West Seattle, Washington
Wildcats junior Jackson Sullivan got the win on the mound, a 4-0 shutout. And that meant WSHS got the trophy – at least until next year’s game.
Tonight (Saturday) you can see the Wildcats play at T-Mobile Park, 6:30 pm vs. Ballard, free! The next game for the Seahawks, meantime, is Monday (April 22nd) at 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Bainbridge Island.
With so many big spring/summer events getting closer, it’s reminder season! So today, we’re reminding you that the West Seattle 5K is now exactly one month away – Sunday, May 19th. As our photo from last year shows, all ages are welcome in this morning run/walk along Alki, which benefits and is organized by the West Seattle High School PTSA (with community co-sponsors including WSB). Online registration is open – you can do it right here, right now.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“So many great memories.”
After 10 years at West Seattle High School, that’s what boys-basketball head coach Keffrey Fazio will be leaving with.
He has just announced that after this school year is over, he will be taking a new position, coaching men’s basketball at Seattle Pacific University under head coach Grant Leep.
WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson is not surprised. “I realized during my first year at West Seattle that Keff should be coaching at the college level.”
Fazio has been head coach of the Wildcats for six years, with a 92-64 record, after four years as an assistant coach. He’s a two-time Metro League Coach of the Year (2017 and 2018); 2017 was the year the WSHS boys finished 3rd place at state – their highest finish ever. The team also went to state this past season, and appeared in the district tournament six times during Fazio’s tenure.
“It has been a true honor to coach for the community that I grew up in,” Fazio told WSB. “I have had many family members attend WSHS and I hope we made you all and the community proud. Coaching in the Metro League was an amazing experience, and helped shape the man I am today. I enjoyed competing against all the great players and coaches our league has to offer. Our focus at WSHS during my time was a philosophy on preparation and belief. I think we accomplished that, but you don’t win many games without great players, and I have been fortunate to coach some really good ones.” He adds, “I will always cherish the players and the memories,” especially daily interactions at practice.
AD Sorenson says the search for Fazio’s successor will start immediately. And it’ll be a challenge: “Coach Keffrey has been the heart and soul of our basketball program and an irreplaceable leader within our school. This opportunity could not have gone to a more deserving person. It has been a blessing to have him lead our basketball program these past 6 years. Seattle Pacific University is getting a phenomenal coach. I look forward to following his career for years to come.”
And Coach Fazio’s parting words: “I would like to thank the West Seattle community for your support. So many people helped me get our program to where it is today. West Seattle is truly a unique place. I am forever grateful to you all. To the families, thank you for putting up with me. The players, thank you for believing in me, and my coaches, thank you for supporting me. Last, but certainly not least my family for encouraging me to pursue my dreams and supporting me, and my wife Janelle for being a constant source of support and love through the good and tough times. I would not have been able to give my all to WSHS without her being by my side.
“I would also like to thank the WSHS admin team and teachers for their support.”
He’ll start at SPU in July.
As the M’s return home tonight, the West Seattle High School baseball team is looking ahead to its annual chance to play at what’s now T-Mobile Park – which is paired with their annual sale of tickets to an M’s game. Thanks to Sheree for the two-part announcement (and photo):
West Seattle HS vs Ballard HS
in the High School Baseball Classic at T-Mobile Park
6:30 pm, Saturday, April 20th, 2019
Get your tickets to the hottest team in the MLB – The Mariners!
The WSHS Baseball team is selling tickets to the Mariners game on July 2nd at 7:10 pm vs the St Louis Cardinals at T-Mobile Park.
100 level tickets – $40 each (down the first base line)
300 level tickets – $20 each (behind home plate)
To buy tickets, contact Sheree at WSHSMarinerstickets@gmail.com
Sorry we hadn’t heard about this in advance! The University of Washington beach-volleyball team just wrapped up a doubleheader with Arizona at Alki. Only home appearance of the year, per this preview. Arizona took both matches – here’s a clip the Huskies tweeted from the end of the first:
— Washington Beach Volleyball (@UW_BeachVB) March 29, 2019
While UW now has beach-volleyball courts on campus, they’re used for practice – Alki is still their home-game venue.
Baseball season is here, from youth to pros. Among the youth leagues starting play soon is the one-of-a-kind Champions League. Here’s the registration invitation, from Michelle Riggen-Ransom (who also shared the photos):
For the third season, Champions Baseball League invites players with differing abilities to come and play baseball in a fun, supportive team environment. Sign-ups are open for the upcoming Spring season, and all the details are here. There’s no charge for players to join, and players even get free team hats and shirts, thanks to our sponsors.
– Participants can be any gender and between the ages of 4 and 23 years-old, or those who remain in a school setting, with disabilities that would prevent them from playing in a traditional baseball or softball program.
– We will play Saturdays for four weeks starting on Saturday, May 4th. All events will be at our Pee Wee fields in West Seattle, but team is open to players from all over Seattle.
– No previous baseball experience needed! Players can do t-ball or coach pitch, and have a buddy from one of the West Seattle Pony teams work with them if they want or need it. The goal is to enjoy baseball in a supportive team environment!
Last year we had a lot of great players, as well as parents, siblings, grandparents and friends and fans in the stands cheering them on. Come be a part of it and see what makes the baseball community so fun and special.
Still have questions? Send them to Michelle Riggen-Ransom, email@example.com. We hope to see you on the fields this spring!
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
“If you can swim in Puget Sound, you can swim anywhere.”
That was a comment by open-water swimmer Heidi Skrzypek, one of the panelists at the Women in the Open Water: Awakening the Dolphin Within event in downtown Seattle on Thursday night, featuring swimmers with impressive accomplishments who happen to regularly train at Alki Beach.
The women on the panel shared their experiences and advice about open-water swimming, and answered questions from attendees during the 2-hour event (see a slideshow video on YouTube, which was shown prior to the event).
Congratulations to West Seattle BMX racer Hudson White, who’s qualified – again! – for the world championships! The report, photos, and video are from his dad Gil White, who’s been updating us on Hudson’s accomplishments now and then for a long time:
Hudson White – recently back from a qualifying race in Albuquerque, NM – punched his ticket to represent Team USA at the 2019 UCI World BMX Championships in Belgium this summer. He will compete in the 12 boys Challenge Class against 100+ other 12-year-old boys representing their respective countries.
Hudson has qualified for the BMX World Championships in each of the past three years – attending
Rock Hill, SC in 2017 and passing on Baku, Azerbaijan in 2018.
If this looks fun, grab a bike and come join Hudson at the North SeaTac BMX track.
Thanks to Special Olympics Washington for sharing that photo of West Seattle-residing athlete Simon Van Giesen, who is returning home tomorrow with a World Games medal. You’re invited to a rally for him and other returning athletes. Here’s the announcement from SOWA:
Special Olympics Washington soccer and swimming athletes are bringing home hardware from this year’s Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi!
Simon Van Giesen, 25, of West Seattle, won the bronze medal in the 50 meter backstroke.
The US men’s Unified soccer team, which is made up of Washington athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, beat India 5-0 to take the bronze medal. The team is the first soccer team to ever represent the US in a World Games competition.
In all, more than 200 athletes from across the nation represented Special Olympics USA in Abu Dhabi, earning 72 gold, 61 silver and 70 bronze medals over the course of the seven day event.
Special Olympics supporters and media are invited to welcome the team home when they arrive back in Washington this Saturday. The Washington delegation’s flight is expected to land at approximately 1:00 p.m.: Sea-Tac International Airport, baggage claim area for United Airlines
The Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi were the largest sports and social inclusion event in the world. More than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 200 nations competed in 24 Olympic-style sports.
Read more about Simon here.
The West Seattle Little League season is about to begin! From WSLL’s Kathy Powers:
West Seattle Little League will kick off our season with our annual Jamboree this weekend. 6425 SW Admiral Way,
Our schedule will have all divisions including T-Ball (4-5 years old), Coach Pitch (6-7 years old), Rookies (8 years old), Minors (9-10 years old), and Majors (11-12 year old). Games will occur between 9 and 6 Saturday and Sunday the 23rd and 24th.
Come cheer on our kids, learn about WSLL, and buy something from our snack shack.
On an almost-warm Friday evening, the visiting Wildcats took the win, 9-8.
Ernest Policarpio is back as head coach for Sealth, while Bryan Tupper again leads West Seattle. The two teams meet again April 19th at Hiawatha. Meantime, WSHS has a doubleheader at Liberty tomorrow, while Sealth has another home game at SWAC, 2 pm Saturday vs. Othello.
9:04 PM: Tomorrow at Denny International Middle School, it’s playoff time for girls’ basketball teams from middle schools around the district. Thanks to Byron for the tip! He says Madison Middle School is undefeated and the #1 seed, with Denny, 6-1, the #2 seed. The Dolphins play Eckstein at 8:30 am; the Bulldogs play McClure at 10 am, and the winners of those two games play for the district title at 4 pm. Here’s the full day’s schedule. As Byron said in his note, “Exciting times for both the girls’ teams!” Denny is at 2601 SW Kenyon.
ADDED 2:20 AM: Denny principal Jeff Clark points out the boys’ middle-school playoffs are next door at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle) concurrently; here’s the schedule. Denny plays Mercer at 8:30 am, and Madison plays Jane Addams at 1 pm.
ADDED 10:33 AM: Update from the principal:
Update: Our boys played hard in a close, back-and-forth, game with Mercer, with Mercer winning in the end. Our girls’ game was also a battle, with the Dolphins prevailing! Girls are in the city-wide championship at 4:00 today here at home!
1:08 PM UPDATE: Updates in comments – the girls’ championship game is Denny vs. Madison at 4!
Two more West Seattle High School student athletes have signed letters of intent. We were invited to a short celebration in the WSHS gym this afternoon as seniors Kai Osaka and Reuben Gut signed their college commitments in front of their Wildcat baseball teammates:
Reuben is going to Everett Community College, and Kai is going to Chapman University in Southern California. WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson lauded both for their hard work on academics as well as athletics.
After the signing, it was practice time over at Hiawatha. The WSHS baseball team plays their first regular-season game at 4 pm Friday vs. Chief Sealth IHS at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).
The photos and announcement are from Dave Howard, founder of the West Seattle Running Club, celebrating its 25th anniversary this coming week:
It was early March 1994. A few Alki beach trail runners, then strangers to each other, had an idea that running together would help motivate them to get out on those cold winter evenings.
It began with twelve of us and over the next few months grew to near thirty. And we continued to grow. It was time to make it official. We became the West Seattle Running Club. We met regularly three times per week and began to participate in races around the area as a club.
Soon we were having occasional potlucks and barbecues at members’ homes and getting together for other activities like cycling and ski trips. I, for one, consider the club an extended family.
Over the past quarter-century, nearly 300 runners have hit the trail with us, either as regular members, vacationers wanting to get in a run, or folks in town on business.
Our club is a social and casual running club for all levels. We have race winners, walk/runners, and everything inbetween. We provide support and encouragement to each other in achieving our running goals and having fun along the way.
And we are always excited to meet new runners. If you are interested, please visit our website at westseattlerunningclub.org. Come help us run through the next 25 years.
It’s high-school baseball time! Chief Sealth International High School‘s field took the field this afternoon and evening, hosting three other schools for a jamboree at Southwest Athletic Complex – a series of three-inning games. Head coach Ernest Policarpio is kicking off another season leading Sealth’s team:
Sealth beat Nathan Hale HS 6-0 in its first of two jamboree games – here’s Liam Moe on the mound:
At today’s jamboree, the Seahawks also hosted Washington and Mt. Rainier, which will be their first opponent as the season officially begins at 10 am Saturday (March 9th) at SWAC (2801 SW Thistle).
P.S. On Friday, March 15th, at 4 pm, Sealth will host West Seattle HS for the first of two scheduled games between the teams this season.
Thanks to David Wilson for sharing the news about his daughter Nicole Wilson, a lifelong West Seattleite who’s experiencing success with the University of Washington Equestrian Team.
Nicole is a UW junior and recently served as show manager for the first home show that the UW team had sponsored in six years, according to this story in the UW Daily. The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association event at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe drew riders from eight universities around the region. Nicole also serves as PR chair for the team and explained the show to the Daily reporter, whose story as a result shows the work it took to make the show happen. Not only was it a success in organization and execution, the UW team also triumphed with the top point total.
As also reported in the story, Nicole has qualified for the IHSA Western-style-riding semifinals in Utah and will travel later this month to ride for a chance to qualify for nationals. She is an alum of two West Seattle schools – Arbor Heights Elementary and Holy Rosary – and, as the Daily report notes, is working on a new West Seattle connection: Bringing the Highland Park-headquartered Seattle Police Mounted Patrol to the UW campus to raise the riding profile.
Thanks to Keith Swanson for the photo and report:
The West Seattle Basketball Club 8th-grade boys team won the Peak League championship on Sunday, topping off an undefeated season.
Pictured from left to right: George Gosztola, Roman Centioli, Calvin Barash, Trey Moore, Lachlan Swanson, Miles Gosztola, Joseph Lee, Elijah Brady, Owen Earls, Anton Craven, Chase Clifton, Luke Wade, Keith Swanson, Tony Pryor.
Find out more about the club here.
9:33 AM: Congratulations to the West Seattle High School girls for another successful season. The season finale just finished at the Tacoma Dome, with the Wildcats bringing home the 6th-place trophy from the state 3A tournament after a 38-33 loss to Snohomish HS. This was the third consecutive year they made it to state; many of the regulars are seniors. Details and photos when we get back to HQ.
ADDED 1:53 PM: The game began with one of the WSHS seniors, #4 Kelsey Lenzie, singing the anthem, part of which we recorded:
Thanks to @WSHSAthletics1 for the photo! We couldn’t be at the Tacoma Dome this morning but we’ll be there tomorrow at 8 am as the West Seattle High School girls take on Snohomish HS for fourth place at the state 3A basketball tournament. The Wildcats earned the ticket to that game by defeating Roosevelt this morning, 50-42.
3:23 PM: Just over at the Tacoma Dome – the second state 3A girls-basketball tournament game for West Seattle High School ended in a 55-35 loss to Mt. Spokane HS. They’re now in the bracket that leads to the fourth-place game, so the Wildcats are back here tomorrow, 10:30 am, to play Roosevelt. Photos and details from today’s game later.
ADDED EARLY FRIDAY: There was hope in the early going. We arrived with two minutes to go in the first quarter, and WSHS was up 7-4. Then it became the battle of the threes – five of them in those two minutes. Three were by Mt. Spokame – whose #1 Aspyn Adams sank six of her nine 3 attempts in the game – two by West Seattle, #21 Julianna Horne and #32 Meghan Fiso, who had three on the day.
The first quarter ended in a 13-13 tie. After that, the Wildcats began slipping behind. They were outshot and outrebounded – that last category in particular, with Mt. Spokane totaling 33 and West Seattle 18, was brutal, with few chances to try again after missed shots.
Mt. Spokane expanded the gap bit by bit through the second quarter, up to a 12-point advantage, trimmed a bit just before halftime by a #4 Kelsey Lenzie three.
Score at the half was 30-21. The Wildcats made another dent with a Fiso in the first minute of the second half.
But Mt. Spokane wouldnt let them get close. A Sarver basket at just under three minutes to go in the third made it 34=26.
But then – another Adams three. Seconds later, a Fiso three … but then a Mt. Spokane layup. And so it went. The third period concluded with yet another three by Adams, and the WSHS deficit was double digits, 42-31.
The fourth quarter was grimmer aside from four alternating baskets around the 3-minute mark. The Wildcat scoring woke up too late – none of them hit a double-digit point total in this game – and once it was down to the final few minutes, they were too far back to recover, and some of the reserves came in to get playing time under the bright lights of the big court. Final score 55-35, and back to Tacoma in the morning.
P.S. The WSHS sportsmanship award this game went to Fiso.
10:23 PM: We’re at the Tacoma Dome, where the West Seattle High School boys have just lost to Capital, 48-41, at the state 3A basketball tournament, and that wraps a strong season for head coach Keffrey Fazio and team. They made a big comeback in the late third quarter/early fourth, but then fell behind again and couldn’t regain the lead. Photos and game report after we get back to HQ.
ADDED EARLY THURSDAY: The game’s leading scorer, Capital’s Chris Penner (26 points), announced himself right at the start, with two 3-pointers putting the Cougars ahead 6-0 within the first few minutes of the game. #24 Abdullahi Mohamed was the first to get on the scoreboard for WSHS.
3:34 PM: An almost-down-to-the-wire victory for the West Seattle High School girls in their must-win opening game at the state 3A championships – they just beat Arlington, 50-45 at the Tacoma Dome. They were up by just 1 with less than a minute and a half ago, but fought to widen the margin and net the win. More details, plus photos, later. Here’s a highlight from the last minute before halftime:
HALFTIME at Tacoma Dome, girls' 3A championships: West Seattle HS 28, Arlington 21. (Video: Final min of half, Wilson basket for WSHS) pic.twitter.com/a5UJtmg60Q
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 27, 2019
Next up for the girls – Mt. Spokane, 2 pm Thursday, also at the T-Dome, which is where the WSHS boys start their state-tournament play tonight at 9 vs. Capital.
ADDED 5:53 PM: Here’s how the game played out:
Our recent snow threw a curveball at registration season for Southwest Little League, so it’s gone into extra innings. You have one more chance, 9 am-noon this Saturday (March 2nd), to register in person at the Steve Cox Memorial Park log cabin in White Center (1321 SW 102nd). Southwest Little League serves southern West Seattle, White Center, and South Park. Go here for full details on who’s eligible and what to bring to register. If you can’t make it to the park on Saturday, you have until March 15th to register online.