|Thursday||Oct 20th||2016||4A KingCo||Boys||Football|
|Pop Keeney Stadium||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||OT||2OT||3OT||Final|
Woodinville Survives Triple OT Battle with Skyline to Claim KingCo Crown
By Steve Dion
A soggy Thursday night at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell featured the #5 Skyline Spartans (6-1 overall, 6-0 league) taking on the #6 Woodinville Falcons (7-0 overall, 6-0 league). This game would crown the KingCo 4A title even with one game remaining in the regular season. A championship buzz was in the air.
The Spartans grabbed control of the game in the first half when Isaiah Shim turned a handful of pitches from the backfield into big gains. They paid off with an 8 yard pass to Alex Diegel from Drew Kistner. The Falcons didn’t respond so Skyline added on with a razzle dazzle double pass for 53 yards from receiver Bradley Kim to CJ Moore. Woodinville was on the ropes early.
In an attempt to salvage the half with some momentum, the Falcons struck gold when Michael Roth bolted down the sideline and hauled in a perfectly placed deep ball by Jaden Sheffey. The scoreboard read 13-7 at the break.
Woodinville picked up where they left off when an early drive in the third quarter found them on the doorstep of a potentially leading score. However, a fumble near the goal line rolled into the endzone and was recovered by the Spartans.
Shim’s hard work in the first half paid off when the senior weaved his way for a 4th quarter score to put his team up by 14. Could the Falcons rally?
Mack Minnehan took the call and mere minutes later plowed his way to pay dirt to bring the contest back to one score. The Woodinville sideline erupted.
After a gutsy defensive stop, the Falcons had a chance to tie the game. Nash Fouch stepped in with a tremendous grab in the corner of the endzone to bring the ballgame to 21 apiece. Skyline opted to run clock and attempt to win in overtime.
Woodinville had the first crack in overtime and chose to keep feeding Minnehan the ball. After some big chunks of yards, he pushed the ball past the plane to put the pressure on the Spartans.
With a hungry Woodinville defense that could taste victory, Skyline needed a clutch play to keep their hopes alive. On 4th and 10 from the 11 yard line, Kister found Kim over the middle for exactly 10 yards to earn a fresh set of downs from one yard out. They punched it in.
Skyline opened second overtime with a handful of quick passes to move the chains and set up shim for a goal line plunge.
On Woodinville’s first play of double OT, Minnehan ran into a wall of tacklers but somehow emerged from the pile and took the ball to the house to bring the game to a THIRD OVERTIME!
Woodinville had the first crack in which Fouch showed off his great ball skills hauling in a 50/50 ball in the corner to put his team back on top.
Facing a fourth and goal from the four yard line, could Skyline continue this tight-rope act? The Falcons defense broke up a would-be touchdown pass to seal the win and a league title prompting the Woodinville crowd to pour onto Pop Keeney Stadium field.
The Final Score:
Woodinville 42, Skyline 35.
Mack Minnehan- 3 TDs (1,25,30)
Isaiah Shim- 2 TDs (1, 16)
2016 Varsity Football Live Coach Interview
Woodinville – Head Football Coach
Woodinville has jumped out to a 4-0 start to their season including a big win against Bothell in week four. Longtime coach of the Falcons Wayne Maxwell talks about the win against the Cougars, some top players on the team, and an overview of 4A KingCo.
To catch the complete radio interview with Woodinville Coach Wayne Maxwell,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.
|Friday||Sep 23rd||2016||4A KingCo||Boys||Football|
|Pop Keeney Stadium||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Woodinville Claims Defensive Battle Against Rival Bothell
By Steve Dion
One of the great 4A rivalries in Washington features a pair of KingCo foes Woodinville and Bothell which made its annual renewal Friday night at Pop Keeney. This has been a one sided battle in recent years in favor of #5 Bothell (3-0), but Woodinville (3-0) has a strong 2016 squad and was hungry to take back the torch.
The visiting Falcons set the tone in this game by playing sound defense and moving the chains on offense to strike when opportunity arose. They were first on the board with a field goal by Micah Roth. James Johnston returned the favor for Bothell to tie the game at three apiece early in the second. The Falcons responded with a drive culminating in a 4-yard goal line dive by Mack Minnehan to regain the lead. The Cougs used the remaining moments in the first half to march down the field and punch it in the endzone; an 18-yard strike from Jacob Sirmon to Anthony Indelicato.
The third quarter was marred by drives cut short by turnovers and penalties which kept the score deadlocked at 10 heading into the final frame.
Woodinville strung together a series of runs by Minnehan that put them in the redzone. Jaden Sheffey took a shot at the endzone for a touchdown, but the pass was broken up. The resilient Sheffey tried again and found Jared Eisenbarth for the go-ahead score. Could the defense hang on?
Bothell’s attempt to even the score was denied for the final time by the Falcon’s defense who could taste victory after the Eisenbarth score. Woodinville pushes their record to 4-0 and first place in the league standings.
The Final Score:
Woodinville 17, Bothell 10.
Jared Eisenbarth- 18 yard game-winning touchdown reception
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #3
|4A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #3|
|1||Sumner||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|2||Camas||Greater St. Helens||3-0|
|4||Graham-Kapowsin||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|4A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #3|
|8||Olympia||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|10||Battle Ground||Greater St. Helens||3-0|
|4A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #3|
|-||Bellarmine Preparatory||South Puget Sound||2-1|
|-||Union||Greater St. Helens||2-1|
4A State Girls Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion
As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 4A girls classification!
1) Central Valley: 15-0 (13-0)
The Bears have won all games by double digits with the exception of their meeting with Lewis & Clark; also in the top 10.
2) Moses Lake: 16-0 (8-0)
Leaders of the Big 9 once again which may be the strongest league in the state top to bottom.
3) Bothell: 16-1 (12-1)
Edged Woodinville in a thriller on Friday night to maintain breathing room in the race for the KingCo Crown.
4) Todd Beamer: 15-2 (6-0)
Put the Lynnwood loss behind themselves quickly with two wins in the next four days.
5) Skyview: 12-4 (8-0)
The GSHL will hinge on what the second round with Camas next Tuesday. Storm took round one 51-40!
6) Camas: 15-2 (8-1)
7) Lewis and Clark: 12-3 (12-1)
Hot on the heels of top ranked Central Valley are the sneaky Tigers.
8) Kentlake: 13-4 (5-0)
A Kent team inevitably finds itself within the top 10. The Falcons have taken the torch as the town representative.
9) Chiawana: 14-2 (9-0)
Have strung together an 11-game win streak after a few bumps in the road in early December.
10) Inglemoor: 12-4 (9-3)
Can still surpass Bothell for a league title with a strong finish and some help from other teams.
On the Bubble
Woodinville vs. Tumwater 1-18-16
Woodinville and Tumwater squared off at the ShoWare Center for a non-league matchup in the King Showcase. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the contest with postgame comments by Woodinville head coach Mark Folson and senior Tony Miller!
To listen to the game recap, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.
4A State Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion
As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 4A classification!
1) Federal Way: 18-0 (7-0)
Defending champs will be perched at the top until somebody knocks them off. Don’t expect this to happen anytime soon.
2) Curtis: 17-1 (10-0)
The Vikings continue their undeafeated mark against Washington state teams.
3) Cascade: 15-0 (9-0)
Gotell’s 51 points in Friday’s didn’t hurt the Bruins’ cause in solidifying themselves high in the rankings.
4) Gonzaga Prep: 14-1 (12-1)
Matty McIntyre’s Bullpups are the Beasts of the East. Many familiar names from the football championship squad.
5) Bellarmine Prep: 13-3 (8-0)
Can’t drop the Lions too far down considering their only in-state losses were to Lincoln and Curtis…by a combined seven points!
6) Union: 12-2 (7-0)
The Titans don’t rebuild, they reload.
7) Issaquah: 13-3 (11-1)
The second Eagles team in the top ten rankings is flying high once again on the Sammamish plateau.
8) Lewis & Clark: 12-3 (11-2)
The Tigers are hot on the heels of the Bullpups for the GSL lead.
9) Central Valley: 12-3 (10-3)
One of the top teams in one of the strongest leagues in 4A earns the Bears top ten honors.
10) Woodinville: 12-3 (9-3)
Tony Miller is a force to be reckoned with. Scored 20 in a win last week, 42 in a loss. Go figure.
On the Bubble
Woodinville Soars Over T-Birds in King Showcase
By Steve Dion
|Monday- January 18th||2016||Boys||4A/2A||KingCo/Evergreen|
The first boys match-up of the King Showcase was a clash between the Woodinville Falcons and Tumwater Thunderbirds. Woodinville took advantage of a cold start by the T-Birds and picked up a double digit lead after one quarter at 14-4. The Falcons converted on self-induced turnovers by THS due to lack of communication. As the first half wore on, the T-Birds found a rhythm and closed the gap through added emphasis in the paint. Weston VandenHazel pulled in 5 of Tumwater’s 17 offensive boards which translated to buckets. Woodinville carried a 7 point lead into the locker room.
Micah Johnson set the tone in the third quarter by helping limit Tumwater to eight points in the quarter from his stifling defensive effort. After the game, Coach Folsom stated, “He’s our motor. We talk a lot about him setting the tone defensively. When there’s good ball pressure, it makes everybody better.” The pesky guard led WHS with three takeaways.
Leading 47-31 with the game seemingly in the bag for Woodinville, Tumwater made their move. Ty Gentry sparked the biggest run of the game; a 14-3 stretch that brought the game within one possession. Despite the comeback by Tumwater, Coach Folsom said, “I thought our kids held our poise, it was a tough to call, it was a physical game, I thought our kids stayed together and ultimately got it done.” However, lack of execution down the stretch and fouls thwarted the T-Birds effort to push the game to overtime. According to the winning coach, “They were excited for the opportunity to play in this venue…we’re trying to get back to the state tournament and this is in preparation for that.” Leading scorer Tony Miller agreed about the event and venue stating, “It’s a big win. The environment was different because we were playing with no background in a bigger arena. Other than that, there wasn’t much of a difference in how we played.”
The Final Score
Woodinville 57, Tumwater 49.
Tony Miller- 20 points, 11 rebounds
Ty Gentry- 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists
The Pirates Amass a Huge Comeback, Top Woodinville
By Colin Caruso
|Friday February 7th||2015||Boys||4A||State|
In this matchup of two great teams, the Woodinville Mustangs matched up against a Davis Pirate team, fortunate to ride their momentum that far into the tournament. Squeaking by Gig Harbor and fortunately not having to play Wenatchee, they found themselves in the 4A state semifinal with a legitimate shot at the finals. Their lack of size played a factor early, as Woodinville controlled the glass and paint for the majority of the first half.
Both of these teams struggled offensively in the second quarter. Davis, with senior star Max Jones in foul trouble, were able to score just six points in the frame. Fortunately, their defense stayed tough, and they held the Mustangs to eight.
Pick it up in the third quarter, Max Jones commits his fourth foul and Woodinville gets a leakout basket to go up 11, momentum 100% in favor of the Mustangs. But The Pirates pulled off six straight points to cut the lead to 5, and Woodinville cooled off from the field dramatically. Davis committed 7 fouls in 4.5 minutes, somehow putting the Mustangs in the bonus early in the third. Woodinville failed to attack the basket and continue to win the game from the line, giving Davis a chance to gain the lead going into the 4th. But an ill-advised early shot in the shot clock leads to a transition bucket for the Mustangs. The Pirates trailed by just 2 entering the fourth.
Davis continued their momentum into the fourth, scoring the first eight points in the quarter to take a six point lead. Woodinville was stride for stride with the Pirates until Micah Johnson, the Woodinville point guard, picked up two fouls in less than 30 seconds to disqualify him from the game. From there, it was all Davis. Max Jones and Nick Navarro carried the way for the Pirates, propelling them to 63-52 win.
Tony Miller – 20 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks
Nick Navarro – 20 points 6 rebounds
Woodinville Soars Over Eastlake in 81 Point Effort
By Steven Dion
Two of the top 4A girls teams in #8 Eastlake (10-2 league, 14-3 overall) and Woodinville (9-3, 11-6) met up Friday night for a pivotal battle in the KingCo Crest division. The Lady Wolves are led by post Marijke Vanderschaaf and her 14.3 points per game and superior rebounding ability. Woodinville boasts a lineup full of scoring options including Emily Spencer, Mackenzie Campbell, and Gabby Phillips. The importance of this league matchup was reflected in the attendance as there was a strong turnout for the clash of first and third place in the standings.
The first half opened at an up-tempo pace as both teams were aggressive on getting to the bucket. Vanderschaaf quickly established her rebounding presence as the 6’3 post plucked the ball from air time and time again. Woodinville grabbed a 15-12 lead in the first quarter highlighted by a steal at midcourt by Sabin Keo and a nice dish to Campbell for the score. The Wolves used their length advantage early in the second frame by feeding Ellie Woerner and Vanderschaaf in the paint for high percentage shots. EHS was in the bonus early which yielded several trips to the charity stripe. However, Woodinville’s will to control the pace of the game was felt as the quarter progressed. Falcon senior Erin Hamilton knocked down some tough shots in the lane. Additionally, the defensive awareness of WHS was demonstrated several times as the Falcons took a handful of charges to gain possession. At the half, the home team led 33-24.
Eastlake’s deficit continued to grow into the second half as a 5-0 run to start the third forced the Wolves to call a timeout and regroup down 38-24. Woodinville was simply clicking on this night as four players scored in double figures and their ability to score down low and from three point range kept EHS on the ropes all night. The Wolves were resilient though and made a strong effort to climb back in the game. The Woodinville lead was cut to single digits at the 2:30 mark in the fourth as EHS opted to foul throughout the quarter to protect the clock. Vanderschaaf made 5 buckets in the final eight minutes, but Woodinville refused to let their led dip below seven points. The Falcons cruised to a solid victory in which they scored 81 points over the first place team in KingCo in front of their home crowd. The Wolves notched 69 points in the contest. Do not be surprised if these two teams meet up again this season.
Emily Spencer 19 points, Mackenzie Campbell 18 points
Marijke Vanderschaaf 23 points, Ellie Woerner 19 points
|Pop Keeney Stadium||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Late Score Propels Woodinville over Redmond
By Steven Dion
A crucial 4A KingCo Crest battle between Woodinville and Redmond took place at a chilly Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell on Thursday night in front of animated student sections. The league win at stake created a playoff-like environment with the postseason on the horizon. The Falcons drew first blood with a goal line push by Mosses Lee. A big run by Brad Roland set up the score nicely. Redmond woke up in the second quarter by recovering a fumble and turning it into 7 on a 57-yard pass by Zach Wheat. Before halftime, the Mustangs found the end zone once more on a scramble by Wheat. The pocket broke down so the senior tucked and ran it to the corner pylon after getting key blocks downfield. The teams headed to the locker room at 14-7 with Redmond on top.
The Falcons wasted no time to get the offense rolling as Dylan Axelson busted past the goal line on fourth down with less than three minutes into the quarter. At this point, dropped passes, penalties, and short-lived drives started to define the game. The punt unit for each team worked overtime throughout the night, so field position was crucial to build momentum. Redmond regained the lead in the fourth on a 1 yard touchdown run. Woodinville trailed by 4 points with less than 3 minutes remaining when they received the ball. A clutch 4th down reception kept the chains moving. With 0:47 left, Will Jack floated one to Micah Hamilton in the corner of the end zone to grab a lead late. On the ensuing Redmond drive, Ian Biddle picked off a desperation pass. When the dust settled, Woodinville escaped with a 23-20 victory.
Micah Hamilton – 20-yard game winning touchdown reception
Zach Wheat – 2TD (50 yard run, 57 yard pass)