WHS gymnasts on their way

  • Written by Mary Templeman-Smith

WHS gymnastics
Photo by Nicole Boyd Team members are Julie Tollifson, Megan McCallum, Alex Puri, Madison Engel, Candace Nelson, Kate Bailey, Katherine Smith, Tessa King, Emily Paratore, Kara Barton, Mackenzie Vigil, Sabrina Nelson and Samantha Jensen.

Woodinville High School has an outstanding gymnastics team this year. They beat the 2011 state champions, Newport, on January 5, 2012. They are 4-1 in the regular season gymnasts on the team.

They are coached by Kimberly Fleming, Kennedy Gibson and Nicole Boyd.

Lady Falcons blast Ballard by 25

  • Written by Don Mann
Woodinville senior forward Diedre Miller, who grabbed nine rebounds, drives inside against Ballard. Photo by Don Mann.
One of these days, perhaps this Saturday at Inglemoor, the Woodinville girls’ basketball will actually face a challenge.

But that was not the case Friday, as the Lady Falcons put a 52-27 thumping on the Lady Beavers for its eighth straight win, upping its record to 11-0, 15-1 overall.

Woodinville scored 20 points in the third quarter — four more than Ballard scored in three periods combined — to grab a 44-16 lead before coach Scott Bullock emptied the bench.

Ali Forde led the way with 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Kim Frost added 12.

“Kim had a great overall floor game,” Bullock said. “No turnovers handling the ball almost the entire night, and some great finishes in transition.”

The Lady Falcons made 15 steals, including five by Forde. “She filled up the stat sheet once again,” Bullock said. “Just an amazing athlete.”

Bullock was pleased that 10 players got minutes and all 10 scored.

“Diedre Miller was a big factor on the defensive boards with nine rebounds, and Mackenzie Campbell had another solid defensive effort holding their best player to three points.”

Woodinville hosts Bothell (0-10, 0-15) on Wednesday before traveling to Inglemoor (8-2, 12-3) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. skirmish. The Lady Vikings, riding an eight-game winning streak of its own, ripped Roosevelt at home Friday 63-31 behind 19 points from Taylor Peacocke and 15 by Chay Fuller.

Seven weeks ago Woodinville pulled out a last-minute 43-40 win at home against Inglemoor in a game

Viking coach John Augustavo surely has not forgotten.

Falcons emerge on the mat at Vikings’ house

  • Written by Don Mann
Woodinville’s Jake Hollister, top, defeated Inglemoor’s Ben Carson 6-4 in overtime of a 220-pound bout. Photo by Don Mann.
Like the Inglemoor wrestling announcer kept saying, it was a backyard brawl.

In the end Woodinville prevailed in a bit of an upset, and Viking grapplers appeared disgruntled as a team — some more than others — while rolling up the mats at home after a 35-32 team loss to its crosstown rivals.

Toward the end of a spirited and highly competitive meet, it came down to the battle of the big boys — Woodinville’s Jason Burroughs and Inglemoor’s  Andrew Stocker at 285 plus pounds with the scoreboard tied at 26-apiece.

It was no thriller as the behemoths hand-fought only and pushed each other around the mat like big bears who were reluctant to leave their feet.

Burroughs survived the slow dance with a 1-0 victory, putting the Falcons up 29-26.

And then the contest got technically funky, as Inglemoor sent out a 106-pounder with no response from Woodinville to go up 32-29 on a forfeit.

The Falcons, knowing the Vikings had no 113-pounder, sent out a body for another forfeit, and grabbed the win 35-32.

A win on paper — not the mat.

“I’ve got a whole lot of respect for Shaker (Culpepper) and their coaching staff, but that was a tough way to lose the match,” Vikings first-year head coach Paul Schulfer later said.

“But, hey, I guess that was good strategy by them. For us, tonight some guys underperformed.”

Woodinville senior 120-pounder A.J. Dedios dominated the opening match 21-11 to set a tone, Zach Gracia pitched a shutout at 126 and Garrett Foss followed with a pin at 132 to make it 14-0 Falcons.

“We knew in the lighter weights they have some experienced guys and we were inexperienced, but thought that not getting pinned was a way to win the match. We thought our heavier guys would come through.”

Didn’t happen on Tuesday in Kenmore.

Although highly-regarded Gabe Seward manhandled his opponent at 138 for a 13-1 major decision and Ian Bedo also won a 13-4 decision handily, they did not win by fall and failed to gain major match points.

Woodinville’s Wyatt Smith won a big 13-9 decision at 152 over Brandon Hernan and then Ryan Christensen competed.

It was a no-doubter as the deadly sophomore pinned his man in 25 seconds to push the Falcon lead to 23-8, as well as his personal record to 31-0.

Inglemoor responded with three straight pins: Sam Gastineau over Lucas Blasdell, Mark Johnson over a game Cole Stemmerman and Josh Koukal over Colby Carlson to go up 26-23.

But Woodinville’s Jake Hollister, at 220, won a nail-biter over nemesis Ben Carson, 6-4 in overtime.

The two beefy bulldogs were scoreless after one period, tied 3-3 after two and notched again at 4-apiece after three, with Carson gaining a late point at the 0:10 mark after Hollister’s two so-called stalls elicited one critical point from the referee.

Nonetheless, Jake’s takedown 11 seconds into overtime gave him the win.

“Since junior high we’ve wrestled 10 times,” Hollister later said. “We know each other really well and it’s gone back and forth. We’ll meet again.”

Culpepper was pleased to get out of the Inglemoor gym with a team win.

“They’re a really good squad but once we won that heavyweight match we knew we had a chance,” the 15-year Falcon coach said. “It’s a great rivalry and it seems like over the last 10 years it’s always close — no matter who’s the more talented team ... They’ve beaten us and we’ve beaten them. There’s something to be said for that rivalry thing.”

The KingCo wrestling championships begin Friday, Feb. 3 at Issaquah High School and anything can happen.

Ballard boys shoot the lights out at Woodinville

  • Written by Don Mann
Boys Basketball
Photo by Don Mann Woodinville junior forward John Villasenorworks the baseline.
Ballard came in having lost five KingCo games in a row, its offense in a funk.Woodinville was coming off a stunning 60-58 upset win over Garfield. Yet the Beavers would shoot 53 percent from the floor and 63 percent from behind the arc (10-of-16) en route to a 68-57 win over the Falcons on Friday at WHS.

Go figure. Ballard’s 6-4 junior John Verduin had a monster game with 27 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. Verduin just happens to be the nephew of Woodinville coach Jamie Rowe.

“He’s a nice player and he lit it up tonight,” Rowe said. “But 16 boards? Are you kidding me? We didn’t box out.”

The Beavers  out-rebounded the Falcons 33-20. Robbie Jackson led Woodinville (3-8, 5-11) with 13 points but misfired on 11 of 16 shots from the floor. Tommy Wick scored 11 and Jake Miller added 10 for the Falcons, who host Bothell on Wednesday.

Friday was a tough night for the Northshore schools. Bothell (5-5, 9-6) was beaten 59-52 at Garfield. Inglemoor, firmly entrenched in the KingCo Crown division basement at 1-9, 5-10 overall, absorbed a 65-48 shellacking at home against Roosevelt.

Cougars nip Falcons 46-45

  • Written by Don Mann
Woodinville’s Robbie Jackson, right, hassles Bothell’s Zach LaVine late in the game. Photo by Don Mann.
It wasn’t exactly Friday night lights stuff, with hometown Bothell (6-5 overall) hosting Woodinville (4-9) on the hardcourt — two basketball teams struggling to find themselves in a season that’s getting away — but there was some intrigue.

Bothell scoring sensation Zach LaVine, leading KingCo at 25 points per game, just might go off for a bundle.

He did not.

Hounded by Robbie Jackson all night, the celebrated junior delivered merely 10 points, shooting 3-of-16 from the floor. The 6-1 guard misfired on his first six attempts from the floor: three jumpers, two layups and a rare dunk attempt that bounced off the rim.

But shooters keep shooting, and LaVine knocked down a shot just in front of the Snohomish County line to give the Cougars a 16-10 first quarter lead.

Bothell, behind Perrion Callandret’s 15 points and 13 rebounds, defeated Woodinville at home 46-45 in a game that really wasn’t that close.

You had to be there.

With four minutes left in the fourth quarter Bothell led 41-36, and the Falcons seemed to have a chance.

But both teams went scoreless for the next two minutes of crunch-time, exchanging turnovers and missed shots.

Bothell couldn’t find the bucket and Woodinville’s Quinten Parker, off a sweet feed from Jackson, made a layup inside and was fouled. His free throw missed and the score was 42-40 with a minute left.

Bothell’s Derek Pinder sank a runner with the shot clock winding down to make it 44-40 and the Falcons threw the ball away on its next possession.

Woodinville used up all its fouls to give until fouling LaVine, who drained both freebies to make it 46-40 with 20 ticks left.

Tommy Wick, not a driver, was fouled on a jumper at 0:09 and made both shots to make it 46-42. LaVine was fouled and missed his foul shot at 0:08.

Jake Miller knocked down a three-ball at the one-second mark to make it a one-pointer.

The old-fashioned inbounds play by Bothell found Aaron Wilks streaking deep in the frontcourt to close it.

Neither coach was particularly proud.

Said Bothell’s Ron Bollinger: “We couldn’t make a basket. We feel lucky to get out of here with a win.”

On LaVine’s tough night he said the following: “When he struggles, we struggle as a team and it slows down our offense. Fortunately other guys picked us up.”

Said Rowe of Jackson, who scored 12, had six assists and seven rebounds: “Robbie brought it, especially on defense. We had our chances.”