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Chief Sealth Soccer Skills Camp has room this week

Got one or more incoming third-through-ninth-graders in need of something to do this week? We have word that the Chief Sealth Soccer Skills day camp still has space available, tomorrow (Monday, July 25th) through Friday. It’s for girls and boys of all skill levels, 9 am-2 pm each day at Southwest Athletic Complex, across from Chief Sealth. Details are in the flyer

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VIDEO: West Seattle Float Dodger 5K, 2016 edition – new start/finish line

(Above, starting-line video, added Saturday night; below, video of runners moving from Hiawatha to the street, posted during the 5K)

9:53 AM: Before the West Seattle Grand Parade starts walking, rolling, and dancing down California SW from The Admiral District to The Junction, hundreds of Float Dodger 5K participants are on the run! The 5K presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) started from, and is finishing at, Hiawatha Playfield this year, and the runners are now returning from their trip down the parade route. Our video shows them heading off the field and onto California SW, where they “dodged” the West Seattle Hi-Yu “Around West Seattle” float.

8:19 PM: As WSR’s Tim O’Donnell noted in comments, it was the biggest Float Dodger 5K yet. The online results show more than 400 entries. Top three finishers:

Brett Winegar, 17:10
Megan Heuer, 17:41
John Serrano, 17:55

But the Float Dodger has always been about fun more than competition – from the actual dodging, which led to this swarm around the Hi-Yu float:


To the costumes and headgear:


WS Runner’s Tim McConnell (below with co-proprietor and wife Lori McConnell) switched up his costume this year – he was Han Solo:


This was the fifth year for the Float Dodger, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and West Seattle Food Bank. It was followed by a beer garden at WSR.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle All-Stars win regional championship


Thanks to Mindy for the photo and report:

The West Seattle All-Stars [12U] won the NW Bronco Regional Tournament in Olympia this past weekend. They now move on to compete in Los Angeles on July 29th. We are very proud of our All Stars, who have been playing together for many years now.

In order from left to right, starting in the back: Coach Steve Zarnick, Cole Ransom, Ethan Zarnick, Aiden Waller, Will Cell, Lucas Gut, Nevin Bell, Coach Sean Ransom, Lukas Gerrard, Coach Tom Gut. Left to right, front: Nick Mariani, Joey Cutter, Bryce McFeely, Ethan Daquila, Owen Murray, Ethan Palisoc.


Thanks also to Sue for sending word of the big win. Good luck in L.A.!

CONGRATULATIONS! Steelheads win U10 ‘battle of West Seattle’


More baseball champs to congratulate! From Steelheads coach Darrell Glover:

Just wanted to let you know the West Seattle Steelheads won the West Seattle Baseball U10 Mustang Tournament last Sunday with a 10-0 victory over the West Seattle Baseball All-Stars. It was a true battle of West Seattle.

West Seattle scene: WSHS Wildcat Summer Basketball Camp wraps


Thanks to West Seattle High School boys’ basketball head coach Keffrey Fazio for the photo – today, he reports, was the final day of this year’s Wildcat Summer Basketball Camp, hosted by his program. And it was a big camp – “70 kids, grades 4th – 9th.” What’s next for WSHS basketball after this? we asked; Coach Fazio says the annual WSHS Alumni basketball game is Saturday at 1 pm.

CONGRATULATIONS! 2 titles for teen bowler Evan Smith


Congratulations to West Seattle’s Evan Smith for winning two titles on the Junior Bowlers Tour! The photos and report are from proud mom Bri’Anna Smith:

Evan Smith, an incoming 9th grader at WSHS, won the Junior Bowlers Tour (JBT) Touring Players Championship last weekend in Las Vegas! She bowled various JBT events throughout the Pacific NW to qualify for the end of season event in Nevada.


Her 6th-place finish for the season awarded her the title of 2015-2016 Pacific NW Conference Handicap Division Rookie of the Year. No other bowler has ever won Rookie of the Year and the Touring Players Championship in the same year! She bowled 10 games on Saturday and finished the day in 8th place. The top 60% advance to Sunday. On Sunday, the tournament cuts to the top 10 bowlers after 5 more games. She ended in 4th place after that cut. The top 10 bowlers then bowl 8 games of match play and again cut to the top 4 for step ladder finals.

Evan went into the finals in 2nd place. She bowled two more games to win the whole tournament! She bowled a total of 25 games and earned a total of $2,155 in scholarship money over the course of the weekend. It was back to back wins for female bowlers, the Pacific NW, AND West Seattle Bowl! (Zoe Mahn, 2016 Vashon Island High School graduate, won the event last year.) The championship match will be available for viewing soon on YouTube at JBT900.

A BIG thank you to Coach Tom Favre at West Seattle Bowl for all of his time and support! We are proud of Evan and all of the hard work she puts into practice and picking up spares year-round! She has had a fantastic year earning scholarship money doing what she loves! To learn more about JBT, please visit:

PHOTOS: Duwamish Rowing Club’s first regatta


History this morning for the Duwamish Rowing Club – its first regatta, as previewed here earlier in the week. WSB’S Christopher Boffoli caught some of the racing this morning in South Park.


The Duwamish rowers took on rowers from clubs in Lake Stevens and Renton.


Christopher was on the river for the second half of the four-hour racing session – a beautiful morning overall.


Find out more about the Duwamish Rowing Club here.

Duwamish Rowing Club plans its first regatta on the river Saturday

Rowing fans! You’re invited to watch and cheer as the Duwamish Rowing Club hosts its first-ever regatta on the Duwamish River, 8 am-noon on Saturday (July 9th). Mike Merta from DRC says:

The DRC Ospreys Youth and Adult crews will be competing against Lake Stevens Rowing Club and Renton Rowing Club. Bring a blanket and some snacks and plan for a morning picnic while watching the races. We will have some music playing in the park and there will be someone calling the races.

16 match-style races are planned. Best vantage points are along the shore in South Park, where DRC is based – Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Ave. S.; map) or the finish line at the street-end park at 12th S. and Elmgrove (map).

P.S. See this comment for the course map.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle 8U All-Stars are regional champs

June 27, 2016 8:57 pm
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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!

COUNTDOWN: Float Dodger 5K!

June 27, 2016 12:56 pm
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(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:

*WSR will have a booth at West Seattle Summer Fest (July 8-9-10 in The Junction, full vendor list shortly) with Elite Sports and Spine, and you can sign up there in person

*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.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle rowers at nationals

June 26, 2016 5:33 pm
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(From left, 2012 Olympic rower Henrik Rummel, Nick Angelillo, Reece Schulz, and Coach Conal Groom)

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.

(JT Schulz, center, Troop 282’s latest Eagle Scout, with the troop’s Scoutmaster Steve Shelver and Committee Chair Mike Grueter)

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 signups: 1 more week

June 24, 2016 8:59 am
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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”

CONGRATULATIONS! Blue Thunder wins West Seattle Girls Softball 12U championship


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.

You can find out more about WSGS on the web and (with more championship news) on Facebook.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Little League teams in district-championship games

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:

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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 – – thanks!

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS standout Morgan McCullough drafted by Mariners, staying with college plans

June 13, 2016 2:19 pm
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(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.

Southwest Tennis Center: What the feasibility study’s showing so far

(Bird’s-eye view “schematic” of proposed tennis center)

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.”

(Read the full FAQ here.)

Watch here for word of the next community meeting and other updates.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattleite Sam Schoenberg excels in Vashon High School’s historic baseball championship win

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.

State track/field championships wrapup #2: West Seattle High School

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.

(Lani Taylor won the 400 Meter Dash Final at the 3A Washington State Championships on Saturday)

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.

(Chaaka Trahan en route to win his Prelim Heat in the 110 Meter Hurdles on Thursday)

(Sophomore Cass Elliott took 2nd in the 300 Meter Hurdle Finals)

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.

State track/field championships wrapup #1: Chief Sealth International High School

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:

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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.

Baseball in your backyard! Semi-pro Highline Bears win season opener in White Center


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.

CONGRATULATIONS! State championship for West Seattle HS Unified Soccer


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.)

CONGRATULATIONS! Sealth’s Assa Kaba, WSHS’s Lani Taylor win state track titles

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:

The meet runs another hour and a half or so, and we will update with any other news about local athletes.

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