Huskies are District 8 champs

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

HuskiesFront Row(L to R): Anna Rodgers, Chloe Lingen, Charlotte Grover, Megan Shaull, Diasy Dunning; Middle Row: Linsy Pirollo, Nicholle Watson, Carly Smith, Madison Beatty;Back Row: Mike Pirollo, Mark Lingen, John Grover; Not in picture: Annie Whitton, Mikayla Kypreos, Coach - Curt WhittonThe Woodinville Little League Huskies 2013 Majors Softball Team finished their season by winning the District 8 championship with a 3-1 win over the Northshore Cougars.

Carly Smith hit a 2-run home run in the first inning to give the Huskies the lead and Charlotte Grover pitched six great innings for the win.

The Huskies had a great season with a 21-3 overall record.  

The Huskies won four games in the Tournament of Champions and only had one error in the final and semi-final games.

Game 1 vs North Bothell Dynamite : Won 15-0
Game 2 vs North Bothell Intensity : Won 10-7
Game 3 vs NLLL Thunder: Won 6-1
Champ Game vs NS Cougars: Won 3-1

Local rowers win gold medal in U.S. National Championships

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer

RowersPhoto courtesy of Todd Cowles. Members of the 4+ Under-16 team from the Sammamish Rowing Association: From front to back: Aidan Cowles, Sam Halbert, Elijah Maesner, Josh Warnick. Obscured in the photo is their coxswain Michaela Arnold. Two Woodinville teenagers anchored a four-man-plus-coxswain boat to a gold medal in the U.S. Rowing Club National Championships on July 15th in Camden, New Jersey.

Aidan Cowles and Sam Halbert, entering Woodinville High School this fall, along with Eli Maesner from Eastlake, Josh Warnick of Juanita, and their coxswain, Kayla Arnold from Tahoma, were part of a 16-rower team sent by the Sammamish Rowing Association.  

“I was pumped up,” Sam Halbert said. “It was a very exciting day.”

Ninety-six teams competed this year, and 22 boats participated in the 16 and under division. According to the rowers, the sense of camaraderie ran strong among the various clubs.

“We got down to the Cooper River and began unloading the boats on the water,” Aidan Cowles said. “It was cool to be down there, because they put all the trailers from all the different clubs around the country in one area. Just walking around talking with people from New York, Texas, Florida, wherever. It was interesting.
“Then you get to race against them of course,” he said. “You get to see how everyone else rows. It was really a neat experience for us, really a fun time.”

The Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA) was the only west coast entry in the field, and they made a strong showing. During the time trials, boats were let go every 30 seconds and timed on their route.
When SRA finished the course they stood anxiously along the shoreline, awaiting the results. They cheered when they learned that they’d finished fourth out of 22 boats.

But SRA’s crowning moment came from their final race on the last day of competition. Six teams competed for gold in the Under-16 2000 meter race.

“I was nervous at the start of the race,” Halbert said. “It was definitely one of those times when your heart is pumping and your stomach is churning. You can’t wait for it to start. It was really nerve-racking.”
Then the race began – and the boats advanced furiously upon the water’s surface.  

“For the first 500 meters everyone was even,” Cowles said. “Everyone was screaming and yelling (from the shore). We started to pull ahead at the halfway point. At one point, the team from Virginia pulled to within two seconds behind us. But we held them off. Once we got to the end we just took off, and we won by five seconds, which was about a boat length.”

Following their gold medal victory, congratulations starting pouring in.

“My mom texted me and said she was throwing a little party with her friends to celebrate the win,” Halbert said.  

“When I got back home, everyone was calling,” Cowles said. “Everyone was saying `GOOD JOB! I want to see your medal and watch your race!’ It’s cool hearing everyone saying good job, although it got old after about 40 people were saying it.”

‘GOOOOOOAALLL’ — NYSA scholarship winners announced

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

barclayhuberbatesCourtesy Photo. NYSA President Jim Bates (right) congratulates Michael Barclay and Vanessa Huber on their recent scholarship awards.The Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) announced their  2013 college scholarship recipients.

Recent Northshore School District class of 2013 graduates, Vanessa Huber and Michael Barclay, each received a $1,000 scholarship. 

Applications were accepted from graduating high school seniors who planned to enter an accredited institution of higher learning during the 2013/14 academic year. Two winners were selected based on their positive involvement and commitment to the NYSA program and the community, as well as their participation in the NYSA coaching, referee and other programs.

Having started playing soccer with NYSA from a very young age, Huber and Barclay were honored for their outstanding contributions to their schools and community, along with success on the soccer field and in their academic achievements.  

Huber, a Bothell High School graduate, played NYSA soccer for 11 years, coming through the ranks from recreation ball, to FC Alliance premier to the last four years on the NSC Select Fury Team. Along with currently helping coach younger players, Huber is taking a referee course. She hopes to continue playing intermural soccer at Western Washington University where she will be attending school in the fall planning a major in kinesiology with the goal of becoming a sports medicine physician.

Barclay, an Inglemoor High School graduate, has also played NYSA soccer long-term starting in first grade finishing on the NSC Select Jabulan Team. In addition to some refereeing along the way, Barclay played on his IHS varsity soccer team. He will be attending Gonzaga University working toward an engineering major.

The Northshore Youth Soccer Association awards scholarships annually and supports teams in Bothell, Woodinville and Kenmore.

Since its founding, the NYSA has grown to include several programs at different skill levels, representing thousands of athletes ages six to19.

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Lake Tye Triathlon

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The 4th annual Lake Tye Triathlon takes place on Saturday, August 10.  More than 400 adults and 100 youth will be swimming, biking and running in and around Lake Tye located in Monroe.  Two race distances are offered; a Sprint distance consisting of 1/4 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 3.1 mile run and an Olympic distance consisting of a 3/4 mile swim, 28 mile bike and 6.2 mile run.  The distance for the kids triathlon varies, depending on age, ranging from 6 to 15 years old. More info:

Local wrestler reaches national tourney

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer

Sometimes in life, when one goal doesn’t pan out, other blessings will arise if we remain open to receiving them.

Such was the case with Woodinville wrestler Cameron Thoreson, who participated last week in the High School Junior tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. 

Interviewed by phone from Fargo, the recent Bellevue Christian graduate told his story.

"The main reason I was doing this was that I got sick at regionals for my high school (wrestling) season," he said. "I didn’t even make it to State. I never made it past regionals. That was really disappointing. I wanted to do some off-season wrestling to stick with it."

Thoreson spent this spring earning medals in three state tournaments, taking first place in the Washington State Junior Folkstyle tournament, third place in the Washington State Junior Greco-Roman tournament, and 5th place in the Washington State Junior Freestyle tournament.

The Greco-Roman tourney was interesting enough, as it marked the first time Thoreson had ever competed in that style.

"I hadn’t done that before," he said. "But I finished in third place, which qualified me to wrestle for Team Washington in North Dakota at Nationals. I was super excited."

Thoreson and his teammates traveled to Fargo, where they participated from June 14-20. Thoreson competed in two different events, Freestyle and Greco-Roman.

"In Greco you can’t attack the legs," he explained. "It’s all upper body, unlike Freestyle where you can take shots and go after the legs."

And how did he fare?

"I won my first match in Greco, then won the second match, but lost a close third match," he said. "Then in Free Style, I won my first match, but in the next two matches I got torn apart. Those guys were beasts. They were monsters. They had most likely been to tournaments before and knew what was up. So I’m no longer in the tournament."

At the time of our discussion, Thoreson was still watching the remaining matches and rooting on his teammates.

"There are still a couple guys from Team Washington wrestling," he said. "Unfortunately, Chandler Rogers, our national champion, got hurt. He won the tourney in Greco, and it looked like he was going to win it in freestyle too. But he got hurt in his fourth or fifth match. He had an injury default. So he’s on crutches now. That was very unfortunate."

Thoreson was asked to summarize the experience of the past few days.

"I’m really excited that I went through with actually going to nationals," he said. "Even when I won the Greco tournament I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through with it. I’m happy I did. It’s been an awesome experience. I met a bunch of really cool wrestlers and learned a bunch of really cool moves. The atmosphere here is very energetic and exciting. The level of competition is incredible.

"It definitely shows me what I need to strive for as a wrestler."

Thoreson, a lifelong Woodinville native, will attend Central Washington University in the fall and will continue to wrestle at the next level.