West Seattle Blog... » WS & Sports http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 May 2015 08:07:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Congratulations, WSHS softball team! Trevor Leopold is Metro League ‘Coach of the Year’; 9 players honored http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-wshs-softball-team-trevor-leopold-is-metro-league-coach-of-the-year-9-players-honored/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-wshs-softball-team-trevor-leopold-is-metro-league-coach-of-the-year-9-players-honored/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 22:16:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311466

(WSB photo: Coach Leopold and some of his players at SWAC last week)
As the West Seattle High School softball team looks ahead to its first state-tournament game on Friday, it’s celebrating a stack of Metro League honors! Just in from WSHS:

Metro Coach of the Year
Trevor Leopold

1st Team All-Metro
Gabby Wenn – Pitcher
Annalisa Ursino – Outfield

1st Team All-Division (Mountain)
Sam Hemmert – Catcher
Emma Atkinson – 1st Base
Lucy Mead – 2nd Base
Charli Elliott – Shortstop
Spritle Hirano – Outfield

Honorable Mention
Bryn Snodgrass – Outfield
Rachel DeVore – 3rd Base

Congratulations to all!

WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB FUNDRAISER FOR SOFTBALL TEAM: As was the case when the WSHS girls’ basketball team went to state, the softball team’s trip is expensive as well as exciting. The nonprofit West Seattle Booster Club is collecting donations to help them cover costs. From the letter they’re circulating in the community:

After taking second place in the Metro League Championship and making it through both Districts and Regionals, the team plays their first State Tournament game on Friday, May 29th at 9:00 am in Lacey, at the Regional Sports Complex.

They would love your support and to hear West Seattle fans loud and proud cheering them on. Additionally, since the team will be in Olympia May 28-30th for the tournament, they are seeking donations of any amount to assist with meals and lodging.

Donations are being accepted by us, the West Seattle Booster Club (WSBC). We are a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting ALL athletic programs at WSHS. Our goal is to further athletic programs and activities at the high school that the school budget cannot cover. We would love to have you join us in this particular case to help our girls with their amazing season.

Your tax-deductible donation, no matter the size, would be of great benefit to ease the financial burden on the school ,and on the girls and their families.

Easiest way to donate is online: westseattleboosterclub.org/donate

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High-school sports updates: WSHS’s state-bound track athletes; 1st state opponent set for softball; Ultimate league championship http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/high-school-sports-updates-wshss-state-bound-track-athletes-1st-state-opponent-set-for-softball-ultimate-league-championship/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/high-school-sports-updates-wshss-state-bound-track-athletes-1st-state-opponent-set-for-softball-ultimate-league-championship/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 02:09:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311376 More state-championship news about local high-school athletes. First – from the update earlier this month on West Seattle High School track athletes who were headed for districts, WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold has news of who qualified for state:

Cass Elliott (300 Meter Hurdles)
Chris Nunez (300 Meter Hurdles)
Chaaka Trahan (110 Meter Hurdles, Long Jump)
Natalie Fuller (Triple Jump)
Lexi Ioane (Shot Put)
Lani Taylor (100m, 200m, 400m)

The State Track championships will be held at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma starting Thursday May 28th – 30th

Leopold coaches the softball team, which as we’ve been reporting, is also state-bound, and he shares an update on the schedule:

Their first game is against North Central High School out of Spokane on Friday, May 29th, at 9:00am. The games take place at the Regional Athletic Complex (in Lacey).

And congratulations to the Westside Ultimate Coed team, which won its first League Championship and sent us the photo and update:

West Seattle High School’s ultimate frisbee team, Westside Ultimate, in its 3rd year of existence, wins its Disc NW divisional League Championship. Westside finished the season undefeated with wins over Garfield, Chief Sealth, Bainbridge Island and others and entered the season-ending tournament as the number 1 seed. With a win over Bainbridge Island 2 weeks ago and wins over Aviation and Mercer Island in the final 4 last Saturday, Westside Ultimate takes its first championship after losing close games in the finals the last 2 years. Westside also graduates 4 seniors; Shadid Baker, Devon Dascher, Greg Rosas, and Daniel Thomas.

Championship game:
Westside 15 – Mercer Island 7

Final 4:
Westside 13 – Aviation 4

(Any updates on other schools’ athletes/teams headed to state? editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!)

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Congrats! National championship for West Seattle’s ‘Archer Addy’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congrats-national-championship-for-west-seattles-archer-addy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congrats-national-championship-for-west-seattles-archer-addy/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 06:01:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311254

It’s been a while since our last update on West Seattle’s “Archer Addy,” who’s been notching archery achievements for a long time despite her young age. Erik and Tracy Nachtrieb shared this news:

11-year-old Addison “Archer Addy” Nachtrieb, a Schmitz Park Elementary student, won the NFAA 3D National Archery Championship and she was awarded the highest-scoring female of all age groups for the second year in a row. This year she also set the NFAA National scoring record for her age division, the last record being held for 10 years.

After 21 total hours of shooting over 3 days, in 90F+ weather, and after shooting a 6-hour Pro-AM the day before the three day National Tournament, Addy held it together over miles of rugged terrain and hills along the shooting course to only drop 7 points! Addy shot 1533 out of a perfect score of 1540! An amazing feat for an 11-year-old.

Addy has been shooting for 3 years and logs over 18,000 practice arrows a year. She recently placed 3rd in the World Archery Festival, 4th in the US Indoor National Championships, has had a book written about her first year in archery, and has recently been brought on as Pro Staff for ArcherZUpshot.

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Softball postseason: West Seattle HS takes 4th in district tournament http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-postseason-west-seattle-hs-takes-4th-in-district-tournament/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-postseason-west-seattle-hs-takes-4th-in-district-tournament/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 14:01:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311277

(WSB photo: From left, WSHS’s Charli Elliott and Annalisa Ursino, with Ballard’s Savannah Furia sliding into 2nd)
Next up for the West Seattle High School softball team: State tournament play in Lacey on Friday, after their fourth-place finish in the district tournament at Southwest Athletic Complex last night. In a rematch of the Metro League final a week earlier, Ballard HS went home with the win over the Wildcats, 7-1. WSHS put the ball in play against Ballard pitcher Sage Nicholson more than they had last time, but not enough to get on the scoreboard in a big way. Charli Elliott pitched, with WSHS’s Gabby Wenn still out with an injury; Elliott also got the RBI for the Wildcats’ lone run, which was scored by Lucy Mead. The state-tournament brackets aren’t out yet; we’ll update with the WSHS game time and opponent when they are.

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Also headed for state: West Seattle HS golfer Zach Gibson http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/also-headed-for-state-west-seattle-hs-golfer-zach-gibson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/also-headed-for-state-west-seattle-hs-golfer-zach-gibson/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 02:33:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311230

It’s state-championship season for high-school athletes in several sports, including golf, with a West Seattle High School golfer headed to the Tri-Cities in a few days to compete. From Kristin Gibson:

West Seattle Wildcat Zach Gibson will compete in Boys 3A State Golf Championship May 26-28 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, WA. Zach qualified last fall by placing 10th in the Metro District Championship. Good Luck, Zach!

Checking our archives, Zach went to the state championships last year, too.

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District softball playoffs: WSHS loses; plays Ballard again Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/district-softball-playoffs-wshs-loss-another-game-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/district-softball-playoffs-wshs-loss-another-game-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 03:16:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311172

(WSB photo: WSHS’s Spritle Hirano in the foreground)
8:16 PM: At the district softball tournament tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex in Westwood, West Seattle High School lost to Lake Washington HS, 3-2. But they’re already guaranteed a spot in the state tournament, and they’ll play again tomorrow at 5 pm, vs. the loser of Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island, who are playing right now. More to come.

EARLY FRIDAY: It’ll be a rematch – WSHS vs. Ballard for the second consecutive Friday night. Last week, it was for the Metro League championship; this time, for third place in the district tournament. More of Thursday’s game details, courtesy of our partners at The Seattle Times:

Pitcher Gabby Wenn, above, drove in both WSHS runs before having to leave the game with a hamstring injury. Below, that’s Annalisa Ursino scoring the second of those runs,

The Wildcats, coached by WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold, are 21-5.

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Congratulations! Five West Seattle HS student athletes honored http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-five-west-seattle-hs-student-athletes-honored/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-five-west-seattle-hs-student-athletes-honored/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 23:18:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311154

The photo is from West Seattle High School athletic director Trevor Leopold, who shares this report on a lunchtime event downtown today:

These West Seattle High School students were honored at The Washington Athletic Club by the 101 Club. From left to right are Carter Mensing, Annalisa Ursino, Charli Elliott, Isabella Burzynski, and Joey Kane. All the Metro League schools have students who were there and nominated. Charli Elliott was awarded a scholarship at the luncheon. She has a 4.0 GPA and 11 Varsity Letters. 4 Soccer, 4 Basketball, 3 Softball. She is attending Pacific University in Oregon in the fall and going to play basketball.

Congratulations to all!

(SIDE NOTE: Coach Leopold and athletes Elliott and Ursino take to the field at Southwest Athletic Complex with the rest of the WSHS softball team less than an hour from now – 5 pm – for a district-tournament game against Lake Washington HS.)

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West Seattle scene: Y fundraiser for Sounders/Seahawks ‘superfans’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-y-fundraiser-for-soundersseahawks-superfans/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-y-fundraiser-for-soundersseahawks-superfans/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 15:59:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311007

(Photo courtesy West Seattle YMCA)
Thanks to Joleen at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) for the photo from last night’s “superfan” fundraiser – that’s Tom Hutyler (radio sports anchor, voice of the Mariners at Safeco Field, and West Seattleite) with Steven Hauschka from the Seahawks and Zach Scott from Sounders FC. To raise money for its upcoming expansion, the Y sold a limited number of tickets to “superfans” to meet the players and bid on donated items including signed jerseys.

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Softball postseason: West Seattle beats Bellevue in 1st district-tournament game http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-postseason-west-seattle-beats-bellevue-in-1st-districts-game/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-postseason-west-seattle-beats-bellevue-in-1st-districts-game/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 02:16:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310961

(WSB photos: WSHS’s Charli Elliott scoring the first run of the game)
At Southwest Athletic Complex, the West Seattle High School Wildcats softball team has just opened district tournament play with a victory over Bellevue HS, 7-2. Their next game is Thursday at 5 pm, same place they played today, Southwest Athletic Complex; the game to determine their opponent is just getting under way.

9:22 PM UPDATE: Lake Washington is who the Wildcats will play on Thursday – LWHS just beat Bishop Blanchet, 14-2. Meantime, we have a few more details and photos from the WSHS-Bellevue game.

Gabby Wenn again pitched a complete game for WSHS. It was a pitchers’ duel through four innings; then in #5, West Seattle scored 5 unanswered runs against Bellevue pitcher Dejah Rogers; the full WSHS order came to the plate before Bellevue could get three outs. After that, LWHS picked up two runs in the top of the sixth, but then the Wildcats added two more in the bottom, and that was it.

WSHS coached Trevor Leopold tells us his team is now guaranteed a spot in the state tournament in Lacey, . But first – they face the Kangs.

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Congratulations! West Seattle HS track athletes District-bound http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-west-seattle-hs-track-athletes-district-bound/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-west-seattle-hs-track-athletes-district-bound/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 22:26:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310688

On a day that began with hundreds of people running to benefit West Seattle High School students … we have news about the students who run *for* WSHS. Thanks to Linda Rackner for the photo and report:

The following West Seattle High School track athletes are moving on to compete at the District level this week at Southwest Athletic Complex. They competed at Metros this last week.

Lani Taylor – 110 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters & 4×400 Relay
Lexi Ioane – Shot Put, Discus
Maggie Cooper – 300 M Hurdles, Pole Vault, 4x 400 Relay
Saoirse Cumming
Annie Means – 4×400 Relay
Gabrielle Rackner – 4×400 Relay
Riely McCullough – (alternate for 4 x 400 Relay)

Chris Nunez – (4×100 & 4×400 Relay)
Cass Elliott – (300 m Hurdles, 4×100 & 4×400 Relay)
Noah Evans – (4 x 400 Relay)
Chaaka Trahan – (110 m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles, Long Jump)
John Ursino – (4×100 Relay)
Nuradine Abdi – (alternate 4 x 400 Relay)
Miles Hairston – (alternate for 4×400 Relay)

Linda Rackner
Senior Director, Marketing & Sales

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VIDEO: 7th annual West Seattle 5K to start the day on Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-7th-annual-west-seattle-5k-to-start-the-day-on-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-7th-annual-west-seattle-5k-to-start-the-day-on-alki/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 17:48:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310656

Alki Avenue SW is reopening now that everyone’s finished the 7th annual West Seattle 5K, with more than 800 people of all ages (and a few dogs!) running and walking along the beach to raise money for the WSHS PTSA. Above, our Instagram clip of the start; we’ll add our traditional “everyone leaving the starting line” video once it’s uploaded. (Added – Here it is:)

Now, what happened as the participants started coming in:


Males –
Tyler Eidsmoe (above), 26, 16:31
Ben Sauvage, 45, 16:40
Kyle Smits, 36, 17:03

Females –
Kelly McKean (above), 37, 18:56
Megan Newton, 28, 19:54
Kylen Fountain, 26, 20:02

1:57 PM: We’re adding photos now. But first – here are the results, the full list of names and times for all 692 timed finishers.

Though the WS5K isn’t the only race in the region on this particular date, it’s the only one that’s about this community. WSHS principal Ruth Medsker, for example, ran to support her students:

Race announcer Eric Radovich gave extra shoutouts to the local businesses that are longtime WS5K sponsors. That included us, and two that also happen to be WSB sponsors – first, West Seattle Runner, this area’s only store devoted to running, whose proprietors Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell were on the run too – here’s Lori:

WS Runner has marked its 5th anniversary and moved to a new location (2743 California SW) since last WS5K. Second longtime WS5K sponsor that’s on our team too, Metropolitan Market:

On the sidelines, we also caught up with race participants Stefan and Christine from WSB sponsor West Seattle Office Junction, this area’s only co-working center:

(At center in our photo, between Christine and Stefan, is Christine’s husband Marco.) The 5K takes a lot of volunteer power, and that includes WSHS students:

Back on the race course, some of the very youngest participants found it extremely relaxing:

We saw a lot of somewhat older kids, meantime, who gave it their all:

Some runners brought along their furry friends:

Still adding photos …

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Softball postseason: West Seattle HS takes 2nd in Metro League http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-postseason-west-seattle-hs-takes-2nd-in-metro-league/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-postseason-west-seattle-hs-takes-2nd-in-metro-league/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 03:19:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310486

(WSB photos: Above, Wildcats applauding their supporters postgame)
We’re under the lights at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the Metro League softball championship game has just ended with Ballard HS taking the tournament title, 3-1 over the West Seattle HS Wildcats.

Tough pitching on both sides; Ballard’s Sage Nicholson (above) got the win, pitching a complete game as did WSHS’s Gabby Wenn (below).

The postseason is just beginning, with districts up next. First time in tournament history that the top two teams have been from public schools, the tournament director has just said.

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Congratulations! Chief Sealth girls 4×100 = Metro League champs http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-chief-sealth-girls-4x100-metro-league-champs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-chief-sealth-girls-4x100-metro-league-champs/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 02:48:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310478

Thanks to Lisa Brody for the photo and report on a Chief Sealth International High School relay team that won big this afternoon:

Metro-All City Track meet on May 15 at SWAC this afternoon: Lots of excitement and many competitors from Chief Sealth International High School as well as West Seattle High moving on to the District Track Meet next week at SWAC.

I thought I would share this photo of the Chief Sealth Girls 4 X 100m relay team who took first place as Metro League Champions. These same girls also ran in the 4 X 200m relay and took 2nd in that event.

Here they are with the Chief Sealth International High School Track Sprinting Coach, Billy Hairston. From left to right – Chloe Myers, Assa Kaba, Coach Hairston, Imani Carey, and Quinn Wiley.

(Thanks to everyone who’s been sharing high-school sports updates – editor@westseattleblog.com – so we can share the news with the community!)

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Last day to register online for Sunday’s West Seattle 5K run/walk http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/last-day-to-register-online-for-sundays-west-seattle-5k-runwalk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/last-day-to-register-online-for-sundays-west-seattle-5k-runwalk/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 16:33:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310303

(WSB file photo)
Looks like the classic annual forecast for Sunday’s West Seattle 5K on Alki – partly sunny, comfortable temperatures. If you haven’t signed up yet, today is your **last chance** to do it the most convenient way – online. Here’s an update from race director Jeff Mensing:

Online registration for the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk ends tonight at midnight. Don’t delay, register today and take advantage of discounted fees. We will also be at the new West Seattle Runner location (2743 California SW) from noon to 6:00 on Saturday for registration and race packet pickup or at the Alki Bathhouse starting at 8:00 am Sunday the 17th. The race starts at 9:20 am.

The West Seattle 5K is presented by, and benefits, the West Seattle High School PTSA; we’re proud to be among the co-sponsors again this year. It’s the biggest 5K of the year on Alki, running/walking in the temporarily closed-to-vehicles street on Alki Avenue, with runners/walkers of all ages every year. See you there!

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Softball playoffs: West Seattle HS in championship game vs. Ballard on Friday; Sealth to play Roosevelt next http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-playoffs-west-seattle-hs-in-championship-game-vs-ballard-on-friday-sealth-to-play-roosevelt-next/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/softball-playoffs-west-seattle-hs-in-championship-game-vs-ballard-on-friday-sealth-to-play-roosevelt-next/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 21:11:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310219

(Tuesday night photo of WSHS-EC game, by West Seattle athletic director/softball coach Trevor Leopold)
Thanks to Cheryl Brown for another update on the high-school softball playoffs:

*West Seattle High School beat Eastside Catholic 15-7 at Southwest Athletic Complex last night and advances to the Metro League championship game vs. Ballard at 7 pm Friday at SWAC

*Chief Sealth International High School lost to Holy Names 12-2 at Southeast Athletic Complex but plays Roosevelt at 5 pm Friday at SEAC for 7th/8th-place determination

*1st- through 9th-place teams advance to district playoffs starting next Monday

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