"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Sequim sports fans: Remember Derrin Doty? Sure you do.
He's the guy who was a basketball and baseball star at Sequim High in the late 1980s and was drafted by the California Angels. He helped SHS get to three state hoops tournaments and the baseball team to two state tourneys, and also was named to the University of Washington All-Century baseball team.
Looks like the bloodlines are paying off. Doty's daughter Deserée is a star for the soccer team at Crosspoint Academy — formerly King's West — in the Bremerton/Silverdale area.
Doty also happens to be her coach.
As of Oct. 9, the Warriors are 5-3 and Doty is a big part of it, with two hat tricks (three goals in a game) along the way.
She's also a volleyball player.
How'd she work that out? She and soccer teammate Emma Laurion play on both teams and it's allowed. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the state's governing body for prep sports, allows such cross-sports moves for small schools where they need athletes to fill out rosters — or lose those sports.
The two are soccer-first players.
You can read a nice piece by the Kitsap Sun's Annette Griffus here, though the Sun has a pay wall and you may not be able to read it without an account.
In any event, kudos to Doty and daughter for their successes.