WS & Sports – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:18:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 YOUTH SPORTS: Registration time for SWAC football, cheer Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:31:34 +0000 As families continue planning the summer, the SWAC Cougars youth football and cheer program has opened registration. Gary shared the announcement:

The Southwest Athletic Club (SWAC) is a West Seattle-based non-profit organization with the purpose of teaching youth teamwork, discipline, and self-esteem through participation in youth football and cheer activities. We provide a safe structured and positive environment that stresses dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, which teaches as much about life as it does football and cheer.


$150 for Football – we provide helmets, shoulder pads, and uniforms

$150 for Cheer – we provide uniforms and pom poms

Starts: July 16th 2018

Monday thru Friday 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Location: Southwest Athletic Complex (across from Chief Sealth International High School)

The program serves ages 5-14. You can register online at

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UPDATE: West Seattle High School football coach Marcis Fennell resigns after one year Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:28:07 +0000 1:28 PM: West Seattle High School principal Brian Vance says the school has accepted the resignation of Marcis Fennell after his first year as head football coach. Fennell sent WSB a copy of his resignation letter; you can read it here (PDF). He cites “many reasons” for leaving, including “unwarranted resistance” to his “attempt to change the culture of the program.” Vance says school administration is sending a letter to program families this afternoon, and that the school will launch a search for a new head coach, though it’s a lot later in the year than the traditional time for such searches. Fennell went winless during his year of coaching the Wildcats; in his resignation letter, he says that he inherited only “1 returning varsity player with significant playing time from the season prior.” His hiring was announced in March 2017.

ADDED 2:56 PM: WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson has just sent us the aforementioned letter that’s gone out to families; read it here (PDF). In part, Sorenson writes, “I would like to thank Coach Fennell for the endless amount of time and energy he invested into our student athletes at West Seattle High School. During Coach Fennell’s time as Head Coach at West Seattle High School, our school has seen increases in the number of two-sport athletes, overall team GPA and community outreach from within our football program. I want to assure all the families and athletes that moving forward we will be having a football program next fall at West Seattle High School.” He also told families that while WSHS searches for a new head coach, assistant athletic director Jeremy Marzofka “will be running team activities and workouts.”

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SUMMER CAMP: Still room in West Seattle skatepark camps Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:13:54 +0000

Thanks to longtime local skateboarding advocate Matthew Lee Johnston for sending word that Skate Like a Girl still has room in day camps at Delridge and Roxhill Skateparks this summer:

Come shred, West Seattle! Youth of all genders are welcome to join Skate Like a Girl at the Roxhill and Delridge Skate Parks for amazing weeklong skate camps, learning the basics of pushing, riding, ramps, ollies, and more! Take your skate skills to new heights with the folks at Skate Like a Girl!

To register visit

Generous Financial Aid is available!

Here’s the full flyer with dates and locations.

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle rowers’ success at nationals Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:51:56 +0000 We have updates on the three West Seattle rowers featured here early Sunday for making it to the national championships – but first, we’ve also received a report on a fourth! From Regina Arceo-Schulz:

Reece Schulz (above right), born and raised in West Seattle, did something that not too many people can say they did, he won the Lightweight Junior Men’s 2x three years in a row at the 2018 US Youth National Rowing Championship. He and this year’s partner, Ruben Luthra, finished the 2000 meters in 7:00.669 at Lake Natoma, CA. They were first in time trials and semi-finals over the three-day regatta.

Reece won last year with Cole Graham at Sarasota, Florida and 2016 with Nick Angelillo at Mercer Lake, New Jersey. A little side note, Reece’s older brothers Spencer Schulz and James Teodoro (JT) Schulz had won the same trophy in 2014. Reece and Ruben row at Seattle Rowing Center and thank their coaches, Conal Groom and Derek Deleuw, for all the hard training and support.

Kathy Lower also updated us on Reed Lower, a West Seattle High School senior who rows for Mount Baker:

His team got 16th in the nation for the Men’s Varsity 4+.

And Steve Cameron updated us on the two Fauntleroy residents he had e-mailed about over the weekend – Chief Sealth International High School senior Mackenna Cameron’s Green Lake Crew 8 seat team “made the Grand Final and came in 5th in the nation,” while Rohin Petram, a Vashon HS student, “finished 12th in his single and is only a Junior with another year to make it to the top.”

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YOUTH SPORTS: Highline Premier still has some spots Tue, 12 Jun 2018 02:06:34 +0000 Tomorrow and Thursday, Highline Premier FC has one more round of tryouts for certain birth years. Here’s the announcement:

First round of Tryouts has concluded for the 2018/19 season. A second round of tryouts will commence on June 12 & June 14 for additional players for birth year 2007 through 2011 players & 2005 boys.

When: June 12 & 14th. Please attend both nights

Time: Based on Age Group. We will confirm field/time on Sunday via email to registrants.

Where: Chief Sealth Utility Fields or Walt Hundley based on gender/birth year(email will be sent to confirm field and time)

Existing teams may have limited spots. Email our Tryout Director at to inquire.

If interested, register here ASAP!

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Southwest Little League’s season-ending celebration Mon, 11 Jun 2018 03:13:34 +0000 Story and photos by Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The clouds and rain held off just long enough for Southwest Little League to hold its 2018 picnic and Home Run Derby at Steve Cox Memorial Park on Saturday.

While attendees began enjoying the food prepared by league board members and other volunteers, the official program began with the presentation of the league´s Coach of the Year award, which was given to third-year coach Josh Wells:

Following the coach award, trophies were awarded to the winners of the morning’ś Home Run Derby. One champion from each of the leagué’ś five competition divisions — Majors, AAA, AA, Coach Pitch, and Tee Ball — was recognized for hitting the longest fly ball in their peer group.

Majors: Grayson Leui Steele (201 feet, 6 inches)

AAA: Josiah Matautia (209´)

AA: Ezra Cox (159´)

Coach Pitch: Paityn Wells (daughter of Coach of the Year Josh Wells) (113´ 7¨)

Jon Beatty won the Tee Ball competition with 42 feet, 7 inches.

Coaches from each of the league’ś teams were invited to introduce their players in attendance and award them medals and trophies for their completed seasons.

(Wells with his 2018 coach pitch Cubs)

The league´s all-star squads for district competitions were also recognized at the ceremony.

All-Stars Majors:

Gavin Brown
Finn Derning
Jayden Dunbar
Quinn Gonzalez-Wiler
Grayson Leui-Steele
Kevin Martinez
Joellz Matautia
Julian Medina
Cameron Nelson
Noah Nguyen
Konnor Stanley

All-Stars 9/10:

Josiah Barron
Joseph Benavides Jr.
Artise Burton Jr.
Riley Coughlin
Ezra Cox
Jack Derning
Ethan Ellis
Kaeson Filitaula
Mason Filitaula Jr.
Jeremiah Luafalemana
Gary McKay
Cole Utter

Find out more about SWLL here.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Pathfinder K-8 girls win volleyball championship Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:48:57 +0000

Thanks to Lisa for sending the photo with the news that the Pathfinder K-8 girls won the Seattle Public Schools volleyball championship this weekend! Their opponent was Broadview-Thomson. First volleyball championship for Pathfinder, Lisa says!

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3 West Seattle rowers at Youth National Championships this weekend Sun, 10 Jun 2018 08:06:30 +0000 At least three rowers from West Seattle are at the Youth National Championships this weekend in Northern California. First, Steve Cameron sent this report on two of them:

Your readers may be interested to know we have two high school athletes from West Seattle (Fauntleroy to be exact) competing at the US Rowing Youth National Championships this weekend. Rowing does not make the news too much but there are over 1,000 teens in Western WA who are rowers.

Rohin Petram is a Junior, rows for Vashon Island, and attends Vashon High School. He is a lifelong resident of WS and has grown up in the Fauntleroy neighborhood. He competed in a single this weekend and just missed the Grand final but will compete in the B Final on Sunday afternoon. He will be a Senior next year and is set to have an amazing year in 2018/2019.

Mackenna Cameron in a graduating Senior at Chief Sealth International High School. She is also born and raised in West Seattle and lives in Fauntleroy. Mackenna rows for Green Lake Crew, a Seattle Parks and Rec facility. She is in the Woman’s 8+ boat and they finished second in their Semifinal Saturday morning and at 10:30 am on Sunday morning they will row for the US Rowing Youth Women’s 8+ National Championship. There were 24 teams from across the US who earned a spot in the National Championships and it is down to six teams competing for the title tomorrow, including Green Lake Crew.

Mackenna’s Green Lake Boat has had a great year winning the Women’s Youth 8+ titles at the Husky Open in April, the Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island, the Eleanor McElvaine Cup at the 2018 Windermere Cup Regatta in Seattle, and in late May, they won the US Rowing Youth NW Regional Championships in Vancouver, WA to earn a spot at this weekend’s National Championships in Rancho Cordova, CA, outside of Sacramento. After this weekend, Mackenna and her teammates are headed to England to compete in three regattas, including the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames.

Mackenna will also join the University of Washington Huskies Crew in the Fall of 2018.

Here are links to Sunday’s races:

Livestream available after 8:00 am.

Results Page – Updates live as the race finish.

We also heard earlier about West Seattle High School senior Reed Lower making it to the nationals.

He rows from the Mount Baker Club house, his mom Kathy Lower explained. His boat, the Men’s V4+, was one of four from Mount Baker that qualified for nationals. Kathy says Reed “plans to row D1 at Santa Clara University.”

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CONGRATULATIONS! Big win for Greater Seattle Youth Girls Bowling All-Stars, led by West Seattleite Mon, 04 Jun 2018 16:04:02 +0000 Thanks to Bri’Anna for the photos and report:

After five matchplay games, 10 baker games, and two days of cheering, the Greater Seattle Youth Girls Bowling All-Star team, coached by Jessica Buchanan, took first place at the Interassociation All-star Extravaganza in Longview, WA. Three-year all-star and West Seattle High School sophomore Evan Smith helped lead the girls to victory as the Greater Seattle team captain. West Seattle Bowl is her home alley (and also for returning youth all-stars Ruth Magaña and Kyle Jonson).

Evan is extremely proud and excited to bring home a big win for West Seattle Bowl and the Greater Seattle bowling association! Kenmore Lanes is where the Greater Seattle USBC Board of Directors has their home office, so the perpetual plaque will be hung there until next year’s event.

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Little League announces All-Star teams Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:44:00 +0000 From Kathy Powers at West Seattle Little League:

Please join us in congratulating the following players and coaches who will represent WSLL on our All-Star teams.

We hope you will come to cheer them on during our District Tournaments. Our 11/12 team will play at Bar-S in West Seattle starting 7/6/18 at 6 pm. Our 9/10 and 10/11 year old teams will play at PacWest starting 6/30/2018.

9/10 Team – Manager Matt Schlede
Ari Fein-Wallace
Bryce Alonzo
Felix Law
Jack Freeborne
Jack Madden
Jacob McCall
Kainoa Goldman
Leo Bronk
Max Cooper
Otis Schlede
Owen Fahy
Rafael Fein-Wallace
Ryan Typpi

10/11 Team – Manager Otis Moore
Andrew Rhinehart
Caden Ross
Cameron Fitterer
Cody Buehring
Cody Sazama
Duncan Monnin
Hudson Harding
Henry Newgard
Ivan Moore
Jesse LaBella
Jones Kasperson
Lincoln Scott
Reese Holmes

11/12 Team – Manager Mike Fahy
Blake Taft
Bobby Trigg
Caden Fahy
Elijah Palmer
Jake Daily
Joe Sherick
Mathew Henning-Dierickx
Matthew Hazlegrove
Miles Gosztola
Parker Eley
Robbie Foisy
Simon Vance
Tristan Buehring
Wyatt Glover

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Second year for Loop the ‘Lupe! Sat, 02 Jun 2018 18:38:29 +0000

11:38 AM: Perfect day for a 5K … and an obstacle course … and a Senior Saunter … and a Youth Dash … the four events comprising the second annual Loop the ‘Lupe at Walt Hundley Playfield! More than 400 people were signed up by the time the warmups started, preceding the obstacle course. Next up, the family 5K fun run/walk at 11:45, followed by the quarter-mile seniors’ loop at 12:15, kids’ 1K at 1 pm. Even if you aren’t joining in, you’re welcome to join the party at the playfield (34th and Myrtle) – beer garden and music! WSB is this year’s media sponsor; the event supports the social-outreach work at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Walmesley Center. We’ll have more photos in a bit.


They ran … they climbed …

They made it through the mud …

Then there were the fearsome squirter-wielding OLG kindergarteners along the obstacle course, too:

Did we mention balancing?

(added) And here’s how it all began:

When all is tallied, we’ll add an update from race director Brian Callanan.

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West Seattle’s next fun run/walk – and obstacle course! How to be part of Loop the ‘Lupe on Saturday Thu, 31 May 2018 16:35:18 +0000 (2017 photo courtesy Loop the ‘Lupe)

Four ways to participate Saturday in the second-ever Loop the ‘Lupe – and three ways left to sign up. First, a recap – it all happens at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle), with four start times:

-Obstacle course [photo above] at 11 am
-5K run/walk at 11:45
-Senior Saunter at 12:15
-Youth Dash at 1 pm

They’re all explained here. Here’s how to register – for a discount!

SIGN UP ONLINE BY TONIGHT: Online registration closes at midnight – you can still save $5 on the obstacle course and 5K by using the code WSB10.

SIGN UP AT WEST SEATTLE RUNNER TOMORROW: 4-7 pm Friday, West Seattle Runner (2749 California SW; WSB sponsor) hosts an in-person signup event. You can still mention the discount code there too!

SIGN UP AT WALT HUNDLEY PLAYFIELD: If you don’t make your participation decision until the last minute, show up starting at 10 am and sign up on site! And yes, you can mention WSB10 there too.

It’s more than a fun way to move, it’ll also be a party – food/drinks, beer, live music. We’re this year’s media sponsor and we’ll see you there!

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School’s track-and-field athletes’ state-meet achievements Tue, 29 May 2018 07:05:53 +0000 Thanks to West Seattle High School track and field head coach Will Harrison for the report:

Congratulations to the West Seattle High School contingent for their accomplishments at the WIAA 3A Track and Field State Championships at Mt Tahoma High School last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

(Cunliffe’s state-record vault, video by Tim Reilly)
On Friday, the West Seattle girls had a special day. Junior Chloe Cunliffe had 3 very special pole vault clearances: She won the meet by being the only athlete to clear 13 feet even, then set the meet record by clearing 13 feet, 4 inches- but she wasn’t done there. She went on to clear 13 feet, 8.5 inches to set the all-time Washington record. Shortly afterward, she competed in the long jump and wound up 2nd by half an inch, with a leap of 17 feet, 9.25 inches. Hannah Hicks of Edmonds-Woodway won the event at 17 feet, 9.75 inches.

(Davis took 2nd)

Senior Symmone Davis continued to her rapid improvement streak in the 100m hurdles. She came into the meet seeded 10th and wound up 2nd with a time of 14.88 seconds. Ingraham’s Phoebe Salowey won the event with a time of 14.79 seconds. For Davis, this capped off a breakthrough season which also saw her set a school record in the 300m hurdles at the district meet.

In all, Cunliffe scored 18 points, and Davis an additional 8. Those 26 points in fact put West Seattle in first place in the team scoring going into the third and final day of the meet, and was ultimately good enough for a 7th-place finish – the top finish of any Metro League school.

(Elliott atop the podium)

On the boys’ side, Senior Cass Elliott defended his 300m hurdle title with a time of 37.68 seconds. His prelim time of 37.13 seconds was just 0.02 seconds off his own meet record from last year and the fastest time in any classification this year. It was an impressive bounce-back from a serious ankle injury he suffered in November while playing basketball, which forced him to take several months off and even miss the early weeks of the spring season. Elliott will continue his career at the University of Washington next year.

(Kirk-Woodbury finished 3rd)

Senior Joe Kirk-Woodbury had a storybook ending to his high-school discus career. He came into the meet ranked 11th in that event (all competitors get three throws at state, and then the top 9 get three additional throws). He had been motivated all year by Jay Morgan‘s school record of 150 feet, 6 inches from 2003. He was already having a great day by making finals with the 5th best mark overall, with 5 throws in the 140’s. On his sixth throw of the meet and final throw of his high school career, he launched a throw of 152 feet, 1 inch to notch the record, as well as a 3rd place finish. Kirk-Woodbury will continue his track career at Olympic College next year.

(The 4 x 400 team of Delaney, Maroon, Elliott, and Farrison)

Junior Rylee Farrison ran a time of 50.92 seconds in the prelims of the 400m dash to finish 9th overall in that event, just one place shy of making the final. Elliott, Farrison, Jackson Delaney, and Alec Maroon ran to a 6th-place finish in the 4 x 400m relay with a time of 3 minutes, 26.42 seconds to finish the meet.

All together, the boys’ team compiled 19 points to finish 12th in the team scoring – second among Metro Schools (Chief Sealth was 10th). Gig Harbor won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles. Full results can be found here.

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CONGRATULATIONS! More Chief Sealth International High School track-and-field state success Mon, 28 May 2018 00:00:56 +0000 Now it’s two state championships for Chief Sealth International High School track-and-field athlete Elijah Jackson – part of this update from Sealth athletic director Ernest Policarpio:

Congratulations to Sadique Calloway, Chloe Myers, Elijah Jackson, and Quinn Wiley for competing in the state championships this weekend at Mt. Tahoma.

Congrats to Quinn Wiley (second from right, above), who took 2nd in the 300 Hurdles.

Congrats to Elijah Jackson, who took 3rd in the high jump and took 1st in the triple and long jump!

Amazing Group of Kids! #ROLLHAWKS

Full state results are here.

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School golfers back from state Sun, 27 May 2018 22:15:42 +0000 Thanks to assistant coach Joel Snow of the West Seattle High School golf team for the report and photos:

(Congratulations to) our West Seattle High School Golfers on our successful trip to the High School State Championships in Spokane this past Tuesday & Wednesday (May 22nd & 23rd).

The boys’ tournament was held at the Creek at Qualchan, with Senior Alex Nguyen (above) and Junior Cameron Smith (below) competing for our boys’ team.

The girls’ tournament was held at Indian Canyon, with Freshman Lauryn Nguyen competing for our girls’ team, with Lauryn taking home the medal for 2nd place in the individual category. (Photo below, left to right, are Athletic Director Corey Sorenson, Assistant Coach Joel Snow, Lauryn Nguyen and Head Coach Velko Vitalich)

Tournament information and results can be found here.

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