable’s Chhaya Dance, owned by Ron Judy of Seattle and trained by Mike Chambers, has a 1-1-2 record from four stakes-race starts. Cander Racing’s Nationhood, owned by Brad and Lisa Cassidy and Del and Nancy Anderson of Kirkland and trained by Chambers, is 2-0-0 in four stakes-race appearances. Owned and trained by Howard Belvoir, Wasserman is 2-1-0 in five outings.

Chambers and Northern California-based Jerry Hollendorfer lead the trainers with four nominees each. In addition to Nationhood and Chhaya Dance, Chambers also conditions nominees Lord Avalon and Maxey Boy for Judy. Hollendorfer, who won the 2004 Mile with Adreamisborn, trains nominees Blue Exit, Our Partner, Putmeinyourwill and Saratoga’s Magic.

A part owner of Our Partner, Putmeninyourwill and Saratoga’s Magic is George Todaro.

Weights are to be assigned the nominees by Emerald racing secretary Brett Anderson by Saturday. The 12 highest-weighted horses entered will be preferred in the draw for post positons, scheduled Aug. 13.

Advertising banners

The Federal Way School District sign program is entering its second year. Advertising banners may be placed at Federal Way Memorial Field or in secondary schools. Each banner costs $500. For more information, contact Greg Flynn at or call (253) 945-5575.

Volleyball officials

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. A comprehensive training program, starting Aug. 25, 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 and middle 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 Aug. 22.

For information on becoming a volleyball official, visit or contact Marc Blau at (253) 848-1360 or or John Wohn at (253) 272-8543 or

Football officials

• The Western Washington Football Officials Association is looking for candidates to begin officiating in the 2008 season. No experience is necessary and officials are paid. Training meetings began on July 29. Call Jan Wolcott at (253) 826-2460 or e-mail

Boys soccer players

The Federal Way under-11 Storm program is in need of a few boys soccer players. The Storm is currently seeking players to fill out rosters on the following teams: Storm 97 White, Storm 97 Black, Storm 98 Platinum, and Storm 98 Silver. If your son is interested in playing in the 97 program, he must not be older than 11. For information, contact Eric Poorvielt at (206) 353-3517. If your son is 10 years old and interested in playing at a competitive level of soccer, contact John Yorke at

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