A8 THE ASTORIAN • TuESdAy, AuguST 13, 2019 CONTACT US FOLLOW US Gary Henley | Sports Reporter email@example.com facebook.com/ DailyAstorianSports Bump, set and spike in Seaside By HAILEY HOFFMAN The Astorian V olleyball teams of two, four and six duked it out at the 30th annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament over the weekend. With nearly 200 volleyball courts set up, hundreds of people of all ages traveled from around the country to compete. MORE ONLINE Photos by Hailey Hoffman/The Astorian See more photos and a video at DailyAstorian.com ABOVE: Katie McCutcheon reaches out to spike the ball. RIGHT: Katie Spieler dives to bump the ball into the air for teammate Delaney Knudsen to hit over the net in the center court. Paul Lotman watches the ball hit the sand after a hard spike by Brigg Busenhart. Seahawks rookie Blair draws attention in his first NFL game By TIM BOOTH Associated Press RENTON, Wash. — When safety Marquise Blair was drafted in the sec- ond round by the Seattle Seahawks, he brought with him to the NFL the reputa- tion as a big hitter. That’s what happens when you’re ejected twice from college games for targeting. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the most notable moments from Seattle’s preseason opener centered on Blair and rid- ing that fine line between what’s a legal hit and what will draw a flag in the NFL. “I’ve been working on it since I left Utah, I’ve been working on moving my shoulder,” Blair said. “I’m going full speed out there, it’s whatever they see.” In drafting Blair, the Sea- hawks are hoping they’ve found the next version of Kam Chancellor — a big safety with the strength and size to be a force against the run but the skills to also defend the pass. And it didn’t take long into his first NFL preseason game to see the thumping he could add to the secondary. It was the fourth quarter and Denver’s Drew Lock attempted to hit Nick Wil- liams downfield. Blair came across and rocked Williams as the ball arrived, soon fol- lowed by a flag. It was a hit AP Photo/Stephen Brashear Marquise Blair hits Denver Broncos wide receiver Nick Williams, drawing a penalty flag for unnecessary roughness. that drew oohs, but also a review to see if Blair was subject to ejection. Blair appeared to avoid making helmet contact but his mistake was making the hit with his right shoul- der, instead of his left. Seat- tle coach Pete Carroll said the teaching point in that instance was for Blair to have tried making the hit with his left shoulder so his head was further away from the contact with the receiver. “The cool thing was that he was there. He made a great break on the football, his timing was excellent, his toughness was demon- strated. Now there is a lit- tle technique issue to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Carroll said. Not surprisingly, doing drills to replicate that play was one all of the Sea- hawks’ defensive backs were doing on Sunday. “That flag is all about inches,” Seattle safety Brad- ley McDougald said. “If he goes two inches lower then it’s a clean, legal play. We can’t let that flag or the ref- erees diminish how we play the game. We just have to practice, drill those things at practice, getting the right strike range, the right target area and stay there and rep it enough that it becomes second nature.” Blair was “scrambling” as Carroll described it in the preseason opener. He was flagged for the hit on Wil- liams and made the incor- rect read on a pass play going after the quarterback when he should have stayed on the receiver releasing off the line. He also made See Seahawks, Page A7 Knappa beanbag tournament Sunday The Astorian Knappa’s annual bean- bag tournament fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, at Knappa High School. Pre-registration cost is $30 per team by Thurs- day, or $40 after Thursday. Day of tournament registra- tion is from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Teevin Field. The tour- nament begins at 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit Knappa High School baseball. For more informa- tion, contact Akiko Miller at 503-298-8429 or amiller97103@hotmail. com. The tournament is dou- ble elimination, with prizes for first and second place. Kristin Fraser serves the ball as teammate Sophie Yeomans gets ready.