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Falcons get past Knights in first-round District play

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Will Ruff drives the lane for a bucket against Kamiak. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

MUKILTEO — The Woodinville boy’s basketball team is fast becoming the 2020 version of the 1980 Cleveland Browns who were dubbed the ‘Kardiac Kids’ for escaping with a handful of last-second wins.

The Falcon’s pulled out a 69-67 buzzer-beater against Issaquah last Friday, held off Eastlake 62-57 Saturday, and then executed an improbable 53-50 come from behind road win in the waning seconds over Kamiak last night.

“This seems to be our M.O. — wait until the last possession — but it's just one of those things,” an elated Coach Kurt Melton said. “I look out there and those kids have absolute confidence—they just believe in each other.

“We didn’t shoot real well but we made them when we needed them — and Will going up and knocking those free throws down after having an off night like he did was just incredible.”

The gymnasium was rocking with excitement as the crowd was filled with Knights fans. But that didn’t seem to bother the Falcons as the team's battled to a 25-22 score that favored Kamiak at the half.

A back and forth third quarter saw the Falcons knot the game at 37-all.

The Knight’s Charlie Powers drained a bucket from 3-point rage to kick-start a 13-6 fourth-quarter run that put Kamiak out front 50-43 with just over three minutes to go.

Woodinville’s ‘D’ dug in, Blake Glessner sank two-of-three attempts at the free-throw line, Cage Schenck hit a short jumper and the Falcons pulled within a bucket, 50-48 with under two minutes to play.

Neither team was able to connect on their next couple of possessions until a clutch shot from long-range by Schenck put Woodinville up top 51-50 with 15 ticks left on the clock.

The Knights Tijan Saine brought the ball down court looking to give Kamiak the go-ahead score. Woodinville was looking for a stop, wanting to avoid a foul and have the clock run out. But with seven seconds to go, Eli Coffman drew a whistle from the ref and Saine went to the line ready to put the dagger into the Falcons.

Much to his chagrin, Saine missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Will Ruff snagged the rebound and was fouled immediately.

With three seconds left Ruff stepped up to the charity stripe and calmly sank two free throws that drew nothing but cord to put Woodinville up 53-50.

The Falcons pressed the inbound throw afterward and didn’t allow the Knights to get off a final attempt to tie it and Woodinville walked off the court with the victory.

“I’m proud of our guys — proud of this win,” Melton said. “Kamiak is a good athletic team that can shoot well and to come in and pull out a win on their floor in the playoffs — I’ll take it.”

Schenck came up big once again for Woodinville hitting for a game-high 25 points.

“It was an exciting win — hopefully we have a lot more of them in us,” Schenck said. “They (the Knights) are a good team — put a lot of pressure on us and shot the ball well. But every one of our guys did their thing out there. Will was clutch at the line — he hardly ever misses free throws — you can always count on him.”

Glessner finished with 14 points. Carson Noe added 7.

The win advances the Falcons to a second-round contest with Mt. Si on Saturday at Bothell High School. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 start.

Cage Schenck hits for two of his game-high 25 points. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly
Carson Noe battles for a board in last night's game with the Knights.

 

Woodinville holds off Eastlake to earn fifth seed to Districts

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Ryan Roth is fouled on his way to the hoop. Roth sank one of two shots from the free-throw line. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

BELLEVUE—The Falcons are peaking at the right time after turning back the Wolves 62-55 in a KingCo Conference playoff game Saturday at Sammamish High School. It was the second win in a row for Woodinville and nails down the fifth seed heading into the district tournament.

“I couldn’t believe the energy the guys had after last night’s game. They came out on fire and that was kind of surprising,” Coach Kurt Melton said. “Some of the kids said they like shooting in this gym and they came out confident.”

The Falcons staved off elimination from postseason play with an emotional 69-67 come from behind win over Issaquah Friday night in Woodinville. Down 65-52 with three minutes to play it looked like the season was over for the Falcons, but a couple of stops and steals were converted to buckets and Woodinville tied it 67-all with 24 ticks left on the clock.  One final theft by Blake Glessner and a basket at the buzzer by Cage Schenck threw the home crowd into a frenzy and the Falcons pulled out a miracle finish.

So it would be natural to think Woodinville wouldn’t have anything left in the tank Saturday but that wasn’t the case as the team jumped out to a 12-7 lead and was up 20-16 at the end of the first quarter. 

Continuing their assault, the Falcons, led by 17 points from Cage, were up by double digits at the half, 39-28. 

Woodinville pushed the score to 45-28 two minutes into the third quarter on back-to-back jumpers from Glessner and a layup from Layton Duff.

The Wolves mounted a 27-17 run over the last 11 minutes of the ball game, but it was too little too late and Woodinville held on for the win.

Schenck finished with 22 points. Glessner added 16.

“The kids have all been playing so hard,” Melton said. “It’s not easy after coming off a win like last night (Friday) and be focused like we were. I’m really proud of all of them.”

The Falcons match up with the Kamika Knights out of the Wesco Conference in first round district play tonight 7 p.m. at Kamika High School in Mukilteo. 

Falcon grapplers send five to Regionals

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Jonathan Ruana (left), Ben Smith (center), and Simon Swan (right) show off their medals at the KingCo Championship. Brian Swan courtesy photo

 

JUANITA—Woodinville Boys Wrestling represented well at the KingCo Championships last weekend at Juanita High School. 

Sophomore Simon Swan turned back all comers to place first at 145 pounds. Senior Ben Smith also had an outstanding tournament placing first at 195. Senior Jonathan Ruana wrested to a second-place finish at 120 pounds.  Senior Mikai Peltzer (170) and junior Tavish McArthur (220) placed fifth in their weight class respectively.

All five wrestlers advanced to the Regional Championships at Skyline High School Feb. 15. Junior Robbie Northwick, who placed 6th at 170, will serve as an alternate.

“Simon wrestled two great matches on Saturday to become a KingCo Champion, beating defending champion Declan Tretyak from Issaquah in the semi-finals and finals match,” Coach Todd Christensen said. “Ben had a great tournament too, winning his first match 15-0 followed by pins in the semi-finals and finals. Jonathan wrestled well all weekend, but came up a bit short in a good finals match.”

Team Woodinville showed marked improvement over last year’s squad placing 6th, up from an 8th place finish in the 2018-19 season.

“We had 15 wrestlers on our district team and they’ve all shown tremendous growth,” Christensen said. “They are hard-working student-athletes—get all their work done in the classroom and all compete hard. I was extremely proud of all our competitors this weekend.”

The Lady Falcon grapplers placed 27th out of 33 teams at the Sub-Regional Tournament at Chief Sealth High School. Freshman Eden Lopez turned in a solid effort with a fifth-place finish at 100 pounds and is an alternate at Regionals at Sedro-Woolley High School Feb. 15.

“Eden came away with a couple of wins,” Christensen said. “She’s shown a huge improvement in her first year and competed well to place.”

WHS athletes sign Letters of Intent

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From left are Blake Glessner, Nathan Metz, Cage Schenck, Levi Rogers, Charlotte Glover, Trent Boyd, and Lawrence Dydell. WHS courtesy photo

 

Seven Falcons will be taking their game to the next level after signing Letters of Intent Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Woodinville High.

Trent Boyd will take to the diamond to play baseball at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York. Lawrence Drydell will be on the pitch playing soccer at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif.

Standout softball player Charlotte Grover has committed to Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa. Nathan Metz, Levi Rogers, Cage Schenck and Blake Glessner will be on the gridiron at various universities next year.

Metz will play at the College of Idaho. Rogers is headed to Stanford. Schenck will play for the Eastern Washington Eagles and Glessner is headed to Big Sky Country to play at Montana State.

 

Girls Basketball All-KingCo Conference Team

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Pictured from left are Woodinville’s Veronica Sheffey, Mia Hughes, Keeli Burton (Eastlake), Alivia Stephens (Issaquah), Lucy Young (Inglemoor) and Charlee Arthur (Newport). Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

The 2019-2020 All-KingCo Conference Team has been announced and two Lady Falcons; junior Mia Hughes and sophomore Veronica Sheffey made the grade.

Hughes was also named KingCo Conference MVP. Sheffey is the KingCo Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Woodinville’s Scott Bullock was named KingCo Conference Coach of the Year.