‘Symbol of hope for a better tomorrow’: Citywide request

October 30, 2014 at 11:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

A show of support and solidarity, requested citywide: Chief Sealth International High School activities director Sarah Martin asked if we would share this, a request that originated with the district’s athletics department:

Because of the recent tragedies in the Western Washington community, we are asking ALL FANS attending any Seattle school sporting event this weekend to wear something WHITE signifying HOPE and HEALING. This includes fans, parents, students, administrators and staff attending any and all sports contests — This includes playoff games. It is at times like these that we must come together to support one another, even if we aren’t personally affected. We express our thoughts of healing by coming together as ONE and wearing WHITE as a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow.

Tomorrow marks one week since the school shooting that ended three young lives at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Snohomish County.

High-school football: 2 more games set for WSHS Wildcats

October 28, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photo from Friday’s game: #35 Binh Nguyen, #72 Richard Kawano, #57 Dustin McLean)
High-school football is now in the post-season, and West Seattle High School‘s athletic director Trevor Leopold tells WSB this morning that the Wildcats now have two more games set, following last Friday’s 52-12 victory over Franklin at Memorial Stadium (photo above). First, WSHS will visit Rainier Beach this Thursday (October 30th) at 7 pm. Then, they’ll be home on Saturday, November 8th, hosting Highline HS at 6 pm.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: West Seattle Monster Dash 2014 in the forest!

October 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Rain or shine, it was time for the West Seattle Monster Dash this morning – and as our video shows, off they went, despite breezy, showery conditions. The Lincoln Park run/walk is a benefit for Cooperative Preschools. Organizer Milyssa Daigle (below) cheered on the (mostly) costumed participants:

…including ones young enough to be currently using the aforementioned preschools!

The littlest participants had their own “monster dashes” right after the main race.

Some spooky sights in the throng:

By the way, race results are online – see them here.

Fields so close, yet out of reach: West Seattle Booster Club letter-writing campaign seeking ‘equity and safety’

October 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 13 Comments

From the West Seattle Booster Club:

Care about equity and safety for West Seattle High School athletes?

West Seattle Booster Club urges you to join their letter-writing campaign! Read the letter below, then write to Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors (MS 11-010, PO Box 34165, Seattle, 98124-1165) and Seattle Parks and Recreation Board of Park Commissioners (100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, 98109) to help create positive change for (the) sports program. Thank you for supporting WSHS athletes!

If you can’t see the letter as embedded above, it’s here in PDF.

High-school soccer: West Seattle ties visiting Garfield

October 22, 2014 at 12:13 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Post-season play is getting closer for girls-varsity soccer. For West Seattle High School, two games remain in the regular season after they tied Garfield 2-2 at Walt Hundley Playfield Tuesday afternoon.

Both West Seattle goals were by Katie DuLong; here are the game stats.

This was the last home game in the regular season. Next up, the Wildcats play at Bainbridge on Thursday, 6:15 pm.

When Daylight Saving Time ends, so does some tennis-court lighting

October 21, 2014 at 11:24 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

Just in from Seattle Parks and Rec … the annual reminder that when Daylight Saving Time ends, so does the lighting at all but a handful of outdoor tennis courts, to save energy. We “fall back” early Sunday, November 2nd, and that’s the last night for lighting at most city-run outdoor courts. In West Seattle, the city has *one* outdoor tennis facility that’s lit year-round – the six courts at Solstice Park (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW). The other lights go back on after we “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time next March.

More than a game: West Seattle-Chief Sealth volleyball match spotlights fight against cancer

October 21, 2014 at 1:53 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

The socks said it all: The fight against breast cancer was in the spotlight along with the battle on the volleyball court when West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International HS on Monday night.

Sealth went home with the win in a 3-0 shutout. But the battle for awareness and funding won too. Just ask West Seattle survivor and fundraiser extraordinaire Tracy Dart:

It also was Senior Night – with the Wildcat girls honored on their home court:

Senior Devon Fox sang the national anthem:

Flowers for the visiting Sealth seniors:

Back to the match – it was closer than the 3-0 score sounds – the games went 25-23, 25-22, 25-22.

Next up, Sealth hosts Franklin.

West Seattle plays at Ballard.

Both matches are at 7 pm Wednesday.

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian

October 19, 2014 at 5:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

This weekend’s local high-school football wrapped up with Seattle Lutheran‘s homecoming game Saturday afternoon at West Seattle Stadium. Rainier Christian went home with a 44-6 victory, but the Saints had some bright spots. They rallied late in the game, with their sole touchdown from #10 Roberto Duenaz (top photo), who ran back a Rainier Christian kickoff in the third quarter for the TD.

Also in the second half, quarterback #3 Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (photo above) ran well; #88 Josh Meyer (photo below) had an interception and critical pass reception that jumpstarted the Saints offense:

Otherwise, Rainier Christian had a solid ground game that saw them score in the first minute of the game. Late in the game, Lutheran found some holes in their defense, but it was not enough. Ahead, our photos of the Saints’ homecoming royalty, plus, what’s next in the season:

Click to read the rest of High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian…

As-it-happened coverage: Chief Sealth wins third consecutive Huling Bowl, 18-14 over WSHS

October 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 6 Comments

(Added: Video of Sealth players with trophy, post-game)
7:33 PM: We’re at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the rain has stopped and the first quarter of the big game has just ended. West Seattle High School has scored first in the annual Huling Bowl football battle of crosstown rivals, WSHS 7, Chief Sealth International High School (the home team, though both are sharing this field these days) 0. More to come.

7:38 PM: Wildcats score fast in the second quarter, now leading 14-0 with 10:14 left until halftime.

#22 Fynniecko Glover has scored both TDs for WSHS. And a few minutes later – the rain has returned.

8 PM: Halftime, still WSHS 14, Sealth 0. Marching bands take the field!

8:19 PM: First, it was West Seattle, under the direction of Ethan Thomas:


Then Sealth, directed by Marcus Pimpleton:


We’ll be adding longer clips, plus game photos, later, of course. And now the teams are back on the field, getting ready for the second half. It’s Senior Night for Sealth, so its players ran out through a “We (Heart) Our Seniors” banner held by the cheerleaders, wearing pink because it’s breast-cancer-awareness night. (Added: Photo of Sealth cheerleaders giving gift bags to their WSHS counterparts:)

P.S. Sealth won this game the past two years, after a long WSHS streak.

8:39 PM: There’s a medic call over on the street north of the stadium. Don’t know yet what it’s for; we’re checking.

8:50 PM: Third quarter over, still 14-0 WSHS.

Meantime, the emergency situation outside the stadium involves a 29-year-old man hit by a car. Does not sound like life-threatening injuries. Very busy on Thistle tonight, with the orchestra concert across the street at Sealth and the game here. (Added: Police tell us the man was crossing the street at 27th/Thistle with a child, who is OK. They hadn’t yet figured out which way they were crossing.)

8:52 PM: Touchdown Sealth.

By #11 Daron Camacho, who dedicated the game to his godmother, who’s fighting breast cancer:

With the point-after kick good, it’s now WSHS 14, Sealth 7.

9:26 PM: Dramatic few minutes with turnovers and a penalty just led to a Sealth touchdown by #12 Weston Reed, followed by 2-point conversion.

It’s now Sealth 15, WSHS 14 – the Seahawks’ first lead of the game – with 4:12 left in the game.

Shortly thereafter, Sealth intercepted the ball.

9:37 PM: Field goal Sealth with :16 left. Score 18 CSIHS, 14 WSHS.

9:39 PM: And that’s the final score. Sealth wins third consecutive Huling Bowl.

Carrying the trophy triumphantly aloft, the players ran off the track, then came back to gather by the end zone. It’s their third win this season, the first season for head coach Simon Iniguez.

Student athletes raising cancer awareness: Huling Bowl tomorrow night, volleyball match Monday

October 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Two upcoming sports events feature friendly faceoffs between our area’s two biggest public schools – both spotlighting the fight against cancer:

HULING BOWL, FRIDAY NIGHT: The Huling Bowltrophy and all! – is the name of the annual football game between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School, and you’re invited to this year’s edition at 7 pm tomorrow (Friday), Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle, across from the Sealth campus).

Sealth’s bulletin announces it as a “pink-out,” urging everyone to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer. That will be especially meaningful for Sealth running back Daron Camacho, who e-mailed us overnight asking if we would let folks know that “I dedicate the game to my Godmom Margarita Vidrio, who is fighting breast cancer.” You’ll see Daron on the field wearing #11.

VOLLEYBALL, MONDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Jim Bowe for sharing the announcement:

On Monday, October 20th at 7 pm, West Seattle HS Volleyball hosts Chief Sealth in what is always a great Metro League volleyball match. The WSHS volleyball girls are making this night Cancer Awareness Night. Admission to the event is free. There will be opportunities for people to donate to cancer research if they choose to do so; however, attendance and awareness is really the goal.

The WSHS gym is on the southwest side of the school, right off the parking lot, at 3000 California SW.

High-school football: West Seattle hosts Cleveland

October 10, 2014 at 11:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

In tonight’s home game, West Seattle High School was held to one touchdown by visiting Cleveland (after the pre-kickoff handshakes, top photo), victorious in the 50-6 final. West Seattle’s only touchdown came in the fourth quarter when #85, sophomore Andrew Burggraff, ran the ball in. Both defenses came out strong.

(WSHS #21, Jonathan Cheth)
But Cleveland held steadier, all game long. Note all the pink, for cancer awareness:

Next week, it’s WSHS vs. Chief Sealth IHS for the annual Huling Bowl.

That’ll be at 7 pm Friday, October 17th, at Southwest Athletic Complex.

High-school football: Close game for Chief Sealth at Ingraham

October 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

In tonight’s road game, Chief Sealth International High School fell just one point short of what would have been its third victory of the season. At Northwest Athletic Complex, the Ingraham Rams topped the Seahawks, 28-27. Next Friday at 7 pm, it’s the annual Huling Bowl game between Sealth and West Seattle HS (whose results from tonight will be published here shortly) at Southwest Athletic Complex.

High-school football: Chief Sealth homecoming victory vs. Franklin

October 4, 2014 at 6:36 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(Photos & video by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Chief Sealth International High School‘s defense was the star of their 47-6 homecoming win over Franklin last night at Southwest Athletic Complex. But the whole team emerged with energy – watch our short Instagram clip to the end:


Since it was homecoming, that was just the start of the festivities, which also featured the band, directed by Marcus Pimpleton:

They marched onto the field before the game right behind the cheer squad:

And showed off new moves at halftime:

The game was already 27-0 by halftime, by the way. But backtracking to the start of play:

Starting with recovering a fumble (photo above) for the first score of the game, it was the defense who managed to hold Franklin to a single touchdown- a run back of the second-half kickoff. Among the Sealth players who scored TDs, #5 Alloney Burris:

And #23 Czai Terrell:

Though a consistent ground game put up most of the points, Sealth’s passing game had some major gains against Franklin. #12 Weston Reed passed to #3 Jalonzo Smallwood for one of the Seahawks’ TDs. Here’s Reed in another play, with #30 Heriberto DeLuna:

In addition to the homecoming revelry, the night also brought birthday wishes for #59 Sam Tino:

This was the season’s second win for the Seahawks and head coach Simon Iniguez.

A road game is next up for Sealth, vs. Ingraham, 7 pm Friday at Northwest Athletic Complex.

High-school football: West Seattle HS vs. Roosevelt

October 4, 2014 at 6:34 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

One local varsity-football team played on the road Friday night – West Seattle High School. At Memorial Stadium downtown, Roosevelt blanked the Wildcats, 39-0. Next Friday, WSHS hosts Cleveland, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex.

High-school sports: West Seattle HS soccer hosts Bainbridge

October 1, 2014 at 5:35 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

The division-leading Bainbridge High School girls-soccer team crossed the Sound to play West Seattle High School on Tuesday afternoon.

Tough match for the Wildcats, but their loyal cheering section was on hand at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point.

The Spartans went back to Bainbridge with a 6-1 win. After they scored the first goal, WSHS answered with one of their own, by Kate Veenhuizen, but they were shut out after that.

Next game for WSHS is tomorrow (Thursday, October 2nd), again at Walt Hundley (34th/Myrtle), 3:30 pm vs. Roosevelt.

West Seattle High School homecoming: Battling Beach

September 27, 2014 at 2:36 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(#54 Emanuel Santos, #17 Robert Harrelson, #22 Fynniecko Glover, #85 Andrew Burggraff)
As always for homecoming games, the football was just part of it. West Seattle High School celebrated homecoming tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, and of course there was royalty – seniors Annalisa Ursino and Maxwell Eronimous

Juniors Casey Hart and Ezra Sarmiento

And the band, under the direction of Ethan Thomas, put on a show …

Here’s video:

Now, to the football. Rainier Beach left with the victory, 44-18, but the game was closer for much of the first two thirds. Two of the Wildcats’ three touchdowns were by #44, senior Gavin Garcia-Penor, starting with the first play of the second quarter:

The other West Seattle TD was scored by senior Carter Mensing toward the end of the second quarter; at the half, it was Rainier Beach 15, WSHS 12. West Seattle took the lead, 18-15, with Garcia-Penor’s second touchdown in the third quarter. But that’s where the Wildcats’ scoring ended, and Beach scored 29 unanswered points before the game came to a close.

Coach Tom Burggraff‘s Wildcats play Roosevelt next Friday night (October 3rd), 7:45 pm at Memorial Stadium.

Seattle Lutheran: First football home game of the year; new athletic director

September 26, 2014 at 3:31 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(#22 wide receiver Brandon Lulow, #3 quarterback Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht)
Photos and story by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publisher

The first home game of the year is in the books for Seattle Lutheran High School‘s football team.

The Saints had trouble stopping Tulalip Heritage at West Seattle Stadium on Thursday night; the Hawks scored seemingly every time they touched the ball, winning 58-0.

In the second half, quarterback Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht put together a solid passing game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Tulalip’s speed and ability to find the open field.

It was the first time they had played in West Seattle Stadium as an eight-man team. First-year athletic director Dave Sleighter told WSB in an interview earlier this week that the shift from the traditional 11-man to eight-man came after the WIAA re-evaluated the school divisions, which led to Lutheran moving from the 2B Division to 1B Division. Sleighter said the change wasn’t all that welcome among the players when it was announced, but he said they took to the new format after they practiced a few times. Sleighter said it’s a faster and more offense-oriented kind of play, and that’s why the team has really embraced the new format.

As AD, Sleighter is successor to Bob Dowding, who remains at SLHS as an assistant for football. Sleighter also is serving as theology instructor. He was baseball coach when he arrived last year; he came here from Crean Lutheran HS in Irvine, California, after getting a call from Dowding. But he isn’t new to Seattle – he is originally from here, and had been looking for a way to return, so when Dowding’s call came somewhat out of the blue, he was glad that way had found him.

Next home game for SLHS football is homecoming, October 18th, vs. Rainier Christian.

Miniature golf in West Seattle? Following up on mayor’s budget item, here’s what we’ve learned

September 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks, WS & Sports | 41 Comments

When Mayor Murray‘s budget proposal went public on Monday, our quick search of the document for specific West Seattle callouts netted a few items we’ve since been following up on. Among them: A proposed miniature golf course at West Seattle Golf Course.

WSGC is part of the Seattle Parks and Recreation system, though managed by a private firm, so we went to Parks for more info. The reply below is from Joelle Hammerstad, who explains that the miniature-golf proposal has its roots in part in the 2011 decision canceling plans for a driving range at WSGC:

Seattle Parks and Recreation is considering the installation of a mini-golf course at West Seattle Golf Course. A mini-golf course would be a replacement for the driving range that had been planned for the golf course.

This work comes as a result of the Golf Master Plan, which was adopted in 2009. The Plan calls for several large, revenue-generating projects at Seattle’s public golf courses. When it became clear that the West Seattle community did not want the driving range, the money, which comes from general obligation bonds, was redirected to driving ranges at Jefferson and Jackson golf courses. (The Jackson driving range is scheduled to open next month, and the Jefferson driving range will open next spring.)

A mini-golf course would have two benefits:

1) It would open the course to children and families, expanding the use of a public amenity to the larger community.

2) It would partly replace the revenue anticipated from the driving range. (A mini-golf course is expected to bring in around $225,000 in revenue a year. A driving range was anticipated to have brought in $800,000 a year. The revenue is used to pay the debt on the general obligation bonds purchased to undertake the Golf Master Plan, and to make improvements to Seattle’s publicly owned golf courses. )

The process for developing the course will include public meetings, and community input.

The mayor’s budget declares “The West Seattle miniature golf course is scheduled for construction in the latter half of 2015.” Providing the budget is approved. P.S. One of the other three city golf courses has miniature golf already – Interbay.

SIDE NOTE: While the Golf Master Plan called for perimeter trails at city-owned courses as its “highest priority,” Hammerstad tells us the perimeter trail for West Seattle Golf Course remains unfunded, but: “With the influx of funds from the revenue-generating projects, there may be an opportunity to develop the trail.”

West Seattle High School homecoming Friday! Band tunes up at Husky Stadium; Booster Club invites you to postgame party

September 23, 2014 at 1:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

7 pm this Friday, it’s the West Seattle High School homecoming game, with Rainier Beach visiting at Southwest Athletic Complex. Two WSHS notes, looking ahead, starting with the band:

BAND TUNEUP: Rich DeVore of the WSHS Music Boosters shared photos from the 62nd High School Band Day at Husky Stadium last weekend, with 35 WSHS Marching Band members among the more than 2,000 high-school-band members participating from across the state. They’re the blue-and-white group at left below:

The event included a performance by all the visiting band members (which Rich says included Chief Sealth International High School) at halftime of the UW-Georgia State football game. You can cheer for them right here in West Seattle during Friday night’s game here in West Seattle, when they’ll perform a halftime show, under the direction of Ethan Thomas.

‘FIFTH QUARTER RALLY’ AFTER THE HOMECOMING GAME: From the West Seattle Booster Club:

The West Seattle Booster Club invites you to celebrate WSHS Homecoming with us. This *Friday, September 26th, 7 pm, is the Homecoming Football game at SWAC – please come and cheer on the Wildcats.

After the game, please join us for a “5th Quarter Rally” at Pecado Bueno in the West Seattle Junction. Mingle with friends and family and celebrate our amazing school and students! (Adult function – over 21 only). We hope to see you. Thank you for your support!

Friday night football: Sealth hosts Hale; WSHS vs. Garfield; Lutheran vs. Lummi

September 20, 2014 at 3:19 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

All three local high-school football teams played Friday night, but only one was at home:

SEALTH VS. HALE: The night’s lone home game left Chief Sealth International High School cheerleaders and fans with reason to cheer – a hard-fought win, first of the season, 28 to 26 over visiting Nathan Hale. Huge night for #11 Daron Camacho, with three touchdowns for the Seahawks, the first one just three plays in.

#12 Weston Reed threw to Czai Terrell for Sealth’s other touchdown.

Camacho also ran a two-point conversion after that TD, and after one of his own. Here are the game stats from our partners at The Seattle Times. Sealth plays Ballard next Friday at Memorial Stadium, 7:45 pm.

WSHS VS. GARFIELD: West Seattle High School is still looking for its first win of the season after falling to Garfield 41-13 at Memorial Stadium.

(added Saturday pm) Thanks to Lawrence Kane for sharing photos from the WSHS-Garfield game. First: “#40 Joey Kane, LB, stripping the ball from #5 in a TD-saving tackle at the end of the half”:

Lawrence adds that #7 Jamie Maples recovered the fumble on that – in the next photo, he is scoring a TD:

(back to original report) The Wildcats host Rainier Beach at Southwest Athletic Complex next Friday, 7 pm.

SEATTLE LUTHERAN VS. LUMMI NATION: In Bellingham on Friday night, Lummi HS defeated the visiting SLHS Saints, 60-12.

High-school football, week 2: 1st WSHS home game; Sealth on road

September 13, 2014 at 5:31 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Both local high-school teams that played tonight wound up on the losing side. But of course, there’s always more to the story. We start at Southwest Athletic Complex, where West Seattle High School roared out of the gate against Washington, visiting from Tacoma.

The Wildcats held the lead through the first half and continued with momentum into the third. Senior Fynniecko Glover (#22) had two touchdowns:

But Washington’s QB Kody Martinez broke loose for long runs in the second half; his team also managed a couple of big interceptions and eventually broke away. West Seattle fought to the end, though, wrestling away the last possession of the game, though they didn’t convert. Final score: Washington 32, WSHS 22. Next week, the Wildcats play Garfield at Memorial Stadium downtown, 5 pm Friday (September 19th).

CHIEF SEALTH @ RAINIER BEACH: At Southeast Athletic Complex, the Vikings won, 34-8. The Seahawks’ lone touchdown was scored by Daron Camacho. They’ll be back home at SW Athletic Complex next Friday, 7 pm, hosting Nathan Hale.

You can help! Golf for a good cause at Saturday’s Chuck Diesel Invitational

September 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 5 Comments

Last year, the Chuck Diesel Invitational golf tournament at West Seattle Golf Course raised more than $7,000 for The First Tee of Greater Seattle and its youth health/wellness/junior-golf programs. Consider this your invitation to be part of it this year, coming up this Saturday. The announcement we received explains that “this year’s tournament theme is a tribute to classic Seattle sports: Think Gary Payton, Chip Hanauer, Fred Couples, Steve Raible, Steve Largent, Brian Bosworth, the Kingdome!” More than a dozen local businesses have chipped in with money and/or prizes for the tournament, which we’re told “started out with six friends trying to raise money for a good cause” and included more than 70 golfers last year:

Founder Charlie “Diesel” Anderson has set himself up for a large goal in 2014, by attempting to raise over $10,000. Hoping to keep the game as fun as possible, Diesel and the event staff have been working to add some exciting new activations around the course to keep the participants on their toes, and hopefully walking home with a trophy or two. Not a golfer? There will also be a silent auction during the tournament, as well as a raffle. Come out, join the fun, and support a worthwhile cause.

Since there’s still room/time to do that, here’s how: Register at golfcdi.com, where you’ll find five different registration options, all including greens fees to play in the tournament, plus a golf cart, and dinner. If you just want to donate, you can do that online by going here.

High-school football: West Seattle High School’s season-opener in Alaska

September 7, 2014 at 8:17 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

The first game of the season is in the books for the West Seattle High School varsity-football team and coach Tom Burggraff – played 900 miles away, against Juneau-Douglas High School. JuneauEmpire.com reports this was the third game of the season for the Crimson Bears, who won last night’s game, 24-8. Thanks to Deni Mensing for sending the link, which includes game stats – including two receptions for her son Carter Mensing, the TD scored by Fynniecko Glover, 7 receptions and 6 tackles for Carter Golgart, 7 tackles for Bailey Wyatt, and 98 yards of passing for Robert Harrelson – and four photos you can click through.

Next up for WSHS: Friday night (September 12th) at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Washington.

High-school football: Chief Sealth hosts Calgary’s Notre Dame

September 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

The first local home varsity-football game of the year was tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks hosted the Notre Dame Lions, visiting from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a 15-hour bus ride away. Above, Sealth senior Brady Crane scored two touchdowns, including running back the opening kickoff for his first one. But Notre Dame returned home with a win, 43-20. Sealth’s other TD was by junior Daron Camacho:

This early in the season, both teams were clearly working on cohesiveness; both had stretches of running and throwing well, but penalties were plentiful that seemed to negate many gains. Sealth has a new head coach this fall, by the way, Simon Iniguez, promoted from defensive coordinator.

NEXT UP FOR SEALTH: Next Friday (September 12th), 7 pm, they visit Rainier Beach High School at Southeast Athletic Complex.

2 West Seattle signs of Seahawks spirit: The 12th Flag – and, 12th Taxi?

September 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Two West Seattle scenes, with game time a little over an hour away:

THE 12TH FLAG, FLYING: Yes, the 1,500-square-foot, Tacoma-made “12″ flag went up at Delridge/Andover a few hours ago, as planned (here’s the backstory), with spectators, in the sunshine:

12TH FANS SAIL AWAY: A smaller flag is flying from the West Seattle Water Taxi, which tends to be a hot ticket for big games. We spotted it pulling away from Seacrest about an hour ago with 12s out on deck in the sunshine:

Go, Hawks!

’12th Flag’-raising rally in West Seattle tomorrow: New info

September 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 5 Comments

Tomorrow’s the big flagraising rally for Seahawks fans outside West Seattle Corporate Center (aka the building with the big flag, Delridge/Andover). We had first word of the rally last weekend, and now we have more info. The 1,500-square-foot “world’s largest 12th Man Flag” goes up at 12:30 pm Thursday, per the update from Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Bartell Drugs, both of which are headquartered at WSCC. If you can get there earlier, the rally starts at 11 am, with a photo booth, games and contests with prizes, “surprise guests,” food samples from MM, and more. The flag will be raised by former Seahawk Joe Tafoya and WSU Cougars legend/former NFL quarterback Jack Thompson. Yes, it’s the same mega-flag (made by Tacoma’s Flags A’Flying) raised there just before the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory last winter, and when it goes up tomorrow, it’ll be just hours until game time for the Hawks’ season opener. (January 2014 photo by Christopher Boffoli)

P.S. If you use social media, the hashtag will be #The12thFlag.

Giant ’12th Fan’ flag returning to West Seattle Corporate Center

August 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

(WSB photo from January 2014)
Remember the huge ’12th Fan’ flag raised at the West Seattle Corporate Center (Delridge/Andover) back on January 30th, days before the Seahawks‘ Super Bowl win? The 30′ x 50′ flag is going back up next Thursday, hours before the Hawks’ home opener, and you’re invited to the gala flag-raising celebration at 11 am (September 4th), just announced by Bartell Drugs and Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), both headquartered at WSCC.

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