WS & Sports – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 27 May 2018 03:31:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CONGRATULATIONS! State championship for Chief Sealth IHS’s Elijah Jackson Sat, 26 May 2018 06:38:30 +0000

Thanks to Bonnie for sending the photo and word that Chief Sealth International High School‘s Elijah Jackson has won the state championship in the triple jump! That’s one of three events in which he won Metro League championships last week, as reported here. You can see his results here.

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FOLLOWUP: Southwest Athletic Complex work begins Thu, 24 May 2018 01:44:57 +0000 <(WSB photo substituted Thursday for original district-provided image)

Back in March, we wrote about renovation work planned this spring/summer at Southwest Athletic Complex – and now Derek McCloud from Seattle Public Schools (which owns SWAC) sends word that work has begun:

Construction has started on the track at SWAC … most of the old track has already been torn up. It looks like the installation of the new track will begin next week! Graduation for Chief Sealth (5 PM on the 21st and West Seattle on the 21st @ 8) will still take place at the complex.. After graduation the field, will be torn up, and our hope is it will be ready by mid- to late August/early Sept for high school football practice. We would like to let the public know the field will be closed most of the summer, and to please stay out of the complex (which is locked) during the construction project!

District documents say the $1.5 million project “will include replacement of the existing synthetic turf at football, softball, and baseball fields using cork infill, refurbishing the existing rubberized running track, and associated work.”

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SOCCER: Last round of HSA tryouts Thursday in West Seattle Thu, 24 May 2018 00:33:19 +0000 Thursday night, three age groups wrap up the HSA Select soccer tryouts for this season. Tim McMonigle sends the reminder:

6:15-7:45 pm (May 24th) – Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Ave SW

Boys 06 (U13), Coach Greg Whitney

Boys 07/08 (U12) – This is a newly formed team led by Coach David Unruh

Girls 04 (U15) – We are forming a second team led by Coaches Tony Coronado and Mark Cromett

Online registration is closed. Walkup registration is accepted (fee will be waived). Arrive 20 minutes early to check in and get tryout pinnie.

There’s some backstory on HSA Select in our April preview of the tryouts.

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle HS track and field athletes headed to state championships Mon, 21 May 2018 16:18:54 +0000 Congratulations to the West Seattle High School track and field athletes headed to state! The update is from head coach Will Harrison:

the West Seattle boys placed 3rd at the Sea King District 2 meet last Wed/Fri at Southwest Athletic Conference and were the top Metro school! They scored 51 points, one point ahead of O’Dea and Nathan Hale. In all, 9 boys and 2 girls advanced to the 3A State Championships at Mt Tahoma HS this Thursday/Friday/Saturday:

Joe Kirk-Woodbury: Shot Put, Discus

Cass Elliott: 300m Hurdles, 200m, 4 x 400m

Rylee Farrison: 400m, 4 x 400m

Alec Maroon: 4 x 400m

Jackson Delaney: 4 x 400m

Abdifatah Jeylani: 4 x 100m

Tom Nguyen: 4 x 100m

Lucas Bower: 4 x 100m

Kahlel Kelley: 4 x 100m

Chloe Cunliffe: Pole Vault, Long Jump

Symmone Davis: 100m Hurdles

The Lake Washington Boys won the meet with 64 points, and the Mercer Island Girls won the meet with 83 points. Full results here.

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UPDATE: West Seattle 5K 2018! Sun, 20 May 2018 16:25:05 +0000 (Photo by David Hutchinson)

9:25 AM: Almost 1,000 runners and walkers (per announcer Eric Radovich) just headed out for the 10th annual West Seattle 5K, a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School PTSA. Our video, via Twitter:

They’re headed to Luna/Anchor Park and back, and Alki/Harbor is closed for the duration; the Water Taxi shuttle is also rerouted.

More updates and photos to come. (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the WS5K was launched in 2009.)

10:15 AM: The race is now almost an hour in. We have the top finishers: First in, 31-year-old Evan Williams, at 16:11:

A little over two minutes later, the second finisher crossed the line, 22-year-old Johanna Erickson, at 18:24:

Johanna is a West Seattle Runner employee, WSR’s Lori McConnell tells us. The rest of the top three finishers by M/F:

Males – Ryan Bjornstal, 22, 18:36

Owen Fisher, 27, 18:45

Females – Second, Olivia Willett, 18, 19:20

Third, Regina Joyce, 61, 21:19

10:44 AM: It’s over, and Alki/Harbor are reopening to vehicle traffic. We’ll be adding more photos when back at HQ!

1:12 PM: As promised. Besides top finishers, there was also a prize for first WSHS teacher across the line, and that happened to be Jeff Ursino:

Second was David Bergman.

Many families in the race – strollers abounded:

Dogs too, although it could certainly be tiring:

And banner-bearers reminding everyone what it’s all about:

Linda Rackner was race director for a second year; Amy Doll coordinated volunteers.

ADDED 2:04 PM: Just received this time lapse of the entire event, from John Saalwaechter:

You can see the results online here.

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SUNDAY: Champions Baseball League’s first practice of the season Sun, 20 May 2018 03:31:24 +0000

We’re in the heart of baseball season, and that goes for youth leagues too. One of the newest ones in West Seattle gets going for the year tomorrow, and Michelle Riggen-Ransom reminds you that it’s not too late to step up to the plate:

Registration is still open for the Champions Baseball League! Our first practice is this Sunday at 1 pm on the Pee Wee Fields in West Seattle. If you have a child with special needs who loves and wants to play baseball, sign up and come and join us for some fun games! The snack shack will be open, and we’d love to have fellow baseball fans come down and cheer on the team as well.

Here’s the link with more information, including how to register for this free, fun program. Hope to see you on the field!

If you haven’t been to the Pee Wee Fields – here’s where to find them.

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SPORTS: West Seattle High School’s softball-season finale Fri, 18 May 2018 04:06:55 +0000 (WSB photos)

9:06 PM: Congratulations to the West Seattle High School softball team on a great season that just came to a heartbreaking end at Southwest Athletic Complex, with a 5-4 loss in a must-win district-playoff game against Juanita. More later.

11:34 PM: Adding photos.

(West Seattle senior Lucy Mead sliding in)

West Seattle scored first early to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning

(West Seattle senior pitcher Anabelle Watt)

Juanita came back a couple of innings later to open up a lead. West Seattle came back and the game was tied 4-4 going into the 7th. A two-out rally got Juanita the win and the district’s fifth and final spot in the state tournament.

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SPORTS: Chief Sealth International High School athletes’ success at Metro track and field championships Wed, 16 May 2018 01:54:05 +0000

The report is from Chief Sealth International High School track and field coach Lorna Considine, forwarded by Nicole Sipila of the Sealth PTSA:

In the history of Chief Sealth Athletics there has been no one that has achieved what ELIJAH JACKSON did last Friday.

He became the 2018 METRO CHAMPION in the LONG JUMP 22’8”, TRIPLE JUMP 44’5”, and HIGH JUMP 6’4”. He is also the anchor leg of the MENS 4X100 RELAY who came in 4th and will advance to the District Meet. We are very proud of what he’s accomplished and look forward to seeing him succeed on his journey back to the STATE TRACK MEET next weekend. Good luck!!!!!

Also join me in congratulating the following student athletes who’ve advanced to the 2018 District Track Meet this Wednesday and Friday: EVE ELMORE, JASMINE SMITH, CHLOE MYERS, QUINN WILEY, SADIQUE CALLOWAY, DONNIE MCMILLAN, DIEGO JACKSON, and BRANDYN GIBSON! Good Luck, Seahawks!

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COUNTDOWN: West Seattle 5K on Sunday! Mon, 14 May 2018 16:04:43 +0000 (2017 West Seattle 5K photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

It’s a run/walk for the whole family – and it’s now less than one week away. Sunday (May 20th) brings the first big 5K of the season to our area, the West Seattle 5K, raising money for the West Seattle High School PTSA. Even if you’re not participating, you need to know that the WS5K takes over the waterfront road for a few hours on Sunday morning, so heed those no-parking signs! So you might as well join in. The run/walk starts just after 9 am, leaving from and returning to 61st/Alki, just west of the Bathhouse. If you’re not already signed up, you can still register online – go here. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome! (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the WS5K launched in 2009.)

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SPORTS: West Seattle High School athletes’ success at Metro track and field championships Sun, 13 May 2018 17:30:06 +0000 Thanks to West Seattle High School head track and field coach Will Harrison for the report:

West Seattle Boys 4th, Girls 10th among 16 Seattle Metro League Schools

It was a great showing for West Seattle HS athletes at the Seattle Metro League Championships at Southwest Athletic Complex, May 9th and 11th. The boys’ team compiled 51 points to tie defending champs O’Dea for 4th; the girls earned 34 points for 10th. Photos courtesy of Erik Bell.

The boys’ team was led by:
-Senior Cass Elliott defending his 300 hurdles title, winning in 37.76 seconds. He also placed 3rd in the 200m dash in 22.81 to score 16 points total.

(Elliott holds the state No. 1 mark this season in the 300m hurdles)

-Junior Rylee Farrison came up 3rd in the boys 400m in 51.28 and 4th in the 200m in 23.21 and to grab 11 points. Elliott and Farrison capped off the meet teaming with Seniors Jackson Delaney and Alec Maroon to place 3rd (worth 6 points) in a thrilling 4x400m relay in 3 minutes 27.6 seconds, dangerously close to the school record of 3:27.41 seconds from 2016 (Elliott and Farrison were on that team as well).

(Rylee Farrison)

-Senior Joe Kirk-Woodbury went out with a fantastic senior Metro performance, achieving personal bests for 2nd place in the discus throw (149 feet, 7 inches) and 4th in the shot put in (47 feet, 1.5 inches) to score 13 points. With two weeks left in the season, the discus school record of 150 feet, 6 inches (Jay Morgan in 2003) could be in jeopardy.

(Senior Joe-Kirk Woodbury was Metro Runner-Up in the discus throw Friday)

-The boys 4 x 100m relay team of seniors Abdifatah Jeylani and Lucas Bower and sophomores Tom Nguyen and Kahlel Kelley placed 5th in the 4×100 meter relay (44.63) to score 4 points. Jeylani also placed 8th in the 100m dash for an additional point.

Girls’ team highlights included:
-Junior Chloe Cunliffe defended her pole vault title by going 13 feet even. She also placed 6th in the long jump in 16 feet, 5.25 inches to score 13 points altogether.

(Cunliffe has the top mark in Washington this season)

-Senior Symmone Davis had a breakout meet which saw her advance to districts in 4 events (top 8 in Metro advance to that meet, next Wednesday/Friday at SWAC). She placed 2nd in the 100m hurdles (16.19), and 7th in the 300 hurdles finals in 50.53. seconds – though the big breakthrough came in the prelims for that race, in which she earned the 2nd overall time with a 47.73, an oh-so-close .03 seconds off Grace Sarver’s record from 2017. Davis’ efforts added 10 points for those events.

(Davis advanced to district in 2 individual events and helped 2 relays advance)

-She also helped 2 relays advance – the 4x200m relay of Davis, sophomore Madison Kipley, senior Sierrah Bettin, and sophomore Katherine Long placed 5th in a season-best 1:48.54 (4 points); the 4x 100m of Davis, C. Cunliffe, Bettin, and sophomore Marissa Rackner placed 4th (5 points) in 51.36 seconds.

(Sophomore Madison Kipley was a key member of 2 relays)

-Sophomore Sophia Cunliffe placed 7th in long jump (2 points) with a leap of 16 feet, 5 inches.
-The 4x400m relay of Kipley, Bettin, freshman Evelyn Hootman, and sophomore Melody Potratz placed 9th in 4 minutes, 15.78 seconds, and sophomore Malia Proctor threw 77 feet, 4 inches, also for 9th- thus earning spots as 1st alternates for the district meet next week.

The Nathan Hale Boys won the meet with 86 point (by ½ point over Bishop Blanchet) and the Holy Names Academy girls won with 83 points (by 2 over Seattle Prep). Full results can be found here.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Regional award for West Seattle High School basketball standout Meghan Fiso Fri, 11 May 2018 16:18:19 +0000

Congratulations to Meghan Fiso from the third-place-in-state West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team! She has been honored as the Pacific Northwest Basketball Officials Association‘s Female Player of the Year. As explained by the PNBOA:

This award, as voted on by the officials who officiated your basketball games, is given to the player who shows great sportsmanship and leadership while also being an outstanding player.

Fiso, who’s a sophomore, received the award at a banquet last weekend. Thanks to proud mom Julie Fiso for sharing the news and the award photos!

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SPORTS: Rambo Total Pest Control backs Little League teams in two counties – with a West Seattle backstory Wed, 09 May 2018 02:14:39 +0000 If someone in your family plays Little League (or other youth sports), you know it takes a lot of support – the families, the coaches, and the sponsors. One of our sponsors, Rambo Total Pest Control, is sponsoring teams in two neighborhoods – the one down south where they’re based, and here in West Seattle, where proprietor Luke Rambo has deep roots (which is why his company does a lot of work up here, and why they advertise with us). He shared a story about his interest and involvement, and appreciation for what it takes:

This is my favorite time of year. The crack of the bat, the cheering of the fans, the smell of freshly cut grass. Baseball season is upon us, finally! Every Spring since the dawn of time (well, maybe not quite that long ago), the eternal optimism, and hope of spring bring us a new baseball season. This time of year I am reminded of my childhood glory days spent fielding, throwing, hitting, and a little bit of pitching on the Bar-S Fields, followed by ice cream at Husky Deli after each team win.

I grew up in West Seattle and played in West Seattle Little League for the Laporte Eide Indians.  Some of my best childhood memories happened in those few short formative years between 9 and 12 years old down at Bar-S Field.  Our coach was a young up and comer named Vince Ormiston.  Some of the guys I played with were Sean and Ryan Wooten, Scott Olsen, Brian Pena, Andy Coghill, Jarrett Trail, and quite a few others, some of whom I went on to play ball with at West Seattle High School.  We shared some great times there at Bar S and I know the same is true for many others. 

In my early 20’s I moved with my wife to Puyallup, and we now have an 11 year old son and an 8
year old daughter.  Our son plays for South Hill Little League (majors) White Sox, and I get to
be one of the coaches on his team.  This is another special group of young men, working hard to
play well, have fun, and develop their own passion for the game of Baseball.  It is a pleasure
working with these players, our coaches, and the parents. 

With my increased involvement in Little League these past few seasons, I came to realize how much effort goes into keeping these organizations alive.  From the many decisions and strategy sessions run by the Board for each local league, to the late nights setting lineups by the coaches, to the team moms busily collecting donations for raffle items at the league fundraisers, to all the thousands of parents, siblings, grandparents, and neighbors who support these players in their development.  The moving parts that keep these leagues together are amazing to watch! 

Considering everything I have gained personally from my own involvement in Little League, as well as that of my family and friends, we decided to have our company Rambo Total Pest Control become an official sponsor of West Seattle Little League and South Hill Little League.

We hope to give back and help out in a small way to keep the spirit of Little League alive and well for the next generation.  Our sponsorship will help contribute to things like field
maintenance, uniforms, equipment, and baseballs.  Look for our banners at Bar-S Field by Alki – photo above – and the Fruitland Grange in South Hill this season and seasons to come! Thank you to the many volunteers who keep these leagues running!

Respectfully, Luke Rambo

And if you need pest-control services, you can reach them at 866-540-RAMBO7262), or (Disclosure – besides being a longtime WSB sponsor, Rambo is also our pest-control provider … they’ve helped us keep away those pesky little ants in recent years.)

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PLAY BALL! Champions League invites special-needs players to join Tue, 08 May 2018 04:02:12 +0000 One more youth-sports league is registering players right now! Michelle Riggen-Ransom sends news of the Champions League:

Champions Baseball League invites players with special needs to come and play baseball in a fun, supportive team environment! Sign-ups are open for the upcoming Spring season, and all the details are on the website. There’s no charge for players to join, and players even get free team hats and shirts.

At a high level:

– Participants can be any gender and between the ages of 4 and 23 years-old, or those who remain in a school setting, with special needs that would prevent them from playing in a traditional baseball or softball program.

– The season will be Sundays for three weeks starting with a skill-building and introduction to the game on May 20th at 1 pm. We will then play games for two weeks starting June 3rd. All events will be at our Pee Wee fields in West Seattle.

– No previous baseball experience needed! Players can do t-ball or coach pitch, and have a buddy from one of the West Seattle teams work with them if they want or need it. Open to anyone in the Seattle area, not just West Seattle.

It’s so much fun; last year so many people in the community showed up on Sundays to support the team, cheer on the players, BBQ, and just generally have a good time together.

Here’s the official sign-up form and info:

Still have questions? Send them to Michelle Riggen-Ransom, Let’s…PLAY BALL!!

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2 weeks to West Seattle 5K, and one more day for discount registration Mon, 07 May 2018 02:45:07 +0000 (WSB photo by Leda Costa, from 2017 West Seattle 5K)

The countdown continues – we are now exactly two weeks away from the West Seattle 5K, a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School PTSA, coming up Sunday, May 20th, just after 9 am, starting and finishing at 61st/Alki. (The course, to Luna/Anchor Park and back, closes the road for a few hours.) And tomorrow is the last day for a special discount – so if you sign up now by going here and use the code MAYDAY5, that will save you $5. All ages welcome, as are strollers and (leashed) dogs. We’ve co-sponsored the WS5K every year since its start – see you at the beach on race day!

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BASEBALL: Season-ending playoff loss for West Seattle High School Sat, 05 May 2018 02:33:22 +0000

It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball at Southwest Athletic Complex – but the end result wasn’t so pleasant for the West Seattle High School Wildcats. Their first season with head coach Bryan Tupper ended with a 9-4 Metro League tournament loss to Bishop Blanchet. More later.

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