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April 2, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Coaching changes

Take a look at our results page almost any day and you’ll see that come spring, the high school fields and courses are as packed as the agate page. The confluence of baseball, softball, boys soccer, golf, tennis and track and field – even lacrosse – means that athletic directors have a lot on their hands.

And that doesn’t even include the changes ADs are making for other seasons. This is a time where many schools are making coaching changes, and we’ve already had our share of big ones this week. On Monday, Skyline, the defending Class 3A football champ, replaced its Hall of Fame coach Steve Gervais with Mat Taylor, who was Gervais’ wide receivers coach for nine years. On the same day, Ballard (who not too long ago was the 4A football runner-up) hired John Bowers, an assistant at Western Washington, as its football coach.

That same day, Issaquah basketball coach Jeff Patrick announced he was leaving, claiming the commute time to Issaquah became too much of a grind. Patrick coached the Eagles for nine seasons (17 total, including his time as an assistant) and took them to three state tournaments. This means that basketball coaching jobs at three of the more successful schools — Garfield, Bainbridge, Issaquah — are open right now. It can’t be the worst time for someone looking to become a head coach.

Morning stars

1. Darwin Jones, Mt. Rainier, boys soccer. A natural selection for the top spot. This Ram, with three goals against defending state champ Hazen last night, now has four hat tricks in four games.

2. Frank Tassara, Mount Si, baseball. The sophomore struck out 12 in a no-hitter against defending state champion Issaquah.

3. Sean Rehon, Auburn Riverside, baseball. Went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and SEVEN RBI in a 15-7 win against Enumclaw.

Tonight’s top games

Newport vs. Issaquah, baseball, 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. How often do you get to see the last two state champs face off in any sport? This is definitely worth a look.

Snohomish at Monroe, boys soccer, 7:30 p.m. Both teams are 5-1 in conference play and don’t want to lose ground division leader Cascade.

Auburn at Franklin Pierce, baseball, 4 p.m. Franklin Pierce is off to a hot start, but going up against Auburn is never easy.

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