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WORLD CUP: Where to watch Saturday’s early-morning USA-Netherlands match in West Seattle

With the USA team set for a must-win World Cup match against the Netherlands team early Saturday (7 am), we’ve received some questions about who’s opening early for watch parties. So we’re again building a list in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. So far we have five establishments on the list – Christo’s on Alki, Prost, The Bridge, The Westy, West Seattle Brewing. Anyplace else? Please let us know so we can add!

CONGRATULATIONS! More West Seattle High School athletes with Metro League honors

Earlier this month, we published the list of Metro League honorees from West Seattle High School‘s girls soccer team. Today, we have the list of other fall-sports honorees, sent by WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson:

Girls Volleyball:
Mountain Division 2nd Team:
Sadie Miller (Outside Hitter), Loretta Philp (Defense / Libero)
Honorable Mention:
Logan Behrbaum, Kate Fjeld

Boys Football:
Sound Division 1st Team:
Max Philp (Long Snapper)
Sound Division 2nd Team:
Mason Kallinger (LB), Jackson Boyer (DL), Elijah Brady (CB), Benny Satia (OL)
Honorable Mention:
Matthew Hazelgrove (OL), Elijah Brady (WR), Mason Kallinger (RB), Myles Mutchler (TE), Matthew Henning-Dierickx (WR), Rune Hendershott (LB), Roman Centioli (Safety), Jonah Pelander (Kicker), Bo Gionet (Punter)

Boys Golf:
All-Metro League 2nd Team: Simon Vance

Boys Cross Country:
All-Metro League 2nd Team: Elliott Allen

After turkey, soccer: Where in West Seattle to watch next USA World Cup match Friday

Yes, the day after Thanksgiving is known for shopping and leftovers. This year, it’ll also be a big day for football. At 11 am our time, the U.S. Men’s National Team plays its second World Cup soccer match, this time facing England. At least (updated with additions via comments) seven West Seattle establishments plan to open early for viewing:

OUNCES (3803 Delridge Way SW) is opening at 10 am.

WEST SEATTLE BREWING (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW): Also open at 10 am.

THE BEER JUNCTION (4511 California S) is opening at 11 am. (It’s also the start of Coffee Beer Week.)

PROST WEST SEATTLE (3407 California SW): Open early for every US and Germany World Cup match.

THE WESTY (7908 35th SW): Open at 10 am

TALARICO’S (4718 California SW): Open at 11 am

HIGHLAND PARK CORNER STORE (7789 Highland Park Way SW): Watch party at 11 am

Anyplace else? Please let us know – thank you!

CONGRATULATIONS! Metro League honors for West Seattle High School girls’ soccer after memorable season

(Photo by Ruby Athan)

Following up on the West Seattle High School girls’ soccer team’s strong season, the team has won numerous Metro League honors. Head coach Andres Lara, who himself was honored as one of two Metro League Coaches of the Year, sent the news. “Unfortunately it didn’t end up like we wanted but we had a good season, wining the Metro Sound division; also we got recognitions by the league,” he says. Here are the players who received honors:

Metro League Sound Division

Division MVP:
o Brooke Swanson (12, West Seattle)

1st Team All‐Division:
o Forwards: Brooke Swanson (12, West Seattle)
o Midfield: Kate Cowan (12, West Seattle)
o Defense: Allie Bennett (12, West Seattle)

2nd Team All‐Division:
o Midfield: Olivia Shih (10, West Seattle)
o Defense: Lola Personett (12, West Seattle)

Honorable Mention (by school):
o West Seattle: Annabelle Braun (10), Hudson Steere (12), Mevina Ott (12)

Here’s the full list of Metro League honorees.

CONGRATULATIONS! High Point Hurricanes’ citywide volleyball win

The report and photo were sent by Coach Al:

Congratulations to the High Point “Hurricanes,” who won 1st place in today’s ‘City Wide Volleyball Jamboree’ held at Miller Community Center, making this coach extremely proud!!

After going undefeated during the season (4-0), today they beat Delridge and Loyal Heights community centers, and then again played Delridge in the playoffs, winning the first & third games to bring home the Gold.

Delridge CC took home the Silver, so West Seattle volleyball was well represented!

About the Alki celebration: Samoan sports success

(Photo by Doug Eglington)

Thanks for the tips and photos! After many texts about a celebratory vehicle parade to Don Armeni (and since headed westbound toward Alki), many displaying the Samoan flag, we went down to find out why. Participants told us it’s about Samoa making it to the Rugby League World Cup final for the first time ever. The match was played earlier today and Australia – which has won the championship 11 out of the past 12 times – beat Samoa 30-10, but Samoans are bursting with pride that their team made it this far.

SPORTS: West Seattle Lacrosse Club’s offseason invitation for girls

(Photo provided by West Seattle Lacrosse Club)

The next season is a few months away, but the West Seattle Lacrosse Club is hosting informal events right now for girls who might be interested in playing. Here’s the announcement:

Attention, young ladies of West Seattle! Looking for a fun team sports opportunity for the Spring 2023 season? Search no more! The West Seattle Lacrosse Club wants YOU to join the growing group of girls taking advantage of this awesome local sports community! Team options for Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, and a new High School Team! No prior experience is required.

So, if you’re between third and twelfth grade, come check it out and get your questions answered. Casual Fall Ball get-togethers happening on Sunday 11/20 and 12/11 from 9:30 am to around 11:00 am at A.T. Milo Park next to the Southwest Tennis Courts and Pool at 30th and Thistle. More events are coming after the holidays. No RSVP, ongoing commitment, or equipment is required to participate in Sunday Fall Ball. So, just bring a friend or two, and come check it out! Loaner equipment is available for use.

Registration is open now for the 2023 season, which starts in February!

For more information or to register visit westseattlelaxclub.org or reach out to westseattlelax@gmail.com with questions, and we look forward to seeing you out there!

WSLC also fields a High School Boys program. For youth boys’ lacrosse, please visit our friends at swlacrosseclub.org.

CONGRATULATIONS! 3 West Seattle High School athletes sign with colleges

Congratulations to three student athletes from West Seattle High School who are signing with colleges. At the ceremony just before the Veterans’ Day weekend were, from left, Miles Gosztola, who’ll play baseball at Gonzaga University, major not decided yet; Jake Lockwood, who’ll play baseball at Everett Community College, major not decided yet; and Lina Delgado, who’ll play softball at Missouri Western State University, where she intends to major in criminal justice. Both the WSHS baseball and softball programs excelled in their most-recent seasons last spring – the baseball team finished #4 in the state, and the softball team made it to the district playoffs.

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth IHS celebrates student athletes’ success

Chief Sealth International High School celebrated fall-sports success with its seasonal banquet last night, In addition to its sport-by-sport award, they also celebrated two college signings – softball player Jing Gardner has signed with the University of Washington:

Soccer player Vivian Gaither is headed to Quincy University, one of several successful student athletes in her family, which joined her to celebrate – mom Michelle and brothers Kyler and Chase – with coach Michael Rillo:

Vivian also won the individual award for soccer.

Now, the other individual award winners: Slow-pitch softball winner was also Metro League 3A co-MVP, Puna Faga, shown with Metro League Coach of the Year Sergio Lopez:

The football honoree was Demiko Bousley, shown with coach Daron Camacho:

For volleyball, Charlotte Lindow, with coach Desiree Johnson:

For golf, Nevin Pivar, with coach George Cano:

For swimming, Emma Osgood, with coach Stephanie Hunt:

And for cross country, Violet Beck with coach Miguel Bautista:

Congratulations to the athletes and coaches, and to Chief Sealth athletic director Ernest Policarpio!

EARLY GAME: Who’s opening early for Sunday’s Seahawks game?

6:52 PM: We’ve had a few questions about which West Seattle establishments are planning to open early Sunday morning to watch the Seahawks‘ game against Tampa Bay in Germany – with a pre-dawn kickoff time, 6:30 am. So far, we’ve heard from one – Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) plans to open at 6:15 am. Anyone else? Let us know so we can build a list – westseattleblog@gmail.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!

10:41 PM: Two more:
Christo’s on Alki (2508 Alki SW), opening 6 am
Prost! West Seattle (3407 California SW), opening 6:30 am, taking reservations

SPORTS: West Seattle High School advances to district volleyball playoffs

One more sports note: After the Metro League high-school volleyball tournament wrapped up Saturday with games at the Denny/Sealth campus, West Seattle High School had won enough of its matches to finish in eighth place and advance to the district playoffs. Those will happen at Lakeside School Thursday through Saturday (November 10-12); WSHS opens with a must-win match against Mercer Island at 5:30 pm Thursday. (Here’s how to get tickets.)

CONGRATULATIONS! 3 West Seattle boys part of state-champion Seattle Prep cross country team

Three student athletes from West Seattle have a share of a state championship. Thanks to Nate Trius for the report:

(Seattle Prep photo: Middle three are from West Seattle: Miles Trius [994], Jack Henzke [968], Carter Joy [972])

Yesterday in Pasco, Seattle Preparatory School took 1st place in the Washington State XC country meet 3A division . Led by Coach Andrew Walker – former Prep XC runner and Gonzaga runner – who has been cultivating this driven team for the last 4 years. 3 of the 7 runners hail from our own WS community. Carter Joy (senior) and Jack Henzke (junior) attended Holy Rosary, while Miles Trius (senior) attended Our Lady of Guadalupe. All three competed in their earlier years against each other in the CYO athletic programs. When they met again at Seattle Prep, they ran as teammates. Seattle Prep has not brought this 1st-place state win in 22 years. Big day for these boys, their school, and broader Seattle community. This state has some of the top runners in the country and it is an honor to be the winners this year!

Nate included this link to an online video interview with the champs.

SOCCER: Another big playoff win for West Seattle High School girls

Since the playoff victory we covered a week ago, the West Seattle High School girls’ soccer team lost a match, but got another chance in the Metro League playoffs, and turned that into a win today.

WSHS beat Garfield 4-1 this afternoon at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. Brooke Swanson had two of the Wildcats’ goals; the others were by Allie Bennett and Olivia Shih. WSHS held Garfield scoreless until the Bulldogs’ one and only goal at 60:40. Their next game is at 7 pm Wednesday at and against Bishop Blanchet.

VIDEO: West Seattle Monster Dash returns!

October 29, 2022 4:41 pm
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For the first time since 2019, a costumed crowd at Lincoln Park helped West Seattle Cooperative Preschools raise money via its Halloween-season tradition, the West Seattle Monster Dash. Above is our video of hundreds of runners/walkers starting the main “dash”; below, the children who signed up for the Kids’ Dash, split into two age groups:

Of course costume-watching was also part of the fun:

See the race results here.

SOCCER: Big playoff win for West Seattle High School girls

October 26, 2022 10:35 pm
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After winning their division in the Metro League, the West Seattle High School girls-soccer team had their first playoff match this afternoon at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point.

The Wildcats had to win to get to the next round of the playoffs – and they did, triumphing over Ingraham, 5-2.

West Seattle’s goals were scored by Olivia Shih, Allie Bennett, and Cece Snyder in the first half, Ryann Craig and Brooke Swanson in the second. The first one came just three minutes into the match, and WSHS never trailed. Their next game is at 4 pm on Friday (October 28) at Magnuson Park in north Seattle, vs. Seattle Prep.

West Seattle Ski Swap, day 1

October 22, 2022 12:01 pm
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 |   Triangle | West Seattle news | WS & Sports

(WSB photos)

By the time this weekend’s West Seattle Ski Swap opened this morning at the VFW Post 2713 Hall in The Triangle, more than 700 people had consigned 2,500+ items for sale. Many were skis, of course – somebody even brought in brand-new K2s – but, as Riley from Ski Swap-presenting Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) showed us, some are one of a kind:

(That’s a full-length coat.) Lots of interest, too – big line to get in, in the early going:

Today is the first of two days for the West Seattle Ski Swap, which (aside from the pandemic hiatus) is a decade-plus-old tradition. It’s open at 3601 SW Alaska (right across the street from M2SO’s storefront) until 5 pm today, then again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow (Sunday, October 23).

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle HS boys’ golf team headed for district championships

October 18, 2022 9:22 pm
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Congratulations to Coach Joel and the West Seattle High School boys’ golf team – they have big news:

After completing a successful regular season with a 6-4 record, the West Seattle High School Boys’ Golf Team finished in 4th place at the Boys’ Metro Championship.

Golf team members from left to right: Simon Vance, Devon Eisenhut, Milo Stover, Andy Hoff, Joe Sherick, Flynn Wendell.

Next up for the boys’ team is the District Championship on October 24th at Druids Glen Golf Course.

The Metro championships were held at West Seattle Golf Course; here’s the recap of how the Wildcats’ season has gone so far.

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle Ski Swap next weekend (not just skis)!

(WSB file photo)

Sooner or later, we’ll see rain (maybe even next Friday). And when we do, the mountains will (likely) get snow. So you might as well be ready for snow-sports season. We’re now one week away from this year’s West Seattle Ski Swap, a tradition dating back more than a decade. Next Saturday and Sunday (October 22-23), Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) will present the event at the West Seattle VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska, across the street from M2SO). It’s a chance to sell and/or buy gear. If you’re selling, the dropoff hours are 3-7 pm Friday (October 21) – first, register here, For browsing/buying, the Ski Swap hours will be 10 am-5 pm next Saturday and 10 am-4 pm next Sunday. And it’s more than skis – the Ski Swap brings an opportunity to buy/sell snowboards, boots, apparel, and other winter accessories.

FOOTBALL: West Seattle High School vs. Ingraham

October 14, 2022 11:31 pm
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(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

West Seattle High School #1, sophomore Airric Lewis, scored the Wildcats’ lone touchdown in tonight’s 42-7 home loss to undefeated Ingraham. The Rams had a better ground game and used it to their advantage to control the clock; their defense gave West Seattle little time with the ball. Some notes from the sidelines, though – this was Breast Cancer Awareness Night, so the cheer squad had some pink gear:

Other pink signs of support included a flamingo in the WSHS student section.

The game’s soundtrack was courtesy of the band (which will lead the costume parade at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest in two weeks, October 30):

Next Friday (October 21st), the Wildcats are on the road, playing Nathan Hale, 7 pm at Northeast Athletic Complex.

**IF* the Metro Leage site is to be believed Ing is undefeated.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Summit Atlas soccer homecoming game

October 14, 2022 5:53 pm
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We talk a lot about sports at Chief Sealth International and West Seattle High Schools, but we seldom hear about sports at the peninsula’s newest high school, Summit Atlas in Arbor Heights (which also serves middle-school grades). Its new athletic director Andres Lara wants to change that, so he’s inviting the community to the Summit Atlas boys’ varsity soccer homecoming game tomorrow (Saturday, October 15). They’re playing Sound Christian Academy at 4 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle). It’s a fundraiser for the athletic program, too; entrance fees are $5 adults, $3 youth. The school is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association but does not currently belong to any of the leagues, playing as an independent school.

SATURDAY UPDATE: Amid the smoky air, the game’s been canceled.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School’s Alli Bennett honored as Athlete of the Week

(Photo courtesy West Seattle High School)

That’s West Seattle High School soccer player Alli Bennett, who has just received Athlete of the Week honors from the statewide Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. From the announcement:

A four-year varsity player and two-year captain, Bennett has shown leadership on and off the field. She is the only player on the team that has played every minute this season. The senior is the coach’s voice on the field in helping her teammates to get in better position and encouraging them positively. This past week, one of the biggest reasons why the Wildcats won the game against undefeated Roosevelt was her amazing defensive performance. Bennett posts a 3.99 GPA, she is part of National Honors Society, Link Program, Debate Club and Honor Roll. She also performs monthly volunteer work with NHS. Bennett has led her team in the most supportive way, while dishing out both of West Seattle’s assists in the win against Roosevelt.

Alli and teammates’ next match is at 7:30 pm tonight at Ballard HS. They have one regular-season match at home remaining after that – one week from today (Thursday, October 20), 4 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle).

YOU CAN HELP: Girls’ soccer program teaming with Dream Dinners for tournament-travel fundraising

October 13, 2022 1:33 pm
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Answer the question “what’s for dinner?” with Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) and serve up a win for a local youth soccer team! Here’s how:

The Girls (04/05) Highline Select Soccer team (families live in West Seattle and Normandy Park and most have been playing together for over 7 years) are working to earn money to offset the travel expenses of a Tournament in Phoenix in February 2023. The ladies already have had a car wash, garage sa,le and are working concessions at Seahawks games to earn money, and now have teamed with Dream Dinners to generate additional financial assistance.

Help Our Soccer Team Reach Our Fundraising Goals! How a DREAM DINNERS Fundraiser Works:

· For $60, select three delicious medium family-size meal kits (each kit serves 3).

· They DONATE $10 per order back to the HSA Select G04/05 TEAM. They will DONATE an additional 5% (up to $20) when you place an additional order of at least 3 meals. A cap of $20 for the additional order donation.

· Select a pick-up date from the links below and place your order. Swing by the store to pick up your meals on your day.

· Enjoy your nutritious pre-prepped meals on hectic nights and conquer ‘What’s for dinner?’.

Please click a Link to Browse Current Menu and Place Your Order TODAY for November pickup- Spaces fill quickly!

· Wednesday, November 9th – AT 5:30 PM – dreamdinners.com/session/944247

· Thursday, November 10th – AT 11 AM- dreamdinners.com/session/944248

· Saturday, November 12th – AT 9 AM – dreamdinners.com/session/944249

· Monday, November 14th – AT 10 AM – dreamdinners.com/session/944250

Dream Dinners-West Seattle is on the east side of lower Jefferson Square, at 41st/Alaska.

MARINERS MANIA: New ferry names; book deal

Now that it’s Thursday, the Mariners‘ next playoff game is just hours away (12:37 pm our time at Houston). And we have two related notes:

NEW FERRY NAMES: Washington State Ferries says it’s temporarily renaming all the boats in its fleet for as long as the M’s are in the playoffs, as directed by this proclamation. The new names are mostly M’s players. The two currently on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run, for example, M/V Sealth and M/V Kittitas, are temporarily M/V Robbie Ray and M/V Mitch Haniger. See the full list here.

BOOKSTORE DEAL: Also for as long as the M’s remain in the playoffs, West Seattle independent bookstore Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW) is offering a deal – buy one hardcover book and get another of equal/lesser value for 30 percent off. In-store only; hardcovers only. And no, the books don’t have to be baseball-related!