The Bellingham Bells announced Tom Prizeman will be the new voice for the team during the 2016 season., giving play-by-play commentary for all 57 games during the summer.
Prizeman comes to the Pacific Northwest with experience in minor league and summer collegiate baseball. He spent last season in Northern Kentucky as a broadcasting and media relations assistant with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League, where he served as a play-by-play broadcaster and a pre- and post-game host.
Before his tenure in Florence, Prizeman was a Broadcasting and Media Relations intern with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and a broadcast intern with Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
The Bells also announced that pitchers Brian Way and Riley Storedahl will be returning to take the mound in 2016. Both players were on the Bells’ roster in 2015. Way, a junior from Edmonds Community College, posted a 4-0 record last summer with an ERA of 1.56 in 17 games. Storedahl, also a junior from Edmonds Community College, recorded a 2.12 ERA in 2015 with a record of 3-2.
Blazers win a pair
The Bellingham Blazers hockey team returned from a three-week holiday break and grabbed a pair of NPHL victories over the weekend in Bremerton.
The team had nine different players score in an 11-1 win over West Sound on Friday, Jan. 8. Austin Sabin led the way with two goals and four assists, while Karson DeRego added two goals and two assists.
One night later, the Blazers shut out West Sound 5-0. Sabin led the way with two goals and an assist. Sam Vizenor, DeRego and Justin Sullivan each added another score for the Blazers, who sit second in the NPHL standings at 21-5.
Bellingham United: The Hammers remained atop Western Indoor Soccer League standings, holding on for a 11-8 win over the Oly Town Artisans on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Evergreen State College. Bellingham entered the fourth quarter up 9-3, but saw that advantage shrink to three. Tyler Bjork gave the United some breathing room with his third goal of the game. The United will host a rematch between the two teams at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Bellingham Sportsplex.
Umpires: The Whatcom County Umpires Association will host an informational meeting for those interested in becoming umpires at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Round Table Pizza (1145 E Sunset Drive, Bellingham). The WCUA serves fast and slow pitch games for men’s, women’s, co-ed, youth, high school and junior high leagues in Whatcom County.