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West Seattle traffic alert: 4th/Roxbury crash

Via scanner, the 3-vehicle crash this past hour at 4th and Roxbury hadn’t sounded too serious – minor injuries were mentioned – but a texter tells us the scene is blocking the downhill (eastbound) lanes, so avoid the area for a while.

Basketball postseason: Seattle Lutheran boys win against close-to-home opponent, Shorewood Christian

February 21, 2015 9:20 pm
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(Photos courtesy Mike Jensen; above, SLHS #11, Xavier Turner driving)
Seattle Lutheran High School‘s Tri-District tournament game an hour from home today – at Mount Vernon Christian – was against an opponent that’s close to home: Shorewood Christian, from the unincorporated area just east of Arbor Heights.

The Saints came away with the victory, 65-53, and Tri-District third place. They’re now waiting to find out who they’ll face in regional competition next weekend; we’ll add that information here when it’s in.

Basketball postseason: West Seattle High School girls lose rematch with Cleveland

(UPDATED 11:25 PM with word of WSHS’s next opponent)

(WSHS’s Lani Taylor at left)

Photos by Patrick Sand
Story by Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

One week after beating last year’s state champion Cleveland in the Metro League title game, the West Seattle High School girls couldn’t quite repeat the feat. This afternoon’s final score in the district-third-place game at Bellevue College was Eagles 57, Wildcats 54.

Despite two consecutive losses, WSHS gets one more chance to advance, and will find out later this weekend who they’ll play next.

Like the last West Seattle-Cleveland faceoff February 13th, this one was close throughout. WSHS’s 9-2 lead midway through the first quarter was the biggest lead either team ever opened, and it didn’t last long. Cleveland took the lead for the first time, 13-12, with the first of Giavanni Flowers‘s five 3-pointers, just before the end-of-quarter buzzer.

Though the Eagles threw everything they had at the Wildcats’ Lydia Giomi (above), double- and triple-teaming her most of the times she got close to the basket, Giomi still led WSHS scoring with 20 points.

The Wildcats’ defense worked hard to keep Cleveland from getting too far in too often, but with more than half their 57 points coming on 3-pointers, the Eagles were able to work past that strategy.

As the second quarter began, Lexi Ioane (above) got the lead back for West Seattle. A bit of seesawing ensued, and every possession was hard-won – one struggle even led to a jump ball (with the “alternate possession” rule, WSHS won that one). The Wildcats had the edge on rebounds and steals, but the Eagles’ defense kept them from getting many clear shots.

Cleveland’s Joyce Harrell was hurt with three minutes to go in the first half. WSHS got the lead back shortly thereafter, on a three-pointer by Izzy Turk (below).

A minute later, West Seattle was up by four. But by the end of the half, two 3-pointers by Cleveland led to a 24-22 lead as the teams headed for the locker rooms.

Starting the second half, the Eagles picked right up where they left off, with another 3. WSHS answered with a layup by Ioane (WSHS’s third-leading scorer today with 10). Fans on both sides stepped up the shouts – from the Wildcats’ cheerleaders, DEFENSE! DEFENSE! – and the battle raged on.

WSHS took the lead back with a basket by Charli Elliott (above), who took a painful spill a moment later; pulled up by her teammates, she stayed in, and carried on. They extended the lead to 35-30 with three minutes to go in the third quarter, but Cleveland’s subsequent five unanswered points brought that to a tie, and the quarter ended 40-39 Cleveland.

The final quarter wasn’t any less intense than the first three. Nobody broke away. The score was tied 49-49 with 3:15 to go after a dramatic series of plays.

Annalisa Ursino (above) brought the ball upcourt, got it to Ioane, who passed it to Emily Fiso (below), who shot and missed, got the rebound, shot and missed again, got the rebound, finally a basket for the tie.

That could have been a turning point – but Cleveland fired off a fast three pointer. A bucket from Fiso (the Wildcats’ #2 scorer today with 13) made up two of the points. After Cleveland missed two foul shots, a Giomi basket put the Wildcats up by one, 53-52 … but they were outscored 5 to 1 in the remaining minutes, and that was the difference; they had the ball with five seconds to go, and got it to Fiso for an outside shot, bringing the WSHS fans to their feet – but it was off the mark, and so the game ended, 57-54.

The two losses today and Thursday (to Juanita, 51-48) were the first since the only two that WSHS had experienced all season, and both of those were in the MaxPreps holiday tournament in California. Now head coach Sonya Elliott‘s squad has six days to rest until one more chance to keep the postseason going; we should know soon who they’ll be playing and where/when, and we’ll add that here when we know.

11:25 PM: According to our partners at The Seattle Times, WSHS will next play Sumner, which lost its district-title game today; here’s a look at Sumner’s roster. (The official brackets will be filled out here on Sunday.)

Followup: Seattle, Tacoma ports ‘relieved’ by tentative contract deal

One day after the tentative contract agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association (terminal operators) was announced, the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma have sent their official comment:

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are relieved to hear of the tentative deal between the ILWU and PMA.

Operations at our terminals will resume Saturday evening. We are uncertain how long it will take to move the remaining cargo on our docks and awaiting vessels, and to assess the effects this has had on our gateway.

Our combined ports support more than 200,000 jobs throughout the region, many of them depending on the freight moving through our terminals.

We will do everything we can to support our customers in getting this gateway back to our high standards of reliability and efficiency. shows no container ships at anchor in Elliott Bay right now, but three off Manchester, a holding zone for Tacoma. No word, meantime, when ratification votes will happen.

VIDEO: Why Seal Sitters filled in as Otter Sitters for a while

Thanks to David Hutchinson for sharing the video of a river otter (yes, the otters you see here are RIVER otters, not sea otters, which stick to the open ocean). He explains:

The otter was responded to by Seal Sitters earlier this month at Duwamish Head. While not classified as a marine mammal, our theme is “Share the Shore,” so volunteers kept an eye on him while he was using the beach. Thought you might also want to take a look at him going through his normal grooming routine.

Drive carefully on Harbor and Alki Avenues, because river otters do cross the road, as we’ve noted here before – their “dens” are generally inland, but they go out into Puget Sound looking for food.

P.S. Speaking of Seal Sitters, if you’d like to volunteer with the group, sign up ASAP for the next training session – four weeks from tomorrow, March 22nd, but spots are limited and usually fill up in advance. All the info you need is here.

‘Skies Over West Seattle,’ special edition: Join Alice to look for the conjunction at sunset tonight

2:07 PM: In the most recent edition of Skies Over West Seattle, sky-watcher extraordinaire Alice Enevoldsen mentioned a spectacular planetary conjunction visible around sunset right now. Last night, clouds obscured it, but tonight – Mars and Venus – might be a different story, so Alice will be at the south end of the Lincoln Park shore, near the swings, 5:30-6:15 pm – more details on her Alice’s Astro Info website.

8:41 PM: Did you see it? By twilight, Venus was visible below the crescent moon, and Mars was in view – albeit faintly, if you weren’t using binoculars/telescope – alongside. Jeff Johnson shares this photo:

You’ll also see photos on Kevin Freitas‘s post about going out to sky-watch.

You can help! WestSide Baby’s benefit tea is one week away

February 21, 2015 12:01 pm
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(Photo courtesy WestSide Baby)
WestSide Baby‘s biggest fundraiser of the year is one week from tomorrow – its 14th annual Benefit Tea, on Sunday, March 1st, 2-4:30 pm in the conference center at the Hilton by Sea-Tac Airport. You still have time to get ticket(s) online and help support WS Baby in its ever-expanding mission of helping local children – $40/individual, $300/table of 10, $600/VIP table of 10 with extras. From the organization’s update:

The 2015 Tea centers on need in our community that is often kept hidden from sight, and understanding how together we can help children grow up safe and healthy. Raising Change President and CEO Kathy LeMay will highlight the afternoon with a keynote address focusing on the role of compassion in philanthropy. LeMay’s work has taken her around the world, fighting for human rights and social justice.

The Tea offers guests an opportunity to give and many opportunities to walk away with gift packages, including roundtrip airfare for two on Alaska Airlines. WestSide Baby will also sell hand-crafted glass “BabyCakes,” created by Avalon Glassworks, with one hiding a $1,000 diamond and white gold pendant compliments of Wyatt’s Jewelers.

As WS Baby executive director Nancy Woodland points out, “Across King County, poverty is growing and most of us do not realize the challenges families face right in our own neighborhoods. Families don’t always advertise when they are struggling and need help. The infant behind you may be sitting in a wet diaper and living out of a car with her parents, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. These are our neighbors, and by getting these children the essentials they deserve, they will grow up safe, warm and dry, and their parents won’t be forced to choose between buying diapers and paying rent.”

P.S. Here’s our coverage of last year’s WS Baby Benefit Tea.

South Park Bridge update: Back in service as of very early Sunday – for now

(What’s shown above is the newest image from the SDOT camera in South Park – refresh this page for an update)
10:57 AM: The South Park Bridge remains “stuck in the open position,” according to both SDOT via Twitter and a check of the 14th Ave. S/Cloverdale traffic cameras (including the one above). No ETA for repairs so far. So if you have to get across the Duwamish River, use the West Seattle bridges or 1st Avenue South Bridge. We’ll update when it’s fixed.

(P.S. Refresh this story/page for the newest image – what you see above is pulled directly from what’s on the SDOT site.)

1:52 PM UPDATE: SDOT now says the bridge might be closed “until Tuesday.” As you can see in the image above, there are now barricades to keep surface traffic entirely off the bridge.

3:47 PM UPDATE: From King County Roads, which operates the bridge:

6:23 PM: Another update from KC Roads:

King County has determined that the cause of this morning’s South Park Bridge mechanical malfunction was a faulty transmission pump that will need to be rebuilt or replaced under warranty. Replacement parts are expected to arrive Tuesday. In the meantime, the county is evaluating whether the bridge spans can be safely lowered to allow for vehicle traffic.

Until the bridge reopens, motorists should use the 1st Avenue South Bridge as a detour. The county understands how important the bridge is to the community and motorists – every effort is being made to get the bridge reopened to both vehicle and marine traffic as quickly as possible.

The new bridge has been in use for eight months.

2:38 AM SUNDAY: Now King County reports the bridge is back in service, and KING 5 confirms it, though the repairs haven’t made yet, so we’ll keep close watch on this.

West Seattle Saturday: Play, shop, listen, learn, cheer, more…

(Backyard black-capped chickadee photographed by Danny McMillin; shared via WSB Flickr group)
Welcome to the weekend! Lots of ways to enjoy/explore your community today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more!):

PICKUP SOCCER: West Seattle Sunday Soccer plays on Saturdays too, 8 am at Delridge Playfield. (4458 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE RUNNER’S NEW LOCATION ‘GRAND OPENING’: 10 am-6 pm, it’s the first of two big days for the grand opening of the new West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) location. Vendors, raffles, more, all previewed here earlier this week. (2743 California SW)

WSUU BOOK SALE: Second day of the Westside Unitarian Universalists‘ three-day sale is on 10 am-4 pm today. (7141 California SW)

WORKING THROUGH GRIEF? 10 am-noon, first of 13 meetings of the GriefShare support group at Grace Church – find out more in our listing. (10323 28th SW)

LAST CALL FOR SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE: 11 am-2 pm, it’s the last chance to sign up for Southwest Little League, whose announcement notes, “All boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 are welcome. If your child lives or attends school between SW Juneau St. and 128th St. SW you are probably within the Southwest Little League boundary. More information about signing up for Southwest Little League is available at our website.” Signups are at Steve Cox Memorial Park. (1321 SW 102nd)

GREAT START PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, you’re welcome to visit! (4620 SW Graham)

VIETNAMESE STORYTIME: 11:30 am at Delridge Branch Library, bring your family for storytime in Vietnamese. As is always the case for library activities/events, it’s free. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

ROOM IN YOUR HOME/HEART FOR FELINE FRIEND(S)? Dozens of adoptable cats/kittens mean another offseason opening for Kitty Harbor, noon-3 pm only, explained here. (3422 Harbor SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Alki museum is usually open on Saturdays but won’t be today. They’ll be happy to see you on Sunday, noon-4 pm, though!

BASKETBALL PLAYOFF GAMES: Two district-tournament games involving local teams (though both games are out of the area): 1:15 pm at Bellevue College, the West Seattle High School girls play Cleveland; 4:15 pm at Mount Vernon Christian, the Seattle Lutheran HS boys play Shorewood Christian.

FREE WORKSHOP ON REMODELING/CUSTOM BUILDING: 2 pm at Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor), come learn from and talk with the pros. A few seats available last we heard, so call 206-932-3009 to RSVP, ASAP. More info here. (California/Findlay)

SEATTLE PRIDE AAU BASKETBALL TRYOUTS: It’s the first session of spring/summer tryouts for Seattle Pride AAU basketball – all at the Seattle Lutheran High School gym; here’s the full schedule:

Grades 4th-6th –

Saturday Feb. 21st – 5-6:30 pm
Sunday Feb. 22nd – 3-5 pm
Grades 6th-8th –
Saturday Feb. 28th – 5-7 pm
Sunday March 1st – 3-5 pm

Grades 9th-12th –
Sunday March 1st – 5-7 pm
Sunday March 8th – 5-7 pm
LAST CHANCE TRYOUT – Monday March 9th – 7-9 pm

Grades 6th-8th –

Sunday Feb. 22nd – 5-7 pm
Saturday Feb. 28th – 3-5 pm

Grades 9th-12th –
Sunday March 1st – 7-8:30 pm
Sunday March 8th – 3-5 pm
LAST CHANCE TRYOUT – Monday March 9th – 5-7pm

You can pre-register online. (4100 SW Genesee)

BOY SCOUT TROOP 284 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: 5:30 pm at South Seattle College‘s Brockey Center, Troop 284 celebrates its centennial with a reunion/celebration. Full details in our preview, including ticket info if you don’t have yours already. (6000 16th SW)

NIGHT 2 FOR ‘GODSPELL’: 7:30 pm, see the Twelfth Night Productions performance of the classic musical at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

KATHERINE TERRIEN IN CONCERT: New music-venue startup The Amplify Project at The Junction Church presents this all-ages concert headlined by Katherine Terrien, 7:30 pm (doors at 7), to raise money for families in need. More details in our calendar listing. (4157 California SW)

‘NEVERMIND’ LIVE AT SKYLARK: 9 pm (doors at 8), Nirvana‘s legendary “Nevermind” album songs will be performed live at the Skylark, in order, by Star Anna, The Valley, Dirty Dirty, Stereo Creeps, Maklak, and Patrick Galacticdetails here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MORE LIVE MUSIC … see the listings on our full-size calendar.