West Seattle, Washington
Though the first-ever Amazon Turkey Trot wasn’t billed as a costume run, one participant wore one that was totally synched with the theme. This morning’s 5K was organized by Amazon employees to raise some pre-Thanksgiving cash for Northwest Harvest, which supplies many regional food banks and food-providing programs, and they held it at Lincoln Park after construction got in the way of their planned South Lake Union route.
Organizers told us about 300 people signed up for the early-morning run – our video shows the ones who showed up, as they left the starting line:
No timing chips – this was truly a fun run. And a kids’ dash started right after the adults got going:
Your next chances to run with a group in West Seattle include the Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Group Run (details here), Track Friday the next day (details here), and the West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) Christmas Light Run on December 16th (details here).
An addition to this year’s calendar of fundraising run/walks in West Seattle – the first-ever Amazon Turkey Trot is happening in Lincoln Park next Saturday, November 18th, 7:30 am. (It was moved from the originally planned South Lake Union location “due to heavy construction,” according to the event poster.)
It’s a fundraiser for Northwest Harvest, which works with food banks and other parters to fight hunger. Organizers stress that the Turkey Trot is a casual 5K, no timing chips, though they promise a clock at the finish line. There’ll be a “kids’ dash” for 10 and under, too.
Everyone’s welcome to participate, even if you aren’t connected to Amazon – scroll down this page to register.
P.S. We are also including this to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, covering the season through New Year’s Day and launching shortly – if you have anything for the guide, please send us the info soon as you can – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Two updates on local girls competing in high-schooldiving and swimming championships:
DIVERS: From Christine Leahy:
Lauren Canto, a senior at Bishop Blanchet and graduate of Holy Rosary School, placed 6th in the District 3A Diving Championship last Saturday and qualified, for the first time in her diving career, for the Washington State Interscholastic Div 3A Diving Championships Friday, Nov. 10th and Saturday, Nov. 11th, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Kate Leahy, a junior at Seattle Prep and graduate of Westside School, placed 12th in the District meet and scored a personal best score of 290 point. She’ll be at the meet this weekend cheering on her teammate, Lauren!
KENNEDY TEAM: From Brent Lindblom:
While Kennedy Catholic is not technically inside of the West Seattle boundaries, it does have a large West Seattle student presence.
Kennedy Catholic girls swim and dive team have advanced to the WIAA 4A Swimming and Diving Championships being held this Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center located at: 650 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way.
This is Coach Eric Kress and Assistant Coach Michelle Markle’s first year as the Lady Lancers swim coaches in the Girls NPSL 4A Cascade League, and leading them into their first WIAA 4A State Championship meet is a terrific accomplishment.
Below are the swimmers that advanced:
200 Medley Relay – Shayla Markle, Madelline Kalenius, Krista Markle, Anita Shield
Krista Markle – 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly
Bronte Shirley – Diving
Shayla Markle – 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke
Madelline Kalenius – 100 Breaststroke
400 Freestyle Relay – Krista Markle, Jacqueline Southwell, Anita Shields, Shayla Markle
Swimming Finals: Saturday, November 11th Finals Start: 2:30 PM
Those are the 4th and 5th grade singers from Our Lady of Guadalupe in West Seattle, singing “God Bless America” – which they’ll be singing at CenturyLink Field at halftime of the Seahawks’ next game, their November 20th Monday Night Football game against Atlanta. The news comes from Brian Callanan, who says OLG’s music director Ann Sager announced that the team had invited the chorus to sing “to honor our veterans.” So if you’re going to that game, be sure to cheer extra loud for a musical “home team”!
Big news about Chief Sealth International High School athletes! First, three seniors have signed for college, and a ceremony preceded last night’s fall-sports banquet – the report is from Colin Slingsby:
November 8th was the early National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing day for seniors across the country. Chief Sealth International High School celebrated three senior student-athletes on their signing day prior to the fall sports banquet. In a high school sports climate where many elite athletes transfer schools, these three seniors proved that great results can be attained by staying loyal to their community; all three attended the complete pathway of Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School, and last night were able to proudly announce their collegiate destinations.
Elijah Jackson signed his NLI to play basketball at Eastern Washington University. Throughout high school, Elijah has been a two sport athlete excelling in both track and basketball. Elijah placed in the top 8 in three events in the state track meet last spring. He was voted all-league honorable mention in the last basketball season.
Quinn Wiley signed her NLI to run track at San Diego State University. Also a four year varsity soccer player, Quinn has been a standout on the Chief Sealth track team for four years, qualifying for state both in relays and individual events. She’s also been a regional qualifier as a participant in her elite summer track program.
Mackenna Cameron signed her NLI to join the women’s crew team at the University of Washington, a perennial national contender in crew. Mackenna came to the sport late, and through participating in the summer rowing program at Green Lake found her unique talent for the sport.
Congratulations to these three outstanding Chief Sealth student-athletes!
Also last night, Nicole Sipila from the Chief Sealth PTSA reports, individual seniors were honored:
Also, congrats to the below Seniors for excellence in their respective sports.
Derek Huynh for Golf, Logan Jackson for Football, Zhen Williams for X-Country, Chandra Burnham for Swimming, Chloe Myers for Soccer and Samra Tino for Volleyball
P.S. Speaking of the PTSA, their Sealth fundraising auction is coming up in a little over a week – November 18th – more info here.
Chief Sealth International High School‘s football season ended tonight with a 7-3 record, which the school describes as its best in more than 30 years. That was thanks to a win over Cleveland High School, 27-14. Though the Seahawks’ playoff push was over after last Friday’s loss to Seattle Prep, first-year head coach Ted Rodriguez‘s team had one more game to play to round out a full 10-game season, and that’s what happened tonight. They also won back the Chris Kato Cup, a trophy at stake in each year’s game against Cleveland, honoring the late Shuzo Chris Kato, former Sealth principal and Cleveland vice principal.
Another local high-school athlete is off to championship competition. Marissa Tweedy, a West Seattle-residing Holy Rosary graduate currently in her junior year at Kennedy Catholic High School, will run the 5,000 meters in the state cross-country championships tomorrow in Pasco. It’s her third year representing the Lancers at state, and the school reports that she is “coming off of two of her best races of her career,” including the district championships. (Thanks to proud mom Christine Tweedy for the photo and info!)
Congratulations to two divers from West Seattle who are headed for district-championship competition this Saturday! From Christine Leahy:
Kate Leahy, a junior at Seattle Preparatory School (left), and Lauren Canto, a senior at Bishop Blanchet High School (right), placed 5th and 4th consecutively in the Metro League Division 3A Diving Championships (1 Meter) last Saturday at Juanita Aquatics Center in Kirkland.
Kate is a graduate of Westside School and Lauren graduated from Holy Rosary.
Both divers qualified for and will be competing in the District Diving Championships this Saturday, 11/4, at 9:30 am at Juanita Aquatic Center in Kirkland.
In case you didn’t happen to be looking at the view across Elliott Bay last night – thanks to Carolyn Newman for the photo. The Russell Investments Building, famous for putting “12” in lights in honor of the Seahawks and their fans, had one for Sounders FC, hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps for a playoff match tonight. The theme: “Born in ’74” (founding year of the original Sounders team, part of the North American Soccer League). According to this mention on the Sounders FC website, the lights will be up tonight too (the game’s at 7 pm).
Sealth's on the board with a little over 5 mins left in 3rd Q. Prep 26, Sealth 8. pic.twitter.com/Nmcd9qZIig
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 28, 2017
That video clip follows the one and only touchdown managed by the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks in their first and last playoff game of the year tonight at Memorial Stadium.
The Seattle Prep Panthers eventually overwhelmed Sealth, 33-8.
The Seahawks came into the
season game with a 6-2 record under first-year head coach Ted Rodriguez.
But Prep’s defense kept them scoreless in the first half, which ended with the Seahawks down 24-0 after the Panthers got two TDs in the span of less than half a minute shortly before halftime.
That lone Sealth touchdown came with a little over five minutes left in the third quarter, and a two-point conversion followed. But that’s where the comeback stopped.
The Seahawks’ season isn’t technically over – they have to play one more game to round out a 10-game season, but who and when are not yet settled. What is settled: This was Sealth’s best football season in many years.
High-school baseball season is a few months away, but World Series Game 3 is happening right now, so many have baseball on their mind. Among them, a talented young West Seattle-residing player who is looking ahead not only to spring, but also to college – after making an early commitment.
He’s Kenji Suzuki, who was a member of the West Seattle Little League Majors team that won District 7 and went to the state tournament in 2014. Kenji attended Holy Rosary School and Westside School (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle before going to Eastside Catholic High School, and while he’s only in 10th grade, he’s already committed to play college baseball at Clemson University.
His proud dad David Suzuki tells WSB that Kenji, an infielder, had many Division 1 opportunities to choose from: “We had visited 14 D1 campuses, talking to coaches and considering the opportunities and offers that he was blessed to have. His short list included TCU, OSU, University of Oregon, Missouri, UW, Kentucky, Alabama, University of Arizona, and Stanford.”
Kenji was a standout from the start at ECHS, earning a varsity starting position at second base in his freshman year, when he subsequently got an All-Metro Honorable Mention and was voted Rookie of the Year. (Eastside Catholic won the Metro championship last year.) He’s ranked as the #2 player in his class in our state, and he made the All-Tournament Team for the 15U Perfect Game World Series, finishing as an All-Tournament Hitter with a .385 batting average.
At age 15 last year, he was chosen to join the Chaffey 19U travel ball team, “rated as the number one team in Washington State who have seen dozens of D1 and MLB players.” He ended that season with a .371 batting average, 4th best on the team.
And now, as a member of the class of 2020, Kenji is looking ahead to his second season with Eastside Catholic – then college ball in South Carolina down the road.
It’s division-championship time for high-school swimmers including the girls that West Seattleite Brent Lindblom e-mailed to tell us all about, in case you want to go cheer them on Friday and Saturday:
Though Kennedy Catholic High School is located in Burien, West Seattle has many students attending the school.
The Kennedy girls’ swim and dive team is heading to the WCD III 4A Swimming and Diving Championships being held at Curtis Aquatic Center (8805 40th St W, University Place).
Congratulations to the Lancer girls moving on to Division Championships:
Front: Madelline Kalenius, Lauren Hofford, Anita Shields, Catlin Mazzuca, Krista Markle, Shala Markle, Lynn Nguyen
Back: Jacqueline Southwell, Chloe Dahleen, Elena Stoll
Not pictured: Audrey Porter, Bronte Shirley
Swimming Prelims: Friday, October 27th
Warm-up: 3:30 pm
Meet Start: 4:30 pm
Swimming Finals: Saturday, October 28th
Meet Start: 4:30
The top 7 fastest times/scores from each event (finals night only) will be allocated to the State meet.
If you’re going – there’s an admission charge for everyone except kids 5 and under. It’s cash only, $8 adults, $6 students with ASB ID and senior citizens, $4 elementary students.
Thanks to Anna Nguyen for photos and reports on two success stories from the West Seattle High School golf season. First, the girls:
Congratulations to the WSHS Girls Golf Team on their 3rd-place finish in the overall-team standings at this week’s 3A Metro League Tournament held at Jefferson Park Golf Course. Senior Berit Syltebo and Freshman Lauryn Nguyen qualified for the 3A Metro/King Co District tournament to be held next Spring. Nguyen posted a commanding 4-under par round to win the individual Medalist Honors, beating the field by 7 strokes in the 18-hole Metro League Tournament. Nguyen also captured 1st place during all of the regular season high-school matches. Her dominating performance earned her the WIAA Metro League Player of the Year title!
Here’s the entire team, in a tweeted photo:
— WestSeattleHSGolf (@WSHSGolfers) October 21, 2017
Now, the report on the boys’ team:
Two members of the WSHS Varsity boys’ golf team qualified for the 3A Metro/King Co District tournament after competing in the Metro League Golf Championship this week held at West Seattle Golf Course and Jefferson Park Golf Course. Senior Alex Nguyen and Junior Cameron Smith finished in the top 38 to earn a place to compete at Districts next Tuesday (10/24/2017) at Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent.
Both teams are coached by Velko Vitalich, who, as we reported back in June, has retired as WSHS baseball head coach but continued on with the golfers for one more year.
SW Lacrosse Club currently plays its home games in Normandy Park but is the league for West Seattle and beyond, and has just opened registration for next spring. It was founded 20 years ago and continues to grow:
We emphasize skill development. We’re a great option for kids seeking something new. We promote fraternity (and sisterhood!). We host special events to connect when we are off the field. Our home field is Manhattan in Normandy Park. Our season runs March-May with Pre-season beginning in February. We offer scholarships so anyone can play.
This will be our inaugural season registering 3rd and 4th Grade girls. Girls’ Lacrosse is a dynamic field
sport different from the boys’ game. Like comparing softball to baseball, the girls’ game has its own
rules. It does not involve full-contact play. While there’s not a lot of girls’ teams in Seattle-at-large, we want to be part of growing something new! It’s great exercise, the skills parlay to any other field/court sport, and it’s a ton of fun! No experience is necessary because we have a Super Star Coach:
Introducing Ayesha Cochran:
Coach Ayesha played lacrosse throughout her childhood and into college in New York State. She has a passion for the sport that she is eager to share! Ayesha moved to Seattle for her career and has since felt a calling to “do her part to grow the game” after 3 years of rooting into our community. She feels a responsibility to teach the game that has brought her so much joy! Coach Ayesha welcomes athletic 3rd and 4th grade girls to the field who are ready for a new dynamic sport: Come out and give it a try!
With plans to grow our organization, we remain loyal to our history.
Our boys’ program is making great strides toward becoming a more competitive force to be reckoned with. Our high school team made it to the D2 playoffs in 2017 for the 2nd year in a row, and with the goal for a 3rd in 2018, we hope to continue the momentum across all our youth teams to advance players at the hands of our dedicated coaches. We are honored to announce that Mark Benedum, the original founder of our organization, is returning to coach for us again this year.
Go here to register. Questions? Contact Tanya at 206-730-6908 or tanyarosso (at) msn (dot) com.
Tied no more. 5:01 to go in third Q, Sealth #8 Dontae McMillan runs in the TD. Now Sealth 12, Bainbridge 6 pic.twitter.com/XpxnraRxII
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 21, 2017
9:49 PM: That’s one of Chief Sealth International High School #8 Dontae McMillan‘s touchdowns tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the Seahawks beat the Spartans of Bainbridge High School, 24-6. It was Sealth’s homecoming night and senior night, and we have lots of photos and details to come later tonight. This was also their last regular-season game of the year – ending with a 6-2 record – and it was announced that their first postseason game will be 5 pm next Friday at Memorial Stadium downtown vs. Seattle Prep. More to come!
ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: As announcer Eddie Snead (a 9th-grade social-studies teacher) put it, it was a fine defensive game. Both defenses dominated so much that the halftime score was only 6-6. And that was just two and a half minutes after Bainbridge got its only touchdown of the game. With seconds to go until halftime, they tried and failed to make a distant field goal – “way off,” Mr. Snead pronounced it. His announcing is a highlight of Sealth games but tonight he was really on a roll, so we stopped in for a photo:
During halftime, there was a pie-throwing contest – our video shows Ms. Parker from the independent living and hospitality program:
The cheerleaders of course performed – otherwise, it was a huddling-for-warmth kind of night, with a brisk wind in the stadium.
The band took the field:
We caught a bit of the “Munsters Theme” on video:
Sealth band with 'Munsters' theme at halftime pic.twitter.com/dksm9uvaw8
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 21, 2017
A few minutes into the third quarter, Mr. Snead observed that it had been a penalty-laden game, more than 80 yards worth for Sealth alone. “More flags than the United Nations!”
McMillan’s second TD (seen in the top video clip) broke the tie with 5:01 to go in the third quarter, giving Sealth a 12-6 lead.
#5 Diego Jackson got one with 10:18 left in the game – “no flags!” declared Mr. Snead jubilantly – and it was 18-6. Final Sealth TD was with just over a minute left, and that resulted in the final score, 24-6.
The game – which had started early, 5 pm, since it was homecoming night – was over, but not the festivities. Seniors were honored:
Head coach Ted Rodriguez read their names and their post-high-school plans. Then came the announcement of next week’s playoff game, and everyone headed out into the wind-chilled night.
By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
Tonight, Chief Sealth International High School head football coach Ted Rodriguez leads his players onto the field at Southwest Athletic Complex for their last regularly scheduled game of an already very successful season.
They’re 5-2. They have the Huling Bowl trophy for the first time in three years. Those are just part of this season’s highlights.
All this after Coach Rodriguez quietly took over the team at the start of the year. Along with leading Sealth’s football team, he’s also athletic director and house administrator next door at Denny International Middle School.
And he’s working after having come out of retirement – twice.
Friday night at Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School took the lead over visiting Sammamish with 4:40 left in the first quarter, and, with rampaging offense and determined defense, kept it the rest of the game.
4:40 to go in 1st Q, Chief Sealth TD by Diego Jackson. Leading Sammamish 7-6 pic.twitter.com/oTsGgyDGaH
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 14, 2017
Diego Jackson got that first TD, and with a successful point-after kick, Sealth led 7-6, which is where things stood at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was just a little over a minute old when Chief Sealth #8 Dontae McMillan notched the Seahawks’ next TD. The Totems blocked the kick so that took the score to 13-6.
Sealth expanded the lead to 20-6 just before halftime. The third quarter – on a clear, chilly night in Westwood – went scoreless until Sammamish ran in a TD with 8:44 to go. No extra points, so that brought the score to Sealth 20, Sammamish 12. The Seahawks needed only a minute to answer with their next TD, run in by #11, Bishop Jackson.
Fourth quarter started with Sealth up 27-12. The game provided lots of opportunities to hear the Sealth band strike up the fight song, and the next one came less than one minute into the fourth, #11 again with the TD, widening the lead to 33-12.
Two more touchdowns before the game ended, last one with 4:02 to go, by #16 Chase Gaither, and with a two-point conversion, the final score was Chief Sealth 47, Sammamish 12.
The cheerleaders were not only rooting for a win, they were also rooting for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with special pink tops and a sidelines decoration in the shape of an awareness ribbon – a symbol spotted elsewhere, too:
Head coach Ted Rodriguez‘s team is now 5-2.
The Seahawks have one more regular-season game, homecoming next Friday (October 20th), 5 pm at SWAC vs. Bainbridge.
From the West Seattle anad Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor), it’s registration time for youth basketball! The announcement:
Hit the hardwoods with the folks who invented the game – the YMCA.
In this league for ages 4 to 11, your child will learn the fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy habits while practicing skills and having fun. We promise no getting cut and no bench warmers! YMCA youth sports encourage and promote healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches – as well as being their kid’s greatest fan.
Practice starts the week of November 27. Games begin January 6.
Registration is open now! Learn more and sign up here.
As you’ll see via that link, discount rates are available for another week and a half!
Down 21-0 two-thirds of the way through the first quarter of Friday night’s homecoming game, West Seattle High School‘s varsity football team refused to give up.
Led by quarterback Anthony Coats (#8, above), who threw and threw and threw – and ran, too – the WSHS players battled back to a 21-all tie with visiting Nathan Hale before the second quarter was half over.
After that, though, Hale managed to pile up another 20 unanswered points before halftime – and it was 41-21 at the half.
Neither team added points in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Wildcats got into comeback mode again, and made up half the gap with a field goal and TD – but that’s as far as they got, and the final score was 41-31.
Also at Southwest Athletic Complex: At halftime, the WSHS Marching Band put on a show:
'Sweet Caroline' from the West Seattle HS band at halftime. pic.twitter.com/cHF9UF40EE
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 7, 2017
Besides the full band, directed by Ethan Thomas, the drumline entertained, too:
Lots of pink on the field, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
And though the weather was the worst it had been for a game night so far this year – windy and drizzly – the fans kept the energy level up too:
This was also the last home game of the year for the Wildcats, who are 0-6 so far the season. Next Friday (October 13th), they play in Renton, at Liberty High School, 7 pm.
One football final score so far tonight – according to the Metro League website, it was a road win for Chief Sealth International High School tonight, 40-0 over Ingraham at Northwest Athletic Complex. The Seahawks are now 4-2. Next week, they play a home game vs. Sammamish at Southwest Athletic Complex, 7 pm Friday, October 13th.
Big win for Chief Sealth International High School tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, over visiting Franklin HS.
We got to the game at the start of the second quarter, by which time the Seahawks were ahead 19-8. The scoring for the rest of the game was all Sealth.
They had added 10 more points by halftime, 29-8. By the end of the third quarter, Sealth was up 44-8. And the fourth quarter went by without any change, so the final score was 44-8. That put the Seahawks’ record up to 3-2 under first-year head coach Ted Rodriguez.
The Quakers – with far fewer players on their roster – went home still looking for their first win.
Next week, Chief Sealth is on the road, playing Ingraham at NW Athletic Complex, 7 pm Friday (October 6th).
The newly resurfaced track at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), closed since mid-summer, is ready to reopen. That’s what we found out from project manager Jay Rood, after calling him to check on its status. The million-dollar project was supposed to be done earlier this month but Rood says the recent rain delayed painting of stripes and other markings – its start had been delayed too, and that was attributed to the bidding process. Now the track and fencing are finished and he says they hope to have it reopened to the public by day’s end. The stadium, which is a Seattle Parks and Recreation Department facility, hasn’t been completely closed in recent weeks – some high-school football games have been played, but covering was in place over the track.
Great backdrop, and perfect weather. It’s a reminder that fall season is under way for WSSC at fields all over the peninsula.
P.S. As for the motorcycles – we learned at Hamilton Viewpoint that an advance scout showed up, discovered the photo event, and said they’d go somewhere else TBD. (A commenter on this morning’s lineup did catch a photo as some passed Weather Watch Park.)