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October 2, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Tuesday morning notes

Two years ago, Newport’s Lauren Barfield had never played a sport. Today, she’s the sixth-ranked senior volleyball player in the country (by, and a University of Washington recruit.

It’s an interesting story, one I’m telling in tomorrow’s Times. But with a new tool I’ve discovered for the blog, audio, I’m going to give you a sneak peek.

Barfield just started playing, but she made herself better with an exercise routine that at one point included two workouts a day, seven days a week. And as well as she’s played, she admits she doesn’t know everything.

Newport moved her from middle hitter to outside hitter this season, which allows her more opportunities for kills. She discusses the move here.

She’s committed to UW already, even if she didn’t recognize UW coach Jim McLaughlin the first time she met him (or even know who McLaughlin was).

-One quick basketball note: Gig Harbor senior Mathias Ward, a 6-foot-7 forward, has committed to Montana. Ward committed on Saturday at the end of his visit in Missoula, and was glad to get it out of the way. “It’s something I didn’t want to worry about during the season,” he said.

-If you haven’t had a chance yet today, take a look at Sandy Ringer’s piece on Evergreen senior football player Tim Miller. Miller’s brother, also a football player, died last year in an accidental shooting, in the same room where Tim Miller was sleeping. So Tim Miller asked for a hardship waiver from the WIAA to play this season in his brother’s memory. Sandy uses a poem Tim Miller wrote to tell the story.

-Also in today’s paper, Craig Smith tackles the situation at Garfield, where five football players, arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of robbery assault, played on Friday night against Eastlake.

You might ask why I have abstained on this issue, which I have been covering for the past two weeks. That’s exactly why: I’m still covering it, and it’s essential I remain impartial to do so.

But you can read the stories here, here and here and come to your own conclusion: should these players be in uniform?

Morning stars

1. Sandy Vaughn, O’Dea, boys golf. Shot a 3-under 33 at Jackson Park Golf Course.

2. Rachel Bollens, Roosevelt, volleyball. Had 16 kills and three aces in important win against Inglemoor.

3. Cory Mehl, O’Dea, boys golf. His teammate beat him by one. Mehl shot a 34 in O’Dea’s win against Lakeside.

Tonight’s top games

1. Puyallup at Beamer, girls soccer, 5:30 p.m. Puyallup can tie Beamer for first place in the SPSL 4A South with a victory.

2. Edmonds-Woodway at Mariner, volleyball, 7 p.m. WesCo season just underway, but Woodway’s looked good so far.

3. Holy Names at Lakeside, girls soccer, 4 p.m. Lakeside tries to stay undefeated in Metro games.



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