Falcons beat Inglemoor to advance to Wes-King Finals

  • Written by Derek Johnson
In the game’s aftermath, Woodinville coach Scott Bullock stood in a hallway looking happy. His Falcons had beaten a fine Inglemoor team 64-49. The win enabled Woodinville to play Glacier Peak this Monday for the Wes-King 4A Tourney Championship. A trip to Regionals was also already secured.
“My girls surprise me every time we play,” he said. “They always take it to another level. That first half was one of the best halves I’ve seen all year.”
Woodinville (22-2) started the game like gangbusters. Facing Inglemoor’s suffocating press, Mia Hughes and Veronica Sheffey put on a clinic in fast break basketball. One sparkling moment came when Hughes stole a pass. The sophomore drove coast-to-coast, gave a little shake-and-bake with the shoulders, before kissing the ball off the glass for a 21-12 lead.
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Melton Thanks Senior Class after Season-Ending Loss to Redmond

  • Written by Derek Johnson
The Falcons were a somber group in the wake of their 50-36 loss to Redmond. The defeat knocked Woodinville out of the WesKing playoffs and ended their season.
The recent snow storm forced the postponement of playoff games for a week. The Woodinville-Redmond game was rescheduled twice, before tipping off last Thursday night. But while the snowfall had finally started to melt, Falcon shooting remained in a frigid state. (Woodinville shot 1-for-19 from three-point range). 
“We played hard but the bottom line is we didn’t shoot well,” Woodinville coach Kurt Melton said. “But we worked really hard and I was proud of them, despite the fact that we didn’t get the win.”
The Falcons finished the year with an 11-12 record. “I told the kids I don’t want this one to end,” Melton said. “I told them `You kids are a group I love hanging out with and being around. You’ve been a pleasure to coach.”
Four seniors saw their prep basketball careers come to an end.
“You’re sitting there and you realize that your days of playing competitive basketball may be over,” Melton said. “And your days of playing for your high school team are over. And that’s a hard thing to digest for some kids. The mood is always a little bit somber. It’s tough. But I said to the kids that you all brought something different to the program. And you led in different ways and were an example to the younger kids… You can be proud of being part of something bigger than yourself.”
“And you know, these seniors are special to me because they got me started here,” Melton said. “They played a role in getting me adjusted to Woodinville.”
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Christensen signs with Minnesota; Falcons send Five to State

  • Written by Derek Johnson
Woodinville’s Drew Christensen is following in his brother’s footsteps, while forging his own path. The senior wrestler signed recently as a preferred walk-on to the University Minnesota. He’ll be wrestling in the Big Ten Conference, just like older brother Ryan, who’s a fifth-year senior at Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin got some new coaches, and one of their assistant coaches went to Minnesota,” Drew said. “He had been to our house a couple times recruiting Ryan. I thought he was pretty cool.”
Drew reached out to Minnesota as he considered colleges to attend. It was last year, while visiting Ryan, that the brothers made the three-hour drive from Madison to Minneapolis.
“I got to see the campus, it was great,” Drew said. “I took an official visit in early October. I got to meet some of the guys [on the team], they were really great. I got to meet some of the freshmen. I could tell they loved to compete and they were great guys off the mat.”
It was then that Drew decided to become a Minnesota Golden Gopher.
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WHS Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Woodinville High School had a signing celebration for 17 student athletes on February 8.  The following students will continue their athletic pursuits while attending college:
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WHS Gymnastic Team soar on to District Meet

  • Written by Kathryn Koch

The Senior Falcon gymnasts were flying high on Wednesday night as they soared past Eastlake and Monroe High School in their final regular season meet of the year. Woodinville posted a season high 179.6 and finished their season 9-1. The team is thrilled with their score as they ready themselves for post season. “We are excited that we keep improving every week. We have been working hard to make every tenth count. The fact that we posted our highest score of the season gives us lots of confidence as we head into post season,” said Senior Co-Captain, Kate Norris. “KingCo will be a difficult meet but we feel like we are in a position to do well. Gymnastics is really is a team effort and everyone did her job tonight. Our team is lucky to have a lot of strong gymnasts who each contribute. I love competing with these girls.”

It really was a team effort for Woodinville. Falcons dominated the top spots in the individual all-around with Ellie Mann (1st), Kat Rudd (2nd), Morgann Mocherman (3rd), and Kate Norris (4th).  Falcons also captured first place in each of the Individual Events. Sidney Mays was the bars champion, Teana Heys won the beam and Ellie Mann took first on both vault and floor.

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