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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 11:52 am Super Fight League America II delivers an awesome night http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The recent move by Brian Halquist Productions to join forces with Super Fight League America for mixed martial arts events at the Emerald Queen Casino is proving to be a fantastic decision. On Saturday, Dec. 13, the second fight card under the new promotion was entertaining from the start, and the two title-bout main events were heart-stopping battles that put a charge into the crowd at the EQC Showroom that I haven't witnessed this past year.
A total of nine contests, including a women's match made up the bill, and all but a couple of the bouts were very solid, and some spectacular.
The biggest buzz in the room was for the first of the two title fights. While many folks around the Puget Sound know about the Seattle Superhero by the name of Phoenix Jones, most are unaware that he's an accomplished MMA fighter when entering the cage with the name his folks gave him: Ben Fodor. After an electric amateur career, Fodor would enter the night with a 4-0 record in his SFL America welterweight title fight against Enumclaw's favorite U.S. Marine: Tyson Cunningham.
But let's start from the top, shall we?
To kick off the night in the 135-pound division, the hard luck kid from Ellensburg, Alex Eastman, would square-off with Sean Gee, from Portland, who was making his professional debut. While Eastman has shown a degree of heart in his previous fights at the EQC, he's ended up on the short-end of each and entered the fight with an 0-4 record.
Gee looked nothing like a rookie in the cage. He tossed Eastman around in the first round, delivered some "ground and pound" and looked hellbent on making it a short night for Eastman. In the second round, after taking a succession of knees to the midsection, Eastman went low for a takedown of Gee. It backfired as Gee worked his way on top of Eastman again and literally pummeled him into submission as the referee jumped in to stop the fight. It was a good start to the night.
The 205-pound division second bout turned out to be a bit of a groaner. Marysville's Thomas "Tiny" Hoeper brought his 0-1 record into the ring against Tacoma's Nate Cook (0-2) and the two pretty much kept each other from doing what they wanted for three rounds. Hoeper could not handle Cook's standup attacks, so he spent the better part of three rounds clinging to Cook, while trying to slap an occasional choke hold on his smaller opponent to no avail. Hoeper won a unanimous decision, meanwhile Cook's entrance music of James Brown's 'It's a Man's World' was probably the best part of the fight.
The crowd was ready for the third fight as another Tacoma fighter entered the cage in the 185-pound division. Mike "The Juggernaut" Devose (1-1) would face an EQC regular in Trent "Titan" Tyler from Elma. It was a quick one. There was no tap of the gloves in this bout as Tyler rushed Devose at the opening bell and took over the direction of the fight. Tyler took Devose to the ground and at the 2:41 mark of the first slapped a "Guillotine" choke hold on DevRead more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 11:50 am Arts & Entertainment: 'Water Forest' artist shows new work at MOG http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - It seems like the Museum of Glass's new show "Lightness of Being - New Sculpture - Howard Ben Tré" just opened and now it is about to leave. In fact, the show opened last September. It closes, however, Jan. 4 so there is not much time to get in to see this one man exhibit by the artist who created the iconic "Water Forest," the troubled set of bronze and Plexiglas columns that stands outside the museum.
The works in "Lightness of Being" bear a family resemblance to "Water Forest." The main sculptures are seven tall, vertical forms that resemble elegant columns or exotic pillars. These are composed of cast glass and bronze. Ben Tré describes these as a forest, but they are only a forest in the way that ancient temples with all their refined columns were meant to mimic a sacred grove. Indeed, the beauty of the shapes, curves and rich materials of these columns gives the gallery space a sacred feel. It is like standing in an secret Hindu temple or under the pleasure dome of Kubla Khan. Some are fluted, some are ribbed and some employ an arabesque line. Some look like legs removed from enlarged versions of federalist or other neoclassical furniture.
The cast glass has a rough texture and bubbles trapped in the glass draw the eye to the upper portions where the bubbles were frozen in time as they tried to rise. The bronze parts of the columns are done in a variety of patinas, some warm and some dark. Ben Tré enjoys the combination of glass with metals. Glass absorbs light and metal reflects it. The works are forever in a state of flux, depending upon the light conditions in which they are encountered.
Originally from New York, Ben Tré has a history with the Pacific Northwest. He attended college in Oregon where he was originally biology major. One night he was attracted by a fiery glow coming from a small building on campus. It was a rudimentary glassblowing studio. Watching the glass artists at work, Ben Tré got hooked. He went on to become a pioneer in casting glass in large molds. He was part of the early days of the Pilchuck glass school.
The tall works in "Lightness of Being" are said to evoke a sense of the human form with heads, shoulders, hips and footings. The show also includes a number of smaller works that are vessels of light. Some of the artist's drawings and designs, from which the three dimensional works originate, are included.
"Lightness of Being" runs through Jan. 4. See it while you still can. For further information, visit http://www.museumofglass.org.Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 11:44 am Something fast and special going on at Tacoma Baptist http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - If the early season is any sort of example, it looks as though there could be some surprises and raised eyebrows when the dust settles on the basketball season at Tacoma Baptist High School this year. Girls head coach Josh Narayan's squad is young, athletic and fast. They have absolutely no qualms about shooting the ball and are now sitting pretty with a 4-1 record coming out of the gate.
Meanwhile, boys head coach Rich Hamlin returns to the program to a team that maybe has the look of being an overachiever.
On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Crusaders hosted league-rival Chief Leschi for a girls and boys doubleheader and both Tacoma Baptist squads were firing on all cylinders. Playing in the difficult Pacific 2B league means every game is a must win for these teams if they want to entertain hopes of making it into the post-season.
The girls' game started out a little bit rough. With both teams being quick and defensive-minded, missed shots, turnovers and steals were the name of the game as neither team lit up the scoreboard. The Crusaders went on a mini-run to end the first quarter to close with a 12-4 advantage. The second quarter would be a different story as Tacoma Baptist found its groove and started turning steals and rebounds into fast-break points. After giving up a three-pointer early in the period, the Crusaders went on a 20-4 streak that blew the game wide-open. Tacoma Baptist would enter halftime with a 34-11 lead.
The third quarter was much of the same. Juniors Ashley and Jennifer Brooks dictated the flow of the game for Tacoma Baptist as sophomore center Rachel VanLiew cleaned up the boards and altered or blocked shots. The team seemed to have one gear for the game and it was called "Go." Tacoma Baptist outscored the Lady Warriors 22-8 for the period and ended the third quarter with a commanding 56-19 lead.
The fourth quarter was played under a running clock and the Crusaders would only muster two points against Chief Leschi's 11, but the damage had been done long before. Tacoma Baptist would take the victory 58-30.
Jennifer Brooks led all scorers with 19 points, while her sister Ashley added 11. Freshman Brooklyn Pascua scored 12 points. Chief Leschi (0-7) were led by seven points apiece from Keyanna Blue and Shaiana McCloud
The boys' game that followed was supposed to have been a slugfest, but it ended up looking more like the girls game. The two teams traded baskets for what was an exciting first quarter as the Crusaders took a 19-17 lead to end the period. However, Tacoma Baptist turned it on in the second quarter, while the Warriors just couldn't buy a basket. Every good looking shot seemed to rim out for Chief Leschi and it was certainly frustrating for the visitors. The Crusaders entered halftime with a big 42-25 lead.
While Chief Leschi kept up with Tacoma Baptist in the third quarter, the damage had already been done in the second. The Crusaders outscored Chief Leschi 24-19 in the third and extended their lead to 22 points Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 11:23 am SPORTSWATCH http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - DEREK JOHNSON'S FIVE SPOT EARNS WISL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Tacoma Stars and Wenatchee Fire were separated by just two points in the standings and it was even closer on the scoreboard, a 4-4 halftime standoff Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex. Then the right move allowed the right player to turn the match on its head. When the smoke had cleared, Derek Johnson of the Stars had scored five goals and added an assist in a 12-6 Tacoma triumph. Johnson's display earns him Western Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week honors for the fourth week of WISL play.
"At halftime, (General Manager and acting Head Coach) John Crouch asked us to clean up our movement and to be more precise in our running," Johnson tells WISLnews.com. "As soon as that happened space opened which allowed me to go at them. Also, John made a slight change to our rotations which allowed me to have more shifts in the second half."
Johnson felt like it was his moment. "I think an attacker can sense when a game is going to provide opportunities to score. The important piece is being prepared to finish those opportunities. I told John Crouch at halftime that I felt I could score several goals in the second half. Our assistant coach, Alejandro Charif, could also sense it. He encouraged me at halftime and told me I could take over the game."
"We had Derek on a three-man line in the first half but realized it was important to get he and Jamael Cox on the field more consistently to create more attack danger," says Crouch. "We also pointed out some opportunities for our players tactically that would help create attack."
That's just what happened. After scoring a goal in the first half and also assisting on a PJ Vargas goal, Johnson added one in the third quarter and then a hat trick in the fourth quarter to propel Tacoma's run-away win. Kyle Danielson and Jamael Cox scored two each alongside Johnson's outburst.
"We had great preparation from training under Darren Sawatzky (during the week)," Johnson says. "Our successful passing and combination play was a result of what Darren coached all week long. On the field, Joe Jarzynka played a fantastic ball off the boards for one of the goals. Danny Minniti had great vision on our power play for his assist. All three of our target forwards were huge in this game too. I could always rely on Vince McCluskey, Chris Raymond and Kyle Danielson to hold the ball up top for me."
Johnson has pretty-much grown up with the Stars, playing for the PASL version while he was still in high school (Franklin Pierce) and then also in college (Pacific Lutheran.) "It was definitely a game I will not forget anytime soon! It reminds me a lot of a six-goal game I had a few years ago. They were both very attacker-friendly games. However, with the score tied at halftime, my performance inWenatchee was probably more important for my team." Johnson also scored five in a match for the South Sound Shock back in 2013.
John Crouch has seen Johnson mature Read more...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 -- 10:42 am Washington Man Killed In Eastern Idaho Accident KMVT Twin Falls - ... in the median. Byers succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. Byers passenger, Laura E. Howell, 21 of Edgewood, Wa, was transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, ID. Both Byers and Howell were wearing seat ...Read more...