West Seattle sports: National Volleyball League pros wrap Alki play

August 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(Added: Thanks to Sam Nizam for the photo of Zaun & Palm celebrating their victory)
Though beach volleyball is a fixture on Alki just about every summer weekend, it’s not always as big as the tournament that just wrapped up about half an hour ago: The pro players of the National Volleyball League have been here since Thursday night, for the NVL’s first-ever Seattle stop, seventh of eight on this year’s tour. In the women’s finals, Brooke Niles, head beach-volleyball coach at Florida State U, and Karolina Sowala from Poland won in three games:

(Photo by Paul Walchenbach)
The women’s championship match was followed by the men’s final, taken, also in three games, by Dave Palm from Florida and Eric Zaun from New Jersey. We photographed Palm earlier (center, with hand signal) during their semi-final match:

Palm and Zaun are now the only duo with two wins this season, after winning the Hermosa Beach tour stop earlier this month. The NVL’s 2015 tour concludes September 25th-27th at the league’s training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Volleyball player in the house? Visiting pros’ free clinic for youth

August 27, 2015 at 11:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(Texted photo: NVL truck at Alki Beach)

The professional beach-volleyball players coming to Alki for the National Volleyball League‘s Seattle Championships the next three days have a gift for local youth – a free clinic Sunday afternoon. It’s open to young players 6-18 years old; just register here, and then check in at the tournament-info tent at 12:45 pm Sunday for the 1-2:30 pm clinic.

As for the tournament – it’s the 7th of 8 stops on the pro tour this year, and the Alki schedule is here.

VIDEO: Alki Beach 5K brings out more than 1,000 runners and walkers to help breast-cancer patients

August 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

(WSB video of all runners and walkers as they left from the starting line)

Yes, it was a race, but the biggest winners in today’s Alki Beach 5K are the cancer patients helped by the organization that presents and benefits from the annual run/walk, Northwest Hope and Healing, whose unique work supporting breast-cancer patients is explained here. This year, 1,040 people were signed up by race time, according to NWHH executive director Shari Sewell.

At right, above, with Shari is Kristi Stone, who was today’s official race-starter. She’s undergoing breast-cancer treatment after being diagnosed late last year. Shari told us that in addition to all the usual fundraising from race participants, one person walked up with a check for $5,000!

(Updated) Full results are here. Below, the top runners, each shown in the photo under her/his name.


1. Kelly Lakeman, 30, 19:25:

2. Margaret Lang, 45, 21:18:

3. Emily Ehlers, 30, 21:20:


1. Kelly Spady, 28, 16:23:

(Our archives show Spady was also first finisher at the Alki Beach 5K in 2012.)

2. Travis Gradjian, 17, 16:47:

3. Michael Drogalis, 24, 17:02:

Other Alki Beach 5K sights – first, Team Saxby:

As always, it was an all-ages event:

This might just have been the tiniest participant:

Along with runners, walkers, pledgers, donors, and volunteers, major contributors to the Alki Beach 5K’s success include its sponsors – including West Seattle Runner (also a WSB sponsor), whose Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell were there as always:

See the full sponsor team here (it features two other WSB sponsors, Fauntleroy Chiropractic and Salty’s on Alki). This is one of three major fundraisers Northwest Hope and Healing holds annually, along with the “Style” fashion show in the spring, and Women Winemakers of the Pacific Northwest in the fall, coming up November 18th in Georgetown – go here to find out more. You can also donate to the organization any time by going here.

Reader report: West Seattle fifth-grader’s half-marathon with dad

August 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

Big day for running! Just in from California – that photo and an update on young half-marathoner Miles Trius:

Miles Trius of West Seattle runs with dad again – at Santa Rosa (CA) 1/2 marathon this morning. He ran at 2:10:37. Running with his dad, Navy Chief Ernesto Trius, has become bonding time for father and son. Miles will start 5th grade at Our Lady of Guadalupe School.

Last December, as shown here, they ran the Seattle Marathon half.

Alki Beach 5K 2015: Last day to register online!

August 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photo from 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

Signed up already for summer’s last big walk/run in West Seattle, the Alki Beach 5K this Sunday? Great! Not signed up yet? Today’s the final full day of online registration – so you can do it here right now. This walk/run benefits West Seattleite-founded-and-led Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast-cancer patients, and it’s open to everyone! If you would rather register in person, stop by West Seattle Runner (2742 California SW; WSB sponsor) on Saturday, 10 am-2 pm, during the packet-pickup session, and you can do it then and there, or right before the race, starting at 8 am Sunday by the Alki Bathhouse (60th SW & Alki).

Congratulations! WSHS senior Morgan McCullough makes USA Baseball national team

August 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

(April 2015 photo by Caryn Johnson)

A new achievement for West Seattle High School baseball player Morgan McCullough, last mentioned here when he became a regional All-Star. From his proud mom Jane Muxen McCullough:

Morgan McCullough, a WSHS 2016 Senior, has been selected to the 2015 USA Baseball 18U National Team. The team will look to defend its gold medal from the 2013 WBSC 18U/AAA World Cup when it competes in the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Nashinomiya, Japan later this month thru early September.

Morgan’s batting average for WSHS last season was an amazing .552.

COUNTDOWN: One week away from 2015 Alki Beach 5K

August 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photo from 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

Run with your family and friends – and/or bring them to be your cheering section! One week from today, you can run, or walk, in the Alki Beach 5K, which raises money for Northwest Hope and Healing to help cancer patients. More than a thousand people are expected to leave the finish line at 9 am next Sunday, August 23rd, on Alki Avenue near 61st SW, running (on the temporarily closed-to-vehicles road) to Anchor Park and back. You have until this Friday morning to register online and get the discount registration rate – do that here right now. (Kids under 6 are free.)

Congratulations! West Seattle teens in Water Polo Junior Olympics

August 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Congratulations to six West Seattle teens who recently competed in the 2015 Water Polo Junior Olympics in Southern California. From Cori Roed:

Conner Roed​, Josh Tittel​, and Charles Bruchal ​all played in their first Junior Olympics on the Rain City Water Polo 14U team and learned how tough California Polo can be. They hung tough and didn’t give up and on the final day got a victory that left them anxious for another go next year.

Blake Catlow played in his 4th JO for the Rain City 18U. It was a hard-fought tournament for his team after taking 2nd at John Hale the week before.

Silia Bruchal and Nicole Roed played with Seattle Water Polo, each on their 5th Junior Olympics trip. They had a tough first day but clawed their way back with 7 straight wins, then losing by two points in the final to take 2nd in Gold.

This was Nicole’s last JO. She is off to Cal Lutheran University to play soccer and polo as a CLU Regal. Blake and Silia will have one more trip next year following their senior year.

Have a swimmer who might want to play? Rain City Polo has a youth practice group at Evergreen Community Aquatic Center starting in September. Information’s at raincitypolo.com.

West Seattle youth sports: Soccer-signup time at the Y

August 13, 2015 at 8:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Time to think fall sports – including the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) outdoor-soccer program. It’s signing up players ages 3-11 right now:

Our Y soccer leagues provide players with skill-building activities in a variety of subjects such as passing, dribbling, shooting and defense. Appropriately sized soccer balls and fields are used for each age group. We emphasize sportsmanship, skill-building, participation, friendship and fun.

Practices start the week of September 14th at High Point fields. Games are on Saturdays, September 26th through November 14th, at Roxhill Park or Lincoln Park.

3-year-olds, Pre-K & Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade, 3rd & 4th Grade

Facility Members $75, Community Participants $132. Register by August 28th – at the Y or online, by going here

Questions? Coach Mike Bober is at mbober@seattleymca.org or 206-937-1000.

Still seeking summer camp? Futsal camp at High Point, 1 week away

August 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 5 Comments

Still a few weeks left in summer – and 7-12-year-olds interested in the indoor-soccer game known as futsal are invited to a weeklong camp at High Point Community Center, starting one week from today. David just e-mailed us about it tonight, saying his son is signed up but the camp needs a few more signups by Tuesday or else it’s in danger of cancellation. Information about the camp is here; information about futsal is here; if you have trouble signing up online, David says, you can stop by the community center (6920 34th SW) or call 206-684-7422.

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 | 3 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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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.

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