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McCafferty going from Small Ball to Moneyball

  • Written by Derek Johnson

There’s an old expression: “Act like you’ve been there before.” But that advice isn’t always easy to follow.

Take Nolan McCafferty, for example. During one game in 2018, he walked up to the plate in the bottom of the tenth inning. His Pomona Pitzer Sagehens trailed Pacific Lutheran 16-14. There were two runners on and one out. He took a practice swing, stepped into the batter’s box and peered out at the pitcher. 

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Ellie Mann Savored her Senior Season; now looks to the Future

  • Written by Derek Johnson
I’ve been writing about sports long enough to have covered the prep careers of many Woodinville kids. A variety of personalities, for sure. 
 
Take Jaden Sheffey, for example. I knew him as being Mr. Cool, Calm and Collected as the Woodinville quarterback. And then there was Regan Schenck, the former point guard for the Lady Falcons. I once likened her playing style to a German Shephard chasing after raw hamburger.
 
Ellie Mann last month became another to graduate. I’ve known her mostly through her gymnastics career. Her style has always reminded me of that Ernest Hemingway quote: “Courage is grace under pressure.”
 
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Mustarde Bids Adieu and a Summer Update

  • Written by Derek Johnson
At a recent team banquet, Reece Mustarde had tears in his eyes. The eighth-grade midfielder had just been presented with a gift from his coaches and teammates. The feeling of farewell was in the air. 
 
“Reece and his family are actually going to be leaving the Woodinville community and heading to North Carolina,” Woodinville varsity high school coach Pete Crowley said. “They leave this week if they haven't left already.”
 
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