West Seattle, Washington
Going into tonight’s home game against Garfield, the West Seattle High School boys had jumped out to a hot start – tied for the Metro League lead with their visiting opponents, both undefeated in league play. It was the toughest test yet for first-year head coach Dan Kriley and his team.
Though they kept the Bulldogs in check for half of the first half, the Wildcats couldn’t keep going at that level and lost 70-46. Scoring leader was #1 Isaiah Watts with 14:
Watts was first to put WSHS on the scoreboard:
First WSHS points, a three by Isaiah Watts. Now Garfield 5, WSHS 3. pic.twitter.com/OOK9yxCkSq
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 4, 2020
Next with 13 points, #13 Vladimir Salaridze:
And #3 Sage Nelson (top photo) scored 10 points. The stretch of the game that churned Wildcat fans into a cheering frenzy encompassed the second half of the first quarter and the first half of the second quarter. It started with two baskets by Salaridze – one a dunk – putting WSHS ahead, and seeing them build to an 8-point lead early in the second quarter. But then Garfield launched a comeback, retaking the lead with about 3 minutes to go in the half, and never letting go. The Bulldogs were ahead 28-23 at halftime and 50-39 after the third quarter, during which WSHS got within nine points, but no closer.
The WSHS boys (7-3) play at home again Saturday night, 8:30 pm vs. O’Dea.
Just tweeted by Seattle Police, who say they do NOT have a photo:
Missing: Mario Sanchez, 71 years old
Last seen in the 6300 block High Point Dr SW.
Wearing blue striped shirt, khaki pants, black jacket and black shoes.
May have taken Metro bus from the area. Please call 911 if seen.
8:50 PM: In the first of two big games tonight at West Seattle High School, the girls-varsity basketball team lost to league-leading Garfield, 65-36. Leading the Bulldogs was a former WSHS star, Meghan Fiso, with 27 points. Top scorer for the Wildcats, Jadyn Watts with 11. Photos and details later!
ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: The WSHS girls fought hard on the floor.
Rebounding wasn’t too much of a challenge but cold shooting was a problem for WSHS. The Wildcats were down 13-1 at the end of the first quarter, while the Bulldogs already had netted three triples by then.
WSHS showed a lot of ball-handling hustle, though.
Their first non-foul-shot points finally came midway through the second quarter, with a basket by #1 Ciera Jorge. That brought the score to 22-5, and at halftime the Wildcats trailed 28-11. In the second half, they never got close, but there were bright spots, like the aforementioned rebounding hustle, and a strong performance by #21 Julianna Horne (the team’s second-highest scorer for the night, with 10 points).
While head coach Darnell Taylor is back, none of last year’s front line is, so it’s a year to work on gelling,. Next up, they play Holy Names at home tonight (Saturday) at 7.
Reminder for the weekend ahead – that sign at 35th/Morgan is part of the detour related to the 35th/Alaska intersection closure that began this morning, despite the distance. As spelled out again in the update we published Thursday, the goal is to keep drivers from using side streets as cut-throughs. And here’s a reminder of why:
That reader-texted photo is from a crash at 36th/Raymond late this afternoon. The texter described it as a “broadside” crash. No medic unit was sent, and the small SFD response closed quickly, so apparently no serious injury. We do NOT know whether anyone involved was “cutting through” BUT this is a reminder to take great care – all the time – on residential streets, too. Meantime, the 35th/Alaska closure is scheduled to end by early Monday; as usual, we will be checking on Sunday in case it ends early.
Another update on the California sea lion found dead this past week on West Seattle’s shore – the photo and newest info are from David Hutchinson of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network:
Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network is happy to report that the California sea lion carcass that had been on the beach at Constellation Park was successfully removed today. The carcass was towed by Mark Sears from that location over to Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where a limited necropsy was performed by Casey Mclean, Executive Director of SR3. Samples were taken for x-ray. At this point no cause of death can be confirmed.
This was a cooperative effort and Seal Sitters would like to especially thank Mark for his assistance. Also, we greatly appreciate the part played by Seattle Parks & Recreation. Parks’ staff coordinated with Mark and provided the equipment needed to move such a large, heavy animal. They will also be responsible for final disposal.
Thanks to Kevin Freitas for the photo and to everyone who messaged about a big emergency response at Terminal 5. We missed hearing the dispatch so inquired with SFD – spokesperson David Cuerpo replied:
Firefighters responded … for a loaded excavator that tipped over on a dock, partially landing in the water (the stick/bucket part of the excavator). The driver of the excavator was able to self-extricate prior to SFD arrival (the driver never fell in water), and was transported in stable condition via AMR to Harborview. He is an approx. 60-year-old male. When the excavator tipped over, an adult male on a nearby vessel fell in the water, and was able to exit on his own. He is wet, but uninjured. Rescue boat 5 and Fireboat 2 were taking turns in managing traffic in the waterway…
Hoang Kim had been there for about two years, taking over what had been 88 Restarant. In a social media post about its closure, Hoang Kim said, “Hope to see you all again at a new better location!”
Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
ANOTHER AUDI THEFT: Audis seem to be a favorite target of local car thieves lately. From Derek:
Our car was stolen late evening the 2nd or early morning the 3rd, before 4:00 am.
1985 Audi 4000S quattro. Blue with gray/black interior. Dents and dings on every panel. Washington plate AFV7909. Taken from the 6500 block of 18th Ave SW. Police incident number 2020-002643.
APARTMENT-GARAGE CAR PROWLS: An anonymous reader sent word that the “Junction 47 apartments on the corner of Alaska and California has had three mass car break-ins in the secure garage in the last two months, two of which involved vandalism of and theft from the cars (smashed windows and stolen items).” The most recent, police confirm, was overnight New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day, with three vehicles prowled. Incident # 2020-000414.
ALKI CAR PROWL: The image and report are from Allen, who says this happened in the 3600 block of 61st SW:
12/31/2019 @ 8:16 am. Man in 20s. Dark jacket, hoody underneath. small backpack and white tennis shoes with reflectors above heel area and zig-zag black manufacture markings on side of shoes. Entered unlocked car in carport stole tire chains and misc. items after getting in thru backseat to trunk. Left carrying dark bag containing chains south on 61st Ave. SW. @ 8:19 am. Police report: T19014832 [temporary tracking #] if you can help identify thief.
Thanks to Anne from longtime WSB sponsor Ventana Construction for the lovely view of Lincoln Park on this partly sunny Friday morning. Four highlights for the hours ahead:
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The home of West Seattle’s history is a great place to visit on the last day of winter break. Regular hours are noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays. (61st/Stevens)
BASKETBALL: Big night for high-school home games. Chief Sealth International High School hosts Lakeside, girls’ varsity at 7, boys at 8:30 (2600 SW Thistle); West Seattle High School hosts Garfield, girls’ varsity at 7, boys at 8:30. (3000 California SW)
VIDEO PREMIERE PARTY: 8 pm at The Skylark, “The Light” video premiere from Jim Marcotte Music, along with performances from his band, Xolie Morra & The Strangekind, and Jesse Gallaway. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
10:38 AM: Thanks to Mike Monteleone for the photo! Those Seattle City Light crews are working “in alley between 35th and 36th near Fauntleroy.” That’s the trouble spot that took out traffic signals and eventually 282 residential and business customers nearby. We’d been covering it in this morning’s traffic watch, but since the commute’s over, we’re publishing this followup, where we’ll add any updates, including the restoration of power.
10:44 AM: Moments after we published this, Kathy told us the power had just come back on. We had a crew on the way to check 35th/Avalon anyway – and they’ve just verified it’s all restored.
5:36 AM: Good morning. Starting early after multiple reports that the signal at 35th/Fauntleroy is out; one report says a power line’s down in a nearby alley. Remember that a broken signal = all-way stop!
5:40 AM: We also have an email report that 35th/Avalon, Fauntleroy/Avalon signals are out too.
5:54 AM: That report was from Kory, who says SPD is directing traffic at 35th/Fauntleroy.
6:07 AM: Seth says the signals are still out.
6:46 AM: Kory reports the outage has spread to nearby businesses including Alki Lumber, Taco Time, Starbucks. It’s showing on City Light’s map as well (but was not previously), with almost 300 customers out:
Per scanner, police are also directing traffic now at 35th/Avalon.
9:06 AM: Teo crash reports – west end of WB West Seattle Bridge and NB 1st Ave S Bridge.
10:50 AM: As we’ve updated in a separate story, the outage is over.
(from original report) Meantime, today’s reminders/FYIs:
35TH/ALASKA INTERSECTION CLOSURE: SDOT says this will start at 9 am. The full detour plan is here. Bus changes are linked here. While the closure is scheduled to last until “early Monday,” as usual we’ll be checking Sunday for signs of early reopening and will update if that happens.
WATER TAXI CHANGE: Starting today, the smaller Spirit of Kingston will handle the West Seattle run on Friday mornings TFN.
IF YOU USE LIGHT RAIL … some changes start today.
Going back to before last year’s vote on the Seattle Public Library levy, much discussion focused on its inclusion of a plan to end overdue-material fines. That just kicked in, but it’s not the only change that’s taking effect. From the library’s announcement:
… The Library continues to urge residents to return their library items. It will send reminders via email, text and phone. Patrons will receive notices to remind them when materials are due, as well as when they are past due. Patrons will still be responsible for paying replacement fees for lost or damaged items. Outstanding fees for lost and damaged items will not be waived. …
As part of the new policy:
· Patrons will now be able to renew items up to three times if no one else is waiting for them
· The Library will change its notification schedule to help borrowers remember to return their items, and patrons can now sign up for text-message reminders
· Patrons who do not return an item within 14 days after it’s due will have their Library account suspended until they’ve returned the item or paid the replacement fee
· The Library will consider an item lost if it is not returned after 31 days past its due date, and a replacement fee will be added to the account
· Patrons can find details on the new policies at spl.org/NoLateFines
The change means the reinstatement of about 51,000 accounts, SPL says. Meantime, the levy also is adding hours of operation, starting this Sunday, when all branches will open an hour earlier, noon instead of 1 pm. Delridge Library also soon will be open on Fridays because of levy funding, which is expanding hours at High Point and South Park too.