West Seattle Blog... » WS & Sports http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:53:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Congratulations! West Seattle’s Martin de Vrieze completes high-elevation 100-mile race http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-martin-de-vrieze-completes-high-elevation-100-mile-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-martin-de-vrieze-completes-high-elevation-100-mile-race/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:03:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283647

Congratulations to another West Seattleite for an amazing accomplishment – a high-elevation challenge completed by Martin de Vrieze recently in Colorado. Francine Stroud shares the story and photo:

Martin de Vrieze, a 20-year West Seattle resident, recently ran the Leadville 100 “Race Across the Sky.” This race is 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain. The race spans elevations between 9200 feet up to 12,600 feet, and has a total elevation gain of 18,168 feet. The race must be completed in 30 hours or less. Generally, only one half of the runners that start are able to finish the race. This year there were 612 starters and only 351 finishers. The race begins at 4:00 AM in the dark and for Martin ended at dawn the following morning. Martin finished in 25 hrs. 43 mins. 48 secs. He came in 25th in his age group and 93rd overall. We are very proud of him.

Find out more about the race here; results are here.

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Alki Beach 5K 2014 video/photos: Almost 1,100 runners and walkers! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/alki-beach-5k-2014-almost-1100-runners-and-walkers-this-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/alki-beach-5k-2014-almost-1100-runners-and-walkers-this-time/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:14:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283476

Almost 1,100 runners and walkers are on the course along Alki as this year’s Alki Beach 5K got under way minutes ago. First, they heard inspirational words from “Warrior Marathon Runner” Carol Dellinger, a breast-cancer survivor who has run 278 marathons, and just keeps running.

The Alki Beach 5K is a benefit for West Seattleite-founded-and-led Northwest Hope and Healing, and a fun time for all.

9:58 AM: Runners and walkers keep crossing the finish line. First one across, last year’s winner Miler Haller, 17 years old:

(Photo by David Hutchinson)
ADDED 12:32 PM: Here’s our video of everyone leaving the starting line:

First-time emcee (whose voice you hear in our video): Shellie Hart from Warm 106.9 radio:

Overseeing everything as always – NWHH executive director Shari Sewell:

The Alki Beach 5K is for a serious cause – helping NWHH help breast-cancer patients – but it’s fun too, and smiles abounded:

Eye-catching outfits, too:

3:59 PM: The results are now available online. In addition to first finisher Miler Haller, shown above, the other top finishers were:
#2 male – Joe Sheeran, 56, in 16:49:

#3 male – Chris Tolonen, 45, in 16:53:

#1 female – Somer Kreisman, 25, in 18:07:

#2 female – Hailey Kettel, 18, in 18:30:

#3 female – Caoline Austin, 23, in 18:46:

(The spellings are exactly as shown on the official results page; please let us know if anything is incorrect!)
ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: More scenes from race day:

All ages running AND applauding:

Might have to start calling it a run/walk/scoot:

More strollers than ever, this year:

Sightings along the route – Lou Cutler of Pathfinder K-8, where he leads a Make-A-Wish fundraiser run every year:

Perhaps West Seattle’s most visible mascot was of course on his/her home turf:

Lots of last-minute sign-ups, we heard – which kept volunteers mega-busy:

Some participants were on the run even before the 5K got going:

That’s Tim McConnell of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), who ran past us as we arrived at Alki pre-race. Finally, an A-board reminding everyone what the Alki Beach 5K was all about:

You can donate to Northwest Hope and Healing any time – just go here.

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Congratulations! West Seattle’s Tom Donohue wins 2 national championships in track cycling http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-tom-donohue-wins-2-national-championships-in-track-cycling/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-tom-donohue-wins-2-national-championships-in-track-cycling/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:49:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283463

Congratulations to West Seattle athlete Tom Donohue for his victories at the USA Cycling National Track Championships, which continue through tomorrow on the Eastside. The report and photos are by proud wife Lisa Donohue:

Fauntleroy resident Tom Donohue earned his 2nd Gold medal Saturday at the USA Cycling National Track Championships at Marymoor Velodrome in Redmond. Tom slayed the competition in both the Match Sprint and 500m Time Trial 50-54 year-old category. In addition, he also set a new track record in the 500m.

Tom is a member of the Cucina Fresca cycling team. You might spot him sprinting along the streets of West Seattle in his red and black jersey.

Tom will be traveling to the Manchester England for the World Championships this October. Last year he ranked top 10 in World, and hopes to make it to the podium in 2014.

You can see his 500m time in the results on this page detailing today’s highlights, and his sprint time in the highlights report from Thursday.

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One week away! Alki Beach 5K to help Northwest Hope and Healing help breast-cancer patients http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/one-week-away-alki-beach-5k-to-help-northwest-hope-and-healing-help-breast-cancer-patients/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/one-week-away-alki-beach-5k-to-help-northwest-hope-and-healing-help-breast-cancer-patients/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:46:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282838

(Photo by David Hutchinson, from 2012 Alki Beach 5K)
Only one week till the summer’s next big benefit 5K in West Seattle, the Northwest Hope and Healing-presented Alki Beach 5K, 9 am next Sunday (August 24th). It’s a fundraiser for West Seattleite-founded-and-led NWHH’s work helping breast-cancer patients. You can run or walk; Alki SW will be closed for the run, so there’s plenty of room for you and the other hundreds of people who will be part of it. Sign up online right now, or in person this week at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), which also has an early-packet-pickup event set for Saturday (10 am-2 pm, California/Charlestown), if you want to get yours before 5K day. See you at the beach (start/finish line is by the Bathhouse, 61st/Alki) next Sunday!

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West Seattle sightings at Sounders FC match: WestSide Baby diaper drive; Terry Kegel honored as Community MVP http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-sightings-at-sounders-fc-match-westside-baby-diaper-drive-terry-kegel-honored-as-community-mvp/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-sightings-at-sounders-fc-match-westside-baby-diaper-drive-terry-kegel-honored-as-community-mvp/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:44:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282186 It wasn’t officially West Seattle night at the Sounders FC match tonight (they won over Houston, 2-0), but it might as well have been, for at least two reasons!

West Seattle-founded WestSide Baby had a diaper drive at tonight’s game, and we spotted WS Baby reps everywhere, including Stacy, in our Instagram photo above. The big screens around CenturyLink Field displayed calls to text a special number to donate diapers. Then at the half, Alki Elementary teacher Terry Kegel was honored on the field as the club’s Community MVP:

Terry, you’ll recall, gained regional fame for organizing the first-ever West Seattle Cup earlier this summer.

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Local runner Clark Gilbert joins coast-to-coast MS-fighting relay http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/local-runner-clark-gilbert-joins-coast-to-coast-ms-fighting-relay/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/local-runner-clark-gilbert-joins-coast-to-coast-ms-fighting-relay/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 19:33:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281347 Clark Gilbert, a local runner and coach, has headed east to be part of a coast-to-coast relay raising money to fight MS. He left Friday for Brooksville, Pennsylvania, where he will start running the 17th segment of the annual MS Run the US Relay. He shared this info:

This relay started in April from LA with 17 different runners running various segments across the United States to finish in New York City. Each runner basically runs a marathon (26.2 miles) per day for 5 to 7 days as part of their segment. The Relay is a 3,000-mile relay run across America to help raise awareness and funds to help CURE multiple sclerosis (MS).

After finishing the 17th Segment, from Brooksville, PA to Sunbury, PA, Clark will continue running the Relay route along with Segment 18 runner, Valerie Olberding (from Bozeman, MT), to Fort Lee, NJ. At Fort Lee, they will be joined with other relay runners and supporters for the final 14-mile leg into New York City on August 16. August will be the final event, ending this year’s Relay.

In 2013 (photo at left), Clark ran two segments, #6 from Vernal, UT and then 18 from Mahoney City, PA, to New York City. Clark and his wife Shelly live and run in West Seattle. Besides running, Clark works at West Seattle Runner and is a running coach working with P3|Running. For information on donating, please visit: coachclarkruns.com/ms-run-the-us-relay.html

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West Seattle weekend scene: First WSHS Alumni Basketball Game http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-weekend-scene-first-wshs-alumni-basketball-game/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-weekend-scene-first-wshs-alumni-basketball-game/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:42:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280646

High-school basketball season is still four months away – here’s the schedule, taking shape – but the West Seattle High School court was busy on Saturday afternoon.

The first annual West Seattle High School Alumni Game was organized as a benefit for the current program. The schedule included a shoot-around and 3-pointer competition; for the main game, players were split between the school’s past and present mascots, Indians (gray T-shirts) and Wildcats (white T-shirts), with 2004 as the dividing line. Missed the game? Look for the second-annual edition next year. And you can support WSHS athletics any time via the WS Booster Club.

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West Seattle Totems updates: 10 team members compete in National Air Rifle Championships; Alec Patajo wins, heads to Legion competition this week http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-totems-updates-10-team-members-compete-in-national-air-rifle-championships-alec-patajo-wins-heads-to-legion-competition-this-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-totems-updates-10-team-members-compete-in-national-air-rifle-championships-alec-patajo-wins-heads-to-legion-competition-this-week/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:41:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280595

West Seattle Totems team member Alec Patajo, 14, goes to Colorado this week to compete for the 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship – weeks after winning another national championship, in his first national final. That’s part of this Totems update from coach Joe Matter (who also provided the photo above):

The West Seattle Totems recently returned from their trip to the National Air Rifle Championships. Ten members of the team travelled to Camp Perry Ohio which is the home of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The CMP hosted two national championships: The Junior Olympic 3 Position Air Rifle Championships and the CMP National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships.

Each Championship consists of a 60 shot qualification process and a final. Team scores are computed using the qualification score. Those individuals who finish in the top 8., compete in a 10 shot final. The scores from the final are added to the qualification score to determine the final placing.

The first competition was the Junior Olympic Championships. The Thunderbird squad of Alec Patajo, Corinne Blair, Sierra Avril, Casey iwamoto and Tanner Venturi finished in 8th place. The Chiefs squad of Katelynn Bacon, Katelynn Brown, Owen Yeasting, Nick Young and Vic Yeasting finished in 36th place. Alec finished in 5th place after the qualification round. Alec shot well in the final and finished in 4th place after the final was completed. This was Alec’s first national final.

The second day of competition was the CMP National Championships. The Thunderbirds improved their scores on the second day and finished in 7th place. the Chiefs finished in 35th place. Alec won the qualification round shooting a 595 out of 600 points. He went into the final with a 2 point lead over the previous days National Champion Sarah Osborne, who has won 6 national championships in the last 2 years.

Alec shot well, but Sarah started closing the distance. By shot number 7, Alec’s 2 point lead was down to 1/10 of a point. Alec 8th shot was critical and he shot a perfect 10.9 while Sarah shot a 10.6. The 9th shot, Alec widened his lead back to a full point and in the 10th and final shot he finished with a 1.7 point lead and won the CMP National Championship.

Alec will be competing in the American Legion National Championships at the end of July. The American Legion match will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The rest of the Totems will be back in competition this fall.

The American Legion events begin on Tuesday and offer college-scholarship money to the winners. (Read more about the Ohio competition in this story, which features a photo of Alec.)

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Watch and/or play: first-ever WSHS Alumni Basketball Game/Showcase on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/watch-andor-play-first-ever-wshs-alumni-basketball-gameshowcase-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/watch-andor-play-first-ever-wshs-alumni-basketball-gameshowcase-tomorrow/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:16:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280527

Big afternoon of basketball at West Seattle High School on Saturday – and players are welcome as well as spectators. All the info’s on the flyer above, shared by head coach Keffrey Fazio; basics are that the doors open at noon, shoot-around starts at 12:30 pm, 3-pointer-shooting contest at 1 pm, alumni game’s at 2 pm, food/social event at 3:45 pm. $20 fee for players, with proceeds benefiting the WSHS boys-basketball program.

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Video: 350+ running and ‘dodging’ in 2014 Float Dodger 5K http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-450-running-in-2014-float-dodger-5k/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-450-running-in-2014-float-dodger-5k/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:42:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279829

9:42 AM: First big event up this morning – the pre-parade Float Dodger 5K, third annual edition. Our crew at the starting line at California/Charlestown says that run presenter West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) has 450 people signed up. They’re scheduled to take off at about 9:45, headed north to the spot in our top photo – California/Lander, where the West Seattle Hi-Yu float awaits the “dodgers,” who then head back south along the parade route toward The Junction. The 5K is a fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. More to come.

10 AM: The runners have dodged the float – here’s a short clip:

We’ll have more photos/video to add later – but first, it’s on with the parade!

ADDED 4:36 PM: Photos – this is a race you dress up for!

Haven’t seen the results yet (if you see them first, please let us know so we can share the link).

ADDED: One more view of the “dodging” at California/Lander:

And as commenter JRR pointed out earlier, you can look up the results here.

SUNDAY NOTE: Tim from WSR updates the participation in count in comments. We have changed the number in the headline to 350+ as a result.

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West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars finish #4 in state http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-little-league-11-12-all-stars-finish-4-in-state/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-little-league-11-12-all-stars-finish-4-in-state/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:57:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279732

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
After a string of victories in must-win games, the West Seattle Little League‘s 11-12 All-Stars’ state-tournament run finally ended Thursday night.

Pacific, from Edmonds, beat the WSLL team, 14-4, at Bar-S on Alki Point. Three teams remain in the WSLL-hosted tournament, which continues through Saturday.

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Another state-tournament win for West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-state-tournament-win-for-west-seattle-little-league-11-12-all-stars/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-state-tournament-win-for-west-seattle-little-league-11-12-all-stars/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:22:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279608

Spirit’s running high for West Seattle Little League as its 11-12 (Majors) All-Stars win again in the state tournament WSLL is hosting at Bar-S on Alki Point. This afternoon, it was a 5-3 win over South Spokane.

This means tomorrow at 6 pm, they play the winner of tonight’s Pacific vs. Gig Harbor game.

They are two victories away from Saturday’s final, for which Federal Way already has qualified.

By the way, the game had a flyover of sorts:

Go cheer for the WSLL team at 6 pm tomorrow.

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Heartstopping comeback keeps West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars going in state tournament at Bar-S http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/heartstopping-comeback-keeps-west-seattle-little-league-11-12-all-stars-going-in-state-tournament-at-bar-s/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/heartstopping-comeback-keeps-west-seattle-little-league-11-12-all-stars-going-in-state-tournament-at-bar-s/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:39:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279532

(WSB photo from early in Tuesday night’s game)
The West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars play again at 3 pm today in the state tournament that WSLL is hosting at Bar-S – after a thrilling comeback in their Tuesday night game. It wasn’t looking good going into the bottom of the 8th: As tweeted by Cami MacNamara, the team was down 5-2, three outs away from potential elimination. But they rallied with four runs to beat Eastside 6-5, and will play Spokane South today.

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West Seattle Cup aftermath: Organizer Terry Kegel up for MLS Community MVP award; plus, see the highlight reel! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-cup-aftermath-organizer-terry-kegel-up-for-mls-community-mvp-award-plus-see-the-highlight-reel/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-cup-aftermath-organizer-terry-kegel-up-for-mls-community-mvp-award-plus-see-the-highlight-reel/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:26:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278787

During the early going of the World Cup, our area had its own celebration of soccer and community – the West Seattle Cup. Announced back in January and played over a weekend in June, the West Seattle Cup was dreamed up and brought to reality by local teacher Terry Kegel, who shared the highlight reel above, showing what it was all about – not just family soccer games and international learning (teams represented various countries), but also the importance of “conversations for understanding” – those were as much a part of the “final score” as the soccer goals. We stopped by during the WSC – our story included this photo of Terry:

Terry is now a finalist for the special Community MVP award given out by Major League Soccer – with the prize including a $10,000 charity donation and a trip to the MLS All-Star Game. Voting is under way and continues until July 25th. And you can vote with *no strings attached* – no requirement that you sign up for something or “like”/”follow” something – just go here and click on the Sounders logo on the map, so that Terry’s info and “vote now” button will appear below.

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Congratulations! Another regional championship for West Seattle Baseball – 9U off to California http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/congratulations-another-regional-championship-for-west-seattle-baseball/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/congratulations-another-regional-championship-for-west-seattle-baseball/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:04:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279337

More youth-sports success! West Seattle Baseball president Eric Olson reports that the league’s 9U All Stars won the PONY Northwest Region Championship over the weekend:

The 9U all-stars followed in the footsteps of their 8U counterparts and beat Maltby Pony Baseball to become the PONY Northwest Region Champions. After going down 5-4 in the first, the Niners put on another hit parade, scoring 8 over the last 5 innings to win 13-7. The team really played great team baseball behind a stellar pitching performance by Chase Clifton, who pitched 5 2/3 innings.

The team leaves Thursday to Walnut, California, for the 9U PONY West Zone Championship, with an opportunity to advance to the 9U World Series.

Front: Cooper Hall, Brody Olson
Back: Joel Clark, Brendan Johnson, Jack Cahill, Patrick Galvin, Chase Clifton, Payton Kyle, Kai Perala, Tyler Eisenhut, Wyatt Trujillo, Ethan Wyatt
Coaches: John Cahill, Eric Olson, Vic Hall

Congratulations and good luck!

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