by Director of Athletics Chris Hartley, and winter sports program heads and head coaches
Each season, my day is made when I spend time watching our coaches and athletes in action. This winter was no different! Each of our winter teams saw outstanding growth in individual athletes and experienced some incredible results in competition. I am proud to represent Lakeside Athletics because our teams care deeply about what they do and show incredible respect to their opponents and officials. The results below are because Lakeside’s coaches and athletes work tirelessly to represent the school well and to achieve goals set well before their seasons began. Go Lions!
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS by Assistant Director of Athletics Mike Lengel
The Middle School winter basketball season is one of our longest, stretching from mid-November to mid-February. In total, 131 Middle School student-athletes were participating in basketball; that meant we had to sponsor 11 teams!
All of our teams showed significant growth throughout the season, as displayed both by records and scores, as well as by the positive energy and high spirits felt in the gym. Multiple teams made playoff appearances as the season came to a close, and our 7th grade varsity girls team took home the CYO championship trophy!
BOYS BASKETBALL by Program Head Joe Puetz
Our 2019-2020 boys basketball season can be summarized in one word: togetherness. We had our share of disappointments with injuries and defeats, yet we consistently glued together as one, built each other up, and grew in our basketball skills and character collectively. With majority of our varsity players as underclassmen, we didn't start to click until the second half of the season. Highlights included coming back from a 17-point deficit late in the third quarter to defeat Cleveland, then defeating them a second time to notch a playoff victory at home. We also defeated a highly ranked Nathan Hale team in the regular season. We progressively improved on the court, took pride in modeling our core covenants, learned life lessons along the way, and created bonds that will last a lifetime. Kamal M. earned third team All-Metro League honors.
CO-ED WRESTLING by Head Coach Bryce Aktepy
It was a defining season for Lions wrestling: our roster numbers exploded. We started the 2019-2020 season with 30 wrestlers in the mat room, with almost an equal split of boys and girls. The higher roster numbers brought several new and exciting challenges. We quickly realized we had to be creative with practice plans and drills to accommodate all wrestlers in the mat room safely. Our returning wrestlers and team captains did a fantastic job welcoming and supporting new team members.
This season we did a ton of wrestling. We completed a full season schedule in addition to tournament wrestling almost every weekend. The competition schedule allowed new wrestlers the opportunity to increase their mat time, leading to quick gains and improvements on the mat. By January, a number of our first-year wrestlers were frequently winning varsity level matches, which is a significant accomplishment and something to be very proud of. Lakeside wrestling had a strong postseason effort, qualifying two girls and three boys for our regional tournaments. In the end, the team wrestled close to 500 matches, and for the second year, both our boys and girls team won Washington Interscholastic Activities Association academic state championships!
We are incredibly proud of the efforts of our senior co-captains, Elizabeth B. and Bryent T. Aside from their excellent leadership, they both executed a high level of wrestling, and each battled their way through postseason brackets to qualify for the state tournament. In addition, both Bryent and Elizabeth earned individual 3A academic state championships for their weight classes.
Lakeside wrestling is a family and an athletics program where all students, despite their prior experience level, can make significant personal growth. The team’s bond was strong, and these student-athletes are hungry and eager for more wrestling next season!
BOYS SWIM AND DIVE by Program Head Matt Miller
The 2019-2020 Lakeside boys swim and dive team was highlighted by the incredible culture that has been cultivated and now passed on by an amazing group of seniors: Alex B., Max B., Charlie H., Jake J., Caden M., Eli P., Vincent W., and Russell B. We excelled throughout the regular season, going 5-1 through our Metro League schedule. For the post-season, we started it off with a bang at the Metro Championship meet, where every member of our swim team competed for the sixth straight year. On top of that impressive feat, 44 of our 56 swims resulted in best times and team-wide celebrations! As a team, we finished in second place in the Metro League. Individually, we had one Metro champion in Alex B., who won the 100-yard butterfly event. At the district meet, we finished in third place and continued to press even more of our individual events into the state meet. Heading into the state championship weekend, we had 10 swimmers competing in at least one event – which is by far the most since I’ve been involved with this program. We wrapped up our season down at the King County Aquatic Center with a fifth place finish and another strong showing at the state level.
Congratulations to the 200-free relay team of Max B., Stavros P., Derek Y., and Darren Y., who broke an incredibly fast school record this year in the post-season. And congratulations to all of the members of the team who helped creating such a fun, inclusive, and successful season of memories.
GIRLS BASKETBALL by Program Head Mia Augustavo-Fisher
For the second consecutive season, our program has made tremendous growth on and off the court. Our program was led by strong coaches and great leadership especially with our varsity senior captains, Grace H. and Rania U. The leadership skills they've demonstrated throughout the year transcends our sport and has been an inspiration for everyone in our program.
Our varsity basketball team finished fourth in the Metro League which is our best finish since the 2014-2015 season. The team members on our team showed a lot of mental toughness and grit, fighting through various obstacles that were thrown at us throughout the season. Ultimately our program has picked up a ton of momentum and has gained respect amongst our peers and other teams in our league. Congratulations go to Claire O. who earned third team All-Metro League honors.
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