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Juanita nips Woodinville with photo finish

  • Written by Derek Johnson

It all came down to the final few seconds. In the last heat of the day, the 4x400 Relay. In one lane, Juanita’s Julia Andersson, and in the other, Woodinville’s freshman sensation, Laina Emerick. Neck-and-neck, they pushed through the water and toward the finish line, as teammates lined the pool’s perimeter to shriek encouragement.

Ultimately, Andersson touched the wall first, with Emerick just 4/25 of a second behind her. With that victory, Juanita not only won the heat, but the overall meet between the two schools.

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Falcons falter in loss to Eastlake

  • Written by Derek Johnson

It was a game that featured more flags than a used car lot. It was a game that was uglier than rush hour traffic in Federal Way. It was a game that’s sure to leave a sour taste in Woodinville’s mouth for several days.  
Those are the takeaways from Eastlake’s 17-6 win over Woodinville last Friday night at Pop Keeney Stadium. The Falcons fell to 4-3 on the season, while the Wolves improved to 5-2.  

“We were mentally prepared film-wise, but we weren’t mentally prepared to play,” Woodinville linebacker Dylan Axelson said. “We’ve got to be more enthusiastic to come out to play and I don’t think we were tonight.”

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Falcons find laughter to be the best medicine in win over Mount Si

  • Written by Derek Johnson

In between rain showers last Tuesday, Woodinville hosted Mount Si and knocked off the Wildcats 5-2.

But it was a struggle at first, at least for senior Falcon Jeremiah Michel, playing in the #1 court against Matthew Griffin.  
“I started off slow and sluggish,” Michel said. “And to be honest, the new guy we have from JV, Paul Sutton, is one of my good friends. He walked over and loosened me up and cracked a few jokes. It was 2-2 and I was struggling because I knew I could beat [Griffin]. But then Paul loosened me up and I won five straight games. It was easy going after that.”
Michel went on to win in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

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Balanced attack leads Falcons past Inglemoor

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Brad Roland rushed for 118 yards and Nick Fouch tossed three touchdown passes, as Woodinville beat Inglemoor 35-13 last Friday night at Pop Keeney Stadium.

For the Falcons, it was a welcome sight one week after being battered by Bothell.  

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Slumping Falcons must dig deep to reach playoffs

  • Written by Derek Johnson

There’s an old expression that goes, “Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.” Whether that applies to this year’s Woodinville team remains to be seen. After starting the season with an 8-0 record, the Lady Falcons had bounce in their steps, smiles on their faces and confidence supreme.

But since losing three of their past five games, including a 2-1 decision to Mount Si last Thursday night, the smiles and swagger are gone. The post-game looks on their faces are of frustration and bewilderment.  

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