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Interested in rowing? Duwamish Rowing Club wants to see you Saturday

DRC Youth Rowers
(Photo courtesy Duwamish Rowing Club)

Our area’s only rowing club, based in nearby South Park, has an invitation for you this Saturday (April 30th):

Duwamish Rowing Club continues to grow. Last season we added 3 “new” racing shells. They are new to us but not totally brand new, although they are all very fine raceable boats. The funding for the new boats came through the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund grant. None of the new boats came with names and so it’s time to name them and have a dedication party.

We will be honoring several of our donors and supporters including Bob and Dagmar Cronn, and Pacific Medical Centers. The dedication ceremony will be held at the 12th and Elmgrove Park across from the DRC boathouse at 4 pm on Saturday, April 30th. Refreshment to follow.

We hope that you all can make it and help celebrate the new rowing season and DRC’s success, as well as help us thank some of the folks who have supported us. For additional information about the DRC, check our website, find us on Facebook or Instagram, or email us at

P.S. While the photo above features some of the DRC youth rowers, the club is for all ages.

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FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS brings back Luther Carr III as head coach

(WSB file photo of Coach Carr)

3:28 PM: Just announced by Chief Sealth International High School athletic director Ernest Policarpio:

Chief Sealth International High School welcomes Luther Carr III as the Seahawks’ newest head football coach.

Carr comes to Chief Sealth with over 21 years of coaching experience, 10 at the college Division 1 level. In 2012 to 2013, Coach Carr led the Seahawks to two playoff berths and two Huling Bowl victories.

The Chief Sealth community is excited to have Luther Carr back as a Seahawk.

Simon Iniguez coached the Sealth football team the past two seasons. (added) AD Policarpio confirms he left “in good standing.” We also confirmed with him that in a way, Coach Carr has never left – he’s continued on the teaching faculty at Denny International Middle School next door.

BASEBALL: ‘Battle in West Seattle’ between WSHS and Sealth

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Exciting baseball game this afternoon as West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International High School. Caryn Johnson, who’s been reporting on the Wildcats throughout the season, tells the story of their faceoff with the Seahawks:

A crosstown rivalry transpired this afternoon at Hiawatha Field between West Seattle and Sealth. Many West Seattleites came out on a sunny but chilly day to watch the “Battle in West Seattle.” It was a pitchers’ duel between Carson Wright for West Side and Nik Turcinec for Sealth.

The score remained very close through 5 innings with a score of 2-1, Sealth leading. Top of the 6th, Sealth would tack on two more insurance runs and West Seattle would answer with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Carson was able to complete the game, pitching through the 7th inning and not giving up any further scores.

Then it was a do or die for the Wildcats in the bottom of the 7th. Jack Page would start off with a single before a pitching change was made by Sealth. Senior Jamie Maples would come to the plate and hit a ground-rule double into center field. Senior Morgan McCullough would then be intentionally walked to load the bases.

Next batter to the plate would be sophomore Anthony Coats, who sent a deep sacrifice fly ball to center field to score Jack from third, and advance Jamie. Junior Andrew Burggraff would be next up to bat, during which the Sealth pitcher would be called on a balk to bring Jamie home and tie up the game. Burggraff would eventually draw a walk after a 9-pitch at bat to load the bases again. Then Senior Nathan Johnson [top photo] walked to the plate with one out. He would drop a slow roller by the pitcher that would allow Morgan to score the winning run from third. Nathan was immediately mobbed in the right field by his celebrating teammates.

In the end, West Seattle would come out on top, 5-4. Do we expect anything less from these two teams??? It was a great afternoon of baseball and to see so many come out and cheer on all of the locals was inspiring. This was the last home game for the West Seattle Seniors and they did not disappoint.

Final WSHS game of the regular season is on Wednesday against Seattle Prep at Steve Cox Field in White Center, at 3:30.

Wednesday is also when Sealth plays its last home game, 4 pm vs. Cleveland at Southwest Athletic Complex.

CONGRATULATIONS! Madison MS Ultimate Frisbee team’s tournament success


Thanks to Parris Sadow for the photo and report:

The Madison Middle School Ultimate Frisbee team took 3rd place in their division at the 2016 Spring Reign tournament this weekend in Burlington, WA. The team had a 3-0 record at the end of day one and entered day two in the winners bracket. They won their first game on day two, but came up just short of making it to the final in their 5th game. A decisive win in game six gave them 3rd place.

A great weekend overall in the rainy and wet conditions. Thanks to the coaches and parents and giant kudos to the players.

SOFTBALL: West Seattle HS vs. Chief Sealth IHS

(WSB photo: WSHS #14, sophomore Anabelle Watt, on the mound)

Cross-peninsula rivals West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School met on the diamond Friday afternoon. Final score in the game at Southwest Athletic Complex: Wildcats 19, Seahawks 9.

What’s ahead: Both teams have games on Monday (April 25th), both 4 pm at SWAC, against different teams – Sealth plays Cleveland and WSHS plays Seattle Prep.

Also on Monday, there’s an all-you-can-eat benefit for the WSHS Booster Club to help the softball team, 5-9 pm at Pecado Bueno in The Junction (4523 California SW). $15 adults/$10 kids under 12 for the all-you-can-eat taco bar, all proceeds from which will go to the fundraiser.

BASEBALL: Chief Sealth over Bainbridge

The winning pitcher in Chief Sealth International High School‘s 8-5 victory over Bainbridge had a big day at the plate as well as on the mound. Thanks to head coach Ernest Policarpio for the box score: Isaac Hamilton was Monday’s winning pitcher with 5 runs over 6.1 innings and also went 4 for 4 with 2 RBI. Next up for the Seahawks – Seattle Prep visits them at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), 4 pm Wednesday.

SPORTS: West Seattle High School track team success!

Congratulations to the West Seattle High School track team for success at a big meet over the weekend. Here’s the report from WSHS track and field head coach Will Harrison:

The most prestigious high-school track meet in the state was held over the weekend, and West Seattle HS Track put their program on the map. The Pasco Invitational, hosted by Pasco High School on Saturday, April 16th, included 105 teams and over 1500 athletes. West Seattle had two individual winners at the event – Lani Taylor secured a victory in the 400m Dash in 56.11 seconds, and Chaaka Trahan won the Long Jump with a leap of 22 feet, 9.75 inches. Those marks put both athletes in the No. 1 spot in the current 3A state rankings. Taylor also placed 5th in the 200m Dash, and Trahan placed 6th in the 110m Hurdles and 9th in the 300m Hurdles. The Wildcats also had school record performances in the Boys’ High Jump (Nuradine Abdi at 6’2”) and Girls’ Triple Jump (Natalie Fuller, 35’9”). Other notable performances included Lexi Ioane taking 9th in the Shot Put and Cass Elliott placed 10th in the 300 Hurdles.

(See the full results here.) Your next chance to see the WSHS track-and-field athletes close to home is April 28th, at Southwest Athletic Complex, vs. Sealth and Lakeside.

UPDATE: UW’s first-ever home beach-volleyball match, on Alki


4:25 PM: The biggest sports event in West Seattle today has another hour-plus to go (until 5:30ish) at Alki Beach, this year’s “home” for the University of Washington Huskies. They’re hosting Oregon, on 2 courts. No admission charge; good crowd. More photos, and scores, later.

8:46 PM: The Huskies tweeted that they took the match, 3-2. As promised, more photos:

Here’s the roster. Checking the schedule, this appears to have been the one and only “home” match for the Huskies this year, the third one for the beach-volleyball program at UW, so they’re not expected back at Alki this year. We’ll check to see about next year.

BASEBALL: WSHS plays at Safeco tomorrow, after Hiawatha game today

(WSB photo: WSHS pitcher Anthony Coats)

Go root for the West Seattle High School Wildcats at Safeco Field tomorrow! There, they will face Bremerton’s Olympic HS after a tough loss at home to Roosevelt HS this afternoon. Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the report and the next three photos:

Friday afternoon was a little chilly, but another nice afternoon for baseball. This game would see 24 hits between the two teams and 16 runs scored. Junior Ryan Kimsey started on the mound for West Seattle against senior Tomiz Medina for Roosevelt. The Rough Riders would score in the first three innings to take an early 5-2 lead and then tacked on another two in the top of the 5th. West Seattle would come alive in the bottom of the 6th inning, with three hits, two walks and 4 runs scored. By the end of the inning it was all tied up. Unfortunately, the Wildcats would fall short and ended up losing 7-9.


Jamie Maples (photo above) and Anthony Coats had three hits each to produce 5 RBI’s between the two of them.


Defensively, Nathan Johnson (photo above) made two great catches in center field to keep the game close.

Remember to come out to cheer on West Seattle at Safeco Field, Saturday at 12:30 pm, as they play in the High School Baseball Classic. Gates open at 11:30 and parking in the Safeco parking lot is only $5; admission to the game is free. Hope to see you all there.

SPORTS: Huskies vs. Ducks on Alki

Washington Huskies alum/fan? Oregon Ducks alum/fan? Get your beach chair(s) ready, because the regional rivalry hits the sand this Saturday on Alki Beach. One of our routine Google Alerts delivered news of the Huskies-Ducks beach-volleyball match at 2:30 pm Saturday. It’s the first-ever “home” match for Washington, which will consider Alki its “home” this year. Admission is free; this story from explains who plays who when on which court.

BASEBALL: WSHS vs. Blanchet, and Saturday Safeco reminder

Tonight’s West Seattle High School baseball recap is from Caryn Johnson, along with a big reminder about Saturday at The Safe:

This afternoon West Seattle lost a heartbreaker to Bishop Blanchet at Hiawatha. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, but just couldn’t hold on in the end, losing 3-6. Carson Wright pitched a great game for West Seattle and Daniel Lo came in to close out the 7th inning. But in the end, the bats of West Seattle just couldn’t produce enough runs to come out ahead.

Next game, Friday – West Seattle hosts Roosevelt at Hiawatha at 3:30PM

Remember that West Seattle will be playing Olympic HS (from Bremerton) on Saturday, April 16th at Safeco Field in the High School Baseball Classic at 12:30. Entry to the game is free and parking is $5 in the Safeco parking lot. Come out and cheer on the Wildcats!!

BASEBALL: Chief Sealth beats Roosevelt; rematch Friday

April 6, 2016 11:20 pm
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In a home game this afternoon, the Chief Sealth International High School baseball team beat Roosevelt, 5-4, and will play them again Friday. Thanks to head coach Ernest Policarpio for the box score – Evan Moe got the win for the Seahawks, with 7 innings and 6 strikeouts; standouts on offense included Kyle Flora going one for three with 3 RBI, and Miles Hoffman going two for three with an RBI. Sealth faces Roosevelt again at 3:30 pm Friday, this time at Lower Woodland. The Seahawks’ full season schedule and results so far can be seen here.

BASEBALL: West Seattle Little League’s Rockford Peaches take the field


Baseball season around here, of course, means much more than the M’s – here’s another reason to cheer for your local youth leagues: Thanks to Coach Sean for sending the photo of the West Seattle Little League‘s first-ever all-girl coach-pitch team, the Rockford Peaches. (Named after a championship-winning all-woman pro-baseball team of the 1940s and 1950s.) He says they’re 6-8 years old, they play all-boy teams, and “are the talk of the town.” You’re invited to cheer them on, with upcoming games including:

Friday, April 8th, 5 pm, at Bar S (Alki Point) vs. the Thunderbirds
Saturday, May 14th, 5:30 pm, Alki Playfield, vs. the Evergreens
Saturday, May 21st, 6 pm, Alki Playfield, vs. the Grays

The full schedule is on the WSLL website; the coach recommends the Friday game because it’s “their only game at Bar-S and the weather is supposed to be awesome!”

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS bounces back

West Seattle High School is back on the winning track after a Monday victory that followed a Friday loss. Thanks again to Caryn Johnson for the report and photo from todays game:

Monday afternoon, West Seattle hosted Franklin at Hiawatha. They bounced back nicely after their first defeat in the Metro League on Friday against Ballard.

Freshman #32 Reuben Gut started on the mound for the Wildcats. After shaking off some nerves and giving up a few hits and a run in the first inning, he settled down nicely to pitch the next four, allowing no more to score.

Jack Page went 4 for 4 with 3 singles and a triple, but it was the bat of Morgan McCullough that had the biggest boom. He hit his first home run of the season in the third inning out to right field to score two runs and take control of the game. Three others on the team would also have multi hits in the game. In the end, the Quakers just couldn’t keep up and fell to the Wildcats in 6 innings, 12-2.

Next game is Wednesday evening at 6:15, against Garfield, on their home field.

You can see the Wildcats’ full season record and schedule here.

BASEBALL: Another win for league-leading West Seattle HS

West Seattle High School is at the top of the Metro League baseball standings. Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the report and photos from today’s victory:

The Wildcats traveled over the pond to take on the Crusaders of Eastside Catholic. Junior Ryan Kimsey [#15, above] started on the mound for Westside. He would go on to throw a complete game of shutout baseball, giving up only two hits and striking out three. Again West Seattle’s defense was strong behind their pitcher.

Juniors Jack Page and Nathan Johnson led the team with two hits each.

Andrew Burggraff [#39, above] had a double in the 4th inning to hit in an insurance run. In the end, behind the strong pitching of Kimsey and the great defense, West Seattle topped Eastside Catholic 3-0 and now sits atop the Metro League standings at 6-0 in league play.

Next game is 3:30 pm Friday against Ballard at Whitman Middle School.

See the full league standings on the left sidebar of this page.

West Seattle 5K 2016: Discount deadline days away

March 29, 2016 1:50 pm
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(Pets, kids, everyone welcome! WSB photo from 2015 West Seattle 5K)

Today’s sunshine is a reminder that this year’s big spring/summer events are getting closer all the time – including the eighth annual West Seattle 5K, the season-opening run/walk on Alki, coming up May 22nd. Race director Jeff Mensing sends a reminder that the early-registration-discount deadline is this Thursday night (March 31st), so if you’re thinking about taking part this year, you might as well sign up now. Not only do you get a discount – you’ll also be registered to win a pair of running shoes. Race proceeds support West Seattle High School students and staff; we’re among the race sponsors again this year. You can sign up right here, right now.

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS undefeated in league play, now selling M’s tickets as fundraiser

March 28, 2016 11:56 pm
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Carson Wright

Carson Wright

West Seattle High School‘s varsity baseball team is undefeated in league play, reports Caryn Johnson, after today’s 4-2 win over Nathan Hale HS:

It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball. The Wildcats hosted the Raiders of Nathan Hale at Hiawatha. Starting pitcher for West Seattle was junior #17, Carson Wright [photo above]. He pitched 5 strong innings and had a great defense backing him up all the way through the game. He got into a bind in the bottom of the 2nd inning, but the Wildcats turned a nice double play to end the inning, not allowing any runs to come across. Carson would go on to strike out 2 and only give up 2 runs. Sophomore Anthony Coats would come in to close the game and pitched two innings of shut-out baseball.

West Seattle didn’t have as many hits as Hale, but they all came at key moments. They played “small ball” to manufacture enough runs to top Hale. Anthony Coats led the team with two hits and two RBI’s. Nathan Villegas and Nathan Johnson also contributed to the score with one RBI each.

Also remember that the West Seattle High School baseball team is selling Mariners tickets as a fundraiser to the June 28th Mariners vs Pirates game. Email – to purchase and help support the team. Selling tickets also qualifies the team to continue participating in the High School Baseball Classic at Safeco Field. More details on this upcoming game to come.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats next play Eastside Catholic, at EC, 3:30 pm Wednesday.

Weekend scene: Southwest Little League Jamboree

March 27, 2016 7:29 pm
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Another youth-sports season is under way in our area – this time, Southwest Little League. The photos and report are from Erin Hauk:

The Southwest Little League kicked off the 2016 season on Saturday with the annual Jamboree at Mel Olsen Stadium in Steve Cox Memorial Park. SWLL President Terri Robison [above] welcomed families and introduced the teams while coaches and players paraded on to the infield for the national anthem.

SWLL serves West Seattle south of SW Juneau and east of 35th SW, through White Center and into North Burien (see the boundaries on this page).

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS wins again

March 24, 2016 11:47 pm
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Another victory for the West Seattle High School baseball team – thanks to Caryn Johnson for the report and photo:

West Seattle came away with another win this afternoon at Hiawatha, taking on Cleveland.

Anthony Coats #4 started on the mound and threw four solid innings, striking out seven and only giving up one run. Carson Wright #17 came in to close out the game. Jack Page, Anthony Coats and Ryan Kimsey led the team with two hits each.

In the end, Cleveland just couldn’t keep up with the bats and pitching of West Seattle, falling to the Wildcats 16-1. Next game is Friday at Southeast Athletic Complex (Rainier Beach High School) at 3:30.

BASEBALL: West Seattle HS defeats O’Dea

A big baseball win for West Seattle High School this afternoon – thanks to Caryn Johnson for the photos and report:

The weather cooperated for baseball players and fans this afternoon. West Seattle took on powerhouse O’Dea at Bannerwood Ballpark in Bellevue. The game didn’t look like it was going to get off as it was raining right up until the 1st pitch.

Westside jumped out fast with two back to back hits by Jack Page (#9, photo above) and Morgan McCullough (#3). Anthony Coats (#4) then came up and drove in the first run of the game.

Key hits also came in the 5th inning with bases loaded, Jamie Maples (#6, photo above) hit a double into center field to drive in two more runs. Jamie also took to the mound for West Seattle. He would keep the O’Dea bats quiet until the 5th inning where they would try to start up a rally, but the West Seattle defense backed up their pitcher and only gave up one run. Jamie would go on to pitch a complete game, striking out 7, walking 2, and only giving up 5 hits. In the end, the Wildcats came out victorious against O’Dea 3-1.

Next game is Wednesday against Cleveland at Hiawatha, first pitch 3:30 pm.

BASEBALL: Chief Sealth still undefeated

Another win for the undefeated Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks – 9-1 today over Franklin HS. Thanks again to head coach Ernest Policarpio for the box score: Sealth pitcher Isaac Hamilton got the win, with 3 strikeouts in five innings; offensive stars included Jackson Chilcott, who went 1-1 with a triple-RBI hit, 2 walks, hit-by-pitch, and 2 runs scored, and David Johnson, who had 2 RBIs, going 2 for 4. Sealth next plays Lakeside, 3:30 pm Wednesday at Magnuson Park.

FOLLOWUP: Congratulations to NWBA women’s champions Milwaukee Lady Bucks

(WSB photo: Milwaukee in green, Denver in white)

This weekend’s National Wheelchair Basketball Association women’s championship tournament at West Seattle High School ended with new champions – the Milwaukee Lady Bucks! In the finals at midday today, they beat last year’s champs, the Denver Lady Rolling Nuggets, 66-36. The game was streamed live; you can watch the playback on YouTube here.

As we reported on Friday and Saturday, eight teams competed, including the local Seattle Storm; Seattle Adaptive Sports co-hosted the tournament.

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