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BACK TO SCHOOL: Chief Sealth IHS sports open house Monday

With less than four weeks of summer break remaining, some back-to-school planning is ramping up. At Chief Sealth International High School, it’s time to look ahead to sports. All prospective 2022-2023 sports participants are invited to an open-house event at the school (2600 SW Thistle) on Monday night (August 15th), 6:30-7:30 pm. It’ll be held in the galleria. If you’re new to CSIHS, you can find more info about the athletics program here.

VIDEO: 10-year-old Nathan’s bowling challenge for you, to help fight hunger and homelessness

10-year-old Nathan Tavel spent an hour this afternoon at West Seattle Bowl, knocking down pins as fast as he could – he was a young man on a mission: The start of a month-long fundraising challenge to help the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work knocking down hunger and homelessness. Just take a look at a moment of the pace he kept up for an hour:

In his hour of bowling, Nathan knocked down 2,116 pins. (He’s been bowling since he was 4.) Now it’s your turn. Any time between now and Labor Day, go to West Seattle Bowl and lay out $25 for the challenge. $15 of that goes to WSFB, $10 to WS Bowl. You get an hour to try to top Nathan’s pin total. If you don’t, you donate an additional $25 to the food bank; if you do, WS Bowl will donate an additional $25 to the food bank on your behalf. And if you do top Nathan’s pin total, you’ll be entered into a drawing for $100 at a local restaurant. This isn’t Nathan’s first bowling benefit – whose proud dad Phil was there today to cheer him on:

Two and a half years ago, we covered Nathan’s real-time bowling challenge – he invited teams to try to beat his pin total in two hours. That raised more than $900! P.S. If you haven’t been to West Seattle Bowl, it’s at 39th/Oregon on the east edge of The Junction.

YOU CAN HELP: Dine-out fundraiser today for Seattle Badgers’ trip to Gay Softball World Series

Also happening today in addition to what’s on our preview list: A dine-out fundraiser at Lady Jaye in The Junction for the Seattle Badgers D-division team’s trip to the 2022 Gay Softball World Series.

The team has five players and two coaches who live in West Seattle. The GSWS is in Dallas this year, starting later this month, and the Badgers are fundraising to help cover travel costs. Lady Jaye is one of their sponsors and today the restaurant/bar is donating a percentage of proceeds to the Badgers. Dining hours are 2-8 pm but you can also buy gift cards or meat-shop merchandise at LJ now through 8 pm to be part of the fundraiser. Lady Jaye is at 4523 California SW. The Badgers play in the Emerald City Softball league.

GET FIT! West Seattle Runner’s next info session Wednesday

It’s a big goal – running a half-marathon – if you’re a beginning runner. But West Seattle Runner‘s periodic free training program Get Fit West Seattle can get you there. And if you’re interested, you’re invited to the shop at 6:30 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, August 3rd) for info and Q&A about the Get Fit program. Get ready to get inspired and supported! West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is at 2743 California SW – just show up.

CONGRATULATIONS! Alison Peterson arrives at Alki Point, completing 10.4-mile Amy Hiland Swim

(WSB photos)

Less than an hour ago, Alison Peterson completed her first marathon swim in style – arriving at Alki Point about six and a half hours after leaving Bremerton. Her husband Erik and daughters Marcella and Eloise were on the beach to welcome her.

The 10.4-mile swim between Bremerton and Alki Point is known as the Amy Hiland Swim, after the woman who was the first known swimmer to accomplish it, on August 1, 1959. The Northwest Open Water Swimming Association – many of whom swim regularly off Alki – revived it in recent years, after no one tried it in more than half a century; we reported on Erika Norris‘s success in 2016, and others followed. One year ago, in one weekend, Melissa Kegler became the first to swim it round trip, and the Silver Seals – six swimmers over 60 – did it as a relay.

(Alison Peterson in foreground, formally signaling she’s ended the swim)

NOWSA’s Amanda Winansherself an Amy Hiland Swim veteran – told us before Peterson’s swim today that “Alison has enthusiastically supported other Alki swimmers over the years by crewing marathon swims and making delicious baked goods, and the community is excited that it’s her turn.”

West Seattle Junior Football and Cheer signup time! New WSB sponsor

Today we welcome West Seattle Junior Football and Cheer as a new WSB sponsor, advertising to ensure you know that registration is happening now and the season starts soon! Here’s what they would like you to know:

West Seattle Junior Football and Cheer kicks off its season August 8th, starting with practices at Hiawatha Playfield and 8 or 9 games, extending through October.

The program is open to all youth from ages 5 to 14. The youngest division (5-7) plays flag football, while the older divisions play tackle.

We slowly teach the game of football with some life skills along the way; many of our graduates continue to play at our local high schools and beyond.

We are a proud member of the Northwest Junior Football League (NJFL), which emphasizes sportsmanship and player safety, as evidenced by our pre- and post-game meetings of the teams at each and every game.

Here’s how to register. Please contact us with any questions.

We thank West Seattle Junior Football and Cheer for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

SPORTS: Local physical therapist offers advice for pickleball players in national publication

Pickleball is a surging sport – and with all ages playing, some players are in search of strategies to keep up with the challenges.

Mark Bouma of Lake Washington Physical Therapy‘s West Seattle clinic (WSB sponsor) tells us, “I recently had the opportunity to contribute to a national physical therapy magazine article (APTA Magazine) on how physical therapy is helping pickleball players stay healthy! Since pickleball is such a popular and fast-growing sport, particularly in the PNW, I thought this may be of interest to members of the West Seattle community.” Here’s the article in PDF. Mark also sent this link to an article on pickleball and shoulder injuries that he published last year on the LWPT website. Pickleball is so hot in Seattle, the city Parks Department is working to expand facilities; next step in its ongoing study is an August 11th briefing.

VIDEO: West Seattle Float Dodger 5K’s return

10:05 AM: Today’s first big event is on – the Float Dodger 5K, which started this year in waves – above, the first wave, Team Triumph. Others followed:

The Float Dodger takes participants along the West Seattle Grand Parade route on California SW from Hiawatha to The Junction, this year “dodging” the West Seattle Rotary‘s float pre-parade. West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) presents the Float Dodger 5K, and told us this morning that more than 520 people had registered! Following the 5K, it’s root-beer-float time. Results are here; fastest finisher was 34-year-old Steve Raswey Ng’etich, in 15:31.

More video, and photos, later – next up, the parade starts in about an hour (and California SW along the route will be closed until it’s over in early afternoon – usually reopening segment by segment).

ADDED 3:14 PM: First female finisher was 40-year-old Megan Heuer, in 18:39:

Before the 5K, the Kids’ Dash got everybody pumped:

Race founders and presenters Tim McConnell and Lori McConnell of West Seattle Runner presided over the morning’s events:

They’re donating race proceeds to West Seattle Food Bank, which was on site too:

Also on site, Lake Washington Physical Therapy‘s West Seattle clinic (WSB sponsor) proprietor Mark Bouma and kids:

The race was dedicated to longtime West Seattle running-community member Helen Lee, a Float Dodger participant going back to the first year. In her memory, people are invited to donqte to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition‘s Southwest Washington chapter.

PLAY BALL! West Seattle Little League brings back Sandlot Fun Days for softball, baseball

Kids 7 to 12 years old are invited to West Seattle Little League Sandlot Fun Days starting next week, even if they have no experience playing baseball/softball! Here’s the announcement:

West Seattle Little League is bringing back Sandlot Fun Days for a second season after the success of the inaugural series last summer.

The Sandlot games are a player-led, unstructured opportunity for players to come together for a fun, relaxed game of baseball or softball, where kids make the rules, make the lineups, and make the calls. Like a pickup game in any sport, it all starts with showing up. Every Sandlot game will be its own party, and every party is about having fun and just playing.

Sandlot Fun Days are open to anyone ages 7-12 – no prior experience required and players are not required to reside within WSLL boundaries.

If you know a kid who wants to try baseball or softball in an informal environment, please spread the word!

Bar-S Playfield, 6425 SW Admiral Way

All game times should start by 6:00 pm. Plan to arrive between 5:30-5:45 pm.

Thur, July 28 | Ages 7-8 | Baseball (coed) and softball
Fri, July 29 | Ages 9-12 | Softball
Thur, Aug 4 | Ages 7-8 | Baseball (coed) and softball
Fri, Aug 5 | Ages 9-12 | Baseball (coed)
Thur, Aug 11 | Ages 9-12 | Softball
Fri, Aug 12 | Ages 9-12 | Baseball (coed)
Fri, Aug 19 | Ages 9-12 | Baseball (coed)

*Dates are subject to cancellation or merging of teams onto a single field if we’re unable to yield enough players.

Registration: For more info on Sandlot Fun Days and to register, visit the WSLL website.

BASEBALL: West Seattle Baseball 10U Red All-Stars take tournament title

Last weekend, we mentioned the West Seattle Baseball 10U Red All-Stars were headed to the Battle of the Bats Tournament in Tacoma, 16 teams from around the state. They returned home as champions! Here’s the update:

The West Seattle Baseball 10U Red All-Stars went 5-0 over the weekend and brought home the championship. They had a cumulative score of 58 to 8 over those 5 games.

Back row L to R: Coaches Josh Menashe, Edgar Rodriguez, Michael Ninburg, Danny Sizemore

Middle row L to R: Players Mac Waskowitz, Bryant Rodriguez, Theo Ninburg, Beckham Sizemore, Cooper Beman, Liam McAuliffe, Isaiah Williams, Joseph Menashe, Sam Weymueller

Front Row kneeling: L to R: Malcolm Lindsey, Oliver Busey

P.S. Watch for West Seattle Baseball in the WS Grand Parade, 11 am Saturday (July 23rd) from California/Lander southbound to California/Edmunds.

SPORTS: West Seattle Little League softball, baseball All-Stars’ success

July 16, 2022 1:48 pm
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More West Seattle Little League teams are headed to state competition! Here are updates and photos from WSLL:

Two more West Seattle Little League All-Star teams win district title

Little League WA District 7 tournaments wrapped up this week with West Seattle Little League (WSLL) 10s Baseball and Softball teams taking the district title win to secure their spots in the WA State tournament.

10s Softball All-Stars
The WSLL 10s All-Star softball team beat Seattle Central on Tuesday after being down 21-20 in the top of the fifth inning. The team rallied to turn the game around and take home the District 7 championship win 35-28. Isabella Vann swung for the fences in the third inning with an inside-the-park home run.

Manager – Kevin O’Donnell
Coaches – Josh Snyder and Tony Colagrossi
Players are alphabetically – Camryn Duty, Charlotte Buckley. Eilidh O’Brien, Emme Dupille, Hayley Johnsonl, Isabella Vann, Josey Sullivan, Katy Snyder, Maya Purcell, Naomi Decker, Nichole Tucci-Ringstad. Nora O’Donnell, Poppy Sheaffer, Serena Colagrossi

10s Baseball All-Stars
The 10s took the District 7 championship on Thur in dramatic walk-off fashion, thanks to a walk-off single at the end of the game to topple South Highline National. The game was tied at 7 with WSLL batting in the bottom of the 6th when Julian Patino singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring the winning run.

Manager – Nick Datz
Coaches – JP Patino and Stuart Widman
Players – Ben Datz, Cal Reed, Cameron Widman, Duncan McKinney, Everett Harkins, George Faull, Henry Corr, Julian Patino, Keanu Ignacio, Lex Townsend, Nathan Shafi, Patrick Bowen. Ryker Wade

In all, WSLL is sending 4 teams to the state tournaments to represent District 7: 10s, 11s and 12s baseball and 10s softball. The 12s and 11s baseball All-Stars kick off their state run this weekend. WSLL 12s take the field on Sat at 4:30 pm in Lynnwood and the 11s at 9 am on Sunday in Federal Way.

To continue following along on their All-Star journey, visit the WSLL All-Stars News page.

SPORTS: West Seattle Little League softball, baseball All-Star teams’ latest big wins

July 1, 2022 2:38 pm
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Congratulations to three West Seattle Little League softball and baseball teams for big wins! The updates are from WSLL’s Kristin Widman:

Juniors softball secures spot in district 7 championship

Three cheers for the Juniors (13-14 year olds) softball team, who won their game on Wednesday to advance to the WA District 7 championship game in their inaugural season with West Seattle Little League! The game starts at 10 am on Saturday, July 2 at Mt Rainier High School (22450 19th Ave S) in Des Moines. WSLL is excited to field 2 softball All-Stars teams (Juniors and 10s) this year and watch the teams thrive and represent the best of West Seattle.

12s baseball – state-bound

The 12s All-Stars baseball team went undefeated in their tournament run and fought off a tough South Highline National LL team on Thursday, winning 7-2. Parker Manderino launched a home run in the first inning. The 12s move on to the state tournament starting July 16 at 4:30 pm at Lynndale Park (18927 72nd Ave W) in Lynnwood.

11s baseball – state-bound

The 11s All-Stars baseball team also won big on Thursday, defeating Renton LL 13-3. They tallied a total of 10 hits in the game. Brookes Kalivoda drove in 5 runs on 2 hits including a home run. The 11s state tournament run begins July 16 at Federal Way National Little League Complex (450 SW Campus Dr).

For the All-Stars tournament schedule, visit the WSLL website:

SUMMER: Youth tennis lessons in Arbor Heights

June 30, 2022 8:46 am
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Registration opens tomorrow morning for upcoming youth tennis lessons at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club. Here’s the announcement they’re sharing with the community:

Our next two-week tennis-lesson session starts Tuesday, July 5. Key information includes:

Two separate 45-minute lesson sessions offered: 12.30 pm-1.15 pm and 1.15 pm-2 pm

Each session includes 10 lessons: Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, and Monday-Friday, July 11-July 14

Ages 8-18 and all abilities welcome

Cost is $108 for 9 lessons

Registration opens Friday, July 1, at 9 am. Click on Lessons – Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club to register.

Questions at

SPORTS: West Seattle Little League All-Star season update

Last week we noted the start of All-Star season for West Seattle Little League baseball and softball teams. This morning we have an update and photos sent by WSLL’s Kristin Widman:

West Seattle Little League is off to a hot start in the District 7 tournament! The 11s and 12s have both advanced to their respective championship games this week.

The 12s have been putting on a pitching clinic this week, pitching two no-hitters and only allowing 1 hit total in their three games. The offense is also “hitting” on all cylinders with a total of 28 runs in the 3 games.

You’re invited to help pack the stands at Bar-S this Thursday, June 30 at 6 pm when the WSLL 12s team goes for the district title. (Bar-S is at 64th SW and SW Admiral Way.)

The 11s are also a force with 3 solid wins this week. They have two shutout wins and have outscored their opponents 38-4. They play for the district title at Valley Ridge Fields (4644 S. 188th St, SeaTac) against Renton Little League tonight (Wednesday, June 29) at 6 PM.

Stay tuned also for the Juniors softball and 10s baseball and softball All-Star teams to get things going with their district tournaments. Juniors softball takes the field tonight at 6 pm at Mt Rainier HS (22450 19th Ave S, Des Moines). See the WSLL website for


CONGRATULATIONS! One local All-Star team wins big

Congratulations to the 10U Red West Seattle Baseball All StarsDanny Sizemore sent the photo and report of their big tournament win:

This past weekend they traveled to Yakima to take part in The Golden Glove tournament. There were 7 teams from around the state in their bracket. The West Seattle Reds went undefeated (4-0) to bring home the championship by beating teams from Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Ellensburg.

Here’s how all the tournament games turned out. The Reds also competed in the all-star tournament WS Baseball hosted two weeks ago.

PLAY BALL: All-Star competition time for West Seattle Little League baseball and softball

Summer is the prime season for baseball and softball, and the West Seattle Little League is going into the height of this season – here’s the announcement:

West Seattle Little League (WSLL) is sending three baseball teams – one for each division, 10s, 11s, and 12s -and two softball teams – a 10s and Juniors (13-14 year olds) team – to compete in the WA District 7 Little League All-Stars Tournaments.

WSLL will be host to the 12s baseball All-Stars division tournament games at Bar-S (6464 SW Admiral Way). The first games kick off on Saturday, June 25, at 10 am, with WSLL vs. Seattle Central Little League. The Bar-S Snack Shack will be churning out good old-fashioned baseball treats and snacks. We invite the West Seattle community to come out to Bar-S to cheer on the teams!

Around town, you can catch the other WSLL All-Stars teams in play:
-June 25: 11s All-Star baseball tournament begins at Valley Ridge Fields
-June 27: Juniors All-Star softball district tournament begins at Mt Rainier High School (WSLL first game June 29th)
-July 9: 10s All-Star baseball tournament begins at Pacwest
-July 10: 10s All-Star softball district tournament begins (location TBD)

We will be updating the website with standings as often as possible. You can also check out the rosters for all teams.

SUMMER: Sign up now for free youth-football camp

June 23, 2022 9:31 am
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If you have an under-12 household member who’s interested in football, West Seattle High School head coach Jeff Scott has an invitation: They’re welcome at a free football camp, sponsored by the WSHS program, 9 am-2 pm Saturday, July 16th. It’s happening at Hiawatha Playfield (2700 California SW); if interested, and/or if you have questions, email As the flyer notes, free food, free T-shirt, plus a WSHS alum flag-football game at noon that day!

CONGRATULATIONS! Friday is ‘West Seattle High School Baseball Day’ in King County

(WSB photo, May)

One more honor for the West Seattle High School baseball team, which finished the year as #4 in the state and champions of the Metro League. One of WSHS’s highest-profile alums, King County Executive Dow Constantine, has declared tomorrow “West Seattle High School Baseball Day.”

See the full proclamation here.

SUMMER: What Chief Sealth International High School fall-sports athletes need to know

June 15, 2022 9:48 am
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Back on Monday, we published information that West Seattle High School‘s athletics program wanted to be sure students have before school ends – including summer dates for registration, tryouts, and practices. Today we have the same info for Chief Sealth International High School students planning on fall-sports participation – see it here. This is for those planning to participate in cross country, golf, football, slow-pitch softball, volleyball, and/or girls soccer and swimming/diving.

SUMMER: What West Seattle High School fall-sports athletes need to know

As noted, it’s the last week of classes for most local students. If your household includes a West Seattle High School student who’s planning on sports involvement this fall, you need to know what’s happening before school starts, with registration, tryouts, and practices starting in August. Fall sports include golf for both girls and boys; cross-country for both girls and boys; soccer, swimming/diving, and volleyball for girls; and football for boys. All the info you need is in this document sent by WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson.

CONTINUING SUNDAY: West Seattle Baseball hosts All-Star tournament at PeeWee fields

Big weekend of baseball at the West Seattle PeeWee fields (lower Riverview, 7226 12th SW) – it’s All-Star tournament season, and nine teams (all but one are 10U) are competing in this tournament: Two West Seattle Baseball teams (Red and Navy), FSP, Issaquah All-Stars, Shoreline Royals, two City Baseball teams (Gold and Navy), Rock Creek (9U), Driveline Academy. Spectators welcome!

You might say there’s a bonus All-Star on the sidelines – Uncle Paulie’s meatball sandwiches, with proceeds benefiting WS Baseball:

The players competing on the All-Star teams are guaranteed four games in this tournament before it ends tomorrow. Here are the brackets; note that today’s schedule slid by two hours so the fields could dry out.

BASEBALL BENEFIT: See the Fish Sticks, help local youth!

June 10, 2022 9:00 am
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This is the second weekend of the short summer season for the DubSea Fish Sticks, playing at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. If you’re up for going to tomorrow night’s game, you can buy tickets through a special link and do some good for the youth players of West Seattle Baseball! The Fish Sticks face the Redmond Dudes at 6:05 pm Saturday (June 11th) and you can get those special tickets right now by going here.

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth IHS’s six Metro Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winners

The report and photos are from Chief Sealth International High School athletic director Coach Ernest Policarpio:

Every Seattle Public School each year nominates 6 Seniors for their hard work in the classroom and on the athletic field! Congratulations to our 2022 Metro Senior Scholar Athlete Award Winners! It’s a Great day to be a SEAHAWK!!!

Award-winners from Left to right in Group Picture above [with CSIHS principal Ray Morales]:
Sophia Hyde, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track
Taien Jackson, Basketball
Jerome Schroeder, Soccer
Ethan Heathershaw, Football, Ultimate Frisbee, and Wrestling
Natalia Tabile, Slowpitch, Volleyball, and Fastpitch

In photo below:
Clarissa Morninggun, Slowpitch, Basketball, Fastpitch