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Covington Days Festival organizers could use some more support — specifically from businesses willing to sponsor the event. Coordinated by the Covington Lions Club since 2006, the Seafair-sanctioned festival will be at Cedar Heights Middle School for the second year, but there will be some differences from 2011 to this year according to Judy Swanberg, who is chair of the festival for the club. Prior to a year ago the festival had been on what is now the site of the Covington MultiCare Emergency Department which had been a vacant lot. “We worked with the best option we had,” Swanberg said. “It worked last year. There really isn’t any place in Covington that’s big enough to hold it.” Swanberg hopes one key differ-

The State Supreme Court has denied the petition for review requested by Toward Responsible Development of a Court of Appeals decision. The appeals court reversed the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board decision regarding the master planned Black development Diamond ordinances for YarrowBay’s Villages and Lawson Hills in Black Diamond. The appeals court ruled the growth board lacked jurisdiction to review the 2010 ordinances which approved the two master planned developments. According to Seattle attorney David Bricklin no further appeals are available for the growth board case.

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With one hand violinist hits the right notes in youth symphony By TJ Martinell


othing seems to faze 16-year-old Abigail Brown. Born with only one fully developed hand, the Tahoma sophomore said that she grew up as any ordinary child would. Raised in Phoenix, Ariz., she said she never felt different from other kids, nor did she ever feel like things were harder for her to do,

even if they were. “Figure it out,” she said was her family motto. This can-do attitude has enabled her to play the violin as a part of the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Brown first developed an interest in music in fifth grade after a sixth grade orchestra performed at her middle school. “It was just a decision,” she said. “I said, ‘I’m going to do that.’ I

came home and told my parents, and they were like ‘Sure.’” Out of all the instruments to play, she settled on the violin, which she was attracted to due to its light weight and quality of sound. “It just seemed like a lot of fun,” she said. “It wasn’t big like the bass.” Brown eventually joined the orchestra at Centennial Middle School where everyone else were novice musicians. “I had no idea how to play,” she said. “Sometimes, at first it was hard. You just get used to it.” Unlike the rest of the students, [ more NOTES page 5]

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Edward Jones in Sawyer Village in Maple Valley is offering a trio of free seminars this month. First is Smart Choices in Retirement at 7 p.m. May 3 in Library B at Lake Wilderness Elementary during which participants will learn 10 principles to help them make their money last in retirement, with the goal of providing a stable, steady retirement income. Next up is a seminar called “Retirement Has Changes, What’s Your Next Move?” at 7 p.m. on May 10 in Library B at Lake Wilderness Elementary. During this seminar learn about what to do to be financially prepared for whatever one will do after retirement whether it’s a part-time job, returning to school or volunteering, whatever the decision, one needs to be financially prepared. The final seminar will cover managing money during retirement at 7 p.m. May 24 in Library A at Lake Wilderness Elementary. For more information call 425-413-5156.

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ington helps foot the bill, which can run as high as ence this year will be better $40,000, but the city hasn’t weather for the event which done that in several years. is schedule from July 20-22 Covington staff members — better weather. do help with planning, “Last year it didn’t help however, but the city just that it rained the entire doesn’t have the money to time,” she said. help cover costs. This year there will not The festival commitbe a carnival element due tee has also worked with to booking conflicts with the Covington Chamber the company that brings of Commerce as well as the rides and midway to individuals in the commuCovington Days. nity, Swanberg said, and she Swanberg said the festival plans to get out in search of committee is looking for support by going to dooran alternative such as laser to-door soon. tag, bounce houses among With additional sponother possibilities for sors more elements could smaller children as well as be added to the event activities that would beyond what is curappeal to teens. offered such covington rently And the parade as a car show as will go on starting well as climbing again at Jenkins walls and athletic Creek Elementary, demonstrations for traveling down Southchildren. east 272nd Street, then Still, as things come ending at Cedar Heights the together, Swanberg believes Saturday morning of the this annual festival is imfestival. portant for those who live There will be plenty of in and near Covington. vendor booths as well as “I would like to stress live entertainment, with a that it is an event for the mix of past performers and community,” she said. “It’s new ones, Swanberg said. to bring the community Thus far the festival together. We took it over has two major sponsors, because … we didn’t want Cascade Water and Valley to see it end.” Medical Center, but Swanberg said they could use a few more. “We’re still accepting Reach Assistant Ediapplications for everything,” tor Kris Hill at khill@ Swanberg said. “We need or volunteers. If we could get 425-432-1209 ext. 5054. every business in CovingTo comment on this story ton then we wouldn’t have go to www.covingtonreto worry… we would be able to do a really good job of it.” For more information log on to Swanberg said she has or had to battle the misconception that the city of Cov- call 425-432-9140.


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[ COURT from page 1] Bricklin wrote in an email there is a land use petition act or LUPA appeal of the developments in superior court “pretty much ready to go.” The growth board had ruled the city should have used a legislative rather than quasi-judical process to approve the MPD ordinances. The board remanded the ordinances back to the city.

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A vindictive widow, an embittered spouse and a spoiled brat don’t sound like fairy tale creatures, but in Tahoma’s upcoming production of the musical “Into the Woods,” these characters are brought to life. It will be the fourth Tahoma musical directed by Melissa Corby, who directed last year’s production of “Children of Eden.” Based on the book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” takes a Shrek-like approach to classic fairy tales by continuing the stories beyond their traditional “happily ever after” endings. Corby said that she ultimately chose the musical due to its popularity among the students as well as its maturity. “It’s the kids’ favorite,” she said. “Lots of students pushed for it. It’s got a lot of different roles that plays to the students’ strengths. I wanted to challenge them because it is a hard play.” The challenges which presented themselves applied to both the students as well as Corby. While she was very familiar with “Children of Eden,” she was not well acquainted with “Into the Woods,” having not seen the production in roughly 10 years. “Children of Eden was fairly challenging, but this is definitely the most challenging so far,” she said. The production also involves various technical complexities which pushed

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the skills of Michael Hamann, the set and lighting designer. Part of the musical requires a giant’s head to roll onto the stage, flying characters, in addition to smoke and fog. Since Tahoma Middle School doesn’t have a flying mechanism, improvisation in set design has been required. Another challenge is the maturity of the musical’s tone, which switches between lighthearted comedy in the first act where all the

fairy tales conclude with happy endings, to solemnity in the second act where the tales are given less quixotic dilemmas. For example, the wife of the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk seeks revenge for the killing of her husband, Little Red Riding Hood is left without a family after her mother dies and Cinderella’s prince has an affair. This required Corby, as well as the students, to accurately convey the right

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Bringing change to education By Jordan Barnett For the Reporter

I taught in the seemingly similar, yet immensely different, English culture for the duration of a full school year. It was definitely an experience. And, it rocked my world. Better yet, it exposed me to a radical idea – some things are just different. Actually, what occurred was a shift in what I believed to be essential for a child developing the ability to function as a citizen of humanity. My perceptions were no longer complete. There were suddenly more pieces to the puzzle. And, the puzzle just grew — exponentially. We don’t have all the answers? We don’t even have the best answers? However, my short experience was based on having taught a single class within a single school in a single city among those of another culture on an island barely larger than the size of Washington state

(only with seven times the population density). Would I denounce my own culture’s education system for that of another’s based on that very narrow life experience? Most definitely not. I buy into the American culture of thinking rather than isolated knowledge: problem solving at the core of innovation and creativity driven by collaboration and effective communication. I am a little frustrated, though. The great discovery for me after having recently returned home from having the privilege and honor of participating in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange is that dealing with a persistent bombardment of angst and confusion can be incredibly valuable. Change is a difficult process — and let’s face it, I’m a processor — yet, it is inevitable. So what to do with all that angst and confusion? How about create a place where I get other people to contribute their diverse ideas and perspectives:

On April 30 a thought provoking resource called the Conversation Project published its first writing piece on the website It is organized as a way to establish a platform for inspiring civil discourse on the complex issue of education in America by examining our own culture and individual experiences. The main goal of the Conversation Project is to seek out a variety of writers from local communities to contribute their thoughts, stories, perspectives and ideas. We hope to achieve a repertoire of diverse ideas in a place where civility and open mindedness is the standard, yet pushing the status quo is possible, even expected. Business owners or teachers, community members or school administrators along with those in specialized fields, such as dentistry or carpentry, are all encouraged to participate. I’m nothing more than a

Community Note sawyer woods elementary recognized with state award Contact and submissions: Kris Hill or 425-432-1209, ext. 5054

Sawyer Woods Elementary was one of six schools in the Kent School District recognized by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn as 2011 Washington Achievement Award recipients. The celebration took place at Mariner High School in Everett. Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas,

small piece trying to understand the whole, which is why I want you to make me think. I want to learn from you. I want to be inspired. As I said earlier I am beginning a journey by attempting to turn my angst and confusion into something positive. Listening to what other people in the community and beyond have to say about education, both formal and personal, is only the first step. Over time, the real hope and passion is aimed at building a network of supportive community members that will raise money in order to give back to our local communities for the purpose of promoting new experiences, personal change and community cohesiveness. Since my hope is to better understand the sea that is our education system, I have a goal to bring the communities of Enumclaw, Maple Valley and the surrounding areas into the conversation. This process is meant to inspire people, get to them to think and,

even more importantly, learn from each other. I was exposed to a radical idea when I lived abroad. It was simple. Some ways are not better just different. The reality is that I do not consciously recognize my cultural values and norms because I live them daily. I only understand little of the world in which I call home. However, having lived abroad gifted me privilege to care about my home, culture and values. I am proud of where I come from and where I live. And now, for the next adventure, which I invite you join me on: The goal is to bring together the diverse perspectives of our communities and beyond in order to inspire a thought-provoking examination of education.

Jordan Barnett is an Enumclaw resident and elementary school teacher in the Tahoma School District. He can be reached via email at jbarnett@

district executives, and school leaders were in attendance to represent the school district. Kent-Meridian High School, Kent Mountain View Academy, Kent Elementary, Neely-O’Brien Elementary, Sawyer Woods Elementary, and Mattson Elementary received the award from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington State Board of Education. The Washington Achievement Award celebrates schools for overall excellence and special recognition in: language arts, math, science, graduation rate, improvement, and closing achievement gaps. Schools are selected based on their statewide assessment data for the three previous years. Kent Elementary and Kent Mountain View Academy received the award in 2010.

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to learn how to hold a bow because I had something to do that for me. Some things were a little harder, but, I picked it however, Brown also had to figure out how to practically up just fine.” hold and play her instrument. Finally her father, who happens to be a mechanical Ultimately Brown and her parents researched and conengineer, created a new device using a molded plastic cup tacted various support groups for children with missing or which fit around her hand with a bit attached that her bow underdeveloped limbs. can screw into with an elastic strap. The new device, she They eventually used a rubber sleeve which ran said, is much lighter and gives her greater movement. down to her mid-arm. The bow was then attached to “It was a big improvement,” she said. “I didn’t the sleeve by a screw. have to press as hard to get the same sound. It was all the right Although it enabled her to play, Brown said, just a lot better.” that after an hour of playing the sleeve tended to Brown continued to play for her middle school get heavy and hot. It also restricted her wrist from orchestra up to the eighth grade, which included moving which gave her less control over the bow and a trip to Disneyland, where they played “Over the consequently the notes she could play. Rainbow.” Nevertheless she didn’t let it stop her from progressing As the orchestra continued to improve Brown started to along with the rest of the students. take private lessons. “It’s something you get used to,” she said. “I didn’t have “It was lots of fun,” she said of her middle school orches-


Community Notes group applies to open medical marijuana dispensary in black diamond A group known as Lady Buds has applied for a business license in Black Diamond to open a medical marijuana facility. The proposed facility would be located at 31521 3rd Avenue, Black Diamond, next door to the liquor store. Steve Pilcher, Director of Community Development for Black Diamond, said it is currently unclear whether or not a business license will be issued to Lady Buds. Lady Buds could not be reached for comment.

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tra. “I expected it to be fun and challenging, and it was just that.” In 2011, her family moved northwest to Maple Valley, where she enrolled as a sophomore at Tahoma High. After they learned the high school had no orchestra for her to play in, Brown and her mom did some research and discovered the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Brown has been performing with the group since the fall. “I love everything and everyone,” she said. “The people and the music we play is great.” Brown will perform with the rest of the symphony at its next concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Maple Valley Presbyterian Church. “I’m really excited about it,” she said. Brown said she intends to continue playing after high school. “Not big like New York or something, but most definitely for fun,” she said.

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[ TAHOMA from page 3] arrogance and selfishness. “He starts more mean, but becomes more compassionate,” he said. Justyne Synder, who plays Little Red Riding Hood, said that now that the big, bad wolf is dead, the girl is forced to deal with her own problems. “She has to try and fend

for herself,” Synder said. “She tries to be a big kid, but is obnoxious. She learns she has to be nice and cooperate with other people. She think she’s the best.” Sophomore Kaitlin Duffy plays Cinderella, whose dreamworld has been shattered. “It’s quite the scandal,” she said.

guess. It’s like asking a baseball player how to hold a bat or a basketball player how to shoot a hoop. You just practice. Other than practicing the Italian, the notes are very important. If you sing a wrong note, it sticks out like a gray hair. Weird analogy, I know, but do you get the picture? Everyone has to be right on key to really bring across the full experience of the music. I have finally memorized the words and almost all of the kids are comfortable with the Italian. Some of you also might Morgan Roberts

in their mind isn’t real after the show, but, during the show they get lost in it and begin to think it’s almost real. Or at least that’s what happens to me when I go to see a show. The music that we do for “Turandot” is a soft melody that I just can’t seem to get out of my head no matter how hard I try! I will find myself singing it around the house without even knowing it. A lot of people are asking me how I memorize the Italian, but I don’t really have a specific answer, I


Lately I have been talking about how the opera is all about telling a story. Well there is one more crucial part of opera… its almost all music. It’s the most recognizable music too. Sometimes when you hear it, you know exactly where it came from and the emotions of the character singing it. It’s amazing to me how just a simple tune and words can make the audience feel something that they didn’t come in feeling. That’s one of the joys of theater — to make people feel happy, sad, angry, or even upset with one of the characters that they know

be wondering what all “Turandot” is about… well, its basically about a princess whose ancestors have been betrayed by a man and so now she never wants to get married. So, she comes up with three riddles that a man who wants to marry her has to answer. If the man gets even one of the questions wrong then he is put to death by his head getting chopped off in front of the town. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s one of the few operas that ends even remotely in a happy ending. A side from the opera tragedies, the envi-

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Duffy said the second act tries to present a more realistic desire for Cinderella. “She dreamed of being a princess and she (really) wanted something normal in-between,” she said. Hilde admitted that the musical’s humor made it hard not to laugh during rehearsal, but there is very much a serious tone to the

plot and story. At the same time, she said the musical addresses a question people tend to ask about how fairy tales conclude and wonder themselves how it might have ended. Some of the students, such as Brock DenHerder who plays Jack, plans to dye his hair for the musical

ronment of rehearsals is an amazing judgment free place where you can always be yourself. I’m really looking forward to the shows but I am dreading the end of what has been so far an amazing experience. Make sure to come straight back here next week so I can tell you more on how things are going!

Morgan Roberts is a 13-year-old from Maple Valley preparing to sing in her second Opera with Seattle Opera. She will be writing about her experiences as part of Puccini’s

Turandot which will be performed at McCaw Hall this August. She was profiled in the Maple Valley Reporter in fall of 2010 when she was cast in her first professional show, A Christmas Carol at ACT Theater in Seattle. Morgan is a familiar face within Tahoma School District’s musical theater after-school program, performing the roles of Pinocchio, Violet Beauregard and Mary Poppins. She also appeared with the HiLiners in Burien as Young Cosette in Les Miserables.

Maple valley creative arts center to change open Mic night Starting in May, the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center will hold its open micas to the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The event will still be held at the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center, starting with a featured performer, and then followed by the open mic. New starting time will be 6:30 p.m., and will run until 9 p.m. Go to for more information.

after Corby suggested it to him. Since Jack is “stupid,” according to DenHerder, he felt it was an appropriate choice. “I think it will add to the character,” he said. “It something unique that I can add to it. My personality will change with the hair color.” Into the Woods runs 7

p.m. Friday, May 4, 10, 11 and 12, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 5. All performances will be held at Tahoma Middle School.

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Albert Einstein once said nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. I would have to disagree. There is something more destructive: Passing laws that either nobody understands or nobody wants to enforce. This is exactly the situation Maple Valley currently faces with the issue of medical marijuana. Green Society Group, which opened up April 20 in Frontier Square, has apparently unintentionally thrown back the curtain on our legal system to reveal just how convoluted it is now. In July 2011 the Maple Valley City Council passed a moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens and dispensaries. This was done in response to a state law legalizing the possession and growing of medical marijuana, large sections of which were vetoed by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Many of those sections contained clauses pertaining to the regulation of collective gardens and dispensaries. Because parts of the bill were left out the result is a legal nightmare, particularly for city governments. Nobody knows what it means or how the law is to be enforced. This has left the cities with the responsibility of handling it in terms of land use and zoning. Yet, at the same time all of what the state legalized is still illegal under federal law, but the federal government has not taken any action to resolve the discrepancy. In the meantime the cities are stuck at ground zero. The city faces one of the strangest legal conundrums since Prohibition, which is a tad unfair to Prohibition, because there wasn’t anything ambiguous or unclear about it. Under federal law, the growing, selling, purchasing or possession of medical marijuana is considered a felony. Under state law, however, it’s perfectly legal. But, according to the city’s moratorium….well, as City Manager David Johnston put it, they really don’t know whether it’s legal or not, because there isn’t a clear cut definition of what constitutes a dispensary as opposed to a management company. As Prohibition demonstrated, though, a law

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isn’t worth the paper or ink used to write it if it’s not enforced. The King County Prosecutor’s Office has ostensibly told the city it will dismiss any felony charges brought to them regarding medical marijuana gardens or dispensaries. On a federal level, the Drug Enforcement Agency will also not take any action unless outright, flagrant violations of municipal or state law occur. To put it plainly, there’s a federal law that’s not being consistently enforced by the DEA, a fractured state law and a city moratorium that is either superfluous under federal law or potentially inapplicable depending on one’s interpretation of the state law. If you’re not confused by this point, you’re either a lawyer or you’re not paying close enough attention. And even if you’re a lawyer you should be slightly confused. The issue here isn’t about the legalization of medical marijuana. It’s about the lack of legal clarify and consistency, and the victims are city and law enforcement officials who have had the buck passed onto them. It’s not fair for them to have to wade through this legal mire and contradiction between state and federal law when they have no power to change it. When those who are supposed to uphold the law don’t even understand a law, something’s wrong, and it’s usually the law itself. The state legislature needs to do what it can to resolve this matter by either repealing the law in its entirety and reintroducing a modified version

or adding sections to the existing law that would address these problems. And the governor, whether it’s Gregoire or a new one, must either sign the bill as it is or veto it completely. At the same time, this entire legal fiasco could also be resolved by a single person, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. The DEA administrator has the authority to classify a drug as Schedule I or II. Schedule I makes it illegal under any circumstances to use, grow or sell. Schedule II allows a drug to be sold and used for medicinal purposes. Leonhart has two choices. She can continue to keep medical marijuana classified as a Schedule I drug, but she has to accept responsibility for the decision by enforcing the law consistently, not handing it off to local law enforcement who are caught between a rock and a hard place. If this option isn’t feasible or practical, than she needs to consider reclassifying medical marijuana as a Schedule II drug, which would give the states the ability to regulate it properly. This is why the City Council voted to support Gregoire’s letter to the Leonhart asking her to reclassify medical marijuana. To quote a tired, cliche, but ever so true saying, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. You can’t ban a substance and then be wishy-washy about it enforcing the ban. Until that happens, unfortunately, cities like Maple Valley will be stuck with it.

individual teachers who said what we needed more than 135 languages spoken across our to hear at just the right time in our lives. They district, our teachers are faced with an increasopened the world to us and helped us realize our ingly diverse student population and all of the potential and we hear their voice wonderful opportunities that brings. “It doesn’t matter if you again in our memories. Think of it, our student population For me it was Mrs. Hotten who graduated from high school looks like the world, full of differing taught me high school English. In 50, or just five years ago. languages, cultures, and customs order to practice extemporaneand our teachers are preparing those Most people can point ous speaking, she had the entire to one or two individual students to be a part of a global class go outside and learn to play teachers who said what economy. tennis. Our diversity gives our students we needed to hear at just She knew the experience would the right time in our lives.” an introduction to the real world of give us all plenty to talk about! work. Edward Vargas We have 1,733 teachers in KSD. Our technology gives them a head Over 1,200 have advanced destart on the modern workforce. grees and all of our teachers have And, our teachers give our students been rated as “Highly Qualified” by the state of that spark of hope and enthusiasm, that fire of Washington. knowledge, and that confidence and preparaWe should note the incredible opportunition they will need to be successful in the 21st ties they create every day for our kids. With [ more VARGAS page 8 ]

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The six degrees of family grocery shopping

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Yet, there are higher and higher levels of accountability and expectation for our educators. In KSD, our teachers are answering the call. Our test scores are up. Our

century. It is not easy work. KSD is like every school district in Washington; we are being asked to do more with less as state and federal resources and educational support decline.

or two, I hit Safeway to take advantage of their BOGO meat sales. When I leave the store, thereby initiating the third degree, I’m really hoping the actual degrees outside are in my favor as I load groceries into the car. Of course, living in the Northwest it’s most likely raining. But sometimes I luck out and even if it’s raining it’s fairly warm outside or the wind isn’t blowing. Loading Fred Meyer and Safeway groceries are easy because they’re in bags already. But it takes time for me to load Costco groceries because I never get a Gretchen Leigh

grocery shopping every two weeks on payday, ignoring their graphic pleas. Lastly, I add whatever coupons I have to the list and I’m ready for the second degree – going to the store. If you’re like me, it’s not just one store, but several. Most of the goods I get are from Costco. I don’t know if it’s really money-saving, but I like buying the bulk items because they last longer. If I’m lucky an item doesn’t end up back on the list for a month or two. After Costco, I go to Fred Meyer to fill in those items I prefer not to buy in bulk or favored food-stuffs they don’t sell at Costco. Then every month

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Have you ever thought about how much energy goes into the seemingly simple act of grocery shopping? Each degree of grocery shopping is an entity in itself and deserves admiration and respect from the family who benefits. The first degree is to compile a list by checking the pantry, opening cupboards, refrigerator and freezer to see what you are lacking. I also have a chalk board with a running list of items my family has ordered. I provided the chalk board several years ago because rather than exclaim out loud that we are out of something, they can write it on the list. I can see how desperately they want an item by the number of exclamation points or capital letters. However, I only go

graduation levels are up. Our number of schools being recognized for their thank a innovation and achievement is increasing. And the opportunity gap between our


box. Although the box fits into the cart, it is difficult to get out of the cart when it’s full of groceries. I also hate having to deal with the box once I get it home and empty. So I have all the grocery items loose in the cart, wheel them out to my car and put them in cloth bags to make it easier to carry them into the house. My fourth degree could be easier if I shopped when my family was home. Unloading the groceries into the house is a chore. When my family is home, it’s a snap. But if I shop when my family is home, invariably one of them wants to shop with me. If one of them shops with me, it costs me more money. So it’s really better to shop by myself, which then requires I unload by myself.

The fifth and sixth degrees bleed together and are the most baffling ones. The fifth degree is putting the groceries away and seems straight forward enough. But it’s not as easy as it sounds, which brings me to the sixth degree. Every time I put groceries away, there is never any space. So in my sixth degree of grocery shopping I have to start looking for abandoned containers. There are usually many; just the other day there was an empty chicken pot pie box in the freezer, an empty cracker box in the laundry hall, an empty plastic storage container in the fridge, an empty taco shell box in the pantry, as well as an empty fruit cup box. It’s kind of like following a trail, ala Hansel and Gretel. I can see

majority and minority students is decreasing with all subgroups doing better. These successes are due to the hard work of our staff members, our students, our families, and our community, but it is our teachers who rightfully

take the greatest measure of responsibility and pride. On behalf of the Board of Directors and approximately 28,000 students we serve, please join me in offering a heartfelt thanks to KSD teachers for their passion, commitment, and

what my family has been eating the past two weeks. Once I even found an old oil filter in the freezer. But I didn’t know if my husband was sending me a message or if he needed medical attention, so I just left it in there and walked away. That, I suppose, is a column for another day.

Gretchen Leigh is a stayat-home mom who lives in Covington. She is committed to writing about the humor amidst the chaos of a family. You can read more of her writing and her daily blog on her website

dedication this week and every day as they successfully prepare all students for their future.

Edward Lee Vargas is the superintendent of the Kent School District.

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Some plants go out now, others must wait are under the protection of a roof eave or covered patio. All plants grown in a comfy greenhouse appreciate some “hardening off ” or gradual introduction to the cold cruel world. Bring them home but keep them protected the first few nights by moving them into a garage or under cover. If a late frost or hail storm threatens, drape a sheet or other light covering atop the plants. Q. I am going to give a rhododendron as a gift. What variety do you recommend? S.H., Tacoma. A. What a lovely idea. Rhododendrons are one of the best shrubs for our climate, plus they are evergreen, some bloom in the shade and in the right place

will live for years with very little care. For deep shade and early bloom nothing beats the pink “Christmas Cheer” rhodie and for windy or hot locations lavender “PJM” thrives with attractive burgundy foliage. For small spaces the compact “Scarlet Wonder Dwarf ” is a slow-growing charmer less than 3 feet tall and then there are the weevil resistant “yak” rhododendrons like ’Yaku Princess” or the furry and chunky “Teddy Bear” rhododendron. The yak rhodies have compact and tidy growth forms and leaves that have their undersides covered with a densely hairy and soft “fur.” It is this furry texture Marianne Binetti

May Day! May Day! All hands on deck – and patio – as this is the week to fill your container gardens and window boxes with geraniums, bacopa, lobelia and petunias. Wait a few more weeks to set out heatloving annuals like zinnias, marigolds, impatiens and coleus. These could suffer from the cool nights even if they don’t get hit by a frost. The most weather-resistant and adaptable annuals that will thrive outdoors now are pansies, violas, lobelia, alyssum, bacopa, vinca, and dianthus. Add more color with the silvery foliage of Dusty Miller or deep purple leaves of heuchera, “Black Scallop” ajuga, black mondo grass or hardy perennial plants mixed in with your annuals. Most hanging baskets will thrive outdoors this time of year but only if they

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that makes the leaves more resistant to insects. Enjoy your search for the perfect rhododendron; you can’t choose wrong even if you simply pick a plant with the best-looking blooms. Q. My question is about an old lilac shrub. The winter ice storm split and broke many stems and it has not been blooming well for years. Should I cut it to the ground? Dig it up? Help! W., email. A. Lackluster lilacs can be renovated with an extreme makeover. Grab a saw and chop it all down. You’ll soon see new shoots and after a three-year wait your lilac could bloom again. Pruning right after blooming is the general rule of green thumb. You might also consider replacing your weary lilac with a fresh new variety. Life’s too short to put up with ugly plants and

plants are not like children – you do not owe them a lifetime of commitment. New and improved lilacs shrubs include the compact dwarf Miss Kim, the repeat blooming Bloomerang that flowers once in the spring and again in the summer, and the more shade-tolerant President Lincoln lilac. You can find lilacs in white, pink, deep purple and even wine-red colors. Lilacs love full sun, wind and good drainage. For the best blooms do not overwater your lilacs. Q. I have a nandina domestica or heavenly bamboo plant that has grown taller but the lower half of this shrub is leafless. Plus, I see some black stems. What should I do? R.T., Buckley. A. Get some courage, sharpen the saw and cut that baby down to a few stumps. Nandina, hebe,

spiraea and plenty of other winter weary shrubs will reinvent themselves as healthy, happy plants after a drastic spring pruning. Q. What perennials or plants that are easy to grow should I plant in a shaded area? There are also tree roots so the soil is dry. Nothing wants to grow in this spot. C.B., email A. Dry shade is tough for most plants but if you add some compost and water well the first year you’ll have some luck with lamiums, heucheras, euphorbias, vinca, pachysandra, sword ferns and a new golden sedum called sedum Angelina. Plant some rocks and boulders as well. You can’t kill a good rock. Q. I love lavender plants. Can I grow lavender in the shade? S., email. A. Don’t even think about it.

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Tahoma PE teacher Tracy Krause wins NFL award NFL Network’s Keep Gym in School campaign has named Tracy Krause the “NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year.” Krause will receive a $10,000 award as well as a $10,000 grant for the PE program at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Wash. Krause was chosen out of more than 2,000 entries and will be honored in a ceremony during the NFL Draft week in New York City as the second NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year to be chosen. “Mr. Krause epitomizes the dedicated teachers we want to recognize and applaud,” said Dena Kaplan, NFL Network’s senior vice president of marketing in a press release statement. “His hard work and commitment to educating children about health, physical fitness and how to be educated users of the outdoor resources around them helps stimulate a lifelong passion in them to be healthy and fit. His staff wellness program has changed the lives of countless district employees, from the kitchen staff to the administration, and setting a positive example for the students.”

Krause teaches Physical Eduyou want to change the graph cation at Tahoma High School. A for childhood obesity you have National Board Certified Teachto get kids moving, you have to er, he has served as co-chair of engage them in something that the National Board’s Physical stimulates a lifelong passion. Education Standards Committee You have to get them to believe and was invited by the NASPE, in themselves and crave movethe National ment. That is what I “My goal is for the young Association try very hard to do people in our community to for Sports and everyday when I get Physical Educa- leave our school system with a chance to work tion to serve the foundation, experience and with my kids. That on the PE 2020 skills necessary to be effective is what drives my Planning Com- movers for a lifetime. If you decisions.” mittee. “Tracy’s teachwant to change the graph for He also cur- obesity you have to get kids ing career has been rently serves exemplary not just moving, you have to engage on the Physical them in something that because of the qualTahoma PE teacher Tracy Krause (center) holding his award next to NFL Education Steer- stimulates a lifelong passion.” ity of his personal Commissioner Roger Goodell (right) and former coach and NFL Network commentator ing Committee Tracy Krause teaching skills, but Steve Mariucci (left). Courtesy photo for NASPE and especially for his on the Board of commitment to ously structure it to motivate tion in America’s middle schools. the Washinginnovative physical them to become more physically Through 2011, NFL Network ton Alliance for Health, Physieducation curriculum thinking,” active and healthy outside of has awarded nearly $625,000 in cal Education, Recreation, and said Dr. Stephen C. Jefferies, school. Tracy is an inspiration PE grants to 47 schools. KGIS Dance (WAHPERD), and is a NASPE Past-President, Dept. of for physical education teachers has trained 7,500 students with regular guest presenter at state, Physical Education, School nationwide.” NFL players in minicamps and district, and national professional and Public Health, CenAs part of the league’s has used PE to motivate and inworkshops and conferences. tral Washington UniTahoma NFL PLAY 60 youth spire fitness for 125,000 students “My goal is for the young versity. “He worked on health and fitness camat 212 schools across 13 school people in our community to revising the high school paign, Keep Gym in School districts. leave our school system with the physical education prois NFL Network’s compreFor more information about foundation, experience, and skills gram to meet the presenthensive national program to Keep Gym in School, visit www. necessary to be effective movers day interests and needs of high boost fitness and physical educa- for a lifetime,” said Krause. “If school students and simultane-



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Over the last 18 months the Covington Public Works Department has shared with you the core services we and our partners provide. As a wrap-up to these articles, we would like to share our team’s mission statement and values that help us stay focused on what we do and who we are. Mission Serving the community by fostering a sustainable environment that will have a lasting positive legacy. T Talent (using for the betterment of all) E Enthusiasm (taking on new tasks, high energy) A Accountability (for success and actions) M Mentor (teach all you know and learn from others) The Public Works team is honored to serve the Covington community. Our goal is to always provide excellent service. The team is proud of constructing over $30 million in capital projects over the past five years, providing increased water quality through our storm water program, keeping the infrastructure clean, and responding to emergencies when the community counts on us the most. We welcome your

feedback on how we are doing, and ideas on how we can improve. We very much appreciate the Covington community’s support of the department over the years. The Public Works team strives to do its part in providing Covington with an Unmatched Quality of Life.

NEW MAINTENANCE WORKER The Public Works Department would like to welcome its newest member, Maintenance Worker Bill Fealy. Bill joined the team on Monday, February 27th. He comes to us with over a decade of municipal maintenance experience, as well as in recent years being self employed as an arborist. Please join us in welcoming Bill to the Covington Team.

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The City of Covington invites you to attend an open house for Phase 1 of the Northern Gateway study on Tuesday, May 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Crestwood Elementary School’s Multipurpose Room (25225 180th Ave SE). The City of Covington is beginning a comprehensive, multi-phased study of a 485-acre area located in the northern portion of the city. Approximately 210 acres is currently located within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGA) and the other 275 acres, north of SR 18, is located outside of the city’s UGA. The city’s goal is to consider the impacts and benefits of developing land within the Northern Gateway. We are looking for public input related to the existing conditions from those that live within, or adjacent to, the study area at this open house. Over the next few months, the city will evaluate the existing conditions, market demand and fiscal impacts on the city of future development in the study area to determine if the area is suitable for urban development. The city is interested in hearing from property owners and residents about their needs within the study area. Please plan to attend this open house to learn about and comment on Phase 1 of this study. Staff representatives will be available to provide information. Additional project information is available at www. For questions or concerns, please contact Senior Planner Ann Mueller at or 253-638-1110 ext. 2224 or Community Development Director Richard Hart at rhart@ or 253-638-1110 ext. 2226.

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a portion of their general budget to fund a variety of human services agencies that serve low- to moderateincome residents. Every two years the consortium of South King County cities puts out a competitive application to all non-profit organizations in order to request funding from one or more cities. One of the Human Services Commission’s responsibilities is to evaluate and make recommendations to the City Council on funding requests submitted to the city. The Human Services Commission Mayor Council Members A community newsletter produced by the City of Covington for residents and businesses. Margaret Harto Mark Lanza, David Lucavish, May 2012 Marlla Mhoon, James A. Scott, Mayor Pro Tem 16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100, Covington, WA 98042 Wayne Snoey Jeff Wagner Tel: 253.638.1110 Fax: 253.638.1122 Website:

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COVINGTON AQUATIC CENTER NEWS-SPLASH MAY IS NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH! In recognition of the popularity of swimming and the need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, the month of May is National Water Safety Month. Unfortunately, over 1,500 children and teens die every year in the U.S. from drowning. In Washington State, an average of 25 children and teens drown every year. Most of them are swimming, boating or just playing in or near water. The good news is that most drowning accidents are preventable. By learning about water safety and learning water safety skills, you can keep yourself and your family safe in and around water. The Covington Aquatic Center is your best local resource for water safety. Just last month Covington Aquatic Center hosted April Pool’s Day – an event that promotes water safety. Coming up July 14 is Summer Splashtacular – another day the pool will be highlighting water safety. At these events, Covington Aquatic Center lifeguards share lessons on how to properly use a life jacket, the dangers of hypothermia, the dangers of currents, and other water safety related topics. Covington Aquatic Center also offers American Red Cross swimming lessons, which is another great way for you or your family to learn to be safe in and around water. Attending lifeguarded swims is also a great way to stay safe while enjoying swimming. All of Covington Aquatic Center’s public swims are lifeguarded and, to celebrate May as National Water Safety Month, all Tuesday and Thursday 7-8 p.m. public swims are at a reduced price (during the month of May). Prices for individuals are $3.25 (regular fee) or $2.50 (Covington resident fee); for families, prices are $9.75 (regular fee) or $7.50 (Covington resident fee). OPEN REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES Summer activities and swimming lessons are open for registration. Spaces for swim lessons, Dash and Splash, Aquatic Volunteer Academy, Lifeguard Training, and other programs will be limited, so be sure to sign up early!



In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services will be honored during National Public Works Week, May 20-26, 2012. National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often–unsung heroes of

DASH & SPLASH Back for the fifth summer is Dash & Splash! Don’t miss out on this summertime fun. Dash & Splash is fun and fitness all rolled into one! Each day will begin with an hour of outside games, followed by an hour of in-water pool activities in the Covington Aquatic Center. A special summertime Dash & Fun With Lifejackets During Swim Lessons At Splash package is also available Covington Aquatic Center. for those that cannot get enough time at the pool. The package includes Dash & Splash sessions 1 and 2, as well as a three-month Unlimited Use Membership, which can be conveniently used to attend the two public swims that immediately follow Dash & Splash. The package only costs $106.25 ($87.50 for Covington residents). The first of two sessions begin on June 26, and the recommended age range is 6-14 years old. Register today at the Covington Aquatic Center (space is limited). SAVE THE DATE: SUMMER SPLASHTACULAR ON SATURDAY JULY 14th! Covington Aquatic Center will open its doors for a FREE two-hour public swim and activities on Saturday, July 14. During this event, lifeguards will be on hand demonstrating how to properly fit a life jacket, and providing lifesaving water safety information. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. with Big Red (the large octopus inflatable), the water slide, and the rope swing. This is a fun opportunity for the whole family – don’t miss out! FOR MORE INFORMATION For more information about the Covington Aquatic Center or to register for activities, visit, call 425-413-POOL(7665), or visit us at 18230 SE 240th St, Covington WA 98042 (Next to Tahoma High School).

our society – the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication. Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and solid waste collection, as well as those responsible for public building and grounds maintenance. They are, in fact, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services that are vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort. In the City of Covington, our Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance, inspection and construction of most of the city streets, sidewalks, storm sewer facilities, street lights, signs and some traffic signals. Our public works professionals respond eagerly to all emergency situations created by natural disasters, flood-producing rainfall, and crippling ice and snow events. The City of Covington is very aggressive in its approach to plan, schedule and carry out the preventative maintenance of new and existing systems throughout the city. In recent years, the Public Works Department Engineering Division

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has constructed over $30 million in transportation improvements throughout the city, including the award winning SE 256th Street and 164th Project. In the last five years, the Public Works Department has also formed the Surface Water Management Team (SWM Team) to implement the federal and state regulations pertaining to the NPDES permit. This team has been very successful at meeting most of the deadlines of the permit. There is great reward experienced in the work that is performed by public works. The feeling of safety, contentment and pride are experienced from a clean and well-maintained city. The protection and conservation of native wildlife – which flourishes in our streams, creeks and local eco-systems – are partly a result of our tremendous efforts to clean our storm waters and construct and maintain the entire infrastructure using the least impactful techniques. The City of Covington Public Works Department would like to thank the citizens of Covington for allowing us the privilege to serve them. We also thank our public works employees for their dedication to improving the quality of life for present and future generations.

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A pair of Kentwood High football players have signed letters of intent to play in college. Visa Thach will play at Menlo College in San Francisco and Quincey Davison will play at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Thach is a 5-foot-9, 230 pounder who played on both sides of the ball, lining up at fullback offensively and as an inside linebacker defensively. Davison, listed on the Kentwood football roster at 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, served as a lineman for the Conquerors on both sides of the ball. Contact and submissions: Kris Hill or 425-432-1209, ext. 5054

Bears gets second win against Falcons on pitch

Tahoma’s 3-0 victory over Kentlake means no worse than second place finish while Kentwood falls to third place with five ties BY KRIS HILL


ahoma has positioned itself for a battle with Thomas Jefferson for first place in the South Puget Sound League North boys soccer standings. Both the Bears and the Raiders stand at 11-2-1 with 34 points with a week of league play remaining. They squared off Tuesday night after the Reporter’s press deadline. The winner will likely take the division crown while the loser will likely end the season in second place thanks in large part to Kentwood’s five ties which puts the Conquerors in third place well ahead of Kentlake and Auburn Riverside. Tahoma set up the battle thanks to six straight wins after a 1-1 tie with Kentwood on April 4. On April 24 Tahoma beat Kent-Meridian 3-0 then fol-

lowed that up April 26 with a 2-0 victory over Auburn and a 3-0 defeat of Kentlake on April 28 at French Field. Three different Tahoma players scored against K-M: Mac Henderson and Jordan Jolley both scored off passes from Jordan Downing in the first half then Bryan Anderson put an exclamation point on it with an unassisted goal late in the game. Downing got a goal of his own in the first half of the Auburn match before the Trojans gave up an own goal for the second Tahoma goal. Tahoma had a 1-0 lead at half against Kentlake thanks to a Logan Young goal that came off a free kick. In the second half the Bears amped up their attacks on the Falcons goal. It paid off early when Henderson poked the ball in when Kentlake’s keeper came out to help defend against Tahoma’s attack.

Tahoma’s Logan Young, left, dribbles upfield as Kentlake’s Preston Slane marks up. Young scored the Bears first goal of the match off a free kick. kris hill, The Reporter Finally with less than a minute on the clock junior forward Bryan Anderson popped it in after the ball bounced around in the box off a penalty kick to make the final 3-0. That loss put Kentlake at 5-6-3 with 18 points but the Falcons are in fourth place thanks to giving Kentwood

two of its five ties as well as beating fifth-place Riverside both times during the season. After the game against Jefferson on Tuesday Tahoma finishes the season with Kentwood on Friday. Kentlake played Mount Rainier on Tuesday then takes on Jefferson in the

final match of the league schedule. Kentwood traveled to Auburn on Tuesday.

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Hitting stride heading into the postseason

Tahoma track and field teams dominating the South Puget Sound League North as well as at large invitational meets By TJ Martinell tmartinell@maplevalleyreporter. com

The Bears boys and girls track teams have got something good going on. With an undefeated league season so far, they are entering into the league meet with victories against Kent-Meridian boys and Kentwood girls teams, both of them last year’s state champions. Last week, the Bears boys and girls defeated the Conks 98-47 and 82-68 “We just ran well again,” said Gary Conner, Bears head coach said . “They (Kentwood) put up a good fight.” Girls coach Jeff Brady said the meet results are a good indication of where the team is in terms of their capabilities. “With the girls we knew it would be tough,” Brady said. “They’re (Kentwood) a great team. A lot of our girls really stepped it up.” For Bears seniors, it’s a

big change from their freshman year, when the teams were struggling simply to be competitive at dual meets. “Three years ago I wasn’t sure that would (ever) happen,” thrower Aaron Davis said. “I’ve never remembered us beating them or getting close.” Outside of invitationals, Davis has been undefeated in both the 100 meters and the shot put, with a best time and throw of 11.53 seconds and 50 feet, 11.5 inches. Davis broke his personal record for shot put at the Kentwood meet. “I’ve been improving on a lot of things,” he said. “That (Kentwood) was my best meet.” Senior long distance runner Tyler Ward, who has also been on the team for four years, said their success has been due to overall improvements in every aspect. “This year it all came together,” he said. “We used to

not score points in sprinting. Everything improved. Our throwers got better.” The improvement with the boys throwers could be attributed to the arrival of a new throwing coach, Korion Morris, a 2006 Renton High graduate who attended University of Arizona on a track scholarship. “We’ve got a lot of good kids,” he said. “I’ve been able to help them out with things I’ve learned.” Another area Davis felt particularly impressed by was the 400-meters relay team, which he has been a member of since his freshman year. “We’ve been doing so much better,” he said. “More than any other team I’ve been on.” Filling in gaps has also contributed to the girls success against teams like Kentwood, said junior sprinter and hurdler Paige Hammock. [ more STRIDE page 19 ]

Kentwood senior Danny Lunder leads in the mile against Tahoma junior Riley Campbell (left), fellow Conk Dasan Telford (mid-right) and Tahoma senior James Dagley (far left). Tj Martinell, The Reporter To view a slide show go to and to buy photos go to the Web site



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Teams to fight for district spots in SPSL baseball playoffs Kentridge moves into third, Kentwood still undefeated, Kentlake in loser-out game BY KRIS HILL

Winning streaks abound and not just Kentwood’s which stands at 18 but teams like Tahoma which has won four straight as well as Kentridge which had four victories out of its last five games. Kentwood is in first place while Tahoma is in second and thanks to that last stretch Kentridge — as well as a win over Tahoma early in the season — has moved into third place. Auburn Riverside beat Kentlake Monday night, which put the Ravens in fourth with the Falcons in

fifth respectively. Kentlake will get Graham-Kapowsin in a loser-out game for the ninth seed out of the league at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Curtis High. The top five teams in the North division will go to the South Puget Sound League playoffs, which are seeding games for the West Central District tournament. Tahoma wrapped up the season with a 5-2 win on April 27 over Kentlake at Kent Memorial Park. The Bears started it off with a 3-run first inning thanks to a Tanner Anthony hit in which he reached

second which allowed two runs to score immediately followed by Ryan Malone’s RBI single. It looked like the Falcons might mount a comeback in the bottom of the third when DJ Elmer drew a walk followed by a Dylan Wright bloop single to shallow left center. Two batters later Jordan Cowan walked then Ryne Shelton hit a rope to drive in Elmer and Wright to make it 5-2 but from there the Bears pitching staff and defense held the Falcons’ bats. Anthony finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI while Malone went 2-for-3 batting with a double and an RBI. Nate Brown got the win on the mound for Tahoma, striking out seven, walking two while allowing three hits in five innings pitched. Christian Saez came in to close and got the save after throwing 19 pitches in the final two innings. Tahoma put together wins on back-to-back days — April 23 and April 24 — over Kentridge and Auburn [ more PLAYOFFS page 19 ]

Kentlake’s Dylan Wright hurls the pitch at a batter in a tiebreaker game against Auburn Riverside on Monday. Riverside won the game 10-2 for the fourth seed into league playoffs. shawn skager, The Reporter


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Left, Maddie Scott dribbles during a Washington Cup championship game. Center the Maple Valley Premier Marauders 96 Navy team celebrates it state title. Back row: Taylor Walker, Rachel Duty, Hayley Sonneson, Madeline Scott, McKenna Cerbana, Ashley Montgomery, Katie Christensen, Erica Brown, Coach Daryl Green. Middle row: Payton Hodgman, Madison McKittrick, Mackenzie Campbell, Samantha Silvi, Malisa Dods. Front row: Kailey Wallin, Katie Craft, Taylor Clarin. Right, Rachel Duty fights off a defender in the state championship game. Nancy campbell, For the Reporter

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Fastpitch heading into last of league games Tahoma in first place heading into the week while Kentwood and Kentlake are right behind BY KRIS HILL

Tahoma’s fastpitch team is on a roll having won eight straight since its first league loss to Kentwood a month ago. Thanks to that streak Tahoma was all alone in first place in the South Puget Sound League North through April 27 with an 11-1 league record. The Bears avenged their April 2 defeat at the hands of the Conquerors on April 24 with a 12-9 comeback. Down 7-0 after two innings, Tahoma took advantage of costly mistakes by Kentwood, and scored seven in the final two innings to keep the winning streak going. The Conks committed eight errors in the game. Senior Jordan Walley hit 3-for4 with a single, a double and a home run to account for four RBIs. Sophomore catcher Bre West had a 2-for-5 day with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Hayley Beckstrom, a senior shortstop, finished 3-for-5 with a pair of singles, a double and an RBI while Halle Elliot was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored. Maddie Scott got the win in the circle. She pitched six innings and struck out four. A day earlier Tahoma beat Mount Rainier 15-0. West was 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of triples along with two RBIs, Walley was 2-for-2 with a single, a double and two RBIs, Beckstrom finished the day 2-for3 with a single, a double and two RBIs while Elliot was 2-for-4 with a single, a double and two RBIs.

Amanda Allison was 2-for-2 with two singles, an RBI and two runs scored as well as two stolen bases. Meanwhile Kentridge has quietly moved into fifth and final spot for the playoffs in the past week. After a 4-2 loss to Auburn on April 23, Kentridge beat KentMeridian then upset Kentlake and beat Auburn Riverside before losing to second-place Thomas Jefferson on April 28. On April 24 the Chargers put together a 10-1 victory against the Royals with Abagail Bellin leading the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs while Kayla Andrus with 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Ashley Conradi was 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Andrus pitched a complete game. She scattered six hits and struck out 14. Kentlake and Kentridge seem to like extra innings. Both match ups went to an extra frame. The 3-2 victory on April 25 over Kentlake was key for Kentridge’s playoff hopes. Kentlake narrowly defeated Kentridge in the first league game of the season in March in eight innings. Bellin was 1-for-2 with a single and an RBI. Defensively Bellin was crucial as well as she tallied eight put outs. Conradi was 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Finally Bri Drury led the Chargers at the plate with a 3-for-4 day and

NORTHWEST STEEL & RECYCLING • contributed the third RBI. Lizzet Dominguez pitched a complete game for Kentridge. She allowed two runs despite giving up 10 hits, all of which were singles, and struck out three. Kentridge followed that up with a 10-3 win against Auburn Riverside on April 27. Hannah Overall was 3-for-4 in the game with three RBIs while Anna Dugan went 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. Dominguez struck out seven, scattered seven hits, walked one batter and allowed three runs in a complete game outing in the circle for the Chargers. Kentridge couldn’t keep up the momentum on April 28, however, and lost 8-5 to Jefferson. Bellin was 2-for-2 with a single, a double, two runs scored and an RBI while Drury was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, a run scored and an RBI. Kentlake sandwiched its loss to Kentridge with wins over Auburn on April 24 and Mount Rainier on April 27. In those two wins pitcher Hannah Sauget picked up a pair of victories in the circle to go with a pair of bombs at the plate. Sauget was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs in a 16-3 defeat of Auburn, while she struck out 10. Brittney Jacobsen finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. The Falcons jumped on the Rams pitching right away scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning then put the nail in the coffin with five more runs in the bottom of the sixth. It was a home run derby for Kentlake as three different players hit home runs. Sauget pitched a complete game and helped herself out going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs while Jacobsen was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run with Lexi Engman rounding it out with a home run and two runs scored. Kentwood bounced back from

Kentwood’s Kendall Goodwin hurls a pitch in a 5-2 victory over Auburn on April 27. The Conquerors are battling for a top spot in league. kris hill, The Reporter back-to-back losses against Jefferson and Tahoma on April 23 and April 24 with a 5-2 on April 28 over Auburn. Bailey Marshall hit her first home run of the season for the Conks in the top of the second inning when she crushed the ball over the left center field fence — hitting it more than 200 feet. She finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Kentwood scored all five of its runs in the first two innings. Kendall Goodwin got the com-


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“Everyone just did great,” she said. “They stepped up and helped get us a win. I think every part (of the team) brings a couple of strong girls.” Whether these victories will translate into similar success at league, district and state is uncertain, said Conner. In spite of their league record, he and Brady both stated the team has had to contend with a lack of personal record setting, some of it due to bad weather conditions, which has consequently affected the athletes’ individual standing in the league. “We haven’t really had a chance to run for a PR this season,” Conner said.

charge for Kentridge at the plate going 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs. Derline also got the win on the mound for the Chargers allowing four hits in five innings while striking out seven. Michael Leverenz finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Joe Wainhouse put together a 1-for-2 hitting performance with a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. Kentridge finished league play at 9-7. Kentlake lost three straight — to Riverside on April 23, to Kentwood on April 24 and finally to Tahoma on April 27 — to finish the season 9-7 in

Some of that, accordplace takes five points, secing to junior sprinter and ond three points and third hurdler Paige Hammock, is place one point. the result of hand timers as In many events, Tahoma opposed to automatic timhas been able to overwhelm ers, which she other teams “I think we’re strong feels are more through higher not only because accurate. numbers, meanwe have depth but The other ing even if an because we have a issue, Conner opposing school said, is the varia- lot of kids who are takes first, they going to get into that can still manage tions between state meet. It’s just a dual meet, to place second where Tahoma getting them to that and third. From next level. It’s going has benefited the league meet from large num- to be a matter of good up to state, bers, and league coaching, getting those however, a kids to peak at the end separate scoring meets, where of the year” Jeff Brady much of that system is used. advantage over Additionally, other teams will only athletes diminish. who qualify for The point system is also league will be able to comdifferent. pete at the meet, reducing With dual meets, first Tahoma’s numbers. “In a dual meet you can

league play. Kentwood will play Puyallup at Kent Memorial Park for the first and second seeds in the district tournament. Tahoma gets Todd Beamer in the thirdfourth game at Heritage Park while Kentridge takes on Rogers for fifth and sixth. The winner of the Riverside-Kentlake tiebreaker gets Emerald Ridge at Heritage Park. All games will be on Thursday afternoon or evening.

Reach Assistant Editor Kris Hill at khill@ or 425-432-1209 ext. 5054. To comment on this story go to take first because we just have depth,” Conner said. “It’s not the case in league.” At the same time, the Bears are confident they have a shot at the league title. “I think we’re strong not only because we have depth, but because we have a lot of kids who are going to get into that state meet,” Brady said. “It’s just getting them to the next level. It’s going to be a matter of good coaching, getting those kids to peak at the end of the year.”

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