Hudson’s Bay girls down North Thurston to nab first state berth since 2007

first_img Bay scored 12 of its 28 points from the foul line in the second half.Though the Eagles went to state in 2007, led by Jasmine Foreman who went on to play at BYU, Saturday’s state berth feels like a landmark accomplishment for everyone associated with the program, from Rainville, who is in his third year, and athletic director Patrice Woods, who stepped into her post after the last state run.For Rainville, that makes this run all the more special.“I’m feeling really emotional,” he said, choking back tears, “because they really played great, stuck it out when we needed to. Made the big shots, made the big plays. That was a good team we had to get over.”And though the odds were stacked against the Eagles, they say — in unison, when asked — they’re far from surprised.“We knew we had it in us from the beginning,” Martin said.Added Hampton: “We were riding high going into the Gig Harbor game. I think it knocked us down in a good way. We need to get to work now, win these next three games.” PUYALLUP — Hudson’s Bay took the long road back to its first state tournament berth since 2007.After losing in the second round, the Eagles girls basketball team won three games in as many days, capped by Saturday’s 62-55 win over North Thurston at Rogers (Puyallup) High School, to nab the fifth and final berth out of the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament.When the final horn sounded, the Bay bench — at times the most vocal section of the gym — rushed the floor. While teammates and coaches jumped up and down around them, Aniyah Hampton and Jaydia Martin found each other’s gaze and didn’t exchange any words. They just smiled.A look worth a thousand words.“We’re going to the dome,” Martin said. “We didn’t even have to say it.” Hudson’s Bay girls down North Thurston to nab first state berth since 2007 Eagles win three games in three days Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow Andy Buhler Columbian Staff Writer [email protected] HUDSON’S BAY 62, NORTH THURSTON 55HUDSON’S BAY — Gabriella Garcia 0, Shelby Delong 0, Maria Mendez 3, Jaydia Martin 20, Xena Le 0, Aniyah Hampton 21, Kamelai Powell 12, Anastacia Mikaele 6. Totals 21 (5) 15-20 62.NORTH THURSTON — Brooklyn Harn 32, Rokki Brown 10, JaclynAnn Reid 0, Jazmin Arnold-McClanahan 1, Sarah Parker 0, Janae Kalama 7, Aurora Goodwin 5. Totals 19 (5) 12-17 55.Hudson’s Bay 17 18 10 18 — 62North Thurston 14 11 17 13 — 55 By Andy Buhler, Columbian Staff Writer Published: February 16, 2019, 3:07pm Buy this Photo The Hudson’s Bay girls basketball team poses in celebration after beating North Thurston 62-55 to earn the program’s first state tournament berth since 2007. (Andy Buhler/The Columbian) Share: Tags “We knew we had it in us from the beginning,” Martin said. “When we lost to Gig Harbor I knew we were going to take that (fifth).”Hudson’s Bay led by 10 at half, but withstood a 23-point second half by North Thurston’s Brooklyn Harn. Harn hit all five of the Rams’ 3-pointers, and led the charge in the second half as the Eagles fell cold from the field.Martin and Hampton combined for 23 of Hudson Bay’s 35 first half points. But the two went cold in the third quarter, and North Thurston pounced.The rams mounted a 7-0 run, then Brooklyn Harn hit a 3 pull within two of Bay at 41-39 less than three minutes to play in the quarter. Harn hit a transition jumper in the final minute to bring the Rams within one. Anasticia Mikaele immediately looked for coach Michael Rainville, who embrace her with a hug as the two jumped up and down, an uncharacteristic sight befitting of the moment, Mikaele said.“Ge always tells us, ‘don’t start celebrating, we haven’t won this game yet!’” Mikaele said. “So to see him celebrating was huge to us.”Hampton, a freshman, hit a go-ahead baseline floater with just over a minute left to give Bay a 57-55 lead. Mikaele then hit a midrange jumper with 45 seconds left to push the lead to four, then Hampton then hit two free throws with 33.4 left to further seal the win.Hampton finished with 21 points, Martin had 20 and Kamelai Powell added 12 for the Eagles, who, despite being led by a freshman (Hampton) and a pack of sophomores (Martin, Powell and Mikaele), play with the assured confidence typically assigned to upperclassmen. GO @AndyBuhler Follow The Columbian on Instagram Hudson’s Bay EaglesVideo (360) 735-4557 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Announces Return to Grand Bahama Island

first_imgCruise Line Will Be First to Bring Leisure Travelers Back to Grand Bahama Island Following Hurricane Dorian; Nassau Added as Second Destination Beginning October 12 DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – September 24, 2019 – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which was the first cruise line to dock in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian – transporting critical humanitarian aid and hundreds of volunteers – today announced it will resume commercial operations with two-night round-trip sailings from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island beginning Friday, September 27.  With its return to Freeport, the company becomes the first cruise line to bring leisure travelers back to Grand Bahama Island following the storm. As part of today’s announcement, the company also revealed the addition of a second destination, Nassau, with sailings onboard Grand Classica, the cruise line’s second ship, beginning October 12. “After ongoing discussions with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, we are thrilled to have been given official approval to resume leisure cruises to Grand Bahama Island, as well as to introduce Nassau as a second destination for our guests,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. “Tourism is the most important industry in the Bahamas, and we all know the lifeline it brings to residents across the islands.  While we remain focused on providing aid to our friends and family on Grand Bahama Island, we also know that returning to a traditional sailing schedule will make an incredibly positive impact. After hosting two successful humanitarian sailings, we are excited to bring our guests back to the Bahamas.” Revitalizing Tourism to Grand Bahama Island Beginning September 27, travelers can set sail from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island aboardGrand Celebration with cruise fares starting at just $109 per person, and 50 percent off the second guest for all sailings this fall. Guests will enjoy award-winning dining, ocean-class entertainment, a smoke-free casino, and more. Once in Freeport, travelers can enjoy a Beach Getaway excursion, experiencing the south side of the island. Known as some of the best beaches in the Bahamas, those on the island’s south side feature long stretches of pristine sands, where sand forms into ripples at low tide, often referred to as the island’s “welcome mat.” Local flavor will abound with island-inspired food, Junkanoo-style entertainment and the opportunity to interact with Grand Bahama Island locals, known for their warm hospitality. Travelers interested in joining the island’s rebuilding effort may forgo the Beach Getaway excursion and instead participate in a volunteer excursion, which Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is currently planning with local organizations. Volunteer excursions are expected to include light manual labor, and as such, participants are required to wear athletic clothing and appropriate closed-toe footwear as a safety precaution.  Volunteer excursions must be requested and booked in advance, through Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and its official partners only. Diversifying Bahamas Vacation Opportunities with a Second Destination Beginning October 12, guests will have the option to cruise to Nassau aboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’sGrand Classica, which is currently on its way home from a one-time Western Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise and private group sailing. Nassau has long been a destination of great interest for the cruise line, and the decision to add it as a port of call was based on current demand and guest feedback. Cruise-only fares start at just $159 per person for round-trip Nassau sailings and departures will be available to book starting September 25. Travelers can expect details on shore excursions soon. Cruise & Stay Program in Nassau Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s unique Cruise & Stay Program will soon be added as an option for guests sailing to Nassau to complement its existing and successful program on Grand Bahama Island. Travelers booking this option can cruise to Nassau aboard Grand Classica, where they’ll enjoy either an all-inclusive vacation or hotel stay at one of the cruise line’s partner resorts. “Our Cruise & Stay options for guests are currently being finalized, but based on feedback from our guests who have enjoyed this option in the past on Grand Bahama, we know the demand is there and this will start a new chapter for many destination hotels in Nassau, as well as the outlying islands,” said Khosa. The Cruise & Stay Program includes round-trip cruises from Palm Beach to Nassau, round-trip resort transfers, unlimited food and drinks at the all-inclusive properties, water sports, and activities, and daily and nightly entertainment. Bahamians currently in the United States and looking to return to the Bahamas may book a one-way sailing to Freeport aboard Grand Celebration at just $105 per person, beginning with the September 27 departure. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will continue to deliver donated supplies from its warehouse to Freeport during future commercial sailings.  For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line or to book a cruise, please or call 888-530-2775 (English) / 888-530-2776 (Español). Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  ABOUT BAHAMAS PARADISE CRUISE LINE Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the ultimate Bahamas getaway, is the only provider of two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island and the originator of the unique Cruise & Stay program, letting travelers extend their Bahamas adventure with a stay at a beach resort. The company operates two ships, Grand Celebration, and Grand Classica – which recently earned Cruise Critic’s 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best Entertainment. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is majority-owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan.last_img read more