(Left to right) Eddie Omnes, Kanoa Guillermo, Karla Santos, Kinai Guillermo, Zoee Martinson, Master Ramirez (center), Maddie Rakow, Jaylin Jose, Cayla Kim, Caleb Walker, Marvin Cardona, Joey Krevitz. Photo courtesy of Daniel Ramirez


Ten Tacoma taekwondo athletes from Twin Tigers Taekwondo School competed in the U.S.A. Taekwondo National Taekwondo Championship in Salt Lake City between July 2-9. The 10 range from age 11 to 33. The tournament had approximately 5,500 competitors from across the United States. Bringing gold medals back to Tacoma were Zoee Martinson (11), Marvin Cardona (15), and Eddie Omnes (33). Karla Santos (13) brought home a silver medal. Bronze medalists were Kiani Guillermo (11), Jaylin Jose (13), Joey Krevitz (17), as well as Santos. 

Falling shy of the medal round but still placing in the top-six positions in the country were 13-year old Kayla Kim (5th place) and 14-year old Kanoa Guillermo (5th place). The athletes are trained by Master Daniel Ramirez, a retired US Army Veteran who owns and operates Twin Tigers Taekwondo School in Tacoma.


Lilly Herman ‘18 has been named a Pocock Division-III All-American by the College Rowing Coaches Association. Herman adds a Second Team All-American nod to her outstanding senior season, during which she also received All-Norhtwest Conference honors.

Herman was in the stroke seat of Puget Sound’s women’s varsity-eight during the 2018 season. She helped lead the Loggers to a new course record on American Lake during the Lamberth Cup, crossing the finish line in 6:51.7.

A captain each of the past two years, Herman earned a spot in the Puget Sound crew program her freshman year. Her positive attitude and inspiring effort won over both coaches and teammates.

“Lilly brings it every day, and she inspires and compels her teammates to do likewise,” said Puget Sound women’s crew head coach Aaron Benson. “Lilly is the best individual rower on the team this year, and this is also the best team we’ve had in a decade.”

Herman is aiming to return with the Loggers in the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach.


Jessica Gott ’18 has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. For 28 years, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award “has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.”

Gott, a four-year letter winner for Puget Sound softball, finished her collegiate career with several honors. She was named to the Academic All-American Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and she earned All-Northwest honors in each of the past two seasons.

Gott was an All-NWC Honorable Mention in 2017, and she rose to the Second Team in 2018. She led the 2018 Loggers in hitting with a .330 batting average, and her .425 on-base percentage was also a team-high. In the circle, Gott led the Loggers with 112.1 innings pitched.

The Lynnwood native graduated with a 3.99 GPA after majoring in psychology with a minor in business. She also represented the Loggers annually in volunteering initiatives such as the Trick-or-Can food drive, Special Olympics Field Day, and Adopt-A-Family gift-giving during the holiday seasons.


The Sounders U23 team made a late season run and came up just short of the 2018 PDL playoffs. After a slow start, the team rattled off four straight wins and a chance at the playoffs going into the final game of the season. A 2-0 loss at Calgary Foothills on Saturday, July 14, ended the Sounders U23 season and sent Calgary off to the Western Conference Finals from the PDL Northwest Division.

The game in Calgary started well with the Sounders U23 team taking shots off the long grass field but not finding the back of the net. The teams went into half time knotted at 0-0 and the Sounders U23 still had a chance at post-season play.

At the start of the second half, an errant pass off a pot hole in the bumpy field led to a bouncing pass back to goalkeeper Akili Kasim. The clearance from Kasim took an awkward bounce and ended up at the feet of Calgary’s Moses Danto. Danto danced around Kasim and shot on target. Sounders U23 central defender, Nathan Aune, used his hands to stop the ball from going into the net and was sent off in the 50th minute. Kasim saved the ensuing penalty kick but the Sounders U23 were now down to 10 men. The 0-0 score line continued with the Sounders U23 battling but eventually, Danto scored off a corner kick and the hosts went up 1-0.

Pressing late in the game, Philip Lund was sent off from Sounders U23 after a hard tackle at midfield. Now at two men down, the Sounders U23 still pressed for opportunities with Moustafa Khattab, Niklas Brodacki, and Eddie Na running at goal. The Sounders U23 could not find a tying goal and gave up a 92nd minute stoppage goal to end the game 0-2.

The 2018 Sounders U23 season had many bright spots with Santiago Patino scoring 10 goals for the men in rave green and with a late season run that was nearly rewarded with an opportunity to chase their third PDL Western Conference Championship. The Sounders U23 can look at the season with a positive take. Kendall Burks started the final four games as an 18-year old just out of high school and Kasim took over the starting goalkeeper spot at 19 years old.

“We got started a little slowly this year but what a great run of form late in the season. Each year, we restart with new players and we work hard to help them gain pieces as they chase the dream of professional soccer. This crop of guys were great workers and we will see some of them on television next year. We always want to win trophies but moving guys on is the key and I know we did that again this summer,” said Darren Sawatzky, Sounders U23 head coach and general manager.

Stay tuned for off-season news as Sounders U23 go on break and the players head back to college programs. Thank you to all the Sounders U23 supporters.


The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. Line judges are also needed for local high school matches. A comprehensive training program scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, Sunday, Aug. 26 and Monday, Aug. 27, is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive.

For students, retirees or former athletes looking to re-connect with a sport, officiating high school and middle school sports is also an excellent way to earn some extra income and provide a great service to the teams. Registration is due no later than Thursday, Aug. 9, so please contact us immediately.

For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, please visit our website and contact Marc Blau at (253) 677-2872 or

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