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Cross Country Meet in South Whidbey on Oct. 5

  • Written by SUBMITTED BY Bruce McDowell

On Oct. 5 the Cross Country (CXC) squad competed at a regular season meet at South Whidby High School that involved all seven teams from our conference.  Since we ran at this course a couple weeks ago, it gave the athletes a chance to compare their performances.  It also gave our top athletes a the opportunity to compete on the District Championship course.

For those that pay atten-tion to such things, we did adopt a different strategy for this course.  Since the course has a difficult second mile due to a fairly substantial hill, we had our top runners back off the pace a little bit through the first mile.  That made the second mile split a little closer in time to the first mile.  It also led to a fast last mile for many of the athletes.
The girls squad came out ahead on the team points.  They were led by Elsie Dombek (1st), Alicia Krivanek (4th) and Kelly Hall (5th).  The boys squad also came out first in the team points.  They were led by Grant Van Valkenburg (1st), Ben Benson (2nd) and Brennan LeBlanc (8th).  Our athletes of the meet were Katelynn Wells (29 seconds faster than last time at S.Whidbey), Ben Norris (1:21 faster), Hayden Bhavsar (1:30 faster), Noah Pace (1:23 faster) and Kyle Stupfel (28 seconds faster).

Cross Country Meet in Portland on Sept. 30

  • Written by SUBMITTED BY Bruce McDowell

On Sept. 30, the CXC squad competed at the Nike Portland Cross Country  meet.  The meet was held at the Portland Meadows horse racing venue with the course running on the grass infield of the racetrack.  This meet is a big meet with almost 150 teams (over 5,000 runners) and was a new adventure for us.  Six states and a Canadian province were represented.  There were four varsity races for each gender plus a couple JV and class races.

We challenged our varsity squads by running them “up a division” in the Division 1 race instead of Division 2 which is where we were originally scheduled to run.  Our girls finished 18th out of the 30 teams.  Elsie Dombek was our top varsity finisher getting 20th in the Division 1 race.  Merging the results informally that put her about 70th place out of about 1400 runners.  Our boys finished 23rd out of the 30 teams.  And that was without Grant Van Valkenburg who ran as an individual in the Danner Championship race.  Grant finished 30th overall which put him 35th out of about 2400 runners in a merged situation.

For this meet, we took 34 runners.  18 of them had personal bests and another four had season bests.

There’s nothing dry about this stat guy

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Perhaps you’ve seen him at Pop Keeney Stadium. He sits in the top row, his laptop perched upon a rickety old table. Throughout the game, he jumps to his feet, binoculars trained upon the field. His face etched with determination to follow the football.

He’s 38-year old Andrew Strutzel --the Woodinville statistician. As brother-in-law to Falcon head coach Wayne Maxwell, Strutzel has been tracking the team’s stats for 14 seasons.
“Wayne asked me if I would be interested,” Strutzel said. “I thought it would be a fun way to spend Friday evenings. Because at that point I was 24 years old and it was before my wife Jenn and I had children. So we had some disposable time. Here we are 14 years later, and we have three daughters [Siena, Taea and Zoe] and a niece [Addison], and come to every game...There are lots of trips to the Dollar Store to get face paint and tutus.”

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Falcons tie Bothell in double overtime

  • Written by Derek Johnson

It was a seesaw game if ever there was one. The Woodinville Falcons trailed Bothell 2-1 in the second half, rallied to take a 3-2 lead, then surrendered a goal in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.

After two scoreless overtimes, the game was declared a tie. As of this writing, Woodinville is 4-3-1 while Bothell is to 3-2-3.
“Honestly, I couldn’t be happier,” Woodinville’s Nikki Zaback said. “Our team came together. It’s the best I’ve seen us play together. I saw fight and heart today. We went after the ball in the air and we wanted it more than them.”

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Journey of a thousand miles begins with win over Inglemoor

  • Written by Derek Johnson

As September drew to a close, the upper crust of the Kingco Conference had a new inhabitant. The Woodinville Falcons, by virtue of their win over Inglemoor last Thursday, were tied for third place. The Lady Falcons put on an energized performance by beating the Vikings three sets to one (25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22). 

How big was the win? This long-struggling program had entered the season having lost 20 of its past 21 conference matches. The Woodinville Weekly had not witnessed a Falcon win in five years. But all that came to a halt last week against Inglemoor. The Lady Falcons showed cohesiveness, energy, confidence and a rapid boost in volleyball IQ.  

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