Coach made journey from Venezuela to Woodinville

  • Written by Derek Johnson
It’s a summer evening at a little old ballpark in rural Monroe. The game is over and Woodinville has won. Players and fans head for the parking lot. And 38-year old Guillermo Garcia stands on the field. He talks with a reporter.
“When I was growing up in Venezuela we had only three baseballs for the whole team,” Garcia said. “Only a couple of bats. When I came here I see the difference. Every kid here has his own glove. Every kid has his own bat. It’s a huge, huge difference.”
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All Stars Softball Team - District Champs

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
SoftballCoach/ Team Manager: Keoki McCarthy Asst Coaches: Ryan Wilkerson and Vicki Ryan Team members: Addison Hagen, Allison Ryan, Claire McCarthy, Elisa Reed, Erin Thoreson, Ginger Milbrodt, Jada Smith, Jocelyn Grieser, Landry Wilkerson, Lauren Tanner, Lucy Ford, Macy Yracheta, and Serena Bahl
The Woodinville Little League 10U All Stars Softball Team (8-10 year olds) won the District 8 All Stars tournament on July 3.  The team was undefeated during the competition.  The championship earned them a spot in the State Championships in Spokane, Wash. from July 7-14.
Parent Fleur Tanner said, "[This is a] Fantastic team! The girls work amazingly well together, are all incredibly enthusiastic and supportive of each other and give it everything they’ve got every game."  She added, "[We] Couldn’t ask for better coaches - they have ALL worked and continue to work very hard to teach and train the girls, they have created a great team atmosphere, they make it fun and have helped foster the strong camaraderie and fantastic team spirit.  Congratulations to all!

Local Kids enjoyed their time at Falcon Football Camp

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Coach Wayne Maxwell smiled. His trademark sunglasses shielded his eyes from the bright afternoon glare. It was Day 2 of Falcon Football Camp. In front of him, kids scurried about the Woodinville High School field. They were running drills. . 

“These kids are out here having fun, and as a result they’re working hard and they don’t realize it,” Maxwell said. “You can ask the parents. The kids are tired when they go home.”

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Makenna Barton’s Brave New World

  • Written by Derek Johnson
Makenna Barton’s freshman year is now in the books. The girl known as “Mackie B” in her Woodinville days, competed in the pole vault for the Washington Huskies. A brilliant student and tough competitor, she had headed over to Montlake with high hopes. 
“College is so different,” Barton said. “I had my ups and downs with athletics, school and friends. But right now, I can say that I’ve learned so much about myself as an athlete.”
As happens with all freshmen, time demands gave Barton a rude awakening.
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Woodinville coach leads energetic Summer Camp in Preston

  • Written by Derek Johnson
As you enter the Field of Champions facility, you feel the energy. Music booms from speakers. Coaches shout encouragement. Girls run around doing drills. There’s a familiar vibe in the air. Yes, it’s just like a Woodinville Falcon practice - except the players are younger.
Woodinville coach Dani Tachell founded this camp five summers ago in Preston (fifteen minutes from her home). It started with 12 girls. Now in 2018, the camp will be held three times – June, July and August. Over 20 kids signed up for each month (and there’s room for more).
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