Lady Falcons Capture Les Schwab Championship

  • Written by Derek Johnson
When a basketball team loses six seniors to graduation, you might expect a leaner season on the horizon.  
But as ESPN’s Lee Corso might say – “Not so fast my friend!”
oregon 2The Woodinville Falcons pose for a group photo in Oregon to celebrate their off-season success. (Courtesy photo)
Woodinville created some intrigue a couple weekends ago. Despite losing half their roster to graduation, the revamped Falcons journeyed to Oregon City to play in the Les Schwab NW Summer Championship. And the girls in green wound up winning the Division 1 Pacific Bracket.  
“We beat four really good teams and we won our bracket,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “We've gone to this tournament for ten or eleven years in a row, with some very good teams. I don't think we've won our bracket before until now.”
On Friday June 21, Woodinville opened the tourney by beating Skyview (Idaho). On Saturday, they topped Prairie and Sheldon. Then on Sunday, they knocked off La Salle Prep for the championship.
“The kind of teams that come to this tournament are usually the upper level better teams,” Bullock said. “La Salle won the 5A state title last year in Oregon. Sheldon was 2nd [place] in 6A in Oregon. And Prairie won the Washington 3A State tourney. These teams aren't obviously the same teams from last year, but these are very good programs.”
Woodinville was led by two key stars: Sophomore point guard Veronica Sheffey, and the reigning Kingco 4A MVP, Mia Hughes.
“Mia was phenomenal,” Bullock said. “In one game she had 34 points. Veronica handled the point guard duties and made those decisions [running the offense]. We're lucky to have both Mia and Veronica return. They're young and just extremely talented and hard-working. We have some other young kids stepping up and it will be fun to watch them play. We have a lot of work to do, but it’s exciting to see what the future holds.”
Bullock also cited several other players, including senior leader Jaela Eggers, senior Hannah Wheeler, sophomore Tatum Thompson and freshman Brooke Beresford, who will vie for a starting spot.
Woodinville’s Josh Lovern recently accepted an assistant coach position with The Bear Creek School. Lovern spent the last three seasons coaching the Lady Falcon C-Team.
“Josh has been super passionate about the program and our girls,” Bullock said. “And he has been a part of our State tournament runs too. Supporting us and being there through it all. He has a goal to coach at higher levels, and he’s going to be at The Bear Creek School, a private school. It's a lower classification than we are, but he's going to be able to help out with their varsity program there. It's fun to see him move on, and we're excited for him.”
In a Facebook post, Lovern wrote: “The community of Woodinville has been a huge part of our family (Ashley, Emmett, Emme, and I). Thank you to you all that have been a part of our life. We love you all and feel very lucky to have been a part of your families lives too… I’m excited for the new challenges ahead of me in a new environment. The Loverns will be around to support the WHS girls but we are excited to be looking forward for new and different opportunities! Thank you all for everything that you have done for me and my family. We love you all!”

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