Nothing evokes memories of our spring sports quite like a 35-degree afternoon with scattered snow showers. And when there’s weather like we had on Friday, there’s a good chance baseball and softball teams are going to take the night off. They did.
So after a slow Friday night, this might be the best time to pass along the link to a story that appeared last week in the New York Times, with former Times writer Greg Bishop — one of the best guys I’ve ever read — telling the secret that many of you already know: Washington basketball teams can hold their own.
Other links to keep you busy this weekend:
-Takkle, owned by Sports Illustrated, has released its top national baseball prospects. Beau Brett of Ferris, who has signed with USC, comes in at 29. Catcher Kyle Buchanon, from Auburn, ranks 43rd. In a state where it snows on March 28, I’d say two in the top 43 is not too shabby.
-Speaking of Brett and Ferris (Brett was the sixth man on the Ferris basketball team), MaxPreps put together its top 10 dunks of the high school season nationally. No 9? DeAngelo Casto slamming one home against Garfield in the state tournament. MaxPreps also wrote out its highlights of the season in alphabetical order, and for J, they wrote:
“J is for Jeff and Jared, Minnerly and Karstetter from Ferris (Wash.). Two-time Washington 4A champs and winners for 58-straight games, they leave many memories to cherish.”
-Finally, for those who appreciate the fine high-school based television show Friday Night Lights like I do, there’s good news: a third season appears likely. It would have been a shame for it to end like it did during the writers’ strike, right in the middle of a season.
1. Shea O’Donnell, Skyline, track and field. On a day when most of the events were canceled because of snow, O’Donnell won the 100 and 200 meters to lead Skyline to the championship in the Eastmont Invitational.
2. Dylan Gaddy, Kamiak, boys soccer. Gaddy broke through for a goal one minute into the second half to break a scoreless tie and then scored another and added an assist in Kamiak’s 4-0 win against Jackson, one of the area’s better defensive teams.
3. Anthony Drobnick, Seattle Prep, baseball. One team played baseball Friday, but that’s because Seattle Prep was in Tampa, Fla., where the Panthers lost in the Spring Break Invitational championship game on a squeeze bunt in the seventh. But Drobnick, a Wazzu signee, allowed just two hits and struck out 10. He also went 3-for-3 and drove in Seattle Prep’s only run.