We are celebrating eighth grade student Karl this week! He has qualified for the Western Region Alpine Ski Racing Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
In January and February Karl competed in a series of qualifying races in giant slalom, slalom, and super G. Karl was the top male qualifier in our sub-region. Karl will join 14 men and 12 women from the Pacific Northwest Region, (Washington, Oregon and Idaho), to compete with 120 (60 men, 60 women) athletes from 11 states in March.
The final qualifying race was at Crystal Mountain on February 13 and 14. Karl’s combined finish times won him the overall perpetual trophy. His name was added to a long list of winners of the Crystal Mountain Cherry Tree Charge race, including Westside School fourth grade teacher Judith Arvidson.
Karl has skied on the Team Alpental Snoqualmie (TAS) ski team since third grade.
Congratulations Karl, we are exceptionally proud of you!
Westside School’s eighth grade boys’ basketball team beat St. Edwards 54-39 on Saturday at Blanchet high school to win the CYO Championship. This was the biggest crowd we have ever had for a basketball game, and the community support from current students, parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and other community members was awesome. The team executed tip play perfectly, with Will tipping to Connor, who dribbled up and lobbed to Henry for the first basket. This allowed the team to set up our press, get a steal, another basket, and they were on their way. St. Edwards called timeouts down 7-0 and down 11-0 to try to stop the bleeding, but the athletes were firing on all cylinders with the press and the fast break, and didn’t allow a point until the 1:30 mark of the first quarter. All ten played and contributed well. Henry had 19 points, Will 17, and Isaac 13 to lead us. Kovit anchored the defense, like he did all season long, and also chipped in five points. Connor was always in the right spot, making the right decisions, and playing his typical smart basketball. Justin, Callum, Nate, Riley, and Jac all contributed with effort, defense, and team play. Callum also scored three huge points. Championships are hard to come by, and this is a culmination of four years of hard work at Westside School for Henry, Will, Justin, Callum, and Nate, three years of hard work for Connor and Jac, two years of hard work for Kovit and Riley, and one year of hard work for Isaac. This was a great run for this group, for Westside School, and the bar is set high for future Wolves.
Congratulations to each and every member of the team, and Coach Mike Thomas!
Westside School’s regular basketball season wrapped up last Saturday, with all of our sixth through eighth grade teams playing at home in front of a great supporting crowd all day. All seven of our teams played great ball through the year, with lots of individual growth, team improvement, fun, and hard work. Our coaches did a great job and are to be congratulated!
Westside School’s eighth grade boys team played a varsity schedule, and finished 6-1 and in second place. This put them in the playoffs, and the first playoff game will be this Saturday, January 30 at 10:15 a.m., at St. Louise. St. Louise is located at 133 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. If the team wins, they will play on Sunday, January 31 at Assumption at 3:45 p.m. Assumption is located at 6220 32nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98115.
If the team wins, they will play for the championship the following Saturday, February 6. Here is the tournament link.
The Westside School Cross Country team ran in the championship cross country meet on Sunday, October 11 at Woodland Park. It was a beautiful, sunny day after the torrential rains of Saturday. For the championship meet, the two pools of runners combine, and there are over 100 runners in many of the races. One of the things coaches emphasize in cross country is setting a personal record. Since athletes run the same course, coaches are able to measure progress by comparing times against previous races. 21 runners set personal records last Sunday, which shows the progress and growth all had hoped to see.
McKenzie, this week’s female Athlete of the Week, was new to cross country this year, but showed her potential during her first practice. She has excellent running form and endurance, as well as good speed. It takes a while to understand how to run races and to accept how hard your body can be pushed, and this applied to McKenzie earlier in the season, but she put it all together in her final race. McKenzie finished tenth out of 104 runners, with a time of 7:07. We look forward to watching her continued growth next year.
Chester, this week’s male Athlete of the Week, has been running cross country at Westside School for three years. As a fourth grade student this was the first year he practiced with the team, and he had a longer race of one mile. Chester ran fairly well in his first two races, ending up with the same time both races, but he really shined in practices. Chester consistently gave his best effort in practices, and the longer runs suited him well. Coaches discussed a strategy of getting out faster at the start of the championship race, so that he was better positioned to use his good hill running abilities and closing strength at the end of the race, and it definitely paid off. Chester ended up finishing 15th out of 118 runners, with a time of 6:55. This was 38 seconds faster than his previous best time, and a great sign for the future.
Congratulations McKenzie and Chester, we’re proud of you!
Athletes of the Week
Each week during our athletic seasons, we will be choosing one female and one male for our athletes of the week. The Westside School cross country team has run our first two meets, and we are now gearing up for the championship meet on October 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Woodland Park.
Female Athlete of the Week
Gwyneth ran cross country last year as a fifth grade student and steadily improved through the season, but was a little bit in Regan’s shadow. She has come out this year with great effort, great determination, and now, great speed. Gwyn plays soccer and was unable to make it to our first meet. Last Sunday, though, she made her presence felt. Gwyn led the race through the first half, and was with a group of three for the rest of the way. She ended up finishing third with a 1.35 mile time of 9:52, which is the second fastest time for a sixth grade girl in Westside School history, only trailing Scarlett’s sixth grade time. Yesterday in practice, Gwyn held 87 second quarter mile repeats, and pushed me on each one. We’re looking forward to watching her finish the year.
Male Athlete of the Week
Jonathan’s running performance is like Jonathan’s performance in almost everything else he does, consistent and solid. Jonathan always gives his best effort, and is an absolute model student and athlete. He is truly a joy to teach and coach. Jonathan has been running through the summer, and his conditioning has shown so far this year. Jonathan has been our top finishing seventh grade boy in both races this year, and is always near the top in practices. Jonathan improved his time from the first meet to the second meet by 15 seconds, and finished seventh out of 26 runners.
Congratulations to both Gwyneth and Jonathan on outstanding performances!