SBI REBELS TRYOUTS
Justin McMath was ready to go. He’d put in the practice time, gotten to know his teammates and coaches, and was all pumped up for some minor league football action with the Valley Mustangs last year.
Gary Densham says one of the three biggest days of the year in Northwest – along with Seafair weekend – is when the NHRA comes to Pacific Raceways in Kent.
Densham, 61, drives the Racebricks-sponsored Funny Car and has come to this track and blistered its drag strip in various cars for more than 30 years.
It is a swift but short ride. Yet collectively, it is an enduring run of good times, nostalgic moments and high-performance finishes.
For local drag racing pioneer Bill Kost, his reliable Oldsmobile is a part of history, a decorated career and family.
Ron Storer decided to put the age-old theory to the test. Turns out the theory was right:
Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget.
“I’ve gained quite a bit of weight. So I just changed out some wheels and said, ‘I’m going to start riding again,’” said Auburn native Storer, who made a name for himself at the national level during the 1980s by riding a bike better than most everyone else in the country.
The marathon man has switched gears. Switched gear, too.
A guy who used to get his athletic thrills on two feet, Steve Hamling now prefers two wheels.
But his love for going long is the same.
On Saturday, the 39-year-old Auburn man, who has done 30 marathons – including Boston and New York – will cover nearly eight times that distance, albeit on his bicycle.
She often leaves the boys eating her dirt.
Meet Brittany Schreiber, a fast and furious competitor on four wheels.
“I got the need for speed,” said the quietly confident Auburn girl, a regional race champion who turns 12 today. “Yeah, I beat (the boys).
“It’s kind of weird,” said Brittany, who will be a seventh-grader at Mt. Baker Middle School this fall. “The people I race against on the track are my friends. But on the track, it’s all business. We all want to beat each other.”
Marcus Brooks scored two dramatic touchdowns – one on an interception return, the other on a kick return – and Tank Proctor also found the end zone twice as the King County Jaguars opened their minor league football season on Saturday with a 44-7 rout of the Kitsap County Bears at French Field.
Ariana Kukors, an Auburn Mountainview High graduate, finished sixth in the 400-meter individual medley finals on Sunday during the first day of action at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Neb.