Dylan Langston, far left, ran a 11.12 to win the 100 meter dash at the Northshore District Meet at IHS on Thursday. Bothell’s Trent Sewell, far right, finished second, Inglemoor’s Jordan Gray, second from left, finished third and Woodinville’s Brent Constantine finished sixth. Photo by Don Mann.
Bothell’s Dylan Langston won convincingly in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes to lead the Cougar boys’ team to victory, and Inglemoor’s Erin Allen swept the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles while Hannah Stevenson doubled in long jump and triple jump to pace the Lady Vikings.
But there was plenty of success to spread around under highly-changeable skies at the Northshore District track meet Thursday at IHS — all four seasons in one day.
The Woodinville boys took top honors in four events, the Lady Falcons won five. Kurtis Max won the 110 meter hurdles at 16.90 seconds, Jake Hollister bested Bothell’s Greg Williams in the discus by two inches with a heave of 131’11, Austin Sodorff took the pole vault at 14’6, and Jeff Willie tied Inglemoor’s Sean Mukai in the high jump at 5’10.
On the girls’ side, Christina Gonzalez-Gandolfi won the 100 meter dash at 13.14, Chandler Olson won the 800 meter run at 2:18.92, Maddie Graham won the 1600 at 5:30.05.
Melissa Gilkey topped in javelin with a throw of 119’07, and tied for first in high jump with Inglemoor’s Kaitlyn Hollis and Katie Sturtevant at 4’6.
The KingCo Track and Field Championships begin Wednesday and continue Friday at Juanita High School.
Erin Allen, left, has one jump remaining on her way to victory in the 100 meter hurdles. Inglemoor’s Becca Berge, middle, finished second while Woodinville’s Christina Gonzalez-Gandolfi, right, finished fourth. Photo by Don Mann.
Other Northshore meet winners:
(Boys) 400 meters: Chayce Sather, Bothell, 50.76; 800 meters: Chris Arneson, Bothell, 1:59.40; 1600 meters: Michael Mendenhall, Inglemoor, 4:32.08; 3200 meters: Chris Wilson, Inglemoor, 10:22.68; 300 meter hurdles: Camden McKone, Bothell, 42.94; Shot Put: Brendan Peterson, Bothell, 47’11.50; Javelin: Braden Foley, Bothell, 157’0; Long Jump: Danny Wilson, Bothell, 19’11.5; Triple Jump: Jordan Claudon, Bothell, 39’04.25.
The Bothell boys’ team finished the regular season undefeated.
"That was one of the team goals for the season," Cougar coach Cathy Boyce said. "We have several goals left to accomplish and need to be focused over the next few weeks to make them a reality. But I was pleased with our performance.
"Some people really stepped up for us and that is what we’re going to need for success at KingCo."
Left to right, Woodinville tennis’ Cora Byers, Claire Dougherty, Jenny Foote and Erika Springer are headed to the KingCo Girls’ Tennis Tournament at Skyline HS on Wednesday, but three of the four WHS singles’ players will be playing doubles. Photo by Don Mann.
The Woodinville girls tennis team’s last two matches were rained out Thursday and Friday and will not be rescheduled as the KingCo Tennis Tournament begins Wednesday at Skyline High School in Sammamish.
Thus, the Lady Falcons finish the regular season with a 6-2 record, 8-2 overall, third place in KingCo.
Woodinville will have a different look entering postseason with Cora Byers, Jenny Foote and Erika Springer — who played singles all season — opting to play doubles.
"It was by player request," coach Jay McGinness said of the shakeup. "Byers and Foote wanted to enter as a doubles’ team."
That means Evelyn Flint and Emily Chambers will join Claire Dougherty in singles, respectively, with Dougherty, No. 2 most of the season, now playing No.1.
Because of its third place finish, the Lady Falcons get to enter three singles’ players and three doubles’ teams in the tournament.
The doubles’ teams will be, in order, Byers and Foote, Hannah Wiser and Kelsey Hammond, with Springer teaming with Geena Glen.
During the regular season the singles’ rotation was generally Byers, Dougherty, Foote and Springer, in that order, and went 19-10 overall in league.
Byers went 2-4 against the opponent’s top player, Dougherty went 4-4, Foote 6-1 and Springer 7-1.
Woodinville doubles’ teams, which included Jenna Graham and Mikhaela Hatch, combined for a 15-6 league record, with the Wiser/Hammond tandem notching a 3-2 record against top-tier competition.
McGinness said it’s been a rewarding, yet difficult year.
"I enjoy the camaraderie of the players, the opportunity to work with them to help improve their game, and to witness the result of their hard work and dedication," he said. "But this season, weather-wise, has been very frustrating. The major frustration for the players and coaches was the lack of outdoor court time for the players to be able to challenge and establish themselves within the team ladder, but the girls maintained a great attitude and were always up for their matches and even made the most of our numerous indoor practices in the gym.
There is a lot of talent on this team, as well as a fine group of caring young ladies. We’re not seeded high in this tournament but there is always room for surprises. Our girls should be competitive."
Woodinville senior co-captain and defenseman Jacob Dransfield, with pressure on his heels, moves the ball upfield. Photo by Don Mann.
Senior co-captain J.D. Chapman scored with 45 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Woodinville Lacrosse Club’s varsity team to a 9-8 win over Providence of Lynnwood on "Spirit Night" at WHS on Friday to remain undefeated at 12-0 overall. It was Chapman’s third goal of the game, having tied it up at 8-apiece with 3:17 remaining after Woodinville stormed back from an unusual 5-0 halftime deficit.
Woodinville’s biggest deficit all season had been two goals, head coach Gavin Molitor said.
"Our defense was overplaying, we had some early penalties and I think we were a little nervous playing in front of all those fans for the first time," he said. "But we hung in there and never gave up hope."
Additional fans were there to celebrate Spirit Night on the final regular season game of the year, a fundraising event featuring fun and games, raffles and concessions, in an effort to raise money to cover costs of the eight-team club in its second year of existence.
Woodinville Lacrosse split from the Northshore Lacrosse Club in 2009, and the programs serves second-graders through high school seniors — about 180 players in all, club president Andy Farrington said.
"We had a lot of interest and had the resources to start our own club," he said. "So far, so good and tonight’s a great night. It’s very rewarding to see the support and the enthusiasm."
Molitor, an English teacher at WHS, is an east coast transplant who brought a love of the game with him from Massachusetts, where he played high school ball, and Vermont, where he played college ball. Before grabbing the helm in the fledgling program, he sidelined as a lacrosse official.
He was asked about how Woodinville Lacrosse managed to come up with enough qualified coaches to mentor eight different age groups.
"We have a fair number of loving parents learning the game and wanting to be involved," he said. "We as a program meet a lot and talk about the game, and at least six of our coaches played competitively at some level."
The club’s varsity team has played at an exceptionally competitive level this season, and is now one win away from clinching the home field advantage for the upcoming Division II playoffs.
"It’s a matter of good dynamics," he said of his squad’s success. "These kids are really good friends and have formed a strong bond over the last two years. We started to form an identity last year, in which we struggled a little bit at times, and now they understand what it takes to be a winning team. They just genuinely love the game and they’re a tight-knit group."
The strength of the team, he said, starts with defense.
"They do a good job of controlling the other team and they get our offense the ball. They don’t allow a lot of goals so our offense can have patience, then strike when the opportunities are there."
He tipped his cap to senior captains Chapman, Jacob Dransfield and Tyler Paris.
"They’ve been playing together for a while and are all good leaders who set a good tone for the younger guys."
Chapman, senior Keaton House and freshman Daniel McKee are tied for the team lead with 25 goals apiece to highlight Woodinville’s balance. Senior Zachary Verbeck leads the team in picking up ground balls, a critical statistic that speaks of toughness and determination — and sets the transition game in motion. Junior goalie Dalton Combs has been outstanding in net, with a 3 goals per game average and a .649 save percentage.Yet its most talented player may be sophomore Colter Clinch, whose 4.67 points per game average leads the team, but has been sidelined the last four games with a foot stress fracture. He hopes to be back for the playoffs.
And Woodinville Lacrosse hopes to be sanctioned as an official high school sport sometime down the road, but is not holding its collective breath.
Two weeks ago the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), the state’s governing body of high school sports, rejected a proposal to include lacrosse under its jurisdiction.
"I’ve been following that for a couple years," Molitor said, "and I think it has a lot to do with Title IX, making sure males and females have equal sports offerings. I don’t know when but at some point the high school association will recognize that there are lots of kids playing the sport and they should have some governance over it. We’ve been pushing with principals and athletic directors to get them aware of the sport. If it’s adopted that would be great in terms of making sure kids are safe, have playing time and access to fields. But it could be difficult because we have regional teams. Snohomish, for example, pulls from a couple different schools and so does Sammamish.
I’m not sure how that would all shake out."
And neither is Farrington. "I’m not too concerned about that," he said. "If it happens, great. If not, great. We still have our club team. But I’ll say this: It should happen eventually, but it’s a tough time money-wise right now. It’s just gonna take some time, because it’s a growing sport and participation is not going to decrease."