‘On the side’ is a mid-week glance at the week’s top ticket, streaks, numbers and miscellaneous sports rumblings involving Covington and Maple Valley.
PUNCH THIS TICKET
It’s no secret that some of the state’s best volleyball talent comes from the South County.
A good handful of that talent will be on display tonight at 7:15, when Kentridge (2-0, 5-2) plays host to second-ranked Kentwood (3-0, 8-0) in a pivotal South Puget Sound League North Division match.
Kentridge, which was tabbed by coaches before the season began to be one of the top teams in the North, has won four straight matches, culminating in last Thursday’s victory over previously unbeaten Bethel of the SPSL South. The one-two combination of setter Marissa Fujimoto and hitter Ashley Nguyen have been deadly during that span, combining for 102 assists and 60 kills respectively over the four matches.
The Conquerors, in search of their fourth straight SPSL North title, are led by Jessie Genger, the league’s returning MVP, and Lauren Campbell, both of whom can put the ball down with the best of ‘em. The Conquerors enter the night having dropped just one game of a match all season, that coming against Tahoma on Sept. 24.
STILL KICKIN’ IT
Former Tahoma High soccer standouts Daniela Gonzalez and Morgan Wood are now playing at Bellevue Community College. Both Gonzalez, a sophomore, and Wood, a freshman, are midfielders.
Last week, the Bulldogs (7-1-1) cracked the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) rankings, coming in at No. 8 after picking up a 2-2 tie against Highline and a 4-0 win over Edmonds. Gonzalez tallied goals in each game. Through eight games, Gonzalez ranks eighth in the entire NWAACC with eight goals this season.
The Bulldogs 13U select baseball team is looking for four skilled players to complete their roster for the upcoming 2009 Sandy Koufax League season and additional tournament play. Indoor training began earlier this month at the program’s new state-of-the-art facility in Sumner. For more information, contact Craig at 253-377-6685.