West Seattle, Washington
11:39 PM: At home tonight, Seattle Lutheran High School‘s varsity basketball teams hosted Rainier Christian. The Lutheran girls lost, 39-26; the boys won, 63-43.
ADDED EARLY AM: Photos ahead from both games: Read More
We’ve been featuring registration announcements for youth-sports programs – and today, we have two from the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor):
Youth Basketball: 6th – 8th Grades
Extend the winter basketball season and continue to advance your skills with the Y! Master the fundamentals of the game while focusing on sportsmanship, teamwork and building healthy habits that last a lifetime. Sign up here.
Indoor Soccer: Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grades
Indoor soccer is an exciting, fast-paced sport played in a gymnasium rather than on grass or turf. In this league, players will have the opportunity to sharpen their soccer skills in passing, dribbling, shooting, defense and teamwork. Sign up here.
The seasons run from February 26 through April 21, with one practice during the week and one game on Saturdays. Take advantage of early registration rates by signing up soon!
Home games tonight vs. Lakeside for both West Seattle High School varsity teams. First, the girls continued their Metro-leading ways, beating the Lions 57-35:
#32, sophomore Meghan Fiso, was top scorer with 17 points.
Her total included the final basket of the game, which we caught on video:
Final: West Seattle girls 57, Lakeside 35 at WSHS. (Video: Fiso basket at 1:30 to go in game) pic.twitter.com/xIxadnT5Pa
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 13, 2018
#11, junior Jasmine Gayles, was strong on the assists – opening the second half, in less than a minute, she threw to two teammates who subsequently netted three-pointers, Fiso and then #4, junior Kelsey Lenzie.
Lenzie and #20, junior Grace Sarver, tied for second-most points, with 11 apiece.
The boys’ game got off to a low-scoring start – Lakeside 12, West Seattle 10 at the end of the first quarter. First basket was by #23 Anthony Giomi:
WSHS boys' first basket, #23 Anthony Giomi. 2-2 WSHS-Lakeside with 6:10 left in first quarter pic.twitter.com/fDA3CP5VhT
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 13, 2018
He led Wildcat scoring with 14 points, on the way to a 50-42 win over the Lions. #2 Elijah Nnanabu was right behind with 13 points.
Next home games for West Seattle are against Seattle Prep, 7:30 Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 Wednesday for the girls.
Chief Sealth International High School‘s varsity basketball teams hosted the Franklin HS Quakers Friday night.
The girls’ game was especially hard-fought – ending in a one-point overtime loss, Franklin 54, Chief Sealth 53.
(No box score available as of publication time.) With the overtime, and two JV games before it – for the first “quad” game night of the season at Sealth – the boys’ game didn’t tip off until close to 10 pm.
Halftime at CSIHS – Franklin boys 44, Sealth 34. (Video: Last Sealth basket of the half.) pic.twitter.com/QIjikfDljk
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 13, 2018
Our short video clip shows #14, senior Sadique Calloway, with the final basket of the first half, which ended with the Seahawks behind the Quakers 44-34. The box score shows Calloway with 12 points on the night; top scorer for Sealth was #22, senior Elijah Jackson, with 21.
#0, senior Javaun Jones, was number-two scorer for Sealth, with 16. Franklin pulled away in the fourth quarter and went home with the win, 88-62. Next home games for the Seahawks are against Lakeside, 7:30 pm Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 pm Wednesday for the girls.
West Seattle Little League is excited to open registration for all divisions for the 2018 season. Registration is easy and takes only a few steps:
Step 1: Check your child’s league age.
To check your child’s league age on the league age table, league age – click here. Your child’s league age determines which division they are recommended to register with.
Step 2: Log in to the website.
If you have not played with the league before, create a new account. If you are a returning WSLL member, please use your login credentials from the previous season. If you forgot your credentials, please use the “Forgot Password” link to have it reset.
Step 3: Register your child.
Click on the green “Register Now” button in the upper right of the home page. Please note the following during the registration process:
If your child played for WSLL in 2017, you do not need to furnish a birth certificate. If your player is new to West Seattle Little League or did not play in the league during the 2017 season, you will need to upload a copy of the player’s birth.
If you do not live within the boundary for WSLL, you may be waitlisted and should email the player agents below with your 2017 school enrollment form in order to finish registration.
All players will need to provide three proofs of residency to verify player address boundaries.
Registration runs through January 31st.
And after that, it’s time to get ready to play, starting in March.
A “flag roller derby” league for kids ages 4 to 8 – The Littles – is about to launch its winter session, with the first practice on Tuesday (January 9th) so if you have a young skater in the family and might be interested – here’s the announcement from “Coach Betty,” herself a longtime derby skater:
The Littles Roller Derby league is for newer and the youngest of skaters to learn the fun sport of roller derby. We play an adapted version of “FLAG ROLLER DERBY” created by Krista Williams, better known as Betty Ford Galaxy. For the younger minds, this is a much easier version of the game to play. Grabbing flags is an easier concept than offense and defense and power jams and and and…
Also, blockers and jammers earn points so that all the kids are motivated to participate in play. The game is meant to be fun. The league is just one league. At this time we only play ourselves. We split into two teams for practice scrimmages and games. Kids are required to have two league shirts and bring to each practice and games. One is green and one is orange. The kids are ages 4-8 and the league is co-ed.
Your child must be able to skate on their own, meaning they do not hug the wall or need someone to hold their hand. We can teach them the rest but we do not have the staff to be hand holding skaters. If your child is a wall hugger, please take them to some open skates and get them to where they can move on their own. If you are unsure about your Littles level, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss placement.
Practices are most Tuesdays starting this week through late March at Southgate Roller Rink (9646 17th SW), with doors open 4:45 pm, use of the floor 5-6 pm. You can sign up at this Brown Paper Tickets link, which is also where you’ll find more details, including what kind of equipment is needed.
It’s the first post-Seahawks-season Sunday of 2018. Disappointing year, but if you are a dedicated super-fan, here’s something you can do to help your community: Bid on an official game-worn Seahawks jersey that the team donated to the Senior Center of West Seattle. It was worn by #19 Tanner McEvoy; it’s framed and on display at the Senior Center while they conduct a silent auction through 8 pm Friday, January 26th. Opening bid started at $300 – which the center’s Mary Beth Ingersoll says is the value of the frame alone. If the center raises $2,000 for the jersey, for example, she explains, that would pay for:
·80 homebound individuals’ dinners from our Meals on Wheels program for a week
·The gift of membership to the Senior Center for a year to 40 low-income seniors
·240 seniors’ delicious hot lunches in our Junction Diner
·Power to keep our lights on and our activities lively for 2 months
(As reported here, the center has to raise most of its annual budget through donations.) Want to put in a bid? Contact the center’s front-desk receptionist – 206-932-4044, extension 1. (The center is at 4217 SW Oregon in The Junction.)
Road games for everyone on Friday night. Here’s the scoreboard:
-Sealth plays at Garfield, 7:30 Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 Wednesday for the girls.
-WSHS plays at Bainbridge, 7:30 Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 Wednesday for the girls.
#10 junior Jenna McPhee and #32 sophomore Meghan Fiso each brought in 16 points as the Wildcats defeated Franklin HS, 77-30.
Friday night, head coach Darnell Taylor‘s team is on the road at Garfield HS. They remain unbeaten in conference games.
Victory tonight for the Chief Sealth International High School girls’ basketball team, 58-45
in overtime over visiting Eastside Catholic.
#3 sophomore Celia LaGuardia was top scorer with 31 points; #11 senior Aundra Tuchscherer was next with 12.
#22 junior Camryn Thomas led in rebounds, with 14, and blocked three shots, too. Head coach Cartiea French-Toney‘s Seahawks will be on the road Friday night at Bishop Blanchet. Here’s how they’re doing overall so far this season.
Yes, winter’s only two weeks old, but it’s time to think spring – think baseball! We heard today from West Seattle Baseball, whose new president Zach Jones has announced that registration is under way, noting that the group does not have geographic boundaries. “Kids ages 4-16 from all around the area (West Seattle, Burien, White Center, South Park, etc.) are welcome to join!” he wants you to know. Other notes, for both returnees and new players:
You can now register for the 2018 season! Here are some details:
As you will see, we have a new website moving to Sports Illustrated Play this year. We brought over as much of your previous registration as we could, but it may have some gaps. You will need to create an account with SI Play (it only takes a minute).
As you register, please be careful to check names, dates and email addresses for accuracy.
This year we will also be asking for birth certificates for your players. It is not required to complete your registration, but we will need it uploaded before the season starts.
Register before February 1st and receive a $10 discount! Registration closes February 14th.
You can also register as a volunteer or as a coach in this process.
If you have any issues registering, please contact our website administrator by emailing email@example.com or click the handy help buttons on the website.
Have questions regarding age, bats and important dates? Please see the Letter from the President FAQ’s on the home page.
Here’s the direct link to the registration page.
The photo and report are from West Seattle High School boys-basketball head coach Keffrey Fazio, whose team is celebrating a tournament championship:
The West Seattle HS boys basketball team won the 2017 Sterling Holiday Basketball Tournament yesterday with a 56-40 win over the Squalicum Storm. The tournament was a three-day event, and all games were played at Kennedy HS [Burien].
Tuesday, December 26th, in the first round of the tourney, the Wildcats beat Lindbergh (Renton) 76-24. Junior forward Abdullahi Mohamed powered the Cats with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Wednesday, the second round game, the opponent was the Woodinville Falcons. WSHS came away with another win, 64-40. Senior guard Elijah Nnanabu and sophomore point guard Marcus Collins both scored double figures.
Thursday, the tournament final, as mentioned above, WSHS over Squalicum. Senior guard Simon Harris scored 13 points, and tournament MVP Elijah Nnanabu scored 15 points.
The Wildcats record now sits at 7-3 overall, and 3-2 in league play. Next game for WSHS is a home contest vs. Franklin (8-0) on Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30 pm.
Still slushy out there, so Seattle Parks has officially closed its athletic fields today. Otherwise, the only West Seattle facility on the Seattle Parks closure list today is Southwest Teen Life Center.
As promised – we have a followup today from the coaches of the youth cross-country team West Seattle Road Runners, who sent word Friday that four of their runners would competein the national championships Saturday. From James Powell, who was in Tallahassee with the runners:
West Seattle Road Runners, a USATF-sanctioned club that has developed from its earlier affiliation with High Voltage Track Club and High Point Community Center/Seattle Parks and Recreation, participated in the 2017 youth cross country season here in the Pacific Northwest.
The team had 48 athletes on its roster this season, 14 of these runners raced fast enough to advance to the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. The race this year was held in Tallahassee, Florida, and 4 of these runners made the trip.
The team was represented by three runners in the 7-8 year old girls division (Macy Powell, Cailin Ross, and Lincoln Sitzmann) and 1 runner in the 9-10 boys division (William Frederick).
In addition to their running gear, these runners apparently packed the Pacific Northwest weather with them and landed to weather very similar to what they had been training and racing in all season. Each of these runners ran beautifully executed races, resulting in some of the fastest times ever recorded for the program, including personal best performances. All 4 runners plan to return for the 2018 cross country season and, when asked, their biggest goal for next season is to have more teammates to train and race with. The 2018 National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships will be held in Reno, Nevada, and the West Seattle Road Runners are aiming to have record participation at the meet.
If anyone is interested in joining the team next season, or finding out more about the West Seattle Road Runners youth cross country team, please email the coaching staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday will be a huge day for those four young West Seattleites! The photo and report are from Eric Linxweiler:
West Seattle has a new running program for youth started this past fall. After running cross country with Seattle Parks and Rec for the past few years, we decided this year to make a USA Track and Field youth club called West Seattle Road Runners. We started training in August, and in September moved to Lincoln Park for our 2-day-a-week running sessions. The kids ran over every square inch of that park!
This year, especially, all of the regional running teams are amazed at how fast we’ve grown, how our team supports each other, and yes – how fast our kids are (especially our 7&8 year old girls, who placed second in the Pacific Northwest).
All told, we’ve grown from 12 runners in 2014 to 48 this year, ranging in age from 5 to 14. It’s been fantastic to see them all grow and develop, all with the support of a vibrant West Seattle running community (including West Seattle Runner).
Through the season we had many teams qualify for Junior Olympic races and qualified a handful for Nationals. In the picture (above), we have Cailin Ross, Macy Powell, and Lincoln Sitzmann (front) and William Frederick (back). They will be representing West Seattle at the USATF Junior Olympics (Saturday) in Tallahassee, Florida.
Coaches were Brandee Paisano, James Powell, Ashlee Lymann, Derek Bair, and myself.
Eric (who reminds us he had local runners at the Junior Olympics in 2015, too) promises to let us know how it goes!
#2 Jasmine Smith was also in double digits for the Seahawks, with 13 points. Under new head coach Cartiea French-Toney, the Sealth girls are now 2-1 on the season.
Their next game is at Cleveland, 7 pm Friday.
Thanks to West Seattle High School boys-basketball head coach Keffrey Fazio for the report:
West Seattle boys basketball traveled to O’Dea high school last night. The Wildcats lost in overtime 57 to 55. Leading scorer for West Seattle was senior Anthony Giomi with 19 points. Wildcats are now 2-1 on the season.
Next up: Friday at Ingraham.
The Chief Sealth International High School boys-varsity team was back home tonight and added to the win column, 77-67 over visiting Nathan Hale HS. #0 Jauvan Gary-Jones led the scoring with 19 points; next was #2 Tyrell Moore (top photo) with 14, followed by #22 Elijah Jackson with 12.
The Seahawks held on for the win despite a Hale comeback in the fourth quarter; they’re 3-1 on the season so far.
Next game is at Cleveland on Friday night.
Thanks to the reader who shared the report and photos:
West Seattle High School’s 1st Team All-Metro Sound Division Football Selections
Senior Anthony Coats, senior Alex Pastrana, and junior Oliver Carlson have been selected to the First Team All-Metro Sound Division Football Team. Anthony (above right) was named 1st Team Quarterback, Alex (above center) was named 1st Team Offensive Guard and 2nd Team Defensive Tackle, and Oliver (above left) was named 1st Team Wide Receiver. Congratulations to these boys for their leadership and achievements on the field that have been recognized by the coaches throughout the league. It was a tough season for the young and inexperienced Wildcats but the team never quit, battled, and worked hard all season long for new coach Marcis Fennell.
The team also had its year end football banquet Friday night, which was an incredible event held at The Hall at Fauntleroy. During the celebration of the student athletes’ season Coach Fennell and the West Seattle Alumni Monogram Club surprised this year’s qualified lettermen with brand-new Letterman jackets, bringing back a tradition that has been absent for 20 years.
The boys were excited, stunned and extremely appreciative of this awesome gesture. You could see the pride these boys have in WSHS and could feel their excitement about representing their community in their new jackets.
It was a fun and rewarding evening for all involved that has set the standard moving forward for WS Football. A special thank you to Coach Marcis and all his assistant coaches for their hard work and dedication to WSHS. Go Westside!
Just in from Madison Middle School assistant soccer coach Paul Bennett:
Madison Middle School Girls Varsity won its game 5 to 1 this morning. They will be playing in the final game at Memorial Stadium at 3:30. It will be Madison Middle School vs Jane Addams Middle School. Both teams have gone undefeated this season. The winner will be the Seattle Middle School Champions.
Memorial Stadium is at Seattle Center downtown.
West Seattle High School‘s #32 Meghan Fiso starred in Friday night’s 78-36 victory over Nathan Hale, which sent the Wildcats out to a 2-0 start, both wins by a margin of more than 40 points. Fiso racked up 30 points to lead the team.
#4 Kelsey Lenzie was next with 13 points, and #11 Jasmine Gayles with 10.
#20 Grace Sarver and #5 Rilcy Newsome contributed 8 points each. WSHS’s next two games are on the road (here’s the season schedule).
In boys-varsity basketball at West Seattle High School Friday night, the Wildcats scored a big win over the defending state champions, Nathan Hale, and are now off to a 2-0 start.
On the way to their 70-47 win, the West Seattle boys were led by #5 Abdullahi Mohamed and #2 Elijah Nnanabu, with 14 points each, followed by #23 Anthony Giomi and #24 Simon Harris with 10 each. (Full stats here.)
The Wildcats’ next three games are on the road (see the schedule here).