Brandon Mann in Japan

Mount Rainier High School graduate Brandon Mann is entering his second professional baseball season with the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japan Central League. The left-handed pitcher was a former farm hand for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Conger leading Bees

Hank Conger, a catcher who was born in Federal Way, is leading the Salt Lake City Bees of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization with a .407 batting average after six games.
Conger got off to an 11-for-27 start with three doubles and two home runs. The catcher who was one of the Angels’ final cuts this year also has seven runs scored and six RBI for the Bees.

Ishikawa has slow start

Federal Way High School graduate Travis Ishikawa got off to an 0-for-5 start for the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball team with four strikeouts. Ishikawa is a backup first baseman for the Brewers.

Pro instruction offered

Local tennis professional Steve Walters again offers area tennis lessons at outdoor locations this summer. Walters, certified Pro 1 by the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1986, has coached at some of the world's top tennis resorts and academies in Florida, California, Texas and Canada. Also he traveled on the men's professional tour, including the 1988 U.S. Open, as a traveling coach for world-ranked pros and nationally-ranked juniors.
As a player, Walters has been ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest in men's doubles (2002) and also in mixed doubles (1985).
Walters can be reached for junior or adult lessons at (253) 486-2220 or at

Goucher teaches

Former professional baseball player Steve Goucher is offering one-on-one instruction in pitching, hitting and fielding in the Burien area.
Goucher's professional experience includes being an Atlanta Braves scout and playing for the Taichung Blackhawks in Taiwan and the Bend Bucks in Oregon. He previously played for San Diego State University.
His coaching experience includes serving as director of the Mike Blowers Baseball Camp, serving as the Green River Community College pitching coach, as a Tacoma Community College assistant coach and as a pitching instructor at Dave Henderson's Ballyard.
For information, call (206) 230-9011 or visit

Classes upcoming

Tukwila's Community Center is offering a variety of classes including Jazzercise, Kickboxing and Pilates. Youth classes in ballet, karate and gymnastics are also available.
Visit and click on the recreation brochure to see what is offered.
For more information, contact Tammy Bayliss or Dave Johnson at (206) 768-2822.

Softball umps needed

Seattle Metro Softball Umpires Association (SMSUA) and the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of King County are recruiting people to become fastpitch and/or slowpitch umpires. Games are played days, evenings and weekends -- and umpires pick the schedule and locations that work for them. Umpires are paid $22 per game. Free rules classes, umpire mechanics clinics and on-field umpire training are provided. Umpires are needed for youth, junior and senior high school, college and men's and women's games as well as championships.
Call (206) 817-2207 for more information.

Monthly breakfast held

District 7 Little League is hosting a fundraising breakfast every third Sunday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. It is being held at the Burien Eagles Club located at 920 SW 150th Ave.

Drop-in action slated

The SeaTac Park Community Center is currently offering Drop-In Badminton on Monday and Wednesday from 7:00-9:45 p.m. The fee is $3.25 for adults and $2.25 for seniors. Additionally, you can drop in to our Thursday night Archery from 7:00-9:45pm or our Aerobic Boot Camp class, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 5:30pm, for $6.00 per visit. Meet new people, engage in friendly competition and get a great workout. Must be at least 16 to attend. Locker rooms and showers on-site. For more information please contact SeaTac Parks & Recreation at (206) 973-4680.

Masters times offered

The Federal Way Masters swimming team for ages 19 and over is now offering three workout session times at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center located at 650 SW Campus Drive in Federal Way.
Members are required to join U.S. Masters Swimming at $30 per year, and the annual team registration fee is $25. Monthly coaching fees are $35 per month for up to twice weekly workouts or $45 per month for unlimited workouts. A 10 percent discount is offered for a prepayment of three months. Also available is a drop-in fee of $5 per workout.
For more information, contact or call coaches Malcolm and Wendy Neely at (253) 838-8408.

Hoop school ongoing

Klahanee Community Center in Federal Way is hosting 1 Tough School of Basketball year-round. The school is for boys and girls grades 4-12 and offers two-hour workouts based on ball handling, passing, shooting and details formulated from Division I and II collegiate programs. It will also include guest speakers from the high school, college and professional level, and the coaching staff includes varsity high school head coaches and former Division I and II college standouts at different positions.
The registration fee is $35, with an $80 fee for one month, $150 for two months and $265 for three months.
The Klahanee Community Center is located at 33901-9th Ave. So. in Federal Way.
For more information, call (206) 852-1077 or Email to

Club teaches youngsters

The Bogey Bear Golf Club welcomes youngsters ages 6-17 to learn the game of golf for free. The club meets at Jefferson Park golf course every Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. from April through September.
Free clubs, free range balls and even free lessons for parents whose child is in the Bogey Bear program are also offered. There is an advanced junior golf program available, too.
Contact the Bogey Bear Junior Golf Foundation at (206) 722-0600.

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