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Road warriors win again

  • Written by Don Mann
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Wyatt Smith, who would rush for 120 yards on 10 carries and score two touchdowns, zips through the line in the first quarter, behind blocks by Sean Willie, left, and Colin Messner, right, during Woodinville’s 37-12 victory at Mariner High School in Everett on Friday. Staff photo/Don Mann
Coming into the season, Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell talked about a young football team looking to find its identity.

After its one-sided 37-12 victory at Mariner High School — its second consecutive road win right out of the gate — it appears the Falcons are finding one.

“We’re getting there,” Maxwell said. “I think we’ve shown that we’re tough, physically tough and mentally tough. Tonight on offense we had good clock management when we needed it, and on defense we got stops when we needed them. So far we’ve responded well to pressure and that’s good to see.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Woodinville erupted for 24 second quarter points, beginning with a 44-yard burst up the gut by Alec Kacmarcik, who broke at least four tackles along the way, scattering Marauders like bowling pins.

On their next possession the Falcons marched 99 yards on nine plays for another score and it was a thing of beauty: Wyatt Smith from the one for a huge 27 yards on the first play; Niko Llera for 11 and again for 4; pass to Drew Accimus for 19; quarterback keep by Will Jack for 4; Smith again for 20; pass to Accimus again for 10.

An incompletion halted the pattern before Smith bounced in from the six to make it 14-zip, stunning the home crowd and leaving the Marauder defense shaking its heads, hands on hips, heaving heavily and looking for clues.

Woodinville’s defense then forced a three-and-out. A weak punt was fair-caught at midfield and seven plays later Smith cashed in again to make it 21-zip with two minutes remaining in the half.

Yet the Falcons were not finished. Their defense was stellar and stiffened on three straight Mariner running plays to force a punt on a 4th-and-16 — including a delay of game penalty on the home team.

With small change left on the clock, tick, tick, tick …, Smith, behind eager blockers, returned a punt 36 yards down to the Mariner 16-yard line and Conner Zaback drilled a 33-yard field goal with three seconds left to bump it to 24-0, sticking a fork into the Marauders.

Because they were done, fighting amongst themselves, and the second half was merely window dressing.

On the night Woodinville ran it for 282 yards on 42 carries. Smith was 10 for 120, Llera was 11 for 98 and Kacmarcik was 5 for 71.

Junior quarterback Jack, subbing again for Caleb Hamilton, was 11-22 for 160 in the air, with no picks.The youngster has won the only two varsity games he’s started.

“He’s gaining great experience,” Maxwell said. “Good quality reps, meaningful reps. He’s young but he’s starting to take charge. His confidence has picked up and there was a difference from last week to this week. So that was great to see.”

Woodinville committed no turnovers. Zaback, meanwhile, produced another fine performance.

The senior kicker knocked all seven of his kicks — three field goals and four extra points — right between the eyes. Moreover, he launched five of seven kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

The Falcons host Newport at the Pop this Friday in its final non-league game before KingCo play begins against Inglemoor — Maxwell’s alma mater — on Sep. 21.

Falcons prevail in OT

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Woodinville junior Wyatt Smith rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Photo by Ron Pfaff.
Wyatt Smith scored on an 11-yard run in overtime and Alek Kacmarcik came up with a game-sealing

interception as Woodinville defeated Lakes 31-24 at Harry Land Stadium in Lakewood Friday.

Smith, a junior, rushed for 159 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns in his first varsity start.

Woodinville picked off five Lancer passes: three by Caleb Hamilton including one returned 47 yards for a

touchdown. Dane Hawkins had the other pick.

Junior Will Jack started at quarterback for Hamilton, who was still nursing a broken hand, and completed

eight of 20 passes for 73 yards with two interceptions.

Lakes took a 24-21 lead with nine minutes remaining but the Falcons' Connor Zaback kicked a clutch 39-

yard field goal with a minute remaining in regulation to tie it up.

Woodinville enjoyed good field position all night, returning four kickoffs for a combined 165 yards.

Parker Moore and Lee Wunderlich led the Falcons with seven solo tackles apiece.

Woodinville plays at Mariner High School this Friday.

Inglemoor falls in opener

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It was not the kind of opener Inglemoor was looking for:

thirteen penalties, two lost fumbles by its feature back and 11-of-29 completions by its combined

senior quarterbacks led to a 23-7 drubbing from crosstown rival Juanita at Bergh Field under a full moon

Friday night.

It was 7-7 at halftime, anybody's game.

But Inglemoor's Jake Jones, bulldogging his way up the right side on the fifth play of the third quarter,

got clobbered by a cluster of Rebels and coughed up the football.

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Inglemoor's Eric Strathy hauls in a first quarter reception at Juanita. Photo by Don Mann.
It was recovered by a defensive back for a scoop and score to make it 14-7 two minutes into the second

half.

And things got no better for the Vikes, as they were forced to punt quickly on their next possession.

On a third-and-3 at the 44-yard line, Juanita completed a short pass that went a long way -- broken

tackles -- down to the four yard line.

A short pass over the middle -- wide open to the same guy -- made it 20-7 with six minutes to go in the

third quarter.

Inglemoor had no response except for penalties that pushed them back.

Early in the fourth quarter, Hans Fortune completed a pass to Eric Strathy that went for 16 yards, but it

was deleted by a holding penalty and Inglemoor was forced to punt again.

The punt was fumbled and recovered by Jones as Inglemoor gained life with time running out.

Two plays later, Jones fumbled again and it was recovered by the Rebels.

Juanita's kicker then added a 39-yard field goal to bump up the score.

Inglemoor hosts Meadowdale this Thursday at Pop Keeney.

Lady Falcon soccer gets a breath of fresh air

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Brittany Greenback. Staff Photo.Don/Mann
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Christine Horne. Staff Photo/Don Mann
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Molly Stinson. Staff Photo/Don Mann
Girls (and boys!) soccer coach Sully Hester has been at Woodinville High School since, well … since there was a high school here.

He’s won a state championship, lost in the finals another time, and his girls seem to at least knock on the door almost every year. So he’s not prone to over-excitement.

But he’s pretty fired up this year about two new assistant coaches arriving on the scene: John Newberry, an accomplished goalkeeper specialist, and Nathan Davis, the new physics teacher at WHS who just happened to be the head man at Shorewood last season, coaching the Lady Thunderbirds to a 22-1 season.

Hester was also stoked about 53 girls turning out this season for high school soccer — maybe not the largest number ever but right up there, he said.

“It’s a big number,” Sully said, “biggest in a long time. We have a really strong sophomore class coming in from Timbercrest and Leota. A few juniors turned out who didn’t play last year, for whatever reason, and we return a strong JV group looking for playing time on varsity. It’s gonna be interesting.”

Little is set in stone at this point, but Hester acknowledged some absolute locks, beginning with senior goalie Molly Stinson.

“Our expectation is she’ll be the best in the league,” he said. “Last year she was maybe a little inexperienced at the varsity level but she came in highly touted — plays on a good (select) team up in Snohomish and played great for us. And the fact that she’s getting a personalized coach should really help.”

Stinson, tall, strong and athletic, is a Division I prospect. The “little” sister of former Falcon standout Maggie Stinson will be supported by an outstanding back line including sweeper Brittany Greenback, Chrissy Gonzalez and — perhaps — Christine Horne, who excelled at midfield for two years but asked to play defense her senior season.

“I’m not sold on it yet,” Hester said. “Those three would be a great back line — they’re not gonna be shocked and they know what’s going on — but Horne has the ability to score goals and I have other defenders. A lot depends on who emerges in the middle.”

Hester seems to be sure of junior center half Emily Neubert.

“Even though she’s not a real big girl, she plays a physical game and she’s so darn smart. Makes a lot of good decisions.” He said there were two or three more youngsters playing well there, including sophomore Rachel Schenk.

Hester likes to play a 3-5-2, from back to front, and said they may do that again.

“We have a ton of young kids fighting for those midfield positions. I can’t say at this point one is ahead of another and that will sort itself out soon.”

Up front it starts with senior Sophie Chakalo, who never met a shot she didn’t like and has led the team in goals for two years. Chakalo, with mad offensive skills, is another Division I prospect.

The other striker has yet to be determined.

“Behind Sophie are like six kids that could emerge,” Hester said. “Somebody’s gonna get that job and get to shoot, but I couldn’t tell you who that is right now. But I’ll say this: This sophomore class is remarkable and we’ve got people with good range and ability who will pull the trigger. We’ll have better firepower up front than we did last year, when we were hesitant.”

So what’s the overall vibe?

“These girls just love playing soccer and they really get along together. The young girls, it’s amazing how committed they are. We’re just really excited and the future looks bright.”

Woodinville travels to Lake Washington for a non-league opener Friday, then takes on Bothell next Tuesday at Pop Keeney for another non-leaguer.

New look for Falcon volleyball

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Brooke Wiley. Staff photo by Don Mann.
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Maddy Young. Staff photo by Don Mann.
Something seemed to be missing at Woodinville volleyball practice last week.

A big something.

After three years of absolutely tearing it up, Ali Forde was off to college and it just felt weird not to see her athletic 6-foot-2 frame bouncing around the gym.

But that’s high school sports, and life goes on.

“Yeah, Ali and Ashtyn Mann, too, were really instrumental in our success,” Falcon coach Mike Mills said.

“Both were all-league (Forde was all-everything), a big presence for us, big hitters and good leaders, too. But yeah, there seems to be a little hole out there,” he said with a chuckle.

Mills wanted to talk about this year.

“It’s just a different dimension. We’ve changed our philosophy on offense, and what we’re gonna do defensively, too.

“Because we don’t have as many big hitters as we’ve had in the past, so we’re looking at a little bit different Woodinville team. We’ll have to be a little more creative, understanding we may not side-out as quick as we did before.”

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Haley Chapman, l., and Francis Coughlin. Staff photo/Don Mann
It’s not like the cupboard is bare, as the Lady Falcons return four starters in senior captains Brooke Wiley, Haley Chapman, Maddy Young and Francis Coughlin.

Wiley’s the setter, Chapman and Young are outside hitters, and Coughlin is the libero.

“We return a lot of good experience with those four,” Mills said. “We maybe just don’t have the 6-2, 6-3 frame up front so it’s a different dynamic.”

Six-foot junior Courtney Smith will play in the middle, and juniors Erin Hamilton, Tynan Gable and Mackenzie Campbell — all basketball players — will get time on the court.

“We’re not tall but we have good experience and we’re really athletic and quick so we’ll get to a lot of balls,” Mills said. “Hopefully we can keep too many from falling on our side of the court.”

Mills’ squad will once again participate in the prestigious Adidas Invitational at Mountain View High in Auburn this Saturday, and will host powerhouse Graham-Kapowsin next Thursday at WHS.