If anyone knows of Tahoma High School, they have probably heard of the baseball team. Maple Valley is a one high school town, but they are a high school that stands out. And if you do not believe me, just look at Washington State's high school baseball rankings. The Tahoma Bears baseball team is ranked number one in the stat, just ask the Seattle Times. Through April 19th, their 2007 record stands at 10-0 in league play and 15-1 overall. And let's not forget the junior varsity team with an overall record of 14-1. Not only is this high school baseball team having a dream season, at least 7 of the seniors on the team will be going on to play college ball. Many of these young men will be playing for Division One baseball teams. They will definitely be worth watching over the next few years!
This team has high hopes for this year's playoffs and they are going to be an exciting team to watch. But this team has a successful legacy that has lead to this incredible season. The head coach, Russ Hayden, has been leading this team for the past 15 years. Currently 13 players from the past 4 seasons are playing baseball at the college level at schools around the country. Since Coach Hayden has been coaching, the Tahoma Bears have made it to the playoffs 7 times, this season will be the 8th. The 2003 Bears placed 3rd in the state tournament, the best in Coach Hayden's 15 years. Last years team placed an impressive 4th in the state tournament after losing in the semi-finals to the top ranked team. Last years team was young, and most of the players returned this season with a mission to reach the top.
The Tahoma Bears are greatly supported by the team's Booster Club. This year the booster club provided the team with a brand new scoreboard and a new pitching mound, after raising $15,000 just this year. Maple Valley is a small town and the baseball field does not have the most up-to-date facilities, but these improvements are helping not only the appearance of the field, but also the morale of the team. The baseball team takes a lot of pride in their field and put in hours of work to make these improvements.
The 2007 season is getting close to playoffs and the energy is evident in the dugout of the Tahoma team. They have a long road ahead to meet their goals, but it's going to be an exciting road. This team will be fun to watch this spring and look out for those players who continue their baseball career at the college level. Maple Valley was once a small town but it is on the rise and the baseball team is helping to make it known around the state. Tahoma Bears, congratulations on a great season thus far and good luck!