Sweet Nellie Brown brings in the feature win at Emerald Downs | Horse Racing

Washington Hall of Fame trainer Jim Penney appears to have great depth this season in the filly and mare division at Emerald Downs. That certainly was the case Friday evening as a festive opening night throng braved cool and rainy weather to celebrate the beginning of the track’s 16th season.

  • Apr 16, 2011

The art of an exercise rider | Horse Racing

Returning to the horse racing industry after 17 years spent away, Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, has become my temporary home for the season. Working as a freelance writer for equine magazines and in media relations, I also exercise horses at the track in the mornings.

  • Apr 14, 2011

Opening day at Emerald Downs Friday | Horse Racing

The Northwest’s premier racing venue springs into action Friday when Emerald Downs begins its 16th season of Thoroughbred racing at 6 p.m. The 82-day meet continues through Sept. 25, with first post 6 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Thursday racing will be added July 14 to Aug. 25. The Northwest’s premier racing venue springs into action Friday when Emerald Downs begins its 16th season of Thoroughbred racing at 6 p.m. The 82-day meet continues through Sept. 25, with first post 6 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Thursday racing will be added July 14 to Aug. 25.

  • Apr 13, 2011

Sis’s Sis heads feature race on opening night at Emerald Downs | Horse Racing

Sis's Sis, Emerald Downs' champion 3-year-old filly last year, is among five older fillies and mares entered in Friday's $21,000 allowance feature at 5 ½ furlongs. Sixty-six horses are entered on the eight-race card with trainers Howard Belvoir and Tim McCanna leading the way with six and five horses, respectively.

  • Apr 12, 2011

4 T-Birds make NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings | Hockey

Four Seattle Thunderbirds were named today in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings of North American players eligible of the 2011 NHL Draft. Left wing Marcel Noebels, from Tonisvorst, Germany, is ranked number 49. Noebels appeared in 68 games with the T-Birds last season and had 56 points 28 goals and 26 assists. He was a member of Team Germany at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo from December 26 to January 5.

  • Apr 11, 2011

Emerald Downs expands TV coverage and adds ‘Vic’s Trips’ feature | Horse Racing

In an effort to enhance live, race day exposure, Emerald Downs will add new elements to its TV coverage throughout the 2011 season. During selected races, Director of Publicity Joe Withee will complement his prerace analysis with a brief interview with a race entrant's trainer or owner, as their horse warms up before post time. The interview will be done live, immediately after the post parade. Withee said the new coverage would give racing fans a fresh take on the upcoming race.

  • Apr 9, 2011

Small barns with big impacts at Emerald Downs | Horse Racing

Most horse racing fans have heard of trainers Tim McCanna and Doris Harwood. Both are among the leading trainers in the state, and the statistics prove it. But how about trainers like Larry Wolf and Dino Apostolou?

  • Apr 6, 2011

BASEBALL: Foster Bulldogs at a glance

• COACH: Ben Reindel, second year. • LAST YEAR: 4-12 in league; 6-13 overall. • TOP RETURNERS: Joel Gonzalez, jr., shortstop; Ryan Javier, sr., first base/DH; Gabe Gutierrez, jr., third base/pitcher.

  • Apr 5, 2011

Foster Boys Soccer slide show

Foster Boys Soccer Slide Show

  • Apr 5, 2011

SOCCER: Mohamed Mohamud cashes in on second chance

Mohamed Mohamud cashed in on his second chance. Mohamud, 21, spent 14 years in a Kenyan refugee camp dreaming of one day playing soccer professionally in America. Mohamud gave it his best shot on Jan. 29-30, during an open tryout for the Seattle Sounders at Starfire Sports Complex, but fell just short. Not too short, however. While trying out for the Sounders, Mohamud's ability on the soccer pitch caught the eye of a representative from the Washington Crossfire, formerly known as the Seattle Wolves. Based in Everett, the team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.

Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard signs with Colorado Avalanche of the NHL

Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard signed a three-year entry level deal today with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. "I am excited to sign with the Avalanche," Pickard said. "This is the first step in a pro career and I am looking forward to being a part of the Avalanche organization."

  • Mar 26, 2011

BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs made big strides in winter season, future bright

The end result wasn’t what the Foster High boys basketball team had envisioned. But make no mistake, the Bulldogs grew by leaps and bounds during the winter season. So much so, in fact, that the Bulldogs have reason to believe in a future with limitless potential. A future that, given the relative youth of this season’s team, very well could include multiple state appearances. Foster entered the season having graduated 90 percent of its scoring punch and with nearly an entirely new starting rotation. Adding to the sea of change is the fact that the Bulldogs transitioned from a half-court, slow-down offense into an up-tempo, run-and-gun style of play.

Former Foster star Yusef Aziz still dreaming big

From Holland to Germany, Brazil to Kuwait, Yusef Aziz has been half-way around the world in the past seven years. With all of that moving it would be easy to think he is running away from something. The truth is, Aziz is running toward something — basketball. After years of globetrotting, the former Foster High School star has settled in to Kuwait City, where he’s currently playing his third season for the Suliabikhat Sports Club. Aziz, now 29, grew up in Tukwila and led the Foster basketball team to state in 1998 and 1999. It was during those years as a Bulldog that basketball took on a new light for the former Foster High star.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Foster has plenty of positives to take from season

The Foster girls basketball team mostly cruised through the Seamount regular season, racking up a record of 11-3 and finishing second.Once the Bulldogs reached the… Continue reading

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Foster lands three on All-Seamount League team

ALL-SEAMOUNT LEAGUE GIRLS BASKETBALLMVP: Aminah Williams, Kennedy, seniorCoach of the Year: John Barbee, Kennedy FIRST TEAMAirashay Rogers, Hazen, juniorSahara Hill, Foster, juniorArineshia Smith, Tyee, juniorAlli Madison,… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2011

BOYS BASKETBALL: Foster trio earns All-Seamount League accolades

ALL-SEAMOUNT LEAGUE BOYS BASKETBALLMVP: Mitch Penner, Kennedy, JuniorCoach of the Year: Gary Shcaplow, Hazen FIRST TEAMDeCorrius Sampson, Hazen, seniorTreVaunte Williams, Foster, sophomoreJames Keum, Lindbergh, juniorRJ Magar,… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2011

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Foster falls to W.F. West at state

The Foster girls basketball team fell to W.F. West in the first round of the 2A state basketball tournament Feb. 25.The Bulldogs (16-10) led by… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2011

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Foster beats Clover Park, will face W.F. West in first round of state tournament

The Foster girls basketball team beat Clover Park 39-26 Feb. 21 in a West Central District 2A game to lock up a state berth.

  • Feb 24, 2011

BOYS BASKETBALL: Foster falls to Kingston, braces for West Central District tournament

The Foster High boys basketball team was done in by a cold first quarter Saturday, Feb. 12 in a seeding game against Kingston. Sam Byers scored 21 points and Zane Ravenholt added 14 more, leading the Buccaneers past the Bulldogs 64-56. Kingston bolted out to a 21-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

Preps of the Month for January

BIANCA BENAVIDES, Foster Grade: Junior. Sport: Basketball. Accomplishment: Benavides delivered a season-high 17 points on Jan. 19, lifting the Bulldogs past Tyee 66-47 in a pivotal Seamount League game. Favorite class: U.S. History. If you could invite anyone in the world to dinner, whom would you invite, and what would you serve: Kobe Bryant, and there would be pasta.

  • Feb 14, 2011