Seen from West Seattle: ’12′ shines from downtown skyline

October 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

For the first nighttime home game of the Seahawks’ season, the big bright “12″ was back downtown. We photographed it shortly after Seattle’s 13-10 win over the Detroit Lions. This was the Seahawks’ only scheduled Monday Night Football appearance this year; they’re set for a Sunday Night Football home game on November 15th, hosting the Cardinals.

9:49 PM P.S. Via Twitter, we learn Zillow is now the largest tenant in the building.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle’s Chuck Diesel Invitational raises $26,000 for youth golf

October 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

If you missed this year’s Chuck Diesel Invitational Golf Tournament – two weeks ago at the West Seattle Golf Course – you’ll want to plan to get on the list for next year. It’s a benefit for The First Tee of Greater Seattle, whose mission is to “impact the lives of young people from all backgrounds by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” This year’s CDI raised more than $26,000 for The First Tee, more than double last year’s haul, and the money’s going to help build a citywide clubhouse for TFT, in particular its “Crooked Club Room.” Thanks to TFT’s volunteer director Shelby Lanting for sharing the shoutout (including the photo) for the CDI crew, Charlie Anderson and friends, who have been teeing up this fundraiser since 2006.

High-school football: Chief Sealth Seahawks’ first win of the season

October 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Thanks to Mel for reporting the score from Memorial Stadium tonight – Chief Sealth International High School over Franklin, 7-6. According to @SealthAthletics tweets, Daron Camacho scored the TD, Baxter Knannlein kicked the extra point. Next Friday night at 7, Sealth is home at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Ingraham.

High-school football: West Seattle HS vs. Roosevelt at SWAC

October 3, 2015 at 7:33 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
One local team had a home football game last night – the West Seattle High School Wildcats hosted Roosevelt HS at Southwest Athletic Complex.

The visitors went home with the win – 35-15. Two quarterbacks played for the Wildcats, #18 Carter Golgart (above) – who passed to Nate Pryor for the run that netted WSHS’s first touchdown – and #17 Gabe Gangon (below):

Here’s the game log via MaxPreps. Next week, WSHS goes to Memorial Stadium downtown at 7 pm Thursday night to face Cleveland.

The Wildcats are now 2-3 on the season.

High-school football: West Seattle High School at Rainier Beach

September 26, 2015 at 1:44 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Road game for the West Seattle High School Wildcats on Friday night, and they went away with a win – at Southeast Athletic Complex, WSHS 22, Rainier Beach 20. Next week, the Wildcats are home at SW Athletic Complex, hosting Roosevelt at 7 pm Friday (October 2nd).

High-school football: Chief Sealth’s first home game of 2015 season

September 26, 2015 at 1:33 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand. Above, Sealth senior linebacker Orlando Lopez, #55, driving Ballard’s Simon Robinson out of bounds)
You never lose hope so long as the team’s still out on the field and there’s time on the clock, and so went Friday night for Chief Sealth International High School players and supporters, hosting Ballard at Southwest Athletic Complex.

(Chief Sealth cheer squad, coached by TahReana Turner)
The Seahawks fought on as their first home game of the season continued, though the final score was lopsided – Ballard 46, Sealth 0.

(Sealth senior quarterback, senior Kyler Gaither, #10, on the keeper, against Ballard’s line)
The band did its part to keep spirits up on the occasionally raindrop-spattered early-fall night:

(Chief Sealth band, under new director Brian Goetz)
Head coach Simon Iniguez‘s team had a tough fight, but there were moments:

(Sealth’s #11, junior Daron Camacho, and Ballard’s Jessi Elion)
But as tweeted on the Sealth Athletics account at game’s end, “you win some, you lose some.”

Next week: Sealth plays Franklin at Memorial Stadium downtown, 7 pm Saturday, October 3rd.

VOLLEYBALL: Undefeated West Seattle hosts Chief Sealth

September 17, 2015 at 1:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photos)

“Both teams played their hearts out!” So said West Seattle High School volleyball head coach Staci Stringer after her team hosted their crosstown rivals from Chief Sealth International High School on Wednesday night.

WSHS took the match in three games – 25-21, 25-15, 25-14.

This was the third match of the season for both teams.

Next up for the Wildcats – they’re playing at also-undefeated Ballard, 7 pm Friday night, in a game that could determine division leadership. The Seahawks, coached by Lorna Considine, play at home at 7 on Friday, hosting Franklin.

Day 1 of record-setting season for West Seattle Soccer Club

September 12, 2015 at 6:25 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photo at Walt Hundley Playfield)

It’s on! The West Seattle Soccer Club‘s fall season started today, and it’s another record-setter: 2,036 young players signed up to participate, 343 volunteer coaches on board to help them. Some played today, some play tomorrow, and some start next weekend; you can find schedule and other league info via

FOLLOWUP: ‘Best experience of my life,’ says West Seattle’s Morgan McCullough of USA Baseball team’s world-title win

September 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

(Photos by Cameron HarrisUSA Baseball, republished with permission)

Toward the left of that photo, #5 on the USA Baseball 18U National Team, is West Seattle High School senior Morgan McCullough, gesturing “#1″ with both hands right after he and his teammates won the WBSC World Cup tournament in Osaka, Japan this weekend. We wrote on Saturday about the team making it into Sunday’s title game; Team USA was victorious over the host team, taking the USA’s third consecutive title, 2-1. McCullough, who is due home late tonight, started the game at playing second base and batting leadoff, drawing a walk to get on base early on:

His mom Jane Muxen McCullough says, “This is something he has been working for since he first picked up a bat.” We asked her what he had to say about the victory, and she relayed this quote: “It was the best experience of my life with the best teammates I could imagine. Representing the USA, the team felt we had targets on our back. We embraced that feeling and stuck together as a unit, and because of that we are gold medalists.” Morgan is the only Northwest resident on the team, whose roster you can see here.

High-school football: Chief Sealth’s first game of the year

September 7, 2015 at 5:52 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

One last score to report from the first weekend of local high-school football: The Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks were on the road against the Garfield Bulldogs, at Southeast Athletic Complex on Saturday night. Final score: Garfield 48, Sealth 13. Next up for the Seahawks: Another road game, vs. King’s Way Christian in Vancouver (WA) at 6 pm Friday. (Thanks to Mel for the photo!)

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran wins big in season kickoff

September 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

The kickoff weekend for local high-school football continues. At West Seattle Stadium this afternoon, Seattle Lutheran sent the Mary Knight Owls back to Elma with a 60-8 loss. It was a shutout until the end of the third quarter, when the Owls scored their only points. Otherwise, the Saints’ defense kept the Owls on their side of the 50-yard line for the entire afternoon.

Lutheran junior JJ Young (#23, above) scored three touchdowns, one on the very first play of the game.

Also scoring TD’s – junior QB Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (#3, above), sophomore wide receiver Joe Meehan, sophomore linebacker Matthew Smith (who recovered an end-zone fumble), and senior running back Hawkins Ehret (#7, below):

Next up for SLHS is Oakville, 2 pm next Saturday (September 12th) at WS Stadium (4432 35th SW).

West Seattle’s Morgan McCullough & USA Baseball National teammates going for World Cup gold

September 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, WS & Sports | 6 Comments

Just two weeks ago, we reported on West Seattle High School senior Morgan McCullough being chosen to join the USA Baseball 18U National Team, which was getting ready to defend the world title it won two years ago. Today, the team is hours away from the gold-medal game at that tournament in Osaka, Japan. They beat Canada 9-5 early today (the game started at 2 am our time) in a “tune-up” for the title game, which they earned their way into via a 6-5 victory over Cuba the day before. The title game is against Japan, at 2 am our time Sunday morning (aka, really late tonight) and you’ll be able to watch it live online if you’re up – via this Ustream channel, or check in on play-by-play tweets here. McCullough is the only player from the Northwest on the national-team roster.

ADDED SUNDAY: As noted in comments, USA won, 2-1!

High-school football: Season starts in West Seattle tonight

September 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand. Above, Wizzy and cheerleaders)

High-school-football season starts on the peninsula tonight. West Seattle High School hosts Lindbergh (from Renton) at 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle). There’s also a game at West Seattle Stadium (4470 35th SW) – Seattle Prep hosting Bothell, scheduled to have started at 5 pm.

Then tomorrow, Seattle Lutheran plays at WS Stadium at 1:30 pm, hosting Mary Knight (from Elma); Chief Sealth International High School has a 7 pm Saturday game on the road vs. Garfield at Southeast Athletic Complex.

ADDED SATURDAY: Final score from the Wildcats’ game: Lindbergh 21, West Seattle 14.

We’re adding three photos we took in the early going.

Next up for WSHS, a road game at 7 pm Friday (September 11th) vs. Washington HS in Tacoma.

West Seattle youth sports: Volleyball signups for girls 10-17

September 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Your local city-run community centers are heading into fall season – and spotlighting sports including volleyball. Quick announcement in case you haven’t heard::

Sign-ups now available for girls age 10-17 for Recreational Volleyball at our community centers. $35.00 entry covers all fees, including uniform, coaching, practice and league games. Practices and games run weekday evenings. This is a great opportunity for girls to learn basic volleyball fundamentals and teamwork. Call or visit Hiawatha Community Center for more details.

That’s just one of myriad sports, activities, classes, and other offerings this fall at West Seattle’s centers – browse the brochure to see what else awaits you.

West Seattle sports: National Volleyball League pros wrap Alki play

August 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(Added: Thanks to Sam Nizam for the photo of Zaun & Palm celebrating their victory)
Though beach volleyball is a fixture on Alki just about every summer weekend, it’s not always as big as the tournament that just wrapped up about half an hour ago: The pro players of the National Volleyball League have been here since Thursday night, for the NVL’s first-ever Seattle stop, seventh of eight on this year’s tour. In the women’s finals, Brooke Niles, head beach-volleyball coach at Florida State U, and Karolina Sowala from Poland won in three games:

(Photo by Paul Walchenbach)
The women’s championship match was followed by the men’s final, taken, also in three games, by Dave Palm from Florida and Eric Zaun from New Jersey. We photographed Palm earlier (center, with hand signal) during their semi-final match:

Palm and Zaun are now the only duo with two wins this season, after winning the Hermosa Beach tour stop earlier this month. The NVL’s 2015 tour concludes September 25th-27th at the league’s training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Volleyball player in the house? Visiting pros’ free clinic for youth

August 27, 2015 at 11:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(Texted photo: NVL truck at Alki Beach)

The professional beach-volleyball players coming to Alki for the National Volleyball League‘s Seattle Championships the next three days have a gift for local youth – a free clinic Sunday afternoon. It’s open to young players 6-18 years old; just register here, and then check in at the tournament-info tent at 12:45 pm Sunday for the 1-2:30 pm clinic.

As for the tournament – it’s the 7th of 8 stops on the pro tour this year, and the Alki schedule is here.

VIDEO: Alki Beach 5K brings out more than 1,000 runners and walkers to help breast-cancer patients

August 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

(WSB video of all runners and walkers as they left from the starting line)

Yes, it was a race, but the biggest winners in today’s Alki Beach 5K are the cancer patients helped by the organization that presents and benefits from the annual run/walk, Northwest Hope and Healing, whose unique work supporting breast-cancer patients is explained here. This year, 1,040 people were signed up by race time, according to NWHH executive director Shari Sewell.

At right, above, with Shari is Kristi Stone, who was today’s official race-starter. She’s undergoing breast-cancer treatment after being diagnosed late last year. Shari told us that in addition to all the usual fundraising from race participants, one person walked up with a check for $5,000!

(Updated) Full results are here. Below, the top runners, each shown in the photo under her/his name.


1. Kelly Lakeman, 30, 19:25:

2. Margaret Lang, 45, 21:18:

3. Emily Ehlers, 30, 21:20:


1. Kelly Spady, 28, 16:23:

(Our archives show Spady was also first finisher at the Alki Beach 5K in 2012.)

2. Travis Gradjian, 17, 16:47:

3. Michael Drogalis, 24, 17:02:

Other Alki Beach 5K sights – first, Team Saxby:

As always, it was an all-ages event:

This might just have been the tiniest participant:

Along with runners, walkers, pledgers, donors, and volunteers, major contributors to the Alki Beach 5K’s success include its sponsors – including West Seattle Runner (also a WSB sponsor), whose Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell were there as always:

See the full sponsor team here (it features two other WSB sponsors, Fauntleroy Chiropractic and Salty’s on Alki). This is one of three major fundraisers Northwest Hope and Healing holds annually, along with the “Style” fashion show in the spring, and Women Winemakers of the Pacific Northwest in the fall, coming up November 18th in Georgetown – go here to find out more. You can also donate to the organization any time by going here.

Reader report: West Seattle fifth-grader’s half-marathon with dad

August 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, WS & Sports | 4 Comments

Big day for running! Just in from California – that photo and an update on young half-marathoner Miles Trius:

Miles Trius of West Seattle runs with dad again – at Santa Rosa (CA) 1/2 marathon this morning. He ran at 2:10:37. Running with his dad, Navy Chief Ernesto Trius, has become bonding time for father and son. Miles will start 5th grade at Our Lady of Guadalupe School.

Last December, as shown here, they ran the Seattle Marathon half.

Alki Beach 5K 2015: Last day to register online!

August 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

Signed up already for summer’s last big walk/run in West Seattle, the Alki Beach 5K this Sunday? Great! Not signed up yet? Today’s the final full day of online registration – so you can do it here right now. This walk/run benefits West Seattleite-founded-and-led Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast-cancer patients, and it’s open to everyone! If you would rather register in person, stop by West Seattle Runner (2742 California SW; WSB sponsor) on Saturday, 10 am-2 pm, during the packet-pickup session, and you can do it then and there, or right before the race, starting at 8 am Sunday by the Alki Bathhouse (60th SW & Alki).

Congratulations! WSHS senior Morgan McCullough makes USA Baseball national team

August 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

(April 2015 photo by Caryn Johnson)

A new achievement for West Seattle High School baseball player Morgan McCullough, last mentioned here when he became a regional All-Star. From his proud mom Jane Muxen McCullough:

Morgan McCullough, a WSHS 2016 Senior, has been selected to the 2015 USA Baseball 18U National Team. The team will look to defend its gold medal from the 2013 WBSC 18U/AAA World Cup when it competes in the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Nashinomiya, Japan later this month thru early September.

Morgan’s batting average for WSHS last season was an amazing .552.

COUNTDOWN: One week away from 2015 Alki Beach 5K

August 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm | In Health, How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

Run with your family and friends – and/or bring them to be your cheering section! One week from today, you can run, or walk, in the Alki Beach 5K, which raises money for Northwest Hope and Healing to help cancer patients. More than a thousand people are expected to leave the finish line at 9 am next Sunday, August 23rd, on Alki Avenue near 61st SW, running (on the temporarily closed-to-vehicles road) to Anchor Park and back. You have until this Friday morning to register online and get the discount registration rate – do that here right now. (Kids under 6 are free.)

Congratulations! West Seattle teens in Water Polo Junior Olympics

August 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Congratulations to six West Seattle teens who recently competed in the 2015 Water Polo Junior Olympics in Southern California. From Cori Roed:

Conner Roed​, Josh Tittel​, and Charles Bruchal ​all played in their first Junior Olympics on the Rain City Water Polo 14U team and learned how tough California Polo can be. They hung tough and didn’t give up and on the final day got a victory that left them anxious for another go next year.

Blake Catlow played in his 4th JO for the Rain City 18U. It was a hard-fought tournament for his team after taking 2nd at John Hale the week before.

Silia Bruchal and Nicole Roed played with Seattle Water Polo, each on their 5th Junior Olympics trip. They had a tough first day but clawed their way back with 7 straight wins, then losing by two points in the final to take 2nd in Gold.

This was Nicole’s last JO. She is off to Cal Lutheran University to play soccer and polo as a CLU Regal. Blake and Silia will have one more trip next year following their senior year.

Have a swimmer who might want to play? Rain City Polo has a youth practice group at Evergreen Community Aquatic Center starting in September. Information’s at

West Seattle youth sports: Soccer-signup time at the Y

August 13, 2015 at 8:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Time to think fall sports – including the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) outdoor-soccer program. It’s signing up players ages 3-11 right now:

Our Y soccer leagues provide players with skill-building activities in a variety of subjects such as passing, dribbling, shooting and defense. Appropriately sized soccer balls and fields are used for each age group. We emphasize sportsmanship, skill-building, participation, friendship and fun.

Practices start the week of September 14th at High Point fields. Games are on Saturdays, September 26th through November 14th, at Roxhill Park or Lincoln Park.

3-year-olds, Pre-K & Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade, 3rd & 4th Grade

Facility Members $75, Community Participants $132. Register by August 28th – at the Y or online, by going here

Questions? Coach Mike Bober is at or 206-937-1000.

Still seeking summer camp? Futsal camp at High Point, 1 week away

August 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 5 Comments

Still a few weeks left in summer – and 7-12-year-olds interested in the indoor-soccer game known as futsal are invited to a weeklong camp at High Point Community Center, starting one week from today. David just e-mailed us about it tonight, saying his son is signed up but the camp needs a few more signups by Tuesday or else it’s in danger of cancellation. Information about the camp is here; information about futsal is here; if you have trouble signing up online, David says, you can stop by the community center (6920 34th SW) or call 206-684-7422.

West Seattle High School reminder: Playing a fall sport? Get ready!

August 3, 2015 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Though summer vacation is only half over, it’s time for some families to start thinking about next school year – including those with students who are playing fall high-school sports. West Seattle High School athletic director Trevor Leopold asked if we would share this reminder (in particular, note the last line, as health-care providers often book up far in advance):

If your child is playing a Fall sport, packets will not be accepted over the summer. Packets will be accepted starting Wednesday August 12th with a deadline of Friday August 14th. Packets turned in after Friday August 14th may affect your practice opportunities. There will NOT be accepting participation fees at this time. However, there will be a possibility of a small equipment fee in the fall.

The first day of football begins on Wednesday August 19th; all other sports start on Monday August 24th. Before you can participate in your sport, you need to attend a Parent/Athlete meeting to get all the information for the season. The following dates will be reserved for each sport:

Monday, August 17th – Football and Girls Swimming
Wednesday, August 19th – Volleyball and Golf
Thursday, August 20th – Girls Soccer and Cross Country

All meetings will start promptly at 6 pm.

If you have participated in a sport at WSHS in the past, you can leave after your coach has provided you with all the information for the upcoming season. If you are new to WSHS or never played a sport before, you need to stay for a short Code of Conduct meeting with Athletic Director Trevor Leopold. Please make sure if you have not done so, SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS NOW with your doctor.

(We always welcome school news – – thanks!)

Congratulations! Arbor Heights swimmers qualify for All-City championships

August 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Thanks to Brent Lindblom for sharing the photo and report:

Congratulations to the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club swimmers who are advancing to the Seattle Summer Swim League ‘SSSL” “All City” championship.

All City is August 4, 2015 (Tuesday) at 4:00 and will be held at Wedgwood Swim Club, 7727 28th Ave NE. Below are your Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club All City Qualifiers by name and events:

Lucy Rysemus: Alternate for 100 Free Relay
Sadie Pallotta: Alternate for 100 Free Relay;
Marlo Pietsch: Alternate for 100 Free Relay
Clara Henzke: Alternate for 100 Free Relay

Brooke Swanson: Alternate for 50 Breast Stroke

14&U Girls:
Cassidy Wells: 200 Medley relay, 50 Back Stroke, 200 Free Relay
Madison Cannard: 200 Medley Relay, 50 Breast Stroke and 200 Free Relay
Sofia Libao: 200 Medley Reay; Sophia Minor: 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay;
Alena Slee: 200 Free Relay

14&U Boys:
Ty Lindblom: 200 Medley relay, 100 IM, 50 Back Stroke and 200 Free relay.
Ben Kinerk: 50 Free, 200 Medley Relay, 50 Breast Stroke and 200 Free relay.
Tate Ingraham: 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay
Brendan Klem: 200 Medley Relay. 200 Free Relay

Senior Girls:
Gabby Carufel: 50 Back Stroke. Alternate 200 Free Relay
Hanna Tittel: Alternate 200 Free Relay
Taylor McGlothlin: Alternate 200 Free Relay
Naomi Williams: Alternate 200 Free Relay

Senior Boys:
Jeff Kasahara: 200 Medley Relay. 50 Back Stroke. 50 Breast Stroke
Nate Williams: 200 Medley Relay.
Tyler Lenzie: 200 Medley Relay.
Dylan Jergens: 200 Medley Relay.

FOLLOWUP: Your baseball-gear donations are Nicaragua-bound!

August 2, 2015 at 5:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 7 Comments

That’s Justin Murphy, who collected baseball gear earlier this year to donate to kids in need in Nicaragua, and now it’s delivery time. From Robin Murphy:

Just wanted to thank the community for all its donations to Justin Murphy’s baseball project. We leave next week for Little Corn Island, Nicaragua to distribute the gear; they know we’re coming and they’re very excited! Justin will make a video while we’re down there.

Here’s a map showing the island’s location.

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