West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Marc Christianson for sharing the photo and news that the West Seattle 8U All-Stars won the Pinto Northwest Regional Championship in Snohomish over the weekend.
Players in the photo, L to R: Nicholas Beardemphl, Quinn Bundy, Ford Rains, Will Martin, Harvey Lieberman, Dante Saladino (down front), Sasha Ninburg, Marek Hall, Oliver Heltzel, Nathan Boehmer, Owen Christianson. (Not pictured: Brady Murphy)
Coaches: Chad Bundy, Corey Martin, Brad Rains. (Not pictured: Peter Saladino)
Congratulations to all!
(WSB file photo, Float Dodger 5K)
This summer’s next 5K in West Seattle is now less than four weeks away – the Float Dodger 5K right before the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday, July 23rd. It’s presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), and while you can register right now online (price goes up after this Thursday!), here’s what else you should know:
*Packet pickup and last-last-last-minute registration will be at WSR (2743 California SW) on Friday, July 22nd, race-day eve
*Finish-line festivities on July 23rd, WSR’s Lori McConnell tells WSB, will include an awards ceremony and root-beer floats. For 21+ runners, there’ll be a beer garden inside WSR on race day, hosted by The Beer Junction‘s Morgan Herzog, raising money for the charities that benefit from the Float Dodger 5K: West Seattle Food Bank and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
As always, the Float Dodger 5K encourages costumes. The start/finish line this year will be on the Hiawatha track, and as always, the race goes down the parade route and back.
Thanks to Regina Arceo-Schulz for the photos and report on local rowers’ achievements at the Youth Nationals in mid-June:
US Rowing had the Youth Nationals at Mercer Lake, New Jersey. There were several West Seattle rowers competing for their boathouses. An alumni of Holy Rosary School and member of West Seattle’s Troop 282 Boy Scouts, Reece Schulz, won first place in the nation for Men’s Lightweight Youth Doubles with his partner, Nick Angelillo. JT Schulz, also an alumni of HRS and an Eagle Scout with Troop 282, received ninth place for Men’s Youth Open Quad.
Another Holy Rosary alumni, Stephen Fellin (no photo available), represented Pocock Center in the Men’s Lightweight 8+.
Congratulations to all!
West Seattle Soccer Club has one more week left in open registration – July 1st is the deadline, and after that, signups will be filled “as space is available,” according to WSSC’s Tim McMonigle, who adds: “Remember that we have had to change our age groups to organize teams by birth year instead of academic year. This has been an unfortunate change thrust upon us, and we are doing the best we can to explain the change and answer questions. We have included much info on the WSSC home page, as well as the Registration Announcement page, but if there are any open questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.”
Thanks to the texters who shared the news and photo:
Just wanted to pass along that our 12U team “Blue Thunder” won the West Seattle Girls Softball championship (Wednesday) night. We beat the “Flamethrowers” in a nailbiter of a game. It was 5-5 going into the last inning. We scored 5 in the top of the inning and shut them out in the bottom of the inning. Final score was 10-5.
Two updates on West Seattle Little League teams who played District 7 championship games last night:
Thanks to Jeremy Fredericks for the photo and update on the 50/70 Red Socks, who “handily defeated South Highline National Little League 14-3 to win the District 7 Tournament of Champions!!!”
And James Ross sends the photo and update on the Dust Devils:
They finished in second place for District 7, after what he calls “a game for the ages, with both teams battling back and forth for the lead. The Renton Little League team was able to prevail in extra innings.” Leading up to last night’s game, he says, the Dust Devils “went 6-1 in the End of Season tournament to become 2016 West Seattle Little League Champions in the Minors Division.”
Anybody else? Let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
(September 2015 photo by Cameron Harris, USA Baseball, used with permission)
Thanks to everyone who tipped us that the Seattle Mariners‘ recent draft picks included West Seattle High School standout Morgan McCullough, seen above in a photo from last fall, when he was on the USA National team that won the world title in Osaka. The Mariners chose McCullough in the 33rd round. Before publishing that news, we checked with his mom Jane Muxen McCullough, to ask about his plans, since WSHS had celebrated his signing with the University of Oregon just last fall. She tells WSB, “Although he is proud and honored to be drafted, months ago Morgan decided he planned on going to college and communicated as much to the MLB. After graduation, he will play for the Cowlitz Black Bears and then head to the University of Oregon in August.”
SIDE NOTE: Tipster Mark also points out that the most recent WSHS star drafted by the M’s, Sam Hellinger in 2013, continued with his college plans too and now plays for Gonzaga.
The idea of turning the six tennis courts west of Southwest Pool into an indoor tennis center is still in the early exploration stage.
But that’s the stage at which it’s important to talk things through, a lot, and about 50 people showed up to do that on Tuesday night at Chief Sealth International High School.
Lisa Corbin is the community member leading the campaign. She explained how the idea originated four years ago – the backstory’s on this fact sheet – and that a city Small and Simple grant was paying for a feasibility study by Jack Kamrath of Tennis Planning Consultants.
Kamrath said he’s in town to get the next part of that study going and expects to have it finished by summer’s end. The next phase will look at the potential market for the center and will focus on finding out how many people play tennis “from time to time” in order to gauge potential demand, which then would determine how many courts are needed. He’s already done two mapping surveys, one to determine how many people live within 15 minutes’ driving distance and how many live within 18 minutes. Those numbers, he said, range from 360,000 people to nearly 515,000.
Building this kind of structure, he said, would take about six months once permits are issued. The site (formerly part of the Denny International Middle School campus, still owned by Seattle Public Schools) already has power, water, sewer, drainage infrastructure in place; along with the courts, which would need to be refinished, it would have restrooms and storage areas. So far, Kamrath said, discussions that he and Corbin have had with the city have not turned up any major speedbumps.
Questions included what the center would cost. As noted in the FAQ sheet made available, it’s estimated to be around $4 million. It’s expected that would come “from multiple public and private sources” (though NOT school-district funds). And it would be self-sustaining once operational, bringing in money from lessons, court fees, and league play. It would likely be managed by a concessionaire, much the same way that Premier manages city golf courses. Too soon to say how all this would balance out with school use. And if you are recalling that the site was mentioned as a potential future elementary school, the FAQ says the district has told the group they don’t envision school construction on the site “for at least the next 28 years.”
Watch here for word of the next community meeting and other updates.
One more state high-school championship to note: Just across the water, Vashon Island is celebrating its high school‘s first-ever 1A baseball state championship. Islanders are so excited, they welcomed the team with a parade, seen in the video above, shared with WSB by West Seattle resident Joel Schoenberg, whose son Sam Schoenberg (in the photo below) is a VHS player and was a star of the championship game:
Joel recaps: “Sam (former West Seattle Pony and Peewee player), is the leadoff hitter and outfielder for Vashon, went 3 for 3, with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI on a triple and 2 singles (and a steal to boot) in the championship game and was named Player of the Game.” The Vashon Pirates took the title by beating defending state champ Hoquiam 10-6 on Saturday in Yakima.
And our second wrapup on this past weekend’s state 3A track and field championships is from West Seattle High School – the report and photos are courtesy of head track/field coach Will Harrison:
The West Seattle Track Team concluded their season with a great performance at the Washington State 3A Track and Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School, which began on Thursday, May 26th, and concluded on Saturday. The boys finished 12th and the girls finished 14th in the team standings.
The girls’ highlight of the meet was Lani Taylor capping off her undefeated senior season at the 400 Meter Dash with the State Championship in a winning time of 55.74 seconds. She also finished 3rd in the 200 Meter Dash (25.40 seconds) and 5th in the 100 Meter Dash (12.86) – both of which were won by Chief Sealth Senior Assa Kaba. Taylor ends her Wildcat Track career with school records in all three sprint events and plans to compete for Seattle Pacific University next year.
Also competing for West Seattle were school-record holders Natalie Fuller (15th Long Jump, 12th Triple Jump) and Maggie Cooper (15th in Pole Vault). Metro League Champion Lexi Ioane took 11th in Shot Put. Fuller will join the University of Washington crew team next year, and Ioane will likely compete in Basketball and Track at Adams State University in Colorado.
On the boys side, West Seattle left with runner-up finishes in both hurdle races. Senior Chaaka Trahan ran a time of 14.79 seconds to take 2nd in the 110 Meter Hurdles. Sophomore Cass Elliott, coming off a breakthrough performance in Friday’s 300 Meter Hurdle prelim in which he earned the No. 1 seed for the final (after coming in to the meet with the No. 5 seed), wound up second in the final on Saturday with a time of 39.10 seconds. Both hurdlers had busy weekends: Trahan, disappointed after a 14th place showing in the 300m Hurdles prelim, bounced to place 3rd in the Long Jump with a personal best of 23 feet, 2.5 inches. Elliott finished 18th in the 110m Hurdles prelim and anchored West Seattle’s 4 x 400 Meter relay on Thursday night, along with Rylee Farrison, Adam Wayss, and Miles Hairston.
Event-by-event results from the championships, held in Tacoma this past Thursday through Saturday, are here.
On Saturday, we reported on two local athletes winning state 3A track/field championships. Today, we have wrapups on their schools’ overall achievements at state, starting with Chief Sealth International High School:
Thanks to Nicole Sipila for sharing the photo of Sealth’s state track/field participants – Elijah Jackson, Quinn Wiley, Assa Kaba, Chole Myers, Mia Hyde – and the results:
*Assa Kaba is State Champion in the 100m and 200m
*Quinn Wiley placed 6th in the State in the 300m hurdles
*Mia Hyde placed 10th in the State in Discus
*Elijah Jackson placed 13th in the Triple Jump
*The Girls 4X200m Relay Team placed 3rd in the State!
Event-by-event results from the championships, held in Tacoma this past Thursday through Saturday, are here.
By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog & White Center Now
The semi-pro Highline Bears baseball team launched its second season at Steve Cox Memorial Park in grand fashion Saturday night, downing the Langley Blaze 10-0 to give manager Rich Lindros a big win in his debut.
Starting pitcher Al Miller needed just seven innings to collect his complete-game shutout, thanks to the efficient Bears offense which used just three hits to generate enough runs to trigger an early end to the game via the “mercy rule.” Miller also surrendered only three hits on the evening, striking out two.
After Blaze starter Brandon Marklund loaded the bases in the fourth inning by hitting three Bears batters, second baseman Connor Jones delivered a two-out single to score Cameron Slader (a West Seattle High School alum) and Colton Kelly.
Marklund’s control struggles continued in the fifth inning, when he again loaded the bases without giving up a hit, this time walking first baseman Angel Valencia before hitting the next two batters. The Bears would pounce on the opportunity, plating six runs in the frame despite a Parker Coffey single being the only hit the home team would produce.
The Bears finished things in the seventh, again taking advantage of Langley pitching issues. After Ben Fitzhugh and Connor Jones each drew walks, third baseman Drew Larea doubled down the right-field line to make it 9-0. Myles Wesner grounded to second, but Ben Foerster’s throw to the plate could not prevent Jones from scoring a game-ending run.
Following the game, children in attendance were invited to run around the bases while Bears players lined the infield offering high-fives to their young fans, who then proceeded to collect autographs from their heroes in blue.
The two teams will meet again today (Sunday) at Steve Cox (1321 SW 102nd) for a doubleheader beginning at noon. Tickets are $5, with kids under 12 admitted free.
Another state title for local athletes today: The photo is from the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association Twitter feed, which announced that the West Seattle High School Unified Soccer team won the Division 1 state title, 4-0 over Camas. (Here’s our previous report on the WSHS team.)
FIRST REPORT, 2:52 PM: At the state 3A track and field championships in Tacoma, two runners from our area are coming home with titles! Chief Sealth International High School‘s Assa Kaba won the 100m in 12.58:
Thanks to Kristin Arvidson for sending first word and that photo.
ADDED 3:10 PM: And congratulations to Kaba for another title just now – 200m, in 24.90!
(back to original report) And via Twitter, we got the news that West Seattle High School‘s Lani Taylor won the 400m:
— WIAA (@wiaawa) May 28, 2016
The meet runs another hour and a half or so, and we will update with any other news about local athletes.
We’ve already reported that the city’s bringing back a “car-free day” street party to West Seattle this year, after a year off, on September 25th. And now we know that, like six previous such days, this one will include a running event. Today we got first word of the Orca Half, explained by its organizers:
Part of the Orca Running family of races, the Orca Half is a half marathon along the shores of West Seattle, starting and finishing on Alki. The race is brand new for 2016 and is being organized in cooperation with Seattle Summer Parkways to encourage people to take advantage of the city’s largest public spaces – the streets! Runners will enjoy the use of traffic-free roads for the first portion of the run on Alki. Registration opens on June 1st.
According to the race website, registration will be limited to 450 people, ages 15 and up, and participants will have to finish the half-marathon within four hours; it starts at 8:30 am and the course will close at 12:30 pm. We haven’t yet found the exact course on the website but we did find this description: “The course is 100% along the West Seattle waterfront, from Alki to Lincoln Park.” (On September 25th, the road closure will be from 63rd/Alki to Don Armeni, and Seattle Summer Parkways will include other events for which SDOT is leading the planning process.)
Next step, according to Lisa Corbin, who’s leading the project, is a community meeting – first of two – set for 6 pm Tuesday, June 7th, at Chief Sealth International High School. She says the meeting will include “early results from the feasibility study” funded by a city grant. Here’s the official flyer for the meeting. Still many steps remaining along the road to whether the tennis center could become a reality, but if you’re interested in the project, being at the meeting is the best way to find out what’s next.
(UPDATE: If this video won’t play for you, it’s because YouTube blocked it, saying the music the DJ played at the race’s start is copyright-protected. We disputed that on the grounds that news coverage is fair use. Stay tuned!)
FIRST REPORT, 10:21 AM: More than 900 runners and walkers were signed up as of the unofficial count before this morning’s West Seattle 5K on Alki; race director Jeff Mensing expected the final total would pass 1,000.
And while it started under a layer of clouds, there was sunshine by the time most got to the finish line.
First to cross was #440, Nathan McLaughlin, 22, 15:51:
The next 2 across, also male, as listed in the WS5K-provided printout:
Tyler Flannen, 21, 16:15:
Paul Huynh, 24, 16:44
First female across was Megan Hener, 34, 18:00:
Next 2 female runners to finish:
Laura Mickelson, 39, 18:20:
Abigail Sargent, 32, 18:30:
The run/walk is close to the end as we publish this first update; more coverage to come. WSB has co-sponsored the WS5K every year since its start in 2009 – this is year #8!
ADDED 2:11 PM: First, if you haven’t seen your results yet – they’re all here. Now, more photos. WSHS principal Ruth Medsker joined in, of course:
Lots of kids on the course:
And it’s not a race without the proprietors of our area’s only running store, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor):
Lori and Tim McConnell will be your hosts again this year as WS Runner presents the Float Dodger 5K on July 23rd, right before the West Seattle Grand Parade, this year starting on the track at Hiawatha – registration is open now!
Congratulations to the West Seattle High School track and field athletes who are heading to state after achievements – including new WSHS records – at this week’s district meet. From head coach Will Harrison:
West Seattle HS Track and Field continued a great season at the Sea-King District II Meet, held May 18th and May 20th at Southwest Athletic Complex. The Wildcats qualified ten athletes for the State Championships, and to make it even better, set new school record marks in six events! Here is a list of those qualifiers and new records, along with State rankings:
Maggie Cooper– Pole Vault (No. 12) *New School Record
Natalie Fuller– Long Jump, Triple Jump (No. 7)
Lexi Ioane– Shot Put (No. 6)
Lani Taylor– 100m (No. 2), 200m (No. 2), 400m (No. 1), *New School Records in all three events
Cass Elliott– 110m Hurdles (No. 16) , 300m Hurdles (No. 5)
Chaaka Trahan– 110m Hurdles (No. 2) *New School Record, 300m Hurdles (No. 3), Long Jump (No. 2)
Rylee Farrison, Miles Hairston, Chaaka Trahan, Cass Elliott– 4x400m (No.12), *New School Record
Adam Wayss, John Ursino– 4×400 alternates
The State Championships will be held Thursday, May 26th through Saturday, May 28th, at Mount Tahoma High School.
The West Seattle High School softball team finished district-tournament play on Friday night by taking 4th place, and will be the only Seattle school advancing to the state 3A tournament in Lacey. The Wildcats lost to Eastside Catholic at Southwest Athletic Complex, 6-3. It was the Wildcats’ second consecutive loss after opening district play with a win over Bainbridge, following their first-ever Metro League championship.
Thanks to Seattle Lutheran High School track & field head coach Cynthia Lysen for this update on her athletes’ accomplishments in the post-season:
Congratulations to the Seattle Lutheran High School Saints Track and Field team for an outstanding showing at the 1B Tri-District Championships in Port Angeles! 17 teams each for the boys and girls participated with the SELU girls finishing in 3rd and the boys placing 9th.
District champions include Taylor Stordahl in the 100m (qualified for the maximum four events) and Macey Crooks in the Pole Vault. Other qualifiers:
200m: Taylor Stordahl, Sage Klein
400m: Izzy Jones
4×100 Relay: Macey Crooks, Izzy Jones, Da’Zor Tillet, Taylor Stordahl
4×200 Relay: Da’Zor Tillet, Izzy Jones, Sage Klein, Taylor Stordahl
4×400 Relay: Emma Stordahl, Macey Crooks, Da’Zor Tillet, Izzy Jones
Shot Put: Emma Figgins
High Jump: Sage Klein
100m: Xavier Turner
800m: Grant Ball
3200m: Michael Olson
4×100 Relay: Alex Okabayashi, Adam Eklund, Brandon Lulow, Xavier Turner
Shot Put: Nick Lidstrom
Javelin: Brandon Lulow, Matthew Smith
Long Jump: Xavier Turner
The Saints will compete next Thursday through Saturday at the State Championships at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
More post-season high-school sports tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, as the district track and field meet continues. From the West Seattle High School coaching team, Doug Cooper updates us on the opening night Wednesday and looks ahead to tonight (Friday):
Head Track & Field Coach Will Harrison’s Wildcats did more damage to the school’s record books Wednesday evening at SWAC Track. In what may have been the most thrilling race of the day…the WSHS Boys 4×400 Relay team broke their own school record by running the second-fastest qualifying time of the day of 3:27.41…PR’s splits across the board for all relay team members (Rylee Farrison, Miles Hairston, Chaaka Trahan and Cass Elliott), sophomore anchor Cass Elliott ran a brilliant come-from-behind split of 49.3 seconds to secure first place in their qualifying heat. This 4×400 team is an exciting group of over-achievers who are looking to qualify for a shot to compete for a State Title in Tacoma next week.
WSHS Girls did some damage on the Field Events side as Natalie Fuller used a 5 inch PR jump of 16’5 feet in the LJ to qualify herself for next week’s State Championship meet in Tacoma. Fuller is also one of the top Triple Jumpers in the State and looks to qualify in that event Friday night at SWAC also. Meanwhile, Junior Maggie Cooper busted out a 6-inch PR of her own in the Pole Vault. Her 10’0 foot vault set a new school record for the event and propelled her right into next week’s State Championship Meet.
Other highlights included Cass Elliott edging out Nathan Hale’s Tremaine McAdams, the top-rated 300 hurdler in the State, for a first place in his 300 hurdles heat. Elliott’s time of 40.2, was the fastest preliminary qualifying time of all 300 Hurdlers. The 300 Hurdles race Friday evening at SWAC Track will feature three of the Top 5 300m hurdlers in the State…including Elliott and Senior Chaaka Trahan. Trahan is also the 3rd Ranked 110m Hurdler in the State.
Senior Lani Taylor [above], the State’s top-ranked 400m Sprinter, qualified for Friday’s district final meet in all three sprint events.
Junior Hurdler / Pole-Vaulter Maggie Cooper [above] also qualified for District Finals in the 100m Hurdles.
Throwers in action Friday night, include Lexi Ioane, who looks to advance herself to the State meet in the Girls Shot Put … Ioane is the Metro Champion and leads the District in this event. Outstanding Sophomore Sprinter/Thrower Saoirse Cumming, the new school record holder in the Girls Javelin, will also attempt to advance to State in the Javelin on Friday.
The West Seattle Track team features some outstanding individual performers spanning a wide range of events. Please come and watch the kids Friday between 4:00 and 6:30 at SWAC Track (near Chief Sealth IHS) as they compete to qualify for next week’s State Championship meet in Tacoma.
The full schedule for competition today/tonight is here.
The West Seattle High School Wildcats will play tomorrow night for third place in the district-championship tournament, after losing to Lake Washington tonight, 6-1, at Southwest Athletic Complex.
It was close through five innings, really a pitcher’s duel, with ace (and Metro League MVP) Gabby Wenn [above] on the mound for WSHS and Tori Bivens for LWHS. The Wildcats led 1-0 after Lucy Mead came in to score on an RBI single from Sam Hemmert.
In the sixth, concurrent with the arrival of rain, LWHS’s Kylisa Hull scored to tie it up [above], and then in the seventh, they loaded the bases before Marissa Ewald‘s triple to centerfield started the scoring that ended up 6-1, Kangaroos.
WSHS has already earned a spot in the state tournament, as the district’s top five will move on to that level, but in the meantime, they’ll play Eastside Catholic at SWAC tomorrow, 5 pm.