West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle Girls Softball is a local nonprofit recreational league for all girls ages 6-15. No previous softball experience necessary. Registration is open through February. Skills and drills clinics offered in March, with regular practices begin in late March. Season wraps up by the end of the school year. Go to westseattlegirlssoftball.com to register.
Datapoint: WSGS was founded in 1999.
Thanks to Bonnie for texting the photo to our hotline (206-293-6302)! The 2016 West Seattle Beach Run is on. It’s a 25K/50K “fun run” formerly known as the West Seattle Fat Ass. Runners are going from Lincoln Park to Seacrest Park and back if they’re doing the 25K, twice for the 50K (no road closures – this is on sidewalks/paths). Proceeds after expenses are going to the White Center Food Bank.
Thanks to Meg Simmons for photos from the big game: In its first-ever postseason play, Westside School‘s 8th-grade boys basketball team has won the CYO championship, defeating St. Edward this evening, 54-39.
This season marked not only the first championship won by Westside, but also the first time it’s played in a championship game, and the first time it’s won a postseason game!
To get to the finals tonight at Bishop Blanchet, the Wolves defeated St Francis in the quarterfinals last Saturday 44-32, and then beat archrival Holy Rosary last Sunday, 55-46.
(Westside School photo from 72-70 victory over Holy Rosary)
Congratulations and good luck to the 8th-grade boys-varsity basketball team at Westside School (WSB sponsor), which is playing for the CYO championship tomorrow – a historic milestone for the school, says Westside’s Ted Holmes:
This was the first time a Westside School basketball team has played a varsity schedule, the first time a Westside School sports team has won a playoff game, and now the first time a Westside School team has advanced to the championship game.
Westside School defeated St Francis in the quarterfinals last Saturday 44-32, and then beat arch rival Holy Rosary for the second time this season last Sunday, 55-46. Westside School trailed to Holy Rosary at half 27-18, but scored 19 points in the third quarter and 17 more in the fourth, to come back and secure the win. Westside School will face St Edward in the championship.
The game is at 4:30 pm Saturday at Bishop Blanchet (8200 Wallingford Ave. N.).
Last regular-season home game for the undefeated West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team on Wednesday night – and their season-long win streak continued with a 51-43 win over Seattle Prep. Pre-game honors for seniors included special balls to #32 Lydia Giomi (above) and #30 Lexi Ioane (below) – Giomi scored her 1000th point vs. Eastside Catholic back on January 8th and pulled down her 1000th rebound vs. Garfield on January 29th; Ioane scored her 1000th point vs. Lakeside on December 16th.
Other Wildcat seniors include #21 Gabby Sarver and #15 Sarah DuLong. The team finishes the regular season Friday night at Franklin.
At Chief Sealth International High School tonight, the last regular-season home game for the girls-varsity team brought a 60-42 loss to Holy Names. In our photo is the Seahawks’ #2 Allison Hadaway, one of the seniors honored tonight along with #11 Bella Cortez De Bonar, #24 Elliott Snodgrass, and #34 Kali Schroyer. The team plays at Eastside Catholic Friday night, and then the postseason begins.
10:57 PM: Both varsity teams won tonight at Seattle Lutheran, including the girls’ team with a special incentive:
As reported here earlier, this was the last scheduled home game in the last of 35 seasons for Coach Bruce Carlson. A special photo included alums of his teams:
We’ll have video of the tribute and more photos later. As for the game itself, the girls beat Crosspoint, 46-22.
The SLHS boys also went home with a win over Crosspoint, 64-43.
#34 Josh Meyer (above) was top scorer with 26. More on this game later, too.
ADDED 8:35 AM WEDNESDAY: Video and photos:
By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Tonight, Seattle Lutheran High School will hold a post-game ceremony to recognize its 35-season women’s-basketball coach at his final scheduled home game.
“But first we need to win a game,” says Bruce Carlson, tonight’s honoree.
A victory for Seattle Lutheran (6-1 conference, 11-6 overall) over visiting Crosspoint (1-6, 1-14) would keep the Saints within a game of first-place Evergreen Lutheran (7-0, 12-1), who will host SLHS in the season finale on Friday with a share of the SeaTac League title in play for the winners.
While the crowd in the gym tonight will certainly enjoy the elevated stakes in the basketball game itself, the stands will be filled with people there to pay tribute to a man who has led multiple generations of West Seattle athletes: “I’ve coached players who are children of some of my former players or of players I watched playing for the men’s team,” says Carlson. “That’s one way to know you’re getting old!”
In addition to coaching former players’ children, Carlson has “been blessed” to have had had players return to help with summer scrimmaging, with a few even serving as assistant coaches.
The West Seattle native decided a few years ago that he would depart with his current senior class:
A touch of sorcery on the track tonight at Southgate Roller Rink, during the Harry Potter-themed “House Cup” bout between Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby and visiting Cherry Bomb Brawlers.
Good crowd at the rink as the skaters faced off – as is a roller derby tradition, the names on their shirts (and the refs’) were not to be missed:
On the sidelines, baked goods and raffle tickets were sold to raise money for the medical bills of the Brawlers’ beloved “Coach SmartAss,” who died recently after battling cancer.
We will update later when we get the results.
Here’s how local teams did in last night’s high-school basketball, as we get closer to the end of the regular season:
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS: Both teams won at home last night over Quilcene, girls 47-45, boys 71-11 (thanks to Mike Jensen for the scores).
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Garfield, where the WSHS girls remained undefeated, 62-40; the boys fell 86-32.
CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HS: Played at Roosevelt, which took both games – girls 54-41, boys 69-57.
Saturday night brings the second bout of the season for Southside Revolution Junior Coed Roller Derby. The Cherry Bomb Brawlers from Spokane are visiting, and it’s more than a bout – the Brawlers’ coach Ti “SmartAss” Marchand” lost her battle with cancer days ago, and they’re raising money both to cover her bills and to help another coach’s mom. Southside team manager Pamela McCarty sends the reminder:
THE HOUSE CUP, DOUBLE HEADER BOUT! Come watch the Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby positional and full-contact teams mashup with Cherry Bomb Brawlers and Friends. Bout 1 at 5:45 pm will be Southside Revolution Cadets & Friends Mashup. Bout 2 at 7:20 pm will be Southside Revolution Rebels, Cherry Bomb Brawlers, Mob City Misfits and Seattle Derby Brats.
This is a HARRY POTTER THEMED BOUT. The teams will be sorted into their ‘Houses’ at the beginning of the bout with the ‘Sorting Hat’ as per standard with all students of Hogwarts. The team with the most points will win the HOUSE CUP!
Doors at 5:15 pm, 1st Bout at 5:45 pm. $10 General Admission Adults, $5 Children 6-12, Children under 5 are free.
This is at our area’s only roller rink, Southgate, in White Center,
9:56 PM: Two girls-varsity basketball teams with perfect records faced off tonight; only one could remain that way – and in the end, that team was West Seattle High School, with a home-court triumph over Bishop Blanchet, 44-30.
ADDED EARLY THURSDAY: More from the game, ahead:
(WSB photo: Lydia Giomi, WSHS #32, in victory vs. Eastside Catholic on January 8th)
For the second time in three weeks, West Seattle High School has a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Player of the Week. This time, it’s senior Lydia Giomi from the undefeated girls-varsity basketball team. WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold sends word that Giomi was honored for a week in which she “had two double-doubles … with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and five blocks against Rainier Beach. And against Ballard, she recorded 15 points, 15 rebounds, and four steals.” You can cheer her and and her teammates in a huge home game at 7:30 pm tonight, as mentioned in our West Seattle Wednesday lineup – hosting another unbeaten team, Bishop Blanchet.
A crosstown showdown resulted in split results last night at Seattle Lutheran High School. The SLHS boys scored a big win over visiting Shorewood Christian:
The girls went into overtime:
More photos ahead:
Thanks to Shelley for the photo and report: “The Chief Sealth girls played another great game, coming off a win against Bainbridge Wednesday night. They traveled to Lakeside to overcome them 46-45.” She adds that the Seahawks, coached by Katie Jo Maris, are on a 5-game winning streak (see the season’s results and schedule here), and that this is their first win over Lakeside in at least 9 years.
Ready to get the bats and gloves out of storage? West Seattle Baseball is registering players now:
West Seattle Baseball is a 100%-volunteer organization dedicated to teaching kids the game of baseball and giving them opportunities to get out on the diamond. In addition to regular-season play, all kids ages 7 and older participate in post-season tournaments. Those kids wanting to continue playing have opportunities to play baseball well into the summer in programs such as All Star programs for ages 8-12 years old as well as summer recreation programs including the West Seattle Crush at the Pee Wee fields. West Seattle Baseball also hosts several summer all-star tournaments in West Seattle featuring some of the top teams in Western Washington.
West Seattle Baseball welcomes players of all experience levels. West Seattle Baseball is proudly affiliated with the national PONY Baseball organization. Our goals include teaching the fundamentals of baseball and good sportsmanship while building a sense of community among players and their families. Practices begin in March, and the West Seattle Baseball regular season runs from the beginning of April to early June.
To find out more and/or sign up, go to westseattlebaseball.com.
— Kevin Freitas (@kevinfreitas) January 17, 2016
The skyline’s best-known “12” is blazing bright tonight on the Russell Investments Center – with the big Seahawks-Panthers playoff game less than 12 hours from kickoff. Kevin Freitas tweeted that photo by request. The Seahawks themselves published this behind-the-scenes video about it on YouTube today:
If you’re looking for someplace to watch … consider the all-ages tailgate (and beyond) party at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th SW and SW Holden). Doors open at 9 am.
Local high schools’ varsity-basketball teams all won on Friday night:
CHIEF SEALTH: Two victories at home over Nathan Hale – girls 52-23, boys 78-46. (Thanks to Mel for that score and the photo.)
(Photo courtesy Kevin Maloney, South Seattle College)
5:59 PM THURSDAY: You know Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) for its reds, its whites … and today, its blues and greens. The photo was taken while reps of Mayor Ed Murray‘s office were visiting NWWA this afternoon – there to pick up some choice NWWA wine for the mayor’s impending coast-to-coast bet with his counterpart in Charlotte, NC, over Sunday’s Seahawks-Panthers game.
ADDED 9:55 AM FRIDAY: We asked the mayor’s office which wines – here’s the photo:
Their announcement this morning:
Mayor Ed Murray has entered into a friendly wager with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts ahead of Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. Sunday’s game marks the second consecutive year the two teams have met in the Divisional round, with the Seahawks winning last year 31-17.
“I’m looking forward to celebrating another Seahawk playoff win with another package of prizes from yet another Mayor of Charlotte,” said Mayor Murray. “We have never lost to the Panthers in the playoffs and I know Coach Carroll has the team ready for this road playoff game. Last week’s game is proof that the Seahawks can beat any opponent, in any weather, in any stadium.”
“As much as I’d love to share our fine southern cuisine with our cross-country colleagues, they will have to settle for eating crow after we beat the ‘Hawks’,” said Mayor Roberts. “Coach Rivera has the team prepared to defeat anyone standing in their path to the Super Bowl. Pete Carroll will be sleepless in Charlotte trying to develop a game plan to stop Cam Newton.”
If the Seahawks beat the Panthers, Mayor Roberts will send Mayor Murray barbeque from Mac’s Speed Shop, beer from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, and salted caramel brownies from Amelie’s French Bakery.
If the Panthers defeat the Seahawks, Mayor Murray will send Mayor Roberts beer from Pike Brewing, wine from the South Seattle College’s Northwest Wine Academy, and Chinese barbeque from Kau Kau in the Chinatown-International District.
Sunday’s game kicks off at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte at 10:05 a.m. Pacific time.
3:47 PM: West Seattle High School‘s #1 is Nate Pryor, photographed during the team’s Saturday night home win over Stadium HS. Today, he received a statewide honor, announced by WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold:
Congrats to Nate Pryor, who was named WIAA Player of the Week! Pryor averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and three steals per game last week, in victories over Stadium and O’Dea. The point guard hit a buzzer beater to defeat O’Dea by one, 70-69.
Also today – you can help Nate get regional recognition by voting in a Western Washington-wide online competition – go here.
ADDED 5:50 PM: In case you wondered – WIAA says the weekly honoree receives “a congratulatory letter from WIAA Executive Director, Mike Colbrese, a commemorative WIAA State Athlete of the Week t-shirt, and a certificate.”
The West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team remains undefeated after last night’s home-court win over Eastside Catholic, 54-36. Above, Lexi Ioane was a triple threat – steal leader with 8, second-leading rebounder with 7, number-three scorer with 9. Fellow senior Lydia Giomi led those last two categories:
She had 20 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Big night also for Grace Sarver:
She was the second-leading scorer with 10 and second in steals with five.
Head coach Darnell Taylor‘s league-leading team is on the road for the next two games, starting at Cleveland HS on Wednesday, 7:30 pm.
P.S. The WSHS Band was in the house for last night’s game. Check out our quick clip of the tuba solo:
In the background, that’s WSHS music director Ethan Thomas. Also from Instagram, by the way, the final seconds of the JV girls’ victory:
The WSHS JV girls, too, are undefeated.
Victory at home last night for the Chief Sealth International High School girls-varsity basketball team – 45 to 42 over Seattle Prep. Sealth’s record is 3-6 as the midpoint of the regular season approaches.
Head coach Katie Jo Maris definitely had reason to smile.
Next up, the Seahawks host nearby Shorewood Christian on Monday night (January 11th), 6 pm.