Tony Miller is but 15 years old, a growing boy. Baby faced, but standing 6’4” tall. A burgeoning talent at the small forward position, careening toward the big time via his exploits on the basketball court.
In the world of prep basketball, Miller is quite possibly the best kept secret in the Pacific Northwest. But word’s starting to get out: He was recently named 1st team All-KingCo. He became the first sophomore in Woodinville history to be named to the team. In fact, he became the first Falcon EVER to be so honored.
A couple weeks ago, Woodinville coach Dani Weir passed out questionnaires to her players. It was part of an annual effort to gauge their goals heading into the new softball season. One aspect of it caused her to furrow a brow.
“The first thing I noticed was the difference from last year,” she said. “Everyone’s goal last year was to win State. This year, only one person wrote down “Win State”. Yes, we have a few key players gone, but it certainly doesn’t mean that we don’t have a shot at State and a shot at that title.”
File photo by Derek Johnson. Woodinville coach Nathan Davis (standing) looks on during last year’s disappointing season.With a week to go before Woodinville’s season opener vs. Meadowdale, coach Nathan Davis is embracing change.
Following last year’s 3-11 record, there’s a fresh new attitude, a new philosophy, and a champion wrestler now serving as a new goalie.
“We’ve obviously got to improve on our record from last year,” Davis said. “Last year was a disappointment and I think the guys involved this year would probably agree with me.” A handful of seniors will lead the way for Woodinville, including Isaac Bailey, Eric Erstad, Ionatan Kuperwajs and Trevor Dickey. A pleasing influx of new talent has also joined the club, including a sophomore class that Davis said is the best he’s seen in a decade of coaching.
Pete Surrette photo. Woodinville basketball coach Scott Bullock (kneeling) was proud of his players’ efforts this season. Author Norman Maclean might have been haunted by waters, but if Woodinville basketball coach Scott Bullock is to be haunted by anything this off-season, it shall be by visions of Inglemoor’s front court. The towering trio of Deja Strother, Kennedy Nicholas and Alex Hagen all stood 6’1” or taller, and dealt undersized Woodinville three tough losses. Inglemoor proved to be the primary obstacle to Woodinville winning KingCo and going to State.
But to anyone watching Woodinville this year, the Lady Falcons always put on an entertaining show and proved to be a tenacious, run-and-gun squad that was well-coached. In the final analysis, they went 10-4 in KingCo play and 14-9 overall.
“During league play we were solid,” Bullock said. “Aside from Inglemoor, we had great games against all the other teams. It was a fun season, the girls played well.”
When asked of the season’s highlights, Bullock referenced the January 31st game against Eastlake. The Lady Falcons played flawless basketball that night en route to an 81-69 triumph. “Eastlake was one of the top teams in our league, and that win was one of the highlights of our season,” Bullock said. “Those games are the kind you remember forever. I’m sure the girls will remember that game for a long time.”
It was early January, and the most recent edition of The Woodinville Weekly was out. An article written by yours truly included the following paragraph: “For the Woodinville Boys swim team, circumstances and limited resources have neutered this season of much of its motivation. With a shortage of participants, the Falcons enter each meet virtually doomed to defeat. Stacked against other teams with much larger rosters, it’s a numbers game, as Woodinville’s 0-3 record attests.”