- Jon Kitna is expected to be named head football coach at his alma-mater, Lincoln High School in Tacoma. Lincon's athletic director, Char Davenport said that she wasn't aware of any other applicants — my guess is the announcement will come soon after the opening closes on Wednesday. Kitna used to play for the Seahawks — he led Seattle to an AFC West title in 1999.
- Hector Noesi is good at throwing strikes and also has potential to hit 97 mph on radar gun! Read Jeff Sullivan's analysis on the other player acquired from the Yankees in the Pineda-Montero swap. I'm growing more and more confident that he'll be more than a capable starter for the Mariners this season.
- I love how Felix Hernandez wants to stay in Seattle. Every fan better treat him right, just like the organization has in his time here. Long live the King!
- Kicker Santiago Lopez out of Lynden HS plans to walk-on and join the Huskies next fall. Washington is out of kickers; losing both Erik Folk and Eric Guttorp to graduation. Let's hope UW snags someone else before the February 1st signing date; depending on a walk-on kicker can't be a good thing.
- The WIAA released its classification numbers for 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years on Monday. Out of the 18 schools in 3A that have opted-up, 12 of the schools are a part of the Metro conference. Eastside Catholic and Rainier Beach are 1A schools by definition, while Seattle Prep, Lakeside, Cleveland, O'Dea, Bishop Blanchet, Ingraham, Nathan Hale, Chief Sealth and Holy Names are 2A schools by definition. I wonder which of these schools would be able to opt-up and compete at the 4A level in several sports. Seattle Prep, O'Dea and Holy names would be three schools to start the conversation with.
--Kevin Cacacabelos (@seatownsports)