What's the latest with BHS sports?
NOVEMBER  2016
In This Issue
Team News
Beaver Gear on sale now!
Note from the ABC 
Come help plan The Blast!                                          
Important Dates
Nov 18: Beaver Gear Sales start
Nov 22:  Winter Sports Night
Nov 29:  Blast Planning Meeting
Dec 16:  Beaver Gear Sales end
Jan 28:  ABC Blast
Mar 7:  Spring Sports Team Parent Meeting
Mar 17: Breakfast of Champions
May 1:  All Sports Team Parent Meeting
Jun 7:  Beaver Nation Athletic Awards


Team News
Boys Basketball
This year's squad of Beaver Basketball players is full of hard working young men dedicated to the Ballard Way - a core set of principles upon which the coaches and players agree to build a respectful, responsible winning program. The Beavers bring back a wealth of experience at the varsity level led by seniors Shay Curcuruto - a lock down defender and floor general, dynamic scorer Simon Czyzewski, dangerous inside-out player Val Boyanov, explosive junior guard Rashekem "Fresh" Ausar and versatile junior big man Thomas Helean. At the Junior Varsity and Freshman levels there is an influx of young talent unlike coaches have seen in some time at Ballard High.

This year the Beavers play as competitive of conference schedule as anyone in the state with the likes of Garfield, Rainier Beach and Nathan Hale on the horizon, but also have unique away trips to Glacier Peak, Bremerton and a holiday tournament in Victoria, Canada. Built on defending, rebounding and offensive execution, the Beavers look to make waves in the Metro league this year as they work in the gym and in the classroom each day to support the team's "Ballard Pride" mantra they break with at the end of every practice. 

The coaches and players invite the broader Ballard community to come out this season, join the rowdy students of the Beaver Brigade and support our team. You can follow the team's season at  ballardboyshoops.com and on Twitter @BallardBBall.

Girls Basketball
Girls Basketball wrapped up a great first week of practices! We are looking forward to our first non-league game at home on Tuesday, Nov. 29th 5:45 JV/7:30 Varsity vs Newport. After that, we get right into league play on Friday, Dec 2nd at home vs Holy Names 4:00 JV/7:00 Varsity. Over Winter Break, with three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen, our varsity will travel to San Diego to compete in three games. Come watch us play smothering defense and an up tempo game that will have you cheering out of your seats!

Cheer
The 2016/17 Ballard High School Lil’ Beavs Cheerleading Camp is back by popular demand!
When: Sunday, December 4 from 9:30-Noon
Where: Ballard High School
For Who: All K-6 students

Spend the morning with the BHS Varsity Cheerleading Squad learning cheers, chants and dances.  Each camper will receive a t-shirt, set of poms, a picture with the squad, and invited to perform at halftime during the Ballard Girl’s Basketball game on 12/7! 

You can also get more information at our website under the Upcoming Events tab.  http://ballardhscheerlead.wixsite.com/ballardcheerleading/upcoming-events 

Thank you for all your continued support!

Cross Country
Congratulations to Ballard’s largest XC team ever!  140 athletes successfully competed another season.  Both teams competed in the State XC meet In Pasco for the third consecutive year.  The Boys team took 5th  and the Girls placed 8th . The 2016 season has come to an exhilarating and exhausting conclusion.  

Football
Our first football season as a new program was a huge success in many ways. Going into the season we had a very inexperienced team. We returned only a couple starters from the previous season. Going into our first game we started 12 players that had never played a meaningful Varsity snap. Our team matured each week and by the midpoint in the season we were 3-2 and in the hunt for a playoff spot. In our homecoming game and the game after we lost a few key players to injuries and the inexperience of our team showed as we lost all of our remaining games. Despite the losses on the scoreboard our players continued to work their butts off day in and day out.

Our Freshmen team started the season with back to back losses to O’Dea and Eastside Catholic but rebounded and finished the season 5-1 giving them an overall record of 5-3. They are a talented class with a blue collar work ethic and we are excited to have them join our young Varsity group!

I am incredibly proud of how the vast majority of our team embraced our core values; commitment, cooperation, conduct, and competing. At our 5 week grade check our Varsity, JV, and Freshmen had a program GPA of 3.1! We also had many players receive All-League Honors: Chris Ellyn (Sr.), TE; Corbin Gabrel (Sr.), QB/LB; Eric Henderson (Sr.), WR/DB; Daniel Hardiman (Sr.), RB; Gunnar Beck (Jr.), OL; Shiloh Ta’ase (Jr.), DL; Tod Vicencio (Jr.), WR; Derick Novaes (Jr.), DB; Ian Crocker (So.), LB; Zedekiah Webster (So.), DB; Kade Queen (So.), OL; Alec Sigmar (So.), OL.

We took huge strides in setting the foundation of the program. We are indebted to this year’s Senior class for their willingness to buy into the new program. Looking ahead to next season we are very excited! We return many starters on both sides of the ball, we have a lot of players who will push the current starters, and this will be our first full offseason together! 

Golf
Our season went well:  boys were 3-8 and girls were 5-6 for the season. Nick Peterson advanced to state in May. Millie Jacobson, Arianna Rauliuk, Katie Reeves and Emily MacLeod advanced to Districts. We had a record 45 players turn out!

Gymnastics
Gymnastics season is underway and this looks to be a great year for Ballard. We have a solid group of returners along with talented group of new gymnasts on the team. Come catch us in our first home meet on Friday, Dec 9th @ 7pm! We will also be hosting two camps for kids in K-5th grade on January 14th & 21st. Email  ballardgymnastics@gmail.com for more information. 

Boys Swim
Boys Swim and Dive has begun and we are off to a great start. The team is already cohesive and showing immense support for one another. We are approaching our annual Red vs. Black inter-squad meet where the athletes can start to show their competitive side. Coach Gleit and Coach Brayman are excited to watch this team of 27 guys evolve and to make our presence known in the Metro League. Go Beavers!

Ultimate
Winter Coed - January through February
Girls Spring - March through May
Girls Informational meeting - November 30th - 4:30PM in Room SW106

Are you looking for something to do this winter besides homework? Coed Ultimate will be starting up in December with a couple pre-season practices and a friendly tournament on December 18th.  The full Coed season starts the first week of January and ends the last week of February. Last season Ballard Ultimate won the city tournament and were crowned the city champs!

For any girls that are interested in learning more about Ultimate and the Girls and Coed programs, the BUF Girls will be holding an informational meeting on November 30th at 4:30 in Room SW106.  There will be snacks & drinks provided.

If you have any interest in playing, you can also fill out the following contact form:

Other questions or inquiries, contact John Nobis, Ballard HS Coordinator:  jgnobis@gmail.com or 206-257-8311

Volleyball
Volleyball had another competitive season, with Varsity making the playoffs and district tournaments. Ruby Fera received 1st team All Metro and Iszy Kleven received 2nd team All metro. JV and JVC team worked hard and competed all season long too! We're very proud of Ballard volleyball!
Beaver Gear on sale now!
GET 'EM WHILE THEY’RE WARM (AND COZY)!

Limited Edition Plaid Flannel Lounge Pants will arrive in time for the cool weather and holiday gift giving. Get yours before they sell out. We are ordering a limited quantity and once they are gone, they’re gone!  Pants come in Adult sizes S-XL and sell for $30.
 
To preorder and reserve yours, email  gear@ballardathletics.org or stop by our in person sales on the dates below.
  
Our next sale runs November 18-December 16, so plan ahead. No gear will be distributed after December 16, since school is closed for the break.

The happy ABC elves will be selling at school  November 22 for Winter Sports Night on the 2nd floor atrium from 6-7:30, and  December 2 and 16 in the hallway outside the Gym for the first two home basketball games-time TBD. 

Reminder to Parents:
All orders from fall curriculum night and fall packets have been filled. They are waiting in the front office. Please send your child to pick up your order!

Thank you for your support of the Athletic Booster Club! 
From the ABC
Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

Fall sports are all wrapped up and winter sports are underway. This Tuesday, November 22nd we will be having our general meeting for winter teams followed by individual team meetings.
The ABC will also be selling Beaver Gear so don’t forget to stop by the table and pick up any holiday gift needs!

Congratulations to boys and girls cross country and individual girls’ swimmers for competing at the state level. Way to go Beavers!

Recently we met with The Ballard Foundation to help oversee the allocation of funds earned at The Foundation’s Golf Tournament and Auction. I am pleased to report that over $47,000 was given to Ballard Athletics. A portion of the funds are put aside to pay for our strength and conditioning coach throughout the year; however, the majority of the money was distributed to our 23 teams. I know it will all be put to good use. Thank you again to all of you that helped with or attended The Golf Tournament and Auction.

We are looking forward to the success of our winter teams.

Have a safe and happy holiday!
Jennifer Doherty & Lauren Molloy Johnson
ABC co-presidents
The Ballard Blast is coming!

Mark your calendars for January 28th, 2017 and join us at the Ballard Elks where we will socialize with friends and coaches, play a little cornhole and have a great time in support of BHS Athletics. 

But!  Before any of that can happen, we are having a planning meeting on November 29th at 7pm.  If you are interested in being involved with organizing this event please contact Lauren Molloy-Johnson at  ajandlmj@gmail.com!
Visit the ABC website for specific team info, sports calendars, and more!

Join the BHS Athletic Booster Club and help us support Ballard athletes!