Inglemoor’s Melissa Harris, left, battles for the ball with Woodinville’s Aly Johnston at midfield. Photo by Don Mann.
It was a non-conference game that mattered little in the overall picture, but it was opening night at home and you want to set a tone.
Plus it was a rivalry game, where anything can happen.
Despite the absence of at least a half-dozen veteran players — some ineligible, some injured, and some away at a concert — the Woodinville girls’ soccer team beat Inglemoor 4-1 at home on Wednesday.
“We survived,” coach Sully Hester said. “We had to cancel the JV game just to have the numbers to play a varsity game.”
Hester had his starting front six in place, and the veterans did brisk business against a young Viking squad.
Senior Audrey Phillips gained control of a loose ball at midfield and served a sweet dish inside to Christine Horne, cutting from the left.
Horne carried it one tap to her right and fired a shot into the left corner for a score 19 minutes in.
Three minutes later, striker Reagan Quigley ran down a forward pass into the deep right corner and sent a cross that somehow got massaged by the soccer gods to find its way into the net, sneaking over the goalkeeper’s head, for an unassisted goal and a 2-0 lead. Junior Sophie Chakalo then scored, unassisted, after digging out a loose ball in the middle — found space, turned and fired — and it was 3-zip at the half.
Inglemoor got on the board off a set piece after a Falcon foul, as Juliette Pisani knocked in a direct kick from 25 yards out.
“Great shot,” Hester said. “She placed it right up there in the corner.”
Then Chakalo, the junior sniper, scored again off a feed by Quigley to make it 4-1 before the clock ran out.
“Our midfield looked awfully good,” Hester said, noting the play of Phillips, Horne and Haley Fay, who dominated the pitch. “We were missing some folks but it was good for the swing (JV) players to come up and get a sniff.”
Kyle Adkins reaches out for the extra yard after running a reverse. Photo by Don Mann.
With the dreary lights of the state penitentiary looming in the distance as a grim backdrop, the Woodinville Falcons put a punishing 35-0 beat down on the Monroe Bearcats at their place to win its second straight game of the young season — both convincing no-doubters on the road.
And no Falcon applied a bigger whipping stick than Cody Bauman, who returned an interception — his first of two — for a 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter and scored again on a fumble recovery from 36 yards out in the third.
Not a bad night for a kid playing a new position, moving from corner to strong safety to accentuate his tackling skills.
“Oh, man, it was a blast out there,” said the senior blaster, who was in the right place at the right time all night. “Coaches have been telling me what to do and I’ve been working hard ... our whole team’s been working really hard. Our D ... we always want to come in to get the goose egg — and we got one tonight.”
Woodinville, receiving the opening kickoff, scored on its first possession as Alec Schwend capped a 13-play drive with a 2-yard TD plunge, keyed by receptions from John Villasenor — one for 10 yards and another for 30.
Monroe moved the ball on its first possession in front of its raucous crowd but could not convert: A fake field goal on 4th down--a surprise run — was snuffed out by Devin McKee and Trey Fornelius and Woodinville took over as Monroe’s crowd chilled.
The Falcons scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, and two more in the third, to gain an overwhelming 35-zip lead that would stand up. And their defense locked down the Bearcats, to extend its shutout streak to its last six quarters of football.
Alec Schwend, right, gets a block from Peter Kim (79) and turns the corner against Monroe. Photo by Don Mann.
“We’re athletic and we can run,” coach Wayne Maxwell said. “Our kids just fly to the ball and they know that. We do it at practice every day and it’s been translating to the game.”
Bauman’s second tally came after a smashing hit by Sawyer Whalen, and he gobbled up the loose ball in stride, shedding a tackler on his way to the end zone.
“We do the scoop-and-score drill every day in practice,” he said, “and it just went perfectly.”
Linebacker Branden Shrout also had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Schwend ran it only 13 times for 67 yards, but scored two TDs and made a highlight reel interception in the back of the end zone — ripping an apparent touchdown catch away from his man.
Beau Vintertun caught five passes for 121 yards, including a key 4th down 39-yarder that led to Woodinville’s 21-0 lead right before the half, before he gathered in a 4-yarder over the middle in the end zone for a touchdown.
Said Vintertun: “That 4th down play, Kyle (Adkins) gave me a good block and I worked it back and got it down to the four (yard line). Gotta give the credit to the O-line. Without them, nothing’s possible. No one on this team cares what the stats are ... we’re all working together and we’re a real team this year ... We’re all one.”
Senior co-captain Jake Hollister, a good soldier and a leader on both sides of the line, was asked about the team’s early success: “We’re just really hungry at practice every day. It’s definitely been a good season so far and it’s been fun. I expect big things from here on out.”
Woodinville (2-0) has outscored its two opponents 66-10.
They host Redmond in their home opener at Pop Keeney Stadium this Friday. The Mustangs (0-2) have allowed a combined 87 points in losses to Juanita and Lake Washington.
Courtesy photo Snoqualmie Valley Cascade FC won the 2011 Island Cup tournament, held August 26-28, in the boys’ U10 division on Bainbridge Island. (Left to right: back row) assistant coach Michael Lucas, assistant coach Ben Britton, head coach Peter Rackers; (second row) Calvin Leffard, Joshua Laupmanis, Banner Hovinga, Carlos Danysh, George Strunk, Gavin Britton, Dawson Cairns; (Front row) Rex Rackers, Devin Maeda, Hogan Chase, Trent Lucas, Landon Scott. Not pictured: Stefan Beattie
Global Spectrum recently announced that more than 300 of the world’s best gymnasts will head to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since 1995 when the Comcast Arena at Everett plays host to the 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, March 16-18. Men’s and women’s gymnastics will be held in the Comcast Arena at Everett, with rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline at the Comcast Community Ice Rink. Allsession tickets are on sale at ComcastArenaEverett.com.
Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny and legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi attended the official announcement in the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center this morning.
“The 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships is a wonderful opportunity for Everett to get an international closeup,” said Stephanson. “Eyes from around the globe will be on us as Everett becomes the center of the gymnastics world for a few days next spring.”
“Hosting an event of this stature is a huge honor for the state of Washington and the city of Everett,” said Gregoire. “It not only allows Washingtonians to be a part of the road to the 2012 Olympics in London, but it also will be a boost for local hotels, restaurants and shopkeepers. This event will bring the world to Washington’s door.”
“The Pacific Rim Championships will be the largest international gymnastics event held in the state of Washington since the 1990 Goodwill Games,” said Penny. “The character of the Pacific Rim is so alive in the Seattle/Everett area, which provides the perfect backdrop to host athletes from all over this region. This event will be a showcase of some of the world’s top talent as we get ready for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”
The three-day event is expected to feature athletes from more than 14 countries, including Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, competing in men’s, women’s and rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline.
While the Seattle area has held three major gymnastics events, this is the first time Everett will stage a gymnastics event of this stature. The gymnastics competition at the 1990 Goodwill Games was staged in Tacoma, and Seattle was the site for the 1995 American Cup and 1973 women’s national championships.
All session tickets range from $110 to $250 (including facility fees) and are available online through www.ComcastArenaEverett.com; or through participating area gymnastics clubs. Visa is the preferred method of payment. For more information, go to www.usagym.org/events.
The event will officially start with an opening ceremony sponsored by the Tulalip Resort Casino. The tentative competition schedule is: March 16, team and all-around finals for women’s gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics; March 17, men’s team and allaround finals and rhythmic gymnastics individual event finals; and March 18, men’s and women’s individual event finals and men’s and women’s trampoline preliminary and final rounds. Everett Community College is an ancillary facility for the event.
Last year the Woodinville volleyball team placed fourth at the Class 4A state tournament — its best finish in school history by far— and the Lady Falcons are back to take another run at it.
But first things first for fourth-year coach Mike Mills, as last year is just a fond memory.
"Right now we’re still figuring out who our setter’s going to be," he said of the critical position that sets the offense in motion. "We have three players battling for that spot right now and we’ll learn more after we play a couple preseason games."
Mills, however, has the luxury of one sure thing: Ali Forde is back for her senior year, good for the coach and a big problem for the rest of the KingCo conference.
The 6 foot, 2 inch wrecking ball was first team all-state last season — the only junior between the Puget Sound and the Idaho border to earn the honor — and according to Mills has gotten better.
"She can hit outside, hit middle, she can pass and serve and plays great defense up front and in the back," he said. "She’s an all-around player without a doubt, and she’ll be on the court a lot. We have high expectations for her and she has high goals for herself."
Always a leader by example, Forde now steps into a more vocal leadership role with the void left by the graduation of Melissa Gilkey and Carmen Vasilatos, a role she can handle, Mills said.
"Oh yeah, what’s driving her right now is she just wants the team to succeed. She had a lot of fun last year ending state on a high note, not just being a great player but having her team play along at that great level, too."
Seniors Ashtyn Mann, Kelsea Orren and Jen Schnelle all dipped their toes in the state tournament waters and are slated for the starting lineup.
"Ashtyn’s 6-2, will play in the middle, strong, great vertical, getting her angles down," Mills said. "Kelsea is vying for the setter position, played a lot of backcourt for us last year but can play anywhere. And we moved Jen to libero this year. She was a setter but now it’ll be a full time defensive gig for her. She played a lot of defense at state and we’re real excited about what she’s turned into as a senior."
Senior Andie Kelly and juniors Hailey Chapman and Maddy Young appear to have the inside track to be the other starters, Mills said, though nothing was set in stone before even the jamboree was played.
Kelly’s a competitive 6-footer who’s made great strides, Chapman is a high-jumping outside hitter who can set, too, and Young, Mills said, "might surprise some people this year." Also in the mix at setter is junior Brooke Wiley, who played a bit at state as a sophomore serving specialist and gained some big-game experience.
What does Mills like best about this group?
"The neat thing is they really get along well together," he said. "There’s a natural chemistry that clicks. Things have been very smooth so far which is cool, and never a given with teenagers."
The Lady Falcons jump right into the frying pan, traveling to traditional powerhouses Edmonds-Woodway and Graham-Kapowsin this week and then participating in the Adidas Tournament at Auburn-Mountainview to face quality opponents before KingCo play begins.
The big question right now is who will establish herself at setter, and this time next week Mills will have a much better idea of who can put the ball in the window consistently. So far, he likes what he sees on defense.
"I feel we’re ahead defensively right now of where we were (the sametime) last year — which was a pretty good team but we struggled a bit early.
"We just need to play some other teams. There’s only so much you can learn playing against yourself."