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Kelsey Withrow: Woodinville’s Cinderella Woman

  • Written by Derek Johnson

The awards ceremony was about to begin. It was May 2018. The scene was Ironman Australia, in the city of Port Macquarie. 35-year old Woodinville native Kelsey Withrow had just finished third. But she couldn’t ascend the podium. “I was in so much pain, I couldn’t walk up the stairs,” she said with a laugh. “But I just wanted to soak up the moment -- given it was my first Ironman ever.”

The fact she was there at all was amazing. 99 percent of us would have quit years before. But hers is a story of try and try again. A story of being knocked down and battered, lying in a hospital bed surrounded by pessimistic doctors. But she kept fighting and getting back up. Similar to the Depression-era boxer James J. Braddock, aka Cinderella Man.  

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Northshore Tennis - Another Undefeated Season

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
NMS Girls Tennis Team picture 2018
The Northshore Titans Girls Tennis Team won the 2018 district title with their fourth consecutive undefeated season (8-0.) Pictured is the current team and coaches Gary Pilawski and Dan Martin. All of the players live in Bothell or Woodinville.

Snohomish Summer Smash returns in July

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Snohomish Summer Smash, a three-day tournament for high school players ages 14-18, returns to the Snohomish High School Tennis Courts July 20th-22nd.  Registration costs are $30 for Singles players and $50 per Doubles and Mixed Doubles teams, with proceeds going to the SHS Tennis Teams.  This year marks the first with Westra Sports of Everett as the tournament’s Premier Sponsor; locally owned and operated, Westra offers Summer and Winter outdoor equipment, and will once again host a tent at the tournament with tennis merchandise and demo equipment.

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A visit with Woodinville AD Cathy Boyce

  • Written by Derek Johnson
The 2017-18 sports season just concluded. Athletic director Cathy Boyce completed her second year on the job. It was a stellar eight months. Three Falcon teams (football, gymnastics and girls basketball) finished second at State. The girls soccer team also won the 4A academic state championship.
 
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Season ends after fierce battle versus Eastlake

  • Written by Derek Johnson
ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin’” blared from the speakers at Eastlake Stadium. The game was now over. Fans were heading home. The Eastlake team was celebrating.
 
Woodinville coach Pete Crowley hoisted up his young daughter Makenna. His heavily tattooed arm cradled her as she buried her face in his chest. He looked into the distance with a sorrowful stare.  
 
“We squeezed the juice so to speak and leveraged everything we had out of the team tonight,” he said. “I don’t think the better team came out on top.  I think the ball bounced one or two times [Eastlake’s] way and that was the difference maker. As far as effort and the way the boys executed, I think the real winners are the Falcons tonight.”
 
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