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Duke Clinch showing big potential on the mat

  • Written by Derek Johnson

By any measure, the Woodinville wrestling team is struggling. Burdened by thin roster numbers, injuries and inexperience, the Falcons have yet to win a meet so far this season.

One bright spot, however, has been junior Duke Clinch. Last Wednesday night, while Woodinville lost a dual meet to Cedarcrest 46-21 and Rogers 54-11, Clinch won both his matches (one by forfeit, one by pin.)

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Tony Miller’s 24 points pace Falcons over Eastlake

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Tony Miller had 24 points and 8 rebounds, Jesse Davis added 15 points and the Woodinville Falcons beat the Eastlake Wolves 72-44 Saturday night at Woodinville High School.

With the victory, the Falcons improved to 4-1 in KingCo and 6-2 overall. The Wolves meanwhile dropped to 2-4 in KingCo and 4-6 overall.

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Bothell, Eastside Catholic lose in Burger King Bowl

  • Written by Derek Johnson

In the inaugural Burger King State Champions Series, two local teams traveled to Florida Atlantic University and lost to Florida prep schools on Dec. 27.

State champions from Washington and Utah were slated to play state champions from Florida. The Bothell Cougars, who were 4A Champs, lost to Miami Central 37-20. And the Eastside Catholic Crusaders, who won the 3A title with help of four Woodinville players, lost to Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Florida), by a 35-21 count.

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Spencer and Schenck lead the defense in win over Eastlake

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Spencer and Schenck — it kind of sounds like a law firm. But those are the names of two tenacious Woodinville defenders, Emily Spencer and Rachel Schenck. And last Saturday night, the duo caused much chaos, as the Lady Falcons dispatched Eastlake 50-29.

“We talk about great energy, great effort, great enthusiasm,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “One of the things I want my teams to be known for is that they play hard. You know you’re going to get a battle.”

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SPORTS YEAR IN REVIEW

  • Written by Derek Johnson

My first full year in Woodinville has concluded. It hasn’t been without its challenges, but it has been satisfying.
In a year full of exciting moments, here are some of my favorites.

For pure drama this year, the greatest moment hands down was Woodinville’s 26-23 win over #2 Skyline back in September. The game was played on the Sammamish Plateau. As the final minutes were ticking off the clock, my cell phone was blowing up with texts. Even people with no vested interest in Woodinville football were abuzz at the possibility of this upset.

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