Lilly Wilson recalled that violent moment from four years ago. It was in New Jersey, during an elite club playoff game. That awful moment when she fractured her kneecap, shredded all the ligaments underneath and caused her knee to swell to the size of a grapefruit. In an instant, a bright soccer future had grown dim.
These days, at the tender age of 21, she contemplates what it all meant.
“Soccer kept me motivated and grounded, and without it I felt lost and confused,” Wilson said. “Soccer was the essence of my being. Without it, I didn’t know who I was. I’m still battling every day to find out who I am without soccer.”
When two teams go undefeated this late into the season, the resulting matchup will be akin to a heavyweight fight in the 15th round.
That was the case in last Thursday’s semi-final game, as Cascade knocked off Northwest 4-2, to advance to the State Championship game last Saturday. It was the 21st game played this week at the Northshore Athletic Fields, which hosted this year’s state tournament.
Skateboarders from throughout the region will compete Aug. 1 in the 12th annual Skateboard Challenge at Rotary Community Park in Woodinville.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Woodinville Rotary Club with the support of a community grant from the city of Woodinville.
Things start happening at 10 a.m. with registration and course practice runs. Competition in four divisions is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m., according to event coordinator and Challenge Manager Pam Miller. There is a $10 entry fee.
“For skaters in this area, this is their Super Bowl or state championship equivalent,” noted Rotary president Jeff Lair of Crystal Lake. “Rotary is solidly behind this program to recognize the skill and determination of the competitive skaters and skateboard-supporting families in our greater community. This is their day to really shine.”
Divisions are held for skaters 10 and under, from 11 to 15 years, 16 and older and for girls. Skaters with sponsors will compete for prize money in the Tricks for Ethan Zakes competition.
Joel Cendejas of Des Moines garnered top honors in the 2014 event. Prizes this year will include one going to the $300 Rotary Best Tricks contest winner. Division winners will earn a special plaque from Northwest Trophy with runners-up in each division also receiving prize packages donated by the event’s supporters and sponsors.
When the reporter arrived at the ballpark, he saw a woman walking straight toward him. At first glance, he thought it was Pat Benatar. But at close range, the person was revealed to be Woodinville coach Dani Weir. She was all decked out in 80s garb, including a denim jacket and Ray-Ban sunglasses.
“It’s 80s night!” she said with a big smile, motioning toward the field’s speakers. They currently blared “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats.
With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again. Especially if that home is Falcon Field and your last name is Brueske.
When Scott and Cathleen Brueske arrived in Woodinville in the 1990s, they commenced raising three boys — Alex, Spencer and Conner. All three boys would grow up to play for the Woodinville Falcons, all three would go off to college and all three now serve as coaches during summer leagues for the Woodinville Baseball Club.