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Majestics co-owner Heather Gallemore of Renton
Majestics co-owner Heather Gallemore of Renton
Don Joss

Renton card shop owner reflects on 20 years of business

To some, a 1985 Topps Alvin Davis card doesn’t mean much. Its worth is less than a dollar, and this one isn’t even in mint condition. To Don Joss, that card means nostalgia. Memories versus dollars and cents. Or even collecting for joy versus collecting for profit. That’s the power of trading cards. To many they’re more than simple pieces of cardboard smeared with pictures, names and statistics. They’re a glimpse of personal history.

Don Joss
Matt Kvech of the Renton Little League Minors Cardinals swings at a pitch during the District 7 Tournament of Champions. The Cardinals won the tournament.

Renton Little Leaguers mop up area teams

For every baseball player, Major League dreams start on Little League diamonds. Little League is where players hone their skills: How to bat, how to throw, how to field and for some select Renton Little Leaguers, how to win. Renton Little League Cardinals teams swept the Minors and Majors titles in the District 7 Tournament of Champions competition on June 15. District 7 includes areas around Renton, West Seattle, Seatac and Des Moines.

Matt Kvech of the Renton Little League Minors Cardinals swings at a pitch during the District 7 Tournament of Champions. The Cardinals won the tournament.
Renton Taekwondo Athletics head coach Robert Morrison

Renton Taekwondo team headed to Jr. Olympics

Taekwon do is loosely translated as “the way of the first and foot” from Korean. Renton Taekwondo Athletics is an Olympic-style sport Taekwondo team. The team is a mix of fighters of all ages that travels to competitions around the country and practices at Lee’s Martial Arts in downtown Renton. The team’s season will come to an end when it travels to Detroit July 1-6 for the USA Taekwondo Junior Olympics, where the fighters will have a chance to put all of their practice to the test.

Renton Taekwondo Athletics head coach Robert Morrison
Lindbergh’s Patrick Claussen works on his fielding at practice early in the spring.
Lindbergh’s Patrick Claussen works on his fielding at practice early in the spring.

Renton, Lindbergh, Hazen grads move on to next level

Three seniors. Three different schools. Three different seasons. One common goal for the future: continue playing. Renton High’s Justin Gunn, Lindbergh’s Patrick Claussen and Hazen’s Nathan Bunch all knew coming into the 2008 season that their teams would look to them for leadership. The three seniors had different levels of success this season, but all are moving on to play at the next level.

Above: Renton’s Justin Gunn takes a swing for his club team Taylor Baseball. Left: Gunn pitches in a game for Taylor Baseball.

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Above: Renton’s Justin Gunn takes a swing for his club team Taylor Baseball. Left: Gunn pitches in a game for Taylor Baseball.
Lindbergh’s Patrick Claussen works on his fielding at practice early in the spring.

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Lindbergh’s Patrick Claussen works on his fielding at practice early in the spring.
Hazen’s Nathan Bunch practices indoors before the 2008 season.

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Hazen’s Nathan Bunch practices indoors before the 2008 season.
Mike Spellman high fives base coach and teammate Marvin Yost as he comes in after scoring a run.

Doofers Bar and Grill softball squad is Renton dynasty

A group of local friends that found a way to use softball to stay together and active for decades has found an unexpected side effect: winning, lots and lots of winning. The team, sponsored by Doofers Sports Bar and Grill, has been one of the best teams in the area for quite some time. In fact, the team has won at least one tournament every year since 1979. Pretty impressive for a group of friends simply looking for a way to hang out and stay active.

Mike Spellman high fives base coach and teammate Marvin Yost as he comes in after scoring a run.
Renton prep teams so great in '08 | Year in Review

Renton prep teams so great in ’08 | Year in Review

It was a great year for sports in Renton. Athletes from Hazen, Lindbergh and Renton High reminded us all why we’re fans of prep sports. From swim and gymnastics, to football and basketball, there were many notable performances in the 2007-2008 prep sports season.

Renton prep teams so great in '08 | Year in Review

Lindbergh track coach goes the distance as Renton’s Coach of the Year

Whether it’s taking the team on spaghetti feeds the nights before meets or cooking up pancakes on three giant griddles after Saturday morning practices, Lindbergh’s Jeff Rettmann is doing something right. On the strength of taking a team to the cross-country state tournament and guiding the boys track team through an undefeated dual meet season, Rettmann is the Renton Reporter’s Coach of the Year for the 2007-2008 school year.

Lindbergh’s Kenisha Macklin plays in the field against Renton High.

Lindbergh triple threat is Renton’s Prep Female Athlete of the Year

When you’re a key part of three teams like Lindbergh’s Kenisha Macklin, there isn’t much of an offseason. Because of her role on Lindbergh’s soccer, basketball and track teams, Macklin is the Renton Reporter’s pick as the Prep Female Athlete of the Year.

Lindbergh’s Kenisha Macklin plays in the field against Renton High.
Renton’s Armin Basic pressures Mount Rainier quarterback Craig Robinson.

Renton Reporter’s Prep Male Athlete of the Year ‘had higher expectations’

It takes a lot to impress Renton High junior Armin Basic. Despite making it to the state tournament in three sports this school year and being named the Renton Reporter’s Prep Male Athlete of the Year, he expects more. “I have to go back to the gym and get better,” Basic said. “I had higher expectations for this year.”

Renton’s Armin Basic pressures Mount Rainier quarterback Craig Robinson.
Hazen’s Andrey Levkiv warms up with the shot put in track practice at Hazen.

Levkiv: Still striving for a state title

Hazen’s Andrey Levkiv placed first in the shot put at 13 regular season meets this year, but it’s the one meet he placed second at that he’ll remember all off season.

Hazen’s Andrey Levkiv warms up with the shot put in track practice at Hazen.
Renton’s Kanisha Calcote takes the baton from Mary Powell for the anchor leg of Renton’s 4x100 relay.

Solace in the blocks

Step by step, meter by meter, Kanisha Calcote gets a little closer to peace of mind.

Renton’s Kanisha Calcote takes the baton from Mary Powell for the anchor leg of Renton’s 4x100 relay.

Hazen doubles team makes consolation final four at state

Five Hazen tennis players made it to the 3A state tennis tournament on May 23-24.

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Hazen’s Andrey Levkiv throws the shot put at the 3A state meet in Pasco. Levkiv finished with the second longest distance in the state

Throwers, Renton girls team make strong showings in Pasco

Months of hard work came to fruition in Pasco May 23-24 as track athletes competed in the 3A state meet.

Hazen’s Andrey Levkiv throws the shot put at the 3A state meet in Pasco. Levkiv finished with the second longest distance in the state

Liberty’s state run starts quick, ends against Spartans

The Liberty softball team started the 3A state tournament with a bang, beating Enumclaw 15-5, but couldn’t keep the offense going. All three of Liberty’s state tournament games were on May 23 at the SERA Fields in Tacoma.

Liberty High School pitcher Jesi Siemons dives for a short pop up back to the mound but doesn’t quite make it and the Enumclaw runner is safe at first base in state softball tournament play Friday morning in Tacoma.

The smart way to 12

A lot has happened since 1996. One thing that hasn’t is the Liberty softball team missing the state playoffs.

Liberty High School pitcher Jesi Siemons dives for a short pop up back to the mound but doesn’t quite make it and the Enumclaw runner is safe at first base in state softball tournament play Friday morning in Tacoma.