Paul Moseley
West Seattle forward Carter Golgart drives against Chief Sealth during the varsity face off between the neighborhood rivals. West Seattle won 56-47.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle wins big over Chief Sealth in basketball double header

by Paul Moseley

West Seattle High School is celebrating after winning both boys and girls varsity basketball games against Chief Sealth in a double-header at West Seattle.

The West Seattle girls team beat the Seahawks decisively 83-40. The Wildcats spread the work around the court, with three players finishing the night in double digits. Forward Lexi Loane had 21 points, Center Lydia Giomi had 20, and Emily Fiso finished with 19 points. Chief Sealth guard Oshea Walker had 20 points.

The boys game followed, and gave the crowd one of the best contests they are likely to see this year. The bigger, taller Chief Sealth Seahawks faced a fast and scrappy West Seattle team. West Seattle went out front early and carried a slim lead into the 4th quarter playing a fast paced offense. Chief Sealth kept the game close, and took the lead in the 4th quarter. West Seattle tied it up in the the last minute, and a half-court shot by Chief Sealth at the buzzer just missed. West Seattle dominated the overtime, outscoring the Seahawks 9-0 and taking home a 56-47 win.

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Sports Roundup 12-12-14

By Tim Clinton

Thursday, Dec. 11
Renton 75, Evergreen 0
Renton 78, Tyee 9
Renton soundly defeated both Evergreen and Tyee in Thursday action in the Renton gymnasium.
Hazen 57. Foster 24
Foster fell to the Highlanders as the Seamount League season opened Thursday.
Decatur 84, Mt. Rainier 0
Mount Rainier went down to defeat at the hands of the Gators on Thursday.

Boys swimming
Mt. Rainier 110, Kentwood 73
Mount Rainier's swimmers swamped the Conquerors this past Thursday.

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Girls basketball
West Seattle 71, Nathan Hale 10
The Wildcats won big in Metro League action Wednesday.
Cleveland 81, Chief Sealth 32
Cleveland clobbered the Seahawks in Wednesday's game.
Kennedy 63, Highline 26
Kennedy Catholic got the best of the Pirates on Wednesday.
Foster 51, Tyee 31
The Bulldogs dealt the Totems a defeat Wednesday.
Evergreen 44, Hazen 39
The Wolverines were winners in Wednesday action.

Boys basketball
Hazen 64, Evergreen 53

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Paul Moseley
Westsider James Hellums is strong and fast and has a goal of trying out for the Seahawks next spring. He can run a 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds and bench press 355 pounds.

Is he strong enough to be a Seahawk? James Hellums hopes to try out as a running back

by Paul Moseley

On a Sunday afternoon an hour before the Seahawks-49er kick-off, there were only a handful of people enjoying the sunshine at the SouthWest Athletic Complex field. A few guys were playing soccer. Doug Cooper, a local track coach, was working with some hurdlers. Some middle-schoolers were tossing the lacrosse ball around and three Chief Sealth football players were running pass routes. Oh, and James Hellums - a legal messenger by day and a strength coach by night, was running sprints fast enough that heads turned to watch him.

“He’s fast” was Cooper’s response after watching Hellums start in a four point stance and run a 50 yard sprint.

At “about 5’10”, 247 pounds" with a shock of red hair falling out from under his backward baseball hat, Hellums doesn’t look like a speedster. He looks like a weight lifter and a really good process server. When asked who he plays for, Hellums took a deep breath and said ‘No one now, but I want to try out for the Seahawks’.

Wait…you can do that?

Yep - Maybe.

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