Benjamin Ray

Royals junior Saul Rodriguez looks to control the ball late in the game against the Ravens. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent-Meridian boys soccer ready for playoffs

Royals finish in third place in the NPSL standings.

Royals junior Saul Rodriguez looks to control the ball late in the game against the Ravens. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kent-Meridian celebrating the win after the game, but giving respect to the crowd. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent-Meridian boys state soccer tourney drought ends

Royals take down Bainbridge High School 1-0 to advance to Class 3A playoffs

Kent-Meridian celebrating the win after the game, but giving respect to the crowd. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.

Baseball and soccer tournament clinchers | Around the Sound Sports podcast

Lots of local voices featured in this episode: Federal Way boys baseball clinches state tourney berth; Auburn Mountainview soccer beats Bainbridge to make the state tournament; among track highlights, Kent-Meridian girls dominate NPSL; Kent-Meridian boys soccer ends state tournament drought; Auburn Riverside baseball beats crosstown rival Auburn Mountainview to make state; Kentridge takes down Bethel in first round of district tournament; Liberty falls to defending state champ Mercer Island in baseball action; and a shoutout to a Todd Beamer alum who was named a NSIC gold glove winner while a Kentwood alum threw another scoreless outing for Bellevue College softball.

Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.
Kentridge senior RHP Kaden Barnes eyes down the Bethel batting order en route to a 10-3 victory in the playoffs. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentridge baseball makes statement vs. Bethel in postseason

Fifth consecutive win for Chargers, who then lost to Federal Way in loser-out playoff game

Kentridge senior RHP Kaden Barnes eyes down the Bethel batting order en route to a 10-3 victory in the playoffs. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentlake second baseman Christopher Moore at the plate against the Spartans. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentlake’s baseball season cut short in postseason

Falcons took home the 2023 NPSL crown, but dropped two straight in the district tournament.

Kentlake second baseman Christopher Moore at the plate against the Spartans. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.

Softball, baseball and soccer highlights | Around the Sound Sports podcast

In this episode of Around the Sound Sports, we dive into prep softball and baseball highlights as well as soccer tournaments featuring athletes from Federal Way, Kent, Auburn and Renton.

Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.
Sarah Wright dominates in the circle over the Decatur Gators. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood takes home NPSL fastpitch softball crown

Sarah Wright strikes out 15 and allows just three hits.

Sarah Wright dominates in the circle over the Decatur Gators. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Emi Connell has hit 17 home runs this season for the Liberty High School Patriots. COURTESY PHOTO, Lindsay Barnes

17 homers and counting in Renton: Liberty High’s Emi Connell a true power hitter

Sophomore slugger had three home runs and 11 RBIs in one game; hit homers in six consecutive games

Emi Connell has hit 17 home runs this season for the Liberty High School Patriots. COURTESY PHOTO, Lindsay Barnes
Kentwood’s Tucker Robertson makes a tackle against TJ. Ben Ray / The Reporter

High school soccer playoff previews for Kent

Three out of four Kent high schools made it to the district tournament.

Kentwood’s Tucker Robertson makes a tackle against TJ. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentridge senior Daniel Vargas looks to make a run in the first half against Decatur. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Soccer: Kentridge senior’s hat trick fuels 4-0 win over Decatur

The Kentridge High School boys soccer team controls its own destiny in the playoff race as the Chargers took down Decatur 4-0 on April 26.… Continue reading

Kentridge senior Daniel Vargas looks to make a run in the first half against Decatur. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.

Youth league needs umpires | Around the Sound Sports podcast

In this episode, we talk about Federal Way National Little League’s new season and the challenges; Auburn Riverside beats Thomas Jefferson in softball; Liberty plays Lake Washington to a draw in boys soccer; Lindbergh faces Foster on the baseball diamond during Senior Night; playoff-bound Kentridge blanks Decatur 4-0 on the soccer pitch; Liberty’s softball team sweeps the season series against Juanita; and finally, an update on two local grads who play sports at Pacific Lutheran University.

Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.
Kentridge’s Jayla Brown dribbles the ball up the floor against Decatur. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent basketball players named to all league teams

Kent-area high schools were well represented in the 2022-2023 season end awards on the basketball court. Three schools had players on the first teams in… Continue reading

Kentridge’s Jayla Brown dribbles the ball up the floor against Decatur. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.

Inside the boxing ring with Alexis De La Cerda | Around the Sound Sports

Weekly podcast highlights Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and Kent prep sports.

Around the Sound Sports podcast is hosted by Ben Ray. Email benjamin.ray@soundpublishing.com.
Sophomore Irving Baca-Silva takes on a Raider defender in the first half. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kent-Meridian boys soccer falls to Thomas Jefferson

Game that the Royals felt they dominated ended up not going their way.

Sophomore Irving Baca-Silva takes on a Raider defender in the first half. Ben Ray / The Reporter
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Big thumbs up from Kentlake tennis player. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentlake High girls tennis falls to Thomas Jefferson, 3-2

Ashley Wansitler wins in straight sets as Falcon’s No. 1 singles player

Big thumbs up from Kentlake tennis player. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentwood High captain Tucker Robertson makes a tackle in his own box against Thomas Jefferson. BEN RAY, Kent Reporter

Kentwood High boys soccer battles TJ to scoreless draw

The Conquerors had chances to score, but couldn’t capitalize

Kentwood High captain Tucker Robertson makes a tackle in his own box against Thomas Jefferson. BEN RAY, Kent Reporter
Armani Albert runs down the sideline with a defender draped all over him.

Boys soccer: Kentwood ties Puyallup on the pitch

Conks’ record now 1-1-1 through first three games.

Armani Albert runs down the sideline with a defender draped all over him.
Kentwood’s Sarah Wright goes seven full innings in the win over Emerald Ridge. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood fastpitch evens record with win over Emerald Ridge

Sarah Wright strikes out 17 in win.

Kentwood’s Sarah Wright goes seven full innings in the win over Emerald Ridge. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentwood center fielder Jackson Dulay up to bat. Ben Ray / The Reporter

Kentwood baseball drops home opener

Trevor Nyhusmoen goes three scoreless innings on the mound.

Kentwood center fielder Jackson Dulay up to bat. Ben Ray / The Reporter