Bothell baseball wins state championship

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Photo courtesy of Tony Quintos

Brad Monson slides in safely in the 7th inning to tie it up, and Bothell would go on to win the Class 4A championship with a 3-2 win over Jackson.

Perfect Run

  • Written by Don Mann

Woodinville proudly hoists the state title trophy after dispatching Sammamish 10-7 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Saturday. Courtesy photo.
Senior attackman J.D. Chapman led the team with four goals--three in the first half as Woodinville lacrosse took a tepid 5-4 lead at the break--and a smothering defense held high-scoring Sammamish to only three second-half goals as the Falcon team won the state Division II title, 10-7, in only its second year of existence, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Saturday night.

Oh, yeah: they also finished undefeated at 18-0.

“Pretty amazing and a dream come true for the guys,” head coach Gavin Molitor said. “To go undefeated is really rare and something these guys will always remember.”

Talk about a turnabout season: Woodinville finished 4-13 last year in its maiden voyage after splitting from Northshore Lacrosse.

“It’s important to note that last year we didn’t have any seniors,” Molitor said. “This year I think we had eight.”

Molitor said defense was the club’s strong suit all year but gave props all around after the title game, starting with Chapman.

“He led us in goals and assists--he’s just so skilled with the ball shooting and passing-- but he really showed me amazing character all year as a young man and a leader. What a great captain.”

The title game, like the entire season, was a total team effort, he added.

“Clemens Mitchell and Jacob Dransfield were outstanding on D,” he said. “To hold that team to seven goals...Wow! Awesome.” And the coach laughed out loud, 48 hours after the final whistle blew.

Molitor praised the play of Trevor Brown, who scooped five big-time ground balls in the middle to set the offense in motion.

Sophomore stud Colter Clinch and freshman standout Daniel McKee were recipients of the effort, scoring two goals apiece.

Clinch, perhaps the team’s most lethal offensive weapon, was returning from a foot stress fracture and played in the last two playoff games.

“Colton bounced back from injury and really produced for us,” Molitor said. “I’m not sure that foot was 100 percent, but he gave us a big lift.”

Defense first, it came back to goalie Dalton Combs, who made 14 saves--some of which were spectacular, Molitor said.

“Dalton made just some gigantic saves,” he said with another laugh. “The kid played his heart out, like... out of his mind. That was probably the biggest difference in the end.”

The junior wasn’t perfect--no lacrosse goalie is-- but his team was.

Northshore athletes headed to state

  • Written by Don Mann
Bothell’s Trent Sewell clutches his thigh while crossing the finish line first in the boys 4X100 meter relay at Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday. At right is Garfield celebrated basketball star Tony Wroten, Jr. Photo by Don Mann.
The Inglemoor girls finished atop the leader board at the Northwest Regional track meet at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville on Friday and the Vikings will send 13 athletes to the Class 4A Track & Field championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma starting May 26.

The Lady Vikings were led by Erin Allen, who doubled with wins in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, as well as Tansey Lystad, who captured the 1600 and 3200 meter run with personal records in both events.

The Bothell boys’ team finished second to Arlington, but suffered a big hit when junior Trent Sewell, the KingCo 400 meter leader and anchor on both top-ranked Cougar relay teams, pulled a hamstring while hitting the tape first in the 4X100.

His availability at state remains in question.

"I won’t say that he’s out for sure right now," Bothell coach Cathy Boyce said. "These are funny things with young kids and there’s always that possibility that he’ll be there but we’ll wait and see."

Woodinville will send three athletes to Tacoma: Melissa Gilkey in javelin, Chandler Olson in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and Austin Sodorff in pole vault. Gilkey and Olson set personal and school records in their events in Marysville, while Sodorff matched his PR of 15 feet.

"We’re sending just three but it’s a good three," Falcon track coach Jed Sires said. "They all have a good chance at standing on the podium."

Bothell’s Dylan Langston ran a personal best 10.84 in the 100 meter preliminaries, and then hit the tape first in the finals at 10.87. The senior also PR’d in the 200 meters, finishing second at 22.14 and is a threat to win both events at state.

"He’s amazing," Boyce said. "It’s his first year running track and if we get him some warm weather there’s no telling where this kid is gonna stop."

Inglemoor coach DJ Baddelly feels good about the Vikings’ chances, specifically the girls.

"We’re sending like 10 or 12 girls and that tells you about our depth," he said.

Regarding Lystad: "She’s strong. She’s healthy now after managing a foot issue and she’s running well. Very talented and mentally tough. She laid back a little bit during the season because of that foot, but she’s right where she wants to be right now and could win it all."

On Allen: "She’s done a nice job all year and just keeps getting faster. It’s all about the time.

"She’s prepared herself well — in the weight room in the offseason and preseason. She’s tough and definitely has the talent. But don’t forget about Becca Berge. Those kids are 1-2 in the state and at the state meet anything can happen."

Sports Stats - May 23, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff


Newport 3 vs. Bothell 4 (@ Woodinville, May 12)

Batting Highlights: Newport - Nate Anderson, Keith Van Court; Bothell - John Mercer, Brad Monson

Pitching Highlights: Newport - Aaron Sanderfur (L); Bothell - Brian McAfee (W)





Bothell 7 vs. Inglemoor 4 (@ Inglemoor, May 12)

Batting Highlights: Bothell - Kelsey Morgan, Sammy Morris, Camille Weisenbach; Inglemoor - Shelby Johnson

Pitching Highlights: Bothell - Julie Warner (W); Inglemoor - Hayley Lowe (L)


Ballard 3 vs. Bothell 6 (@ Bothell, May 13)

Batting Highlights: Ballard - Julia Boone; Bothell - Kendra Heyer, Sammy Morris

Pitching Highlights: Ballard - Andrea Jewett (L); Bothell - Cassie Lynch (W)





Redmond 6 vs. Inglemoor 2 (@ Inglemoor, May 12)





Ballard 8 vs. Inglemoor 10 (@ Inglemoor, May 12)

Batting Highlights: Ballard - Brittney Blokker, Julia Boone; Inglemoor - Kylie Acacio, Natalie Damen, Shelby Johnson, Holly Sandborg, Stephanie Soule

Pitching Highlights: Ballard - Andrea Jewett (L); Inglemoor - Allison Harrington (W)








Woodinville 14 vs. Inglemoor 0 (@ Inglemoor, May 13)

Batting Highlights: Woodinville - Lauren Burchak, Kayla O'Farrell, Madi Schreyer; Inglemoor - Taylor Peacocke

Pitching Highlights: Woodinville - Madi Schreyer (W); Inglemoor - Hayley Lowe (L)


KINGCO GIRLS 4A GOLF TOURNAMENT (@ Mount Si Golf Course, par 72)


Team results - Redmond 87, Newport 75, Eastlake 32.5, Ballard 13.5, Issaquah 12, Inglemoor 6, Skyline 3

Individual results - Isabel Chien, Newport: 78-77 — 155; Kelly Kennewick, Redmond: 77-79 — 156; Megan Wotherspoon, Eastlake: 82-83 — 165; Keira O'Hearn, Redmond: 80-86 — 166; Nicole Lomax, Newport: 86-84 — 170; Jessica Kent, Newport: 86-87 — 173; Diane Shyue, Ballard: 87-91 — 178; Stephanie Schoeppell, Redmond: 93-85 — 178; Carley Kalina, Redmond: 94-84 — 178; Jamie Midkiff, Eastlake: 90-88 — 178


Lady Falcons, top-ranked and undefeated on a mission

  • Written by Don Mann
Senior left-fielder Shelby Yasuda leaves her feet to snag a critical Eastlake line drive in the first inning of Woodinville’s 9-3 win to help capture the tournament championship for the Lady Falcons. Photo by Don Mann.
With a state tournament berth already in the bag, the top-ranked and undefeated Woodinville fastpitch team was relaxed.

But there was still work to do, and the Lady Falcons flexed its formidable muscles in a 9-3 beat-down of Eastlake in the KingCo tournament finale at Hartman Park in Redmond Thursday to up its record to 21-0.

Next stop Spokane, and bring on all comers. The juggernaut in green and blue now heads to Eastern Washington, with its eyes on the State Class 4A prize, to do damage.

After disposing the Wolves 5-2 three days earlier in the league title game, Woodinville went right back to work.

A leadoff walk to Sara Anderson was followed by a perfect bunt by Kayla O’Farrell. Makenna Weir walked and Katie Engelbrecht’s sacrifice fly to center put the Lady Falcs on the board. Lauren Burchak followed with a double to right-center and it was 2-zip Woodinville right out of the gate.

Eastlake didn’t run and hide: a leadoff single was followed by a base on balls. The Wolves’ No. 3 batter then laced a wicked line drive down the left-field line which was speared by Falcon senior left-fielder Shelby Yasuda, leaving her feet on a dead run, in a spectacular play that kept runners at bay. A game-changer.

"That was a great play," Woodinville coach Mark Leander said. "If she doesn’t catch that ball they score a couple runs and it changes things."

O’Farrell led off the third inning with a line-drive homer to dead center and one out later Engelbrecht launched a no-doubter to right-center to make it 4-zip.

"It was a fastball a little high and outside," the all-Everything senior catcher and captain said. "It just felt good."

Woodinville tacked on two more runs in the fourth and took a commanding 7-0 lead. The Wolves chipped away with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to make it 7-3.

But in the sixth, the Lady Falcons pulled away for good. Yasuda got aboard on a beauty bunt to lead off the frame. After Anderson got aboard on an error and another sac by O’Farrell, Makenna Weir lined a ground-rule double through the fence in left-center to cut the Wolves’ heart out.

Woodinville starter Keelin Davis, the squad’s No. 2, went the distance for her eighth win of the season, permitting three runs on six hits.

"She’s a pitcher in the true sense of the word," coach Mark Leander said. "Don’t let that red hair and freckles fool you, she’s a bulldog."

Falcon No. 1 pitcher Madi Schreyer was sidelined in the contest after somehow slamming her right index finger — her pitching hand — in a door at home earlier in the week, and the digit was black and blue. But the sophomore will be back.

Engelbrecht, a three-year starter, stood tall and sturdy, and is headed to state for the first time in her stellar high school career. "Shelby (Yasuda) and I have been on this team for three years and the night we won KingCo we were so overcome with joy," she said. "It was one of the greatest feelings. I’m really excited to go to state and see the competition."

So, heading east to grab the bacon, is there pressure or confidence?

"There’s always pressure and pressure’s good," she said with a lovely smile. "But whoever we play we always play against ourselves, to play against our potential, and that’s the level we aim for. I’ve played with these girls since we were little and we’ve just gotten better and better. I’ve known half of these girls since kindergarten and it’s awesome because we’re so tight. And that’s the reason we look so good out there — we’ve been working together forever."

Leander, after discussing travel plans with parents and the athletic director, spoke with this reporter.

"We’re ready to go," he said. "We’ll get Madi back from that little ding. There’s not a lot of teams that have two good pitchers so our pitching depth will help us and we have good depth on our bench.But in these tournaments anything can happen so who knows? We scored a lot of runs this year but what I’ve liked is these last couple games we’ve been bunting, we hit and run tonight and played a little more small ball which will serve us well in the (state) tournament. There are gonna be some good teams out there."