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.

Congratulations! West Seattle Baseball 8-year-old All-Stars win regional championship

July 2, 2015 at 5:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Thanks to Erik Ricard for sharing the news (and the photos):

This past weekend the 8-year-old All Star team from West Seattle Baseball
won the Northwest Region Championship for Pony Baseball, representing Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington.

This 4 day tournament was hosted in West Seattle at the Pee Wee Fields last weekend. The West Seattle 8U All Stars swept their games in the round-robin section Thursday, Friday and Saturday with an average margin of victory of 11 runs.

The team continued to roll in the semi-finals on Sunday winning 16-6 over Maltby All-Stars and then beat South Sound 13-3 to claim the Region Championship for Pony Baseball. Congrats to all the boys in a great effort over a long hot weekend.

In the official photo below:

- Front Row (L-R): Jake Kent, Marek Hall, Jacob Kriley, Reece Holmes, Seth Clark, Sam Krische
- 2nd Row (L-R): Jesse Dabbs, Ollie Ricard, Bridger Kyle, Teo Perala, Lukas Cheha, Greyson Romas, Sam Waskowitz
- Back Row, coaches (L-R): Coach Lance Kyle, Manager Erik Ricard, Assistant Coach Dan Krische (not pictured: Assistant Coach Greg Holmes)

Congratulations! ‘Wish U Could Swish’ team’s Hoopfest success

June 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Thanks to Todd Carlsen for the photo and report:

“Wish U Could Swish,” a team made up of 4 soon-to-be 7th graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, finished in 2nd place in the 12 and under girls’ division at the 26th annual Spokane Hoopfest 3-on-3 tournament. The girls finished the 16-team bracket with a record of 6-2 and had to endure temperatures both Saturday and Sunday of 105-plus degrees. They fought their way through the losers’ bracket and ended up playing 5 games on Sunday before losing in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Team members include Mary Carlsen, Daniella Colberg, Eva Flanagan, and Dominique Monroe. The team is coached by Daren Monroe.

What you WON’T see during this year’s Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki: The annual pole-vaulting competition next door

June 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(2012 photo by Gary Jones)
It’s been a fixture for years on Alki Beach, right next to the Seafair Pirates’ Landing (which is coming up this Saturday)- the Alki Swashbuckler Beach Vault pole-vaulting competition. 19 years, according to its website, which is where we found out that it’s NOT happening this year for the first time since 1996. The website mentioned only the Pirates’ Landing date change as a reason, but this is the second year since the landing moved up to late June, so we contacted the presenting group to find out more.

Becca Gillespy Peter of Pole Vault Power explained in response to our inquiry, “The early date is bad for us, we have multiple conflicts, primarily the USA National Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and our local Junior Olympic Association Championships.” She said that while one of those conflicts existed last year, they made the choice to give it a try anyway, but the weather was iffy – more of a risk in June than July – and the turnout seemed lower. With all that and some communication challenges with the Seafair Pirates organization, they decided to cancel: “We are bummed to have to cancel the event after 19 years, but hope to return next year … We do hope to return next year, it may conflict with the Olympic Trials, depending on what date they choose, but I should be able to find enough volunteers to run the event in my absence, if necessary …” And if you just want to get your annual fix of pole-vault spectating, Becca reminds us, “We also have a beach vault every year on July 4 at the city of Tacoma’s Freedom Fair Festival; this will be the 21st year in a row for pole vaulting at that event.”

Congratulations! West Seattle Baseball’s tournament sweep

June 22, 2015 at 2:53 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Thanks to Kelly for the update on West Seattle Baseball‘s tournament achievements:

I wanted to let you know that last weekend, the West Seattle Baseball 9U All Star team and the 10U All Star team both won the Maltby Pony Baseball Invitational tournament in their age brackets, and (Sunday), the West Seattle Baseball 11U All Star team AND the 12U All Star team both won the Maltby tournament in THEIR age brackets. A clean sweep!

Attached is a picture of the 11Us, many of the 12Us, and their coaches. Go, West Seattle!!!

Thanks also to Sue for e-mailing to let us know.

West Seattle High School athlete in the house? Read this

June 21, 2015 at 7:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

School’s out but some students are preparing for next school year already – which leads to a reminder from West Seattle High School athletic director Trevor Leopold, who asked us to share it: Summer conditioning is available for all athletes playing next year, including incoming threshold – “report to the WSHS weight room at 9 am tomorrow” (Monday, June 22nd). If you didn’t turn in the packet(s) for the fall-sport player(s) in the family by this past Friday, your next chance starts Wednesday, August 12th, with the deadline Friday, August 14th; Leopold says the school “will NOT be accepting participation fees at this time. However, there will be a possibility of a small equipment fee in the fall.” Sport-specific information ahead:

Click to read the rest of West Seattle High School athlete in the house? Read this…

Congratulations to two West Seattle Little League teams! Rookie Division champs, Tournament of Champions winners

June 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Thanks again to the youth-sports parents and coaches who’ve shared championship news these past few weeks (and in past years). Two more rounds of congratulations to share, both for West Seattle Little League teams:

Congratulations to the Pilots, who became the 2015 WSLL Rookie Division Champions on Saturday in a 9-2 game against Sonic Boom, concluding a four-game series between the two. The photo is by Debbie Ross. In the pic:

Back Row: Coach Cip Dacanay, Coach Justin Buehring, Head Coach Eric Beardemphl

Middle Row: Erik Wingle, Otis Schlede, Connor Tynan, Nicholas Beardemphl, Cody Buehring, David Haugen

Front Row: Caden Ross, Owen Odegard, Daniel Dacanay, Luke Brown, Atticus Blum, Carson Cottle

Next, congratulations to the WSLL 50/70 (Intermediate) team, which Tracy Holloway tells us won the District 7 Tournament of Champions after going 19-0 on the season:

The final score in Des Moines was WSLL 21, South Highline National Little League 8.

In the photo, L-R, are Mike Murphy (coach), Adam Chin, Dominic Taylor, Jack Summers, Rick Southall (Manager), Cole Stephenson, Konrad Gerhardt, Wil Holmes, Justin Murphy, Ben Trigg, Mike Messinger (Coach), Eli Markham, Dylan Pool.

Find out more about West Seattle Little League at westseattlelittleleague.com.

Congratulations! A’s are West Seattle Baseball’s Bronco champs

June 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

More congratulations as youth sports leagues’ seasons end: Thanks to Nicole Zerbato, league secretary for West Seattle Baseball, for sharing the photo and report on the league’s Bronco Division champions, the A’s:

Congratulations to the A’s on winning the 2015 West Seattle Baseball Bronco Championship. Led by Coach Perry Brown, the boys often heard “ play like you are down by one run “ and “are you having fun out there?” These often-heard mantras, plus top-notch offense, defense, and teamwork, are what kept the A’s in the winning bracket throughout the playoffs, and allowed them to clinch first place. Outstanding season and hard work by the players and coaches.

In the photo, L-R: Conner Diede, Ethan Levine, Max Zerbato, Charlie Odiorne, Jesse Brown, Noah Kubo, Gabe Palmer, Carson Manns, Abe Odiorne, Steve Zurek. Missing from photo: Deni Tonn and Quinn Kerwin.

(WSB sports coverage is archived here, newest-to-oldest.)

West Seattle Girls Softball: Championship congrats; umps’ story

June 13, 2015 at 11:37 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Two updates from this past week’s West Seattle Girls Softball championships:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S GAME: We stopped by Fairmount Playfield on Wednesday night after a tip that we’d find the 12U championship game there. Final score – (Vashon) Rockettes 13, (West Seattle) Flame Throwers 5. In our photo, that’s Kate from the Flame Throwers, at left, with Pippa from the Rockettes trying to evade the out.

MONDAY NIGHT – UMPIRES’ SURPRISE: The Monday night slate led to an interesting story from Kayleen Dunson, the West Seattleite who is this region’s Umpire In Chief:

The West Seattle Girls Softball fastpitch league is usually covered with just one umpire. Most of the players in the league range in ages from 10-15 and it is a true recreational level. This year, the league requested two umpires for the championship game – to give the girls the thrill of playing the game with two umpires. Seattle UIC Kayleen Dunson didn’t want to stop there. “I thought it would be awesome to give these young players the sense that they were in the big leagues – let’s give them 3-umpires, just like the college players.”

(Umpires with players – from left, Mike Katz, Kayleen Dunson, Shani Neamen)
Dunson lives in West Seattle and cut her teeth umpiring this local league. “These young women, their coaches, and their parents are models of great sportsmanship and a supportive enthusiastic community. I wanted to give all of them something to remember.”

Dunson was assigned to work the game with another local West Seattle umpire, Shani Neamen, and so recruited yet another West Seattle umpire, Mike Katz, to join the crew. The all-local umpire team arrived on site and were treated like rock-stars; cheery hellos from the fans, giggles and whispers of “it’s my favorite umpire” from the players; and strong hearty handshakes from the coaches.

But there was only one team at the park – the other team had to forfeit, so there was no game to umpire. That didn’t stop the group from taking a team photo with the three umpires and breaking out into a raucous game of kickball.

“This is softball at its absolute best,” Dunson said. “And we will be back next year!”

Find out more about WSGS at westseattlegirlssoftball.com.

‘We’ll work hard to keep the boat moving forward’: Meet West Seattle High School’s new girls-basketball coach, Darnell Taylor

June 11, 2015 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

West Seattle High School has announced that Darnell Taylor will succeed Sonya Elliott as head coach of its girls-varsity basketball team.

“Coach Taylor lives in the West Seattle community and wants to see our Girls Basketball program succeed at the highest level,” WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold tells WSB. “He will demand a lot of the players, and, by doing so, will be able to build relationships, not only with the girls on the team but the community, as well.“

Taylor, 36, spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant at Liberty High School in Renton, helping head coach Carly Fromdahl guide the Patriots to a district championship. Despite the success, Taylor tells WSB that the commute from his West Seattle home to the east side of Renton was forcing him to consider taking a break from high-school coaching, as he had prior to last season to be able to help at home with the pending birth of his son DJ, now 3 years old (with his dad in the photo, above right).

Click to read the rest of ‘We’ll work hard to keep the boat moving forward’: Meet West Seattle High School’s new girls-basketball coach, Darnell Taylor…

Congratulations! Holy Rosary School 7th graders = baseball champs

June 10, 2015 at 9:32 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

More congratulations as the school year and sports seasons come to an end. Thanks to Ann Conway for the photos and report:

Congratulations to Holy Rosary School‘s 7th-grade boys’ CYO team (National League – predominantly 7th graders) who took first place. The game was played at Walt Hundley Playfield on Sunday the 8th. Go Gators!

During the game, the Holy Rosary Gator made an appearance and played a pivotal role while in deep centerfield.

P.S. Holy Rosary’s school year ends Friday after morning Mass; tomorrow is a short day, too.

More congratulations! Performance Radiator, Windermere win West Seattle Baseball titles

June 9, 2015 at 12:06 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

More champions to congratulate! This time, from West Seattle Baseball. First, Pat Galvin shares the report and photo of the Performance Radiator U10 Mustang championship win:

Entering the championship game through the losers’ bracket by winning 5 games in a row, PR won the first game Saturday vs West Seattle Design Build 6-5. That forced a second game. PR was up in the second game, 12-8 in the bottom of the 6th inning; PR allowed WSDB to creep back into the game, making it exciting, but ultimately holding on for a 12-11 victory with the winning run in scoring position.

Front Row: Will Skibitzke, Matthew Hein, Jack Henzke, Marc Christianson Jr, Jason Mai
Middle Row: Adrian Shields Jr., John Langen, Patrick Galvin Jr. Jayven Pham, Brendan Johnson
Back Row: Adrian Shields, Pat Galvin (Manager), Derek Johnson

And from Erik Ricard:

Over in the 8U Pinto Division, Windermere outlasted Husky Deli to win 4-1. Both teams played near-flawless defense with spectacular plays in a game that was tied 0-0 after four innings.

Front Row: Sam Krische, Chase Valdez, Liam Baier, Ford Rains, Brady Murphy, Alex Calvano

Second Row: Quinn Bundy, Ezra Jones, Bridger Kyle, Ollie Ricard, Miguel Rosario-Contratto, Nathan Murphy

Back Row: Tony Rosario, Chad Bundy, Erik Ricard (manager), Dan Krische

More congratulations! Our Lady of Guadalupe three-peats as CYO baseball champions

June 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

One more round of good news on this sunny afternoon: Congratulations to Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s baseball team for winning the CYO championship!

The 7th / 8th grade boys win in convincing fashion over St. Al / John of Ballard/ Greenwood area to take the CYO American League crown. The win on Sunday makes 3 years in a row as CYO champions. Many of these boys will be moving on to high school next year, playing for WS, Vashon, O’Dea and Kennedy Catholic high schools next year; I’m sure we will be reading about their continued baseball achievements in years to come.

Back Row: Coach Peter, Nathan Smith, Luke Kramer, Jake Jonson, Aaron Barber, Ben Patacsil, Isaac Renz, Jaiden Harrington, Coach Jon

Front Row: Isaac Ajeto, Matthew Morin, Cristian Eastey, Kellen Carr, Wyatt Henry, Ryan Shimizu

Not Pictured: Chase Gaither, Caitlin Manning

Congratulations to the team, and thanks to Jon Morin (who is also proprietor of longtime WSB sponsor West Seattle Design Build) for the report and photo!

Congratulations to West Seattle Little League championship teams: Coyotes & Quakes

June 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Congratulations to the teams who won the West Seattle Little League championships over the weekend!

The WSLL Majors’ champs are the Coyotes. Thanks to Kathleen Lonergan for sending the photo taken by Jim Burgess:

Back Row: Brendan Smolinski, Jack Velling, Spencer Burgess, Max Debiec

Front Row: Chase Eldridge, Will Cell, James Triol, Ciaran O’Rourke, Michael Bennett, Cole Kirkland, Trace Taft

Head coach Stan Debiec is in the back row on the right.

We covered a highlight of the Coyotes’ championship season back in March – when Max threw a perfect game. Kathleen says they ended with a 15-3 record, final score in the championship game 11-1 against the Cubs, and will represent West Seattle in the Tournament of Champions in Des Moines starting Friday.

The WSLL Minors’ champs are the Quakes:

They beat the Jays 9-5 on Sunday. Thanks to Kristen Joy for sharing the photo.

Back Row: Coach Otis Moore, Coach Sean Smith, Coach Brian Sherick

Middle Row: Andy Hoff, Robbie Foisey, Gabe Borges, Carter Joy, Colin Claxton, Joe Sherick

Front Row: Gage Smith, Aidan Brannon, Eamon Mohrbacher, Brock Moore, CJ Guzek, Myles Mutchler

Congratulations! Andrew Malinak swims from Tacoma to West Seattle

June 6, 2015 at 11:10 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 11 Comments

(MORE INFO ADDED Sunday night – scroll down)


That’s how Andrew Malinak began his almost-19-mile swim from Tacoma to West Seattle today – something only one other person was known to have done before – and late this afternoon, he confirmed via Twitter, he made it! Here’s the MarineTraffic.com track of his escort boat:

We previewed his “Return of Bert Thomas” swim here earlier this week; Thomas swam the route southbound in 1956. Malinak says he hopes to emulate Thomas in one other feat later this year, swimming the Strait of Juan de Fuca, something he tried two years ago.

P.S. After arriving at Lincoln Park, Malinak told us via Twitter, the first thing he did was go “down the water slide at Colman Pool”!

P.P.S. If you’re a geek about details, as we are, check out the 24-page plan for today’s swim.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Some followup info we’ve obtained from Malinak (who is 28, in case you were wondering): It took 8 hours and 42 minutes, 8:43 am to 5:25 pm. “The whole day went amazingly well: with an on-time departure (2 minutes early), an amazing crew, great weather with sun and lighter-than-forecast winds, a lack of curious orcas, and a route that matched perfectly with the predictions.” Before he tries swimming the Strait in mid-September, he plans to do something he says no one’s done yet – a solo swim around Bainbridge Island.

State shot-put champ from West Seattle: Congrats, Dylan Ledbetter

May 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Just found out late tonight about another local athlete to congratulate: Three days after graduating from O’Dea High School, West Seattle resident Dylan Ledbetter won the state 3A championship in shot put today. He’ll be playing football this fall for Eastern Washington University. Thanks to Cami MacNamara for the report; the photo is by Dylan’s proud mom Cheryl Orint.

Congratulations! Seattle Lutheran High School’s Ally Warnke @ state golf championships

May 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Thanks to Tom Warnke for the photo and report:

Congratulations to Seattle Lutheran High School sophomore Ally Warnke (Class of 2017) for finishing 17th this year at the Washington State Golf Championships in Richmond, Washington this week.

West Seattle High School softball season ends in Lacey

May 29, 2015 at 6:16 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Two losses today in Lacey mean the West Seattle High School softball team’s trip to the state tournament is over; according to the WIAA bracket page, they lost their first game this morning to North Central (from Spokane) 5-1 and then lost this afternoon to Enumclaw, 19-2. Congratulations to the team on a great season that concluded with many honors and achievements, including a second-place finish in the Metro League.

Congrats! All-Star honors for WSHS baseball’s Morgan McCullough

May 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Thanks to the tipster who sent the photo and word of another local athlete celebrating a big honor. From the West Seattle High School baseball team, with head coach Velko Vitalich, is junior infielder Morgan McCullough, the only local player named to The Seattle Times‘ regional spring-sports all-star teams, and the only player honored for two consecutive years. His batting average this season, The Times notes – an amazing .552. Congratulations!

SATURDAY: Emerald Water Anglers’ annual Fly Fest @ Lincoln Park

May 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Another big outdoor event coming up in our next few days of sunny, warm weather: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) is presenting its annual Fly Fest and Guide Gourmet Cookoff on Saturday at Lincoln Park, 10 am-4 pm, with:

*Free fly-casting instruction all day long from EWA’s certified instructors
*Fly-fishing equipment available to test/demo all day long
*10:30 am and 2 pm seminars on local fly-fishing opportunities/techniques
*Noon-1 pm cookoff, with free food for the public: “Come and taste the best shore lunches our guides have to offer, which will be judged by a panel of local chefs and food lovers.”

EWA says you’ll find the event (bring the family!) at Picnic Shelter 5 in the upper north end of Lincoln Park, and signs will point you that way from the main parking lot.

West Seattle High School softball team off to state tournament

May 28, 2015 at 2:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

We stopped by West Seattle High School this afternoon to catch a photo of the softball team and Coach Trevor Leopold as they left for Lacey, where they’ll open state tournament play at 9 am tomorrow, against North Central High School from Spokane. This is only the second time in WSHS history that the softball team has gone to state; earlier this week, the Metro League bestowed big honors on the coach and many of his players. They’ll play two games tomorrow, as the bracket shows. Best of luck!

Congratulations, WSHS softball team! Trevor Leopold is Metro League ‘Coach of the Year’; 9 players honored

May 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(WSB photo: Coach Leopold and some of his players at SWAC last week)
As the West Seattle High School softball team looks ahead to its first state-tournament game on Friday, it’s celebrating a stack of Metro League honors! Just in from WSHS:

Metro Coach of the Year
Trevor Leopold

1st Team All-Metro
Gabby Wenn – Pitcher
Annalisa Ursino – Outfield

1st Team All-Division (Mountain)
Sam Hemmert – Catcher
Emma Atkinson – 1st Base
Lucy Mead – 2nd Base
Charli Elliott – Shortstop
Spritle Hirano – Outfield

Honorable Mention
Bryn Snodgrass – Outfield
Rachel DeVore – 3rd Base

Congratulations to all!

WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB FUNDRAISER FOR SOFTBALL TEAM: As was the case when the WSHS girls’ basketball team went to state, the softball team’s trip is expensive as well as exciting. The nonprofit West Seattle Booster Club is collecting donations to help them cover costs. From the letter they’re circulating in the community:

After taking second place in the Metro League Championship and making it through both Districts and Regionals, the team plays their first State Tournament game on Friday, May 29th at 9:00 am in Lacey, at the Regional Sports Complex.

They would love your support and to hear West Seattle fans loud and proud cheering them on. Additionally, since the team will be in Olympia May 28-30th for the tournament, they are seeking donations of any amount to assist with meals and lodging.

Donations are being accepted by us, the West Seattle Booster Club (WSBC). We are a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting ALL athletic programs at WSHS. Our goal is to further athletic programs and activities at the high school that the school budget cannot cover. We would love to have you join us in this particular case to help our girls with their amazing season.

Your tax-deductible donation, no matter the size, would be of great benefit to ease the financial burden on the school ,and on the girls and their families.

Easiest way to donate is online: westseattleboosterclub.org/donate

High-school sports updates: WSHS’s state-bound track athletes; 1st state opponent set for softball; Ultimate league championship

May 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

More state-championship news about local high-school athletes. First – from the update earlier this month on West Seattle High School track athletes who were headed for districts, WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold has news of who qualified for state:

Cass Elliott (300 Meter Hurdles)
Chris Nunez (300 Meter Hurdles)
Chaaka Trahan (110 Meter Hurdles, Long Jump)
Natalie Fuller (Triple Jump)
Lexi Ioane (Shot Put)
Lani Taylor (100m, 200m, 400m)

The State Track championships will be held at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma starting Thursday May 28th – 30th

Leopold coaches the softball team, which as we’ve been reporting, is also state-bound, and he shares an update on the schedule:

Their first game is against North Central High School out of Spokane on Friday, May 29th, at 9:00am. The games take place at the Regional Athletic Complex (in Lacey).

And congratulations to the Westside Ultimate Coed team, which won its first League Championship and sent us the photo and update:

West Seattle High School’s ultimate frisbee team, Westside Ultimate, in its 3rd year of existence, wins its Disc NW divisional League Championship. Westside finished the season undefeated with wins over Garfield, Chief Sealth, Bainbridge Island and others and entered the season-ending tournament as the number 1 seed. With a win over Bainbridge Island 2 weeks ago and wins over Aviation and Mercer Island in the final 4 last Saturday, Westside Ultimate takes its first championship after losing close games in the finals the last 2 years. Westside also graduates 4 seniors; Shadid Baker, Devon Dascher, Greg Rosas, and Daniel Thomas.

Championship game:
Westside 15 – Mercer Island 7

Final 4:
Westside 13 – Aviation 4

(Any updates on other schools’ athletes/teams headed to state? editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!)

Congrats! National championship for West Seattle’s ‘Archer Addy’

May 23, 2015 at 11:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 14 Comments

It’s been a while since our last update on West Seattle’s “Archer Addy,” who’s been notching archery achievements for a long time despite her young age. Erik and Tracy Nachtrieb shared this news:

11-year-old Addison “Archer Addy” Nachtrieb, a Schmitz Park Elementary student, won the NFAA 3D National Archery Championship and she was awarded the highest-scoring female of all age groups for the second year in a row. This year she also set the NFAA National scoring record for her age division, the last record being held for 10 years.

After 21 total hours of shooting over 3 days, in 90F+ weather, and after shooting a 6-hour Pro-AM the day before the three day National Tournament, Addy held it together over miles of rugged terrain and hills along the shooting course to only drop 7 points! Addy shot 1533 out of a perfect score of 1540! An amazing feat for an 11-year-old.

Addy has been shooting for 3 years and logs over 18,000 practice arrows a year. She recently placed 3rd in the World Archery Festival, 4th in the US Indoor National Championships, has had a book written about her first year in archery, and has recently been brought on as Pro Staff for ArcherZUpshot.

Softball postseason: West Seattle HS takes 4th in district tournament

May 23, 2015 at 7:01 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photo: From left, WSHS’s Charli Elliott and Annalisa Ursino, with Ballard’s Savannah Furia sliding into 2nd)
Next up for the West Seattle High School softball team: State tournament play in Lacey on Friday, after their fourth-place finish in the district tournament at Southwest Athletic Complex last night. In a rematch of the Metro League final a week earlier, Ballard HS went home with the win over the Wildcats, 7-1. WSHS put the ball in play against Ballard pitcher Sage Nicholson more than they had last time, but not enough to get on the scoreboard in a big way. Charli Elliott pitched, with WSHS’s Gabby Wenn still out with an injury; Elliott also got the RBI for the Wildcats’ lone run, which was scored by Lucy Mead. The state-tournament brackets aren’t out yet; we’ll update with the WSHS game time and opponent when they are.

Also headed for state: West Seattle HS golfer Zach Gibson

May 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 5 Comments

It’s state-championship season for high-school athletes in several sports, including golf, with a West Seattle High School golfer headed to the Tri-Cities in a few days to compete. From Kristin Gibson:

West Seattle Wildcat Zach Gibson will compete in Boys 3A State Golf Championship May 26-28 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, WA. Zach qualified last fall by placing 10th in the Metro District Championship. Good Luck, Zach!

Checking our archives, Zach went to the state championships last year, too.

District softball playoffs: WSHS loses; plays Ballard again Friday

May 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

(WSB photo: WSHS’s Spritle Hirano in the foreground)
8:16 PM: At the district softball tournament tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex in Westwood, West Seattle High School lost to Lake Washington HS, 3-2. But they’re already guaranteed a spot in the state tournament, and they’ll play again tomorrow at 5 pm, vs. the loser of Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island, who are playing right now. More to come.

EARLY FRIDAY: It’ll be a rematch – WSHS vs. Ballard for the second consecutive Friday night. Last week, it was for the Metro League championship; this time, for third place in the district tournament. More of Thursday’s game details, courtesy of our partners at The Seattle Times:

Pitcher Gabby Wenn, above, drove in both WSHS runs before having to leave the game with a hamstring injury. Below, that’s Annalisa Ursino scoring the second of those runs,

The Wildcats, coached by WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold, are 21-5.

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