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CONGRATULATIONS! Metro League honors Keffrey Fazio as Coach of the Year; players announced for all-league teams

(WSB photo: Coach of the Year Keffrey Fazio, Metro League 1st Team’s Nate Pryor)

Between the Friday night Metro League championship games in the Chief Sealth IHS gym, all-league honors were presented. Above, from West Seattle High School boys’ basketball, Keffrey Fazio is the league’s Coach of the Year, and Nate Pryor was chosen for the all-league first team again.

Also announced, the all-league girls’ teams, with Sealth’s Labrea Denson and WSHS’s Jasmine Gayles on the 2nd team, and WSHS’s Grace Sarver and Sealth’s Sydney Thomas on the 3rd team.

(We haven’t found the full list online yet but will add when we do.)

BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth boys’ season concludes

February 10, 2017 11:34 pm
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Another basketball score from tonight: The Chief Sealth International High School boys came close to a district-playoff spot – but lost to Ballard 61-59, who scored in the final seconds of their qualifying game, played at Garfield HS.

BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls finish second in Metro League tournament

6:56 PM: We’re at the Chief Sealth gym, where the Metro League basketball championship games are being played tonight. The girls’ title game has just ended, with the West Seattle High School girls losing to still-undefeated Bishop Blanchet. They were tied 27-27 at halftime, but Blanchet pulled away in the second half, and the final score was 62-46.

10:12 PM: Photos and details added, and what’s next for the WSHS girls: Read More

West Seattle schools: 1 snow day pushes end of school year back 3 days

(It was a day for sledding, not studying, at Madison MS on Monday. Texted reader photo from the WSB snow-day gallery)

It’s the flip side of Monday’s snow day – Seattle Public Schools has announced that the makeup day has now been officially scheduled, so the last day of classes for this school year is now Monday, June 26th, instead of Friday, June 23rd. Here’s the updated SPS 2016-2017 calendar, which is also a reminder that this year includes a full week of mid-winter break, week after next.

BASKETBALL: West Seattle HS boys beat Rainier Beach in OT

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

9:54 PM: An overtime thriller tonight – the West Seattle High School boys-varsity basketball team beat Rainier Beach, 61-56, in their postseason game at Chief Sealth IHS. That brought the Wildcats a third-place finish in the Metro League tournament. Next stop for head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s team, the district tournament, and a 5:30 pm game Tuesday (February 14th), again in the gym at Sealth. Their opponent won’t be determined until this Saturday.

10:55 PM: Adding photos and details. The first half saw WSHS challenged in keeping control of the ball. But after halftime, the Wildcats started controlling rebounds during the low-scoring third quarter.


Top scorer for WSHS tonight was #1 Nate Pryor (21 points). In the fourth quarter, he and #22 Yusuf Mohamed (11 points) had back-to-back three-pointers.


The night’s second-leading scorer for WSHS was #5 Abdullahi Mohamed with 18:


Regulation play ended at 46-all; in OT, board control and foul shots helped WSHS get the win. According to the bracket, their Tuesday opponent will be whichever team takes Saturday’s game between Mercer Island and the winner of tomorrow’s Chief Sealth-Ballard game.

BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth IHS boys play Friday for district spot

February 9, 2017 9:53 pm
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First of two high-school basketball updates tonight: Though the Chief Sealth International High School boys lost to Cleveland, 81-61, in tonight’s postseason game at Garfield HS, they have one more shot at a spot in the district tournament. Head coach Colin Slingsby‘s Seahawks will play Ballard at 5:45 pm tomorrow at Garfield; winner goes to districts, loser’s done for the year. Sealth won its last game against Ballard, 65-62 on January 31st.

VIDEO: Chief Sealth IHS/Denny IMS safety meeting

February 9, 2017 9:05 pm
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If you weren’t able to get to last night’s annual PTSA-sponsored Chief Sealth International High School/Denny International Middle School safety meeting – we recorded it on video. The major headline: This year has been much less eventful than last year, which meant no major controversies or crime concerns to talk about last night, unlike the same meeting last March (WSB coverage here).

Most of last night’s presenting participants were the same as last year: Read More

BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth boys advance in postseason; girls’ season ends

February 8, 2017 9:50 pm
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Two more basketball updates:

Chief Sealth International High School‘s boys-varsity team will play its next post-season game 7:30 pm tomorrow (Thursday) vs. Cleveland HS, at Garfield HS, after defeating Roosevelt 73-58 at home tonight. The Seahawks are one of four teams vying for three spots in the district tournament.

Meantime, the Sealth girls-varsity team played tonight at Lakeside, where their season came to a close with a 58-47 loss to the Lions. Here’s their season recap on the Metro League website.

BASKETBALL: West Seattle boys keep it close till the end vs. Nathan Hale

The Metro League semifinal boys-varsity basketball game between West Seattle HS and Nathan Hale HS is over. Though WSHS led at halftime, 40-34, Hale pulled away and got the victory, 72-59. The Wildcats will play at Chief Sealth IHS at 7:30 pm tomorrow vs. the loser of tonight’s Rainier Beach vs. Garfield game.

BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls beat Rainier Beach @ UW

5:04 PM: Just in from the University of Washington arena – the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team got the win over Rainier Beach – which ended the regular-season just one spot above the Wildcats’ third-in-the-league finish. Final score this afternoon, WSHS 51, RBHS 45. The Vikings had been up by one point at halftime, 24-23.

GIRLS’ NEXT GAME: WSHS plays at 5:45 pm Friday at Chief Sealth International High School, vs. the winner of tonight’s Garfield-Bishop Blanchet game (7 pm at UW). Meantime, the WSHS boys play at 5:30 pm, also at UW, vs. Nathan Hale.

9:08 PM UPDATE: The girls’ opponent in the championship game Friday will be Blanchet.

SAFETY: Highland Park Elementary alerts families about student’s report

11:11 AM: Thanks to the parents who forwarded this note sent to Highland Park Elementary families this morning by principal Chris Cronas:

Yesterday afternoon during dismissal, a student was approached by a man on the corner of 11th Ave SW & SW Cloverdale while he waited for his ride home. The student claims the man demanded he go home with him. The student fled on foot, running home where his family found him, safe.

The man was described as having a dark complexion with black hair. He was reported to be wearing a dark green ascot and a dark jacket. We have no further information. The family contacted the police yesterday and provided the school with an incident number. We have notified Safety & Security as well. We will also be increasing our presence during afternoon dismissal by placing adults in different areas throughout the campus to increase our overall supervision.

This is a good reminder to talk with your student about what to do in the event something like this occurs. Please tell your student to immediately go to a nearby adult they know to ask for help.

If we are provided any additional information about this incident that could help the community identify this person, we will let you know.

We’re also asking police if they have any more details.

1:02 PM: SPD tells WSB it’s an open investigation; no other info to share so far.

BASKETBALL: WSHS girls defeat Cleveland, face Rainier Beach tomorrow

February 7, 2017 9:08 pm
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(WSB photos. Above, head coach Darnell Taylor)

9:08 PM: Tonight’s second postseason basketball game at West Seattle High School brought the WSHS girls-varsity team another win, 72-52 over Cleveland. The Wildcats’ next opponent: Rainier Beach, 3:30 pm tomorrow (Wednesday) at the University of Washington.


9:40 PM: Photos and scoring info added. Above, WSHS’s top scorer of the night with 18 points, #20 Grace Sarver (with #34 Anissa Babitu); below right, second leading scorer, #32, Meghan Fiso, 16 points:


#4 Kelsey Lenzie was third top scorer with 11:


West Seattle last faced Rainier Beach on January 27th; the Vikings took that game 73-63.

BASKETBALL: WSHS boys face undefeated Nathan Hale tomorrow after comeback win tonight

(WSB photos. Center, head coach Keffrey Fazio)

7:14 PM: Tomorrow night at 5:30, the West Seattle High School boys will face undefeated Nathan Hale at the University of Washington after a come-from-behind win against Seattle Prep tonight. The Wildcats beat Prep 53-49 at home, rallying after being down 32-23 at halftime.


ADDED 10:39 PM: Added photos and top-scorer info. Above, #1 Nate Pryor led the Wildcats with 19 points tonight. The next highest point total was contributed by #5 Abdullahi Mohamed with 8:


The Wildcats and their next opponents the Raiders last met December 2nd, when Hale won 82-59.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER, SCHOOLS: Tuesday morning updates

(QUICK LINKS: School delays hereMetro bus info here … SDOT winter-weather map map here … More traffic cams/links here)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

5 AM: Good morning. No changes this morning from what was announced last night – most schools are on a delayed start today, including Seattle Public Schools (2 hours late) – here’s our list.

Metro says most of its buses are on regular routes (check here).

The temperature is just above freezing, with lots of slush left on non-arterials and sidewalks, so caution is in order. No new weather alerts.

After skipping pickups Monday, Seattle Public Utilities‘ trash/recycling schedule is delayed one day all week, SPU says – so if you are a Monday customer, have your carts out today.

7:42 AM: Relatively quiet morning so far. Hilly streets, not surprisingly, are the trouble spots. Evan reports via Twitter, “30th between Juneau & Brandon is icy! Multiple cars stuck.”

7:56 AM: Even if you’re not on/near a hill, give yourself time to go slowly. Our side street, which was slushy when we last drove it yesterday evening, sounds crunchy with each car going by this morning. And as commenters are discussing, sidewalks might be your biggest challenge, whatever your ultimate mode of transportation.

8:11 AM: Metro says Routes 131 (which serves Highland Park) and 132 (South Park) are back on regular routes. But we also have anecdotes in comments and via text of unannounced bus no-shows or changes in various spots, FYI.

8:22 AM: Josh reports that Delridge/Kenyon light is flashing red (this is one of the lights affected by yesterday’s power outage). Please remember … an out, or flashing, signal = all-ways stop.”

8:38 AM: From the scanner – police are being dispatched to Avalon and Genesee for a report of a jackknifed semitruck. Don’t know whether it’s blocking one, both, or neither, but we’ll head out shortly to look.

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8:50 AM: Before we could even suit up to get out the door, Matt Collins sent that photo (thank you!), which shows the location as well as the situation – on the Genesee slope between 30th and Avalon. Could take a while to clear. (Added) Here’s the view from the other side, looking east over Avalon and down Genesee, from a texter (thanks!):


9:19 AM: Update via text: Genesee is cleared.

Meantime, two school notes – Our Lady of Guadalupe has now changed the plan and will be CLOSED today due to “extreme icy conditions” (OLG is at the highest elevation in the city); Madison Middle School says its tours are canceled.

12:07 PM: As just published in a separate story, SPU is now saying it will NOT get to Monday customers in this area until next week.

TUESDAY SCHOOL PLANS: Late start for Seattle Public Schools, others; OLG closed

(First published 6 pm; updated Tuesday morning)

Now that it’s Monday night, we’re getting some information about schools’ plans for Tuesday, and we’re collecting it all here. Keep in mind this could change if the weather does, so check back – we’ll be updating late into the night and early in the morning.

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2 hours late, school buses on snow routes, more info here (added 8:41 pm)

HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2 hours late Tuesday, no AM preschool, buses on snow routes, no out-of-district transportation – full details on district home page

VASHON SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2.5 hours late, no AM preschool (added 8:34 pm)

HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL: 2 hours late, no morning BASE, no morning preschool (added 8:57 pm)

EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: “Delayed start, 10 am.” (added 9:08 pm)

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL: 10:30 am start Tuesday; NO AM EDC & NO AM PreschoolUPDATE TUESDAY MORNINGOLG CLOSED because of unsafe icy conditions

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: 10:30 am start Tuesday (added 9:13 pm)

WESTSIDE SCHOOL: “Will open at 10:00 a.m., classes to begin at 10:15 a.m. There will be no Early Care” (added 9:23 pm)

HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL: “2-hour late start, no morning extended care or morning half-day preschool program; doors open at 10:15 for 10:30 start” (added 9:23 pm)

A CHILD BECOMES PRESCHOOL: “No AM preschool. Afternoon class will meet as scheduled.” (added 9:51 pm)

COMETA PLAYSCHOOL: “Open tomorrow, regular schedule, 8:45-12:45.” (added 10:29 pm)

LITTLE PILGRIM SCHOOL: “Closed for AM classes only. Afternoon class is open on regular schedule.”

Two individual school notes for Tuesday:

MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL: Principal Dr. Robert Gary sent a note that today’s tours are canceled.

And from Genesee Hill Elementary, via Twitter:

When your school/district knows its plans, please e-mail or text us – editor@westseattleblog.com or 206-293-6302 – thanks!

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: School closures, changes for Monday

(Scroll down – some schools’ statuses have changed – and we’re continuing to add more)

12:37 AM: We’re creating this separate story to track school changes, so you won’t have to scroll through other snow coverage to find them. So far, two of note:

WESTSIDE SCHOOL“Open at 10:00 a.m., classes to begin at 10:15 a.m. There will be no Early Care. Administration will watch road conditions and announce a closure as early as possible if warranted.” Later update – CLOSED

VASHON SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2.5 hours late; no AM preschool Later update – CLOSED.

3:58 AM: Also announced:

SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: “South Seattle College will have a 4 hour delayed start on Monday, February 6. All classes and activities prior to noon are cancelled. Campuses will open at noon.” Later update – CLOSED.

4:11 AM: Just in:

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: All schools closed!

4:17 AM: Also just in:

HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: All schools closed! Activities canceled; administrative offices closed.

4:45 AM: We will eventually reorganize this list into CLOSED/DELAYED sections but for now will keep adding one by one as info comes in:

HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL: Closed, per text.

5:29 AM: More:

EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Closed, activities canceled

5:52 AM: Also just in –


6:07 AM: Just in –


6:18 AM: Just heard from:


6:51 AM: Also note – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle campus): Closed

8:10 AM: TILDEN SCHOOL is OPEN, as they usually are, even when it snows:

Tilden usually does not take days off for snow. If you feel that you can make it to school safely, please bring your child in. Most of the staff live nearby and can walk or drive to school, even on snowy days. Please make sure your child is dressed in appropriate warm coats, hats, and mittens/gloves, as the kids will have an opportunity for extra outdoor play time in the snow with their friends.”

If you are concerned about ice in the lot, or unsure of driving to school in the snow, please know that there is no expectation on our part that you bring your child in. Your family’s safety is out main concern, and we realize that everyone’s streets, vehicles, and comfort levels are different. Please base your decision about coming to school on what is best (and safest) for you and your family.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: We will have the parking lot gated off this morning, to preserve the lovely snow for the kids to play in. Please plan to park on the street this morning.

8:36 AM: Update –


Any others? Text and/or e-mail us, 206-293-6302, editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

BASKETBALL: Seattle Lutheran boys win 16th in a row

Another high-school basketball update: The Seattle Lutheran High School boys have one more game to go in the regular season, after winning their 16th consecutive game Saturday night, on the road against Crosspoint, 76-63. (Thanks to Ana for the tip!) Monday night, they’re home against Auburn Adventist, 7:30 pm. The Seattle Lutheran girls also play AA at home tomorrow, 6 pm, after a 31-29 loss to Crosspoint on Saturday.

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth International High School students succeed @ State Ethics Bowl

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The photos and report are from Chief Sealth International High School teacher Noah Zeichner (and note the reference to a newfound legal celebrity toward the end):

Eight Chief Sealth International High School students participated in the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington on Saturday. At the end of the day, the two Chief Sealth teams finished with 2nd- and 3rd-place trophies.

Students discussed the ethical implications of raising the smoking age to 21, banning religious garb, funding contraception under the Affordable Care Act, among other topics. The event was organized by the UW Center for Philosophy for Children and took place at the UW School of Law. From the Center for Philosophy for Children’s website: “Unlike debate, Ethics Bowls do not force teams to take adversarial positions or hold fast to assigned perspectives. Instead, students have a forum in which to engage in dialogue, and they are judged on the quality of their analysis – how well they reason through the issues, organize and present arguments, analyze a case’s morally relevant features, and respond to commentary and questions – and the degree to which they engage in a thoughtful, civil exchange.”


The two Chief Sealth teams faced off against Lakeside, Seattle Academy, the Bush School, Lake Washington High School, and King’s School. In the final round, Chief Sealth’s Team 1 lost narrowly to a team from Seattle Academy. The judges included Justice Steven González of the Washington State Supreme Court and Noah Purcell, the Solicitor General who argued the case against President Trump’s immigrant and refugee ban in federal court on Friday.

The top three teams have earned a trip to Olympia on March 16 to hear an oral argument at the Washington State Supreme Court. They will have lunch with the Supreme Court justices, visit the legislature, and take a private tour of the Governor’s Mansion. The 1st-place team will be traveling to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl in April.

SPORTS: First post-regular-season basketball games set

February 4, 2017 9:25 pm
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In our coverage of last night’s Chief SealthWest Seattle high-school basketball games (girls here, boys here), we mentioned awaiting the schedule for the first post-regular-season games. Tonight, they’re set:

West Seattle hosts Cleveland, 5 pm Monday
Chief Sealth hosts Franklin, 7 pm Monday

West Seattle hosts Seattle Prep, 7 pm Monday
Chief Sealth hosts Roosevelt, 7 pm Tuesday

In the Metro League girls’ standings, WSHS finished third, CSIHS 13th; in the boys’ standings, WSHS finished fourth, CSIHS 10th.

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: West Seattle men win @ Chief Sealth


It’s on to the postseason for the West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School men’s varsity basketball teams after their regular-season-ending clash at CSIHS on Friday night. While Sealth kept it close much of the way, WSHS went home with the win, 57-45. The Wildcats’ top scorer was #22, senior Yusuf Mohamed, with 13 points:


Senior Nate Pryor was next with 12 points; two Wildcats had 9, sophomore Abdullahi Mohamed and #24, junior Simon Harris:


Leading Sealth scorers were senior Evan Moe (#24 in top photo) and #22, junior Elijah Jackson, both with 10:


Junior Peyton Dickerson followed with 9 for the Seahawks, who trailed by 4 at halftime, 30-26. Both teams will find out later this weekend who they’ll face in postseason games early nextweek.

‘Your story is the message’: Chief Sealth IHS storytellers @ Youngstown

February 3, 2017 11:00 pm
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(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

It wasn’t a Valentine event, but love was the theme that wound through the first three stories told tonight at the Chief Sealth International High School Young Storytellers Project event at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, from “On Forever’s Toes,” a relationship story told by the first student performer, poet/musician Lashaunycee (above), to professional storyteller Danielle K.L. Grégoire, who told of her first lost love (age 10) …


… to Native American storyteller Roger Fernandes, who told the story of a young man coming of age, passing a test by saving those he loved, even while breaking the rules:


Fernandes also counseled the young storytellers not to be nervous, saying they are just the messenger, and their story is the message. The event was emceed by Sealth teacher Paul Fischburg:


A unique component of the teacher-organized event, which began with a potluck and mingling, was the request for the audience to write messages of support for each storyteller afterward, including a comment on how they connected with the story.

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: West Seattle women win @ Chief Sealth

February 3, 2017 9:47 pm
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9:47 PM: In the last of their regular-season games, it’s a crosstown doubleheader tonight with Chief Sealth International High School‘s varsity basketball teams hosting their counterparts from West Seattle High School. The women’s game is in the books, and though they were tied at 39 at halftime, the Wildcats pulled away for the win, 74-68.


2:11 AM: Adding photos (a few more to come later). Above, Sealth’s #4, senior Labrea Denson, was the night’s top scorer, with 28 points. Seahawk Sydney Thomas was next with 20. Leading the Wildcats was #20, Grace Sarver, with 13 points:


WSHS’s Jenna McPhee was next with 12. This game wrapped up the regular season; postseason play starts next week.

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