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Woodinville knocks off No. 2 Ranked Mount Si

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Blake Glessner draws double coverage and disses off to Ryan Roth for the bucket. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

BOTHELL — Taking down the top-seeded Wildcats wasn’t quite the magnitude of David toppling Goliath, but it was definitely the biggest upset of the Wes-King 4A District Tournament as Woodinville up-ended Mount Si, 64-61 in Bothell Saturday afternoon.

The win was the second come-from-behind last-minute victory for the Falcons in postseason play who now move on to face Inglemoor in a semifinal matchup Tuesday.

“We showed a lot of heart out there,” senior forward Blake Glessner said. “We had big games out of Ryan (Roth) and Carson (Noe) who stepped up huge in the rebounding.”

Glessner was one of three Falcons who hit for double figures in the contest, leading the way with 19 points. Cage Schenck dropped in 15 points with 11 coming in the fourth quarter. Noe finished with 11.

“These kids are something else – they really are,” Coach Kurt Melton said. “I’m speechless.”

Woodinville was obviously overmatched height-wise as the Wildcats starting lineup averaged 6’5.’’ The Falcons five averaged just over 6’ as big man Layton Duff was unable to play after hitting his head on the backboard during the game with Kamiak Wednesday. But that didn’t Woodinville from attacking the hoop early and often.

“That was huge for us,” Melton said. “Blake was drawing double coverage and was able to get Ryan (Roth) involved and that was an important part of the first half and giving us a bit of a lead.”

Mount Si scored the first bucket, but the Falcons went on a 27-16 run capped off by a long-range Glessner jumper with 2:11 left in the second quarter.

The Wildcats closed out the half on a 6-0 run and the outscored Woodinville 12-1 over the first three minutes of the third quarter.

The Falcons regained the lead 35-32 on a Glessner trey with just over two minutes to go in the third. Mount Si battled back to take a 40-38 score into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The teams’ traded buckets and with the Wildcats holding a slim 48-47 lead, Noe drilled a step-back trey and was fouled with 3:58 left on the clock. He converted the free throw and put Woodinville up top 51-48.

A questionable goaltending call against Noe a minute later made it 51-50 Falcons.

Schenck then came up big sinking a shot from beyond the arch to make it 54-50 with a little more than two minutes to go.

A quick offensive burst by both squads knotted it at 58-all with 90 seconds left in the game. Two free throws and a bucket by Schenck pushed the score to 62-61 Woodinville with 18 ticks on the clock.

The Wildcats came up snake-eyes on their next possession. Schenck was fouled on the way up the court and was sent to the charity stripe for a 1-and-1 with 15 seconds to go. He sank both shots and the Falcons led 64-61.

Needing a 3-pointer to tie it and send the game to overtime, Mount Si came up empty again and Woodinville pulled off the improbable win.

“These kids play hard every time they step out on the court – they seem to always find a way to take it to the next level,” Melton said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids--- I really couldn’t.”

The victory puts Woodinville in a semifinal matchup with Inglemoor Tuesday night at 7:15 in Bothell. The Falcons and Vikings split regular-season games with each winning by a bucket.

The winner of this game plays for the district championship.

“We’ve battled it out with them twice and this one will probably come down to the last possession again,” Melton said. “It’s going to be a good basketball game.”

 

Woodinville 53, Kamiak 50

The Falcons pulled another rabbit out of their collective hats with improbable 53-50 come from behind road win in the waning seconds over Kamiak Thursday night, Feb. 13. A clutch long-range 3-pointer by Cage Schenck put Woodinville up top 51-50 with 15 ticks left on the clock.

The Knights Tijan Saine brought the ball down court looking to give Kamiak the go-ahead score. Woodinville was looking for a stop, wanting to avoid a foul and have the clock run out. But with seven seconds to go, Eli Coffman drew a whistle from the ref and Saine went to the line ready to put the dagger into the Falcons.

Much to his chagrin, Saine missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Will Ruff snagged the rebound and was fouled immediately.

With three seconds left Ruff stepped up to the charity stripe and calmly sank two free throws that drew nothing but cord to put Woodinville up 53-50.

The Falcons pressed the inbound throw afterward and didn’t allow the Knights to get off a final attempt to tie it, and Woodinville walked off the court with the victory.

 

Carson Noe (34) and Sam Bowen team up to grab an offensive rebound. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville
Blake Glessner and teammates celebrate the win over Mount Si. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

Lady Falcons get past a stubborn Wildcat team

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

 

Mia Hughes dips under the Wildcats 6'8'' center Sela Heide for two of her game-high 24 points. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

BOTHELL— It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nonetheless as Woodinville turned back a determined Mount Si squad 55-46 in a district quarterfinal matchup in Bothell Saturday.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Coach Scott Bullock said. “Their big (6’8” Sela Heide) had been injured most of the year but she started playing about three weeks ago and that totally changed their team at both ends of the court. She's long and blocks shots and when she gets the ball down low it’s really hard to stop her.”

The Lady Falcons struggled offensively, was uncharacteristically committing turnovers and found themselves in unfamiliar territory trailing the majority of the first half. It wasn’t until the 2-minute mark that Woodinville got its initial lead when Natalie Bright sank a 3-pointer from deep in the corner to put the No. 1 ranked Falcons up 26-25.

Mia Hughes drained another trey to close out the half and the Falcons took a 29-26 score into the locker room at the break.

“We talked about the turnovers at the half – too many turnovers in transition and passes into crowds,” Bullock said. “We cleaned it and didn’t have that problem in the second half.”

Back-to-back buckets from Tatum Thompson and a basket from Hughes to start second half action gave Woodinville a little breathing room, 35-28. But a 6-0 Wildcat run got Mount Si within a point, 35-34. Thompson and Hughes scored again and the Lady Falcons led 39-35 heading into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The Wildcats were in position to pull off the upset, down 46-45 with less than two minutes left, but back-to-back buckets from Hughes with 1:10 on the clock made it 50-45 Woodinville.

Mount Si came up empty on its next possession and with time winding down, was forced to foul to stop the clock. Sheffey sank one-of-two free throws, Hughes knocked down four to ice it and Woodinville escaped with the win.

Hughes led all scorers with 24 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Thompson finished with 11.

“We knew this was going to be a tough game coming into it,” Hughes said. “We won by a pretty good margin (60-34) the last time we played them but Sela didn’t play. We were down at the start but we just kept our heads in the game and didn’t allow them to go on big runs.

“We are going to see a lot of tough teams the rest of the way, so we have to go into each game with the mindset that it’s anybody’s game so we have to want it more than any team we are playing against.”

Bullock was happy with the way the team handled the adversity.

“I’m really proud of these girls because we got down early – were down by eight points and the game could’ve gone either way,” Bullock said. “But we just kept fighting and clawing and was able to take the lead at the half.

“Tatum was unbelievable for us today and everyone just stuck to it. Veronica and Mia made some big free throws at the end – it was a great win.”

Woodinville takes on familiar foe Eastlake in semifinal play Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. The winner plays for the district championship.

 

Tatum Thompson dribbles past two Mount Si defenders. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falcons get past Knights in first-round District play

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Will Ruff drives the lane for a bucket against Kamiak. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

MUKILTEO — The Woodinville boy’s basketball team is fast becoming the 2020 version of the 1980 Cleveland Browns who were dubbed the ‘Kardiac Kids’ for escaping with a handful of last-second wins.

The Falcon’s pulled out a 69-67 buzzer-beater against Issaquah last Friday, held off Eastlake 62-57 Saturday, and then executed an improbable 53-50 come from behind road win in the waning seconds over Kamiak last night.

“This seems to be our M.O. — wait until the last possession — but it's just one of those things,” an elated Coach Kurt Melton said. “I look out there and those kids have absolute confidence—they just believe in each other.

“We didn’t shoot real well but we made them when we needed them — and Will going up and knocking those free throws down after having an off night like he did was just incredible.”

The gymnasium was rocking with excitement as the crowd was filled with Knights fans. But that didn’t seem to bother the Falcons as the team's battled to a 25-22 score that favored Kamiak at the half.

A back and forth third quarter saw the Falcons knot the game at 37-all.

The Knight’s Charlie Powers drained a bucket from 3-point rage to kick-start a 13-6 fourth-quarter run that put Kamiak out front 50-43 with just over three minutes to go.

Woodinville’s ‘D’ dug in, Blake Glessner sank two-of-three attempts at the free-throw line, Cage Schenck hit a short jumper and the Falcons pulled within a bucket, 50-48 with under two minutes to play.

Neither team was able to connect on their next couple of possessions until a clutch shot from long-range by Schenck put Woodinville up top 51-50 with 15 ticks left on the clock.

The Knights Tijan Saine brought the ball down court looking to give Kamiak the go-ahead score. Woodinville was looking for a stop, wanting to avoid a foul and have the clock run out. But with seven seconds to go, Eli Coffman drew a whistle from the ref and Saine went to the line ready to put the dagger into the Falcons.

Much to his chagrin, Saine missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Will Ruff snagged the rebound and was fouled immediately.

With three seconds left Ruff stepped up to the charity stripe and calmly sank two free throws that drew nothing but cord to put Woodinville up 53-50.

The Falcons pressed the inbound throw afterward and didn’t allow the Knights to get off a final attempt to tie it and Woodinville walked off the court with the victory.

“I’m proud of our guys — proud of this win,” Melton said. “Kamiak is a good athletic team that can shoot well and to come in and pull out a win on their floor in the playoffs — I’ll take it.”

Schenck came up big once again for Woodinville hitting for a game-high 25 points.

“It was an exciting win — hopefully we have a lot more of them in us,” Schenck said. “They (the Knights) are a good team — put a lot of pressure on us and shot the ball well. But every one of our guys did their thing out there. Will was clutch at the line — he hardly ever misses free throws — you can always count on him.”

Glessner finished with 14 points. Carson Noe added 7.

The win advances the Falcons to a second-round contest with Mount Si on Saturday at Bothell High School. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 start.

Cage Schenck hits for two of his game-high 25 points. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly
Carson Noe battles for a board in last night's game with the Knights.

 

Woodinville holds off Eastlake to earn fifth seed to Districts

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Ryan Roth is fouled on his way to the hoop. Roth sank one of two shots from the free-throw line. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

BELLEVUE—The Falcons are peaking at the right time after turning back the Wolves 62-55 in a KingCo Conference playoff game Saturday at Sammamish High School. It was the second win in a row for Woodinville and nails down the fifth seed heading into the district tournament.

“I couldn’t believe the energy the guys had after last night’s game. They came out on fire and that was kind of surprising,” Coach Kurt Melton said. “Some of the kids said they like shooting in this gym and they came out confident.”

The Falcons staved off elimination from postseason play with an emotional 69-67 come from behind win over Issaquah Friday night in Woodinville. Down 65-52 with three minutes to play it looked like the season was over for the Falcons, but a couple of stops and steals were converted to buckets and Woodinville tied it 67-all with 24 ticks left on the clock.  One final theft by Blake Glessner and a basket at the buzzer by Cage Schenck threw the home crowd into a frenzy and the Falcons pulled out a miracle finish.

So it would be natural to think Woodinville wouldn’t have anything left in the tank Saturday but that wasn’t the case as the team jumped out to a 12-7 lead and was up 20-16 at the end of the first quarter. 

Continuing their assault, the Falcons, led by 17 points from Cage, were up by double digits at the half, 39-28. 

Woodinville pushed the score to 45-28 two minutes into the third quarter on back-to-back jumpers from Glessner and a layup from Layton Duff.

The Wolves mounted a 27-17 run over the last 11 minutes of the ball game, but it was too little too late and Woodinville held on for the win.

Schenck finished with 22 points. Glessner added 16.

“The kids have all been playing so hard,” Melton said. “It’s not easy after coming off a win like last night (Friday) and be focused like we were. I’m really proud of all of them.”

The Falcons match up with the Kamika Knights out of the Wesco Conference in first round district play tonight 7 p.m. at Kamika High School in Mukilteo. 

Falcon grapplers send five to Regionals

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Jonathan Ruana (left), Ben Smith (center), and Simon Swan (right) show off their medals at the KingCo Championship. Brian Swan courtesy photo

 

JUANITA—Woodinville Boys Wrestling represented well at the KingCo Championships last weekend at Juanita High School. 

Sophomore Simon Swan turned back all comers to place first at 145 pounds. Senior Ben Smith also had an outstanding tournament placing first at 195. Senior Jonathan Ruana wrested to a second-place finish at 120 pounds.  Senior Mikai Peltzer (170) and junior Tavish McArthur (220) placed fifth in their weight class respectively.

All five wrestlers advanced to the Regional Championships at Skyline High School Feb. 15. Junior Robbie Northwick, who placed 6th at 170, will serve as an alternate.

“Simon wrestled two great matches on Saturday to become a KingCo Champion, beating defending champion Declan Tretyak from Issaquah in the semi-finals and finals match,” Coach Todd Christensen said. “Ben had a great tournament too, winning his first match 15-0 followed by pins in the semi-finals and finals. Jonathan wrestled well all weekend, but came up a bit short in a good finals match.”

Team Woodinville showed marked improvement over last year’s squad placing 6th, up from an 8th place finish in the 2018-19 season.

“We had 15 wrestlers on our district team and they’ve all shown tremendous growth,” Christensen said. “They are hard-working student-athletes—get all their work done in the classroom and all compete hard. I was extremely proud of all our competitors this weekend.”

The Lady Falcon grapplers placed 27th out of 33 teams at the Sub-Regional Tournament at Chief Sealth High School. Freshman Eden Lopez turned in a solid effort with a fifth-place finish at 100 pounds and is an alternate at Regionals at Sedro-Woolley High School Feb. 15.

“Eden came away with a couple of wins,” Christensen said. “She’s shown a huge improvement in her first year and competed well to place.”