What's the latest with BHS sports?

APRIL 2018
In This Issue
Team News
From the ABC Presidents
Important Dates
May 22: Final ABC Meeting of the year
June 6: Beaver Nation Athletic Awards
June 22: Last Day of School
Team News
Boys Basketball
Even though the 2018-2019 season seems ages away, the Boys Basketball program is in full swing with open gyms and conditioning to keep helping our players build their minds, bodies and skills. This spring players of all age and ability are invited to join:
  • Open Gyms on Tuesdays and Thursday morning's at 6:45am and Saturdays at 11am at BHS. 
  • Strength & Conditioning on Mondays/Fridays 7:00am or 3:45pm, Wednesdays 7:00am or 2:30pm at BHS.
  • The Ballard Basketball 10K shot challenge. Visit www.ballardboyshoops.com for more information.

It's also not too early to think about the summer with the annual Beaver Hoop Camp July 16-20 for boys entering grades 4th to 8th. Families can register at  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2902344 . Share this opportunity with any young ballers to receive hands-on instruction from Ballard coaches and players! Financial scholarships are available. Also put the Battle in Ballard high school tournament on your calendar for June 8 th , 9 th  and 10 th  to see top teams from the region right in our gym.  

Finally, any players/parents interested in the Beaver's summer basketball program should email Head Coach Mike Broom ( mrbroom@seattleschools.org ) for more information.

Thanks as always to our players, parents and coaches for their support and commitment to Ballard Basketball. Ballard Pride! 

Ballard Cheerleading is officially off our break and back in action after a great tryout this month! We have taken our largest team to date with 35 talented athletes representing BHS!

Our "Black" tumbling team is jam packed with talent and we have grown from 14 to 16 athletes this season. Our "Red" non-tumbling team has a ton of fantastic returners this season and we are over the moon about our new athletes that have been added to the program. They have grown from 14 to a team of 19 strong.

We are looking forward to practicing for the upcoming  Moving Up Assembly  and graduating our two outstanding seniors, Amirah Karam & Mari Huff. Our team will take the first half of summer off and jump back into action in early August with several camps and practices to be ready for Friday Night Lights and competition season. We are grateful for all the continued support we have had this season and can't wait to do it all over again! 
We are very excited to announce our 2018 Varsity Schedule (on the attached image)! There are many familiar Metro League opponents and a few unfamiliar opponents from surrounding leagues in our area. Our goal is to theme everyone of our home games so stay tuned in the coming months for more information!

In addition to our schedule we have also set the dates for our Youth Camp (June 11-14th) and Incoming Freshman Camp (June 25-28th)! Please spread the word! Click here to sign up!

If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook (Ballard Beaver Football), Twitter (@BallardHSPride), and Instagram (ballardbeaverfootball).

Ballard Pride!

The gymnastics team wrapped up a great season at the end of February with a highest ever 4th place finish at state! The season was full of highlights, both in and out of the gym. Everyone was eager to put in the hard work that it takes to succeed, which not only culminated in the great finish at state, but also with the highest score in team history.

Competing at state were: Senior Sarah Hudson, Juniors Katryna Potter and Celyn Stermer, Sophomores Ava Alvord and Eliza Volk, and Freshmen Lianne Kistler, Frances Magnuson, Clare Mullins, and Zoe Seeman, but it couldn't have happened without the entire team (and parents!). Additionally, we had 3 individuals qualify for event finals with Celyn placing 9th on vault, Ava placing 12th on beam, and Lianne placing 7th on vault, 3rd on bars, 15th on beam and floor, and 4th all around. 

You can watch routines from districts and state on our YouTube Channel , and make sure to follow us on Instagram: ballardgymnastics

We can't wait for next season!
Boys Lacrosse

It’s been a season full of challenges for the Ballard Boys Lacrosse team. Coming off of a great 2017, the boys moved to Division 1 to play at the next level. While there has been a rash of injuries hitting both the JV and Varsity teams, the boys have shown time and again that they have the skill and poise required to play at the top level. In the face of these challenges, the team has grown stronger together as a family. We’ve seen our upper classman leading on and off the field, and our younger players step up their game. The acceleration of skill from the beginning of the season to this point has been nothing short of amazing. 

While the record may not show it, the Beavers are hitting their stride at just the right time. This past week, a heavily depleted team beat out metro rival Bishop Blanchet to secure the “Brave Beaver” trophy in what is sure to be a fantastic annual rivalry. The team also put on a strong show against perennial powerhouse Bainbridge at home on Senior Night. That game was a testament to the potential we have. 

As we look to finish up the regular season, our eyes are focused on making a strong run into the playoffs. We’ll be hosting our oldest D2 rivals Roosevelt on May 9 th  to secure a playoff berth. Come on out and support these boys. They’ve worked so hard on and off the field to represent Ballard High. Go Beavers!
Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse Varsity and JV teams are entering the last week of the regular season! Both the Varsity and JV teams have really come into their own in the second half of the season, with all the hard work on and off the practice field really paying off! Since spring break, the JV team recorded two strong wins against Kennedy and Blanchet. 

The Varsity team is currently ranked #16 in state, and is working hard to secure a spot in the post-season playoffs. The post-spring break period has included great games against Metro league rivals Roosevelt, Garfield, and Nathan Hale. Friday night's win against Nathan Hale saw the team tally 15 goals (12 of which were assisted!) and play fantastic defense up and down the field. Sophomore goalie Jessie Anderson also recorded a season-best 79% save percentage!!! Teamwork has been key to the team's success. 

Games next week include a double header on Tuesday, May 1 (Varsity at 5:30pm vs. Holy Names, and JV at 7pm vs. Seattle Prep). And finally, the Varsity team will celebrate the program's two seniors (Amika Smalley and Lily Rehfeldt) in their final home game of the season on Thursday, May 3, at 6pm in a game against Seattle Prep. Hope to see you there! 

Co-ed Tennis has finished its regular season and is looking forward to post season play.

The Varsity first has Metro Team playoffs beginning Monday, April 30 th through May 2 nd . The Boys and Girls teams both finished 6 th in team matches this year out of 16.

Then the Individual Metro League Tennis Tournament kicks off on Saturday, May 5 th with 2 singles players and 2 doubles teams entering from both the Boys team and the Girls team trying to get to the District 3A Tennis Tournament to compete for State.

The All Comers Tournament, starting May 12 th allow all players in Metro League tennis to compete who did not play in the Metro League Tournament.
This is a unique tournament with plenty of opportunities to play multiple matches over a few days.

Coach Neal : The girls sprinters lead by seniors Chloe Marzio and Christine Konswa have the 3rd fastest 4x100m relay in state and is first in metro. The girl's 4x200m relay is ranked 3rd in Metro and the 4x400m relay is ranked 4th. Senior Chloe Marzio and junior Celyn Stermer are ranked 6th and 7th in state, respectively in the girl's 100m dash. In the girl's pole vault junior Celyn Stermer and freshmen Lianne Kistler are ranked 3rd and 6th, respectively in Metro, and Celyn Stermer is ranked 4th in state. 

The boys are a young group lead by sophomore John Misner who is ranked 6th in the 200 in Metro, and the 4x1 is ranked 8th in Metro. In the boy's pole vault Chad Cohen is ranked 1st in Metro and 6th in state.
Coach Nick : After what felt like a long spring break our group was finally back into the swing of things Thursday 4/26. Our milers had an awesome day with good finishes and in the two mile, three of our ladies improved times to get near Metros contention.
Coach Jacqueline : I continue to be inspired and impressed by the hard work and dedication of our athletes. So many of them have overcome fears, challenges and pushed themselves beyond what they ever thought possible. It is so fun helping them individually and as a team. I really like being part of their dynamic and healthy endeavors and getting to watch really talented athletes perform.

I want to make mention of Rudy Theard a Junior who has worked really hard for the last couple years in Discus and Shot Put. At our last meet he got a PR in the Discus throwing 139’6” 21 feet further than previously. He is currently ranked 3 rd in districts and 22 nd in state. See attached video.

Also want to mention our boys distance runners who are very competitive individually and as a group. They are strong dedicated young men who are in good positions to move forward into Metros and beyond. With a number of them who have experience running at State for cross country.
From the ABC Presidents
We are in the final stretch of the 2017-18 athletic year at Ballard. Many of our teams and individual athletes will continue to work hard to make it to Metros, District, and for some, hopefully State competitions. We wish all of you and your coaches good luck and look forward to celebrating all of those achievements in our final newsletter for the year in June.

The current ABC Board is also in its final days together. On Tuesday, May 22nd we will have our final general meeting of the year and vote in the board for the 2018-19 year. We are currently still looking for someone or a team of two to take on the role of president. Having worked with Lauren the past three years in this position as co-presidents has made it all a little less daunting, enjoyable and extremely manageable. I would encourage anyone thinking about stepping up and taking on the role of ABC President to look at the parent group around you and see if someone else might be willing join you.

If all board positions are not filled for 2018-19 the remaining board members will determine how the ABC will function and what it is willing to take on in the coming year.

Best of luck to all of our athletes in this last month of competition, we wish you all the best!

Jennifer & Lauren
ABC Co-Presidents

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