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Rodney Stuckey, a 2004 Kentwood High graduate and first-round NBA draft selection — 15th overall — by the Detroit Pistons last June, recently was named to the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie team.
Scott Simmons has lost a pair of uncles to cancer.
• WHAT: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Covington, Maple Valley and Black Diamond.
A listing of some of the top coaches in boys and girls high school sports for the 2007-08 school year.
A calendar of recreational events, announcements and updates from around Kent.
The Kentlake High baseball team spent pretty much the entire spring on an emotional high, winning game after game on the way to a state finals berth at Safeco Field. On that same diamond, however, coach Jason Evans was in the midst of an emotional roller coaster ride, stemming from the loss of his father Dale, who passed away April 14 after a short bout with lung cancer.
He took a flight to Florida a couple Tuesdays ago. But had Ryan Voelkel thought about it, he probably could’ve skipped the flight and flown south using nothing but his two arms. That’s just how much of a high the former Kentlake High star was on. And who could blame him? The big fella, in a roundabout sort of way, had realized a lifelong dream less than a two days earlier and was busy packing his belongings – and dreams – in a suitcase and bracing for the next step in his baseball career. That next step for Voelkel, a 6-foot-6 230-pound first baseman is playing for the Atlanta Braves rookie league affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
As the center on Kentridge High’s football team, LeRoi Edwards thinks of himself as “the commander of the offensive line.”
Kentridge’s Ryan Carter and Kentlake’s Greg Ikeda have become the first athletes in the history of their schools to earn 12 letters – one in each of the three sports seasons all four years.
Matt Hague had to wait a little bit longer than anticipated for the second year in a row.
Luke Angevine, Kentwood
Basketball or volleyball? Volleyball or basketball? When it comes to Kentwood High’s Jessie Genger, coaches tend to have different opinions on which is her better sport. Understandably so. Genger, a 5-foot-11 junior, has been equally impressive in both the last several years. But this past school year, there simply wasn’t anyone better. And because of that, Genger has been chosen from a strong field as the Reporter’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Broadcast sports events happening in the Puget Sound region.
Cummins, a junior, brought solid talent to the soccer field and the basketball floor. She was KR’s leading scorer with three goals in soccer, earning All-SPSL North Division second-team honors. She also set the scoring pace for the Chargers during basketball season, averaging 8.4 points per game, and was an honorable mention all-league pick.
A listing of recreational activities occurring in Kent and nearby areas.
Margo’s Gift finished with a late surge inside and posted a neck victory over Easy Going Cecil in the $60,000 Pepsi-Cola Handicap for 3-year-olds on Sunday at Emerald Downs.
Demitrius Bronson and Tyler Weinbrecht of Kentwood, and JoAsh Peko of Kentlake will be part of the West squad for the annual East-West All-State football game.