by Ed Shepherd
A crowd-rousing, fade-away, three-point shot by Chief Sealth International captain, senior, 6-0 guard, LJ Burns, merrily, tied the score, 64-64, with 2.8 seconds on the gameclock in the fourth quarter, but that nice play was made silent when the visiting Ballard Beavers went on to a 78-74, win, in overtime, Friday.
The Seahawks dropped to 0-5 in the Metro league, and, 2-5, overall, having a tough luck season thus far, having lost another OT game earlier this season, to Blanchet, and, also, close losses, to Cleveland and Blanchet, by three, and, six, points, respectively.
"I had to double clutch it, but I got a clean look at the basket, and, once it left my hands, I knew it was going in," said Burns, who scored 16 points to lead balanced scoring on his team against the Beavers.
Such a good quote! Wouldn't it be nice to dwell on that kind of coolness, those Burns' words of excitement there?
A screaming headline like, "Seahawks three-point shot flies through, sends team to OT win!
by Ed Shepherd
Chief Sealth International started with a good beat, playing to a 20-16 lead over Ballard after the first two quarters of girls basketball, but, at halftime, something went wrong with the rhythm, as, the team leader for the Seahawks did not come out onto the court in the second half, and, the visiting Beavers came back to win, 43-33, Friday.
The Seahawks dropped to 2-4, overall, and, 1-4 in the Metro League while the Beavers improved to 5-2, and, 3-1.
"Our point guard is having some troubles with the team, team issues, she didn't play in the second half," said Seahawks coach, Katie Jo Maris. "There is a chance, we will finish the season without her. Hopefully, there will come a day she will take time to figure out if she wants to play basketball or not. She has high expectations of herself. She has trouble believing in her team. It's too bad she has these problems, she's the sweetest girl off the floor. And, it's rough on us, because she's such a good player."
by Paul Moseley
The West Seattle boys basketball team took a decisive leap forward, moving above .500 in the Metro conference and 3-4 overall as they defeated the Ingraham Rams 78-35 at home.
The Wildcats took charge early, jumping to a 17-2 lead and eventually expanding it to 33-8. They were led by 6’1 Sophomore guard Nate Pryor, who led all scorers with 25 points and kept the Ram defense off balance with a combination of speed, no look passes and dynamic ball handling.
This West Seattle team appears to be settling in as they figure out how to win consistently. After beating Chief Sealth in a raucous overtime last week, the Wildcats had two straight losses, including a heartbreaking 2 point loss to Jefferson. They corrected that negative trend tonight. The young Wildcats, with 7 Sophomores and only 3 Seniors on their roster, will have a chance to build a winning streak and get their first road win next week as they participate int the Mountlake Terrace Holiday event.
The Wildcats take on Mountlake Terrace on December 29th and a TBD opponent on the 30th.
They are back home against Odea on January 6th at 7:30 PM.
by Ed Shepherd
Battling with a leadership player, the team's point guard, having court problems, the Chief Sealth International Seahawks lost its 20-16 lead at halftime, with being ouscored, 15-6, in the third quarter, and, 12-7, in the fourth, for a 43-33 loss to the visiting Ballard Beavers Friday.
"Our point guard is having some troubles with the team, team issues, she didn't play in the second half," said coach Katie Jo Maris. "There is a chance, we will finish the season without her. Hopefully, there will come a day she will take time to figure out if she wants to play basketball or not. She has high expectations of herself. She has trouble believing in her team. It's too bad she has these problems, she's the sweetest girl off the floor. And, it's rough on us,because she's such a good player."
So, the Seahawks used their normally positioned shooting guard, Labrea Denson, a sophomore, after the regular point guard getting pulled.
by Paul Moseley
The West Seattle girls basketball team continued their early predominance in Metro league 3A basketball tonight by dismissing Ingraham 74-24 at West Seattle gym.
The Wildcats are undefeated at 5-0 and have racked up lopsided scores all season, including a 72-10 win over Hale and a 72-19 defeat of Kennedy. They have also proven their ability to beat the contenders, defeating Lakeside 59-43.
The game was over in the first quarter, and gave the Wildcats an opportunity for this team to sharpen their skills as they executed aggressively on offense and defense - playing smart, positive team ball.
Gabby Sarver led the team at point guard, serving the ball up to Lydia Giomi, Lexi Ioane and Emily Fiso, who all had double digit points on the night.
It may be too early to start talking about State championship possibilities, but this team plays with veracity and crispness that makes them fun to watch. Coach Sonya Elliott is not thinking about State Championships either. “We take it one game at a time” said Elliott, and she’s trying to get as much as she can out of these early games.
By Tim Clinton
Thursday, Dec. 18
Seattle Luth. 72, Cedar Pk. Chr. 29
Seattle Lutheran won big in a battle with Cedar Park Christian on Thursday.
Renton 58, Foster 9
Foster was pinned with a loss by the Indians this Thursday.
Hazen 110, Kennedy 73
Hazen's Highlanders got the best of the Lancers in Thursday action.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Foster 79, Evergreen 49
Foster topped Evergreen by 30 points Wednesday.
Kennedy 52, Lindbergh 39
The Lancers came away with a lopsided win on Wednesday.
Hazen 67, Highline 55
Highline was hammered by Hazen this past Wednesday.
Renton 64, Tyee 48
The Indians got the best of the Totems in Wednesday action.
West Seattle 59, Lakeside 43
The Wildcats continued to stomp their opponents this year, with the latest victim being perennial power Lakeside.
Evergreen 48, Foster 36
Evergreen emerged victorious over the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Kennedy 56, Lindbergh 27
By Gerardo Bolong
FEDERAL WAY - Early season gymnastics has proven to be favorable to Mount Rainier High School (Des Moines).
All around runner up Ava Welch led the Mount Rainier girls gymnastics team to its second meet win in two tries this season at the Todd Beamer gymnasium on Wed., Dec. 17.
Welch posted top meet scores on the vault (9.2) and the uneven parallel bars (7.9). Coupled with a 9.5 second place on the floor exercise and third spot on the balance beam at 8.3, the Ram athlete claimed second place on the all-around competition, scoring 34.9 points, which left her only two-tenths of a point behind Kourtney Belarde of North Thurston (35.1). Belarde captured the floor at 9.55 while Sam Sperbeck of Decatur built her third place AA score of 32.35 on her first place beam total of 9.1.
"Tonight, I was good on the vault and the floor. I was getting great height. Since last year, I've improved on the floor and bars. Now, I've added a lay out twist and giants to my routines, although I didn't use them tonight. I want to do well at district and go to state."
by Ed Shepherd
Evergreen has started off it's Seamount season in wrestling with a couple losses, first, to Renton, and, now, to Highline, 72-9, but, that's not what, really, is at show here, as, the Wolverines possess some serious, potential, power on this team this season, going forward, even, after the big loss to the visiting Pirates Thursday.
Not just any potential either. girl potential. Or, in other words....
For wrestling, that's usually not the lead headline, girl wrestlers, but, on this White Center school team, it's, definitely, the lead, as, no boys on this year's team went to state last season. But, one girl, 110-pound, Cecilia Vu, did, make state, as, did one other girl, 100-pound Lisa Nguyen, almost make state for the Wolverines, losing at regionals last season.
"They, pretty much, beat every girl wrestler they faced," said Hip Nguyen (no relation to Lisa), the Wolverines wrestling coach.
Nguyen is 1-1 this season, having won a match and lost one at a recent girls tournament.
By Ed Shepherd
Seattle Christian Schools' Warriors boys basketball team ran by the visiting Tyee Totems, who tried to play tough to start but were overpowered more and more as the game wore on -- getting handed a 58-34 loss Monday.
The SCS Warriors moved to 2-2 on the season, all non-league games, while the Totems went to 1-4.
The Warriors show promise this season, for many reasons, including the fact they only lost a tough, 59-55, score to Cedar Park Christian (3-1), to start its Cascade season, a very tough league, traditionally, with state-power, Kings, in it. And, anyway, CPC is not playing in 1A, like the Warriors do. Cedar Park Christian plays in 2A, with much larger enrollment.
"Much larger" because of what Warriors head coach Shawn De Yager said.
"We play in 1A, but should be 2B because of our enrollment," said De Yager. "We opt up to 1A, which is good for all sports at our school."
By Ed Shepherd
Seattle Christian Schools Warriors girls basketball is off to a rip-roaring start this season, improving to 5-0 with a 55-19 win over visiting Tyee Monday.
"We have a good group of seniors, and a very exciting freshman class, and, a real good nucleus of sophomores and juniors," said Warriors coach, Dave Jansen.
The game against Tyee started out fairly close as the Totems players were listening to their coach, Amanda Segerman, saying things like, "Get your hands up" that she never quit saying all game to her team on the court.
And, through the first six minutes of the eight-minute first quarter, it was the Warriors on top but not by much, 11-6, to that point in the game.
And Jansen noticed his team was not doing so well in his mind, and he took out his five starters and put in five reserves from the bench. They helped the Warriors keep Tyee at bay offensively the final two minutes of the first quarter and assisted in moving the score to 13-6 on freshman Madeline Fors' jumper to end the first quarter of play.