Coach Annie Price ‘overjoyed’ by team’s dedication and results

  • Written by ek Johnson, Sports Writer

WHS Swim01Photo by Erin Belzer. Woodinville swimmers await their chance to perform in the 400 Freestyle Relay at the 2013 State Tourney. From left to right: Katie Davidson, Abby Webb, Dominique Yoder and Taylor Bingea. Annie Price brimmed with enthusiasm while discussing the recently completed season for her girls’ swim team. With her Woodinville coaching tenure stretching back to 2007, this was the best squad she’s fielded.  

"We were 7-1 in the dual meet season, which is a first in many years," Price said. "We took 14 girls to State. It was an all around phenomenal season."

Thirty-seven girls filled out the roster overall, and among the notables, Dominique Yoder led the charge. The senior repeatedly broke the school record in the 100 Meter Breaststroke, with her State tourney performance in November recording a time of 1:06.46. She also finished 6th at State.

"Dominique has some serious talent and broke the Woodinville breast stroke record that went back to 1990," Price said. "She shattered it. She’s a huge talent. She really helped carry the team."

Price also singled out some other swimmers on the squad. "Katie Davidson was another one who was a very strong competitor," she said. "Sarah Davidson is a sophomore and she did a phenomenal job in her 500 event. She got 8th so she was on podium. Taylor Bingea did a great job. And Abby Webb is not a swimmer by trade, she’s a gymnast. But she helped to carry the team’s relay into State by being the fastest freestyler."

When asked about who improved the most, Price again cited Sarah Davidson.

"Sarah constantly strives for great swims and best times," Price said. "During post season she dropped 12 seconds in her 500 yard freestyle, making the state time at District Prelims - finishing 4th at District Finals and 8th at State Finals."

When it was said and done, Woodinville finished 19th at State overall.

"I’m overjoyed by the amount of hard work and dedication that they showed this year," Price said.

2013 Woodinville Girls Swim Team Roster:

Emily Allen, Taylor Bingea, Jessica Bruce, Abigail Carson, Daphne Chalmers, Baylie Collins, Kathryn Davidson, Sarah Davidson, Megan Davis, Rachael Davis, Hailey Dice, Maggie Dice, Rylee Downs, Brittney Glessner, Ashley Glinn, Emily Hamlin, Parker Hicks, Caitlyn Hillis, Sarah Houck, Taylor Ingrum, Samantha Jensen, Erika Kelso, Danielle Knapik, Tanya Kumar, Mallori Lindberg, Nicole Malec, Jordan Matthews, Sammy Reynolds, Laine Roark, Rachael Roberts, Marisa Savage, Erika Sundstrom, Sarah Voels, Abby Webb and Dominique Yoder.

Ryan Christensen signs LOI with Wisconsin; season opens at Roosevelt

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer

WrestlersCourtesy Photo. Woodinville wrestlers (left to right): Dalton Mann, Everett Bingisser and Ryan Christensen at the recent Pacific Junior Open tourney in Oregon. These are busy times for Woodinville coach Todd Christensen and his Falcon wrestlers.

With the new season on the verge of starting, Christensen’s son Ryan just inked a Letter of Intent to wrestle next year for the University of Wisconsin. He will receive a full ride scholarship.   

"Ryan narrowed it down to five schools," coach Christensen said. "It was Michigan, Stanford, Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He really enjoyed the coaching staff and the team there at Wisconsin. He felt like it was a place where he can do well.

"He wants to study mechanical engineering and they have a good program there. So he felt like it would be a good place for school goals as well.

"He also liked Madison," Christensen said. "He liked the climate there. Not necessarily the weather, but the attitude of the people and the way they are around there. We are very happy as a family as well. Very excited."

As for the current Woodinville wrestling team, the Falcons open the season against Roosevelt this Thursday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. at Roosevelt High School.

The Woodinville Weekly will be there to report on the results.  

Reasons for optimism abound, as evidenced when the Falcons recently sent three wrestlers to a pre-season tournament in Oregon.

"They went down to the Pacific Junior Open," Christensen said. "A very competitive tournament; kids from all over Oregon and Washington show up. Everett Bingisser won his weight class (at 165 pounds). Ryan won his weight class (at 195 pounds). Dalton Mann didn’t place, but he wrestled very well against very high level competition. He won two matches with a pin and a major decision."

Looking at the big picture, Christensen is fired up.

"It’s shaping up to be a pretty good year," he said. "Cole Morrison and Ridge Peterson and those guys wrestled all summer long pretty much on their own, and lifted.

"They’re very excited for the year. Every team gets twelve practices to get there and to get the sophomores up to speed, and that’s what we’re doing right now."

It all kicks off Thursday night.

Alek Kacmarcik looks back at shortened senior season

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer

KacmarcikPhoto by Deb Stemmerman. Woodinville running back Alek Kacmarcik rushed for 195 yards in the win over Palmer of Alaska to open the 2013 campaign. He was averaging 7.6 yards per carry at the time of his season-ending injury. "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘it might have been.’"

That dusty old phrase flitted through my mind on October 31st, as I stood along the Woodinville sideline and watched the final moments of the season evaporate.

It was a crushing loss to Newport, and injured running back/safety Alek Kacmarcik walked past me, wearing a sling and looking crestfallen.

He had been injured in the fourth game of the year against Inglemoor and never returned to the field.

When fellow running back Wyatt Smith was felled by injury a couple weeks later, the Falcons had lost the heart and soul of their offensive production. And after a 4-1 start, Woodinville’s season quietly expired at 5-4.

But the year had started with such promise, with a resounding 42-7 win over Palmer of Alaska.

"The Palmer game was a pretty sweet game," Kacmarcik said. "Wyatt had an amazing run where he got hit in the backfield and spun away from it and for a 57 yard touchdown run. Together, we had over 300 yards rushing. Wyatt had about 150 and I had about 180 (actually 195). We had built and developed a special connection in the off season. We worked out together from a week after the previous season had ended. We had put in so much time together and hard work and effort. After that game, going back to our hotel, we were like ‘Hey, that paid off!’  The jubilation of seeing the hard work pay off. Kind of the band of brothers aspect."

Looking ahead, Woodinville players felt greatness was in the offing.

"We were really excited," Kacmarcik said. "We thought we had a great team and some good chemistry. We thought it would be another year to make a run for it. Alaska was a chance to show what we had. We thought it was going to be another big season."

Following a blowout win over Mariner, Woodinville faced hard-hitting Newport. Not only did the Falcons suffer a tough loss to the Knights, but events portended badly for Kacmarcik.

"I stiff armed a guy and my shoulder got jerked back at a funny angle," he said. "It popped out and then back in."

A week later against Inglemoor, it ended for Kacmarcik.

"They ran a stretch play and I came up from the safety spot," he said. "I came up to deliver a hit. As soon as I delivered the blow, everything gave out. Instead of me driving through him, I just kind of rolled over. I got that numb feeling at first, and dangling (arm). This time it had popped out but wasn’t going back in.

"I went to the trainer and they were diagnosing what happened. All I wanted them to do was have it put back in (the socket). Then as I was lying on the table it slid back in. At first it was painful, and then the dreaded feeling of ‘what is next?’"

It was determined Kacmarcik had torn his labrum. It was too weak and vulnerable for him to play football, and his season ended.

Doctors performed surgery October 31st, and Kacmarcik is expected to fully recover. 

"It was hard to have worked so hard for something and have it end abruptly," Kacmarcik said. "But life goes on."

Indeed it does. On Tuesday November 26th, Kacmarcik gave his verbal commitment to play football for Eastern Washington University. 

The Woodinville Weekly will follow up with Alek next season to see how he’s doing.


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Woodinville baseball player named to U.S. Goodwill Series roster

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Baseball PlayerPhoto by Kit Carlson. Woodinville’s Grant South was the only player from the state of Washington named to the Goodwill Series final roster.Grant South, a 14-year- old catcher and pitcher from Woodinville, has been named to the final roster of baseball players representing the United States in next month’s Goodwill Series in Adelaide, Australia.

The tournament, which will run from December 19-31, is designed to help players prepare for future careers as  baseball players, either at the collegiate or professional levels, grooming them to stay in top physical and mental condition for daily competition.

The U. S. team will compete against the State Team Australia baseball players, noted as being some of the best players in the country, including professional and Olympic-level players.

South was one of 15 players selected from across America by pro scouts and was the only one tabbed from the state of Washington.

"I am really excited because my dream is to play in major league baseball and I think this will take me one step closer," South said. "I also think it’s cool that it’s in Australia, because my dad grew up there for a couple years. So it will be cool to see where he once lived."

As a freshman from The Bear Creek School in Redmond, South currently plays for the 16U Kirkland Merchants Select Baseball team and is set to play on the Growls, a combined Bear Creek School/Overlake School team this spring.

Rijo Athletics in Woodinville has clocked his fastball at 84 M.P.H, and South has developed a good curveball to keep hitters off-balanced.

The Woodinville youngster has been involved in baseball from an early age, and he names Robinson Cano as his favorite major league player.

South also cited one other added benefit to the trip.

"It’s summertime down there right now," he said. "So it will be nice to get into some warm weather."


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Woodinville’s U-16 Team Vortex wins District Championship

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VortexChamps-102-5x7Photo by Carol Hook. Woodinville’s Team Vortex: Back row: Coach Brent Miller, Emma Glover, Fina Short, Kendria Zard, Abby Freid, Natalie Knoles, Krista Adams, Mondona Behroozian, Natalia Girling, Jordan Matthews, coach Mike Adams. Middle row: Kirann Gable, Ali Ostlund, Lizzy Holt, Sam Hook, Lauren Matheson, Maddy Walker. Front row: Coach Annie Holt. Not pictured: Sierra Block.Once again, Team Vortex has won the Washington state Youth Soccer Federation District 2 Championship. And come December, the Woodinville-based squad will defend its state championship when they play a yet-to-be determined opponent at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.

"The girls have been a very cohesive unit throughout the year, cheering for each other, whether we’re winning or losing," head coach Mike Adams said.

The Vortex have amassed a 12-1-1 record and have outscored opponents by an astonishing 62-12. According to Adams, the 4.4 goals per game average is due to an attack style of play.

"We definitely play aggressively on the offensive end," he said. "We try to bring our defenders up as much as we can without running a lot of risks. But we put a lot of responsibility on our goalkeeper."

That goalkeeper would be Mondona "Mondy" Behroozian; and according to her, that style of play suits her just fine.

"It is kind of nerve racking," Behroozian said. "But our defense is usually pretty good about it. So I usually don’t get too many shots taken on me, because our defense is like a strong wall. But when there are breakaways, I like to come out and take a chance and go for the ball. It’s just fun. We always like to have fun on the team."

To date, the team’s biggest challenge surfaced in the district championship game against the Wolf Pack.

"We were losing 1-0 at the half," Adams said. "We had gotten a few shots on the goal but hadn’t been able to muster the same amount of pressure on their defense that we usually do. The girls got themselves together (at halftime) and talked about how we are a second half team. We were very confident going into the second half. And we won 3-1."

A big part of the team’s resiliency, according to Adams, is how the players always have each other’s back and stay positive in the face of adversity.

"I’ve been playing with this group of girls pretty much since the 1st grade, and I’m now in 10th grade," Emma Glover said. "But I actually go to a different school, so I don’t get to interact with them as much and only get to see them in soccer. But the thing is they’re such amazing people. They’re always saying hi to me and talking to me, and they’re all so welcoming."

"It’s just a fun team," Behroozian added. "Our favorite thing is to have fun. We’re always silly at practice but once we get to the game, we put on our game face and stay focused and we usually pull through."