Sportswatch for 8-27

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

For the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 3


High schools
The fall football season kicks off with jamborees Saturday, including the Highline School District Jamboree scheduled for 10 a.m. at Highline Memorial Stadium.
Evergreen High School of White Center will be joined by Mount Rainier of Des Moines and Highline of Burien for the action.
Seattle will be at home at Safeco Field for a 12:40 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday before hosting the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
Then it's on to Oakland to play the Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Monday, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.
All of the games can be seen on ROOT Sports cable television.
Tacoma plays its final regular season home game at Cheney Stadium on Wednesday, hosting the Iowa Cubs at 7:05 p.m.
The Rainiers finish the Pacific Coast League season at Fresno.
They will play the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday ahead of a 6:05 p.m. game Sunday and a 1:05 p.m. game Monday.

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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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Photos by Ed Shepherd
Lancers seventh-eighth graders player, Gerald Hood, encouraging teammates, Fritz Schuster, and, Nathan Gibson, to keep bear crawling to the finish in a practice in high heat at Kennedy High School.

Junior Lancers feed into JFK

By Ed Shepherd

Here come the Lancers!

No, not those Lancers, if one's thinking of the Kennedy High School kind. But, if one's thinking of the football variety, then, that's right, because the Puget Sound Lancers, with ages ranging from six years old to 14, are coming to a football field near you as their regular season starts Sept. 6. with its home games at Highline Memorial.

Official schedule is to be announced for the Nisqually Junior Football League.

Used to be four divisions in the NJFL, starting with the youngest, Pee Wees, and going to the oldest, Seniors, but, not anymore. The Lancers' four teams are labeled: first and second graders, third and fourth graders, fifth and sixth graders, and seventh and eighth graders.

"We are the official feeder program for Kennedy High School," said Leon Curenton, president of the Lancers, whose four divisions open up before the season's opener with, first, a scrimmage against the Pacific Highway Chargers at Chief Sealth High School this weekend, with different grades playing each day, Saturday and Sunday.

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