Baddeley back in black

  • Written by Don Mann
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In what seemed like a no-brainer to most insiders, Inglemoor High School recently named Daniel  “DJ” Baddeley as its new head football coach.

Baddeley, 40, replaces Frank Naish, who retired after 34 years as head coach.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Viking football program,” Baddeley said in a press release by the Northshore School District.

“We are excited about the future and are committed to a program focused on competition, character and outstanding effort in all phases.”

Baddeley has taught social studies at Inglemoor for 17 years.

He was an assistant football coach under Naish for 10 years before becoming Woodinville High School’s offensive coordinator seven years ago, wearing the Kelly green for the Falcons in the fall while still coaching Inglemoor’s track & field team in the spring — wearing the black and gold.

Baddeley, well-liked by his peers and kids from both schools — forthright with an easy smile and thoroughly approachable — was asked what he’ll remember most about his time with the Falcons.

“I had a great time during my seven years at Woodinville. I am very appreciative of the opportunity and will miss working with some great coaches and players. Coach (Wayne) Maxwell has built a great program and it was an honor to be on the staff. Now I’m looking forward to a new challenge at Inglemoor.”

He was asked what he’s been working on most immediately.

“I’ve been working on putting the staff together, getting the strength conditioning program in place, setting our spring and summer schedule and getting to know the players.”

He’s already met with some of the returning players, he said, and was asked what he told them.

“My message is we need to prepare to win. KingCo is a very competitive league and in order to be successful you have to put in the effort out of season to be competitive during the season.”

Finally, he was asked what Viking football fans — coming off a dismal 2-7 season — can look forward to. “An aggressive up-tempo style of play with a group of young men who are mentally tough and physically prepared to compete.”

A win and a loss for Woodinville

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To no one’s great surprise there were back-to-back basketball blowouts at Woodinville High School Friday night.

One for the girls in green, the other for the boys in blue.

Tit for tat, fair and square, even Steven — though that’s surely cold comfort for those kids on the losing end.

In the opener, Woodinville’s Lady Falcons whooped Bothell 71-33, jumping out to a 25-9 lead after one quarter on the heels of trademark full-court pressure and leading 47-15 at the half.

Lights out for the girls in blue.

Mackenzie Campbell, back from injury and wearing a cumbersome knee brace, led all scorers with 15 points. Kim Frost scored 12 and Erin Hamilton added 10.

Bothell freshman Jessi Howe led the Lady Cougars with 10 of her own.

The nightcap got more interesting as fans — even Inglemoor fans — filled the gym to watch the undefeated and top-ranked Cougar boys’ team take on Woodinville at their place.

Zach Lavine’s first shot was an air-ball, which caused major applause from the hometown crowd.

But the stellar D-1 kid went on to score a season-high 37 points, from inside and out, as Bothell took a 38-10 lead at halftime, going on to win 73-46 on the road to remain unbeaten at 13-0 overall.

When it mattered, Lavine spread the floor and worked his magic, knocking down long-range jumpers like layups and going to the rim at will.

The UCLA-bound senior — arguably the best player in the state of Washington —  was simply sensational, and the Falcons, like every other Cougar opponent thus far, had no answer.

Perrion Callendret added 18 points also from inside and out, and junior behemoth Josh Martin went for nine with 13 rebounds, including two put-back slams that rocked the house for the visiting kids in blue.

Quinten Parker led Woodinville with 14 points.

Bothell will face some stiff competition when facing Rainier Beach and Garfield later this month, to see where they stand.

Woodinville, now 1-7 in KingCo, 1-10 overall, will have their hands full at Redmond next Friday night.

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Staff Photo/Don Mann Senior co-captain Seattle Farner drives to the hoop for a first half bucket.
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Staff Photo/Don Mann Junior Tynan Gable works the baseline in the second half.

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Staff Photo/Don Mann Cougar senior Perrion Callendret drives to the hoop under pressure from Falcon sophomore Zack Oates.
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Staff Photo/Don Mann Bothell junior Josh Martin snatches a rebound, one of 13 he grabbed in
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Lady Falcons topple unbeaten Inglemoor

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Viking Chay Fuller, left, and Falcon Erin Hamilton, collide while in pursuit of a loose ball. Staff photo/Don Mann
On paper it didn’t look too promising for Woodinville: on the road at 10-0 Inglemoor, clearly outsized and playing once again without its own top gun.

But the game wasn’t played on paper.

Behind an inspired performance from 5-9 junior Erin Hamilton, the Lady Falcons ran the Lady Vikings out of their own gym, to the tune of a 56-46 victory — and it was a stunner.

In its previous five games Inglemoor had thrashed its opponents by an average of 39 points, but on Friday they were outhustled.

“Our only chance was to play harder than they did and I think we did that,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said.

Hamilton, who normally offers ancillary support from the outside, led the team with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocked shots including a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line and plenty of blue collar dirty work down low on defense.

“Erin was fabulous,” Bullock said. “She’s put together five or six solid games in a row recently, and I’m really excited to see her game blossom especially of late when we’re playing without Mackenzie (Campbell).”

Playing with more energy and using its superior quicks, the undersized Woodinville got to more 50-50 balls early and took a surprising 32-19 lead into halftime.

They led 40-31after three quarters and then Inglemoor went on a late run to close to 43-40 with 4:30 remaining and stir the home crowd at crunch time.

But Woodinville would not cave in.

Freshman Emily Spencer was fouled on a long range jumper and drained all three free throws — pretty as you please — to push it back to 46-40 with four minutes left.

Then Falcon Seattle Farner picked the pocket of Deja Strother in the backcourt and dashed to the glass for a layup and was fouled. Her three-point play made it 49-40.

At the two-minute mark Midori McElwee knocked down a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down — her only field goal of the night — to maintain an eight point lead and signal the party was over.

When Farner snagged an offensive rebound with a minute left to reset the shot clock, it was.

“Everybody stepped up in some small way today,” Bullock said. “Emily has eight points in seven minutes, Seattle with the big steal and converts, Midori drops a bomb late in the shot clock, Sabin (Keo) with five steals and eight boards was relentless all night and Kim (Frost) did a nice job with her floor game directing the show. Great team effort.”

Woodinville made 13 steals in the contest.

Inglemoor’s Kelly Conroy was game-high with 16 points and sophomore Alex Hagen added 10, though the Lady Vikes shot a woeful 12-of-44 (27 percent) on the night. Strother, the celebrated 6-4 sophomore, was 2 of 7 from the floor for four points — 10 below her average — before fouling out.

Viking coach John Augustavo, normally loquacious win or lose, apparently left the building quickly and was unavailable for comment.

But Hagen may have said it all: “I feel like we went in there thinking we were too good and just underestimated them,” she told the Seattle Times.

Inglemoor is now 10-1, 5-1 in KingCo. Woodinville is 10-2, 4-2.

The rivals meet again in the regular season finale on Feb. 1 at WHS.

Vikings get happy at home

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Inglemoor senior Brendan Lauck gets brushed up in the paint by Woodinville senior John Villasenor. Staff photo/Don Mann
Six-foot-eight-inch junior forward Trey Miller led all scorers with 21 points and three other Vikings registered double digits as Inglemoor ripped Woodinville 79-46 at home in Kenmore on Friday.

The win boosts the Vikings’ record to a respectable 5-6 overall, 3-3 in KingCo play after a slow season start but with plenty of roundball still to be played.

“We’re getting better, playing harder, and playing together,” Inglemoor coach Greg Lowell said. “That’s what I like the best. Tonight we protected our home court and I was impressed with our focus.”

It was a more optimistic message than came from the other locker room as the Falcons fell to 1-5 in league play, 2-10 overall.

“Not sure what else I can tell you other than we need to get back on the practice floor and keep working hard,” Woodinville coach Mark Folsom said. “In order for us to have success we need to work harder than the other team. We didn’t do that tonight.”

The Falcons fell behind 38-22 at the half and it was an uphill grind the rest of the way. Inglemoor led 55-31 after three quarters before the deficit ballooned to 33 points after Lowell emptied his bench.

Woodinville freshman Tony Miller — Trey’s kid brother who plays for the other side — led the Falcons with 12 points. John Villasenor added 11.

Viking seniors Chris Bryant, Cooper Danby and Brendan Lauck rounded out the scoring ledger with 14, 13 and 12 points respectively.

Things look to get no easier for Woodinville in the immediate future, with unbeaten and top-ranked Bothell bringing its high-wire act to WHS on Friday.

Lady Falcons blast Bothell

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Staff Photo/Don Mann Falcon senior A.J. Surrette braces for landing after a hard baseline foul by Cougar freshman Nichole Williams (13).

The Woodinville girls’ basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 64-32 road thumping at Bothell last Friday. Kim Frost led all scorers with 17 points as full-court pressure steals were converted into easy buckets in a first-half feeding frenzy, and Erin Hamilton stepped up with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including nine rebounds and five blocked shots.Sabin Keo made six steals.Woodinville played without junior standout Mackenzie Campbell, who was shelved for the third straight game with a calf injury. This time it did not affect the Lady Falcons adversely, as they jumped out to a 21-6 first quarter lead, made it 38-18 at the break, and 54-22 after three — despite shooting an off-kilter 6-of-27 from downtown — didn’t matter much, as they shot over 50 percent on twos alone, a veritable layup line off the press against an inexperienced Cougar backcourt.

“I was really impressed with Erin tonight,” coach Scott Bullock said. “She was very active and aggressive. And Kim was very solid again. It’s such a luxury to have her speed, experience, and improved control.”

Woodinville is now 3-2 in KingCo play, 6-2 overall.Campbell, with her defensive prowess and 19 points per game, should be back for the Jan. 4 showdown at Inglemoor (5-0, 8-0).

The Lady Vikings ripped Redmond 67-39 at home Friday, behind 24 points from 6-foot-4 sophomore Deja Strother and 16 by senior Kelly Conroy.To use one of Bullock’s favorite words, it should be a donnybrook.