Lakeside students, faculty, and staff came together Wednesday at the annual “Lakeside Versus” assembly to honor the commitment and passion of hundreds of Lakeside students in their co-curricular activities.
“We hold this assembly to honor the time and energy that our students give to their interests that take place outside of the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Chris Hartley. “The teams and individuals highlighted today are great examples of why Lakeside is such a special place… After spending hours upon hours working on academic work, students on these teams dedicate themselves to these interests. They give the same level of commitment to these activities as they do their work in classrooms. They compete against other schools and do so with great talent, great success, and great sportsmanship.”
Hartley then turned the podium over to faculty advisors of Lakeside’s club teams. Brian Reiser, a faculty advisor for the Chess Team, shared that the team placed second in the Seattle Metro League Chess Championship and regained the title of state champions with a first-place finish at the 2018 Washington High School State Championship. Some Lakeside players competed at the U.S. Chess Federation National High School Chess Championship, where the team earned sixth place overall. The team also won third place in both the Bughouse (partner chess) and Blitz (speed chess) events. (See more results and competition photos here.)
James Nau, the faculty advisor for Lakeside’s Ethics Bowl teams, recognized students who participated in the 2018 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington. Lakeside fielded “Team 1” and “Team 2”, with both teams performing well. Team 1 went undefeated and ultimately finishing third. Team 2 scored higher in the semifinal round and advanced to the finals, where they defeated Seattle Academy and won state.
Faculty advisor Karl Erickson noted in his acknowledgements of the Quiz Bowl and Knowledge Bowl team that “none of us knows everything, but the collective knowledge found on the Lakeside Quiz Bowl and Knowledge Bowl team comes pretty close.” This year, the team was led by Austin W. ’18 and Andrew M. ’18 to a 4th-place finish at the Washington State Knowledge Bowl final. The team heads to Atlanta this weekend to compete with 350 other Quiz Bowl teams.
Alina Badus spoke on behalf of Math Team coach Dean Ballard about Lakeside’s Math Team and Science Bowl. The Math Team participates in two year-long competitions, the Washington Math League, and the Mandelbrot Competition. In the Washington Math League the team finished in second place in the state, with a record number of individuals making it to the honor roll, including Carl S. ’19 who tied for first place individually. In the Mandelbrot Competition, our regional team finished in the top ten teams in the Western Region, and Carl finished in the top ten individuals in the National Division.
Over 60 Lakeside students also participated in the AMC 10 and 12 – the largest national math competition the school competes in. School winners were Philip L. ’20 and Charles G. ’21 in the 10A/10B, and Colin T. ’19 and Carl S. '19 in the 12A/12B, with Colin receiving a perfect score. Through their AMC scores, 14 students qualified for the American Invitational Math Exam, with Carl and Colin continuing on to the Math Olympiad. Carl was a USA Math Olympiad winner, placing in the top 10 in the nation, and Colin placed 38, earning both an invitation to the Math Olympiad Summer Program, where they will compete for a spot on the USA International Math Olympiad Team. (AIME update from June 1: Colin scored in the top nine nationally, and Carl scored in the top 20 nationally.)
Lakeside's Science Bowl Team placed second in the Pacific Northwest Regional Science Bowl. A day of success qualified them for the final round, where they finished just behind Redmond. Additionally, team member Sanjay R. ’19 won the first place individual award for correctly answering the most toss-up questions of anyone in the competition. Sanjay also received a gold medal at this year's USA Physics Olympiad and has been invited to the U.S. Physics Team.
Amanda O’Neal, the faculty advisor for the Robotics Team, shared that the team won a regional competition in Toppenish, WA to qualify for the Washington State Competition, where they were again on the winning alliance. This qualified the team for the World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, where they placed 37th out of 96 in their division.
Faculty advisor Bob Henry recognized the efforts of the Science Olympiad team, whose innovative projects and success at regionals led to an invitation to the state event. Their attendance was unfortunately thwarted by inclement weather, but they recently claimed another victory: a near-record-breaking time on a team trip to a biohazard escape room!
Learn more about club accomplishments in the "Local and national recognition of Lakeside STEM clubs" and "Students living our mission in club activities" news stories.
Finally, Ultimate Frisbee was recognized for outstanding girls and boys seasons. The girls team finished second in their league, and the boys team finished first in their league. The boys team placed second in the state tournament, and the JV team went undefeated.
Hartley returned to the podium to celebrate the spring athletics teams. Members of each team stood and were recognized by their classmates.
Hartley started by recognizing the six seniors who have been named Metro League 101 Scholar-Athletes: Lucy A. (basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming), AJ A. (football, basketball, track & field), Zane B. (baseball, swimming), Helen H. (crew), Sydney H. (football, swimming, track & field), and Jake K. (crew). Students were nominated by their coaches for their outstanding leadership, unwavering good judgment as role models, their service to our community, and their strong performance in the classroom.
Baseball: The team finished the Metro League regular season with a record of 12-3, and went on to finish third in the Metro League playoffs. This qualified them for the state tournament, where they lost a hard-fought game to Capital by a score of 3-2 in the first round.
Boys Crew: At the Northwest Regional Championship, the varsity athletes achieved medals in five events and qualified the varsity pair for nationals. This is the third year in a row the team will be taking a boat to the National Championship, a momentum made possible by the hard work and dedication brought by the entire team.
Girls Crew: Led by strong leadership from seniors, girls crew had a year of growth with a bright future ahead. Following a successful Brentwood Regatta, the team attended the Northwest Regionals, where the novice double took gold, and the team took home four bronze medals. Two boats qualified for the National Championship, and the entire team is energized by their combined success.
Boys Lacrosse: The varsity team had a successful season, ending in the state semi-finals with a loss to Seattle Prep. The outstanding leadership of the seniors laid a foundation for many successful seasons to come.
Girls Lacrosse: The varsity team finished the regular season with a 9-4 record, securing them the 6th seed in the playoffs. They beat Roosevelt in the first round, and ultimately lost in the second round to Lake Snohomish. Three players, Lauren C. ’20, Anna K. ’20, and Emerson M. ’19, will compete in the national tournament this summer.
Boys Soccer: The varsity team had a successful and exciting Metro League tournament, beating Seattle Prep and O’Dea to take third place and qualify for the state tournament. After wins against Stadium and Evergreen, the team takes on Garfield in the state semifinals Friday, May 25.
Boys Tennis: After a 12-1 season, the boys team cruised to their seventh consecutive Metro League title. Alan Y. ’19 took the district singles title, and Tate F. ’20 and Jack D. ’20 finished second in doubles. All three will head to the state tournament this weekend.
Girls Tennis: The girls team had a 12-1 season, and lost only to Seattle Prep. Following a competitive Metro League tournament where Crystal X. ’19 won the singles title, they will send Aya I. ’21 and Emma S. ’19 to the state tournament this weekend.
Track and Field: The boys and girls track and field teams had a successful regular season. Both teams had an excellent showing at Metros, with many moving on to districts, and nine qualifying for the state tournament. Lakesiders will be competing in the 4 x 200 relay, 4 x 400 relay, open 400, and the 3200. The boys track and field team was also the academic state champion, with a cumulative GPA of 3.73.
In addition to the accomplishments of the spring teams, Hartley recapped some of the major accomplishments of fall and winter teams.
Golf: The boys team won the Metro championship; Stephen D. ’20 was a medalist in the Metro League. Five golfers moved on to the state tournament, where Danny T. ’19 finished second.
Girls Swim and Dive: The team dominated for the fourth year in a row, winning the Metro League championship, the district championship, and placing second at the state meet. Amy T. ’21 broke the state record in the 100 free.
Finally, Hartley recognized the strength and conditioning program's committed athletes for 2016-2017 – students who demonstrate qualities and characteristics that exude commitment, leadership, and confident competence in the weight room. This year’s committed athletes were Angela T. ’19, Jake K. ’18, Cate D. ’18, William D. ’19, Erich W. ’19, Lucy A. ’18, Grace H. ’20, and Greg L. ’19.
Parent Christianne Eldred was recognized for her contributions to the athletics program. “If your team had a great meal during the season, a great banquet, and all of the necessary volunteers to run your events, you have Christianne to thank,” said Hartley. He also recognized Lakeside Athletics staff and coaches, a thanks that was echoed by all the students, faculty, and staff in the audience.
Coach Wade Praeger was awarded the Harry Swetnam Award, which is given each year to the Lakeside parent or friend who perpetuates the spirit and camaraderie that were so important to the man for whom this award is named. In bestowing the award, Hartley said Praeger “has inspired runners to dedicate themselves to the craft of endurance athletics, to fully commit their efforts, and to not back away from challenges.”
Finally, Hartley recognized Head Athletic Trainer Tamra Patton, who is retiring after nearly 30 years at Lakeside. Asking those in the audience to raise their hand if they had ever been treated by Patton, hardly a hand remained down. Applauding her “expertise, high expectations, and tough love,” Hartley presented to her with an award from the Washington Secondary School Athletics Administrators Association.