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THE SPORTS PAGE WWW.ARLINGTONTIMES.COM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010 The Arlington Times 2010 STILLY VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS 9- and lO-year-olds / Paul Chung Trevor Kazen Kenneth Knutson Nick Maranville Nick Millerup Tom Roe Gavin Rork lake Russell lack Sheward Andrew Smith Cameron Smith Nathaniel Steele Cameron Tokarsyck 11-year-olds Taylor Baker Mason Bergley Zane Blanken Avery Earnheart Jl Heldeman Tyson Human Skyler Klein Jacob Olson Nathaniel Raether Tristan Sheward Wyatt Sokolis Casey Turner Hunter Wood Majors Wyatt Bass Kyle Bayer Tanner Bradford Alec Ecker Dalton Evans Blake Hathaway lared Huff Andrew Kalahar Diarmuid Murphy Riley Oakes Austin Peters Isaiah Raether Daniel Smith Juniors Peter Chung Jacob Crain Dallas Guerrero Tristan lager Bradley Mosalsky Kyle Osborn Josh Shempp Brandon Smith Noah Sorensen Andrew Stitch Brandon Tallman Ryan Walker Garrett Wiseman Sweet science of out-fighting Garcia loses to Delgadillo, making the transition to the professional ranks BY TRAVIS SHERER TACOMA -- As quick as it is to change status in boxing, becoming a profes- sional isn't is easy as flipping a switch. It's a different style of fighting. That is something that Miguel Garcia has found out in his first three fights as a pro. "It's just about focus and using speed instead of just waiting" said the 140-pound boxer from Arlington. But one of the tests of a professional in most sports is sticking to the game plan, which Garcia couldn't quite do in his rematch with Walla Walla native J.R. Delgadilto June 19 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Despite promising moments, Garcia lost the four-round bout by deci- sion, with one judge just favoring him 39-37 and the other tallying for Delgadillo 40-46. The plan was to keep Kevin Sherer/Staff Photo Miguel Garcia of Arlington, left, connects with the head of ].R. Delgadillo of Walla Walla at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Delgadillo at arms' length and initiate contact, but Garcia was caught trying to counter punch the first two rounds. "That was not the game plan;' said trainer Dan Hathaway. "We wanted to be the aggressor and that's something he hasn't quite learned yet. He developed a habit of being a counter- puncher when he was an amateur, and that's some- thing we'rcgoing to have to break." In the third round, Garcia initiated exchanges more often, landing near- ly a handful of clear body shots and a couple blows to the head -- a good sign of things to come, as he clearly won that round. But in the fourth round, Garcia couldn't maintain the same edge. Garcia, 21, was intro- duced to boxing 10 years ago by one of his four broth- ers. All five of the Garcia SEE GARCIA, PAGE 8 Travis Shorer/Staff Photo Owen Bishop gets ready to unload during the hitting segment. Bishop the king of swing and fling Owen Bishop shines at Safeco Field BY TRAVIS SHERER SEATTLE -- Owen Bishop will hope for a phone call in the next few days. The 8-year-old from Arlington scored 558 points to earn top honors in the Team Championship round of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition June 20 at Safeco Field. Following the Seattle Mariners' 1-0 shutout of the Cincinaati Reds, Bishop made his way down to the field and competed against two other sectional win- ners in the 7/8 age group from Idaho and Oregon to decide who has a chance of heading to the MLB All- Star game for the national competition. "I liked the hitting the best" said Bishop. Competitors were able to take three swings off a tee from home plate to see which traveled the furthest, then see who could run from second base to home the fastest and finally throw six pitches to see how many strikes they could throw. Major League Baseball took the top three scores from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia to compete. Bishop shined in the SEE BISHOP, PAGE 8 Getting thehook TENTH OF A POINT TRAVIS SHERER BY TRAVIS SHERER I wasn't intimidated. Not when J.J. Childers slid on his bowling glove. Not even when he opened his dual ball bag to show me that he had one ball that was for straight shots and anoth- er -- that he just bought last week -- specifically for curv- ing shots. At this point -- the first five minutes -- I had held my own against the 11-year- old that won the Washington State Pepsi Bowling Tournament a month ago.. And then the question came as I was putting on my bowling shoes. "How much do you weigh?" asked the Eagle Creek Elementary student with a smile. While I was trying to remember exactly what I weighed earlier that morning when I stepped on the scale, l.l's mom, Patti, mistook my hesitance for shyness. "That's kind of a personal question" she said to her son. But I answered 150 pounds and J.J. scurried off, only to return moments later with a green ball with a 15 on it. "Try this' he said, explain- ing that a bali's weight is supposed to be a tenth of its bowler. That's when my confi- dence was shot. I picked it up, longing to tell him that I usually throw an eight, but instead I said, "Why don't we try a little lighter?" The look he shot me could best be described as con- fused with a tint of disap- pointment. You see, to J.J., his brother Noah, 10, their cousin Chandler Record, 12, the game is simple. Just stand here, take five steps, throw with a curve and knock down the pins. That philosophy has SEE CHILDERS, PAGE 9