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U14 Woodinville Recreational Cup District 2 Champions: Team Vortex

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Team Vortex has won District two in Rec. soccer. Back row: Coach Angus Walker, Sierra Block, Natalia Girling, Emma Glover, Hailey Heller, Abby Freid, Natalie Knoles, Lauren Matheson, Samantha Hook, Kate Carpenter, coach Mike Adams; middle: Kirann Gable, Krista Adams, Abby Woldman, Elizabeth Holt, Abby Holt, Erin Damon, Megan Hastie; front: Coach Annie Holt, Katie Walker, Mondona Behroozian. Courtesy photo.

Unbeaten Falcons headed for Tacoma Dome

  • Written by Don Mann
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Devin McKee takes a Union guy down to the ground. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville’s defense dominates during the day, too.

Hosting Union at Pop Keeney in the Class 4A quarterfinals on an unusual 2 p.m. start, the Falcons (12-0) were as bone-chilling as the weather, applying hit after hit after hit on its opponent to walk away proudly with a 21-9 victory.

Fact is, it was 14-zip at half, a stone cold 21-3 with 2:30 remaining when the Titan quarterback broke for a funky scrambling touchdown after the contest was out of reach. Window dressing.

Nobody runs on this Woodinville defense. They just don’t.

They’re just too deep, too fast and too tough. And when they tackle, you get tackled. It’s a downright nasty bunch. They’ll even steal your lunch money.

Alec Schwend ran for 122 yards on 18 carries, but his first of two touchdowns – a 19-yarder – set a tone as the first quarter expired.

The Falcons made it 14-zip as Brett Arrivey fired a rifle shot to Beau Vintertun on second-and-5, through a closing window of tight defenders who didn’t know what was coming. They got there late: bus ride.

Union managed a field goal on its first drive in the second half to make it 14-3, but the Titans from Camas could later neither run it nor stop the run as the Falcons delivered kill shots: Branden Shrout, Sawyer Whalen, Lee Wunderlich, Trey Fornelius...all those guys, and others, manned up. Nasty boys delivered punishment.

Schwend scored again on a 13-play drive–a 5-yarder on third-and-goal to end the competition.

It was Woodinville’s 12th-straight win, one for the books, but coach Wayne Maxwell could care less about the numbers.

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Branden Shrout, 21, and Caleb Hamilton, 2, meet at the ball carrier. Photo by Don Mann.
“Hey, we tell our kids we’ll play anyone, anytime...anywhere and they’re good with that. They just want to go play. They love football.”

The challenge this week, he said, was matching up with some big boys who were playing well.

“Their fullback is 220 and their running backs are over 200 pounds and physical. Our guys knew we had to come out and match that ‘cuz they’re some big boys. But you put a challenge out to this group and they’re just gonna get after it, show who was more physical and they made a big statement,” he said with a daytime twinkle in his eye.

Said Branden Shrout, who was a wrecking ball at linebacker with three thunderous game-changing hits: “Oh, man, running, blitzing, tackling...it’s so great. I’m really living a dream right now and I can’t even explain it.”

How does the defense maintain its intensity, he was asked. “We just remind ourselves of the potential we have, the talent, the hard work we put in ... Nobody wants to let anybody down ...We realize we have the opportunity to do something special ... to make history.”

Woodinville will have that chance as they take on Skyline (9-3) on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome in the state semifinals.

The Spartans were 52-17 winners over Central Valley at the plateau last Saturday, and feature a long, tall junior quarterback with a big arm in an offense that likes to throw it a bunch.

But Max Browne is not Jake Heaps, and Kasen Williams is playing college football. Skyline is not the juggernaut it used to be.

Wanna go deep? Beau Vintertun, Devin McKee, Cody Bauman and Caleb Hamilton will have something to say about that.

Note: For a good 20 postgame minutes, a dozen or more Falcon seniors sat together on the turf at Pop Keeney, taking it all in. It was the last time they would share the moment, last game on their home field, and some were in tears of joy. Said Shrout: “Man, I’m gonna miss this place. It’s my favorite place in the entire world. A lotta dreams came true here.”

The beat goes on for 11-0 Woodinville

  • Written by Don Mann

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Beau Vintertun scores on a fake field goal to make it 17-7 at halftime. Photo by Don Mann.
Not even miserable rainy and windy weather could slow down these Woodinville Falcons (11-0) at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, as they took apart the Bethel Braves 37-7.

Alec Schwend, once again part of the arsenal, made a statement with a bouncy 25-yard run right up the gut on the Falcons first play from scrimmage though the green team would fumble a wet snap on 3rd-and- five at the 15 and settle for a 32-yard Conner Zaback field goal to break the seal.

Bethell scored on a wild and crazy 79-yard catch-and-run by Jordan Ramirez to give the Braves an early 7-3 lead five minutes in, but it was early.

Woodinville finished an 11-play drive, bolstered by Devin McKee’s three-yard sweep on 4th-and-three, after a thoughtful measurement by the zebras to move the chains and Brett Arrivey found Alec Kazmarcik on an inside screen to make it 10-7 with 2:48 remaining in the opening frame.

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Alec Schwend cuts back inside for an early big gainer. Photo by Don Mann.
After the Falcon defense snuffed Bethel on three plays, the Braves snuffed them back and Arrivey finessed a quick-kick downed at the Bethel 6-yard line. Woodinville’s defense stiffened once again and Kyle Adkins returned a punt 35 yards down to the Bethel 28 with 1:45 left in the half but the Falcon drive was stifled.

Then on 4th-and-goal from the nine, after a funky timeout, placekick holder Beau Vintertun scored untouched on a fake field goal—pretty-as-you-please—to make it 17-7 at the half—a backbreaker for the Braves.

“We’ve been working on that for weeks and it finally came down to the right time,” Vintertun later said. “We saw they we’re loading up the left side so we put our biggest guys on the right side and just ran it through. Sawyer (Whalen) cleaned up the guy I needed to beat and I just ran it through a huge hole. I was never even touched.”

Bethel missed on two early second half field goals—one wide left and one wide right--as Woodinville poured it on to win going away.

The Braves (8-3) hadn’t scored less than 24 points all season but were limited to seven by the Falcons. Their record-setting quarterback was reduced to pedestrian status by the green team, and took a host of hits from Woodinville’s extraordinary defense.

“Our kids just keep plugging along, doing what we ask as coaches, and remain really focused,” Woodinville head man Wayne Maxwell said. “They were well-aware this was a win-or-go-home game and they’re up for the challenge. They’ve just got great confidence and look forward to playing the game. As the week went by you could tell at practice they were hungry and ready to compete. They were motivated by this (Bethel) offense that was putting up some big numbers and were up for the challenge. They (Bethel) scored on that one play, you know... but these kids are not getting big-headed and do the work from week to week.”

Woodinville earned the right to host another game at the Pop: Union of Vancouver,Wa., upset winners over previously-unbeaten Kentlake, on Saturday.

The beat goes on.

Lady Falcons go 1-2 at state

  • Written by Don Mann
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Jen Schnelle, left, and Frances Coughlin. File photo.
They were hoping to hang around a little longer and bring home a trophy.

But after falling to Bellarmine Prep in straight games (20-25,15-25, 20-25) on Saturday, the Woodinville volleyball team was bounced from the Class 4A state tournament and headed home from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey with a 1-2 record.

The Lady Falcons lost a barnburner to Kent-Meridian (25-14, 25-21, 15-25, 25-27, 14-16) in its opening Friday match to drop to the loser’s bracket in the 16-team tournament, then knocked off Kamiak in straight games in the nightcap.

“The last two games against K-M were weird,” coach Mike Mills said, citing some strange bounces and funky rolls at the net, “but that’s volleyball. Plus we had some service errors in that last game and you can’t afford to do that in a game to 15. It really was uncharacteristic of our season.”

Ali Forde had a whopping 31 kills and 25 digs in the contest.

Despite the early ouster, Mills was extremely happy with the season as a whole.

“Coming into the season we had a lot of question marks, with some key seniors having graduated. So to do what we did is a great accomplishment. The best part was going on that 15-game run late in the season, where we got in a groove and got really competitive. And of course winning the KingCo tournament. Those were some exciting times.”

Divers and swimmers make a splash at state meet

  • Written by Don Mann
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Photo courtesy Troy Roberts. The Falcon state diving contingent, from left to right: Coach Danika Troupe, Julie Tollifson, Erika Kelso, Rachael Roberts and alternate Alex Shardelman.
Woodinville sophomore Rachael Roberts took third in the 1-meter diving competition at the 2011 Class 4A Girls’ State Swim and Dive championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on Saturday.

But just as thrilling to Falcon diving coach Danika Troupe was that senior Julie Tollifson and freshman Erika Kelso placed ninth and 11th respectively.

“It says we’re definitely a powerhouse in the local diving world,”

Troupe said. “I am so proud of these girls.”

Roberts, who Troupe said has only been diving competitively for two years, is the first Lady Falcon to stand on the state podium since...well, Troupe herself, a 2008 WHS graduate. But the young, four- year mentor was only looking ahead. “We brought four girls here and three of them will be back. Plus we have some outstanding young divers waiting in the wings. We have serious depth and will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Though no Woodinville swimmers made it to the finals, swim coach Annie Price was just as pleased with the performances of the five girls who competed in the preliminary round: Johanna Rayl, Taylor Bingea, Olivia Ly, Katie Davidson and Venalie Scheck.

“Our 200 yard freestyle relay team bettered its seed by two places which is unheard of,” she said, as Woodinville finished in 21st place.

“We dropped two seconds from our best time and I was elated. Just to make the top 24 in the entire state is an amazing accomplishment.”