FROM RETIREMENT TO QUARTERFINALS C H AT A B O U T T H E S E A H AW K S
News Tribune Seahawks reporter Eric D. Williams will have an online chat about the team. Log in at 9 a.m. today to ask Eric a question about the Seahawks. WWW.THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM After two years in retirement, Kim Clijsters, right, returns with a bang, upsetting third-seeded Venus Williams, 6-0, 0-6, 6-4, to become the first female wild-card entry to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Eighteen months after giving birth, she hopes to join Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong as the only mothers to win Grand Slam tennis singles. STORY, B2
Monday, September 7, 2009 | SECTION B
KAHNE WINS AT ATLANTA, BOOSTS CHASE CHANCES
Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne won for the second time this year on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit, giving himself a huge boost toward the Chase for the Championship, the season ending playoffs. Kahne beat Kevin Harvick by 1.766 seconds at Atlanta Motor Speedway to win the Pep Boys Auto 500. The 12-driver field for the Chase will be set after next weekend’s race in Richmond, Va. Kahne also won on the road at Sonoma, Calif. STORY, B2
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
A SUMMER SERIES CATCHING UP WITH AREA ATHLETES
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Thirty-two years later, it is still hard to believe that Yelm’s Patsy Walker won a 1A track state team title – all by herself
Clockwise from top right, Patsy Walker leaps out in front of the competition at Chehalis High School at a Nisqually League meet to win the 80-yard low hurdles; now lives in Nevada, where she is retired from the Reno police force; defeats Jackie Joyner (left) in the heptathlon 800-meter run at the 1984 Olympic Trials; competes in the high jump portion of the pentathlon at UCLA; and runs the 440-yard dash as a Yelm freshman in 1974. Associated Press and Olympian file photos
BY MEG WOCHNICK
What Patsy Walker did in her four years at Yelm High School sounds unbelievable, something exaggerated by time. But it’s all true. From 1973-77 – the infancy of high school sports for girls thanks to the coming of Title IX in 1972 – she won seven individual track and field titles, a national pentathlon championship and set state and national records. Her legendary moment came in 1977 at the state track and field meet in Yakima. Thirty-two years later, it is still hard to
fathom how she won a state 1A team title for Yelm all by herself. “She was a great athlete in an era when women were pushed aside and not taken seriously in athletics,” said Mike Strong, who currently is Yelm’s cross country and track and field coach. “There were few others who were gifted in this state at that time.” In college, she continued to succeed, winning national tiles in the pentathlon and heptathlon and was an alternate on the 1984 Olympic team.
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Ichiro Suzuki belts a double in the first inning to record his 2,000th major league hit. Ichiro reached the milestone in 1,402 games, making him the second-fastest player to register 2,000 hits in big-league history.
Optimism abounds in wake of loss to LSU
UW FOOTBALL: Their losing streak reaches 15, but Huskies sense that a breakthrough is close
BY DON RUIZ
The News Tribune’s Todd Milles grades the Huskies’ season-opening performance against LSU: blogs.thenewstribune.com/ uwsports
Under those circumstances, UW coaches and players stressed that there was no moral victory in their season-opening 31-23 loss to Louisiana State.
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2,000 man can’t save Mariners
MILESTONE: Ichiro collects his 2,000th major league hit in 5-2 loss to Oakland
BY LARRY LARUE
The News Tribune The Washington Huskies lost their 15th straight football game Saturday, while Steve Sarkisian fell to 0-1 as a head coach.
However, they were willing to say that if LSU is the nation’s No. 11 team, then the Huskies might be close to a breakthrough. “I think it somewhat validates the level of play that we can play at,” Sarkisian said in his first postgame press conference. “We’re a team that can play as physical as one of the most physical teams in the country, we can play as fast as one
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The News Tribune OAKLAND – Ichiro Suzuki made history on the second pitch of the game Sunday. Losing a winnable game took the Seattle Mariners longer. Ichiro took the suspense out of how long it would take him
to get his 2,000th major league hit when he doubled in the first inning, but the Mariners were ahead 2-1 in the seventh inning before blowing a win they badly wanted. Rookie Shawn Kelley loaded the bases in the seventh – two singles and a walk – with no one out, then allowed a grand slam to Scott Hairston, the shot that led Oakland to a 5-2 victory and a split of this fourgame series. “You don’t often see this bullpen give up a lead late in the
Major league hitters to reach 2,000 hits in the fewest games: Player Team(s) Games Al Simmons A’s, White Sox 1,390 Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 1,402 George Sisler Browns 1,414 Ty Cobb Tigers 1,448 Lloyd Waner Pirates 1,453
game, and we’ve given up eight of those runs in the last two games,” manager Don WakaPlease see MARINERS, page B4
PCL season down to one game for Tacoma
RAINIERS: Colorado Springs wins, 5-2; teams will play today for Pacific North pennant
BY GRANT CLARK
For The News Tribune It all comes down to one game for the Tacoma Rainiers and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Colorado Springs used a 5-2 victory over Tacoma to stay in Pacific Coast League playoff contention Sunday at Cheney Stadium. The teams meet at 1:30 p.m. today in the regular-season finale with the winner capturing the Pacific North Division crown and advancing to the PCL playoffs. Tacoma (73-70) will have the ball in good hands today in starter Gabby Hernandez (9-9, 5.39 ERA), who
will attempt to win his fifth game in a row. He is 6-0 in his past seven starts. “Gabby’s really been pitching well. So we’re confident having him on the mound,” Tacoma manager Daren Brown said. “I think the team will respond tomorrow and swing the bats well.” Should Tacoma win, it will qualiPlease see RAINIERS, page B4