West Seattle, Washington
Grueling but ultimately thrilling day for the West Seattle High School baseball team. After winning their first two games in the state 3A tournament – both played today – they’re in the final four. As noted earlier, Matthew Henning pitched a no-hitter in the morning victory over Stadium High School from Tacoma, 4-0, and then Miles Gosztola (#13, below) allowed just one run for the win in the afternoon quarterfinal game vs. Edmonds-Woodway, 3-1.
Hitting stars for the second game were Bobby Trigg (#2, below) and Sabin Tomlinson, both going 2 for 3, plus Caden Fahy, who had 2 RBI while going 1 for 3.
Both of today’s games were at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex, where WSHS plays its home games. For the final rounds of the state tournament, head coach Dylan Mclauchlin and team head to Everett Memorial Stadium, playing Lincoln (also from Seattle Public Schools) at 10 am Friday (May 26th). The other two teams in the semifinals are Lake Washington and O’Dea. If they win Friday, the Wildcats will play for the championship at 4 pm Saturday. (Here’s the full tournament bracket.)
Were you among the estimated 4,000+ volunteers who pitched in for “One Seattle Day of Service“ today? We have pics from two West Seattle sites. First, Sally Heit tells us about the cleanup at the former Seattle Lutheran High School campus on the north edge of The Junction:
On the One Seattle Day of Service, a bunch of volunteers and I spent the morning really cleaning up the Landscaping around the former Seattle Lutheran High School campus and parking lot.
Craig Bowen, parishioner of Hope Church, provided a Cedar Grove Composting truck so we could take down some overgrown trees as well as other debris.
The truck holds 25 yards and we filled it! We still have more to do but hopefully we have made the area around the campus more open and friendly to the neighborhood and those who walk.
It was exciting to see the progress!!
In High Point, one of the “opening acts” for today’s West Seattle Bee Festival was a neighborhood cleanup with a swarm of volunteers. We saw a couple still on patrol during the heart of the festival:
And we noticed the results of volunteers’ work:
If you missed the chance to help today, there are many other opportunities throughout the year – we put them in our Event Calendar when we get word of them, and you can also connect with the prolific group A Cleaner Alki, for one.
Six weeks after 20-year-old Ka’Don Brown was found shot to death on the southwest end of the Chief Sealth International High School campus, his murder remains unsolved. His family and friends remain anxious for answers. Holding signs reading “Justice for Ka’Don” and “Who Killed Ka’Don?”, they walked to the SPD Southwest Precinct this afternoon for a streetcorner demonstration. The most recent update from police, as reported here, is that they were “waiting on search warrants” – but there have been no public updates in the week-plus since then. If you have any information, the SPD tip line is 206-233-5000.
Lucia, Shelyenne, and Lilly are helping with packet pickup for tomorrow’s West Seattle 5K – if you’ve registered, you have until 5 pm to go get yours at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) and avoid the pre-race crush tomorrow. Might be a record-setting turnout, according to Athena from the West Seattle High School PTSA, who sent this photo earlier:
The WSHS PTSA presents and benefits from the WS5K, which has more than 1,000 runners and walkers signed up so far. It starts at 61st/Alki at 9:30 am tomorrow; late registration/packet pickup is on site starting at 8:30 am. Alki/Harbor Avenues will be closed for the WS5K starting at 8 am, and that’s why “road closed” signs are already staged along side streets.
High Point Commons Park and Lanham Place to its west [map] are a hive of activity for this afternoon’s West Seattle Bee Festival. At the WS Bee Garden, north end of the park, Puget Sound Beekeepers are selling honey and answering lots of questions.
The entertainment is in keeping with the theme – Ella Bella Bee and the Pollinators performed in the first hour.
Not far from the Amphitheater, toward the south end of Lanham, we found Chance (below) and Blue, Seattle Police horses (based in West Seattle, on the southwest side of Westcrest Park):
Other city departments and services are there too – including the Seattle Public Library Bookmobile:
You can find out about local nonprofits, too – among those with booths/tables are the West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Cooperative Preschools, and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (whose work includes lots of nature stewardship). The festival continues until 3 pm.
12:15 PM: The West Seattle High School baseball team will play its second state-tournament game later today after winning the first one. Matthew Henning threw a no-hitter as the Wildcats shut out Tacoma’s Stadium HS, 4-0 at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex. That’s also where they’ll play game two against the winner of a 1 pm game between Edmonds-Woodway and Southridge. We’ll add the time/opponent when that info’s available (it should also appear here).
3:34 PM: The Wildcats will play Edmonds-Woodway, who just scored a come-from-behind win over Southridge (from the Tri-Cities) at NCSWAC. We don’t yet know the start time.
4:09 PM: That game is now under way, scoreless in top of the 2nd per the GameChanger app (we’ll be headed back to the stadium shortly). Miles Gosztola is starting on the mound for WSHS.
5:53 PM: WSHS won that game, 3-1, and heads to the state semifinals. Full story separately, later.
The South Delridge Farmers’ Market is back for a third season, and now it’s weekly! Thirteen vendors are there for the first week – Amanda and family make and sell Ma&Pops, frozen treats with three flavors today, Hibiscus Tea, Strawberry, or Spicy Watermelon:
Ma&Pops’ philosophy is “inspired by our Caribbean and Southern roots to make flavors that provoke a nostalgia and connection to the African diaspora.” Also at the market today, another family-run small business – Wayde and Joey are from Ube Overload, which she founded from “my love of ube and Filipino flavors that I bring from my childhood”:
Their ube-centered treats include mochi bites, cookies, and crinkles. The market, presented by African Community Housing & Development, is happening 10 am-2 pm every Saturday through October in the courtyard at Hope Academy (9421 18th SW).
Jose sent this for a friend who is the latest to have a Kia Soul stolen:
“My Kia Soul (orange) was stolen sometime last night. The car was parked on 59th Avenue SW near Alki Beach around 8 PM. This morning, around 8:30 AM, the car was nowhere to be found. Broken window glass was found where the car was last parked.
Information about the vehicle –
2018 orange Kia Soul
License Plate Number: CES6093
Police Report Number: 23-138415
Please keep an eye out.
The photo shows the back of the car, with stickers.
Welcome to the weekend! Here’s what’s happening, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Myers Way will be closed all weekend between Olson and 2nd SW for repaving … Lanham on the west side of High Point Commons Park will be closed 8 am-5 pm today for the West Seattle Bee Festival (see below) plus setup and breakdown.
BREAKFAST BENEFIT: 8-10 am, have breakfast with and for the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, West Seattle Golf Course (4470 35th SW). Online ticket sales are over so you’d have to buy yours at the door.
EMERALD WATER ANGLERS FLY FEST: New location this year, a bit south of West Seattle – The Cove at Normandy Park (1500 SW Shorebrook Drive) – Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) promises it’s a bigger and better venue for their daylong festival where you can try rods, check out other gear and apparel, and celebrate fly fishing.
WEST SEATTLE BEE FESTIVAL: The Bee Festival is back! See the schedule here. Highlights are a fun run for youth at 9:30 am, a community cleanup as part of One Seattle Day of Service at 10:30 am, Ella Bella Bee performing at noon, bee-hive demonstration at 1 pm, and Soul Line Dancing at 2 pm. Vendors and community organizations have activity/info booths on Lanham, west of the park, noon-3 pm. It all unfolds north of Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE GARDEN CENTER: 9:30 am-3 pm, the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center will be open, selling a vast variety of student-grown plants. (6000 16th SW, north end of campus)
BASEBALL: 10 am at Nino Cantu SW Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), West Seattle HS plays Stadium in a state tournament opener. It’s a must-win game; if they do, they play a second game (time/opponent TBD) later in the day, also at NCSWAC.
LONGFELLOW CREEK TRAIL LEGACY WALK: 10 am, take this walk with Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks. Meet at 26th/Yancy.
SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET, OPENING DAY: Back for a third year, this farmers’ market on the grounds of Hope Academy (9421 18th SW) will be weekly this year, starting today, 10 am-2 pm, prioritizing vendors of color and presented by African Community Housing & Development.
FAMILY STORY TIME: 10:15-10:45 am at High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond).
FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in West Seattle, registration required – see full details in our calendar listing.
FAMILY READING TIME: Every Saturday at 11 am at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW).
‘JUSTICE FOR KA’DON’ MARCH: From the inbox late last night:
The family & friends of Ka’Don Brown will be having a protest walk for “Justice For Ka’Don” 5-20-23 at 12 (noon) starting at Southwest Community Center in West Seattle going down to the precinct on Delridge by Home Depot. You can bring posters, pictures, your voice & your presence.
Mr. Brown was the victim of an unsolved murder exactly six weeks ago.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: You’re invited to visit the home of West Seattle’s history noon-4 pm Saturdays. (3003 61st SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE: Should be good enough for beachwalking, -2.4 feet at 12:04 pm.
COCKTAIL CLASS: Learn from the best at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way), 1 pm.
NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Taste, sip, buy student-produced wine at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor; 6000 16th SW), 1-6 pm.
CHORAL CONCERT: Seattle Metropolitan Singers at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California SW), 3 pm.
JAZZ NIGHT AT OUNCES: Special events for Seattle Beer Week continue, with live jazz 6-8 pm, plus beer and food. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
AT KENYON HALL: Tom Collier and Marc Seales, doors 7 pm, music 7:30 pm. Piano/vibraphone duet. Benefiting the West Seattle High School Alumni Association. (7904 35th SW)
AT THE SKYLARK: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, for “curated covers” with Festival of Friends Bandmixers, $10 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘AGAINST THE CURRENT’ PREMIERE: Community premiere of Puget Soundkeeper‘s short documentary, plus a discussion of ways you can take action for clean waters. 8 pm at The Heron’s Nest (4818 Puget Way SW).
If you have a show, sale, event, meeting, seminar, reading, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, or ? for our calendar … please email info to email@example.com – thank you!