Weekend Briefing | News for May 31 – June 3

Sports news were big this week as state competitions ended. Check out the results! Also, Tapps Island is looking to revitalize the annual firework show by once again bringing out the same pyrotechnic team that does the Mariner's show. Learn more about the Spartan's new basketball coach, who just ended a four year career at Peninsula High so he can be closer to his family in Sumner. Last month was National Stroke Month, so refresh yourself on how to recognize a stroke and learn about stroke care.

Lake Tapps revitalizing firework show tradition

The Independence Day fireworks show over Lake Tapps has been a staple events since at least the 1980s. In recent years, funding for the show, which is 100 percent funded through residents and businesses, has been at an all-time low. Tapps Island General Manager John Clark hopes to bring back the show with a bang and is asking Bonney Lake residents to donate $20,000 by mid-June so he can once again hire the same pyrotechnics team that does fireworks for the Mariners. Read more about the history of the firework show and how to donate here.

Commitment and a passion for the game; Jake Jackson takes over as Sumner High boys basketball coach

Jake Jackson used to be an assistant coach for the Spartans, but starting next winter, he’ll be the new head coach. Jackson made the decision to move to the Sumner team after four years with Peninsula High in order to stay closer with his family. Read more about Jackson’s story as a basketball coach here.

 

 

Think F.A.S.T. when it comes to strokes; local hospitals and first response agencies highlight Stroke Month

Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the US – every four seconds, someone has a stroke, the National Stroke Association estimates. May was National Stroke Month, and East Pierce Fire and Rescue and local hospitals want to remind people that strokes need to be recognized and treated quickly before there is any permanent damage. Read about how to identify a stroke, and how quickly you should get treatment, here.

2016 spring sport state results

The stakes were high at state this year as Bonney Lake and Sumner athletes competed for placements and titles.

Spartan Jade Lancaster secured the 3A tennis championship, losing only one out of her four sets.

The Sumner baseball team earned a place in the final four but lost two of the four gameas.

The Bonney Lake boy’s track and field team took second in state overall while the Sumner boy’s team took 17th.

On the girl’s teams, the Spartans took fifth and the Panthers 14th.

Some first-placers include Panther Dreakeanna Adair (discus); Panther Samantha Boudreau (shot put); and Spartan Josh Riley (300-meter hurdles).

The Bonney Lake boys took 5th in state golf this year.

Curtis Kolterman tied for 11th and Conner Lees tied for 23rd.

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