It was a historic winter all around for Lakeside Athletics, with all four varsity teams making waves across the Metro League and the state. Our winter program heads and head coaches took the time to write about each of their teams and their winter season adventures. Read on!
BOYS SWIM AND DIVE, by swim and dive program head and head boys swim coach Matt Miller
The Lakeside Boys Swim and Dive team had another tremendously fun and successful season! With one of the smallest teams in the Metro League, we finished our regular season with a 5-1 league record and 5-2 overall record. We were really excited to have our entire team represented at the Metro Championship Meet, where we hit best times in 37 of our 44 individual swims and also finished 2nd place in the final standings. Our District Meet was interrupted and cancelled due to the snow storm, but we then brought 11 swimmers down to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) state championship meet in Federal Way, WA. After a trying weekend, the Lions finished 6th place in the state – represented in the finals of all three relays and six of the eight individual events.
We’d like to honor and thank our fantastic group of Seniors, who were committed, inclusive, selfless, and exemplary leaders: Will C., Nate C., Sebastian A., Hayden H., and Lelan B.
BOYS BASKETBALL, by boys basketball program head and head varsity coach Joe Puetz
The team was competitive in the majority of their 20 regular season games. Probably our most notable game was a back and forth contest with the eventual state champion O'Dea Irish, where we held a tie game into the start of the fourth quarter, and battled until the last second. In addition to the O'Dea game, Lakeside was competitive with multiple teams who eventually made it to the state tournament. We earned the #12 seed heading into the Metro League playoffs, but unfortunately the snow cancelled any opportunity to make a run, ending our season before the playoffs began. We were rewarded with the Metro League Sportsmanship Award this season, voted on by all the Metro League coaches.
WRESTLING, by head wrestling coach Bryce Aktepy
The team had a big increase in participation number this year, ending with a total of 20 student-athletes. With that momentum we were able to win our first Metro League team dual in many years, and ending with five team dual wins for the season! Our focus was on increased mat time and increased individual match counts. We competed in 9 regular-season tournaments in addition to our regularly scheduled Metro duals. Three girls and three boys qualified for regional tournaments, and this year the snow delays cancelled the regional tournament, and we sent those six wrestlers straight into the WIAA state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Although we didn't place any wrestlers at state, they won a number of matches in the tournament which we are very proud of.
GIRLS BASKETBALL by girls basketball program head and head varsity coach Mia Augustavo-Fisher
The program experienced a fun and exciting season! The varsity team finished 13-7 overall and 10-5 during Metro League play. Due to hard work and teamwork our team was able to finish as the fifth place team in an extremely competitive Metro League, and eventually seeded fifth in the Sea-King District 2 tournament. Highlights of this season included big wins against top teams such as Roosevelt, Franklin, and Bishop Blanchet. Our team is currently ranked #22 in the 3A High School Girls Basketball rankings! Special thanks to our four seniors this season, and look out for us next season, where we return most of our roster!