When Jeff Fairbanks first entered a triathlon two years ago, he felt uncertain. The 36-year-old had been a semi-pro surfer while living in Southern California. But now as a family man living in the Northwest, he was trying something foreign.
It’s been a busy summer for Holland Pilukas. Back in June, the sixth grader from East Ridge Elementary set the all-time NSD Junior Olympic high jump record. Her scissor kick of 4’10.25” broke the old record that had existed since 1999. (Last year she broke the fifth grade record from 1979, scissor kicking 4’7.5”).
Pilukas is also an excellent soccer player and accomplished gymnast. As this article was being written, she was on an airplane bound for Sweden. As goalkeeper for the Crossfire GU13A, Crossfire ADP travel team and Washington State EPD teams, Pilukas and her ADP teammates will play in the Gothia Cup.
Standing outside the entrance to Pop Keeney Stadium, Mike Dale looked wistfully at the red-lettered awning bearing its name. “I spent a lot of hours here, and gave this community everything I had,” he said. “A lot of women have to worry about their husbands seeing another woman. My wife had to worry about a stadium.”
After 39 years of employment with the Northshore School District, Mike Dale is stepping down from his position as sports complex specialist. Known as the “Mayor of Pop Keeney”, the 58-year-old has a history with the stadium that goes back to childhood.
Woodinville native Adelaide Tillinghast won the Division II Individual Time Trial at the 2015 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships this past May. This was the first national title for the senior at American University.
“To finish the last race and end up winning, it was one of those moments where you realize it was the right decision and maybe I should have started this earlier,” Tillinghast said. Her comment about starting earlier is rooted back in her days in Woodinville. Tillinghast never played any competitive sports until high school. She ran cross country while attending the Bear Creek School in Redmond.