West Seattle, Washington
As families continue planning the summer, the SWAC Cougars youth football and cheer program has opened registration. Gary shared the announcement:
The Southwest Athletic Club (SWAC) is a West Seattle-based non-profit organization with the purpose of teaching youth teamwork, discipline, and self-esteem through participation in youth football and cheer activities. We provide a safe structured and positive environment that stresses dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, which teaches as much about life as it does football and cheer.
2018 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR ALL
$150 for Football – we provide helmets, shoulder pads, and uniforms
$150 for Cheer – we provide uniforms and pom poms
Starts: July 16th 2018
Monday thru Friday 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Southwest Athletic Complex (across from Chief Sealth International High School)
The program serves ages 5-14. You can register online at www.swaccougars.org.
1:28 PM: West Seattle High School principal Brian Vance says the school has accepted the resignation of Marcis Fennell after his first year as head football coach. Fennell sent WSB a copy of his resignation letter; you can read it here (PDF). He cites “many reasons” for leaving, including “unwarranted resistance” to his “attempt to change the culture of the program.” Vance says school administration is sending a letter to program families this afternoon, and that the school will launch a search for a new head coach, though it’s a lot later in the year than the traditional time for such searches. Fennell went winless during his year of coaching the Wildcats; in his resignation letter, he says that he inherited only “1 returning varsity player with significant playing time from the season prior.” His hiring was announced in March 2017.
ADDED 2:56 PM: WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson has just sent us the aforementioned letter that’s gone out to families; read it here (PDF). In part, Sorenson writes, “I would like to thank Coach Fennell for the endless amount of time and energy he invested into our student athletes at West Seattle High School. During Coach Fennell’s time as Head Coach at West Seattle High School, our school has seen increases in the number of two-sport athletes, overall team GPA and community outreach from within our football program. I want to assure all the families and athletes that moving forward we will be having a football program next fall at West Seattle High School.” He also told families that while WSHS searches for a new head coach, assistant athletic director Jeremy Marzofka “will be running team activities and workouts.”
Thanks to longtime local skateboarding advocate Matthew Lee Johnston for sending word that Skate Like a Girl still has room in day camps at Delridge and Roxhill Skateparks this summer:
Come shred, West Seattle! Youth of all genders are welcome to join Skate Like a Girl at the Roxhill and Delridge Skate Parks for amazing weeklong skate camps, learning the basics of pushing, riding, ramps, ollies, and more! Take your skate skills to new heights with the folks at Skate Like a Girl!
To register visit skatelikeagirl.com/seattlecamp2018.html
Generous Financial Aid is available! skatelikeagirl.com/financialaid.html
Here’s the full flyer with dates and locations.
We have updates on the three West Seattle rowers featured here early Sunday for making it to the national championships – but first, we’ve also received a report on a fourth! From Regina Arceo-Schulz:
Reece Schulz (above right), born and raised in West Seattle, did something that not too many people can say they did, he won the Lightweight Junior Men’s 2x three years in a row at the 2018 US Youth National Rowing Championship. He and this year’s partner, Ruben Luthra, finished the 2000 meters in 7:00.669 at Lake Natoma, CA. They were first in time trials and semi-finals over the three-day regatta.
Reece won last year with Cole Graham at Sarasota, Florida and 2016 with Nick Angelillo at Mercer Lake, New Jersey. A little side note, Reece’s older brothers Spencer Schulz and James Teodoro (JT) Schulz had won the same trophy in 2014. Reece and Ruben row at Seattle Rowing Center and thank their coaches, Conal Groom and Derek Deleuw, for all the hard training and support.
Kathy Lower also updated us on Reed Lower, a West Seattle High School senior who rows for Mount Baker:
His team got 16th in the nation for the Men’s Varsity 4+.
And Steve Cameron updated us on the two Fauntleroy residents he had e-mailed about over the weekend – Chief Sealth International High School senior Mackenna Cameron’s Green Lake Crew 8 seat team “made the Grand Final and came in 5th in the nation,” while Rohin Petram, a Vashon HS student, “finished 12th in his single and is only a Junior with another year to make it to the top.”
Tomorrow and Thursday, Highline Premier FC has one more round of tryouts for certain birth years. Here’s the announcement:
First round of Tryouts has concluded for the 2018/19 season. A second round of tryouts will commence on June 12 & June 14 for additional players for birth year 2007 through 2011 players & 2005 boys.
When: June 12 & 14th. Please attend both nights
Time: Based on Age Group. We will confirm field/time on Sunday via email to registrants.
Where: Chief Sealth Utility Fields or Walt Hundley based on gender/birth year(email will be sent to confirm field and time)
Existing teams may have limited spots. Email our Tryout Director at email@example.com to inquire.
If interested, register here ASAP!
Story and photos by Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The clouds and rain held off just long enough for Southwest Little League to hold its 2018 picnic and Home Run Derby at Steve Cox Memorial Park on Saturday.
While attendees began enjoying the food prepared by league board members and other volunteers, the official program began with the presentation of the league´s Coach of the Year award, which was given to third-year coach Josh Wells:
Following the coach award, trophies were awarded to the winners of the morning’ś Home Run Derby. One champion from each of the leagué’ś five competition divisions — Majors, AAA, AA, Coach Pitch, and Tee Ball — was recognized for hitting the longest fly ball in their peer group.
Majors: Grayson Leui Steele (201 feet, 6 inches)
Thanks to Lisa for sending the photo with the news that the Pathfinder K-8 girls won the Seattle Public Schools volleyball championship this weekend! Their opponent was Broadview-Thomson. First volleyball championship for Pathfinder, Lisa says!
At least three rowers from West Seattle are at the Youth National Championships this weekend in Northern California. First, Steve Cameron sent this report on two of them:
Your readers may be interested to know we have two high school athletes from West Seattle (Fauntleroy to be exact) competing at the US Rowing Youth National Championships this weekend. Rowing does not make the news too much but there are over 1,000 teens in Western WA who are rowers.
Rohin Petram is a Junior, rows for Vashon Island, and attends Vashon High School. He is a lifelong resident of WS and has grown up in the Fauntleroy neighborhood. He competed in a single this weekend and just missed the Grand final but will compete in the B Final on Sunday afternoon. He will be a Senior next year and is set to have an amazing year in 2018/2019.
Mackenna Cameron in a graduating Senior at Chief Sealth International High School. She is also born and raised in West Seattle and lives in Fauntleroy. Mackenna rows for Green Lake Crew, a Seattle Parks and Rec facility. She is in the Woman’s 8+ boat and they finished second in their Semifinal Saturday morning and at 10:30 am on Sunday morning they will row for the US Rowing Youth Women’s 8+ National Championship. There were 24 teams from across the US who earned a spot in the National Championships and it is down to six teams competing for the title tomorrow, including Green Lake Crew.
Mackenna’s Green Lake Boat has had a great year winning the Women’s Youth 8+ titles at the Husky Open in April, the Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island, the Eleanor McElvaine Cup at the 2018 Windermere Cup Regatta in Seattle, and in late May, they won the US Rowing Youth NW Regional Championships in Vancouver, WA to earn a spot at this weekend’s National Championships in Rancho Cordova, CA, outside of Sacramento. After this weekend, Mackenna and her teammates are headed to England to compete in three regattas, including the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames.
Mackenna will also join the University of Washington Huskies Crew in the Fall of 2018.
Here are links to Sunday’s races:
Livestream available after 8:00 am.
Results Page – Updates live as the race finish.
We also heard earlier about West Seattle High School senior Reed Lower making it to the nationals.
He rows from the Mount Baker Club house, his mom Kathy Lower explained. His boat, the Men’s V4+, was one of four from Mount Baker that qualified for nationals. Kathy says Reed “plans to row D1 at Santa Clara University.”
Thanks to Bri’Anna for the photos and report:
After five matchplay games, 10 baker games, and two days of cheering, the Greater Seattle Youth Girls Bowling All-Star team, coached by Jessica Buchanan, took first place at the Interassociation All-star Extravaganza in Longview, WA. Three-year all-star and West Seattle High School sophomore Evan Smith helped lead the girls to victory as the Greater Seattle team captain. West Seattle Bowl is her home alley (and also for returning youth all-stars Ruth Magaña and Kyle Jonson).
Evan is extremely proud and excited to bring home a big win for West Seattle Bowl and the Greater Seattle bowling association! Kenmore Lanes is where the Greater Seattle USBC Board of Directors has their home office, so the perpetual plaque will be hung there until next year’s event.
From Kathy Powers at West Seattle Little League:
Please join us in congratulating the following players and coaches who will represent WSLL on our All-Star teams.
We hope you will come to cheer them on during our District Tournaments. Our 11/12 team will play at Bar-S in West Seattle starting 7/6/18 at 6 pm. Our 9/10 and 10/11 year old teams will play at PacWest starting 6/30/2018.
9/10 Team – Manager Matt Schlede
10/11 Team – Manager Otis Moore
11/12 Team – Manager Mike Fahy
11:38 AM: Perfect day for a 5K … and an obstacle course … and a Senior Saunter … and a Youth Dash … the four events comprising the second annual Loop the ‘Lupe at Walt Hundley Playfield! More than 400 people were signed up by the time the warmups started, preceding the obstacle course. Next up, the family 5K fun run/walk at 11:45, followed by the quarter-mile seniors’ loop at 12:15, kids’ 1K at 1 pm. Even if you aren’t joining in, you’re welcome to join the party at the playfield (34th and Myrtle) – beer garden and music! WSB is this year’s media sponsor; the event supports the social-outreach work at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Walmesley Center. We’ll have more photos in a bit.
ADDED MID-AFTERNOON: As promised!
They ran … they climbed …
They made it through the mud …
Then there were the fearsome squirter-wielding OLG kindergarteners along the obstacle course, too:
Did we mention balancing?
(added) And here’s how it all began:
When all is tallied, we’ll add an update from race director Brian Callanan.
Four ways to participate Saturday in the second-ever Loop the ‘Lupe – and three ways left to sign up. First, a recap – it all happens at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle), with four start times:
-Obstacle course [photo above] at 11 am
-5K run/walk at 11:45
-Senior Saunter at 12:15
-Youth Dash at 1 pm
They’re all explained here. Here’s how to register – for a discount!
SIGN UP ONLINE BY TONIGHT: Online registration closes at midnight – you can still save $5 on the obstacle course and 5K by using the code WSB10.
SIGN UP AT WEST SEATTLE RUNNER TOMORROW: 4-7 pm Friday, West Seattle Runner (2749 California SW; WSB sponsor) hosts an in-person signup event. You can still mention the discount code there too!
SIGN UP AT WALT HUNDLEY PLAYFIELD: If you don’t make your participation decision until the last minute, show up starting at 10 am and sign up on site! And yes, you can mention WSB10 there too.
It’s more than a fun way to move, it’ll also be a party – food/drinks, beer, live music. We’re this year’s media sponsor and we’ll see you there!
Thanks to West Seattle High School track and field head coach Will Harrison for the report:
Congratulations to the West Seattle High School contingent for their accomplishments at the WIAA 3A Track and Field State Championships at Mt Tahoma High School last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
(Cunliffe’s state-record vault, video by Tim Reilly)
On Friday, the West Seattle girls had a special day. Junior Chloe Cunliffe had 3 very special pole vault clearances: She won the meet by being the only athlete to clear 13 feet even, then set the meet record by clearing 13 feet, 4 inches- but she wasn’t done there. She went on to clear 13 feet, 8.5 inches to set the all-time Washington record. Shortly afterward, she competed in the long jump and wound up 2nd by half an inch, with a leap of 17 feet, 9.25 inches. Hannah Hicks of Edmonds-Woodway won the event at 17 feet, 9.75 inches.
Senior Symmone Davis continued to her rapid improvement streak in the 100m hurdles. She came into the meet seeded 10th and wound up 2nd with a time of 14.88 seconds. Ingraham’s Phoebe Salowey won the event with a time of 14.79 seconds. For Davis, this capped off a breakthrough season which also saw her set a school record in the 300m hurdles at the district meet.
In all, Cunliffe scored 18 points, and Davis an additional 8. Those 26 points in fact put West Seattle in first place in the team scoring going into the third and final day of the meet, and was ultimately good enough for a 7th-place finish – the top finish of any Metro League school.
On the boys’ side, Senior Cass Elliott defended his 300m hurdle title with a time of 37.68 seconds. His prelim time of 37.13 seconds was just 0.02 seconds off his own meet record from last year and the fastest time in any classification this year. It was an impressive bounce-back from a serious ankle injury he suffered in November while playing basketball, which forced him to take several months off and even miss the early weeks of the spring season. Elliott will continue his career at the University of Washington next year.
Senior Joe Kirk-Woodbury had a storybook ending to his high-school discus career. He came into the meet ranked 11th in that event (all competitors get three throws at state, and then the top 9 get three additional throws). He had been motivated all year by Jay Morgan‘s school record of 150 feet, 6 inches from 2003. He was already having a great day by making finals with the 5th best mark overall, with 5 throws in the 140’s. On his sixth throw of the meet and final throw of his high school career, he launched a throw of 152 feet, 1 inch to notch the record, as well as a 3rd place finish. Kirk-Woodbury will continue his track career at Olympic College next year.
Junior Rylee Farrison ran a time of 50.92 seconds in the prelims of the 400m dash to finish 9th overall in that event, just one place shy of making the final. Elliott, Farrison, Jackson Delaney, and Alec Maroon ran to a 6th-place finish in the 4 x 400m relay with a time of 3 minutes, 26.42 seconds to finish the meet.
All together, the boys’ team compiled 19 points to finish 12th in the team scoring – second among Metro Schools (Chief Sealth was 10th). Gig Harbor won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles. Full results can be found here.
Now it’s two state championships for Chief Sealth International High School track-and-field athlete Elijah Jackson – part of this update from Sealth athletic director Ernest Policarpio:
Congratulations to Sadique Calloway, Chloe Myers, Elijah Jackson, and Quinn Wiley for competing in the state championships this weekend at Mt. Tahoma.
Congrats to Quinn Wiley (second from right, above), who took 2nd in the 300 Hurdles.
Congrats to Elijah Jackson, who took 3rd in the high jump and took 1st in the triple and long jump!
Amazing Group of Kids! #ROLLHAWKS
Full state results are here.
Thanks to assistant coach Joel Snow of the West Seattle High School golf team for the report and photos:
(Congratulations to) our West Seattle High School Golfers on our successful trip to the High School State Championships in Spokane this past Tuesday & Wednesday (May 22nd & 23rd).
The boys’ tournament was held at the Creek at Qualchan, with Senior Alex Nguyen (above) and Junior Cameron Smith (below) competing for our boys’ team.
The girls’ tournament was held at Indian Canyon, with Freshman Lauryn Nguyen competing for our girls’ team, with Lauryn taking home the medal for 2nd place in the individual category. (Photo below, left to right, are Athletic Director Corey Sorenson, Assistant Coach Joel Snow, Lauryn Nguyen and Head Coach Velko Vitalich)
Tournament information and results can be found here.
Thanks to Bonnie for sending the photo and word that Chief Sealth International High School‘s Elijah Jackson has won the state championship in the triple jump! That’s one of three events in which he won Metro League championships last week, as reported here. You can see his results here.
Back in March, we wrote about renovation work planned this spring/summer at Southwest Athletic Complex – and now Derek McCloud from Seattle Public Schools (which owns SWAC) sends word that work has begun:
Construction has started on the track at SWAC … most of the old track has already been torn up. It looks like the installation of the new track will begin next week! Graduation for Chief Sealth (5 PM on the 21st and West Seattle on the 21st @ 8) will still take place at the complex.. After graduation the field, will be torn up, and our hope is it will be ready by mid- to late August/early Sept for high school football practice. We would like to let the public know the field will be closed most of the summer, and to please stay out of the complex (which is locked) during the construction project!
District documents say the $1.5 million project “will include replacement of the existing synthetic turf at football, softball, and baseball fields using cork infill, refurbishing the existing rubberized running track, and associated work.”
Thursday night, three age groups wrap up the HSA Select soccer tryouts for this season. Tim McMonigle sends the reminder:
6:15-7:45 pm (May 24th) – Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Ave SW
Boys 06 (U13), Coach Greg Whitney
Boys 07/08 (U12) – This is a newly formed team led by Coach David Unruh
Girls 04 (U15) – We are forming a second team led by Coaches Tony Coronado and Mark Cromett
Online registration is closed. Walkup registration is accepted (fee will be waived). Arrive 20 minutes early to check in and get tryout pinnie.
There’s some backstory on HSA Select in our April preview of the tryouts.
Congratulations to the West Seattle High School track and field athletes headed to state! The update is from head coach Will Harrison:
the West Seattle boys placed 3rd at the Sea King District 2 meet last Wed/Fri at Southwest Athletic Conference and were the top Metro school! They scored 51 points, one point ahead of O’Dea and Nathan Hale. In all, 9 boys and 2 girls advanced to the 3A State Championships at Mt Tahoma HS this Thursday/Friday/Saturday:
Joe Kirk-Woodbury: Shot Put, Discus
Cass Elliott: 300m Hurdles, 200m, 4 x 400m
Rylee Farrison: 400m, 4 x 400m
Alec Maroon: 4 x 400m
Jackson Delaney: 4 x 400m
Abdifatah Jeylani: 4 x 100m
Tom Nguyen: 4 x 100m
Lucas Bower: 4 x 100m
Kahlel Kelley: 4 x 100m
Chloe Cunliffe: Pole Vault, Long Jump
Symmone Davis: 100m Hurdles
The Lake Washington Boys won the meet with 64 points, and the Mercer Island Girls won the meet with 83 points. Full results here.
9:25 AM: Almost 1,000 runners and walkers (per announcer Eric Radovich) just headed out for the 10th annual West Seattle 5K, a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School PTSA. Our video, via Twitter:
And the West Seattle 5K is on! pic.twitter.com/DTP3S1Xkef
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) May 20, 2018
They’re headed to Luna/Anchor Park and back, and Alki/Harbor is closed for the duration; the Water Taxi shuttle is also rerouted.
More updates and photos to come. (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the WS5K was launched in 2009.)
10:15 AM: The race is now almost an hour in. We have the top finishers: First in, 31-year-old Evan Williams, at 16:11:
A little over two minutes later, the second finisher crossed the line, 22-year-old Johanna Erickson, at 18:24:
Johanna is a West Seattle Runner employee, WSR’s Lori McConnell tells us. The rest of the top three finishers by M/F:
Males – Ryan Bjornstal, 22, 18:36
Owen Fisher, 27, 18:45
Females – Second, Olivia Willett, 18, 19:20
Third, Regina Joyce, 61, 21:19
10:44 AM: It’s over, and Alki/Harbor are reopening to vehicle traffic. We’ll be adding more photos when back at HQ!
1:12 PM: As promised. Besides top finishers, there was also a prize for first WSHS teacher across the line, and that happened to be Jeff Ursino:
Second was David Bergman.
Many families in the race – strollers abounded:
Dogs too, although it could certainly be tiring:
And banner-bearers reminding everyone what it’s all about:
Linda Rackner was race director for a second year; Amy Doll coordinated volunteers.
ADDED 2:04 PM: Just received this time lapse of the entire event, from John Saalwaechter:
You can see the results online here.
We’re in the heart of baseball season, and that goes for youth leagues too. One of the newest ones in West Seattle gets going for the year tomorrow, and Michelle Riggen-Ransom reminds you that it’s not too late to step up to the plate:
Registration is still open for the Champions Baseball League! Our first practice is this Sunday at 1 pm on the Pee Wee Fields in West Seattle. If you have a child with special needs who loves and wants to play baseball, sign up and come and join us for some fun games! The snack shack will be open, and we’d love to have fellow baseball fans come down and cheer on the team as well.
Here’s the link with more information, including how to register for this free, fun program. Hope to see you on the field!
If you haven’t been to the Pee Wee Fields – here’s where to find them.
9:06 PM: Congratulations to the West Seattle High School softball team on a great season that just came to a heartbreaking end at Southwest Athletic Complex, with a 5-4 loss in a must-win district-playoff game against Juanita. More later.
11:34 PM: Adding photos.
West Seattle scored first early to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning
Juanita came back a couple of innings later to open up a lead. West Seattle came back and the game was tied 4-4 going into the 7th. A two-out rally got Juanita the win and the district’s fifth and final spot in the state tournament.
The report is from Chief Sealth International High School track and field coach Lorna Considine, forwarded by Nicole Sipila of the Sealth PTSA:
In the history of Chief Sealth Athletics there has been no one that has achieved what ELIJAH JACKSON did last Friday.
He became the 2018 METRO CHAMPION in the LONG JUMP 22’8”, TRIPLE JUMP 44’5”, and HIGH JUMP 6’4”. He is also the anchor leg of the MENS 4X100 RELAY who came in 4th and will advance to the District Meet. We are very proud of what he’s accomplished and look forward to seeing him succeed on his journey back to the STATE TRACK MEET next weekend. Good luck!!!!!
Also join me in congratulating the following student athletes who’ve advanced to the 2018 District Track Meet this Wednesday and Friday: EVE ELMORE, JASMINE SMITH, CHLOE MYERS, QUINN WILEY, SADIQUE CALLOWAY, DONNIE MCMILLAN, DIEGO JACKSON, and BRANDYN GIBSON! Good Luck, Seahawks!