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December 2, 2013

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Men’s Raiders basketball team ready to roll

Seahawks comeback

Despite many successes, northwest and Seattle sports team remain under the national radar Justin Harmon Staff Writer What many people around the nation believe about the greater Seattle area, our sports teams have long gone under radar despite the success from many of our professional sports teams. Our since departed Seattle Supersonics were two games away from the NBA Championship in 1996. The Seattle Storms won two Championships, and even though the Seattle Mariners sink further and further into the abyss, many Mariner faithful’s can still see images of Ken Griffey’s patented home run swing, as he calmly used to trot around the bases sending many in the Kingdom into a frenzy. However, the fact that many of those teams have already accomplished more than what the 2013 Seattle Seahawks have up to this point, no team in Washington’s sports history has built this sort of buzz and captured the hearts of the public quite like this years Seahawks team. Not even the 2005 team [that might have won Super Bowl 40, if not for several blown calls from the referees] could compete with the popularity of this year’s team. Thanks to a ferocious defense that feeds off the deafening noise coming from Century Link Field, as well as Quarterback Russell Wilson, who has developed into one of the best young quarterbacks in the game, they continue to get better. The Seahawks have sprinted to a 10-1 record that now stands as the best mark in the NFL. If things stay that way they just might be booking tickets to Super bowl 48 this February, in New Jersey. No team

in Seahawk history has started 10-1 and though there is still much work to be done, getting home field advantage could almost guarantee them a trip to the big game. The New Orleans Saints are the only team in position to stop that from becoming reality, and they will be trying their luck next Sunday at the vaunted Century Link Field. Nobody on the planet predicted Russell Wilson to be so good. We know it’s a quarterback driven league and right now he is driving this Ferrari with no intentions of slowing down. He has a 19-6 touchdown ratio and has accumulated a passer rating of 105.1 which is the sixth highest in the National Football League. The same pundits that doubted whether or not he could be better than Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin have been forced to reconsider. His first two years have been nothing short of spectacular. Add in the fact that Marshawn Lynch is third in the league in rushing yards, and second in rushing touchdowns, and then there’s a balanced football team that can beat opponents in more ways than one. The Seattle Seahawks have positions themselves very nicely for the stretch run of the season. They should be favored to beat the New Orleans at home next week before the rematch against the 49ers in San Francisco, which will be their toughest test of the year. From there they travel to New York to play the Giants, before coming home to play Arizona, and St. Louis, to finish off the season. The stars are aligning for the Seattle Seahawks, and a Super Bowl berth just might be in the near future.

2013-2014 schedule Date

Location Time

Dec. 7 BELLINGHAM5:00 PM Dec. 10 EDMONDS 7:30 PM Dec. 13 BELLEVUE 5:00 PM Dec. 14 BELLEVUE TBA Dec. 15 BELLEVUE TBA Dec. 18 Home 7:00 PM Jan. 2 * Home 8:00 PM Jan. 4 * CENTRALIA 7:00 PM Jan. 8 * Home 8:00 PM Jan. 11 * Home 7:00 PM Jan. 13 * AUBURN 8:00 PM Jan. 15 * LONGVIEW 8:00 PM Jan. 22 * ABERDEEN 8:00 PM Jan. 25 * Home 7:00 PM Jan. 29 * DES MOINES 8:00 PM Feb. 1 * Home 7:00 PM Feb. 5 * OLYMPIA 8:00 PM




*Indicates League Games

Don’t look now, but after a long off season layoff basketball season is finally upon us. Head Coach Bill Mendelson knows his basketball team has their work cut for them, as they look to build off of one of the most successful regular seasons in school history. The reigning Western Division Champions compiled a conference best record of 15-1 in league play and a 23-4 record overall last season. That success would give them a #2 ranking in the NWAACC Coaches Poll which is now the highest ranking in school history. Despite that success there is one glaring disappointment and that’s the eventual 8th place finish in the NWAACC Championship Tournament but if you ask Coach Bill Mendelson that experience will serve as nothing more than motivation for his club going into this season. “I like my team,” Coach Mendelson said. “We have four good returners and they’re all hard workers with good leadership qualities.” The returning players he’s alluding to are Devin Matthews, Gary Jacobs, Chris Parker, and David Jefferies. However, if you followed the games last year there is one name missing off that list and that’s Tyrell Lewis. “It’s going to be tough to replace Tyrell he was MVP of the league, but we’re not too fo-

cused on whose not here,” Mendy said. Most programs would lament losing a player of that caliber but the only focus this team has is gearing up for a league that features good players from top to bottom. Last year they strung together 14 straight league wins losing only to rival Tacoma Community College over that span. Coach Mendelson says what it will take to repeat last year’s success and bring home yet another Western Division Championship it starts with defense and communication. “We have to be great defensively no doubt about it,” Mendelson said. Continuing on he said “There are other talented teams that have bigger names on paper than what we have.” Nonetheless, big names don’t win you championships and Pierce Raiders Basketball team is anxious to get out there and show off the new weapons they’ve acquired since last season. Including 6 foot 10 inch Center Paul Loranger to help the anchor the middle of the defense. Saturday night Nov. 23 against Olympic will be the first look we get at the 2013-14 Raider Basketball squad and they couldn’t be more ready. “We’re ready to play a game,” Mendelson admitted. “Guys start to get to chippy over the course of so many practices so it’s time for us to channel that energy on somebody else.” We have a lot of basketball on the horizon and if last season was any indicator we should be in for a great year.

Raider’s men’s basketball team

Justin Harmon Staff Writer

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