Sports

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR


State tournament draws including four area basketball teams were made at the office of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association office Sunday.
The West Seattle High School girls team drew a 2 p.m. date with Lynnwood for its Class 3A tournament opener Thursday.

The tournament runs through Saturday at the Tacoma Dome, as does the 3A boys tournament that includes Kennedy Catholic of Burien.
The Lancers drew perennial state power Garfield for a 5:30 p.m. opener Thursday.

One quarter of the boys Class 1B tournament field at the Spokane Arena is from the area as well.
Seattle Lutheran of West Seattle opens with a 3:45 p.m. game against Cusick and Shorewood Christian of White Center drew Curlew for a 9 p.m. game.

The eight-team 1B tournament also runs through Saturday.
All of the openers are state quarterfinals.

03/02/2015

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESONDENT

Kennedy Catholic wrestlers Sebastian Ferraro and Alex Lesar,represented the Lancers at the 3A Washington State Mat Classic Championships at the Tacoma Dome on February 20-21.

Ferraro finished seventh place while Lesar won his first match at state, unlike Ferraro, but then lost his next two and was not a state placer (top eight).

"They did pretty good," said Lancers head wrestling coach, Perry Sampley. "They did the best they could."
For his opening match on Friday, Ferraro went against Auburn's Mark Luevano, and lost a close one, 5-3.
"I think that match could have gone either way, but it didn't go Sebastian's way," said Sampley.

Tough loss in the first place when one loses his opening match at state, which immediately eliminates him from contention of winning a state championship. Ferraro, preseason ranked No. 2 in 3A at 220 pounds, and who finished sixth in the state last year, then watched Luevano go on to win the 3A 220-pound state title, 2-1, in overtime, over Tim Smith from Meadowdale (Lynnwood).

03/01/2015

by Paul Moseley

It seems like the West Seattle Wildcats have been trying to get comfortable since their last game of the regular season against Franklin. That’s the game where All Metro point guard Gabby Sarver went down with a knee injury, and Metro MVP Lydia Giomi sat out with the flu. Giomi came back two games later to help the Wildcats win the Metro League title, but then West Seattle dropped two games in a row in the District Tournament. The Wildcats were battling additional injuries across the team and seemed to be off balance, trying to figure out how to play what Head Coach Sonya Elliot described as ‘point guard by committee’ to fill the gap left by Sarver.

Tonight, the Wildcats finally got comfortable.

03/01/2015
SLIDESHOW:Wildcats Crush Sumner 56-18 - Advance to State Final Tourney in the Tacoma Dome
Photo credit: 
Paul Moseley

Annalisa Ursino is fouled as she tries to fast break after making a steal. West Seattle won the game handily beating Sumner 56 - 18.

By Anastasia Stepankowsky

The chant echoed through the Bellevue College gym Saturday afternoon.

“I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win ….”

The outcome often seemed in doubt, but the faith of the Seattle Lutheran student section proved well founded, as the Saints pulled off a narrow 52-49 win over the Yakama Nation Tribal School Eagles Saturday to move on to the state 1B basketball tournament.

“It was a battle. We had to play our hearts out and not get down on ourselves,” said Saints Xavier Turner, who netted 11 points.

Though it turned into a nail-biter, the game began slowly. Both teams’ scores only added to six in the first four minutes. But the Eagles pulled away when Justin Strom and Joseph Sanchey, who ended with 19 points, swished several three pointers. Midway through the second quarter, Yakama opened its biggest lead of the game, 21-13. But the Saints found some momentum and trailed only 25-21 at intermission.

The second half proved decisive for the Saints, who made some defensive adjustments and forced several turnovers. The lead kept changing until Seattle Lutheran took the lead for good with a minute on the clock.

02/28/2015
SLIDESHOW: Seattle Lutheran comes from behind, wins a nail biter, earns bid to state tournament
Photo credit: 
Anastasia Stepankowsky

Seattle Lutheran's Josh Meyer (34) celebrates at the final buzzer. The Saints won the game 52-49 and are headed to the state tournament.

A great play late in the game leads Lions to victory over Chitwhins in regional

Often, the play of the game is an offensive play, like, a shot from the corner as the clock expires, or, a running lay-up through traffic at the buzzer, but not this time, as, Shorewood Christian's Nicko Morris, defensively, shined, in the last seconds, to preserve a win, 56-55, over the Taholah Chitwhins, and, send the Lions to 1B state from the Hardwood Classic Regional Round at the Tumwater High School gymnasium Saturday.
"Nicko got the block, phenomenal," said Lions head coach, Alfonso Gonzales. "What we needed."
The Lions came into the game looking much the worse team on paper, with a 9-11 record to the Chitwhins 15-4 mark. But, a super start, followed by a consistent middle, and, Morris' fantastic finishing play, made the difference. The win sends the Lions back to the state tournament at the Spokane Arena, where they took fifth place last year. State starts on March 5, with an 8-team field battling for 1B state supremacy on Saturday night, March 7.

02/28/2015
Shorewood Christian blocks out doubt, beats tough, Taholah, for state berth
Photo credit: 
Ed Shepherd

Lions' players celebrating after the regional victory over Taholah that sends them to state at the Spokane Arena

information from Chief Sealth

Chief Sealth International High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Simon Iniguez as Head Football Coach. Iniguez joined the Chief Sealth coaching staff in 2011 as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, and served as the interim head coach during the 2014 season. During his time at Chief Sealth, Iniguez's enthusiasm, dedication and expertise have proven to be valuable assets for the football program.

As a 2007 graduate of Central Washington University, Iniguez served as captain of the football team, and helped lead his team to win three Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles. He was recently inducted into the CWU Athletic Hall of Fame. Iniguez currently resides in West Seattle with his wife and daughter, and works as a social worker for the Department of Social and Health Services. In addition, he is pursuing a master's degree in School Guidance and Counseling from City University of Seattle. The Chief Sealth athletic department anticipates a growing and excelling football program under the direction of Coach Iniguez.

02/28/2015
Simon Iniguez named as Head Coach for Sealth Football

Simon Iniguez has been named as Head Coach for Chief Sealth International High School's football team.

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools

Boys basketball
Kennedy Catholic, Seattle Lutheran and Shorewood Christian will all be
involved in state regional action this coming Saturday.
JFK's Lancers play Stanwood in an 8 p.m. Class 3A game at Mount Vernon
High School, while Seattle Lutheran goes to Bellevue Community College
to battle the Yakama Tribal School in a 2 p.m. Class 1B game.
Shorewood Christian journeys to Tumwater to take on Taholah in a 10
a.m. Class 1B game.
Winners go on to the state final eight next Thursday through Saturday,
with the 3A action in the Tacoma Dome and the 1B action in Spokane.

Girls basketball
West Seattle plays Sumner in a girls Class 3A regional at 8 p.m.
Saturday at Renton High School.
The Wildcats are seeking a trip to the state tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

Spring sports
Tryouts for all spring action in Washington state open Monday.
Check with respective schools for specific information.

Pros and colleges

02/25/2015
SLIDESHOW: Sportswatch for the week of Feb. 25-March 3
Photo credit: 
Kurt Howard

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Close one.

Foster Bulldog senior Cale Woyvodich beat Highline wrestler Zach Edson just barely, 2-0, in the 120-pound weight class battle for fifth and sixth place at the 2A Washington State Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome Saturday.

"Got in on the first shot, in the first round, and after that we kept battling and no points were scored," said Woyvodich after three rounds of this consolation final.

He gave props to Edson, a friend who Woyvodich wrestled four times this season -- twice in the Seamount League regular season and twice in tournaments.

The result? Two wins for each.

"He's a tough competitor, the fourth time this year we've wrestled each other," said Woyvodich.

His father, Ed, assistant coach on the Bulldogs' team to head coach, Patrick Kalaleu, put those "close call" words closer to understanding.

02/25/2015

By Ed Shepherd
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Great job by girl wrestlers Cecilia Vu and Lisa Nguyen, young ladies on the Evergreen Wolverines wrestling team who made it all the way to state.

Vu took fifth at the Washington State Mat Classic for 2A held inside the Tacoma Dome on Friday and Saturday.

Nguyen didn't make it to the second day of competition, so, she didn't get chance to compete for being a state placer, like teammate Vu.

But this is state and Nguyen made it this far, and that's a great accomplishment in itself. That is the one that Wolverines coach Hip Nguyen wanted achieved for Lisa Nguyen and Vu.

"I know our coach wanted to see me and Lisa get to state this year," said Vu, smiling, after her final match at state, a win, 6-2, over a wrestler from Davis, in Yakima.

So, goal made, mission accomplished for Vu and Nguyen.

Coach Nguyen echoed that goal reached.

"Love it," said Nguyen. "We are at state. Best 16."

02/25/2015
SLIDESHOW: Evergreen wrestling, Cecilia Vu
Photo credit: 
Ed Shepherd

Cecilia Vu showing the fifth place medal she earned from wrestling well at the Tacoma Dome.

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
Boys basketball
Kennedy Catholic, Seattle Lutheran and Shorewood Christian will all be
involved in state regional action this coming Saturday.
JFK's Lancers play Stanwood in an 8 p.m. Class 3A game at Mount Vernon
High School, while Seattle Lutheran goes to Bellevue Community College
to battle the Yakama Tribal School in a 2 p.m. Class 1B game.
Shorewood Christian journeys to Tumwater to take on Taholah in a 10
a.m. Class 1B game.
Winners go on to the state final eight next Thursday through Saturday,
with the 3A action in the Tacoma Dome and the 1B action in Spokane.

Girls basketball
West Seattle plays Sumner in a girls Class 3A regional at 8 p.m.
Saturday at Renton High School.
The Wildcats are seeking a trip to the state tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

Spring sports
Tryouts for all spring action in Washington state open Monday.
Check with respective schools for specific information.

Pros and colleges
Thunderbirds

02/24/2015
Sportswatch For the week of Feb. 25-March 3
Syndicate content