By Grace Lewis
With all fall sports teams competing in the district competitions, and 5 out of 7 going to state, the Edmonds-Woodway fall athletic program has had one of the best seasons yet. These teams competing in state are football, girl’s swim, girl’s cross country, boy’s cross country, and girl’s soccer.
After falling short last season, the warrior football team earned their way to the state football playoffs this year. Football played in their first state game Friday, November 10 at Memorial stadium in Seattle against Eastside Catholic. The Warriors are ranked fourth in the 3A division of Washington state varsity football as of November 9th. The warriors have some great stats this season. For Wesco 3A south, two warrior football players ranked 1st in various categories. Junior Capassio Cherry is ranked 1st in rushing yards with 1179, scoring 96 total points and 16 total touchdowns. Senior Dominic Lawrence led Wesco south with his 87 tackles. The football team is chalk-full of great players who have led them to victory this season.
Girl’s swim is headed to state this weekend at the King County Aquatic Center. Guided by head coach Darrell Cray, four Edmonds-Woodway swimmers are competing in the state meet. Sophomore Alexis Song, competing at state in the 200 medley and the 4×1 relay with junior Angella Kim, and seniors Ilaria Simmen and Morgan Broadhead, , said of this season that it “was way better than last year,” and that she “felt great in the water and had an amazing time with [her] teammates.” There were some hang-ups in the beginning of the season though. According to Alexis, “in the beginning of the season, [they] had to maneuver through some obstacles of having a new change of coaches, but [they all]eventually got the hang of it.” She conducted with a statement that truly shows how close her and her teammates are, “I’m very excited to go to state with my teammates and hope the best for us. We worked really hard, and are ready to show how much it paid off. I am very proud and thankful for everyone on the team, and am already motivated for next season to do even better.”
The cross country teams were stacked with excellent competitors this year. The girls’ team took second in the 3A state meet, with 3 runners finishing in the top 5. Senior Yukino Parle finished 2nd in state, junior Olivia Meader-Yetter came in 4th, and junior Stephanie Wrobleski came in 5th. Great job to the girls! The boys’ team came 4th in state with junior Deyago Peraza finishing at in 21st, junior Dylan Hartono at 26th, and junior Lucas Lacambra at 27th. Both cross country teams ran their hearts out last weekend and all their hard work paid off. With many top runners returning next year, we are excited to see the how far they’ll be able to go.
Finally, girl’s soccer is in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. The program for girls soccer has always been exceptionally strong and you can chalk this up to the fact that they have been in the top three teams in their conference for the past five years. After finishing the regular season third in Wesco with 7 wins, 2 losses, and 3 ties, the girls won the title of district champions, and have already won one game in the state tournament. While they are currently doing well, they have had a rough start, barely managing a few multiple ties and losses. However,the warriors were able to came back and finish with a strong triumphant second half that led them to the state tournament. When asked about their season, sophomore Sydney Walsh said that,“we started off the season kind of slow but now we have found our rhythm. I think if we play our game for a full 80, we have a good chance of doing well in the state tournament. The game against Mercer Island is what is in front of us and that is our only focus at this point.” The team played Mercer Island on November 11th and ….(insert results here) The girls have worked hard and we can’t wait to watch them grow in the tournament and in the coming years.
2017-2018 is looking to be the year of the Warriors for sports thanks to a strong start in the fall. Winter sports — boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ wrestling, and boys’ swim — start this week, and we can not wait to see more victories for Edub.