Madison already starting at WSU

By Tim Clinton

Cole Madison has stepped right into the fray as a freshman at Washington State University.

The Burien resident and Kennedy Catholic High School graduate is the starting right tackle for the Cougars in his first season with the team, including in their opening game against Rutgers in Seattle this past Thursday.

The 41-38 loss at CenturyLink Field did not sit well with the 6-foot, 5-inch tall and 350-pound Madison.

"We were not playing to our full potential the entire game," he said. "We keep talking about it, but we need to play the fourth quarter and finish the game."

The Cougars from Pullman did fall behind by 14-3 and 21-10 scores in the second quarter, then came back to take as much as a 31-24 lead in the third quarter.

But the lead slipped away at the end of the fourth quarter, and a last minute drive by the Cougars was stopped short.

"The first part of the game we came out a little slow," said Madison. "The last drive we've got to go out and know we're going to win the game. Some people don't believe in themselves to do the job."

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Bearcats ready to pounce on football foes

By Ed Shepherd

Burien Bearcats Junior Football is practicing, and, things looks like, once again, the Seniors division will lead them, as they await their Northwest Junior Football League opener on Sept. 6 weekend.

The coach of the Seniors is John Howard, who teamed with George Jackson and Milton Chatman for many years very successfully.

But last year was different. No Jackson coaching. And, not so coincidentally, no championship. The Seniors for the last decade delivered more trophies to the Bearcats than any other division of the youngest 76ers to the 89ers to the Pee Wees to the Bantams and Juniors.

And, not only that, but the Bearcats Seniors, with championships littered throughout the last 10 years, probably have more of those than any other division of the whole NJFL, which includes teams from places like North Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, Mulkiteo and Shoreline.

"We didn't win the championship last year. We got to the playoffs, but we lost there," said Howard. "We didn't have George (Jackson). He went to coach a semipro football team, the Renton Ravens."

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Photo by Gerardo Bolong
Austin Sharma attempts an acrobatic forehand during a recent Mt. Rainier boys tennis practice on the Mt. Rainier High School courts.

Ram boys tennis armed to compete

By Gerardo Bolong

Strength in its vast arsenal of returning, experienced players headlines this season's Mt. Rainier boys tennis team as it expects to improve from last season's South Puget Sound League North Division 3-7 fourth place finish while also trying to better its post season experiences.

"We've got more to work with in terms of experienced starters and contributors from last season," said Ram head coach Tim Lee who enters his 29th year at the Ram helm. "We expect all our matches to be competitive and we want improve our record as we get better with each match. Last season, we were not as successful as usual in post season play, so we want to get farther there, also."

Seniors Justin Fortner and Daniel Russell did not turn out, but Lee still has eight solid players back from last season.

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