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Clover Park receiver Michael Nelson (11) returns a kick off Oct. 2 during a game against Steilacoom. Nelson is one of 19 players with JBLM ties.

Northwest Guardian

Despite not having the best win-loss record, Clover Park High School’s football coaches consider being undefeated more about always putting in 100 percent effort. It’s just one of the characteristics of a military coaching staff with several military youths playing on Friday nights.

Published: 11:50AM October 8th, 2015

Hoping to compete for the Commander Cups for active duty men, women and masters divisions, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is nearing the finals week of preparation for the 31st annual Army Ten-Miler race Sunday in Washington, D.C.

Published: 11:31AM October 8th, 2015

Sports: Sounders Lanes on McChord Field will host a nine-pin, no-tap bowling tournament at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10. You can sign up a team of four bowlers, or as an individual who will be placed on a team, with registration at $25 per bowler. For more information, call 253-982-5954.

Published: 03:45PM October 1st, 2015

In its fifth year, the Race for a Soldier event attracted nearly 1,300 total participants between the half-marathon and 5K runs Sunday at the Tom Taylor YMCA in Gig Harbor. The event features several service members from JBLM and other local military installations, as well as family members, veterans and civilians.

Published: 09:55AM October 1st, 2015

April Ortenzo and Eric Sessom helped the All-Army program win both the men’s and women’s gold medals at the Armed Forces Softball Championships Sept. 21-24 at Camp Lejuene, N.C. Ortenzo was selected to play for the women’s Armed Forces Team at the ASA Slow Pitch Women’s Open National Championship Thursday-Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Published: 09:54AM October 1st, 2015

Hockey Saves’ Washington state chapter, which features service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other area installations, played in an exhibition game against the University of Washington ice hockey team Saturday at Olympic View Arena in Mountlake Terrace. The game was the first for many service members who haven’t played competitively since youth hockey.

Published: 11:28AM September 24th, 2015

A total of 60 golfers competed in the Veteran Golfers Association’s regional qualifying tournament Sept. 19 at Eagles Pride Golf Course on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Ten were selected to join the best form other qualifying events for the first ever VGA National Championship at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina on Nov. 8-11.

Published: 11:29AM September 24th, 2015

Hundreds of runners from young to adult participated in the 2015 JBLM Salmon Run and Bake Sept. 19, starting at Holiday Park on McChord Field and going around the nearby airfield. The event featured not only 5K and 12K courses, but also a half-mile kids’ Chum Run which helped attract several military families to participate.

Published: 11:29AM September 24th, 2015

After years of planning and designing and another 13 months of construction, the $14 million state-of-the-art Lewis North Sports Complex is getting closer to its grand opening to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community as soon as next week.

Published: 11:16AM September 24th, 2015

Races: The annual Race for a Soldier Half Marathon on Sept. 27 at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA in Gig Harbor will help support the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation. The event features the usual half marathon and kids run, but will also provide a new 5K course. You can register as a team or an individual. More information on the event is available online at

Published: 12:02PM September 17th, 2015

Members of C Troops, 1-14 Cav. defeated the 62nd OSS in the JBLM Intramural Softball Championship Sept. 9 at Baker Field on McChord Field. It was the third attempt at playing the game after rain caused it to be rescheduled twice.

Published: 12:03PM September 17th, 2015

I will always place the mission first… “Go in for the win, fight to win above all else,” said Pfc. Marcus Jones, a lightweight contender and victor at the 2015 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Modern Army Combative Tournament Sept. 8-11.

Published: 12:03PM September 17th, 2015

Sheldon Boyajean still remains active in the local BMX scene with his son Dylan, 10, and has introduced other JBLM families to the sport. He hopes to have several more joining them by the beginning of 2016.

Published: 12:03PM September 17th, 2015

Since the 1970s, Mike McDonald has been involved with different golf operations on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. But he retires Sept. 30 with a going-away party at Eagles Pride Golf Course, rounding out 42 years of civil service.

Published: 11:15AM September 17th, 2015

Sports: The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Bettie Brigade team is hosting an event where you can “Meet the Betties” Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sounders Lanes on McChord Field. The open meet-and-greet is a chance to speak with current players and learn about how to get started.

Published: 04:48PM September 10th, 2015

Sports: Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Field is hosting a Ladies’ Championship Wednesday at 9 a.m. The tournament is a one-day, 18-hole individual stroke play event open to all female golfers who have an established and verified handicap through the USGA Index. Forms are available in the Whispering Firs pro shop and are due by Monday with a $40 registration fee. Call 253-982-2124.

Published: 10:50AM September 10th, 2015

Hundreds of service members from throughout McChord Field represented their units during the annual McChord Sports Day competition Sept. 3 at different playing fields — including McChord Fitness Center, Rainier Field and the softball complex. Events included dodgeball, volleyball, basketball and Ultimate Frisbee.

Published: 10:53AM September 10th, 2015

More than 20 members of the JBLM community competed to show off their fitness and physique in the 2015 JBLM Bodybuilding Championships Saturday at the Nelson Recreation Center on Lewis Main.

Published: 10:51AM September 10th, 2015

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s first lieutenants Kelsie Whitney and Danielle Deshaies were part of the first Armed Forces Women’s Rugby tryout camp that led up to the team’s appearance in the Elite City Sevens rugby tournament Aug. 28-29 in Philadelphia.

Published: 12:46PM September 3rd, 2015

Nearly 30 active-duty service members attended tryouts Tuesday-Thursday to earn a spot on the Joint Base Lewis-McChord team for this year’s Puget Sound Army vs Navy Flag Football Classic — scheduled to be played Dec. 11 at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton.

Published: 12:45PM September 3rd, 2015

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Bettie Brigade is looking for not only a few good women to skate, but also a new head coach who has experience with either coaching or having the references to support their knowledge on the flat track.

Published: 12:36PM September 3rd, 2015

Sports: The WNBA’s Seattle Storm is hosting Hoops for Heroes during their Sept. 11 home game at 7 p.m. against the Minnesota Lynx at KeyArena in Seattle. In an effort to honor the service members of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and their families, tickets are available starting at $15 using the promo code “hoops4heroes.” T-shirt included along with a chance to shoot free throws and take photos. Autographs available for first 30 youths who sign up. Visit

Published: 01:01PM August 27th, 2015

The 373rd Training Squadron, 12th Detachment, defeated B Company, 47th Combat Support Hospital for the Intramural Golf Championship match played Monday evening at Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Field.

Published: 01:01PM August 27th, 2015

Nearly 30 individuals look to see who is the best golfer on JBLM McChord Field during Whispering Firs Golf Championship Saturday-Sunday. The event is considered a tradition who have considered the Air Force based golf course their home course for decades.

Published: 12:41PM August 27th, 2015

Seattle Storm has partnered with Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Family and MWR, as well as Child, Youth and School Services, to present JBLM service members and families with a special Hoops for Heroes event during the team’s Sept. 11 game against the Minnesota Lynx.

Published: 12:37PM August 27th, 2015

Sports: The 2015 Labor Day Cyclocross Championships will be held on Labor Day, Sept. 7, at the East Drive Training Area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The first race starts at 9 a.m. and continues through the afternoon. Registration can be done online at until Sept. 4, followed by day of race sign-ups at 8 a.m. The entry fees vary depending on age and division — $25 for individuals; $15 for beginners; $5 for all juniors. Military rates are $15 for individuals, $8 for beginners and $3 for juniors. For more information, email

Published: 12:59PM August 20th, 2015

More than 100 youths participated in the annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Youth Shotgun Safety and Fun Shoot on Aug. 15 at the JBLM Skeet and Trap Range just outside Lewis Main. Children of various ages were able to try out different shotgun types and aim for clay pigeons and other targets.

Published: 12:59PM August 20th, 2015

JBLM youths played a short round at Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Field Aug. 12 for the Parent Caddie Golf Jam. The event was considered a culmination of the summer classes of First Tee and Special Olympics programs through Child, Youth and School Services.

Published: 12:57PM August 20th, 2015

Led by JBLM’s Nate Conkey and Faleniko Spino, the All Army rugby club won a third-straight gold medal at the Armed Forces Rugby Championships that was played as part of the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens tournament Aug. 14-16 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. Runner-up Air Force also had JBLM’s Tom Heath on the field and Andy McQuade as head coach.

Published: 12:30PM August 20th, 2015

Golf: Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Field will hold their annual Club Championship Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $60 and green fees — includes range balls and a lunch on day two of the competition. For more information, call 253-982-2124.