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Skyline used an eight-run third inning to blast by the Ballard High School baseball team April 15 for a 10-5 victory.

The Beavers got on the board first with three runs in the opening inning, but starting pitcher Jimmy Pugel gave Ballard two and a third innings before being pulled during Skyline's big third inning.

Ballard tallied nine hits in the game but couldn't match the offensive efficiency of Skyline, which earned its 10 runs on 10 hits.

Seniors Conor McClure and Grady Williams each went two for three with three RBIs between them for the Beavers.

Ballard lost 5-2 to Redmond April 13, bringing their current skid to six games. The team started off the season 4-2 overall but now finds itself at 4-8, 3-7 in the conference.

Ballard faces Eastlake at 3:45 p.m., April 17 at Whitman Middle School.

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Michael Harthorne

April 15 – Skyline: 10 Ballard: 0

It's been a rough season so far for the Ballard High School girls tennis team, who have yet to win a match. Most recently they were beaten 9-0 by Inglemoor in a makeup match, Ballard's third shutout in a row.

A few players had some success against Inglemoor for Ballard (0-5). Jimena Diaz won a set in singles play and Zoe Kasperzyk and Isabelle Nissen won a set in doubles.

Coach Charles Brenner said Ballard doesn't have a team that will be competing for much this year, but they are working on things to change the team's mentality.

"I just want them to go out and play their hardest so win or lose, they know they've done their best," Brenner said.

Ballard takes the courts against Woodinville at 3:45 p.m., April 16 at the Lower Woodland Tennis Courts.

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Michael Harthorne

April 16 – Inglemoor: 9 Ballard: 0

Second graders in the Lafayette Elementary classes of Dano Beal and Kathleen Diaz spent months working on a special display to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic.

In addition to a large scale model of the ship, the kids made separate displays using the personal information and likeness of many of the passengers. They also recreated newspapers of the day, which reported on the sinking.

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Ken Robinson

It's becoming a familiar pattern for the Ballard High School girls lacrosse team in its recent losses – the team plays well enough to hang with its opponents, occasionally leading, in the first half before seeing the other team pull away for the win in the second half.

The Beavers were up 7-5 April 14 against Bellevue East at halftime. But, thanks to a 9-4 second-half scoring advantage, Bellevue East got the 14-11 win.

In the last four games, all Ballard losses, Ballard (1-5) is averaging 4.25 first-half points to its opponents' 3.25 points. In the second halves of those games, the Beavers are managing 2.5 points while their opponents rack up 10.25.

Coach Lise Martin said Ballard, as a young team, does not have the player versatility necessary to keep up with more experienced teams and that those teams underestimate Ballard in the first half before coming out with more intensity after halftime.

On the upside, the April 14 game against Bellevue East was the Beavers highest scoring output of the season. Amanda Bryan scored four goals, bringing her team-leading total to eight.

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April 14 – Bellevue East: 14 Ballard: 11

The Ballard High School girls tennis team lost 8-0 to Bothell April 14. It was the team's fourth loss in a row to start the season.

Tatiane Tutida was a lone bright spot for the Beavers by winning a set against her Bothell opponent.

The tennis team will look to turn it around against Woodinville at 3:45 p.m., April 16 at Lower Woodland.

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Michael Harthorne

April 14 – Bothell: 8 Ballard: 0

The Ballard High School soccer team earned its first conference win of the season by defeating Issaquah 2-1 April 14.

The Beavers got on the board first when junior Greg Testa scored off an assist from senior Kentaro Bodzewski midway through the first half.

Issaquah tied the game in the 54th minute, but sophomore Brent Campbell got Ballard the win with an unassisted goal 13 minutes later.

The Beavers are now 1-3-1 in the conference and 3-4-1 overall.

Ballard faces Redmond in a conference matchup at 7:30 p.m., April 17 at Interbay Stadium.

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Michael Harthorne

April 14 – Ballard: 2 Issaquah: 1

Mayor Greg Nickels announced the 21 outstanding middle school students who have earned this year’s Scholar Award for service to their schools and their communities, eight of which attend schools in West Seattle.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the mayor’s Scholars Award and in celebration, all 189 past award recipients will be honored.

Each of this year’s students will receive $500 that can be used for education or donated to a charity. Criteria for selection include overcoming obstacles or meeting challenges, giving back to the community, and maintaining good academic standing.

“With this award, we recognize Seattle’s next generation of leaders,” Nickels said. “Service to others is the foundation of a strong community, and I’m glad we can help these promising young people with their education and service goals.”

Students wrote short essays about how they contribute to their community and how they would use a $500 cash award. In addition, students were required to provide several recommendations from adults familiar with the students’ service work.

This year's award recipients from West Seattle schools are:


Five seventh-grade girls were accepted into Splash this summer, a prestigious science program at Seattle University.

Tasha Addington-Ferris, Megan Antalan, Riley Bunch, Michelle Raney and Alex Valenti, will spend July 24 through August 18 at Seattle University studying environmental engineering, aerodynamics, mathematics and computer science along with 25 other girls.

In the competitive process, the students wrote essays and collected recommendations from their science teacher, Liz Olivere.

Student's in Seattle University's program do what America's top scientists do every day: perform experiments and gather data, analyze the results with charts, graphs, and computers, and ask questions about the significance of the outcomes.

They will work with scientists on research projects and learn about career opportunities.


The Ballard track and field teams finished third in a four-way meet April 9 against Juanita, Lake Washington and Garfield at the Southwest Athletic Complex in West Seattle. Garfield swept both the boys' and girls' competition.

Garfield scored 84 points to easily win on the boys’ side and took the girls’ competition decisively, scoring 98 points.

On the boys' side, the Beavers earned victories from seniors shot-putter Linton Rowan, long-jumper Michael Tran and triple-jumper Julian Montante.

In the girls’ meet, Ballard earned victories from juniors Erin Philbeck in the 3200 meters and Tina Kellogg in the discus and freshman Lauren Cloward in the 400 meters.

While Cloward’s winning time of 65.1 seconds was modest, it was significant in that this was her first race ever at this distance.

Junior teammate Clara Amorosi, last year’s team leader in this event, finished second with a time of 66.2 seconds.

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April 9 – Ballard finished third of four.

The Ballard High School baseball team is at game number four of its current losing streak after getting beat by Issaquah 3-2, April 9.

Senior pitcher Nick Palewicz went all seven innings, throwing fours strikeouts and giving up only four hits, but the Beavers couldn't muster the offense needed for the win.

Ballard has only scored two runs in their last three games. They scored 29 runs in the three before that.

Coach John Lamm said the competition is one of the major factors in the recent offensive slump. Ballard went from playing city teams to eastside teams that have much better pitchers, he said.

"We hadn't seen pitching quite like that yet," he said. "But, we're starting to adjust to that."

The Beavers are 4-6 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

They play at 3:45 p.m., April 13 at Whitman Middle School against Redmond.

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April 9 – Issaquah: 3 Ballard: 2.

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