WS & Sports – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:04:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School boys’ season ends with district-playoffs loss to Garfield http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-boys-season-ends-with-district-playoffs-loss-to-garfield/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-boys-season-ends-with-district-playoffs-loss-to-garfield/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:31:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909269 (WSHS huddle in game’s final minute)

FIRST REPORT, 7:02 PM: An intense game just ended at Bellevue College with a season-ending loss for the West Seattle High School boys – Garfield got this district’s final spot in the regional/state tournament, 60-53 over the Wildcats. Details and photos after we get back to HQ.

ADDED 7:45 PM: Star of the game for the Wildcats was #23, senior Anthony Giomi, whose point total matched the number on his jersey.

First on the scoreboard for the Wildcats, though, was the day’s second-leading WSHS scorer, #5, junior Abdullahi Mohamed (9 points):

Garfield’s shooting was cold for much of the first quarter. WSHS held the lead until Garfield tied it 6-6 with 1:17 left in the quarter and then tacked on five more points before that first buzzer; it was 11-6 Bulldogs going into the second quarter.

That period saw the Wildcats as the ones with trouble getting the ball and net to connect. Garfield was out to a twelve-point lead before Giomi broke the drought. Garfield kept the lead but WSHS didn’t let them pull away, and with 2:50 to go in the half, they got back to within single digits. There was a trade of three-pointers, including one by WSHS #10, junior Roman Barnet (6 points total on the day):

By halftime, WSHS was only three points back, 28-25. And the second half was off to a roaring start for the Wildcats, with a Mohamed basket within :15 and then a Giomi three-pointer putting West Seattle ahead at 7:07, 30-28. #24 Simon Harris helped with some clutch rebounding:

#2 senior Elijah Nnanabu (7 points) added to the lead and WSHS was up by four:

Garfield didn’t get its first second-half points until 4:53. Shortly afterward, a big three by WSHS #1, sophomore Marcus Collins, widened the Wildcats’ lead to 35-30.

Though Garfield was battling back, WSHS still had a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 37-36.
They built it out to six points in the first minute – but then Garfield caught fire, took the lead, and started expanding it. Emotions were running high when a Garfield player got two technical fouls called on him; Mohamed and Giomi each got two foul shots, and each made one. Shortly afterward, another foul by the Bulldogs sent #22, junior Nuh’Kosi Roberson, to the line, and when he was done, West Seattle was only one point back, 47-46. But things didn’t go their way in the final two minutes, and time just ran out before head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s team could get another good run going.

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YOUTH SPORTS: Big sign-up season for West Seattle Baseball – now seeking coaching help! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/youth-sports-big-sign-up-season-for-west-seattle-baseball-now-seeking-coaching-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/youth-sports-big-sign-up-season-for-west-seattle-baseball-now-seeking-coaching-help/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:45:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909247 (Photo courtesy West Seattle Baseball)

As youth-sports signup season starts, West Seattle Baseball registration has closed, and it went so well, the league is looking for coaching help. From Karen Rains:

Registration closed this week for West Seattle Baseball and interest and sign-up has exceeded all expectations! We are looking for another Pony coach! Know any former players (college or above) who would like to lead a team? Any potential lead is a good one. As always, the league is willing to support any volunteer as much as possible with practice plans and other coaches to help lead a few practices if necessary. We don’t want to turn any players away!

Please reach out to the Pony Commish, Nathan Thomasuglycousin@yahoo.com – if you are interested or have an idea for us!

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SPORTS: Kennedy swimmers/divers in state finals http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/sports-kennedy-swimmers-divers-in-state-finals/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/sports-kennedy-swimmers-divers-in-state-finals/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:29:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909214 Thanks to Brent Lindblom for the update – you’re invited to go cheer for swimmers and divers in the finals tomorrow!

Congratulations to the Kennedy HS Swim and Dive Team advancing to the State Finals this weekend. Though Kennedy Catholic High School is technically located in Burien, West Seattle has many students attending the school.

Swim Finals:
Jack Fenster: 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free style, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Ty Lindblom: 200 Medley Relay, 100 Back Stroke, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Brendon Stoll: 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay
Luke Dorsett: 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay
Ben Kinerk: 200 Medley Relay an 400 Free Relay
Alternates: Riley Duvall, JJ Hartog, Trey Hunt

Dive Finals:
Ryan Klem: Men 1 meter diving

Location: King County Aquatics Center – 650 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way

Finals: Saturday (February 17th)
Warm-up: 1:10 pm – Finals events start: 2:20 pm
State Admission Prices: Day Passes- Adult: $10 – Seniors/Students: $8 – Children Under 5: Free
(Please note that it is cash only)

Anybody else local in the state finals? Let us know!

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BASKETBALL: West Seattle HS boys beat Bellevue @ district playoffs http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-hs-boys-beat-bellevue-district-playoffs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-hs-boys-beat-bellevue-district-playoffs/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:48:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909194

FIRST REPORT, 4:48 PM: We’re again at Sammamish High School on the Eastside for district playoffs, and the West Seattle High School boys have just won a decisive victory against Bellevue HS, 49-38, keeping the lead all game long. Next up, another must-win game for the Wildcats – 3 pm tomorrow at Bellevue College, they’ll play the winner of tonight’s Garfield-Cleveland game – for a slot in regionals. Photos and details later!

ADDED 7:45 PM: The Wolverines tried but just couldn’t stop the Wildcats, who were out to a 7-0 lead within two minutes and never looked back. #2 Elijah Nnanabu was the scoring (17 points) and rebounding standout; #5 Abdullahi Mohamed had a strong game too (11 points):

Tight West Seattle defense forced Bellevue to keep trying from outside, and for most of the game, that wasn’t working. Meantime, the Wildcat lead was added to by #23 Anthony Giomi (10 points) …

… and #24 Simon Harris, who extended the WSHS lead to 11-2 before Bellevue even got a second basket:

WSHS so owned the first quarter, it ended with them leading 21-4. But Bellevue tried a comeback at that point, with 9 unanswered points on 3 three-pointers, and suddenly the lead was down to 8 points. That’s as close as Bellevue could get. They trailed 32-18 at halftime and never got close. WSHS didn’t take anything for granted, though, chasing the ball whenever they got a chance.

#3 Kendall Green shot a 3-pointer that gave the Wildcats their biggest lead, 39-20, midway through the third quarter. And they kept a double-digit advantage the rest of the way, with the final score 49-38. We’ll add an update here when we know who they’re playing Saturday afternoon.

ADDED SATURDAY MORNING: They’re playing Garfield.

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YOUTH SPORTS: West Seattle Soccer Club registering players for spring season http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/youth-sports-west-seattle-soccer-club-registering-players-for-spring-season/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/youth-sports-west-seattle-soccer-club-registering-players-for-spring-season/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:04:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909160

Continuing announcements for youth sports league signups: Tim McMonigle sends word that the West Seattle Soccer Club is midway through registration for its spring season:

8-game season (Sundays). First game is April 8; Last game is June 10.

No games on Mother’s Day or on the weekend of the Memorial Day holiday.

Age groups: U-06 to U-12

Spring Fee: $65 for U-06 to U-12 players. Includes World Cup jersey.

Spring Coaches meeting (and Annual General Meeting) will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, 3/29

Registration closes March 1 (late registrations placed on wait list)

Go here to sign up and/or find out more!

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BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls make it to district championship game after OT win over Bellevue http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-make-it-to-district-championship-game-after-ot-win-over-bellevue/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-make-it-to-district-championship-game-after-ot-win-over-bellevue/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:59:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909082 (Victorious WSHS girls right after the final buzzer)

FIRST REPORT, 4:59 PM: We’re back in Bellevue at Sammamish High School, where the West Seattle High School girls have just won a hard-fought victory over Bellevue HS in a district semifinal game, 54-46. Regulation ended with a 42-42 tie, after the Wildcats trailed for much of the game – but they dominated in the extra four minutes. Next up, the district championship game at Bellevue College on Saturday night, 8:15 pm, against the winner of tonight’s Garfield-Cleveland game. Photos and details from today’s game later!

ADDED PHOTOS AND DETAILS, 11:04 PM: The Wildcat girls needed a while to figure Bellevue out. The Wolverines leaped out to a 7-0 lead before WSHS #32 Meghan Fiso netted her team’s first entry on the scoreboard after one and three-quarters minutes.

She topped the points totals for West Seattle, with 16, and helped them break through at some key moments – at 3:10 to go in the first quarter, her first three-pointer tied the score at 10-all. But in general, in the early going, the Wildcats had trouble with everything from outside shooting to rebounding to defense – it seemed Bellevue often had somebody unguarded and perfectly in place for an assist. Or, they were right there when a momentary loss of ball control provided an opportunity. #21 Julianna Horne followed Fiso’s three with one of her own and that gave WSHS the lead at 13-10. Seven unanswered Bellevue points followed, though, and the Wolverines led 17-13 at the end of the first quarter. They kept the lead throughout the second quarter and went into the locker room at halftime ahead 25-17.

As the second half got going, West Seattle had stepped up its usually relentless defense, playing Bellevue closer than before. Both benches were intensely engaged, too, with not only cheers for successes but cheers for opponents’ fouls or losses of possession. But in this quarter, shooting was the weakest spot for the Wildcats – too many outside shots taken and missed. They, to be sure, were forcing Bellevue to try from outside, too. But things looked a bit bleak when they reached the midpoint in the third quarter and still hadn’t made up ground, Bellevue leading 30-21 after a three-pointer at 3:23 to go in the third, then adding a basket half a minute later to go up by 11 points.

That could have been the turning point. But WSHS #11 Jasmine Gayles wasn’t going to let it happen. She got a foul shot and a basket, along the way to being the team’s second-leading scorer of the day with 11.

Before the quarter ended, #4 Kelsey Lenzie – who fouled out in the OT period – snared a big three-pointer and that closed the gap to five going into the 4th quarter, which Fiso started for the Wildcats with two baskets, as she and her teammates suddenly caught fire, while the Wolverines went cold.

A clutch three-pointer by #24 Anissa Babitu (number-three WSHS scorer with 9) tied it up 34-34 with 5:30 to go in the game, and that was key, along with a Fiso three that followed.

The next few minutes were nailbiters, with ties, one=point leads for each side … Bellevue was up 39-37 with a minute and a half to go and then Gayles’ big three-pointer put the Wildcats ahead again, 40-39.

But by regulation’s end it was 42-42 – and four extra minutes would determine who made it to the district championship game. Those extra minutes were dominated by the Wildcats, with back-to-back threes from Gayles and Lenzie giving them a relatively quick six-point lead. The Wolverines never got close, and WSHS triumphed, 54-46. We now know who they’ll play Saturday night – Cleveland, which edged WSHS by three points in the Metro semifinals, but lost to the Wildcats by 10 points a week earlier.

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BASKETBALL: Seattle Lutheran girls host district-playoff game http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-seattle-lutheran-girls-host-district-playoff-game/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-seattle-lutheran-girls-host-district-playoff-game/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:48:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908946 (Photos by Max Westerman for WSB. Above, SLHS #14, junior Madison Jensen)

A must-win game is up next for another local team that’s still going in the postseason – the Seattle Lutheran High School girls. Tonight in the SLHS gym, they lost a hard-fought game to Friday Harbor, 33-13. All but two of those points were scored by #24, senior Izzy Jones:

The other two were contributed by #21, freshman Melina Menashe:

The Saints will play 5:45 pm Friday at Sedro-Woolley High School, vs. the winner of tonight’s Orcas Island/La Conner districts game.

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THE WHEEL THING: Rainier Roller Girls’ next bout rolls into Southgate on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-wheel-thing-rainier-roller-girls-next-bout-rolls-into-southgate-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-wheel-thing-rainier-roller-girls-next-bout-rolls-into-southgate-on-saturday/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:33:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908968 (Photo by Steve Messerer)

Southgate Roller Rink – right next door in White Center – has made our area a hotspot for roller derby, for all ages, not just spectators, but skaters. It’s where the Rainier Roller Girls‘ new season is under way, with monthly “high-energy, all-ages-themed bouts” at Southgate. And they want to make sure you know what they’re all about. Rainier Roller Girls “are an all-female flat-track roller-derby league … a small competitive travel team made of 20-plus active skaters, retired skaters, and volunteers. We believe all is possible with a little elbow grease, an amazing support system, and loyal fans.” They launched in 2011 and are a “skater-owned league” that’s focused “on fitness, mental game, and fun for both the skaters and fans.”

(Courtesy THM Photo)

This year’s lineup of bouts continues Saturday (February 17th) with “Flashback to the ’80s,” continuing March 24th with “Mortal Kom-bout,” April 21st with “Heathers vs. Mean Girls,” May 19th with “Superheroes vs. Villains,” and June 15th with “Adults-only Rocky Horror.” They add: “Spectators are strongly encouraged to dress for the theme!” You can buy your ticket in advance here. And bring $ for the bake sale! P.S. – Rainier Roller Girls are recruiting, too:

Are you a veteran skater thinking about moving leagues, or a newer skater ready to league up? A referee or non-skating official looking for more experience or to share your love of derby? Rainier Roller Girls is always looking for new skaters, refs, and officials to join our ranks. Email info@rainierrollergirls.com to get in touch with us and for more information.

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BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School boys lose Rainier Beach rematch http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-boys-lose-rainier-beach-rematch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-boys-lose-rainier-beach-rematch/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:19:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908877

Closer this time – but not close enough. Tonight at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, the West Seattle High School boys faced Rainier Beach for the second time in less than a week. This time, the Vikings won 76-63 – less than half the margin of last week’s loss, but a loss nonetheless. Tonight’s standout for the Wildcats was #2 Elijah Nnanabu with 26 points (top photo). #5 Abdullahi Mohamed had 11.

Eight points from #24 Simon Harris:

And five from #23 Anthony Giomi had 5.

Next up, head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s Wildcats have a must-win game at 3:30 pm Friday, again at Sammamish HS, playing Bellevue, who lost tonight to O’Dea (a team West Seattle had beaten in the early postseason).

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BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls beat Seattle Prep in district playoffs http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-beat-seattle-prep-in-district-playoffs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-beat-seattle-prep-in-district-playoffs/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:11:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908850

(WSB video: First-half setup resulting in #32 Meghan Fiso basket)

5:11 PM: We’re at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, where the West Seattle High School girls have just advanced in the district playoffs with a victory over Seattle Prep, 72-60. Photos and details to come later tonight. The girls play here again at 3:30 pm Thursday vs. the winner of tonight’s Rainier Beach vs. Bellevue game.

ADDED 11:20 PM: Bellevue won that game, so like the boys, the girls also will face Bellevue next – but in this case, the girls, defending district champs, will be vying for a berth in the finals. Here’s how today’s game went vs. the Panthers:

The Wildcats were already out to a 10-3 lead when we arrived a few minutes into the game. But the Panthers clawed their way back and tied it 10-10 with 3 minutes to go in the first quarter. West Seattle didn’t let them get beyond that, and led 18-14 going into the second quarter.

Their lead didn’t widen much until a three-pointer by #32 Meghan Fiso with two minutes to go. She was the top WSHS scorer with 24:

Those two minutes before halftime did not go Westside’s way. After that Fiso three, the Panthers answered with 2 threes of their own. WSHS #34 Anissa Babitu nailed one too – but with an ensuing basket and foul shot, Prep was just one point behind, headed into the locker room for the mid-game break, 33-32.

They did not start the second half with a good look – Prep had a shot-clock violation. After a Fiso bucket, #20 Grace Sarver was fouled, and coolly sunk both shots. She brought in 11 points:

The pattern continued through much of the second half – neither team dominated; the Wildcats kept a few points ahead most of the way, but had some trouble hanging onto the ball, and briefly lost the lead at 2:20 left in the third quarter, when Prep moved ahead, 43-41. Two Sarver baskets, and scrappy ball-handling by #11 Jasmine Gayles (8-point game), helped take care of that problem:

Shortly thereafter, Fiso sunk two in a row, and the third quarter ended with the Wildcats up 50-43. They kept the lead the rest of the way, with everyone contributing, including #4 Kelsey Lenzie (8-point game):

Prep got within three at 5:40 to go but a huge Sarver three-pointer doubled the WSHS lead at that point and it got wider from there, into double digits in the final two minutes, a 15-point lead just before Prep’s final basket proved to be the game’s final scoring, with head coach Darnell Taylor‘s Wildcats winning 72-60 and heading into the district semifinals.

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VIDEO: Seattle’s golf courses are no longer moneymakers, city says, so here’s what’s being done about that http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/video-seattles-golf-courses-are-no-longer-moneymakers-city-says-so-heres-whats-being-done-about-that/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/video-seattles-golf-courses-are-no-longer-moneymakers-city-says-so-heres-whats-being-done-about-that/#comments Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:21:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908660

That’s Seattle Channel video of this past week’s meeting of the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners, which included a briefing on a subject of West Seattle interest – a study focusing on the future of the city’s public golf courses/facilities, including the West Seattle Golf Course. As explained in the briefing – which starts 44 minutes into the video – the city’s golf program not only no longer generates extra revenue for Seattle Parks, something it did for a long time, but isn’t even covering its expenses. So the city has commissioned a study to help figure out the public golf facilities’ future.

The study is under way, and at Thursday night’s meeting, the Parks Board got an update on how it’s going so far. The briefing document provided to the board included the following findings from early stakeholder interviews and market research:

Preliminary Feedback from Stakeholder Interviews Conducted to Date and Market Research Findings

Seattle’s municipal golf courses provide benefits beyond the game of golf.

o Public golf is misunderstood and stereotyped in a way that is not consistent with the demographics of who plays at municipal public golf-courses. Nationally, 70% of all rounds nationally are played at public golf courses, not private clubs.

o Expanding access and creating new opportunities to experience golf and Seattle’s public golf facilities is desired.

o There are opportunities to build partnerships and to use Seattle’s municipal golf courses to meet the needs of the growing Seattle population who need open space and recreation opportunities within the City. (Seattle’s population grew by 21,000 from July 1, 2015 – July 1, 2016)

The golf program is not meeting financial policy targets.

o The Golf Master Plan strategy has not been implemented as planned and has contributed to revenue challenges.

o Rising labor and utility expenses in the City were not anticipated in budget projections.

Preliminary Market Research Findings:

o A 2007 State golf economic analysis reported that of 280 courses in the state at that time, 219 were public, and 47 were municipally-owned.

o Nationally interest in golf is declining, especially among millennials; however, golf in Seattle and the State of Washington exceeds the national participation rate. (7% of total population nationally, 10 12% in Seattle.)

o Seattle golf participation rates are in the mid-range of popular recreational activities: walking, picnics, bike riding are the most popular and rugby, surfboarding, lacrosse the least popular.

o The 2017 Parks and Recreation Study conducted by EMC found that 43 percent thought the City should spend less on golf, although the survey did not provided information on the revenue contributed by the golf courses to the City Parks and Recreation Budget.

o Nationally, minority participation is about 20%, primarily among Hispanic and Latino Americans. Seattle has not tracked minority participation rates at its courses; however, the first African American and Asian American golf players clubs in the State were founded at Jefferson and are still active, and First Tee and Bogey Bear programs have successfully introduced the sport to diverse youth in Seattle.

o Seattle’s female participation at its golf courses ranges between 10-17 percent while nationally the average is 23 percent.

You can see the full document from the board briefing here. Beyond the discussion at the Parks Board meeting, it does not appear there are any open feedback opportunities related to the study – and in fact, the board was told “it’s not a big public-outreach (opportunity).” They plan more stakeholder interviews later this month and a “focus group” in March, with the final report to be presented in May, including three potential “scenarios” for the future of the city’s golf program.

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BASKETBALL: District-playoff win for West Seattle High School boys http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-district-playoff/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-district-playoff/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 02:25:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908596

(4th-quarter basket by WSHS #23 Anthony Giomi)

FIRST REPORT, 6:25 PM: In the second of two district-playoff games this afternoon/evening at West Seattle High School, the WSHS boys have just defeated Lake Washington, 46-36. Photos and details to be added later. With the win, the WSHS boys will play Rainier Beach at 5 pm Tuesday (February 13th) at Sammamish HS in Bellevue, right after the Wildcat girls’ 3:30 pm game vs. Seattle Prep.

ADDED 11:11 PM: Here’s how the game unfolded for head coach Keffrey Fazio and his team – far more defense than offense, as you can tell from the score. #1 Marcus Collins, West Seattle’s top scorer in the game with 8 points, got the team’s first basket.

That tied things at 2-2. And after a bit of lead-swapping, they were tied again when the first quarter ended, 7-7. Overall, the Wildcats were having an off-day on the boards. Things got a little better in the second quarter, starting with #23 Anthony Giomi (7 points) opening a three-point lead with a basket and foul shot.

#3 Kendall Green followed with a three-pointer on an assist by #32 Maar Rambang, and suddenly WSHS was up by six. A couple of baskets by #5 Abdullahi Mohamed (8 points) in the ensuing minutes helped the Wildcats keep the lead despite a Lake Washington three-pointer shortly before halftime taking the score to 19-15.

A somewhat sloppy start to the second half gave way to a strong scoring run including back-to-back baskets by Collins, and then one by #2 Elijah Nnanabu, giving WSHS a 12-point lead. The Wildcats held a 9-point lead over the Kangaroos by the end of the third quarter, and then it was a matter of digging in to stay ahead. Lake Washington got to within six points at midpoint in the final quarter – 36 to 30 – and a three-pointer a few minutes later made it a five-point margin, 38-33. The Kangaroos tried the time-honored tactic of fouling their opponents, repeatedly, to see if they could make some magic happen, but the resulting WSHS foul shots just widened the Wildcats’ lead, and time ran out for Lake Washington, losing 46-36. As mentioned above, West Seattle’s Tuesday opponent is Rainier Beach, and that’ll be the third Wildcats-Vikings faceoff this season.

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BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls win 1st district playoff game http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-win-1st-district-playoff-game/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-win-1st-district-playoff-game/#comments Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:28:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908585

(West Seattle’s top scorer today, #11 Jasmine Gayles, with an end-of-first-half basket)

FIRST REPORT, 4:28 PM: Just concluded at West Seattle High School, the girls’ first game in district basketball playoffs, and it was a victory – 67-55 over Mercer Island. Photos and details later. The Wildcat girls now advance to the next round, with a game at 3:30 pm Tuesday (February 13th) at Sammamish High School (100 140th Ave SE in Bellevue), against Seattle Prep.

ADDED 10:03 PM: Head coach Darnell Taylor and his team had a lot of strategizing to do to keep this one in the W corner. Twice, they pulled out to a sizable lead, only to have the Islanders recover.

First time was fairly early on – the Wildcats were ahead 11-2 by midway through the first quarter, but that lead was down to three points as the second quarter began, 15-12. In the second quarter, Mercer Island fought to a 20-17 lead after two 3-pointers, with 5 minutes to go until halftime. But the Westsiders didn’t give up, and after baskets by #20 Grace Sarver (12 points) and #11 Jasmine Gayles, (17 points) they had the lead back, 21-20. They kept building on that and were out to a 31-22 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats dominated the early minutes of the second half, expanding their lead to 16 points before Mercer Island started their second comeback attempt – with 11 unanswered points before the end of the third quarter. West Seattle was still ahead – 43-38 – but the Islanders were within striking distance.

#4 Kelsey Lenzie ended the scoring drought with a basket at 7:15 to go, on an assist from Sarver. The two repeated the feat less than half a minute later, and the Wildcats had a little breathing room, 47-38. #1 Kaiya Mar added a three-pointer at 5:26, and WSHS had momentum.

By 3:40, they’d opened up to 56-42 after #32 Meghan Fiso (6 points) got a three on an assist from #21 Julianna Horne (11 points).

At 2:30, the margin was 19 points and victory was looking certain; Mercer Island made up a little of that ground but not enough, and the final score was 67-55. As mentioned above, Seattle Prep is next for the WSHS girls, four weeks after they beat the Panthers by six points.

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BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School girls, boys both finish Metro tournament at #4 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-boys-both-finish-metro-tournament-at-4/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/basketball-west-seattle-high-school-girls-boys-both-finish-metro-tournament-at-4/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:17:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908429 Another disappointing night for the West Seattle High School basketball teams, losing the third-place games in the Metro League tournament. But both already had locked up spots in the district tournament just by making it to the Metro championships, so each has at least one more game left in the postseason. Tonight the boys lost a close one to Cleveland, 47-44, playing at Chief Sealth IHS. And the girls fell to Garfield, 56-47, playing a Nathan Hale HS. The district brackets aren’t filled out yet, but so far it appears both teams will play on Saturday night, details TBA.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Seven more West Seattle High School athletes sign for college http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/congratulations-seven-more-west-seattle-high-school-athletes-sign-for-college/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/congratulations-seven-more-west-seattle-high-school-athletes-sign-for-college/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:22:27 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908389 (WSB photos)

Though basketball is in the high-school-sports spotlight right now, seven West Seattle High School athletes are celebrating scholarships for other sports, and we were there for their ceremonial signings on Wednesday afternoon, as were proud family members.

The student-athletes are:

Alex Pastrana – Linfield University, football; majoring in exercise science
Ben Dagg – Carroll College, soccer; majoring in physics
Reed Lower – Santa Clara University, rower; majoring in business
Cass Elliott – University of Washington, track and field; majoring in business
Lucy Mead – Bradley University, softball; majoring in business
Hailey Hirano – University of New York, soccer; majoring in business
Joseph Kirk-Woodbury – Olympic Junior College (Bremerton), track and field; majoring in nursing

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