West Seattle, Washington
Just over at Chief Sealth International High School, the last of today’s four home games for local HS varsity basketball teams. The Sealth boys fell to Ingraham, 85-57.
The Seahawks were only a point back after the first quarter, but lost ground after that, down 46-27 at halftime and 70-40 after three quarters. They are at home again Tuesday night, 7:30 pm, vs. Franklin.
FINAL: Ingraham girls 58, Chief Sealth 37. pic.twitter.com/rl9O83VvlF
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 6, 2019
The third of tonight’s four high-school varsity basketball home games, like the second, had a final score that didn’t reflect how things rolled along the way: The Chief Sealth International High School girls led Ingraham 25-23 at halftime, then fell behind as the second half progressed. The video in our tweet includes the final Seahawk points of the game – a three-pointer by the night’s top Sealth scorer, #4, freshman Simone Lieberman.
Above is another of Sealth’s seven freshmen on the varsity roster, #34 Avoyelles Offord. The Seahawks have a young team, only two seniors. They’re back home at 7:30 pm Wednesday vs. Franklin.
Six nights until the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes forever. Got your plan for how to get around during the #Realign99 viaduct-to-tunnel transition time? Today was the day West Seattle Bike Connections offered a free guided ride to anyone interested in testing the route to/from downtown. WSBC’s Don Brubeck forwarded the video by Paul Dieter; Don reports, “28 adults + 4 kid passengers. Strong interest in this commute option!” P.S. If you’d like to meet up with WSBC pre-Viadoom, their regular monthly meeting is next Tuesday (January 8th), 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way).
6:59 PM: In the second of four high-school varsity basketball home games we’re covering on this first Saturday of 2019, the West Seattle High School boys played tough against Eastside Catholic – up 32-20 at halftime – but the tide turned against them in the second half and they finished with a loss, EC 54, WSHS 47.
ADDED: Second-leading scorer was Nuh’Kosi Roberson, above, with 10; below, with the third-most points for the Wildcats, Bille Sheikh, with 9:
Two home games are coming up for the WSHS boys – 7:30 pm Tuesday vs. Blanchet, 8:30 Friday vs. Ingraham.
Thanks for the tips and photos! The sailboats seen off West Seattle late this afternoon are part of the Three Tree Point Yacht Club‘s Duwamish Head Race. Top photo is by Lynn Hall; below, by John Saalwaechter:
This race had 61 registrants, according to the club website.
4:29 PM: As noted in our daily preview, this is a big day/night of basketball – four home games for local high-school varsity teams. First one is in the books: The West Seattle High School girls beat Eastside Catholic, 69-27. The Wildcats are now 9-1, leading their division.
ADDED: Four Wildcats scored in double digits – above, #32, Meghan Fiso, with 15; next, #11, Jasmine Gayles, and #4, Kelsey Lenzie, with 13 each:
#20, Grace Sarver, finished with 10:
Next up for the Wildcats and head coach Darnell Taylor, three home games this week.
Blanchet visits at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Ingraham at 7 pm Friday, and Port Angeles at 4 pm Saturday.
1:30 PM: You know what to do – charge everything; the National Weather Service has announced a Wind Advisory for our area for 10 pm tonight through 10 am Sunday. Read it in full here. The NWS says this could bring “south to southwest wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.” And while advisories don’t always pan out, Michael points out (via an emailed tip – thank you!) that even weather analyst Cliff Mass is sounding the alarm, saying “it is highly probable that this will be a major wind event.”
7 PM: A short time ago, the NWS upgraded the alert to a High Wind Warning, saying the gusts could “briefly” reach 60 mph.
Those are a few of the hardy souls – mostly from Seattle PD and other law-enforcement agencies – who are taking twice-hourly “plunges” into Puget Sound all day today outside the Alki Bathhouse. Their mission is twofold: To raise money for Special Olympics of Washington and to raise awareness of The Big Plunge on February 9th (you’re invited to be part of what they hope will be a recordsetting event that day). They’re having fun, too – we stopped by for the eighth plunge at 11:30 am and discovered the group conga’ing from the bathhouse to the water:
Between plunges, they’re staying warm inside the Bathhouse. And you might notice some of their flotation gear outside:
This is set to continue on the hour and half-hour until 5 pm. Meantime, you can register for the February 9th Big Plunge by going here.
While at Alki a few minutes ago checking in on the Super Plungers (separate story to come), we noticed the USNS Washington Chambers headed northbound in the Sound.
(Black Turnstone, photographed near Anchor/Luna Park last weekend by Matt Olson)
Welcome to the first weekend of 2019! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
‘GET FIT WEST SEATTLE’ KICKOFF RUN: 8 am, be at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) to get going with this winter’s edition of the free couch-to-half-marathon fitness program – info here. (2743 California SW)
POLAR PLUNGE PREVIEW: To preview and fundraise for the February 9th Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics of Washington (have you signed up yet?), a lineup of “super plungers” will be jumping into Puget Sound every half hour today by the Alki Bathhouse, 8 am-5 pm. Stop by to cheer them on! (2701 Alki SW)
‘SURVIVE #REALIGN99’ RIDE: Thinking about bicycling during the upcoming Highway 99 closure and/or beyond? Join West Seattle Bike Connections and friends to test the routes during this friendly ride. Meet at Junction Starbucks by 9:15 am; ride rolls at 9:30. Free. (SW Alaska & California SW)
SEE ‘MARY POPPINS RETURNS,’ FREE! 10 am at the Admiral Theater. No charge for admission, as explained in the original announcement! Sponsored by West Seattle dad and County Executive Dow Constantine as a benefit for WestSide Baby – so, if you can: “Suggested donation of diapers (sizes 4-6), wipes, new kids socks/undies, or funds in any amount to help kids and families in need.” The free tickets will be given out to those in line starting at 9:15 am. (2343 California SW)
BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School‘s varsity teams play Eastside Catholic at WSHS, girls 2 pm, boys at 4. (3000 California SW) … Chief Sealth International High School‘s varsity teams play Ingraham at CSIHS, girls at 7, boys at 8:30. (2600 SW Thistle)
BIRTHDAY PARTY & SEAHAWKS GAME: Celebrate the 55th birthday of Admiral Pub‘s owner Kurstyn and help raise $5500 for the West Seattle Food Bank! Party starts during the Seahawks’ 5:15 pm game.”Then Tom Hutyler (Voice of the Mariners) will be performing. We will be partying all night! Please come join us for the party and donate as you see fit.” (2306 California SW)
3 BANDS AT THE SKYLARK: Deadbeat Blackout, Foul Blooded, Pilot to Bombardier play The Skylark. 21+. Doors at 8, music at 9. $8 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
LOOK AHEAD TO TOMORROW AND BEYOND … via our complete calendar.