West Seattle, Washington
That’s one of the photos tweeted by the West Seattle High School Athletics Department tonight, right after the boys’ basketball team won its snow-delayed first postseason game of the year – 48-42 vs., and at, Roosevelt HS. The WSHS boys (15-6) play Mercer Island at 8:15 pm Friday at Sammamish HS (100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue).
Also tomorrow, the WSHS girls (15-4) play their first game of the postseason, vs. Holy Names Academy, 4 pm at Chief Sealth International HS (2600 SW Thistle).
Both teams are now in district play; with all the snow-closure days, the Metro League canceled its tournaments, sending the regular season’s top finishers into district play, which determines who qualifies for state.
As athletic director Corey Sorenson (above left) noted while these four West Seattle High School seniors celebrated their college commitments on National Signing Day, all have made school history: Ally Veenhuizen with the first WSHS girls’ soccer team to go to state:
She’ll play at Seattle Pacific University.
Chloe Cunliffe, track and field athlete, is a state recordholder:
She’s headed for Washington State University, as is Grace Sarver:
Grace and her basketball teammates finished third in the state last year – among them, Kelsey Lenzie:
Kelsey will play at University of Portland.
P.S. The center chair at the table in our top photo was in honor of another Wildcat senior who’s college-bound, Abdullahi Mohamed, who’ll play basketball at Eastern Washington University.
Congratulations to those young women and their coaches for a prestigious soccer championship! The announcement and photo were sent after their Sunday championship-match win over Bainbridge, 1-0:
A local soccer team, HSA Select G05 – Foulk, comprised of athletes from West Seattle to Burien / Normandy Park, won the GU-14 Founders Cup! They finished first in group play and then won a quarter-final 1-0, semi-final 2-1 and final 1-0. They gave up a total of 3 goals during the tournament and scored 20 goals, with almost all players notching a goal!
In addition to winning the cup, the GU-14 age group is also awarded the Karl Grosch Girls U14 Founders Cup trophy (the one on the left in the photo), named in memory of WA soccer pioneer Karl Grosch, who championed Girls Soccer in Washington in 1972. This trophy is kept by Washington Youth Soccer and HSA Select G05 – Foulk will be listed as the 2019 Champions!
Their coaches are Jamie Foulk and Mike Jensen.
All four varsity basketball teams from West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School have postseason games in the next few days, following their regular-season-ending crosstown clashes Friday night:
The Seahawks hosted the Wildcats, and the girls were up first.
Thanks to Judi Yazzolino from the West Seattle Food Bank for sharing her photo op from this afternoon’s Northwest Harvest food-drive kickoff at Admiral Safeway. Not only did Seahawks player Doug Baldwin show up as promised – so did former teammates Richard Sherman and Cliff Avril. Lots of fans got autographs and photos – this next photo was shared by Kristen (thank you!) featuring Leighton and Carter Joy:
The donation drive’s first day was a win, per Judi from the WSFB, who tells WSB, “We’ll have the poundage on Monday. It was a lot. We’d like to thank all the West Seattleites who came and donated food.” This is just the start of an emergency statewide food drive to help food banks like WSFB deal with the effects of the federal shutdown – a need that won’t abate immediately just because of the potentially temporary end to it. You can donate food at any Safeway store (Albertsons too, though there are none in our area).
When the West Seattle High School Cheer Team goes to state competition in a week and a half, they’ll be busy! Along with the news we shared earlier this month about the program’s Comp Team qualifying for state, head coach Jasmyne Agregado tells us 15 of the athletes that she and co-coach Nadine Nguyen lead also have qualified in the Co-Ed Game Day division. Agregado choreographed the Game Day team’s division-winning routine. State competition is set for Saturday, February 2nd, in the southwest Washington town of Battle Ground.
Another youth-sports league is signing up players for the upcoming season – this time, West Seattle Girls Softball. The announcement is from WSGS president Chrysta Torres:
Registration for the 2019 softball season is now open – and there is a $20 discount for registering in January. Practices will begin in mid-March, with games starting in mid/late April. The season will conclude the first week of June.
We invite girls 6-15 with any level of softball experience to join us for a fun season of recreational league fast-pitch softball. We teach the basics and build skills as players continue with the program and work to place players on teams that will be most beneficial to their needs.
We’d also like to thank the local businesses that sponsor our league year after year – we cannot do it without their support.
You can follow the registration link from the WSGS home page.
At the start of the holiday weekend, a celebration at West Seattle High School – a bittersweet one. The final regularly scheduled home game for high-school sports teams is traditionally Senior Night. WSHS honorees included their standout girls’ basketball team (third in the state last year), some of whom have played together since childhood. From the announcements on Friday night – Anissa Babitu is journeying the farthest, going to Fiji for college:
Jasmine Gayles, hoping to pursue a career in law:
Kelsey Lenzie, headed for the University of Portland:
Grace Sarver, headed for WSU:
Also honoring the seniors – the younger teammates they’ll leave behind:
The team went on to a 59-51 victory in their Friday night game against Roosevelt and are 13-2. They’re playing Prairie this afternoon at Showare Center in Kent, in the King Showcase; you do have another chance to see them without leaving West Seattle – at Chief Sealth International High School at 7 pm Friday, February 1st.
Congratulations to Chief Sealth International High School‘s girls-wrestling team (shown above with Coaches Camacho and Lopez, who assist Head Coach Dolberry):
The Chief Sealth girls’ wrestling team travelled to Arlington last weekend for the Ladies Highway 9 tournament and brought home the second place trophy! Congratulations to this hard-working, passionate group of young women! Come out and support both the boys’ and girls’ teams at the Relentless Tournament next Friday evening, 1/25, at Chief Sealth!
The gym is on the east side of the campus, at 2600 SW Thistle.
FINAL -West Seattle boys 58-35 over Ingraham. Here's how it ended: pic.twitter.com/RyRrBGcZbd
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 12, 2019
11:05 PM FRIDAY: Someone might think of it someday as the Viaduct Victory. At the exact moment Highway 99 was set to start shutting down – 10 pm – the West Seattle High School boys finished their win over Ingraham, 58-35. Aside from a short period of see-saw lead-exchanging at the start, the Wildcats (now 10-5) were ahead all the way. Photos and stats to come!
ADDED SATURDAY: Above, the floor view of the victory jubilation – that’s head coach Keffrey Fazio in the center background, and leading scorer Nuh’Kosi Roberson (#22, 17 points) at right. Below, #24 Abdullahi Mohamed, second in scoring with 11:
#9 Roman Barnet followed with nine. And on hand for the whole night, WSHS’s headed-for-state Cheer Team:
Ingraham High School is visiting West Seattle High School tonight to play the girls’ and boys’ basketball games, and the girls’ varsity matchup ended with the Wildcats winning, 58-37. They lead their division and are now 11-1, the best overall record of any Metro League team. Tomorrow afternoon you can catch them at home again, playing Port Angeles, at 4 pm. More photos and stats later.
ADDED SATURDAY: Grace Sarver (#20, above) led scoring with 18; next was Meghan Fiso (#32, below) with 12.
Kelsey Lenzie (#4) was right after her with 10, including two three-pointers.
Head coach Darnell Taylor and the Wildcat girls have only one regularly scheduled home game after today’s aforementioned Port Angeles matchup – next Friday (January 18th) vs. Roosevelt, 7 pm.
Thanks to the proud parents who were first to share the news: The West Seattle High School Cheer Team has qualified for state competition for the first time ever. Head coach Jasmyne Agregado – who shared the photos and gave us permission to publish them – says the team got first place in both its divisions. She adds, “Not only is a qualification for State an amazing accomplishment in itself, but to make a great accomplishment even greater, our athletes are the second-highest-scoring team this year in our division!” That’s the Non-Tumbling Co-ed division, the coach explains.
The state competition is February 2nd in Battle Ground. 20 athletes are currently on the WSHS Cheer Team; this is the third year Agregado has led the team, and the second year for co-coach Nadine Nguyen.
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.
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.
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.
Now that the new year has begun, baseball season is in sight – at many levels, including youth leagues. Another has opened registration for 2019: West Seattle Little League. Something new for WSLL this year: A new website, supported by Little League International, “more secure than our old site and more user-friendly,” says WSLL’s Kathy Powers. “We welcome all children between ages 4 – 12 going to school or living within our WSLL boundaries.” The website change means that you’ll need to create a new login; go to the site and click the REGISTRATION tab, and you’ll be guided through the process from there. Registration is open through January 31st; practices start the first week of March, and the WSLL Jamboree is March 23rd. If you need a scholarship, email firstname.lastname@example.org – for other questions, email@example.com.
Play ball! From the WSB inbox:
Believe it or not, baseball season is right around the corner and registration is now open for our spring season! West Seattle Baseball is a PONY organization whose younger divisions play at the Pee Wee Fields by Riverview Playfield. Complete registration before 1/1 and receive $10 off. Why so early? We need to get all the kids signed up, placed on teams, uniforms and equipment ordered and be ready for practice to begin in in early March.
Please visit www.westseattlebaseball.com and click on the big REGISTRATION banner on the homepage to get started.
While you’re there, you can find helpful information like:
-2019 important dates
-A handy matrix with info on all divisions
-Contact information for league leadership
Last night, we noted that the West Seattle High School boys-varsity basketball team had won its first two games at a tournament in Southern California, with one game to go. Tonight, head coach Keffrey Fazio reports that too was a win:
The WSHS boys’ basketball team traveled to San Diego, CA to play in the 2018 Surf ‘n Slam Top tournament bracket over winter break. The boys won the championship this morning (Saturday) over Alameda HS (CA) 51-31.
Leading scorers were Abdullahi Mohamed with 24 points and Nuh’Kosi Roberson with 16 points.
The Wildcats won their semifinal game over Woodinville HS, Friday. Mohamed had 26 points and Roman Barnet had 11 points.
The quarterfinal was played on Thursday, and Wildcats took down Granite Bay HS (CA). Barnet led the way with 17 and both Mohamed and Roberson had double figures.
This is now back-to-back holiday tournament championships for WSHS Wildcats, last year winning the Sterling Shootout Classic at Kennedy HS.
Also worth noting, senior and EWU commit Abdullahi Mohamed was named tournament MVP, averaging 20 ppg and senior Nuh’Kosi Roberson was named to the All-Star team.
Wildcats are on the road next week at Nathan Hale HS on Friday (1/4) and host Eastside Catholic on Saturday (1/5) at WSHS.
Catching up on high-school basketball – first, it’s been a winning week for West Seattle High School‘s varsity teams:
BOYS: They’re playing at the Surf ‘n Slam tournament in San Diego, going for three victories in a row at 9 am tomorrow vs. Alameda, after an overtime win today over Woodinville (62-58) and yesterday’s win over Granite Bay (64-58). They’re 6-4 so far this season. Next home game: 4 pm January 5th vs. Eastside Catholic.
GIRLS: The WSHS girls are 6-1 after a Thursday victory, 72-41 over Kingston, and have the weekend off. Next home game: 7:30 pm Thursday (January 3rd) vs. Sequim.
Thanks to Lynn Hall for the moonrise/skyline view (if you weren’t watching or attending the game, the Seahawks won their Sunday Night Football faceoff against Kansas City, 38-31, which guarantees their playoff spot.)
A few weeks into the high-school basketball season, one local varsity team is undefeated: The West Seattle High School girls. You might not be surprised to hear that, since they finished third in the state last year. Tonight they won their third game of the season, as tweeted by @WSHSAthletics1:
— WSHS Athletics (@WSHSAthletics1) December 13, 2018
Head coach Darnell Taylor‘s Wildcats are at home Friday night, 7 pm, vs. Bainbridge (followed by the WSHS boys vs. BHS at 8:30).
Queen City Futsal just sent this announcement – with an invitation for you:
Queen City Futsal just finished up its first season and it was a total hit. Some beautiful futsal was played, friendships were formed, community was built, all while having a ton of fun!
Now we’re getting ready for season 2 and we’re just so excited. This second season will be coed again (ages 18+), 3 women/2 men on the court at a time, and the games will be played Sunday evenings at the Salvation Army in West Seattle.
There’s one more week to register and the spots are filling up quickly. We’d love to have more West Seattleites be a part of the league/futsal family. It’s such a great way to meet people, practice skills, and get a workout during the cold winter months.
So come join us! For more info and/or to register go HERE!
Also, here’s a recap video of the first season to get a vibe of the Queen City Futsal fam: QUEEN CITY FUTSAL SEASON 1 RECAP!
If you have any questions, know of any players that might be interested in playing, and/or know of any businesses that might want to sponsor us or be a part of our league, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.