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Procession brings out thousands First responders, public line streets to say goodbye to Lakewood officers LEE GILES III

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Thousands of police officers and firefighters bow their heads in prayer at a McChord Air Force hangar prior to leaving for the memorial procession.

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he bitter cold seemed appropriate. As the Puget Sound region remained numb from last month’s killing of four Lakewood Police Department officers at Forza Coffee Co. in Parkland, thousands of first responders and the public braved the elements on Dec. 8 to pay their respects in Tacoma.

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The City of Gig Harbor will be running on a $52.85 million budget next year. The city council unanimously approved the 2010 budget during Monday night’s meeting, agreeing to a budget that includes layoffs as well as millions of dollars for city projects.  Council Council member rejects Steve Ekberg said Grandview he’s confident the Comp Plan city will continue to amendment provide adequate services. 4A He should know: This is the 29th city budget Ekberg has dealt with in his six terms on the council. Of those budgets, this one is “by far the most difficult,” Ekberg said. Despite cuts, the 2010 budget is actually $2.8 million more than last year’s budget, thanks in part to a $2.3 million increase in capital expenditures. That increase is due in large part to the $15 million budgeted for the waste water treatment plant expansion and the sewer outfall extension, city finance director David Rodenbach said. Budgeted revenues will top $43.2 milPlease see Budget, page 10A

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All eyes are on the caskets of the four fallen Lakewood police officers last Tuesday as their flag-draped coffins are led onto the main floor of the Tacoma Dome.

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Mourners salute the procession of first-responder vehicles as they pass Interstate 5.

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Those involved in the memorial procession and service at the Tacoma Dome couldn’t imagine the support of people who joined in the grieving process. The procession alone brought out 370 different police, fire and emergency medical service agencies and their workers who drove through both Lakewood and Tacoma. Along the route, thousands of mourning citizens saluted the fallen officers and those involved in the procession. While many held homemade signs and large American flags, school children waved as an endless stream of first responders passed. A heavy security presence was both palpable and tangible as police officers walked K-9 German Shepherds and SWAT team members from many agencies were dressed in full gear and held assault rifles. Included in the sobering procession was Gig Harbor Police Chief Mike Davis, six patrol cars and Gig Harbor police officers. It was a procession that neither Davis nor his officers had ever experienced before, and they don’t want to relive it. The stop-and-go nature of the procession provided Davis time to get a look at the people who packed the sidewalks and overpasses along the route. “I couldn’t help but be overcome by the despair I saw on everybody’s faces throughout the day,” Davis said. “From the thousands of citizens lining the procession route standing at attention in sub-zero temperatures, waving American flags, to the officers from law enforcement departments throughout the country standing tall, working the intersections for over two hours.” Those faces seemed as much apologetic as grief-stricken. For a moment, gone was the pub-

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lic’s concern with petty traffic tickets. All the worry had manifested as concern for public safety officers. “This experience underscores the importance of continuing to build partnerships between police and community,” Davis said. “The outpouring of support all of us in law enforcement received this past week has provided some solace that we are not in this alone. “Knowing our communities are behind us, watching our backs, has been a source of inspiration and comfort. I believe we will all emerge stronger as a result.” And as the Forza Coffee shop reopened on Saturday and officers across the nation return to duty, a looming question remained: What next? With a swelling of support for law enforcement and the circumstances of suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons’ history, Davis said changes are needed to make sure a procession of this magnitude never happens again. Just weeks earlier, in a separate incident on Oct. 31, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed while he was on duty. “The senseless executions of our five Washington State officers (including Brenton) must serve as the perfect storm to initiate changes that may prevent something like this from happening again,” Davis said. “In a time when budgets are being balanced by closing jails, releasing inmates early, cutting probation services, slashing mental heath services and laying off police officers, we must consider the potential consequences of these actions. “To do anything less will render the murder of our four Lakewood officers as truly senseless,” he said.

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Local legislators have had about a week to digest Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed supplemental budget, and none of them are completely happy with her plan. The supplemental budget, which would balance a $2.6 billion shortfall for the 2009-11 biennium, outlines heavy cuts in health, human services and education — and that doesn’t sit well with 26th District state Reps. Jan Angel, Larry Seaquist or Sen. Derek Kilmer. Angel, R-Port Orchard, said Gregoire’s proposed budget is setting the stage for increased taxes and fees to plug the hole. “The governor’s budget has met the Constitutional obligation, but it is far from a budget that concerns so many of Please see Concerns, page 12A

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Fox Island revolver shooter lands third in international competition James Austin patents an idea for reloading more quickly MARQUES HUNTER


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ames Austin of Fox Island would have a leg up if he could travel back to the Old West. Austin, 44, has been a gun enthusiast for nearly 15 years. His collection of pistols is more extensive than most people’s DVD library.

Austin practices about three times a week — at least once at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club. He believes he’s the best shooter the club has. Austin is backing it up, too: He placed third in his division last month at the Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship hosted by the International Confederation of Revolver Enthsuisats. He wound up 17th out of 209 competitors on a 12-stage course. His also placed third last

year during the event put on by ICORE, but he closed the gap between the first- and second-place winners last month. “I just have a drive to work hard,” Austin said. “I guess you could say I developed the talent that way.” There is more to shooting iron and paper targets for Austin, though. For the past 1 1/2 years, he’s been toying with a vision he’s had for enhancing the manual process of inserting an eight-shot moon clip into his revolver.

Without looking, he sometimes reached for a new clip and came up empty. It’s a common mental slip that many shooters make, but Austin wanted to find a way to get around it. So he went to his gun lab upstairs — the place where he tunes his own ammo, gun and trigger work — and he wound up patenting an idea. It’s called the moon clip server, and it’s a spring-action belt clip that allows the shooter to grab from the same location each time. “I get the same reload every time,” Austin said. Austin is certain his innovative idea has helped him: At a normal match, he believes it has shaved at least six seconds from his finish, and that equates to about 2 percent of his final score. “It added a whole new twist to competitive shooting,” he said. His wife Melissa is into gardening, but Austin’s hobby lies in metal pieces that make loud noises. A self-employed bulldozer operator for 19 years, Austin doesn’t wear cowboy boots, but he does wear the hat.

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James Austin of Fox Island keeps a steady grip on his .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver outside his home. Austin recently placed third at the Smith & Wesson International Revolver Championship in San Luis Obispo, Calif. looking forward to more compeAlthough he’s fond of taking At his most recent competition, Austin used a revolver to tition down the road. It’s a hobby outdoor trips that include hunting, it’s the competition against shoot a target that was 50 yards that keeps him busy around his other men and women that exaway. The distance is so far that house and around others who share the uncommon interest. cites him the most. Austin is one he must rely on his recoil to de“I’m not that talented of a termine if he was on target. of the few who toy with a device shooter,” Austin said. “I have a Even when he’s not at the that hasn’t changed much since the turn of the century. He comrange unloading 300-500 rounds, drive to complete something. pares his craft to golf, in that you he’s dumping dry rounds upstairs Based on that, I’ve become skilled by practicing and practicmust become skilled at a number in his gun bar. And what video game lies on top of a stack of ing.” of different types of equipment. “It’s the same feeling,” Austin other Xbox games? “Red Dead said, comparing gun-shooting Revolver.” Sports reporter Marques Hunter can be with more common sports. “It’s The biggest matches are done reached at 253-853-9246 or by e-mail at for the year, but Austin said he’s just as much of a sport.”

GH High school teacher wins her first sprint triathlon race Swimmers, cross country runners help with motivation MARQUES HUNTER of the Gateway

When Gig Harbor marine biology teacher JoAnn Moore decided to compete in her first triathlon, she didn’t have to look far for advice. Moore, who has been a teacher for 30 years, turned to her students and high school coaching staff, including her daughter, Colleen Sullivan, for help. They came through more than she’d imagined. At the BuDu Women’s Racing triathlon last month at Five Mile Lake in Federal Way, Moore won her 50-54 age division with a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes. “I’ve always wanted to do one for many years,” Moore said. “It’s exciting to see that many people committed to that kind of training.” Sullivan, who is a sophomore swimmer at Gig Harbor High School, helped motivate Moore to begin training for a triathlon. Sullivan advanced to the Class 4A state meet last fall and competed

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Gig Harbor High School teacher JoAnn Moore, left, stands with her friends while she holds her first-place trophy for her performance in the BuDu sprint triathlon race at Five Mile Lake in Federal Way. It was Moore’s first triathlon but not her last. She plans to do another one in Seattle later this summer. in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle events. “She’s an inspiration to me,” Moore said about her daughter’s rigorous swim workouts. “She works her tail off.” Moore began by taking group triathlon and spinning classes at the Gig Harbor YMCA. A few high school cross country runners gave her ideas for training. Gig Harbor Tides cross country coach Patty Ley even recommended different tips for speed work. “It was a real village effort,” Moore said. “Some of the kids were like, ‘You can do this.’ It was

great they were aware and supportive, as were my good friends and family.” After she marked her calendar and stuck to her workout routine, Moore was ready to start the race. She was a swimmer when she was in high school and college, so it wasn’t the water aspect she was worried about. It was the running. “I’m not really a land animal,” Moore said jokingly. “Running has always been my challenge.” The triathlon consisted of a quarter-mile swim, a 14-mile bicycle leg and a 5-kilometer run.

Moore said she didn’t want any of her friends or family to show up, because she didn’t know how she would finish. Moore won her division and had the 45th best individual time. She said she’s pumped for an upcoming race. “I’m excited I can do another one and improve,” she said. “The YMCA triathlon group has done more for people than they probably know.” Sports reporter Marques Hunter can be reached at 253-853-9246 or by e-mail at

Race: Team of three has strong desire to race across India. Maiti Nepal offers help, support, protection and “I’ve run with bulls, been in rehabilitation for Nepali girls car accidents, slept in the streets, and women who are victims of been ditched and robbed, but it various crimes, such as domestic has led to exhilaration, natural violence and neglect. springs in mango forests, goodAs for the relationship bewill ambassadors, magical tween the racers, Campbell said places in the middle of nowhere, the trip will be an extension of 10,000 feet above sea level and their friendship. They won’t necbelow it,” Acosta said. “The essarily compete to win. Rather, rickshaw breaking down is the they said they’re looking forward smallest of my worries, and I’m to the experience and the chariexcited about that. I find that table cause. there is no better way to get to “I’m confident the race will know a culture and a people go well between the three of than to get lost.” us, since we’re good friends,” It comes by no surprise that Campbell said. “I think we want Campbell and Acosta are good to spread the goodwill and hapfriends. Both value uncertainty, piness to people in India.” bizarreness and adventure in Aside from working on the life. Microsoft campus in Redmond, Campbell’s appetite for adven“I want to be a participant,” Acosta said. “I want the experiture racing continues to grow. He ence to be raw; otherwise, it is said it’s the traveling to various unreal. This is why I am going countries and continents that keeps his life free. to India with little knowledge of the roads, the vehicles I will be “I’ve always been interested traveling in, or the culture I will in computers,” he said. “But I’ve attempt to absorb.” tried to look for other things in The Rickshaw Run is one of life for satisfaction. It’s the thing I five renowned adventure races do to augment my life when I’m not at work.” conducted by Adventures for Development, a British orgaCampbell’s desire for an adnization that began its efforts venture may have been inherwhen it hosted a race in Mongo- ited: His father was a scientist lia that spanned 10,000 miles. who worked in the arctic and Campell and his friends said Antarctica. His older brother has kayaked to Alaska. the September race filled up in less than 15 seconds. Campbell “I guess you could say it’s a said he woke up at 5 a.m. in orfamily thing, but I’ve definitely der to register his team. He plans found my own enjoyment,” he said. to arrive in Goa a week early to Their team, dubbed the check for potential problems Karma Payment Plan, is schedthey might encounter with the rickshaw. uled to begin the race Sept. 12 “I’ve made some good friends with an expected finish date on in India, and they will help teach Sept. 25 in Pokhara, Nepal. Campbell, who holds a degree me how to drive ahead of time,” in computer science from the Campbell said. The race is expected raise University of Toulouse in France, more than $100,000 for two is intrigued by more than just charities, the Frank Water Projmodern technology. He devoted himself to helping children in ects and the Maiti Nepal. The Frank Water Project funds imple- India as a coordinator for World Camp for Kids last summer. ments community clean water from page 1B

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Quick start tennis for kids at Hales Pass this summer

PenMet Parks, the Peninsula Athletic Association and the Fox Island Tennis Association will offer quick start tennis for youths ages 4-7 on Wednesdays form 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon at Hales Pass in Arletta. Four-week sessions are planned during the summer. The cost is $45. For more information or to register, call PAA at 253-858-7678 or PenMet Parks at 253-858-3400.

Doubles, social tennis set for weeknights this summer

PenMet Parks, the Peninsula Athletic Association and the Fox Island Tennis Association will offer an adult tennis and social gathering on weeknights this summer. Women will play from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and men’s social doubles will take place from 6

to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The cost is $45 for each fourweek session. Balls are provided. For more information or to register, call PAA at 253-858-7678 or PenMet Parks at 253-858-3400.

Gig Harbor Boys & Girls Club camps this month

The Cheney Family Boys & Girls Club will host a summer camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6-31 at Discovery Elementary School, 4905 Rosedale St. in Gig Harbor. The cost is $90 per week; $60 for those who qualify for reduced lunch; $30 for those who qualify for free lunch. The HOPE Center Boys & Girls Club will open in September. To submit a Sports Brief, send an e-mail to, send a fax to 253-851-3939 or call 853-9246 on or before the Friday prior to publication. Sports Briefs are published on a space available basis.



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Tasha was a handful for Simpson in the beginning, but with patience and commitment, the two became fast friends.

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hen Tavia Simpson first met Tasha, she had no idea that this spirited, mischievous horse would take her all the way to the 4-H Nationals in Kentucky.

“She was wild,” Simpson said of the dark bay Arabian Thoroughbred. “And huge. She was totally untrained and had barely been ridden. The people who had her before kept her as a pet and she was allowed to run free. But she has a great personality and she’s very sweet.” The story of the Gig Harbor High School senior and Tasha is one of pure patience, perseverance and the special bond that can develop between a human and a horse. Last month, Simpson competed with Tasha at the Western Washington State fair in Puyallup. She placed first with her Equine Public Presentation and will represent Washington state at the 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY. Simpson’s mother, Sherry Stump, bought the horse for pleasure riding, but soon found that she was too much to handle. Stump comes from an equestrian background — her parents were involved in the thoroughbred racing industry. Nevertheless, Stump admits that years of city living made her “green” again when it came to dealing with difficult animals. When she had had enough of being battered and bruised, she let her daughter tackle the horse as a 4-H project. “It was either that or I was going to sell her,” Stump said. “I just didn’t have time for all that.” When the wayward animal was paired with the energetic, ambitious teenager, she found a kindred spirit. Simpson is finishing high school

while enrolled full time in the Running Start program at Tacoma Community College in Gig Harbor. She is involved with 4-H and knows exactly where she wants to go in life. “That’s why we get along so well,” Simpson said of her horse. “She’s busy and she doesn’t like to stay still. We figured each other out, like our body language. We’re totally in tune with each other.” Not that the journey was easy. Simpson suffered two broken ribs and injured her back before bringing her case to a higher authority. Her 4-H leader told her she had to spend at least two hours a day with the horse. She took that to heart and put everything she had into it. Working with the silent, strong animal was therapeutic. “When she’s stressed out she spends time with Tasha,” her mother said. The horse came to the family with the name “Pepsi.” “We don’t like to change animals’ names,” Stump said. “But she didn’t look like a Pepsi.” If it’s true that it’s all in a name, Tasha was transformed from a bubbly, sugar-injected drink marketed toward a youthful generation into something more sophisticated. “It was a slow process,” Simpson said. “It was all about winning the small battles. But when I started working with her every day she began to turn around. She’s awesome now and her cues are perfect.” The two eventually became so in sync, they went on to compete in

Simpson lives with a menagerie of animals including horses goats, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs at Treasure Trove Farm in Gig Harbor.

Simpson’s goats place at fair Tavia Simpson also showed her two goats, Teagan and Tribute, at the Puyallup Fair. Teagan was named Best Nigerian Dwarf in Washington State.

county shows. “When I’m riding I can tell what she’s going to do five steps before she does it,” Simpson said. “It’s so nice to be that in tune with someone.” The two ended up competing at the state level in Puyallup and Tasha showed just what she was made of in the barrel racing, keyhole and figure eight competitions. She struck a pretty picture for the judges. “She cleans up well,” Simpson said. “And she dropped a second in every show.”

The teenager explained that state fair competition is based on a point system and that even a fraction of a second faster in races can make a big difference. Only seven students from Pierce County made it to the state level. It was Simpson’s equine presentation that put her over the top. She gave a speech on equine infectious anemia, EIA, also called swamp fever. “It’s related to the HIV/AIDs virus and goats can get it as well,” she said. “I just want to spread the word about this. Everyone can help and do what they can to keep it from spreading.” She will be giving this same presentation in Kentucky and has also had the opportunity to practice the speech again in front of her 4-H members. She said she’s not particularly nervous about giving the presentation. “I’m just going to go with it,” she said. “This is something I really like doing, talking to people.”

“The 4-H puts a high level of importance on education,” Stump said. “That’s what they shoot for. They can utilize the skills they learned here in other parts of their life.” Simpson studied under an internship with Dr. Larry Castle at the Deschutes Animal Clinic. She plans to go into human medicine for job security reasons, but said her long-time goal, not surprisingly, is to be an equine veterinarian. Simpson is not sure where the presentation in Kentucky will lead, but hopes college recruiters will be on hand to take notice of her talents. But whatever happens down the road, she will be able to look back at how she got there —with patience, commitment, love and the help of a special friend. Reach Lifestyles Coordinator and reporter Susan Schell at 253-853-9240 or by e-mail at

Second baseman uses consistency to help Seahawks Senior looks forward to playing junior college ball MARQUES HUNTER of the Gateway

Although the Peninsula Seahawks baseball team has struggled in a new league this season, senior Chris Burk has been consistent in the field and at the plate. Burk, a second baseman, has a career-high five home runs this season. As a junior, he was named to the all-Olympic League first team. Peninsula coach Marco Malich said Burk has a good shot at making the Class 3A South Puget Sound League’s best this season. “I think it (Burk’s game) has been outstanding,” Malich said. “He always makes the plays out there.” Even though Peninsula (4-15 overall, 3-12 league) quickly fell to the bottom of the SPSL 3A, some of the team’s high points have been influenced by Burk. Against Clover Park earlier this season, Burk hit a walk-off grand slam. He finished the game 3-for-3 with six RBIs. “My hitting has improved,” Burk said. “For a little guy, I’ve got five home runs, which is huge for me.” Burk has one of the best batting averages (.500) on the team and has struck out just seven times this season. Defensively, he’s committed just five errors. “Yeah, we’re disappointed that we’re losing, but it happens,” Burk said. “We’re just making the season as fun as possible.”

Burk believes the team has the tools to win, but he said they haven’t been able to consistently put it all together. “Days we had good pitching, we don’t hit or field,” he said. “And when we hit, we give up a big inning.” Despite the rough season, Burk said he’s excited about his future in baseball. He’s been offered a partial scholarship to play at Central Arizona Junior College, one of the better small-college programs in the country. “I’m excited,” Burk said. “It’s warm. Me and Matt (Brown) are going down there, and we’re going to be roommates.” Brown, a budding talent at shortstop, is Peninsula’s biggest power hitter with nine home runs. Burk hits in the No. 2 hole and Brown hits behind him at No. 3. Burk said going to college with a familiar face will be an added bonus. “It’s cool because I will already know someone,” he said. “It’s easier to play with someone you already know.”

Playing ball on the KP Burk was 9 when he played his first baseball game. He remembers being the pitcher during the team’s first practice and hurling the ball clear over the backstop. His cousins, Cody and Craig Oslin, helped tame his enthusiasm for the sport. Soon after, he began to make steady improvements throughout grade school. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior continues to play for the Gig Harbor Narrows select baseball team during the offseason.

Chris Burk’s file Hits: Home runs: Batting average: RBIs: Doubles: Triples: Walks: Strikeouts: Stolen bases: Errors:

26 5 .500 21 4 1 17 7 11 5

Keeping youth involved with baseball For the past five years, Burk has worked with youth at the Gig Harbor Baseball Academy in Gig Harbor. While there, he helps kids with their swing and overall game. Burk believes it’s important to give back to the community that helped him succeed in baseball. “If it wasn’t for someone older, like my cousins, then I wouldn’t be playing baseball,” Burk said. “Me helping the younger kids is getting them involved so they can make that decision when they get to high school, and they can do what they want to do.” Burk wants to stay involved with sports even after college. He said he’s interested in pursuing a degree in sports training. “I like baseball so much that I want to do it the rest of my life,” he said.

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Sisters: Both are headed to districts

course. She said Alisha is quiet and has a tendency to be hard on preparatory classes. herself. “Golf is something you can But having been to state before, pursue your whole life,” Alisha Alisha said she knows it’s all about said. “You can keep playing as you who shows up with the better get older. Perfection is unattaingame. able, and there’s always room to She has a 3.8 grade-point average and is planning to attend improve.” Waseda University in Japan to Alisha’s interest began to soar — like a golf ball does from a tee study international relations. She’s also a member of the Gig Harbor into the blue sky — when her Meistersingers. family got her involved at the Gig Harbor Golf Course during Christie Drumm her middle school years. She adWhile one prepares to graduate, vanced to the state tournament the other is beginning to settle in. during her freshman and junior Tides freshman Christie years, but she has yet to make the cut. Drumm is already the team’s most consistent golfer, according to her “I would love to qualify for average during the regular season. state,” Alisha said. “I’m definitely She said she didn’t expect to going to try my best to make it to qualify for the district tournament state the second day.” at the beginning of the season, The girls 4A state golf tournabut she has plenty of experience. ment is scheduled for later this month at Sun Willows Golf Course Christie has competed in a number of Northwest Junior Golf tourin Pasco. Barnett said the sisters’ person- naments, which have prepared alities are very different on the her for high school golf. from page 1B

“I always try to beat my older sister so I can tell my parents,” Christie said jokingly. “It’s only competitive when we look at each other’s scorecard at the end.” Both sisters are bilingual. Their father is white and their mother is Japanese. The Drumms have sustained the Japanese culture in their house with ethnic foods and interior décor. Their mother speaks Japanese with them, which helps them keep their fluency. “Our mom brought a lot of the (Japanese) culture to America,” Alisha said. Both are proud to represent two different countries which have two different sets of customs. Christie said it’s important to finish the regular season strong, so she can feel confident going into the district tournament. “My dad just got me hooked (on golf),” Christie said. “Every round is difficult, and you can always improve. There are new challenges and courses to travel to.”

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Peninsula senior second baseman Chris Burk has committed just five errors and has a career-high five home runs this season. He has a partial scholarship to play at Central Arizona Junior College next year with his teammate Matt Brown. game of the season last Thursday, Peninsula senior Jake Ross threw a complete game, but the Seahawks lost to Franklin Pierce 3-0. The Seahawks left 11 men on

base, and they weren’t able to string together clutch hits with the bases loaded twice in the first two innings. Peninsula senior Matt Brown

lead the team at the plate, batting 2-for-4 with a double. Franklin Pierce’s Johnny Deck recorded a complete game shutout.

DISTRICT TRACK: Peninsula girls take relay title; state this weekend/SPORTS

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Pierce County public officials up for reelection — and those who wish to challenge them — are getting ready to make their decisions on filing for office. Candidates can file June 1-5 through the Pierce County Auditor. Gig Harbor Mayor Chuck Hunter announced earlier this year that he would seek re-election. He said his main motivation is to keep the identity of Gig Harbor intact. “We need to maintain the character of Gig Harbor,” Hunter said. “I don’t believe people want us to become a Kirkland with big buildings and a reduced connection to the beautiful setting we have, (with) water, mountains and trees.” Hunter wants to see a steady flow of building projects to help spur the economy, and to continue an aggressive pursuit of grant funding. The four-year terms of four Gig Harbor City Council members expire this year. They include Tim Payne (Position 1), Steve Ekberg (Position 2), Derek Young (Position 3) and Paul Kadzik (Position 7). Council members Ekberg, Young and Kadzik all said they plan to file for re-elecPlease see Candidates, page 7A

How to file for office Individuals who are interested in filing for public office must file between June 1-5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Elections Center, 2501 S. 35th St., Suite C, in Tacoma. A packet of documents and filing papers will be provided on site. There is no fee for most public office candidacies, with exception of city mayor and council positions. For the City of Gig Harbor, the mayor application fee is $110.76, and the city council fee is $30.48.

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Navy Seaman Sharla Bustamonte retires the flag last Wednesday afternoon at the dedication of Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park in Gig Harbor.

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The Peninsula School District held a community forum last Wednesday at Henderson Bay High school to address the projected $5.24 million budget deficit for the 2009-10 school year. District Superintendent Terry Bouck and Deputy Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto provided their proposed budget cuts and fielded questions from more than 30 people who attended the forum. Cuzzetto said a projected enrollment figure that’s less than this year and a huge cut in state funding are the two main reasons for the deficit. “It’s difficult times,” Cuzzetto said. “We’ve not seen times like this before.” Enrollment in the district is expected to create a $2.1 million deficit with 300 fewer students anticipated to enroll. A majority of Please see PSD, page 14A

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enneth Leo Marvin might have been embarrassed with all of the hoopla surrounding Wednesday’s short dedication ceremony held in his honor. The nearly lifelong Gig Harbor resident, businessman, husband, father, grandfather, World War II veteran and prisoner of war represented the ideals Americans picture when they define greatness. The smell of freshly cut grass was in the air and the brand-new kids play set was fresh and welcoming at the new park, named after the late Kenneth Leo Marvin, a decorated U.S. Marine. The park, located at 4990 34th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor, gave an air of purpose and honor. It will host youth baseball and soccer games as well as a covered picnic area with tables, plus trails and open space. Marvin rose to the occasion during WWII as part of what is now referred to as the “Greatest Generation.” A child of the depression, he appreciated the value of hard work and the smaller things that many take for granted.

“To us, he was a champion because he fought for what he believed in,” said Konnie Serka, one of Marvin’s five daughters. “He was our hero because he instilled in us his love, honor and respect for his country.” Born June 21, 1921, in Havre, Mont., Marvin was the youngest of six children. His family, including two brothers and three sisters, moved to the Glenwood area near Horseshoe Lake when he was 3. Marvin graduated from Gig Harbor Union High School, where Harbor Ridge Middle School is now located. After a short summer-long stint in the Na-

Seamen Paul Wilson and Sharla Bustamonte, from Naval Hospital Bremerton, fold the American flag during the opening ceremony at the Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park in Gig Harbor.

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The color guard from Naval Hospital Bremerton performs the presentation of the colors last week at Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park. tional Guard — he served in Alaska and worked on railroad projects — Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was sent first to Hawaii, then to Wake Island in the Pacific prior to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Marvin was captured by the Japanese during the December 1941 attacks and spent nearly four years as a prisoner of war in China and Japan, where he remained until he was freed months after the war came to an end. Marvin had it rough. He spent 12 days aboard a hospital ship that took him to Guam, where he was treated for injuries and malnutrition. From Guam, he was transferred to San Francisco, then back to the Gig Harbor area, where he met his soon-to-be wife, Fern, at the gas station for which she worked. They married in June 1946. Marvin’s daughters recalled a story about how their dad borrowed $5 from Fern that was needed for the marriage license. The couple eventually settled in a home that stands today on Murphy Drive NW in Gig Harbor. Marvin jokingly numbered the five daughters he and Fern had together: Konnie Serka, Becky Iverson, Pam Marvin, Mary Jo Marvin

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A Gig Harbor neighborhood lent a helping hand to out-of-town officers who needed a place to stay in order to attend Tuesday’s memorial for the four fallen Lakewood officers at the Tacoma Dome. Don Krump, a Gig Harbor resident and father of an Oakland police officer, organized the Divine Estates community to house, feed and provide transportation for 11 Oakland Police Officers who attended the memorial. Krump even offered to help with airfare cost, if the need arose. “A lot of these officers that want to come up wouldn’t have had the means to do it without us furnishing some support of a place to stay and food to eat and that sort of thing,” Krump said moments before his first trip to Sea-Tac International Airport on Monday. Four homes at Divine Estates housed Oakland officers both Monday and Tuesday. One homeowner was Bob Satterthwaite. He said the support he’s provided was only a fraction of what law enforcement officers provide to the public every day. “We support the police officers that are doing their job,” he said. “It’s just a very small token of appreciation that can be shown.” Krump spent most of Monday shuttling Oakland officers from the airport to volunteers’ homes. Agnus Dei Lutheran Church also provided its 12-passenger van to shuttle the officers to and from the Tacoma Dome. Krump said as many as 100 Oakland officers were expected to be on hand for Tuesday’s memorial service. The idea to help Oakland officers began the moment Krump called his daughter, Officer Jennifer Krump, the day of the Lakewood shooting. “I contacted her as soon as we heard of the tragedy and what the memorial service arrangements were going to be,” Krump said. “As soon as we found out, she said she’d try to get as many people to come as possible.” A similar tragedy struck the Oakland Police Department last March when four officers there were shot and killed in two related incidents. Opening his and fellow neighbors’ homes is part reciprocity, part tribune to those who have died in the line of duty,” Krump said. “We’re all coming together for this,” Krump said.

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The citizen group charged with giving recommendations to the state on new Narrows bridge tolls voted Dec. 1 to keep electronic rates the same and raise cash rates for the next fiscal year. In a 6-1 vote, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Citizen Advisory Committee recommended a scenario that would freeze the burden on drivers who use Good to Go! transponders at $2.75 rate and increase the cash rate to $5. The meet ing was held at “People who the Gig Harbor Civic Center and live here are included comments from state essentially of trapped into Department Transportation toll pay.” officials, a Transportation ComTed Hilliard, mission member member of the and the Assistant Citizen Advisory Attorney General. Commission The recommendation will  go to the state Transportation Commission, which has final authority for any rate set for July 1, 2010. If the recommendation is adopted, it should increase transponder use and be a reward for current transponder users, said Jim Pasin, the committee member who brought the adoption motion to vote. “If they come here enough, they’ll get a transponder,” Pasin said. Nearly 70 percent of bridge traffic uses the electronic lanes, which are 57 cents cheaper per transaction to operate than cash tolls, according to WSDOT. WSDOT figures also show the recommended scenario will leave $4.71 million in the ending balance for 2011, a 9.3 percent debt reserve and 74.6 perPlease see Tolls, page 14A

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Community vigil Gig Harbor Police Chief Mike Davis gives an emotional speech to hundreds of supporters during a community vigil on Friday at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. Hundreds of people gathered to honor the four Lakewood police officers who were killed Nov. 29 in Parkland. For more photos, turn to page 3A.

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Gig Harbor High School junior Teddy Weaver competes in a sailing race. Weaver won a regional regatta at the Columbia Gorge and placed 15th nationally in late October in Corpus Christi, Texas.


ig Harbor High School junior Teddy Weaver isn’t a mind reader. He specializes in reading water. The 16-year-old has a natural talent for predicting puffs of wind and knowing how it will affect tidal

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qualify for the national regatta, but it was Weaver who came out victorious. His performance pitted him against 18 of the best high school sailors in the laser radial division, a popular small sailing dinghy built with a shorter mast and reduced sail area, allowing light sailors to sail in heavier winds, according to Weaver was invited to compete with the top sailors in the country for the Interscholastic Sailing Association Single Handed Championship at the Corpus

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Noise walls try to nip new bridge’s ‘zip’ Final readings still being processed, WSDOT expert says NATE HULINGS of the Gateway

If you’ve driven over the new Narrows Bridge, you’re probably all too familiar with the zipping sound of its expansion joints. And after hearing multiple complaints from those who live close to the bridge, the Washington State Department of Transportation began work earlier this

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year on a $1 million installation of four noise walls intended to help absorb noise from the expansion joints, which help roads and bridges safely absorb temperature changes. The project, which had been delayed because of cool weather, is now complete. But the question remains: Do the walls work? Results that determine the extent of the walls’ success will take time, said Tim Sexton, WSDOT air, acoustics and energy policy manager. Sexton took sound level readings before the noise walls were in place to gauge initial levels. Those tested at 67 decibels, well within acceptable levels, WSDOT said. Sexton then took readings after the

concrete additions were added but prior to the installation of sound-absorbing material was in place. The four walls, each about 100 feet long and 8 to 10 feet high, are covered in SoundsSorb, a material used in many freeway sound walls and near train rails. Just last week, Sexton took a final reading after the project was wrapped up. He admitted targeting the “zip” sound was difficult. “It’s really difficult, because some of the frequencies overlap,” Sexton said. “Some traffic sounds are the same frequency of joints.” Sexton’s job during the next few weeks Please see Noise, page 11A

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New sound walls are designed to reduce the “zip” of the bridge’s expansion joints. The walls use SoundSorb, a noise-reducing material.

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Ask Steve Misiurak, Gig Harbor city engineer, how important upgrades at the wastewater treatment plan are, and he’ll be frank. “It’s huge,” he said. Construction at the wastewater treatment plant is on schedule and under budget, but its impact on local development may be its greatest benefit. Misiurak The $10.88 million project, which is scheduled for a July 2010 completion date, will help relieve the de facto moratorium on sewer connections and building in Gig Harbor. “It (the new additions) will allow additional connection to come into the city,” he said. At current levels, the wastewater treatment plant has reached its capacity, making it impossible for the city to release a large number of sewer connections. The city announced in June that about 100 equivalent residential units were available. Since such a small amount of sewer capacity was available, the city made all applicants pay an $8,500 fee once the project was deemed “shovel ready.” Please see Waste, page 11A

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This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival. Nearly 130 artists and craftsmen from throughout the Northwest participated in the event. There were many crafted items for sale, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glasswork and metalwork. For more photos, turn to page 3A and visit our online photo gallery at

Black bears spotted in Gig Harbor’s urban areas Officials: Sightings are common, attacks are not SUSAN SCHELL of the Gateway

Frank Peter had an unexpected encounter with nature in his driveway earlier this month. “It was right around the Fourth of July,” he said. “It was about 10 a.m. and I was taking Wally, our Shih Tzu, out for his morning walk down to the mailbox. He was running ahead, and halfway down the driveway, I looked up and there was a black bear in the middle of the driveway.”

Peter said the sight was such a surprise that it took a moment for him to register what it was. “At first, I thought it was a dog,” he said. “I thought to myself, ‘That black thing is too big to be a Newfoundland.’ “When I recognized it, I immediately picked up Wally and sprinted toward the front door.” The encounter was peaceful, leaving Peter just a little shook up. But he began to warn his neighbors of the sighting in order to alert them of the situation. He

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For more information on bears in the said he was concerned about the safety of city, call the Washington Department of neighborhood children. Fish and Wildlife at 360-902-2936 or visit “I felt like I needed to let the neighbors, click on “wildlfe sciknow,” he said. “One of them had found ence,” then “living with wildlife.” bear scat. Another neighbor had heard a For help with a problem bear, call the bear growling at her cat and took the cat state patrol dispatch’s 24-hour hotline at in — she said she had seen a bear.” 253-536-6210. Peter said another neighbor found a deer carcass that he thought had been killed by a bear or a cougar. Jeff Summit, Department of Fish and Biologists and wildlife officials say bear Wildlife enforcement officer for Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula, said his office sightings are a common occurrence this receives calls about bear sightings about time of year.

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every other day. “This is a very, very common perpetual occurrence in the springtime,” he said. “There is multiple bear sightings on the Peacock Hill and in the Crescent Lake area. It’s pretty darn neat to see it.” Summit said bears are typically very elusive and follow greenbelts through the area. Sightings are most common for residents who live among the greenbelts. Bears try to avoid areas populated with humans, but, as development increases and more green space is lost, it becomes difficult, Summit said.

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Aug. 26, 2009



FRIDAY — Bedtime Stories will play during the Aug. 28 Cinema Under the Stars at Volunteer Park. A canned food or monetary donation to the food bank will be appreciated.

The PenMet Parks District will host the second annual Family Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Goodman Middle School.


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SATURDAY — Take a relaxing ride along the Puget Sound to benefit Coalition: Humane and its mission to curb pet overpopulation. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Flotation Device.


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Tides emphasize team concept

Offense to spread field, defense looks to get after the ball

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Gig Harbor Tides head coach Darren McKay and the rest his coaching staff have their hands full. With more than 30 seniors graduating from a football team that reached the Class 4A state preliminary round last year, McKay will have the most inexperienced crew he’s coached since he came to Gig Harbor 10 years ago from Timberline High School in Lacey. Three players return on offense, and the defense has lost some size and strength. Yet, despite a number of challenges that includes a top-heavy schedule with five playoff-caliber football teams, the Gig Harbor football team plans to be in the mix for the Narrows League title. The Tides, who have been one of the top two teams in the Narrows for several years, have relied on their defense to keep them in close games. Last year, they finished third in the classification behind Skyline and Olympia for Gateway photo/Marques Hunter fewest points allowed. The football culture surround- Gig Harbor junior quarterback Troy Castle throws a pass during practice last week. Castle will be the starting slot receiver but also will be featured as a passer in the ing Gig Harbor’s history of success spread offense. keeps the players’ chins high, and they’ll travel to defending Nareryone we have some talent.” rows League champion Olympia McKay said that because the to open the season at 7 p.m. Sept. team doesn’t have a dynamic 4. quarterback or a speedy running Olympia reached the first round back, every player must do their of the state tournament last year job. before falling to another Narrows “For us to be successful, the League team, Central Kitsap. other 10 guys have to do their Although Gig Harbor will have job,” McKay said, acknowledga younger team than it has in the ing Jenkins will be an offensive past, the players aren’t complaintarget. A. Jenkins Schmitke C. Jenkins Harrison Castle ing about lack of experience. The Tides will continue to The Tides’ other weapon have stepped up and helped me run the spread-option offense, a Notre Dame and all but one PacOffense scheme that was implemented is senior quarterback Barrett figure things out.” 10 school. The team will feature junior Schmidtke and junior Troy Cas- last year. It’s up-style tempo that “It’s time for us to step up,” Jen- Schmidtke, who transferred from wide receiver Austin Seferian-Jen- kins said. “We’re putting in the Class 1A Life Christian Academy tle will share the quarterbacking uses no-huddle techniques and kins, a highly recruited 6-foot-7, work to be a good team.” in Tacoma. Schmidtke has thrown duties. Castle is more elusive and some playcalling at the line of 255-pounder who also will see Jenkins acknowledged it may be for more than 5,000 yards in his also will be featured as the Tides’ scrimmage. McKay said his coaching staff career and was third in the state slot receiver. time at tight end and outside line- tough this season. “We’re going to take it one game for most passing yards as a junior. “I’m very excited to show what feels more comfortable with a year backer. Seferian-Jenkins report“It’s a challenge,” Schmidtke we’ve got,” Castle said. “There are of experience under their belts. edly has verbal offers on the table at a time,” he said. “We have to from more than a dozen schools, keep working hard and try and said about the change in classifi- a lot of people doubting us. I’m cation. “The players around me looking forward to proving to evincluding Florida, Oklahoma, win every game.” Please see Tides, page 2B

champs: Olympia (Gig Harbor finished second at 8-1)  Captains: Trevor Harrison, Troy Castle, Barrett Schmidtke, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ethan Roberts.  Biggest upside: “Even though we are young, there is a winning tradition that the players are holding themselves to,” McKay said.  Prediction: “We will get better as our young players gain game experience,” McKay said. “There really is no substitute for that. Many played late in games last season, but Friday night is a lot different than Monday afternoon.”  Teams to watch: Central Kitsap, Olympia, Gig Harbor and South Kitsap.  Key losses: QB Chet Thompson; FS/WR Tanner Davis; LB Jim Dahl; RB Nico Youngren; LB Dalton Darmody; LB/RB Jeff Filmer; OL Nick Johnson; K Jay Ubben.  Top newcomers: Barrett Schmidtke, 6-2, 220, QB. Had nearly 5,000 passing yards the past two seasons at Life Christian in Tacoma; Jessy Leifi, 5-9, 290, NT. Solidifies the defensive line. Key returners  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, TE/DE. Has more than a dozen NCAA Division I offers, including Florida, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and nine Pac-10 schools with the exception of USC. Has made improvements in his strength and conditioning. Troy Castle, 5-10, 168, QB, WR, PR. Trevor Harrison, 6-1, 221, DE. Was the most consistent defensive lineman last season. Coleby Jenkins, 5-11, 188, LB. Traded off as a starter last season and is the only returner at the position. Corey Lovrovich, 6-0, 170, jr. Austin Clague, 5-10, 175, jr. Isaiah Bennett, 5-10, 165.

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The Peninsula High School football team has been chanting “Sumner” during its huddles already this fall. The Sumner Spartans happen to be Peninsula’s first opponent of the season, which begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Roy Anderson Field. The Seahawks entered the Class 3A South Puget Sound League last year with high expectations even though they had been competing in a combined 3A/2A Olympic League. Some thought they would sink among a host of tougher opponents. Instead, the Seahawks rose to the occasion, finishing second behind Lakes at 7-3 overall. Peninsula advanced to a state preliminary round playoff game before it was eliminated by Mount Si. Seahawks head coach Ross Filkins said that loss has left a bitter taste in their mouths. “They’re hungry,” Filkins said. “Last year we didn’t hit our ceiling, and that’s what we are trying to do this year.” The Seahawks graduated three

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League  Offensive coordinator/formation: Steve Levenseller/multi-pro  Defensive coordinator/formation: Joel Epstein/4-4  Returning starters: Six on offense, six on defense  Key losses: Brandon James, Jacob Pasion, John Breskovich and Tony Lewis.  Team strengths: Experience, team unity and stable coaching staff. Key returners Darrian Creamer, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, sr., LB/RB, SPSL MVP on defense and special teams. Christian Doucett, 6-1, 220, sr., DE/OL, SPSL 3A record 12 tackles for loss, first-team all-league DL. Jason Carlstrom, 5-11, 210, sr., OL/DL, second team all-league. Geoffrey Grant, 6-2, 180, sr., DB/WR, second team all-league. JR Grosshans, 6-4, 190, sr., QB, Oregon State University Camp MVP. Johnny Johnson, 5-8, 170, sr., WR/DB, 4.51 40-yard dash. Al Rasmussen, 5-11, 195, sr., RB/LB, top returning tackler. Chris Mose, 6-1, 250, sr., DL/OL, three-year starter.

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highly skilled offensive players. Brandon James led the SPSL 3A Division with 21 touchdowns and had a breakout performance

against Bonney Lake, when he ran for more than 200 yards and scored three times. Running back JD Devega and wide receiver Jacob Pasion were two others who made a strong impact last year, and starting safety Tony Lewis arguably had the biggest impact on defense. Still, Peninsula returns many seniors with varsity experience. “Because we have so many guys back, we’re just adding on to this point,” Filkins said.

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Peninsula High School varsity football holder Saul Wiles watches kicker Cole Madden put one through the uprights Monday during the team’s practice at Roy Anderson Field. Seahawks senior quarterback JR Grosshans will be calling many of the plays from the huddle and the line of scrimmage this year. Against Sumner last year, he went 10-for-16 passing for 280 yards and three touchdowns. “I like having the fate of the game in my hands,” Grosshans

said. “I’m really comfortable calling the plays at the line.” Peninsula may be undersized, but the Seahawks plan to use speed, agility and heart to overcome it. “We can’t do anything about how tall we are or anything like that,” Filkins said. “But what we

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Tides’ ace pushing through lack of run support Gig Harbor’s Schultz says adversity prepares him for the future

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ig Harbor Tides junior pitcher Scott Schultz’s win-loss record is misleading. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-hander is having the best season of his high school career, yet you wouldn’t know it by looking at his 1-4 mark.

Schultz has been Gig Harbor’s tough-luck pitcher, with outings that have been good enough to win nearly every time out. But the Tides haven’t been able to support his performances with many runs. Schultz has mirrored the season Felix Hernandez had last year with the Seattle Mariners when Hernandez went 9-11 with a 3.45 ERA. Through 30 1/3 innings, Schultz has surrendered just 15 hits. He’s fanned 44 and walked eight, and opponnents are batting just .138 against him. But he’s only won once. On April 6 against the Shelton Highclimbers, Schultz threw a no-hitter. But a lack of hitting and poor defense cost him the win, as the Tides lost 3-1. Two days later — with Schultz not slated as the starter — Gig Harbor’s bats connected for 10 runs to defeat Shelton, 17-6. “If you throw a game, you throw to win,” Schultz said. “It doesn’t matter how many runs you score. If you don’t win, it’s kind of disappointing.” As a sophomore last year, Schultz took a backseat to seniors Brandon Rohde and Bubba Brown

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Gig Harbor junior Scott Schultz grips the baseball as if he would throw his changeup. Although he hasn’t been able to win many games this season, he has the team’s best ERA at 1.15.

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Gig Harbor pitcher Scott Schultz warms up during practice. — two pitchers currently on NCAA Division I baseball rosters. This year, Schultz has stepped up as the team’s No. 1 pitcher by dominating the inside, throwing

about 84 mph and using what he calls a three-finger changeup that has late movement. “I also started throwing a slider last summer,” he said. “It backdoors to lefties and cuts inside to righties.” Schultz can overpower some hitters with his fastball. But against the better hitters, he likes to mix it up and keep them off-balance. “I’m very competitive,” he said. “My parents will say, ‘You played good,’ and I’ll say, ‘We lost. We didn’t play good enough.’ ” In a close game against Bellarmine Prep on March 27, Schultz

allowed just one run in seven innings in a 1-0 loss. “I’ve thought about some of those games, like I knew I could’ve done better in key situations,” Schultz said. “Against South (Kitsap), I dropped a couple of balls while covering first. I knew I could’ve done better.” Despite his record, Gig Harbor coach Pete Jansen said he feels confident that other teams will struggle at the plate when Schultz is on the mound. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the Narrows League,” Jansen said. “He’s extremely quiet and fo-

Last year, Gig Harbor needed to win just one game during the Narrows League tournament to advance to the West Central District 4A playoffs. But they lost two in a row, the last one to Bellarmine Prep, and Schultz surrendered the game-winning run. It’s an experience he believes will better prepare him if a similar situation happens this season. Gig Harbor (7-6 overall, 6-6 league) is in third place, a halfgame behind Shelton (7-6, 6-5). South Kitsap (11-3, 9-3) leads the Narrows Bridge Division. “It’d be big to be a two-seed because we’d only have to win one game,” Schultz said about the road to advance to the district playoffs. “I feel I could take that game and dominate it, knowing that we can make the playoffs.” During a recent league game, Schultz said one of the Seattle Mariners’ scouts saw him pitch and invited him to play in the statewide all-star game at Safeco Field. It’s an opportunity in which only select players get to compete. “It’s time for me to step up and play a big role and win some games,” Schultz said.

cused.” Schultz’s mechanics are unconventional with a downward, threequarters release. Jansen some hitters aren’t familiar with the look, which is almost sidearm. “I’ve just been mixing it up a lot,” Schultz said. “The changeup has really been dropping and getting a lot of ground balls and fisting a lot of people. It’s all been working out for me.” After the 10-0 victory against Foss last week, Schultz’s earned- Reach sports reporter Marques Hunter run average was one of the best in at 253-853-9246 or by e-mail at the league at 1.15.

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While the Key Peninsula’s rural setting is an ideal location for a racing competition, the stakes have risen this year. The 2009 West Side Omnium Road Race in Longbranch and Port Orchard kicks off this weekend. This year’s winner in the men’s and women’s top categories will receive an invitation to the Nature Valley Gran Prix, a national competition held in midJune in Minnesota. The qualifying event is one of six across the country, and one of two scored as an omnium. Nearly 400 racers are expected arrive in Longbranch and Port Orchard to compete for a state championship. In order to qualify for the Nature Valley Pro Race, cyclists must compete in both weekend races. The cyclist who earns the most points in Category 1 men and Category 1-2 women will qualify for the national race in Minneapolis. Gina Kavesh of Bellevue won last year’s Longbranch race in the masters category. “The reality is, most of our racing is rural,” Kavesh said. “Most of the residents are very supportive.”

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Gig Harbor’s Mike Barnett connects with the ball against the Foss Falcons last week. The Tides won 10-0 in five innings and have moved into third place in the Narrows League Bridge Division with a record of 9-6 overall, 7-6 in league.

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sition. He made a handful of plays without committing an error. “You want to help the guys out any way you can,” Walters said. “We’re beating teams we know we can beat. I just want to go to the playoffs.” He added that gaining momentum is important, even if it’s

against teams who have sub-par league records. Gig Harbor’s offense — between the first and fifth innings — hit eight fly balls to the outfield. But the Tides’ bats got hot again in the bottom of the fifth with two outs. Gig Harbor scored three runs, capped off with senior Nico Youngren’s single that scored Jordan

Pearson from first base.

Extra bases Gig Harbor senior Chet Thompson slightly injured his arm and was the designated hitter last week. Tides coach Pete Jansen said Thompson, who will play at the University of Portland next year, is day-to-day and could see some

action in the outfield against Lincoln this week. The victory over the Falcons completed a two-game sweep, as the Tides moved into third place in the Narrows League Bridge Division. In a non-league game Friday against River Ridge, Gig Harbor continued to hit the ball well, topping the Hawks 9-0.











Longbranch’s terrain has been a mainstay for bicycle races for the past 16 years. The two-day event features as many as 125 miles of road racing for the more competitive categories. Mick Walsch, 46, of Seattle said the Longbranch course is one of the longer races of the year. He won a state championship 10 years ago and said if he can place in the top 10 in the masters category, he’d be happy. “It’s great for Washington cycling,” Walsch said. “I’m going to try and get into the lead group and see how things develop.”

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 May 2 — Glenwood Road Race in Port Orchard (2009 State Senior Championship Road Race)  May 3 — Longbranch Classic Road Race on the Key Peninsula. There will be prize packages totaling $5,500. Participants may register the day of the event. Entry fees are $55 for the Omnium or $30 per race. Regisration opens at 7:30 a.m. One winner from the Category 1 men and Category 1-2 women will qualify for the Nature Valley Grand Prix, which will be held in mid-June in Minneapolis. To check the race schedule for each cycling category or more information, visit and click on Omnium Race Flyer.

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Cedric Bond, Katy Hill head to kayaking training camp

At the 2009 U.S. Junior World Championship kayaking trials last weekend in San Diego, Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayaking Racing Team members Cedric Bond and Katy Hill were named to the Lake Placid Junior World Camp. Cedric Bond — the No. 1 ranked junior in the country — placed first in the K2 500-meter race and first in the K2 1,000 with his partner, Luke Potts of Georgia. Bond also won the K1 500 and K1 1,000. Katy Hill placed first in the K2 500 final and first in the K2 1,000 final with teammate Giulia Anderson from Hawaii. Hill placed third in the K1 500 and 3rd in K1 1,000 finals. Zac Johnson and Scott Puckett placed sixth in the 1000, seventh in the 500. Johnson was fifth in the 500 K1 semi final. Abbie Barber Placed ninth in the 500 K1 final and sixth in the 1,000 K1 final.

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A peek at what’s happening in and around the peninsulas this week.

Sept. 30, 2009


The Fox Island Community and Recreation Association will host a monthly indoor market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Nichols Community Center, 690 9th Ave. Vendors and crafters are wanted. For more information, call Lise’ Ohlson at 253-549-2701 or e-mail


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The Tides will look to improve their Narrows League record when they face Mount Tahoma at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.


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Peninsula volleyball squad earns biggest win of season

Team battles back from 0-2 deficit to beat Capital MARQUES HUNTER of the Gateway

The Peninsula Seahawks’ volleyball match against the Capital Cougars last Thursday night had the look of reinforcing the Seahawks’ struggles of beating a quality opponent. After all, Peninsula (1-0 Class 3A South Puget Sound League, 43 overall) was 0-3 against aboveaverage teams and 3-0 against weaker ones. But even though the Seahawks dropped the first two games, they bounced back to win three straight

to earn their biggest win of the season over the Cougars (3-3). Peninsula senior Samantha Paswaters said the team struggled early on but knew they could pull it back together. “We went into this thinking Capital is going to be good, but we pulled through,” Paswaters said. “It gives us confidence that, if we’re up there with one of the top teams, then we can do good playing all the other teams in our league.” The Seahawks will look to bring the same intensity tonight in a league matchup against Lakes (14 overall) at 7:15 p.m. at Peninsula High School’s main gym. Against Capital, the Seahawks battled in the opening game but fell short, 27-25. Then the ship seemingly began to sink.


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Peninsula senior Jordan Stewart prepares to bump the volleyball against Capital last Thursday. She finished with 20 digs and helped her team win in five games.

Tides beat Lions, earn second Narrows League victory

Schmidtke throws 3 TDs; SeferianJenkins hauls in 100-plus receiving

It’s arguably the most important position, especially when you’re talking about high school football. What we’ll see are two senior quarterbacks who have been performing at high levels. Gig Harbor’s Barrett Schmidtke and Peninsula’s JR Grosshans are two qualified leaders. Both manage the game very well and want the ball in their hands during the critical moments of the game. Schmidtke has found his groove in the Tides’ spread attack. He’s your NFL version of a 6 Ben RoethlisMarques berger. He’s Hunter weighs 220 pounds, has a strong arm and rarely makes a mistake. Schmitdke has thrown nine touchdowns this season. Last Friday against Bellarmine, he threw for 195 yards without an interception — a key for the Tides. On a huge fourth down play, Schmidtke fired a strike to a receiver for a game-ending first down. A coaching staff that trusts its quarterback to throw on a fourth down during the biggest play of the night says a lot. And he’s not afraid to take a hit. Schmidtke may not be fast, but you have to respect the fact that he could take the ball up the middle on any given play in the spread formation. Grosshans, on the other hand, has demonstrated he’s a multi-purpose quarterback. His legs have become almost as big of a threat as his arm. Against Clover Park last week, he scored four touchdowns on the ground, including one for 64 yards. Grosshans can outrun most linebackers, and his throwing accuracy has improved. Above all, he’s shown the ability to read and react. Grosshans analyzes what the

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When the Gig Harbor Tides don’t turn the ball over, they are tough to beat. The Tides (2-2 Narrows League and overall) had one too many weapons and one too many sacks against the Bellarmine Prep Lions (1-2 league, 2-2 overall) last Friday night and squeaked out a 24-17 victory in Tacoma. The difference was the Lions’ first and perhaps only mistake of the game. Gig Harbor senior Coleby Jenkins intercepted Bellarmine senior quarterback Rick Miller with 3:08 remaining in the first quarter. And the Tides capitalized. Gig Harbor senior quarterback Barrett Schmidtke threw a 49yard touchdown to junior wide receiver Troy Castle, who caught the ball in stride and outran the Bellarmine Prep secondary for the game’s first score. On the ensuing possession, Miller regrouped and led the Lions on an eight-play drive, capped by his 1-yard TD plunge to even the game 7-7. Later in the game, Gig Harbor sophomore kicker Korey Durkee missed a 38-yard field goal,

How do Tides and Seahawks match up? hose who don’t plan to attend the 31st annual Fish Bowl between the Gig Harbor and Peninsula high school football teams on Friday are going to miss out. It’ll be a memorable game between two solid football programs that are gaining momentum in their respective leagues. I’m itching to see the gridiron action unfold at 7 p.m. at Roy Anderson Field. The matchups are enticing, so let’s dissect both teams:

Capital jumped out to a 16-8 lead in game two and scored nine out of the last 12 points to win 2511. It was as if the Seahawks forgot how to spike the ball. “I was going to sit them on the bench if they tipped,” Peninsula head coach Ann Lovrovich said, referring to the team’s inability to strike the ball with force. “We weren’t going to tip anymore.” With three girls on the front line who average 6 feet tall, the Seahawks began to drop the hammer. Peninsula senior Kayla Erickson recorded a team-high 15 kills, and teammates Olivia Gallucci and Natalie Brundage also recorded double-digit kills. The trio comPlease see Volleyball, page 3B

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The Gig Harbor Tides’ defense sacked Bellarmine Prep quarterback Rick Miller six times and forced an interception in a 24-17 Narrows League victory in Tacoma. but the Lions were penalized for roughing the kicker. Penalties played a role in the final outcome. Two plays later, Schmidtke — who completed 15 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns — simply threw the ball up for

junior wide receiver/tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, whose 6-foot-7 frame was no match for the Lions’ secondary. Seferian-Jenkins jumped to catch the 10-yard pass in the end zone and gave his team a 14-7 lead.

Schmidtke said not turning the ball over has been a big reason to the Tides’ success in the past two weeks. “I’ve settled in a lot better,” he said. “I feel like I’ve adjusted (to Class 4A) now.” But the Lions didn’t surrender.

Although Miller was constantly pressured by the Tides’ defense — Gig Harbor sacked him six times — he scored his second rushing touchdown of the game and tied it 17-17 with 11:29 remaining in Please see Football, page 2B

Peninsula golfers young but experienced Leadership should get teams in top tier of SPSL 3A Division MARQUES HUNTER of the Gateway

Gateway photo/Lee Giles III

The Peninsula boys and girls golf teams are off to good start in the regular season. The Seahawks boys are 4-0 overall record and knocked off defending league opponent Enumclaw 89-86 this week. The girls have won all but one match.

The Peninsula Seahawks golf team has an interesting mix of boys and girls this season. They all gathered two weeks ago at Performance Golf Center in Gig Harbor and played a friendly match of putt-putt. Peninsula senior Anna Heacox and freshman Charlie Peckinpaugh won by putting a 2-over par. They took home gift certificates to Dairy Queen. It’s about the only sport where Peninsula head coach Larry Gilhuly can reward his top athletes with delicious ice cream. And like the treat, the Seahawks golf team is off to another sweet start in the Class 3A South Puget

Sound League. Peninsula’s boys and girls teams are both off to a combined 7-1 record after wins against North Thurston, White River and Bonney Lake. The boys beat Enumclaw — last year’s league champion — 89-86 on Tuesday at Canterwood Golf & Country Club.

Boys The Peninsula boys had an impressive performance last year at the West Central District tournament at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place. Four Seahawks advanced to the state tournament, plus one alternate, and Peninsula wound up placing 12th at state. Although the team graduated two of those state participants, Gilhuly said this year’s team may be just as good, if not better. “I think we’re a little deeper from top to bottom,” Gilhuly said. Please see Golf, page 2B

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Salmon Bake The Fish Bowl wouldn’t be the same without the traditional pregame salmon bake. The Gig Harbor Fisherman’s Club will cook baked salmon, rice, salad, French bread and add your choice of milk, pop, water or coffee. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until game time. Game tickets also will be available for sale at the dinner. The dinner also will be served to go for those who want to get to their seats and eat. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for kids younger than 12 and free for children younger than 5. All proceeds go to the fisherman’s club scholarship fund for Peninsula, Gig Harbor and Henderson Bay high schools.

Photographer of the Year  
Photographer of the Year  

Lee Giles III, staff photographer for The Peninsula Gateway of Gig Harbor, Wash.