Seattle Sidelines

Everett and the Storm both put on a show

Seattle got championship rings and beat the Phoenix Mercury at sold-out Angel of the Winds Arena.

Lakewood High School softball right fielder Brittani Boortz practices bunting drills on Monday, May 13, 2019 in Lakewood, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Lakewood softball deemed likeliest state champ

The Cougars received 29 percent of the votes among Snohomish County’s 10 teams playing this weekend.

Lakewood High School softball right fielder Brittani Boortz practices bunting drills on Monday, May 13, 2019 in Lakewood, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The Jackson High School softball team celebrates a home run in the fourth inning of their 5-3 victory over Lake Stevens in the semifinals of the district tournament on May 15 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

POLL: Which local team has the best shot at a state title?

Ten Snohomish County high school teams are still alive to win a state championship this weekend.

The Jackson High School softball team celebrates a home run in the fourth inning of their 5-3 victory over Lake Stevens in the semifinals of the district tournament on May 15 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

I was a Little Leaguer, and it’s a great community builder

Playing can build bonds that last a lifetime. Just look at the 2014 Pacific Little League team.

Seattle Storm’s Recee Caldwell yells after a teammate makes a three point shot during the preseason game against the Phoenix Mercury at Angel of the Winds Arena on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Genuine enthusiasm for the Storm in Everett

It wasn’t a landslide, but voters expressed some excitement about the WNBA champs coming to town.

Seattle Storm’s Recee Caldwell yells after a teammate makes a three point shot during the preseason game against the Phoenix Mercury at Angel of the Winds Arena on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, holds the championship trophy with her teammates after winning Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, Wednesday, Sept. 18 2018, in Fairfax, Virginia. Seattle won 98-82. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

POLL: How excited are you about the Storm coming to Everett?

The WNBA’s Seattle Storm make their Angel of the Winds Arena debut Wednesday in a preseason game.

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, holds the championship trophy with her teammates after winning Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, Wednesday, Sept. 18 2018, in Fairfax, Virginia. Seattle won 98-82. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

I’ll miss Doug Baldwin the player, but I’ll miss the man more

I witnessed ‘Contemplative Doug,’ not ‘Angry Doug,’ in my time covering the Seahawks.

San Jose Sharks players celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

POLL RESULTS: Readers not flocking to NHL playoffs just yet

Poll voting suggests there’s still work to do to get the region excited about the NHL’s arrival.

San Jose Sharks players celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

POLL: Are you paying attention to the NHL playoffs?

Seattle is set for an NHL expansion team beginning in 2021, so have you started your homework?

Former Mississippi football wide receiver DK Metcalf catches a pass while running pass patterns runs as he is tested by NFL scouts and coaches during Pro Day at Mississippi, Friday, March 29, 2019, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

POLL RESULTS: Seahawks given a ‘B’ grade for their draft

Voters were generally satisfied with how Seattle executed its 2019 NFL draft.

Former Mississippi football wide receiver DK Metcalf catches a pass while running pass patterns runs as he is tested by NFL scouts and coaches during Pro Day at Mississippi, Friday, March 29, 2019, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

POLL: What grade do you give the Seahawks for their draft?

Seattle spent the 2019 NFL draft acquiring picks and addressing some needs

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, hugs head coach Pete Carroll, left, in front of a photograph of Wilson in action, as Wilson’s wife Ciara looks on at right, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, prior to a NFL football press conference in Renton, Wash. Earlier in the week, Wilson signed a $140 million, four-year extension with the team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

POLL RESULTS: Responders split on Russell Wilson’s contract

Only 58 percent said the Seahawks’ quarterback is worth his four-year, $140-million extension.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, hugs head coach Pete Carroll, left, in front of a photograph of Wilson in action, as Wilson’s wife Ciara looks on at right, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, prior to a NFL football press conference in Renton, Wash. Earlier in the week, Wilson signed a $140 million, four-year extension with the team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rolls out against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

POLL: Is Russell Wilson worth his contract extension?

The Seahawks franchise quarterback’s four-year, $140-million deal is the richest in NFL history.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rolls out against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

You will be missed, Breanna

An injury will keep the WNBA’s reigning MVP from playing in Everett this summer

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales, left, heads back to the mound as Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) and Tony Kemp (18) celebrate scoring with Carlos Correa in the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

POLL RESULTS: Mariners fans not buying the hot start

Only 12 percent of voters believe Seattle’s early success is representative of the team.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales, left, heads back to the mound as Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) and Tony Kemp (18) celebrate scoring with Carlos Correa in the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Blockbuster trade that fell through ultimately sunk Silvertips

Everett was in need of a goal-scorer in the playoffs, and just missed out on one at the deadline.

Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion is congratulated by teammates after his solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 8, 2019. It was the first of two home runs in the inning for Encarnacion. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

POLL: Are you a believer in the Mariners’ fast start?

Seattle has defied all expectations with its 13-5 start, but is it real or an illusion?

Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Encarnacion is congratulated by teammates after his solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 8, 2019. It was the first of two home runs in the inning for Encarnacion. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Slivertips’ Sean Richards and the Chiefs’ Egor Arbuzov skate after the puck during the game against the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Silvertips heavily favored against Chiefs

More than 80 percent of responders picked Everett to beat Spokane in their WHL playoff series.

Slivertips’ Sean Richards and the Chiefs’ Egor Arbuzov skate after the puck during the game against the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Silvertips’ Martin Fasko-Rudas and Gage Conclaves fight for the puck during the game against the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: Who do you got between the Silvertips and Chiefs?

Everett and Spokane begin their 2nd-round WHL playoff series Saturday at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Silvertips’ Martin Fasko-Rudas and Gage Conclaves fight for the puck during the game against the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)