There were various points last Tuesday night when it seemed the Woodinville Falcons were in over their heads. Second-ranked Issaquah was in town, and jumped out to a 17-6 lead, before ballooning that lead to 40-25, and the outcome seemed set in stone.
A healthy hometown crowd sat on its hands seemingly resigned to a bad fate.
They seemed in midseason form, these Lady Falcons. Last Wednesday night, as Woodinville (2-0) cruised to a 67-49 win over Issaquah, there were many things to like from the entire roster: precision passing, deadly shooting and a pressure defense that made opposing ball handlers about as comfortable as a goldfish dropped into a piranha tank.
With only nine active wrestlers currently on the roster, the Woodinville Falcons face severe disadvantages. Last week’s meet against Redmond was a painful example.
Not being able to compete at five different weight classes meant the Falcons forfeited five matches. Before any action took place on the mat, the Mustangs already had a 30-0 lead over Woodinville. It’s partly due to a low turnout for the wrestling team. But as Woodinville coach Todd Christensen said, they’ve also been snake bit.
The Woodinville Falcons kicked off the new season last Wednesday with their marquee player — Tony Miller — draining three pointers, causing havoc on defense, and throwing down a tomahawk dunk that shook the earth and brought a half-filled gymnasium crowd to life.
Meanwhile, Falcons reserve guard Micah Johnson announced his presence with authority after transferring from O’Dea. The diminutive junior had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, while teaming up with Mitchell Jones for a dynamic one-two punch at the point guard position.
As the prep career of quarterback Ross Bowers ended Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, his coach Tom Bainter reflected back to when it began.
“Ross is a four-year letterman and a three-year starter, and I’ve never had a three-year starter before,” Bainter said. “He’s a kid whose maturity was above his age level. He didn’t get rattled. Ironically enough, as a freshman the game he played the most in was the Woodinville game. We were down by three scores at the time, he brought us back to within three [points]. We didn’t win the game that year, but I knew right then that if he could come against a rival down by three scores in a full stadium down there at Pop Keeney and not get rattled, we would be okay.”