NWSB Insider Steve Lee brings us a piece of trivia today via his Northwest Athlete Spotlight. Coming out of Surrey, Brenden Dillon wanted nothing more to be in the NHL. After a stint in the Junior Hockey League and then with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Dillon finally impressed the Dallas Stars enough to bring him in.
Next in our moments in time series Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, John Tenta. He may not fit the typical profile of an “athlete”, but let us not pretend that those who choose to take up the profession of being a wrestler are not athletes or athletic. Yes, we all know that it is choreographed and for the most part “fake”, but nevertheless, in order to make it through even a five minute match, these people have to be able to perform at a very high level.
Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwest’s own, Detlef Schrempf of the Washington Huskies, Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers. Along the way, Schrempf played with some of the Northwest’s greats, such as Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Sam Perkins and Hersey Hawkins. Schrempf has made himself a fixture in supporting the return of the NBA to Seattle, often appearing at rallies and speaking engagements on behalf.
Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Although Bradley, the Celtics and his truest fans knew that he could provide offensively, it has been his effort on the defensive end of the court that helped warrant more playing time. With hopes that Bradley, once healthy from his dislocated left shoulder, returns to the level of play he once promised…
NWSB Rookie Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Alistair Corp brings us a Northwest Player Profile of Seahawks rookie running back Robert Turbin. He played college football at Utah State University. Turbin was drafted with the eleventh pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks. He goes by the nickname ‘Hulk’, so he will fit in nicely with ‘Beast Mode’ in the Seahawk backfield.
NWSB Insider and Northwest sports fan Brett Bivens profiles Washington State Nascar driver Greg Biffle in his latest Northwest athlete profile. At the highest level of NASCAR racing Biffle drives the number 16 for Roush Fenway Racing. Greg finished second to Jaimie McMurry in the Rookie-of-the-Year award in 2003. Greg Biffle has made the Chase 3 times in his career but has yet to grab the Championship.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church brings us a Northwest Player Profile of Seahawks punter Jon Ryan. Ryan was born in Regina Saskatchewan, played at the University of Regina, and got his professional start with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With the noteriety he gained in the CFL, it didn’t take long for the NFL to come calling. Ryan made his debut with the Grenn Bay Packers before finally landing in Seattle with the Seahawks.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another Northwest Athlete Profile of a hometown hero in Victoria. Eli Pasquale was a leader and a champion for Canada and the Univerisity of Victoria Vikings. At the height of just 6’1” tall, Eli Pasquale is the University of Victoria’s All-Time leading scorer; he was inducted to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and to the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Clinton Bell profiles one of the Northwests own, Blake Hawksworth of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Born in North Vancouver BC, but raised in Sammamish Washington, Hawksworth is a true northwest athlete. Playing his high school ball at Eastlake High School, and collegiate ball with Bellevue Community College, Hawksworth than went on to get drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us a Seattle Sounders FC Player Profile: Brad Evans. The resident USMNT member on the Sounders, Evans is a staple in the midfield along with Osvaldo Alonso. As a player at UC Irvine, Evans won multiple awards for his play with the Anteaters, and has the fourth highest single season point total in UC Irvine history.
Blair Thomas is back with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time it’s Portland born Darwin Barney of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs. Darwin was counted out by most pundits but was MLB Rookie of the Month in his first month up. Flashback to 2006, Barney was a part of history as Oregon State went on an improbable run and became the first team in College World Series history to lose twice and still win the title.
NWSB Inside and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Eric Alexander. Alexander was drafted in the third round (44th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He spent a year with the Kalamazoo Kingdom where he appeared eight times, scoring two goals. His strong work ethic and consistency has made him a popular player with the Timbers Army.