West Seattle High School reminder: Playing a fall sport? Get ready!

August 3, 2015 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Though summer vacation is only half over, it’s time for some families to start thinking about next school year – including those with students who are playing fall high-school sports. West Seattle High School athletic director Trevor Leopold asked if we would share this reminder (in particular, note the last line, as health-care providers often book up far in advance):

If your child is playing a Fall sport, packets will not be accepted over the summer. Packets will be accepted starting Wednesday August 12th with a deadline of Friday August 14th. Packets turned in after Friday August 14th may affect your practice opportunities. There will NOT be accepting participation fees at this time. However, there will be a possibility of a small equipment fee in the fall.

The first day of football begins on Wednesday August 19th; all other sports start on Monday August 24th. Before you can participate in your sport, you need to attend a Parent/Athlete meeting to get all the information for the season. The following
dates will be reserved for each sport:

Monday, August 17th – Football and Girls Swimming
Wednesday, August 19th – Volleyball and Golf
Thursday, August 20th – Girls Soccer and Cross Country

All meetings will start promptly at 6 pm.

If you have participated in a sport at WSHS in the past, you can leave after your coach has provided you with all the information for the upcoming season. If you are new to WSHS or never played a sport before, you need to stay for a short Code of Conduct meeting with Athletic Director Trevor Leopold. Please make sure if you have not done so, SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS NOW with your doctor.

(We always welcome school news – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!)

Congratulations! Arbor Heights swimmers qualify for All-City championships

August 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Thanks to Brent Lindblom for sharing the photo and report:

Congratulations to the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club swimmers who are advancing to the Seattle Summer Swim League ‘SSSL” “All City” championship.

All City is August 4, 2015 (Tuesday) at 4:00 and will be held at Wedgwood Swim Club, 7727 28th Ave NE. Below are your Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club All City Qualifiers by name and events:

Lucy Rysemus: Alternate for 100 Free Relay
Sadie Pallotta: Alternate for 100 Free Relay;
Marlo Pietsch: Alternate for 100 Free Relay
Clara Henzke: Alternate for 100 Free Relay

Brooke Swanson: Alternate for 50 Breast Stroke

14&U Girls:
Cassidy Wells: 200 Medley relay, 50 Back Stroke, 200 Free Relay
Madison Cannard: 200 Medley Relay, 50 Breast Stroke and 200 Free Relay
Sofia Libao: 200 Medley Reay; Sophia Minor: 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay;
Alena Slee: 200 Free Relay

14&U Boys:
Ty Lindblom: 200 Medley relay, 100 IM, 50 Back Stroke and 200 Free relay.
Ben Kinerk: 50 Free, 200 Medley Relay, 50 Breast Stroke and 200 Free relay.
Tate Ingraham: 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay
Brendan Klem: 200 Medley Relay. 200 Free Relay

Senior Girls:
Gabby Carufel: 50 Back Stroke. Alternate 200 Free Relay
Hanna Tittel: Alternate 200 Free Relay
Taylor McGlothlin: Alternate 200 Free Relay
Naomi Williams: Alternate 200 Free Relay

Senior Boys:
Jeff Kasahara: 200 Medley Relay. 50 Back Stroke. 50 Breast Stroke
Nate Williams: 200 Medley Relay.
Tyler Lenzie: 200 Medley Relay.
Dylan Jergens: 200 Medley Relay.

FOLLOWUP: Your baseball-gear donations are Nicaragua-bound!

August 2, 2015 at 5:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 7 Comments

That’s Justin Murphy, who collected baseball gear earlier this year to donate to kids in need in Nicaragua, and now it’s delivery time. From Robin Murphy:

Just wanted to thank the community for all its donations to Justin Murphy’s baseball project. We leave next week for Little Corn Island, Nicaragua to distribute the gear; they know we’re coming and they’re very excited! Justin will make a video while we’re down there.

Here’s a map showing the island’s location.

Congrats! West Seattle Baseball 11U All-Stars take tournament

July 29, 2015 at 3:07 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Thanks to Michelle for sharing the photo and news that the West Seattle Baseball 11U All-Stars swept last weekend’s tournament in Monroe. She says, “The team played great together and it was amazing to see their hard work over the summer pay off (in spite of some wild weather including torrential rain, thunder and lightning that delayed the final championship game by almost four hours!) The tournament saw the All Stars hitting two over-the-fence home runs and a team average of 13 runs per game. Monroe was also a gracious and welcoming host town — in fact the All-Star team had their lunch tab picked up by an older baseball fan who was dining at the same restaurant.”

FOLLOWUP: #2 in the nation! Local players & their Seattle United team finish run at the championship

July 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Thanks to Nikki for one more update on the Seattle United B98 Copa team’s run at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, a regional U16 team featuring three players from West Seattle – (left to right in photos above) Akili Kasim (goalkeeper from WSHS) and Abel Kidane & Miguel Macias Garibay (field players from Chief Sealth IHS)

An update on the US National Championship Game:

The boys from Seattle played hard but lost to Baltimore 2-1 in the final yesterday in Tulsa. The team had an Epic run this year and will have a lifetime of memories.

The three players from West Seattle played outstanding – Miguel had a wonderful goal, Abel with his great passing, and Akili going the week with shutouts during his half of play.

All three boys said they are so grateful for the support they received, they couldn’t believe all the tweets, texts, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, even phone calls, and everyone who was up watching us play all week at 5:30, 6:30 in the morning.

From AKili, Abel, & Miguel, THANK YOU, WEST SEATTLE!

Proposed indoor-tennis center among West Seattle projects receiving Department of Neighborhoods grants

July 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 26 Comments

(Rendering by Ryan Applegate)

The Department of Neighborhoods has just officially announced its latest list of “Small and Simple” grants, and one will give a boost to a group working toward building an indoor-tennis center on the former Denny International Middle School site west of Southwest Pool. First, the list of West Seattle projects receiving grants from among 28 citywide getting a total of $467,562 in matching funds:

… These awards are part of the Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds offered by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. It provides cash awards of up to $25,000 in matching funds to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. The 2015 June awards range from $4,000 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City’s $467,562 investment with $600,132 of locally raised money, donated materials and volunteer labor. …

West Seattle Projects

· $24,400 to Chief Sealth Indoor Tennis to conduct a feasibility study and develop a conceptual plan for an indoor tennis center at the former Denny Middle School site. (Community match: $14,720)

· $25,000 to South Park Area Redevelopment Committee to create a design with public input, construction documents, and cost estimates to improve Duwamish Waterway Park. (Community match: $45,575)

· $21,395 to the West Seattle Time Bank to host 20 community events and workshops to promote timebanking and increase participation in West Seattle. (Community match: $22,840)

· $15,000 to Circulo de Mamas Seattle to convene 20 Latina mothers and community members to further develop their community leadership through culturally relevant training. (Community match: $25,550)

… The Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again for applications in September with a deadline of October 5. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

Back to the proposed indoor-tennis center: The project has a Facebook page, with this note related to the grant: “This grant will pay for a feasibility study and concept design plan for the proposed Indoor Tennis Center. We’ll be selecting a design firm through a competitive process. Much research needs to be done on permitting requirements. When the design review is complete, we will be holding community meetings for input this fall.” A rendering on the page suggests it would be built in the area where outdoor tennis courts were built after the old school was demolished.

FOLLOWUP: Seattle United team with 3 WS players goes for the championship tomorrow!

July 25, 2015 at 7:51 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Update from Nikki: The Seattle United B98 Copa team with three players from West Seattle – Akili Kasim (goalkeeper from West Seattle High School) and Abel Kidane & Miguel Macias Garibay (field players from Chief Sealth International High School) – won today and made it into tomorrow’s U.S. Youth Soccer Championships final in Tulsa!

The boys won today in the semi-finals against Pennsylvania. Winning 3-0 – giving Seattle United a shutout.

The boys are very thankful for all the support Washington is giving them.

Championship game is tomorrow at 8:30 am [6:30 am Seattle time] and will be livestreamed.

Thank you again, West Seattle, for all the support.

Here’s our Wednesday report – also courtesy of Nikki – about the team reaching the semifinals. As she pointed out, Seattle United club director Jimmy McAlister also is a West Seattleite. Their opponents tomorrow morning are from Baltimore.

West Seattle youth sports: Seattle Pride 16U boys’ basketball team wins one championship in Vegas, going for another

July 25, 2015 at 2:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

The Seattle Pride Basketball 16U boys’ team is in Las Vegas for two national tournaments, and doing well, according to Coach Jason Vann:

The team has 10 West Seattle kids: 2 go to Seattle Lutheran (Josh Meyer and Roberto Duenaz), 2 go to West Seattle (Nate Pryor and Tyler Lenzie), 2 go to Shorewood Christian (JJ Young & Jovi Fevealaki), and then we finish out the roster with Jaxon Woodward (Seattle Prep), Matthew Sassanoff (Kennedy), Emilio Mancol (Kennedy), Evan Moe (Chief Sealth), Shea Carstens (O’Dea).

(On Thursday) they won the AAU championships in Las Vegas and they went 4-0, winning all 4 games by double digits. They beat teams from Texas, Hawaii, Canada, and California en route to the championship. This is coming off a loss in the finals in Bellevue last week (NW summer showcase) versus a very tough Maeko team (Oregon) who was ranked #23 in the nation and #5 in the west coast. However, we were the last Washington team standing.

Right after that, the boys started pool play in the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic, which Vann describes as “the top 160 16U teams in the nation. They finished 3-0 and are now “the last Washington team standing to play in the top 32 platinum elite division for 16U. Loser out from here on out… Last 32 out of 160 teams! West Seattle kids hanging with national powerhouse programs!” The bracket shows their next game is 2:30 pm today against a team from Ohio.

Congratulations! Players from West Seattle make it to US Youth Soccer National Championship semifinals

July 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

(From left – Miguel, Abel, Jimmy, Akili)

Congratulations to four West Seattleites who are part of a regional soccer team that’s had a huge year, culminating in a trip to the national championships in Tulsa. From Nikki:

Would like to share that 3 local players from West Seattle are headed to the semifinals of the US Youth Soccer National Championship on Saturday.

Akili Kasim (goalkeeper from West Seattle High School), Abel Kidane, and Miguel Macias Garibay (field players from Chief Sealth International High School) are all part of Seattle United 98 Copa. The team is led by Coach Jason Farrell and Club Director (also a longtime resident of West Seattle) Jimmy McAlister.

Seattle should be proud: This team has won some great titles in the last 10 months. From the far west title, Division 1 state title, Dallas Cup champs, and in June, won US Youth Region 4 title, now headed to the semi-finals of the us youth soccer National Championship.

Seattle United is the group champs – they have won all three games this week and will head into the semi-finals Saturday at 8 am (6:00 am Seattle time).

The photo above was taken after today’s game, which was delayed for more than three hours because of thunder and lightning. You can see the scores and track their progress on this page of the national-championships website.

Congratulations! West Seattle Baseball 10U All-Stars off to CA

July 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Another big achievement for a local youth-baseball team – from Eric Olson of West Seattle Baseball:

The West Seattle Baseball 10U All-Stars went 5-0 in the PONY NW Regional Championships, earning their way to play in the PONY West Zone Championship next week in Los Alamitos, California. The team mashed their way through the tournament, beating every team by 10 or more. They beat Seattle Pony in the championship game, 11-1.

Pictured left to right: John Cahill, Chase Clifton, Joel Clark, Jack Cahill, Brendan Johnson, Eric Olson, Jimmy Zeissel, Patrick Galvin, Jing Gardner, Tyler Eisenhut, Pat Galvin, Kai Perala, Ryan Moore, PJ Barton, Brody Olson. Not pictured: Elliot Paskett

Their tournament in California starts one week from tomorrow.

VIDEO: 2015 Float Dodger 5K, West Seattle Grand Parade’s pre-show!

July 18, 2015 at 9:41 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

9:41 AM SATURDAY: It’s the opening act for the West Seattle Grand Parade, and it gets wilder every year. This year’s Float Dodger 5K is on now – new starting line this year, outside the new location of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), within view of the spot at California/Lander where the runners and walkers “dodge” the West Seattle Hi-Yu float. Our video shows all of this year’s Float Dodgers, recorded as they arrived at (and rounded) the float. Results, and photos, later! The parade’s still an hour-plus away, so lots of time to go find a spot along California between Lander and Edmunds (and WSR has a post-5K beer garden in its store at 2743 California SW, if you’re looking for a unique place from which to watch).

ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: Results for this year’s Float Dodger are here. The top finisher was Brett Winegar, at 16:27 – we photographed him (and other course leaders) as they rounded the float the second time:

Kelly Spady was next, at 16:54:

The first female finisher, Kristi Houk, was fifth overall, at 18:31:

According to the online results, 331 timed participants finished. And of course it was about fun, too – perhaps the most creative costume, a fleet-footed luchadore:

WS Runner’s Lori and Tim McConnell are back there somewhere; the race’s starting line shifted north this year because their shop moved (to 2743 California SW):

A team from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest (WSB sponsor) dodged the floats:

This was the fourth Float Dodger 5K – the first one was in 2012.

FOLLOWUP: Soccer team with 3 local players wins national championship!

July 12, 2015 at 11:27 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

From left in the photo are Sam Carballo, Cole Carden, and Thomas Mensing – when they get back home to West Seattle, you can congratulate them on being national champs! They’re part of the <strong>Pacific Northwest Soccer Club‘s ’98 Blue team, which played for the National Youth Soccer Presidents’ Cup U-16 title in Kansas this morning (as previewed here last night), and won a heartstopper, according to Cole’s dad Todd Carden – 2-1 over Virginia, with the winning goal scored in the last seconds of double OT!

Congratulations! 3 West Seattle soccer players in national-championship game Sunday morning

July 11, 2015 at 10:31 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

10:31 PM SATURDAY: Three West Seattle soccer players have a huge game hours from now – they’re on the Pacific Northwest Soccer Club’s ’98 Blue team, shown above, set to play a national championship game tomorrow morning. They’re in the U-16 finals of the National Youth Soccer Presidents’ Cup in Overland Park, Kansas – the PacNW club’s first team to advance to a national title game.

Thomas Mensing (outside back), Sam Carballo (goalkeeper), and Cole Carden (center back) are the local players, comprising “the defense that’s been tough to score on,” says Cole’s proud dad, Todd Carden. They made it into the championship after tying Florida 1-1, beating Virginia 2-0, and tying Wisconsin 1-1; Virginia is who they’re facing tomorrow. He says the final is at 8 am our time; you can watch the live stream here.

10:31 AM SUNDAY UPDATE: They won! Separate story later.

Congratulations! West Seattle Little League 11-12 Majors win district, head to state

July 11, 2015 at 3:50 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

One week from today, the West Seattle Little League 11-12 Majors team starts play at the state tournament in Woodinville, after becoming the latest WSLL team to win the district title. Thanks to Laurie Rasmussen for sharing the news (and the photo above, by parent Jim Burgess). She says the Majors went undefeated in the District 7 tournament. Here’s who’s in the photo:

WSLL 11-12 team

Manager Stan Debiec
Coach Brian Pare
Coach Steve Joseph


Max Debiec
Chase Eldredge
Nate Rasmussen
Reece McAllister
Dylan Mastroianni
Jaden Sadis
Spencer Burgess
Sam Pare
Nat Ardales
Jasper Mors
Gabe Palmer
Diego Contratto
JP Dufour

Congratulations! West Seattle Little League 10/11 All-Stars also headed to state tournament

July 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Thanks to Deborah Hazlegrove for the photo and report:

The West Seattle Little League 10/11 All-Star team won the District 7 Championship and is headed to state! The state tournament is in Vancouver (WA) this year and begins on July 18. The team was led by Manager Isaiah Brent and Coaches Steve Savage and Ted Godwin.

Good luck to them, and to the 13-year-olds who (as noted here) are state-bound too!

You in? Run the West Seattle Float Dodger 5K pre-parade again this year!

July 7, 2015 at 1:39 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Ready to run the same route as the West Seattle Grand Parade? Again this year, the big parade on Saturday, July 18th, is preceded by the Float Dodger 5K, presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), with proceeds going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Not only do you get to dodge floats – you get a chance at great prizes, and even one for the “middle-of-the-pack runner” – a cake donated by legendary Bakery Nouveau, the “It’s Sweet in the Middle” prize. Costume contest for kids (you’re welcome to wear one too). And after the race – watch the parade at West Seattle Runner, where there’ll be a beer garden provided by The Beer Junction, also raising money for the LLS. Sign up right now online, or stop by West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW) as soon as you can – that’s where the Float Dodger 5K begins at 9:30 am, one week from Saturday.

P.S. Look how much fun it was last year!

Congratulations! West Seattle Little League’s 13-year-old All-Stars win District 7; state tournament is next

July 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Thanks to West Seattle Little League president Michael Grienauer for sharing the photo and the big news:

The 13-year-old team from West Seattle Little League (WSLL) won the District 7 championship. The WSLL team went undefeated in regular-season play and in the All Star tournament as well. They beat the team from South Highline National Little League 6-4 to take the crown. With the win, they earned their place in the Washington State All-Star tournament, which starts next week in Port Orchard.

Players and coaches in the photo above:

(Left to right) Ben Trigg, Coach Mike Messinger, Eli Markham, Konrad Gerhardt, Manager Rick Southall, Dylan Pool, Jackson Grienauer, Isaac Patchen, Dominic Taylor, Will Holmes, Adam Chin, Justin Murphy, Coach Mike Murphy, Cole Stephenson

You can check on the tournament bracket here.

Congratulations! West Seattle Baseball 8-year-old All-Stars win regional championship

July 2, 2015 at 5:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Thanks to Erik Ricard for sharing the news (and the photos):

This past weekend the 8-year-old All Star team from West Seattle Baseball
won the Northwest Region Championship for Pony Baseball, representing Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington.

This 4 day tournament was hosted in West Seattle at the Pee Wee Fields last weekend. The West Seattle 8U All Stars swept their games in the round-robin section Thursday, Friday and Saturday with an average margin of victory of 11 runs.

The team continued to roll in the semi-finals on Sunday winning 16-6 over Maltby All-Stars and then beat South Sound 13-3 to claim the Region Championship for Pony Baseball. Congrats to all the boys in a great effort over a long hot weekend.

In the official photo below:

- Front Row (L-R): Jake Kent, Marek Hall, Jacob Kriley, Reece Holmes, Seth Clark, Sam Krische
- 2nd Row (L-R): Jesse Dabbs, Ollie Ricard, Bridger Kyle, Teo Perala, Lukas Cheha, Greyson Romas, Sam Waskowitz
- Back Row, coaches (L-R): Coach Lance Kyle, Manager Erik Ricard, Assistant Coach Dan Krische (not pictured: Assistant Coach Greg Holmes)

Congratulations! ‘Wish U Could Swish’ team’s Hoopfest success

June 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Thanks to Todd Carlsen for the photo and report:

“Wish U Could Swish,” a team made up of 4 soon-to-be 7th graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, finished in 2nd place in the 12 and under girls’ division at the 26th annual Spokane Hoopfest 3-on-3 tournament. The girls finished the 16-team bracket with a record of 6-2 and had to endure temperatures both Saturday and Sunday of 105-plus degrees. They fought their way through the losers’ bracket and ended up playing 5 games on Sunday before losing in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Team members include Mary Carlsen, Daniella Colberg, Eva Flanagan, and Dominique Monroe. The team is coached by Daren Monroe.

What you WON’T see during this year’s Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki: The annual pole-vaulting competition next door

June 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(2012 photo by Gary Jones)
It’s been a fixture for years on Alki Beach, right next to the Seafair Pirates’ Landing (which is coming up this Saturday)- the Alki Swashbuckler Beach Vault pole-vaulting competition. 19 years, according to its website, which is where we found out that it’s NOT happening this year for the first time since 1996. The website mentioned only the Pirates’ Landing date change as a reason, but this is the second year since the landing moved up to late June, so we contacted the presenting group to find out more.

Becca Gillespy Peter of Pole Vault Power explained in response to our inquiry, “The early date is bad for us, we have multiple conflicts, primarily the USA National Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and our local Junior Olympic Association Championships.” She said that while one of those conflicts existed last year, they made the choice to give it a try anyway, but the weather was iffy – more of a risk in June than July – and the turnout seemed lower. With all that and some communication challenges with the Seafair Pirates organization, they decided to cancel: “We are bummed to have to cancel the event after 19 years, but hope to return next year … We do hope to return next year, it may conflict with the Olympic Trials, depending on what date they choose, but I should be able to find enough volunteers to run the event in my absence, if necessary …” And if you just want to get your annual fix of pole-vault spectating, Becca reminds us, “We also have a beach vault every year on July 4 at the city of Tacoma’s Freedom Fair Festival; this will be the 21st year in a row for pole vaulting at that event.”

Congratulations! West Seattle Baseball’s tournament sweep

June 22, 2015 at 2:53 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Thanks to Kelly for the update on West Seattle Baseball‘s tournament achievements:

I wanted to let you know that last weekend, the West Seattle Baseball 9U All Star team and the 10U All Star team both won the Maltby Pony Baseball Invitational tournament in their age brackets, and (Sunday), the West Seattle Baseball 11U All Star team AND the 12U All Star team both won the Maltby tournament in THEIR age brackets. A clean sweep!

Attached is a picture of the 11Us, many of the 12Us, and their coaches. Go, West Seattle!!!

Thanks also to Sue for e-mailing to let us know.

West Seattle High School athlete in the house? Read this

June 21, 2015 at 7:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

School’s out but some students are preparing for next school year already – which leads to a reminder from West Seattle High School athletic director Trevor Leopold, who asked us to share it: Summer conditioning is available for all athletes playing next year, including incoming threshold – “report to the WSHS weight room at 9 am tomorrow” (Monday, June 22nd). If you didn’t turn in the packet(s) for the fall-sport player(s) in the family by this past Friday, your next chance starts Wednesday, August 12th, with the deadline Friday, August 14th; Leopold says the school “will NOT be accepting participation fees at this time. However, there will be a possibility of a small equipment fee in the fall.” Sport-specific information ahead:

Click to read the rest of West Seattle High School athlete in the house? Read this…

Congratulations to two West Seattle Little League teams! Rookie Division champs, Tournament of Champions winners

June 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Thanks again to the youth-sports parents and coaches who’ve shared championship news these past few weeks (and in past years). Two more rounds of congratulations to share, both for West Seattle Little League teams:

Congratulations to the Pilots, who became the 2015 WSLL Rookie Division Champions on Saturday in a 9-2 game against Sonic Boom, concluding a four-game series between the two. The photo is by Debbie Ross. In the pic:

Back Row: Coach Cip Dacanay, Coach Justin Buehring, Head Coach Eric Beardemphl

Middle Row: Erik Wingle, Otis Schlede, Connor Tynan, Nicholas Beardemphl, Cody Buehring, David Haugen

Front Row: Caden Ross, Owen Odegard, Daniel Dacanay, Luke Brown, Atticus Blum, Carson Cottle

Next, congratulations to the WSLL 50/70 (Intermediate) team, which Tracy Holloway tells us won the District 7 Tournament of Champions after going 19-0 on the season:

The final score in Des Moines was WSLL 21, South Highline National Little League 8.

In the photo, L-R, are Mike Murphy (coach), Adam Chin, Dominic Taylor, Jack Summers, Rick Southall (Manager), Cole Stephenson, Konrad Gerhardt, Wil Holmes, Justin Murphy, Ben Trigg, Mike Messinger (Coach), Eli Markham, Dylan Pool.

Find out more about West Seattle Little League at westseattlelittleleague.com.

Congratulations! A’s are West Seattle Baseball’s Bronco champs

June 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

More congratulations as youth sports leagues’ seasons end: Thanks to Nicole Zerbato, league secretary for West Seattle Baseball, for sharing the photo and report on the league’s Bronco Division champions, the A’s:

Congratulations to the A’s on winning the 2015 West Seattle Baseball Bronco Championship. Led by Coach Perry Brown, the boys often heard “ play like you are down by one run “ and “are you having fun out there?” These often-heard mantras, plus top-notch offense, defense, and teamwork, are what kept the A’s in the winning bracket throughout the playoffs, and allowed them to clinch first place. Outstanding season and hard work by the players and coaches.

In the photo, L-R: Conner Diede, Ethan Levine, Max Zerbato, Charlie Odiorne, Jesse Brown, Noah Kubo, Gabe Palmer, Carson Manns, Abe Odiorne, Steve Zurek. Missing from photo: Deni Tonn and Quinn Kerwin.

(WSB sports coverage is archived here, newest-to-oldest.)

West Seattle Girls Softball: Championship congrats; umps’ story

June 13, 2015 at 11:37 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Two updates from this past week’s West Seattle Girls Softball championships:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S GAME: We stopped by Fairmount Playfield on Wednesday night after a tip that we’d find the 12U championship game there. Final score – (Vashon) Rockettes 13, (West Seattle) Flame Throwers 5. In our photo, that’s Kate from the Flame Throwers, at left, with Pippa from the Rockettes trying to evade the out.

MONDAY NIGHT – UMPIRES’ SURPRISE: The Monday night slate led to an interesting story from Kayleen Dunson, the West Seattleite who is this region’s Umpire In Chief:

The West Seattle Girls Softball fastpitch league is usually covered with just one umpire. Most of the players in the league range in ages from 10-15 and it is a true recreational level. This year, the league requested two umpires for the championship game – to give the girls the thrill of playing the game with two umpires. Seattle UIC Kayleen Dunson didn’t want to stop there. “I thought it would be awesome to give these young players the sense that they were in the big leagues – let’s give them 3-umpires, just like the college players.”

(Umpires with players – from left, Mike Katz, Kayleen Dunson, Shani Neamen)
Dunson lives in West Seattle and cut her teeth umpiring this local league. “These young women, their coaches, and their parents are models of great sportsmanship and a supportive enthusiastic community. I wanted to give all of them something to remember.”

Dunson was assigned to work the game with another local West Seattle umpire, Shani Neamen, and so recruited yet another West Seattle umpire, Mike Katz, to join the crew. The all-local umpire team arrived on site and were treated like rock-stars; cheery hellos from the fans, giggles and whispers of “it’s my favorite umpire” from the players; and strong hearty handshakes from the coaches.

But there was only one team at the park – the other team had to forfeit, so there was no game to umpire. That didn’t stop the group from taking a team photo with the three umpires and breaking out into a raucous game of kickball.

“This is softball at its absolute best,” Dunson said. “And we will be back next year!”

Find out more about WSGS at westseattlegirlssoftball.com.

‘We’ll work hard to keep the boat moving forward’: Meet West Seattle High School’s new girls-basketball coach, Darnell Taylor

June 11, 2015 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

West Seattle High School has announced that Darnell Taylor will succeed Sonya Elliott as head coach of its girls-varsity basketball team.

“Coach Taylor lives in the West Seattle community and wants to see our Girls Basketball program succeed at the highest level,” WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold tells WSB. “He will demand a lot of the players, and, by doing so, will be able to build relationships, not only with the girls on the team but the community, as well.“

Taylor, 36, spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant at Liberty High School in Renton, helping head coach Carly Fromdahl guide the Patriots to a district championship. Despite the success, Taylor tells WSB that the commute from his West Seattle home to the east side of Renton was forcing him to consider taking a break from high-school coaching, as he had prior to last season to be able to help at home with the pending birth of his son DJ, now 3 years old (with his dad in the photo, above right).

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Congratulations! Holy Rosary School 7th graders = baseball champs

June 10, 2015 at 9:32 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

More congratulations as the school year and sports seasons come to an end. Thanks to Ann Conway for the photos and report:

Congratulations to Holy Rosary School‘s 7th-grade boys’ CYO team (National League – predominantly 7th graders) who took first place. The game was played at Walt Hundley Playfield on Sunday the 8th. Go Gators!

During the game, the Holy Rosary Gator made an appearance and played a pivotal role while in deep centerfield.

P.S. Holy Rosary’s school year ends Friday after morning Mass; tomorrow is a short day, too.

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