A challenging season came to a close earlier this month, as winless Woodinville defeated equally winless Bothell by two strokes to finish the campaign victorious.
Ruth Krochmalny, in her first season coaching the boys’ team, was happy to get that win. “I felt bad for Bothell because they were in the same boat as we were, in terms of wins and losses,” she said, “but I'm definitely glad we won.” Six of her golfers qualified for the district match that was played on Oct. 14. Joe Worley, Brian Rutherford, River Richmond, Shane Malloy, Ankit Tomar and Matt Wilham all battled the weather elements at Snohomish Golf Course for the rights to go to State. Joe Worley had the best day, including an eagle on hole #10, to earn eighth place. He'll move onto the State finals in Spokane in May 2015.
Local girls who love softball will have a golden opportunity to improve their skills in the weeks to come. For the second year in a row, the Woodinville Lady Falcons and their coach Dani Weir are hosting free softball clinics.
“It allows us the opportunity to give our girls some community service hours, and it allows Little Leaguers a place to come play for no cost,” Weir said. “They will get coached by their mentors and role models. So it’s a perfect opportunity for all involved.”
Just moments before kickoff, the rain started. And throughout the game, it continued to fall. By the end of the fourth quarter, it was coming down in sheets, just as Issaquah's Luke Watanabe intercepted a downfield pass from Woodinville's Nick Fouch, to preserve the Eagles' 10-7 win over the Falcons last Friday night.
“This was a tough one,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said, as his team slipped to 4-4 on the season. “Good old fashioned fall football. Wet, cold. The ball was on the carpet a lot tonight.”
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.