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West Seattle and Chief Sealth players get involved in a battle for the ball.

West Seattle boy’s soccer season opener ends in a 1-1 tie

The West Seattle Wildcats managed a 1-1 tie in their season opener with Chief Sealth in a rain-slickened soccer match at Walt Hundley Field Tuesday afternoon.

Right from the opening, the Wildcats struggled to move the ball upfield. Pressure by the Seahawks led to the first score when Chief Sealth freshman Abdiaziz Hursane beat West Seattle goalkeeper Akili Kasim in the seventh minute.

“We were a little shell-shocked in the beginning because this is our first game. They came out hard and swinging,” West Seattle head coach Tony Coronado said.

Hursane’s score, though, energized West Seattle. The Wildcats challenged the ball better and forced play in the Chief Sealth end of the field, and the defense kept the Seahawks from pressuring Kasim going into the half.

“Once we settled down and realized we could play with these guys, the team seemed to go a lot better,” Coronado said.

West Seattle knotted the score early in the second half when senior Carter Mensing scored off a penalty kick in the forty-fifth minute. Afterward, though, neither team could establish any dominance on the slippery turf.

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West Seattle's Aminah Williams relishing first opportunity to play in NCAA women's basketball tournament

By Bob Sims

It has been a long time coming for Aminah Williams and the Washington women's basketball program.
Washington has made the NCAA tournament, the Big Dance, at last. After an eight-year wait.
The Huskies team gathered at Husky Stadium's Touchdown Terrace with family and fans Monday to watch the NCAA "Selection Show," letting out joyous yells when they learned they were picked the No. 6 seed in the Oklahoma City Region in the prestigious 64-team tournament.
"I was an awesome atmosphere, to have family and fans there who have supported us from the start," said Williams by phone Thursday afternoon from her team hotel in Iowa City, Iowa. "My parents (Guy and Monique Williams of West Seattle) were ecstatic. ... It's great to have this feeling as a senior, to be experiencing the NCAAs tomorrow for the first time. I love it."
Washington (24-9) plays No.11 seed Miami (19-12) at 9 a.m. Friday in Iowa City. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on 1150 KKNW AM radio and 1150 kknw.com.

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Pitcher Gabby Wenn prepares to hit the ball hurled by Kennedy Catholic pitcher Sofie Wimer.

West Seattle beats Kennedy Catholic 5-1 in pre-season jamboree

By Anastasia Stepankowsky

West Seattle pitcher Gabby Wenn only allowed one run and kept the strikeouts coming as the Wildcats took a 5-1 win over Kennedy Catholic in a short preseason jamboree Saturday at Southwest Athletic Complex.

While Wenn pitched with mid-season sharpness, the Lancers’ hurler Sofie Wimer struggled with the strike zone. She walked several batters, threw several wild pitches and struck a batter. The walks put the Wildcats in good scoring position throughout the afternoon.

West Seattle plays at Bethel at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Kennedy Catholic plays at Holy Names at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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