WS & Sports – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:15:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BASEBALL: Host Chief Sealth IHS takes first ‘Best of the West’ game; rematch ahead Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:35:02 +0000 (First 4 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

That’s Gabriel Ieremia on the mound for the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks, who hosted the West Seattle High School Wildcats for the first annual “Best of the West” game this afternoon, and got the win, 5-2. Ieremia is also one of the Sealth seniors who were honored today with their names on the fence, since this was the last home game on the regular season schedule, along with Max Sugar Rubin-Stencil, Albert Roque, Tobias Woodward, and Richard Swanson (#1, below, with WSHS catcher Kai Osaka):

Pitching four innings for the Wildcats was Anthony Coats, who led for the game in strikeouts with 6:

The bleaches were so full, some spectators were left standing outside the fence – we dubbed it the skybox:

Chief Sealth head coach Ernest Policarpio tells us the two teams will meet again in the first round of Metro League playoffs one week from tomorrow, 10 am Saturday, April 28th, again at SWAC, and shared this photo of his victorious team:

Meantime, the last regular-season home game for head coach Bryan Tupper‘s Wildcats is Monday at 4 pm at Hiawatha against Bishop Blanchet.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Duwamish Rowing Club youth compete in Oregon regatta Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:56:10 +0000 Thanks to Sarah Blum for the update and photos from a recent competition involving youth from our areas one-of-a-kind Duwamish Rowing Club:

The youth of the Duwamish Rowing Club competed for the first time at the Covered Bridge Regatta on Dexter Lake, 15 miles southeast of Eugene, OR, and came home winners.

They have been in training through the winter and rowing four days a week since March.

On Saturday April 14th their junior novice quad won silver with rowers: Hazel Dahlquist,
Jessica Schwarz, Eve White
, and Rheea DeLora, and led by Coxswain Lilly Kurtz. They had two different heats and won second in the final heat:

Rowers Molly McDonald and Rheea DeLora won silver in their junior doubles race:

Hazel Dahlquist and Laurel Glassley received a hard-won bronze medal for their junior doubles race:

The Duwamish Rowing Club is very proud of all of our youth rowers, their dedication and hard work has paid off. There are more races to come as they look forward to Youth Regionals in May. We are grateful for all the support we received from the community at our FUNdraiser April 7th. Our website is and we are constantly in need of community support and donations.

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SPORTS: West Seattle High School athletes’ success at nation’s biggest single-day track meet Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:24:29 +0000 Thanks to West Seattle High School track and field head coach Will Harrison for the report:

For West Seattle track athletes, it was another successful trip to Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium in Pasco for the nation’s largest single-day high-school track meet: the Pasco Invitational. Over 1,500 athletes from over 100 schools were represented this past Saturday, April 14th.

As they did last year, Junior Chloe Cunliffe (pole vault) and Senior Cass Elliott (300 meter hurdles) picked up big wins.

Cunliffe cleared 13 foot, 3 inches to win over Taylen Langin of Rocky Mountain (Idaho), who cleared 13 feet even. Elliott clocked 38.70 to win over Mead’s Joseph Heitman by 1.25 seconds. Cunliffe and Elliott now hold the top marks in the state this season, in any classification, in their respective events, according to Cunliffe’s mark is tied for No. 3 in the nation.

Other highlights of the meet included: Junior Rylee Farrison (ranked No. 2 in Metro) clocked at 23.40 seconds for 12th in the 200, the Distance Medley relay (1200-400-800-1600) of Evelyn Hootman, Madison Kipley, Melody Potratz, and Sonya Chin clocked 14:02 for a school best mark and 18th place finish, the 4×100 meter relay of Cunliffe, Symmone Davis, Katherine Long, and Sierrah Bettin ran 52.29 (Metro League No. 5 this season), and the 4x 400 meter relays of Hootman, Potratz, Bettin, and Long ran 4:27.08 (Metro No. 7).

Full results can be found here.

The Wildcats are back in action this Thursday at Northwest Athletic Complex to see Ingraham, Eastside Catholic, and Garfield.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Regional success for West Seattle BMX racer Colton Fukano Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:11:39 +0000

West Seattle’s young BMX (bicycle motocross) star Colton Fukano is on the move again. We received the photo and update this weekend from his mom Shawnda Fukano:

Colton competed in the Great Northwest Nationals BMX race in Redmond, Oregon (last) weekend. He placed 4th on Saturday and 1st on Sunday in the 6 year old intermediate class. The race brought kids together from five different states. Colton races for Sonic BMX and practices at North Seatac BMX track. A big thanks to coach Jamie Stenson and team sponsor Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles shop.

As first reported here almost two years ago, Colton has been riding since he was three, and won a championship at four!

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Happy 8th anniversary, West Seattle Runner! Party continues Sunday Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:57:08 +0000

If you had trouble getting to the second day of the 8th-anniversary party at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) because of the unexpected “guest” out in the street – good news! That work’s done, but the party is NOT over, and you are invited to join Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell as the celebration continues tomorrow. We stopped by this evening for an update on the Sunday plans:

10:30 am – Pilates with Be Pilates

11 am – Run sponsored by Hoka. Mimosas and doughnuts follow!

11:30 am – Assessments with Lora from Biojunction Sports Therapy

Throughout the day, discounts continue on footwear and apparel. And you can find out what’s happening in the local running world any time you stop by – along with their own events and activities, WSR partners with the big events both in West Seattle and beyond, and supports lots of community causes. They’ll be open tomorrow until 5 pm, 2743 California SW.

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UPDATE: Soggy Day 1 of Pac-12 North beach-volleyball tournament at Alki Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:51:14 +0000 (WSB photos)

12:51 PM: Another event from our Saturday highlights list is well under way: The Pac-12 North Invitational beach-volleyball tournament at Alki, day 1. It’s umbrellas for spectators, sleeves for players:

We stopped by as UW players took to the sand again at noon, after they two hours earlier “upset 13th-ranked Cal in the first match of the weekend, 3-2.”

Stanford beat Oregon in the 11 am faceoff. Each match is scheduled for all five courts – at 1 pm, it’ll be Oregon vs. California, and at 2 pm, USC vs. Stanford. The Sunday schedule, again starting at 10 am, is here.

ADDED 10:01 PM: Here’s the recap of the tournament’s first day.

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SPORTS: College volleyball tournament on Alki this weekend Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:38:00 +0000 image(WSB photo, April 2016)

Thanks to Peter for the tip! Though the University of Washington doesn’t play its home beach-volleyball games on Alki Beach any more – the school has its own facility now – it’ll be back on our shores this weekend. The Pac-12 North tournament is happening Saturday and Sunday, with matches set to start at 10 am both days – the Huskies play Cal in the first one Saturday. Here’s the schedule.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Highline Premier FC Girls ’02 team wins Washington Cup Mon, 09 Apr 2018 05:17:27 +0000

Thanks to Craig Page for the photo and report:

We’d like to share with our community that the Highline Premier FC Girls ’02 team won the Gold Division Washington Cup this weekend. Several players live in West Seattle and attend West Seattle, Chief Sealth, and Kennedy High Schools. The team will go on to play regionals in Idaho in June. This group of young ladies has been together for several years and worked hard all season to accomplish this goal. We’re very proud of the players, the dedicated coaching staff (John and Abraham), and this local soccer club!

The final match was this morning at Starfire in Tukwila.

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READER REPORT: Duwamish Rowing Club’s winning evening Mon, 09 Apr 2018 02:16:44 +0000 Thanks to Sarah Blum for the report and photos from one of the events spotlighted here on Saturday:

Saturday night, April 7th was the seventh annual Duwamish Rowing Club FUNdraiser and not only was it a fun event that drew in a crowd of supporters, but it offered many prizes.

From a day on the King Gustav yacht owned by head coach Mike Merta and his wife Sherry Toy, to an Island Escape on Bainbridge Island that included a two-hour sail and dinner + a basket of wine and other goodies, and many other prizes in the raffle and silent auction.

Thanks to Sherry for the amazing chili and cornbread, Flying Fish for the great beers, and the youth team for the scrumptious desserts.

One of the highlights of the night was the interview done by Marcie Sillman of KUOW with Bill Tytus, from his rowing and coaching days to designing rowing shells to his ownership of Pocock Racing Shells. One memorable moment was his focus on finding the magical “swing” while rowing.

As advertised, it was a fun event that raised much needed monies to support the club’s growing youth and learn-to-row programs. Contact the club through
DRC is based on the Duwamish River in South Park; the Saturday night event was held just up the hill at Highland Park Improvement Club.

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]]> 0 WEST SEATTLE 5K 2018: Signup time! Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:40:17 +0000 (May 2017 photo by Lynn Hall, West Seattle 5K turnaround at Anchor Park)

The biggest 5K run/walk of the year is now in signup mode – you can register for this year’s West Seattle 5K by going here. It’s set for a course along Alki, as always, 9 am Sunday, May 20th, and all ages are welcome – kids 6 and under run (or walk) free. It’s a benefit for students at West Seattle High School. WSB has been a co-sponsor every year since the first one in 2009; there’s still time for more sponsors to join, too. See you at the start/finish line by Alki Bathhouse on May 20th!

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SOFTBALL: West Seattle High School vs. Chief Sealth International High School Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:35:48 +0000

Checking in on more high-school spring sports – fast-pitch-softball season is well under way. This past Friday afternoon at Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School hosted West Seattle High School.

(Sealth’s Kentoria Taitai on the brink of scoring the team’s first run Friday)

Tough season so far for the Seahawks, who lost 18-2 and are still seeking their first win.

(WSHS pitcher Belle Watt)

The Wildcats are 3-2 on the season. Up next for both teams, home games vs. Ingraham HS, both at SWAC (2801 SW Thistle) – Chief Sealth plays Monday at 4 pm, WSHS plays Wednesday at 4 pm. The regular season runs through early May.

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MILITARY FLYOVER: For Mariners opening night tonight Thu, 29 Mar 2018 22:48:05 +0000 (Air Force file photo of C-17)

Late addition to the Mariners‘ pregame plans for Opening Night tonight at Safeco Field – team spokesperson Rebecca Hale tells WSB that they’ve added a military flyover. If all goes as planned, around 6:52 pm, a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the 4th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will fly over the stadium, from the northwest to the southeast. She also mentions there will be some “small pyrotechnics” during the pregame ceremony. So if you’re not going to the game but happen to see and/or hear any of the above, now you know!

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CONGRATULATIONS! Another Hiawatha team wins citywide basketball championship Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:14:17 +0000

Just found out today that another Hiawatha Community Center basketball team won the citywide championship! Thanks to coach Mark Maroon for the photo and report:

The Hiawatha Boys 17 basketball team won the City Championship in the competitive division against Montlake on Sunday 3/18.

The “West Seattle Wildrats” had an undefeated 9-0 season and were coached by Mark Maroon, Mark Nakatani, and Chris Bernard.

Team members:
Jordan Berridge-Green, Miles Hyland, Ryan Nakatani, Anthony Coats, Joseph Kirk-Woodbury, Ben Dagg, Alec Maroon, Josh McKinney, Grant Vander Hijde, and Zach Donlan (not pictured).

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BASEBALL: West Seattle High School’s come-from-behind win over Franklin Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:53:40 +0000
Kit Lui walk off hit vs Frankin in extra innings

That’s video from West Seattle High School‘s come-from-behind win over Franklin HS at Hiawatha on Monday, with Kit Lui at the plate – the hero of the game, Porter Hammer reports:

After trailing by as much as 6 to 1 in the 4th inning, the West Seattle varsity baseball team came from behind to win in extra innings, playing 9 innings before beating Franklin 7-6. The team is now 4-1 on the year.

Down 6 to 4 in the final frame of regulation, West Seattle senior 3rd baseman Kit Lui hit a 2 RBI double to tie the game at 6 each, forcing extra innings.

Then, in the bottom of the 9th inning, Kit Lui again came up big, hitting a two out double to drive in West Seattle senior 1st baseman Anthony Coats from second base, completing the come from behind in walk-off fashion.

Kit ended the day with 4 RBIs, going 3-for-3 at the plate with 2 doubles. Kai Osaka, Nathan Villegas, and Anthony Coats all also contributed a double in West Seattle’s effort. Starting pitcher was Matt Morin, who went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs. Relieving Morin was Eli Markham, who pitched 5 strong innings, giving up only 2 hits and no runs.

The next game is tomorrow at 4 pm vs O’Dea at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Here’s the full WSHS season schedule, including results of games earlier this season.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Hiawatha girls win city basketball championship Tue, 27 Mar 2018 01:32:50 +0000

The report and photos are from coach Rob Wright:

Wanted to pass along the news about our basketball team’s championship (Sunday)! Our girls won the Seattle city championship in the 13-year-old SELECT division out of Hiawatha Community Center. We had an undefeated season, capped off with a 30-15 victory in the championship game versus Magnuson Community Center. The girls did an incredible job all season!

From left to right / bottom to top:
Ciera Jorge, Lauren Wright, Wynn Larsen, Emily Larsen, Katie Williamson, Olivia George, Jadyn Watts, Kaydinse Peirsol, Sophia Hyde, MiQueen Gaines, Coach Rob Wright, Coach Jeff Larsen

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