High School Sports

Want to play football? South Sound’s semipro teams gearing up for May 16 home openers

Former NCAA Division I football experience is welcomed but not a requirement to play semiprofessional football.

For the second year, South Sound is home to two semipro teams. The Lacey-based Thurston County Mayhem start its second season with a home opener May 16 against the Snohomish County Vikings at South Sound Stadium in Lacey.

Like the long-standing Washington Cavaliers, who play home games this season at Tumwater District Stadium and open at home May 16 against the Puyallup Nation Kings, the Mayhem belongs to the nine-member Western Washington Football Alliance.

Tony Ziegler, co-founder of the Mayhem and a former semipro player, says this level of football is about players whose passion still burns.

“We’re looking for guys who love the game — guys with an aggression,” Ziegler said. “If you have a bad week, come out and play football.”

Players must be at least 18 years old to participate.

More information about each team, including contact information for those seeking to join a team, can be found on the WWFA website: http://tinyurl.com/ofqzznz

All-Stars coming to NW

The U.S. Military All-Star Baseball team will hold tryouts April 19 for active and former military personnel for its Northwest tour this summer. The tryouts are from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 1-4 p.m. at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. Individuals may register at USMilitaryAllStars.com.

The all-star team is selected from all branches of the military, and for three weeks this summer will tour the Northwest to compete against collegiate and semiprofessional baseball clubs.

On June 16, the team will play the Kitsap BlueJackets at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, followed by the West Coast Guns on June 17 at the same venue. The all-stars conclude their local tour against the Thurston County Senators on June 18 at the RAC.

“They have a good idea of what level they’re playing against,” said Matt Acker, a Lacey resident and owner of the Kitsap BlueJackets, who helped arrange his team’s game with the all-stars. “I hope to make it an annual event. That’s my ultimate goal.”