Sports

Jockey Jennifer Whitaker aboard Wasserman after winning the Longacres Mile.

Winning by a nose

In saving his best strides for last, Wasserman came home with another first.

  • Aug 19, 2008
Jockey Jennifer Whitaker aboard Wasserman after winning the Longacres Mile.

A look at cross country and girls soccer

Here’s an early look at the fall season for Renton’s boys and girls cross country and girls soccer teams.

Vann Belvoir can’t help but smile when discussing Schoolin You

Vann Belvoir: Horse track junkie

He’s a track junkie. One minute, he’s talking excitedly about his time in the spotlight as one of the nation’s premier jockeys. The next, with the speed of an auctioneer on a double-shot caffeine kick, he’s colorfully divulging how being a trainer gives him a rush like no other.

  • Aug 15, 2008
Vann Belvoir can’t help but smile when discussing Schoolin You

Hazen, Lindbergh, Renton: A too-early look at high school football | Column

As a disclaimer, these observations are simply made from last year’s statistics. I haven’t seen any of the teams practice yet and I’m just assuming non-graduating players will be back this season. In other words, things could change by the time games start.

The view of Cedar River from the bridge at Riverview Park.

Renton Trails: Cedar River Trail

After exploring much of the Cedar River Trail, I came away with one impression: The trail is a great place to bike, take a stroll or just wander.

The view of Cedar River from the bridge at Riverview Park.
Christian Canlas of Seattle

Best Effort Basketball Camp helps kids improve their game — and health

Kids out on the basketball courts at Liberty Park this week laughing, yelling and shooting hoops were learning more than just how to play basketball. They were learning how to live a healthier life.

Christian Canlas of Seattle
Bobby Engram holds his daughter Bobbi

Fast. Tough. Reliable.

Fast. Tough. Reliable.

  • Aug 5, 2008
Bobby Engram holds his daughter Bobbi
Crew chief and boat owner Chuck Dow sits on the UL 40 – King and Bunnys Appliances

King and Bunnys returns to the Seafair pits

UL 40, the unlimited light hydroplane sponsored by King and Bunnys Appliances in the Renton Highlands, is in the hunt again this year for a Seafair trophy.

  • Aug 1, 2008
Crew chief and boat owner Chuck Dow sits on the UL 40 – King and Bunnys Appliances
Alejandro Hernandez (top row

Playing soccer across the pond

Renton’s Alejandro Hernandez is getting a rare chance: To travel the world while playing a sport he loves, soccer.

Alejandro Hernandez (top row
Marcus Trufant watches a drill on the second day of training camp.

Thoughts from Seahawks training camp…with cornerback Marcus Trufant

The Seahawks training camp in Kirkland is less than a week old and the competition is already heating up. I spoke with starting cornerback Marcus Trufant about training camp, the new facility in Renton, and a few other things.

Marcus Trufant watches a drill on the second day of training camp.

Questions linger at wide receiver for Seahawks | Column

In my first preview of the Seahawks’ season, I previewed the offensive line and running game. In this column, I’ll preview what the Seahawks’ passing game might look like in 2008.

A corner on one of many switchbacks on West Tiger No. 3. The trail has more than 2

Tiger Mountain’s West No. 3 trail a good challenge for hikers | Column

Despite the weather-induced lack of a view at the Tiger Mountain summit, West Tiger No. 3 is a fun trail with just enough challenge in it to keep hikers interested.

A corner on one of many switchbacks on West Tiger No. 3. The trail has more than 2
Five members of the Ironbirds play shortstop by committee Thursday in a T-ball game at Kennydale Lions Park.

Renton youth baseball league: A place for kids to learn the basics in stress-free environment

As youth sports continue to get more and more competitive, there are still a few places where fun is the top priority.

Five members of the Ironbirds play shortstop by committee Thursday in a T-ball game at Kennydale Lions Park.
Bill Kost stands with his 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Kost has raced the car for more than 30 years and piled up more than 40 wins.

Bill Kost, trusty Olds still tearing up drag racing track

Competitive man and trusty machine share a long association, more than 30 years of chasing down challengers on a quarter-mile asphalt strip.

  • Jul 21, 2008
Bill Kost stands with his 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Kost has raced the car for more than 30 years and piled up more than 40 wins.
Aretha Thurmond throws at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene

Aretha Thurmond — Olympian and Renton mother — heads to Beijing

If Aretha Thurmond has taught her competitors anything, it’s that you should never underestimate a mother. A year after giving birth to her first child Thurmond won the discus event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Her toss of 213 feet, 11 inches was nearly three feet off of her personal best and good enough to take the win by over seven feet at the event on June 27, in Eugene, Ore. With her first place finish, the Renton High alumna qualified for the summer Olympics in Beijing, China – her third Olympic games.

Aretha Thurmond throws at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene
A view on Parasite

Renton’s Towers of Power trails: Easy to difficult, it’s all here

The Towers of Power system of trails offers something for everyone. From a main trail for a wide, easy ride to inner trails with challenging obstacles.

A view on Parasite
Adam McFadden rides up one of the gradual slopes on the second half of the Lake Youngs trail.

Lake Youngs offers off-road beginners a good place to start

Lake Youngs doesn’t deliver what you may think when first hearing its name: a view of a lake. But it does deliver a good time and a great place for beginning off-road bikers to get started.

Adam McFadden rides up one of the gradual slopes on the second half of the Lake Youngs trail.

Seahawks’ offseason moves: Offensive line and running backs

Seahawks training camp is approaching and the team has made a few offseason moves designed to push the team to the top in head coach Mike Holmgren’s last season at the helm.

Leslie Folsom poses on the edge of the practice putting green Tuesday at the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle.

Unyielding drive all part of Renton woman’s golf game

For Leslie Folsom, success in golf has always meant adaptation. She couldn’t hit as far off the tee as the boys in high school, so she became an ace putter. She felt she might be slipping physically, so she hired a personal trainer and became stronger. And instead of just dealing with issues of inequality toward women golfers, she joined the board of directors at her country club and is now part of the change.

Leslie Folsom poses on the edge of the practice putting green Tuesday at the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle.
Majestics co-owner Heather Gallemore of Renton

Seattle Majestics undefeated so far in Independent Women’s Football League

Campy Campolo doesn’t always have the best view of the football action. By design, someone’s often right in her way.

  • Jul 2, 2008
Majestics co-owner Heather Gallemore of Renton