Referees to throw blue flags for prostate cancer awareness
September 14, 2011
By Bob Taylor
NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 14, 2011
If football players, coaches and fans think they see officials throwing blue flags Friday, there is no need to check for color blindness.
For the fourth consecutive year, Washington high school football officials will raise the profile of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by replacing traditional yellow penalty flags with blue flags during varsity games played from Thursday to Saturday.
The campaign is called “Coaches Against Cancer” and is sponsored by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
“In most situations, officials want to avoid attention during games, but for three days we are hoping to attract a little attention with every penalty that is called,” Washington Officials Association Commissioner Todd Stordahl said. “By switching to blue flags, it will at least make the fans notice that something is different. This is a great way for the officials to participate in an activity that will help bring awareness to something that has had an impact on many lives including some of those who are out on the field as officials.”
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates about 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States includes and about 33,720 deaths from prostate cancer will occur in 2011. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind lung cancer.
Issaquah golfers drive by Inglemoor
Issaquah High School’s Weston Mui captured medalist honors Tuesday as he led the Eagles past host Inglemoor 211-226 in a KingCo Conference golf match at the Inglewood Golf and Country Club.
Mui shot a 3-over-par 40 to lead all players. Brian Jung and Austin Kinzer each had 42s for Issaquah.
Skyline volleyball team blasts Bellevue
Maddie Magee had a 16 kills and Madison Stoa had 16 assists Tuesday as they led the Skyline High School volleyball team to a 3-0 nonleague victory against host Bellevue.
Skyline won the games 25-11, 25-15, 25-12. Halle Erdahl contributed seven kills and 11 digs, and Molly Mounsey had three kills and four blocks for the Spartans, who are 3-0 on the season.
Liberty soccer begins title defense
The Liberty High School girls soccer team began defense of its 3A/2A KingCo Conference title Tuesday when the Patriots defeated host Mount Si 3-0 in the league opener for both teams. No scoring details were available.
Liberty, 2-1 overall, plays at Bellevue on Thursday in another league encounter.
In other league action, it was Sammamish 2, Juanita 2; Interlake 3, Bellevue 0; and Lake Washington 1, Mercer Island 0.