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September 23, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Swimming preview and links

The Times’ fall previews continue today with swimming, led by a feature by Craig Smith on Skyline junior Andie Taylor, one of the country’s best swimmers for her age (she owns the state record in the 200 free). He looks at an interesting question, one we seemingly ask in many sports: why play for your school when there’s more advanced options available? Taylor answers it this way: “I already spends so much time away from school because of swimming that this is a way to be involved in the school.”

-Make sure you check back next Tuesday for our cross-country preview. Smitty has another great story coming for that.

-By the way, if you want it, Smitty’s also offered free advice for high school.

-In football, The Columbian is saying that with Camas and Union 3-0, it’s the 3A teams that are tops in the Greater St. Helens League.

-A Tri-Cities game was called because of the mercy rule. Reminds me of a game I covered in Florida once, where a team went up 28-0 in the first quarter, so they played 1-minute quarters the rest of the way. I’m pretty sure the team still scored a couple more touchdowns.

-We’ve had little on the No. 2 team in 3A, Ferndale, so here is a story from the Bellingham Herald on the Golden Eagles’ speedy start.

-The Spokane Spokesman-Review’s Mike Vlahovich offers a brief take on the Greater Spokane League, where Ferris and Central Valley have the advantage so far.

-From the why-can’t-we-all-get-along dept., we offer a story about a parent hitting a coach in the face with a helment and another about a coach that pulled his team off the field because he said the other team was using racial slurs. “They were trying to upset us, calling my guys the N-word. I had one guy in tears. I had to take him off the field,” the coach told The Washington Post.

Morning stars

1. Emily Hurd, Eastlake, girls soccer. Led the Wolves to a 5-1 win against Newport with three goals.

2. Jessie Genger, Kentwood, volleyball. Had 16 kills and five aces in a sweep of Kentlake.

3. Ally Bray, Mercer Island, volleyball. Had 16 kills and three aces in a win against Bellevue.

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