What's the latest with BHS sports?

In This Issue
Team News
Ballard Pride!
Congrats to Joshua Villarino
Beaver Gear at Jam the Dam
Ballard Athletics Blast
Running of the Beavers
ABC FAQ                   
Important Dates
Jan 29: End of First Semester
Feb 13: Spring Sports Packets Due
Feb 18: Midwinter Break Begins
Feb 25: Spring Sports Begin
Mar 9: Ballard Athletics Blast
Mar 30: Running of the Beavers

BHS at Metro League: links to individual team schedules
Team News
The goal remains the same this Spring for the Beaver Batsmen: make the state tournament for the first time since 2001. The hurdle remains the same too: get past perennial Metro powerhouses O'Dea, Eastside Catholic and Lakeside, all of which roster their share of college commits, including Lakeside's stud center fielder, Corbin Carroll, who's committed to UCLA, but is ranked the 7th overall prospect in the nation by Baseball America for this year's MLB Draft.

The challenge will be replacing eight '18 grads, six of which have gone on to play college ball. But this year's Dirt Beavers are lead by a talented and experienced core. The leader behind the plate is senior captain and 3rd year starting catcher,  Peter Furia , who earned 2nd Team All-Metro honors last season, and committed to a great baseball school at Everett CC. Throwing to him will be the other senior captain, pitcher  Jay Dunbar , who's got one of the best fastballs in the state, and has long been committed to UC Santa Barbara. Junior pitcher and infielder  Kelan Scanlan  figures to be the #2 starter behind Dunbar. In addition to pitching, the Univ. of Portland commit will likely hold down 3B and hit atop the order. Competition for the #3 starter is wide open, with returners  Christian Collins  (Sr) and  Ian Crocker  (Sr) looking to earn innings over newcomers  Mathias King (Jr) and  Avery McGinnis  (Jr).

The infield returns some talent, lead by senior 2B/SS  Ethan Doshi , who earned 1st Team All-Metro honors last year, and committed to Univ. of Portland this Fall. His double play man will be the senior speedster 2B/SS  Sam Cooper , who's committed to the Centralia College Blazers. 1st Base remains an open competition, with returner  Ethan Nishi  (Sr) hoping to fend off newcomers  Luke Petteruti  (Jr)   and  Paul Teilmann  (Sr). Also looking to earn at bats is last year's most improved player,  Jack Fields  (Sr), who could find time at 3B and DH, as well as two-sport athlete, middle infielder  Harrison Kaufman  (Jr).

Providing assurance behind the plate is 3rd year letter-man and wrestling standout, senior  Alec Sigmar , who could end up getting regular at bats at DH, in addition to catcher.

The outfield is largely a question mark, after graduating all three college bound starters last year. Football standout  Ian Crocker 's arm and athleticism figure to play a part in running down fly balls and throwing guys out. Additionally, newcomers  Mathias King  and  Roc Ransdell  (Jr) could easily earn starting roles. Add to the mix the three talented sophomores  Ryan Blokker Nik Greb , and  Nate Leibold  who helped lead JV to an 18-2 record last season, and could all three not only earn varsity spots, but starting spots as well.

"To make state we need our pitching to step up. You look at the teams that reach that level, and they're usually lead by outstanding pitching. When you're only playing two playoff games a week, having a couple aces can really get you far. I think we have the pitching talent. I think we have the defense. I think we have enough bats to score runs. And I think we have the leadership and chemistry to get it done. If we play our kind of smart, clean, aggressive baseball, getting past Metro shouldn't be a problem."  - Coach Doug
Boys Basketball
With a little under two weeks left in the regular season of Metro League basketball, it is safe to say Ballard Boys Basketball has had a great season so far. JVC has earned a 10-6 record, and a standout moment of the season, proving JVC’s mental toughness, took
place at Bainbridge Island. Down by ten points in the second half, the Beavers began to slowly chip away at the lead. With the clock winding down, Josh Coacher was sent to the free-throw line with two shots. He sunk both of them which placed the Beavers ahead
by one point. The Beavers applied a full court press against the Spartans, resulting in a steal by Josh Lambros to complete the game for the win! Looking forward, JVC aims to finish their season strong and rack up wins against the final four opponents.

The JV team began the season playing some of the top teams in the Metro League, taking three tough losses to very strong teams, starting out 1-3. At the first Friday night home quad of the season, JV brought the heat. Facing off against Rainier Beach, a basketball
powerhouse, the Beavers came out hot, but in the third quarter, JV began to struggle, losing much of their momentum. Late in the fourth, with the help of their enthusiastic bench, the Beavers found their footing once again, tying the game with a three pointer
from Brandon Cooper. The game then landed in sudden death overtime, (first to score wins.) Nate Leibold won the tip off for the Beavers, and as the play that the Beavers attempted to run broke down, Brandon Cooper sliced to the basket, finishing with a smooth left side layup. The crowd and bench erupted into a frenzy.  Throughout the next month the JV went on an impressive run, winning ten of their next eleven games, fueled by their heart, discipline and desire.

The varsity team had a similar start to their season-they picked up their first wins against Chief Sealth and on the road at Bremerton. Down the stretch they faced some hard teams and put together some very close games. Over winter break the varsity team also
earned two more wins, one at a home game against Nathan Hale, completing the program-wide sweep for the day. Recently, the Beavers traveled to Bainbridge Island. Playing in the final game of the night, varsity had a long fought defensive battle with the Spartans, and they won by four points. As the clock was winding down Tycho Striegel knocked down a deep three pointer, sealing the win for the Beavers. In attendance was the Head Beaver, (Mr. Wynkoop) and Coach Broom via Twitter (he was at home with family and his newborn son Gabriel); the sweep was completed, but the Broom was missing! After his return Coach Broom hopes to see a strong finish to the Beaver season leading into the Metro League Playoffs.

Overall, the Ballard Boys Basketball season has been very productive. All three teams have seen much development and have bonded with one another through their common experience of the wonderful game of basketball. As the seasons come to a close, each of the teams have spent about 90 hours practicing with each other, showing the commitment and dedication of the players, coaches and support staff. Ballard Boys Basketball has a bright future ahead with its young and developing talent and the will to put in the work required to produce very strong basketball teams.

-Peter Fathi (sophomore)
Girls Basketball
The JV team has been tearing it up with a record of 10-1, so far, including winning the Granite Falls tournament over Winter Break!
The varsity team is also in full force with a 7-3 league record and five games remaining in regular season. Then, to Playoffs! 
Ballard Cheerleading is having another amazing competition season and we can't wait to see where our teams finish up with State and Nationals right around the corner. Our program has continued to grow with our Medium Tumbling team, "Black," and our Large Non-Tumbling team, "Red." Black competed early this season at UCA Regionals where they earned their bid back to Florida to compete at UCA High School Nationals for the second year in a row. We then entered into our local competition circuit and both teams have been absolutely phenomenal thus far. Black remains undefeated in the Medium Tumbling division and is heading into State hoping for their third straight State Title! They also currently hold the top score in the state for a traditional routine. Red won their Large NT division last week and took home the team's highest score to date! The WIAA State tournament will be held at Battle Ground High School on Friday 2/1 and Saturday 2/2. Black leaves for Orlando on Tuesday, February 5th and the competition will be held over the following weekend. 
Join us on all our upcoming adventures by following  @ballardcheer on Instagram! You can also watch the live stream of both our State & National competitions by clicking the links below.

We continue to enjoy cheering on and supporting our winter sports teams and are lucky to call Ballard home. Camaraderie amongst all teams has been growing by spending more time together in the weight room (Thanks Coach Matthiesen) and the awesome Beav Brigade who has been  showing up  this year in a major way. Don't miss Senior Night on January 25th! We can't wait to celebrate our 10 outstanding athletes as well as the Seniors from both Girls & Boys Basketball.  
Despite being months away from our season it is a great time to be part of the Ballard Football program!

We had three student-athletes named 2nd Quarter Student of the Quarter for their efforts in the classroom!

On National Signing Day, February 6th, we will celebrate our Seniors that will continue their football careers at the college level. Currently we have one player already committed but could have as many six players ready to sign by Signing Day!
On average we have 45 players working in the off-season strength and conditioning program! The camaraderie, strength, and confidence that we are building is so fun to be apart of; the season can’t come soon enough!

As a coaching staff we are committed to giving our families the greatest experience we can. To do so we take advantage of many professional development opportunities. Over the next three months we will be attending four coaching clinics and spend time with college and high school programs in the region.

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

Ballard Pride!
The gymnastics team has continued their fantastic season over the last month, winning the Sehome Invitational in Bellingham along with every league meet and breaking multiple program record high scores along the way!
The team has been led by five gymnasts who are strong on every event: sophomores Lianne Kistler, Frances Magnuson and Cosette LaChance, junior Ava Alvord and senior Celyn Stermer. Lianne was selected WIAA State Athlete of the Week earlier this season and continues to excel, recently winning every event and the all around against Ingraham on January 18th.

Don't miss out on catching the best gymnastics team Ballard has ever had! The last regular season meet and Senior Night is Friday, February 1st at 7pm and Ballard will host the District 2 state-qualifying meet on Saturday, February 16th. Follow us on Instagram -- @ballardgymnastics -- to stay up to date! 
Girls Lacrosse
The Girls Lacrosse team is gearing up for the 2019 spring season! Captains' practices and strength sessions are happening weekly to help players get ready for tryouts, which start on Monday, February 25 .

The team is looking to build on a successful 2018 season, which saw the program build on their lacrosse skillset and saw the Varsity team make the state playoffs for the first time. The 2109 season kicks off with a game against Everett on March 15 (full schedule is online  here ). 
Ballard Pride!
Beaver fans pack the house in a quad basketball game vs. Ingraham. Photo: Jasper Laur
Joshua Villarino, Seahawks High School Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Joshua Villarino for being recognized as a Seahawks High School Athlete of the Week, an award given to student athletes who are " dedicated to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and athletics." Joshua is a kicker on the Football team and a member of the Dance team, and he is the first Filipino to receive this award since it began in 2012. Joshua received special recognition at the December 2, 2018 Seahawks game vs. the 49ers, and BHS Athletics was given a $1,000 grant as part of his award. Read more about Joshua at the link above and at My Ballard!
Beaver Gear at Jam the Dam!
Jam the Dam is a fun winter tradition at Ballard High School! Aimed at helping support our Beaver sports teams during the coldest, wettest season, attendees get a punch card that they bring with them to various sports events. At the end of the Jam the Dam series, those with 5 punches get a free Jam the Dam t-shirt!  

At some of these events, ABC board members Cara Glickman-Clarke and Frances Goldberg have been tossing our newest Beaver Gear item -- red fanny packs -- into the crowd. They’ve become a huge hit! Beaver spectators have one last chance to get one of these popular giveaways at next week's basketball game against Cleveland on Friday, January 25 th at the BHS gym. 

Why not come to the game next Friday night to see if you’re one of the lucky fanny pack winners? They’ll also be for sale outside the gym, along with our popular stainless-steel water bottles that keep beverages hot or cold for over 12 hours for $20 each.

After Jam the Dam ends, fanny packs will be available for sale at the ABC website. Beaver Gear order forms are available online or you can pick up a printed copy right outside the main office.

Upcoming in-person Beaver Gear Sales:
  • January 25, Basketball vs. Cleveland
  • February 7, 8th Grade Open House
Ballard Athletics Blast March 9!
SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Ballard Athletics Blast!

All coaches and parents are invited to join us on March 9 for a fun and casual evening fundraiser in support of the work the BHS Athletic Booster Club does for Ballard Athletics. The Blast includes dinner, cash bar, a silent auction, fun and games, and a great chance to connect with other Ballard Athletics fans!

Tickets go on sale in February -- keep an eye out for an email announcement when the ticketing site is live. In the meantime, if you would like to represent your team by taking on one of our easy Blast volunteer jobs, please click here to sign up.

We hope to see you at this celebration of the Ballard Athletics community!
Running of the Beavers Early Bird Pricing through January 31!
Are you signed up for the  Ballard High School Foundation 's 3rd Annual  Running of the Beavers 5K Fun Run/Walk ?

It's time to get ready to run (or walk) in support of Ballard High School -- we hope you'll grab your family and friends and join us on a fun, fast, flat course at Golden Gardens on  March 30 !

NEW THIS YEAR when you register, use the drop-down menu to specify which BHS Athletic Team you want to support with your race fee.  When you select this option, 70% of your fee goes directly to your favorite Ballard team ! * It's a perfect opportunity to sneak in a little extra fundraising in support of your student athletes. Why not get a group together and make it a fun team parent outing?

Can't make it to the run this year? You can also make a direct donation at  www.runningofthebeavers.com , with 100% of your donation going to the team of your choice.

Take advantage of Early Bird pricing through the end of January and pay just $30 per adult, $20 per student.

Get more details at  www.runningofthebeavers.com !

* Remember, in order to donate a portion of your race fee, you MUST select your team from the drop-down menu when you register!
With so many different volunteer groups working to support BHS students, we know things can get confusing. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the ABC.

What exactly  is  the ABC?
The Ballard High School Athletic Booster Club (BHS ABC) is a parent volunteer group that works with the Athletic Director and BHS coaches to benefit the student-athletes and athletic programs at Ballard High School. We support  athletic programs at Ballard High School by providing administrative, communication, and bookkeeping services; we  promote  BHS sporting event attendance, school spirit, and camaraderie for all Beavers; and we  advocate  for BHS Athletics in the surrounding community.

Ok, so what does the ABC do?
The ABC Board meets monthly with the Athletic Director to make sure that our efforts align with BHS Athletics values and goals. One of our most important jobs is maintaining financial records and managing bank accounts for all BHS sports teams, so that teams do not have to maintain individual non-profit status and coaches and team parents are not also required to be bookkeepers. We also:
  • pay for and maintain the Ballard Athletics website
  • pay for, produce, and distribute this newsletter
  • produce and sell Beaver Gear
  • host the Ballard Athletics Blast fundraiser
  • purchase fun Beaver Swag for giveaways at select sporting events
  • pay an annual percentage of the Strength and Conditioning coach's salary
  • provide grants to the Athletic Director for special projects that benefit BHS Athletics

I want to support BHS athletes! What can  do?
  • Become a member of the ABC. Membership fees help cover our costs and keep the ABC strong.
  • Buy and wear Beaver Gear, especially when you are out supporting our Beavers at sporting events.
  • Plan on attending the various social and fundraising events we host throughout the school year. Help us build community while we celebrate our athletes!
  • Become a team parent, or offer to help your existing team parent -- volunteering to help out with a team's administrative, fundraising, or communications tasks means that the coach has more time to focus on his or her athletes.
  • Make a direct donation to your team!