Woodinville Girls make it three straight

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

ISSAQUAH — The Falcons pulled out a 61-44 come from behind road win at Issaquah Wednesday to run their record to 3-0 on the early season.

Coach Bullock said the Eagles were one of the tougher teams in the KingCo Conference and proved to be just that as they gave Woodinville all it could handle in the first half of action.

The Falcons held a slim 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and were down 24-20 at intermission. Woodinville edged out front 38-35 heading into the fourth quarter, yet it was still anyone’s ball game to be had.

But the Falcons found another gear and hung 23 points on the board to the Eagle 9 to run away with it.

Mia Hughes set the pace for Woodinville with 21 points. Veronica Sheffey added 17. Tatum Thompson was the third Falcon hitting for double-figures finishing with 11.

The team was tenacious on the boards, hauling down 37 in the contest.

Woodinville is back at it Friday night when the girls open league play at home against North Creek. The teams will tip it up at 6:30.

Woodinville Gymnastics vaults past Skyline

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Emma Mann performs on the uneven bars.
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The Lady Falcons turned in an outstanding performance in their opening season meet with the Spartans with several gymnasts finishing in the top four in all categories. 

Katie Barker and Teana Heys set the pace for Woodinville. Barker ended the night with top finishes in the Vault and Uneven Bars. Heys took the tops spots in All-Around and Beam.

“We had a great first meet. The team performed well and took the top four spots in the All-Around as well as winning as a team,” Coach Kathie Koch said. “Our freshmen really stepped up and accounted for a number of team scores. This was a great start for us and we will continue to add difficulty and refine our routines over the next few weeks.

The Falcons are back at it Thursday, Dec 12 when they host the Redmond Mustangs and Mt. Si Wildcats at Sammamish High School. The competition gets underway at 7 p.m.   

“Looking at scores from this week I think our chances against Redmond are pretty good,” Koch said. “Mt Si always has some strong gymnasts and they will be our biggest competition next week.” 

Falcons Girls Wrestling gets first taste of real action

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Yatzia Del Rio takes on a Bothell wrestler.
Brian Swan photo


KENMORE — Woodinville hit the road to Inglemoor High School for a jamboree Thursday, Dec. 5.

Matches were three 1-minute rounds instead of the usual 2-minute rounds and served as early-season learning opportunities and a great way for the young Woodinville squad to gain some experience in a big-time environment.

The Falcons are back on the mats for a home double-dual against Lake Washington and Juanita on Thursday, Dec. 12. Wrestling starts at 6 p.m. 

Woodinville Boys place two wrestlers at White River Classic

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Simon Swan dominates his opponent.
Brian Swan photo


BUCKLEY—Seven Falcons put it all on the line at the White River Classic in Buckley Saturday, Dec. 7. Woodinville was only able to take a limited squad because some of the wrestlers were sick or didn’t have enough practice to qualify for the competition but still were able to place two grapplers at the prestigious tournament.

Simon Swan (145) placed 2nd, which is the highest place Woodinville has had at the tournament since 2014 when Ryan Christensen placed 1st.  Jonathan Ruana (120) placed 5th. 

The White River tournament is known for the high caliber of wrestlers it draws, including multiple returning state placers in each weight bracket. 

Other wrestlers making the trip were Hector Aguilar (120), Evan Cariello (126), Brogan Turner (160), Andrew Lopez (160) and Ben Smith (195).

Next up for the Falcons is a home double-dual against Lake Washington and Juanita on Thursday, Dec. 12. Wrestling starts at 6 p.m.

Lady Falcons pick up back-to-back wins on the hardwood

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Mia Hughes pulls up for two.


Mia Hughes knocked down 29 points, Veronica Sheffey added 18 and Woodinville put a 60-41 hurting on Lake Washington Saturday evening to chalk up its second win of the week.

“The key to our success tonight I think was the way we matched up with Lake Washington. They only had one post out there and I was able to put some moves on her and get to the bucket,” Hughes said. “Veronica did a good job of seeing me—getting the ball to me.  A lot of other point guards don’t see their teammates as well so I am definitely grateful she’s our point guard.”

Coach Scott Bullock expected last year’s 3A KingCo Conference Champion to give his girls a good test at home and the Kangaroos did just that—early, anyhow as they hung tough through the first 8 minutes of the contest down 15-11. But that was as close as Lake Washington would get all night, trailing 32-18 at intermission and 43-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

“We knew we were going to have a battle today and our kids rose to the occasion. Mia was fantastic in the first half—had 20 points and was at her best,” Bullock said. “Veronica had a 100-degree fever yesterday and we didn’t know if she was going to play. But the look on her face tonight—you knew there was no way she wasn’t going to play—she’s a really tough girl.”

Sheffey said she wasn’t about to let a fever keep her from playing.

“I wasn’t going to sit out—don’t like sitting out—I really wanted to play,” she said. “So I prepared myself at home to play drinking a lot of water and resting and I think that helped a lot.”

Tatum Thompson finished 6 points, 2 assists, 3 steals and 7 boards. Autumn Sellie chipped in 4 points, 3 boards, Jaela Eggers recorded a bucket and Brooke Beresford added 1 point, 8 boards, and 3 assists.

Next up is an always tough Issaquah squad.

“Issaquah is a very good team—one of the tougher teams in the league,” Bullock said. “We had a good effort here tonight—a lot of girls pitched in—turned in a good effort and I expect the same from them on Wednesday.”

The results from the game with the Eagles were not available at press time.

Woodinville topples Beamer High

FEDERAL WAY—The No. 3 State Ranked Lady Falcons opened the 2019-20 season in fine fashion with a dominating 69-36 win on the hardwood at Todd Beamer High School Wednesday evening, Dec.4.

“I thought we played well—a good way to open up the season with a solid win,” coach Scott Bullock said. “We had balanced scoring with three girls in double-figures and played good defense."

Junior Mia Hughes led the Woodinville attack with 20 points. Sophomore sensation point guard Veronica Sheffey added 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Freshman Brooke Beresford knocked down 14 points and sophomore Tatum Thompson finished with 11.

The first quarter of action was fairly tight with the Falcons holding a 17-11 lead. 

“It was close to start with,” Bullock said. “But we opened things up mid-way through the second quarter and then took control in the second half.”

Woodinville took a 33-21 score into the locker room at the break and then went on a 16-7 third-quarter run to blow things wide open.

The team shot 67% from the floor, was 3-of-9 from beyond the arc, sank 12-of-16 from the charity stripe and hauled down 30 boards and dished out 15 assists.