West Seattle, Washington
More end-of-school year sports news: West Seattle High School has a new girls-soccer coach. We met Todd Veenhuizen at his meeting for prospective players after school on Thursday.
He shared his expectations – including positive attitudes – as they look ahead to tryouts in about two months. And he told them about his background, including serving as an assistant coach for women at UW and Seattle University. The new coach says he believes the team has a solid core to build on, losing only two players to graduation (one of whom happens to be his daughter Sara Veenhuizen). First league game in the fall, by the way, will be against crosstown rivals Chief Sealth International High School.
Zach Jones shares the photos and a report about two championships for West Seattle Baseball All-Star teams last weekend. First, their 8U tournament at the Pee Wee Fields below Riverview:
We had 16 teams from around the area (Seattle, Silverdale, Bellevue, Maple Valley, Renton, etc) in our 8U Hardball Classic. It’s one of the biggest 8U tournaments around. The West Seattle All Stars took the championship in a great win over the Rain City Royals (Maple Valley). 12-4 was the final.
Players on the team are: Avery, Emery, Kingsley, Micah, Jackson, Nolan, Julian, Max, Will, Kaipo, Ivan, and Tate. Coaches: Jorge, Dave, Zach (me).
In addition, we held a mini-tournament Sunday for the 7U teams that entered. Our own West Seattle 7U All Stars won the championship against Puget Sound Powerhouse.
As first reported here last March, West Seattle High School‘s football team has a new head coach, Marcis Fennell. As he and his team get ready for the fall season, they are asking for community help with equipment and supplies that they need for success and safety. WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson explains, “Basically we have far more kids out for football this year than we currently have proper equipment for. Having a high number of kids turn out for a sport is a good problem to have. Unfortunately it’s also an expensive problem. The headset system for our football coaches is also inoperable. This usually runs around $20,000. We also need to purchase shoulder pads, agility bags, etc.” They’re hoping WSHS alumni and other community members can help, and they’ve set up a GoFundMe page here.
One week from today – June 28th – is the annual Peace in the Hood basketball tournament presented by North Delridge-headquartered Southwest Youth and Family Services. There’s something extra this year, and it’s not too late to be part of it. Here’s the announcement:
Peace in the Hood is a collaboration with Worksource and our Violence Prevention programs in Seattle and South King County. This year we are pairing the event with a job fair for the youth – over 30 vendors will be there to provide job opportunities, and some are even doing interviews on-site.
Vendors interested in attending can register here: peace-in-the-hood-jobfair.eventbrite.com
Registration starts at 2 pm. Tournament starts at 3 pm.
Location: Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center
Tournament Team requirements:
· The following age groups must be in your team and all members of your team must fit the age group: 12-14 or 15-18.
· All teams can be Co-Ed
· Each team is allowed one substitute, but the substitute must fit the age range of your team
· If you are in the age group 15-18 you are allowed but not required to have one adult community partner (Mentor, Case Manager, Outreach Worker, etc)
· Early registration is encouraged due to limited spots, each team must have 1 Team Captain and contact the Registration Coordinator Waz Thay: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-937-7680 or visit the Log Cabin Teen Center.
· Day of registration will be on a first come first serve basis.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
School ends for the year, a new adventure starts for the summer. That’s what the Duwamish Rowing Club is offering to youth interested in learning to row. Here’s the announcement they asked us to share:
Duwamish Rowing Club is looking for youth rowers! With the school year coming to an end, learning to row is the perfect way to get outside and involved in a fun team sport with top-notch coaching from DRC’s experienced coaching staff.
We’re a non-profit organization and operate on a donation-only basis for our youth. We offer 3 coached practices per week: Monday and Wednesday from 6-8 pm and Saturday from noon-2 pm. We also offer leadership and volunteer opportunities for our youth via engagement in DRC board activities and events (fundraising, event planning, work parties, etc.), and coxing boats for our masters rowers (ie: bossing around the adults for a change!). All experience and fitness levels are welcome. We’ll teach you everything you need to know…. and you’ll get in great shape along the way.
DRC rows on the Duwamish River near South Park. It’s a much overlooked waterway but offers near-perfect conditions to learn the art of rowing with gentle currents and calm water. The Duwamish is very much a working river, and we share the water with tugs and barges throughout the summer, and fishing boats in the fall. It is also a river that is in recovery from years of environmental damage, and you will get an up-close view and gain an appreciation of the recovery efforts taking place along the river banks.
Sound interesting and want to learn more? Please email Coach Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit duwamishrowingclub.org
Thanks to proud mom Regina Arceo-Schulz for the news that Reece Schulz and Cole Graham are the USRowing Junior National Champions in men’s lightweight doubles. Reece, who many know from West Seattle Scout Troop 282, is at right, below, with Cole:
They won the championship last weekend in Sarasota, Florida. Regina adds, “This is Reece’s second win at this title … He won last year with Nick Angelillo. Many thanks to his Coach Conal Groom and Assistant Coach Derek Deleuw at Seattle Rowing Center.”
One more championship report from West Seattle Little League – the Majors’ winners:
The Red Sox played a great game against the White Sox and came out on top 15-5. The Red Sox are managed by Art Holloway and Matt Schlede. Players are: Milo Stover, Aiden Hsu, Isaac Wortzel, Jayden Holloway, Mason Holmes, Eli Palmer, Harrison Gaikowski, Sean Quinn, Felix Schlede, Bo Gionet, and Jordan Holloway.
Thanks to Robin Graham for the photos and report:
The West Seattle Little League Rookies Champions are the Chiefs, who played against the all-girl team the Peaches.
Both teams played great ball and it was a nail-biter till the end! Congratulations to both teams for playing so hard and for making it to the championships!
Final score was 7-5.
Thanks to Janine for the photo and word that the Rangers won the West Seattle Little League Minors championship tonight, 12-7 over the Quakes. Their coaches are Dave Sazama and Justin Buehring.
Congratulations to Madison Middle School‘s volleyball team for a hard-fought citywide championship!
Head coach Charles Maher tells the story of what led up to Saturday’s win:
From a base camp close to home (Chief Sealth IHS), the 2017 Lady Bulldog Volleyball team overtook the Summit of Seattle Schools, Middle School Volleyball. Madison defeated the 3-time defending champions, Hamilton IMS, in three sets, to remain alone, standing at the top as 2017 League Champions.
While the ascent was challenging, the large squad of 18 eighth-graders worked together throughout. On April 8th, 2017, Madison ended the 3-year undefeated streak of Hamilton in a preview of what would be a Championship of two powerhouse teams with one goal on the table. The regular season matchup was decided in favor of Madison. The 3-set battle was only separated by 6 points. (27-25, 25-27, 15-13)
The regular-season victory brought the true potential of Madison into full view. Madison had been chasing the Hawks of Hamilton each year. While appearing in the last three playoffs with a chance to bring home a title, each year the Lady Bulldogs suspended their climb early while watching the Hawks soar to the top with ease.
NOT THIS YEAR: Madison mounted a 7-2 season record and was the #2 seed going into the Seattle Schools Volleyball Championship Playoffs.
This year the middle-school-volleyball Mountain has been conquered, and the Summit belongs to MADISON. Madison defeated Hamilton in the Championship game (25-17, 22-25, 15-7). The gym was a loud and electrically charged environment.
Our many thanks to the hosting sites throughout the year. (Boren K-8 STEM, Washington MS, Whitman MS, Denny IMS and Chief Sealth IHS). Thanks to Coach Rod and his staff at CSIHS and Denny IMS for a wonderful job hosting the 2017 season, and playoffs. Thank you to the officials and scorekeepers. Much appreciation to all the Varsity and program coaching staffs throughout the district. Thank you to the Hamilton volleyball players and coaching staff. Much respect!
The Bulldog team would like to extend a special thanks to the Madison MS Front Office Staff and Athletics Department. You All Rock!
FIRST REPORT, 9:54 PM SATURDAY: Congratulations to the boys-soccer teams of Madison Middle School and Denny International Middle School for playing for the city championship this afternoon! Thanks to Jodi Bennett for the first game report and photo:
Under sunny skies and the shadow of the Space Needle, Madison Middle School won the city championship for boys’ soccer today at Memorial Stadium. The final match came down to a good old-fashioned rivalry of West Seattle – Denny vs Madison. Final score was 3-2 with Sam Dagg and Ben Lapchis scoring the goals for Madison. It was a nice ending to a great season. Go Bulldogs!
ADDED 11:23 AM: From Denny principal Jeff Clark:
On Saturday, Denny and Madison both won semi-final matches at Memorial Stadium to set up an all-West Seattle city-wide championship game! Denny had won the West Seattle Cup earlier in the season. On Saturday, it was Madison’s turn as they won a highly competitive match 3 to 2 to win the championship. Congratulations to the Bulldogs on the win!
It was an amazing year for Denny boys soccer — we are very proud of all of our players, coaches, supporters and fans! A special thank you to Coaches Holland, Gutierrez, Vargas, and Tschida, Athletic Director Rodriguez, and everyone who has supported and encouraged our players all season! Go Dolphins!
We told you back on Thursday about the brand-new Snack Shack built for West Seattle Baseball at the Pee-Wee Fields in lower Riverview – and today, it was dedicated. We photographed project manager Karen, league president Erik, Peter from Charter Construction, and Eric from JEM Contractors as they got ready for the early-afternoon ribboncutting. Inside – classic snacks:
Hot dogs, popcorn, and nachos are available too. In our Thursday story, we mentioned the business donors who made it happen; today, Harvey and Sam displayed a thank-you banner with other contributors:
As we left, families were arriving for an afternoon of baseball – and, of course, snacks.
Spectacular morning to run and/or walk in Lincoln Park – exactly what more than 30 people did in the first-ever Chief Sealth International High School Roll Hawks 5K.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) June 10, 2017
It’s a benefit for the cross-country team; coach Jim McCue (below) told the group just before the run that this is going to be a great year for the growing program, which was just chosen to get a boost from Brooks Running.
Unique to the course setting, the coach told runners to be careful in an area where a mother raven is protecting her babies. And at the nearby Fauntleroy ferry dock, the ferry happened to be at the dock as the run got going (it’s at the end of our starting-line video above).
Results will be online later.
Early catch at WS Sportsmen's annual kids' fishing pond at Seacrest – until 11 or until they run out of fish! pic.twitter.com/JCEzW0KYaI
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) June 10, 2017
ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:22 AM: Until 11 am – or until the ~250 rainbow trout are all caught – kids and teens 14 and younger are invited to fish at Seacrest with the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club. It’s free; pole provided.
Already a good turnout when we stopped by shortly after the once-a-year event’s 8 am start.
11:48 AM: Added a few more photos.
That’s Eric Iwamoto at the fish-cleaning station, beneath which a savvy sea gull was waiting:
By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
With a record of 398-256, West Seattle High School baseball coach Velko Vitalich has decided a 31-year career is long enough.
“I really enjoyed this year’s group of kids,” he told WSB in a conversation at WSHS this week. “It was a great way to end it.”
So why stop now?
“As much as I enjoy it …it’s getting harder to do – physically, there’s a lot to do, it’s draining.” He said he sees “good young coaches” at meetings and thinks there’s someone out there to take his place. “I probably do too many things too long,” he laughed, saying he “just had to decide” – and during the season, he did.
It’s only been four years since the most-successful of all those years – when WSHS finished #2 in the state in 2013:
(May 25, 2013, postgame photo by Greg Slader)
The coach keeps track of his alums. Read More
That’s the new Snack Shack for West Seattle Baseball, and you’re invited to the Pee-Wee Fields at Riverview Playfield this Saturday to celebrate it, and to watch championship games. We heard about this from Megan Varner, a WS Baseball board member who has run the Snack Shack for the past three years. She explains, “We finally got a new Snack Shack after 15+ years, through large donations and fundraising!” They’re still adding the finishing touches – “literally … down to the final minute” to get ready for Saturday: “A lot of local sponsors donated time and work to pull this off. Great community effort.”
The “grand reopening” will start around 11 am Saturday, with a ribboncutting planned at 11:45 am, followed by the Pinto and Mustang season championship games starting at 1 pm. Megan says, “It will be a day filled with food, games, and baseball!”
P.S. Megan says special thanks goes to: “Eric Moe of JEM Contractors and Mark Hubbard of Grindline Skate Parks did all concrete work. Big thanks to O’Neill Plumbing for their help, and our many sponsors this season, as well as several WS families who went above and beyond to support this effort.”
Two notes from Chief Sealth International High School:
From athletic director Ernest Policarpio:
Congratulations to Evan Moe from Chief Sealth for being selected 1st team all-league in baseball two years in a row. He will be playing tomorrow in the All-Metro game tomorrow at 3:30PM at SWAC. Admission is free.
The Southwest Athletic Complex is across from Sealth, at 2801 SW Thistle.
Meantime, a texter sent us this photo of Coach Policarpio with another announcement:
The Sportsmanship Award is for Sealth athletes and coaches, we are told. Congratulations to all!
Just a few scenes from today’s first-ever Loop the ‘Lupe fun(draiser) today at Walt Hundley Playfield, benefiting the community activities at the Walmsley Center at nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe. Its namesake, OLG pastor Father Jack Walmesley, is at right below, with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold:
Four events comprised Loop the ‘Lupe – Senior Saunter, Kid Dash, 5K, and the obstacle course (our top three photos). Here’s the kids-race winner, Hailey Foster:
Here’s how the 5K began:
The 5K winners – David Garcia and Amy Woolsey:
Local broadcaster and longtime OLG parishioner/booster Brian Callanan emceed:
It’s fun to be first!
On June 10th, you can claim that label just by participating in the first-ever Roll Hawks 5K at Lincoln Park, presented by the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA to benefit the school’s cross-country team. You can register right now by going here – all registered runners get “a T-shirt, bag of local discounts, and smiles along the entire course.” The Roll Hawks 5K is set to start at 9 am Saturday, June 10th, near the waterfront picnic shelters at the park.
West Seattle High School‘s achievements at the state 3A track-and-field meet include a championship and meet record. Head coach Will Harrison reports the meet highlights:
West Seattle junior Cass Elliott‘s outstanding 2017 season culminated with a state championship in the 300 meter hurdles on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. Elliott set the 3A state meet record in the prelims on Friday with a time of 37.61 seconds, but that mark did not last long, as he shattered it in the final with a time of 37.11 seconds – the fastest time in the state this entire year for any classification. He also finished 8th in the 110 meter hurdles (15.39 seconds).
Sophomore Chloe Cunliffe (above) finished runner-up in the pole vault competition on Saturday with a mark of 12 feet. She later took 5th in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5.5 inches.
Junior Joe-Kirk Woodbury (below), ranked 16th entering the meet, finished 12th in the boys discus throw at 131 feet, 10 inches.
In team standings, the West Seattle boys finished 27th, while the girls were 23rd. See full results here.
Thanks to Kristin Arvidson for the photo of Chief Sealth International High School athletes at the state 3A track and field championships this weekend, including the girls’ relay team that took 7th place in the 4×100, 8th place in 4×200. Team member Quinn Wiley (#1150) also placed 6th in the 300-meter hurdles. She’s at left above with relay teammates Chloe Myers (#1147), Jessika Nelson (#1148), Imani Carey (#1146), alternate Carmen Yoshitomi (#1151). The championships were held at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma; full meet results are here.
Thanks to Sheree Fantz-Gut for providing West Seattle High School baseball updates and photos this season, including this news:
Anthony Coats, a junior from West Seattle High School, has been named to the 2017 First Team Metro All-Conference Baseball Team. Anthony finished the year with a .450 batting average for the season along with a .550 slugging percentage and a .526 on-base percentage. He also posted a 2.75 ERA pitching with 28 strikeouts, allowing only 8 walks while leading his team in many offensive and pitching categories. Congratulations, Anthony!
Thanks to West Seattle High School head track and field coach Will Harrison for the report, with photos by Erik Bell:
West Seattle HS Track and Field continued a great season at the Sea-King District II Meet, held May 19th and 20th at Southwest Athletic Complex. By placing in the top seven, the Wildcats qualified four athletes in seven events for the 3A State Championships. Photos by Erik Bell.
Sophomore Chloe Cunliffe qualified for 2 events. She placed 2nd at Districts in pole vault at 11 feet, though her season best of 12 foot, 9 inches is the best mark in 3A this year. She also placed 4th in a loaded long jump competition with a leap of 17 feet, 10 inches – the #5 mark in 3A this season.
Junior Cass Elliott will compete in 3 events at state for the second year in a row. At districts, he placed 4th in the 110m Hurdles (15.19 seconds), 6th in the 400m (though his prelim time of 49.37 seconds, a new school record, is #4 in state), and 1st in his marquee event, the 300 hurdles (38.19 seconds- further improving his #1 rank in 3A).
A pair of dedicated throwers qualified for their first state meet. Senior Caden Snodgrass (above) placed 5th in the discus throw at Districts (136 ft, 1 in), while junior Joe Kirk-Woodbury (below) took 6th (135-10).
The 2A/3A/4A State meet will be hosted by Mt Tahoma High School this Thursday through Saturday.