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Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group Port Angeles’ Kiana Watson-Charles pitches against North Kitsap.

POLL RESULTS: No need for softball pitch limits

Nearly two-thirds of voters say limiting a pitcher’s use in softball is unnecessary.

 

POLL: Should softball have pitch limits?

Unlike baseball, there are no pitch limits in softball, allowing pitchers to throw multiple games a day.

 

‘Kraken’ appears very much alive in NHL nickname competition

That’s what Herald columnist Nick Patterson gleaned from Seattle expansion team’s new website.

 

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks to the referee for a foul during the first quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 5, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

POLL RESULTS: Voters expect Golden State to three-peat

Nearly two-thirds of responders picked the Warriors to beat Toronto in the NBA finals.

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks to the referee for a foul during the first quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 5, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for a way out under pressure from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and teammate Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Sunday, June 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

POLL: Which team claims the NBA championship?

The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for a way out under pressure from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and teammate Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Sunday, June 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Where have all the high school sports writers gone?

The dearth of newspapers present at high school spring state events this past weekend was shocking.

The Seattle Storm’s Shavonte Zellous yells after scoring and getting a foul call against the Phoenix Mercury during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Readers predicting playoffs for the Storm

Voters still like Seattle’s postseason chances, despite the absence of Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird.

The Seattle Storm’s Shavonte Zellous yells after scoring and getting a foul call against the Phoenix Mercury during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd dribbles around the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: How will the Seattle Storm fare this season?

The reigning WNBA champions are using Everett as one of their home bases this season.

The Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd dribbles around the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner during the season opener on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett and the Storm both put on a show

Seattle got championship rings and beat the Phoenix Mercury at sold-out Angel of the Winds Arena.

Lakewood High School softball right fielder Brittani Boortz practices bunting drills on Monday, May 13, 2019 in Lakewood, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Lakewood softball deemed likeliest state champ

The Cougars received 29 percent of the votes among Snohomish County’s 10 teams playing this weekend.

Lakewood High School softball right fielder Brittani Boortz practices bunting drills on Monday, May 13, 2019 in Lakewood, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The Jackson High School softball team celebrates a home run in the fourth inning of their 5-3 victory over Lake Stevens in the semifinals of the district tournament on May 15 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

POLL: Which local team has the best shot at a state title?

Ten Snohomish County high school teams are still alive to win a state championship this weekend.

The Jackson High School softball team celebrates a home run in the fourth inning of their 5-3 victory over Lake Stevens in the semifinals of the district tournament on May 15 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

I was a Little Leaguer, and it’s a great community builder

Playing can build bonds that last a lifetime. Just look at the 2014 Pacific Little League team.

Seattle Storm’s Recee Caldwell yells after a teammate makes a three point shot during the preseason game against the Phoenix Mercury at Angel of the Winds Arena on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL RESULTS: Genuine enthusiasm for the Storm in Everett

It wasn’t a landslide, but voters expressed some excitement about the WNBA champs coming to town.

Seattle Storm’s Recee Caldwell yells after a teammate makes a three point shot during the preseason game against the Phoenix Mercury at Angel of the Winds Arena on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, holds the championship trophy with her teammates after winning Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, Wednesday, Sept. 18 2018, in Fairfax, Virginia. Seattle won 98-82. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

POLL: How excited are you about the Storm coming to Everett?

The WNBA’s Seattle Storm make their Angel of the Winds Arena debut Wednesday in a preseason game.

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, holds the championship trophy with her teammates after winning Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals, Wednesday, Sept. 18 2018, in Fairfax, Virginia. Seattle won 98-82. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

I’ll miss Doug Baldwin the player, but I’ll miss the man more

I witnessed ‘Contemplative Doug,’ not ‘Angry Doug,’ in my time covering the Seahawks.

San Jose Sharks players celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

POLL RESULTS: Readers not flocking to NHL playoffs just yet

Poll voting suggests there’s still work to do to get the region excited about the NHL’s arrival.

San Jose Sharks players celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The Sharks won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

POLL: Are you paying attention to the NHL playoffs?

Seattle is set for an NHL expansion team beginning in 2021, so have you started your homework?

Former Mississippi football wide receiver DK Metcalf catches a pass while running pass patterns runs as he is tested by NFL scouts and coaches during Pro Day at Mississippi, Friday, March 29, 2019, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

POLL RESULTS: Seahawks given a ‘B’ grade for their draft

Voters were generally satisfied with how Seattle executed its 2019 NFL draft.

Former Mississippi football wide receiver DK Metcalf catches a pass while running pass patterns runs as he is tested by NFL scouts and coaches during Pro Day at Mississippi, Friday, March 29, 2019, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

POLL: What grade do you give the Seahawks for their draft?

Seattle spent the 2019 NFL draft acquiring picks and addressing some needs