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In appreciation of Nathan Davis

  • Written by Derek Johnson

When I heard that Nathan Davis had stepped down this winter as Woodinville soccer coach, I felt bummed out. In my time with the Woodinville Weekly, Davis had been one of my favorite people. 

To understand my appreciation, we must take stock of my background. I practically emerged from the womb as a football, basketball and baseball guy. My earliest memories as a kid revolve around wearing a football helmet, carrying a football and careening off walls to simulate getting tackled.

I tried soccer once in the first grade. A sunny afternoon at the Bellevue Boys Club. I played in half a scrimmage before approaching the coach in dismay. I told him I didn’t see the point to all this. I said I was going to wait for my dad to pick me up.

When I was in college, two of my best friends were from Quebec and France, respectively. They locked me in a room with them to watch the World Cup. They thought they could convert me. They thought wrong.

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Falcon season ends in loss to Bellarmine Prep

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Regan Schenck and Maddy DuBois emerged from the Woodinville locker room. Their sad faces reflected the sudden end to the season. Gabby Whalen, the team’s lone senior, made the same slow walk into the hallway, knowing she’d never again wear the Falcon green and white. 

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Loaded Falcons poised for title run in ’18

  • Written by Derek Johnson

How important was Woodinville’s trip to the Tacoma Dome last week? Viewed in the context of next season – critically important. 

The trip was brief. It lasted one day. The 68-58 loss to Bellarmine Prep brought Woodinville’s State tourney to a quick end. 
But the Falcons got a taste of the big time. The bright lights of a vast arena. The media attention and sudden scrutiny. The chance for a championship. The trip to Tacoma wasn’t just a reward for a fine season; it was a portal into future potential.      
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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USATF Youth Athletes of the Year

  • Written by Derek Johnson

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Woodinville's Luke Houser (center) poses with his parents Carolyn and Chris. Luke and his Cascade Striders team were honored on February 18th as the USATF Youth Athletes of the Year. The Cascade Striders are a local running club based in Bellevue, with track and cross country programs for youth athletes from age 5 through 18. (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Houser)

 

Falcons take care of business, punch ticket to Tacoma

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Woodinville dug deep last Saturday, pulling away late to beat Chiawana 49-44. The State regional round win sent the Lady Falcons to the Tacoma Dome this Wednesday to play Bellarmine Prep.
“We pulled it out,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “It wasn’t one of our best games. [Chiawana] is a scrappy team. They gave us a game.”

The Falcons jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead, and looked sharp. But then things bogged down. The Lady Falcons found themselves trailing 24-23 at halftime.

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