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Woodinville softball coach led teams on Chinese tour

  • Written by Derek Johnson

It was intrigue that led Dani Weir to contact the Washington Cultural Exchange in 2013. As the head coach for Woodinville softball, she’d heard that the Exchange hadn’t sent a team over to China in a while due to the inability to find a coach to lead the way. But Weir jumped at the chance. And finally last December, Weir and a group that included two dozen high school players from Western Washington boarded a plane bound for China.  

Her American delegation fielded two teams and played three games apiece, against a couple of Chinese university teams as well as a provincial squad. The talent discrepancy did prove substantial.    

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Remarkable rally not enough as Woodinville falls to Bothell

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Woodinville’s bid to unseat Bothell from their second place perch in KingCo fell short last Friday night, as the Lady Falcons lost to the visiting Cougars 54-51.

Bothell (13-3, 9-2 KingCo) came out and neutralized Woodinville’s run-and-gun offense to take a 28-12 lead into halftime. Despite a sensational second-half rally, Woodinville (11-4, 8-3 KingCo) suffered the loss and subsequently dropped to third place in the conference.

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Snake-bitten Falcons search for answers after loss to Bothell

  • Written by Derek Johnson


Long after players and assistant coaches left the locker room and went home, Woodinville head coach Mark Folsom sat on a folding chair speaking quietly about his team. He discussed the 58-36 loss to Bothell, and more importantly, he spoke of losing seniors Ryan Gregor (back), Zack Oates (broken finger) and Mitchell Jones (groin) to injury almost simultaneously.  

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Lady Falcons beat Eastlake with a wink and a smile

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Finishing the night with a strong floor routine, Woodinville soundly defeated Eastlake last Thursday at Woodinville High School. The final score was 180.1-140.7.

The Lady Falcons (5-0) dominated all four routines and had gymnasts place in the top six in the all-around scoring. They were (1) Marisa Savage 37.45, (2) Alli McManus 37.3, (3) Paige Hirata 36.3, (4) Maddie Thoma 34.75 and (6) Kara Barton 32.15.

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Issaquah brings the pressure; overwhelms Woodinville

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Second-ranked Issaquah cruised to victory against Woodinville last Tuesday night, flattening the Falcons 72-55 before a healthy-sized crowd at Issaquah High School.  

The game was tied at halftime 26-26, as Woodinville came out aggressively and was aided by pinpoint shooting. But Issaquah’s pressure defense swarmed the Falcons into submission in the second half, forcing 23 turnovers for the night and enabling the Eagles to outscore Woodinville 46-29. Ty Gibson led the way for Issaquah with 28 points, while Tony Miller led Woodinville with 22 points.

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