Best Sports Photos of 2017 Photos by Rocky Ross By Tacoma Weekly Staff - December 28, 2017 0 303 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter It was another exciting year of coverage with my good friend Rocky Ross manning the camera. I look forward to a fun 2018 with him. Photos by Rocky Ross Nathan Hale’s Michael Porter Jr One of Tacoma’s favorites, Willie Stewart. Tacoma’s Mat Classic. No more mud for Bellarmine Prep soccer. The U18 state champion Tacoma Tsunami rugby team. The Cheney Stadium crowd went nuts for the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby. Pacific Lutheran University topped the University of Puget Sound, again. PLU head coach Scott Westering called it a day after the season ended. The Curtis Vikings nearly shocked the 4A field at the Tacoma Dome. The 2017 Triple-A All-Star game was the biggest hit of the year. The Curtis High School boys’ swim team paddled their way to a fifth-place finish at the 4A state meet. Bellarmine head coach Kevin Meines celebrates a 4A West Central District championship with his staff. Meines would retire from his coaching duties following the best season of his career. South Sound FC merged with Washington Premier and moved their home turf to a more fan-friendly environment. The Puyallup Vikings were the surprise of the 4A South Puget Sound League, winning the league title. The Mt. Tahoma boys’ soccer team made their first postseason trip in eons. The program is on the rise. It was odd not seeing Bellarmine in the state football playoffs, but the league was brutally strong. The Lincoln Ages dished out extra helpings of hurt on the defensive side of the ball. The Curtis girls finished runners-up in water polo. The boys won the 2017 title. Wilson and Lincoln still have the best hoops rivalry. The Puyallup Nation Kings won their third-straight WWFA championship, and then closed up shop. The Stadium Tigers fastpitch team was a hit on the diamond, earning a berth into the 3A state tournament. Bellarmine Prep’s Joey Bodoia dazzled fans with his spectacular dunks and relentless style of play. Wilson’s Emmitt Matthews Jr. will take his considerable talents on to the University of Connecticut next fall. Fife had an amazing season on the gridiron, but Steilacoom was even better. Felix “The King” Fernandez made three starts for the Tacoma Rainier’s during his Mariners rehabilitation stint. The Loggers and Lutes tangled at Cheney Stadium. We’d love to see more of this. UPS women’s soccer had a great year at 11-3-2, but it was only good enough for second place behind PLU and their 13-2-1 mark. It’s awesome having Curtis and Bellarmine in the same league now. Tacoma’s own Danny Minniti has had a remarkable recovery since a major knee injury. Roberto Gittens and the Foss Falcons won it all.