West Seattle Blog... » WS & Sports http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:27:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Friday night basketball, report #2: West Seattle HS hosts Ballard http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-2-west-seattle-hs-hosts-ballard/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-2-west-seattle-hs-hosts-ballard/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:43:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299114 Ballard visited West Seattle High School on Friday night:

The Wildcat girls’ sizzling season (13-2) continued with another win, 57-33. Leading scorer (top photo), Emily Fiso with 16. Lydia Giomi was next with 12, then 10 from Izzy Turk (updated photo below):

Lexi Ioane had to sit out the second half with an iced ankle after a pileup toward the end of the first half, but head coach Sonya Elliott expects she’ll be OK for next week.

The WSHS boys-varsity team closed out the night with a victory, too – 47-35:

Another huge night (noted here) for the Wildcats’ Nate Pryor:

Head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s varsity team is now at 9-7 on the year.

For their first games next week, the Wildcat varsity teams will be at Bishop Blanchet – 7:30 pm Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 pm Wednesday for the girls.

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Friday night basketball, report #1: Chief Sealth IHS hosts Lakeside http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-1-chief-sealth-ihs-hosts-lakeside/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-1-chief-sealth-ihs-hosts-lakeside/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:10:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299102 West Seattle’s two biggest high schools had full slates of basketball home games Friday night. At Chief Sealth International High School, the Seahawks hosted Lakeside. First, the girls-varsity game:

Lakeside went away with the win 78-46, over head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s Seahawks:

Allison Hadaway and Sydney Thomas had 12 points each as top Sealth scorers.

In the nightcap, the Sealth boys stayed close for the first quarter and then Lakeside started to widen the gap.

(At right, Sealth’s Khaleef Griffin)
Final score, Lakeside 74, Sealth 57, for head coach Colin Slingsby and the boys’ squad. LJ Burns led Sealth scoring with 14. They play at Ingraham on Tuesday night, 7:30 pm; the girls will be at the same school, same time, on Wednesday night.

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Early registration begins for 2015 West Seattle 5K Run/Walk http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/early-registration-begins-for-2015-west-seattle-5k-runwalk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/early-registration-begins-for-2015-west-seattle-5k-runwalk/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:05:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299070

(2013 photo by Debra Salazar Herbst)
The signs of spring are starting to show up – like this one: If you know you’re going to participate in the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk this year, there’s an incentive to early registration, as announced by race director Jeff Mensing:

Early Registration is open for the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk. Join us with your friends and family on May 17th at beautiful Alki Beach for the 7th annual West Seattle 5K Run/Walk! This community event is a fund raiser for West Seattle High School. The first 100 registrations are automatically entered in a drawing to win a new pair of running shoes from West Seattle Runner. Help support West Seattle students and take advantage of early registration discount fees.

You can register online at westseattle5k.com.

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Super Bowl challenge where everybody wins: Seattle vs. New England food drive! Tibbetts UMC is in – are you? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/super-bowl-challenge-where-everybody-wins-seattle-vs-new-england-food-drive-tibbetts-umc-is-in-are-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/super-bowl-challenge-where-everybody-wins-seattle-vs-new-england-food-drive-tibbetts-umc-is-in-are-you/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:03:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298806

(Photo courtesy Tibbetts UMC)
With a week and a half until the Super Bowl, Seattle vs. New England team-spirit contests abound. Here’s one you can join while not only showing your love for the Seahawks, but also your love for your down-and-out neighbors. From Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), here’s how you can get involved in a Seattle vs. New England food drive!

Since the Seahawks are repeating a trip to the Super Bowl, the Seattle-area United Methodist Churches are repeating a challenge to a food drive contest – this year to New England. Tibbetts UMC is a drop-off site and food will go to the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks.

Whoever has the highest number of donations of dry goods or money at midnight on Super Bowl Sunday will be declared the winner. In this contest, EVERYONE wins, since our spirited competition supports local people in need. All food & money will be donated to local food banks. For details on how/where to donate, go here.

You can also donate online at unitedinblue.org (where you’ll also find out about participating churches in other areas). Once again we expect that many churches in Washington will participate since our Seahawks have such a huge fan base! Monetary donations made online will count towards the contest, with donations going to Northwest Harvest. We’ll beat New England in football AND in generosity!

P.S. Food items that are needed most: Whole-grain cereal; fruit in water or juice; meat (canned in water when possible); vegetables, low or no sodium; beans (dry or canned); 100% fruit juice; powdered or shelf-stable milk; pasta sauce; peanut butter; soup; canned meals; Mac & Cheese & other boxed meals; whole-wheat pasta, rice, or other whole grains.

Tibbetts UMC is at 3940 41st SW.

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West Seattle scenes: Denny/Sealth bands’ winter concerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scenes-dennysealth-bands-winter-concerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scenes-dennysealth-bands-winter-concerts/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:41:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298906

(Denny IMS Senior Band)
Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos from last night’s concert by bands from his school and Chief Sealth International High School next door:

Congratulations to all of the Denny and Sealth band and jazz band musicians on an outstanding concert last night! Thank you to our terrific teachers, Mr. Pimpleton and Ms. Chutich, for all of their amazing efforts with our scholars. Thank you also to the Denny Sealth Performing Arts volunteers and to all of our families for supporting great music in our pathway! Go Dolphins and Seahawks!

(Chief Sealth IHS Symphonic Band)
P.S. If your school – public or private, anywhere on the age spectrum from pre through college – has a concert/performance/other public event coming up, please let us know in advance, both so we can include it in our calendar, and so we can consider it in our coverage plans – thanks! editor@westseattleblog.com any time …

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Super Bowl countdown! Second-to-last Blue Wednesday edition http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/super-bowl-countdown-second-to-last-blue-wednesday-edition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/super-bowl-countdown-second-to-last-blue-wednesday-edition/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:05:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298822 More signs of Seahawks spirit, with The Biggest Game now just 11 days away:

From Amy Daly-Donovan – who says it’s part of a Super Bowl-related commercial being filmed by CenturyLink Field today, and she and her husband are both involved. (In case you missed it last Sunday, Amy shared a photo of Finnegan, The 12th Dog.)

Other spirited scenes/notes shared with us so far this week:

Chuck Jacobs says he put together those kerosene lanterns just in time for last Sunday’s game and will have them going for the Super Bowl as well.

And next week, West Coast Entertainment in Admiral is offering a free bag of Skittles for everyone who takes a West Seattle Segway tour next Monday-Friday. On the final pre-game Blue Friday, January 30th, you’re also invited to stop by the WCE office at 2705 California SW between 9 and 5 for a free Seahawks airbrush tattoo (and free popcorn if/while you wait).

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Congrats! West Seattle Soccer Club’s Bill Fry wins national award http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/congrats-west-seattle-soccer-clubs-bill-fry-wins-national-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/congrats-west-seattle-soccer-clubs-bill-fry-wins-national-award/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:57:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298646

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Soccer Club)
Congratulations to Bill Fry, vice president of administration for West Seattle Soccer Club, honored as national Administrator of the Year award by U.S. Youth Soccer. WSSC’s Tim McMonigle explains, “Over the past year, he had moved up by winning at the club, association, district, state, region, and now the national level. This is a huge honor, and continues our recent successes at the national level with others from our club that have represented our club and association very well.” As the announcement notes, while Fry was WSSC president, the number of registered players nearly doubled.

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West Seattle Girls Softball: Time to step up to the plate & sign up! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-girls-softball-time-to-step-up-to-the-plate-sign-up/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-girls-softball-time-to-step-up-to-the-plate-sign-up/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:33:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298615

(WSB photo from 2014 WSGS season)
Play ball! Registration is open for the 2015 spring season of West Seattle Girls Softball. From the official announcement sent to us:

WSGS is a local nonprofit organization and is fueled by its dedicated volunteers. WSGS goals are to ensure that its players have the best possible experience playing fast-pitch softball. We hope to build both team sportsmanship and individual sportsmanship, all while having fun. We teach the basics and build skills as players continue with the program. WSGS looks forward to giving all girls ages 6-15 who are interested in learning the game a chance to build self-esteem and learn about sportsmanship. We try to place players onto teams that will be most beneficial to their needs. No previous experience necessary. Registration is open through February. Please go to westseattlegirlssoftball.com for more information.

The WSGS season starts with practices in March and runs through June.

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Victory scenes, including West Seattle Seahawks fans’ celebrations http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/victory-scenes-including-west-seattle-seahawks-fans-celebrations/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/victory-scenes-including-west-seattle-seahawks-fans-celebrations/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:30:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298553 Super Bowl countdown is on! But first, tonight: Some of the photos (etc.) we’ve received since The Big Win. First, intrepid fans waded into Puget Sound to celebrate:

Thanks to Mark for that photo. Next one’s from Amy:

Amy says, “Finnegan from Gatewood Hill brought good luck to the Hawks in the 4th quarter!!” Meantime, two West Seattleites snapped themselves during a historic moment at the CLink:

Gary Potter (left) e-mailed the photo, captioning it, “Josh Sutton snaps a selfie after the final TD in OT!!!!”

Also notable today, the weather. Trileigh Tucker caught video of the brief ice-pellet shower:

Trileigh captioned it “Hailquake“; we’ve also heard it dubbed the “Hail Mary” moment! It followed – after a bit of a time gap – one burst of thunder that coincided with the Seahawks’ big comeback. Earlier, John Bartell caught this sunbreak with a rainbow (promise of victory?):

Last but not at all least – this isn’t in West Seattle but does have a local link. Jim Winder, mastermind of the West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular, has a light show in Maple Valley and says it’s 100 percent Seahawks-themed, continuing nightly through the Super Bowl. He shared this clip of “Hawktown Funk”:

Want to go check out the Maple Valley lights? Address and map are here.

So now we have two weeks of pre-Super Bowl excitement to come – if you have a Seahawk-spirit photo or tip, please let us know so we can share along the way.

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Seahawks’ big game tomorrow: What’s special in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/seahawks-big-game-tomorrow-whats-special-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/seahawks-big-game-tomorrow-whats-special-in-west-seattle/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:06:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298338 24 hours until The Big Game – Seahawks hosting Green Bay for the NFC Championship, last stop before a Super Bowl return. Some notes about tomorrow (please let us know if you have something to add!):

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT OPENS EARLY: Get chicken for The Game at Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor), open 9 am-11:30 am and taking advance orders now. By game time, Harry’s will be closed with everyone either watching the game at home or at the Clink. (6032 California SW)

FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS EARLY: West Seattle Farmers’ Market management says, “To help you cheer on the Seahawks, most vendors at both West Seattle and Capitol Hill Broadway will be selling 30 minutes prior to opening so you can shop before the game.” That’s 9:30 am, here. (44th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE STARTS EARLY: 10 am tomorrow, instead of the usual 11. And they’re planning on two fields, one for youth players. Walt Hundley Playfield. (34th/Myrtle)

TAILGATING AT HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB: Doors open at 11:30 am. HPIC says everyone’s welcome, no matter who you’re rooting for. More info here. (12th/Holden)

NAVY AIRCRAFT BUZZING THE CLINK: Weather permitting, flyovers are planned just before noon gametime, per this KING 5 report. Not sure if they’ll be passing over West Seattle before and/or after, but this is a heads-up just in case.

FAN MANIA: Via Instagram:


Who and/or what is blue-and-green where YOU are? Photos welcome!

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Friday night basketball: West Seattle HS girls vs. Bainbridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-vs-bainbridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-vs-bainbridge/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:57:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298392

(Photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Second home win in three nights for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity team last night, more than tripling what visiting Bainbridge could manage, 76-25. Four Wildcats scored in double digits, led by #4, Lydia Giomi, with 20; 17 points were from #32, Emily Fiso:

#3, Izzy Turk, was third with 14 points (including four 3-pointers), followed by #30, Lexi Ioane (below, behind head varsity coach Sonya Elliott):

The Wildcats continue to lead their division.

(WSHS #21, Gabby Sarver)
Next week, they play Wednesday and Friday games again, but this time it starts on the road, Wednesday at Rainier Beach, and they’re back home at 6:30 pm Friday (January 23rd) against Ballard.

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Friday night basketball: West Seattle HS boys host Bainbridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-boys-host-bainbridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-boys-host-bainbridge/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:42:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298382

Close one Friday night for head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s West Seattle High School boys-varsity team, losing at home to Bainbridge by just three points, 50-47. Top scorer for the Wildcats: #23, Andre Moore, with 12 points:

Next with 10 points, #1, Nate Pryor:

#2, Melvin Arrington, followed with 8:

At the very end of the third quarter, West Seattle lost the lead via a buzzer-beater by Bainbridge senior Blake Swanson (#4, with Wildcats #3 Tyler Lenzie below).

From there, the Spartans held the lead throughout the 4th quarter, ahead by as much as five points, finally winning by three. The Wildcats are now 7-6 overall and are on the road until Friday (January 23rd), when they’ll face Ballard at home.

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High-school basketball: West Seattle HS girls fly past the Eagles http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-fly-past-the-eagles/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-fly-past-the-eagles/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:47:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298181

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Tough defense helped win the night for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity team on their home court last night – 42 to 36 over defending state 3A champion Cleveland. 16 points by the Wildcats’ #4, junior Lydia Giomi, topped the score sheet:

#30, junior Lexi Ioane, followed with 12:

Another home game Friday night for head coach Sonya Elliott‘s Wildcat girls – 6:30 pm against Bainbridge, whose boys team plays their WSHS counterparts that night too, at 8.

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High-school basketball: Chief Sealth girls power past Franklin http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-chief-sealth-girls-power-past-franklin/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-chief-sealth-girls-power-past-franklin/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:16:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298171

(WSB photos: Sealth’s #22, sophomore Sydney Thomas)
The Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks girls-varsity team owned the floor and the air Wednesday night in their home-court win over visiting Franklin, 75-23. Top scorer with 18 points, Sealth’s #23, senior Oshae Walker:

Second-highest Sealth scorer for the night, #4, sophomore Labrea Denson:

(That’s #24, junior Elliott Snodgrass, in the background.) Seahawks head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s team will be on the road at Nathan Hale for their next game, Friday night at 6:30 pm.

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West Seattle HS girls’ basketball team back home tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hs-girls-basketball-team-back-home-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hs-girls-basketball-team-back-home-tonight/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:45:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298090

(Photo courtesy Sonya Elliott)
As chronicled here and elsewhere, it’s been a dream season so far for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team, and you have two chances in the next three nights to cheer them on at home. First – they’ve been busy between games; head coach Sonya Elliott shares the team photo above and reports that the program “had a special visit from self-defense instructor Sheri Hashemi (International Krav Maga Seattle), teaching them about Krav Maga and self-defense skills.” Now, to their two home games before week’s end: Tonight, Cleveland visits WSHS, 7:30 pm varsity/5:45 pm JV; on Friday, Bainbridge comes to town, 6:30 pm varsity/3:30 pm JV (as part of a four-game bill with the WSHS/Bainbridge boys). The WSHS gym is on the south side of campus at 3000 California SW.

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