by Director of Athletics Chris Hartley, and fall sports program heads and head coaches
The highlight of my day is watching our coaches and athletes in action. This fall, I watched practices and competitions on campus and around Seattle. I am proud of all of the work accomplished by our athletes and coaches. Each of our fall 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 back in August. Go Lions!
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS by Assistant Athletic Director Mike Lengel
The Middle School sports season roared into action with boys and girls soccer beginning practices the week before the first day of school; co-ed cross country and 8th grade crew began their seasons not long after. In total, 209 Middle School student-athletes were participating in at least one sport throughout the fall season!
Our cross country team took 3rd place in their league championship meet, and the 8th grade girls took first place in their division. Six of our eight boys and girls soccer teams earned playoff spots, and by the end of the tournament, our 7th grade boys and 8th grade boys soccer teams were crowned CYO champions! Our 8th grade girls team had an outstanding season and also played in the championship game, and took second place in the CYO.
CREW by Head Coaches Jeff Iqbal and Briana Schulte
The focus for the Varsity Boys Crew program this fall was on growth and improvement. The fall season serves as the foundation for success in the spring, so it was critical that the team begin to build momentum, particularly with a large number of athletes new to the varsity squad. While the team struggled to find their footing at first, the final weeks of the season saw them make good on the promise of their potential. All boats improved significantly from their first race, with three of the four boats earning medals at the Portland Fall Classic, and with all boats making up significant ground on their competition by the end of the season.
The Girls Varsity Crew program had a solid fall season culminating in strong performances by our crews at our final fall race. With many new members to the Varsity Girls squad, it was essential to take time to get to know each other and reinforce our team and squad’s culture and we did that by focusing on making and keeping connections in and out of the boats. We wrapped up the fall with a race in Seattle that attracts teams from all across the west coast and Canada. We finished in the top quarter of the competition in two of our events with a second place finish in one of the events.
CROSS COUNTRY by Head Coach Sally Revere
After 21 seniors graduated from the cross-country program last year, the team turned the page to a new chapter, welcoming 22 new runners to the team this year. These new runners made an immediate impact. Led by state-qualifier Megan K. (second fastest freshman in Metro), Lakeside's top 5 featured three freshman runners who helped the team to a tenth-place finish in the Metro League. Claudia H. joined Megan as a State qualifier after delivering a string of impressive late-season races, highlighted by a top-four finish at the Metro Championships.
On the boys side, Fred L. capped an impressive Lakeside cross country career with his finest season yet. Setting four Lakeside all-time course records this season Fred finished 3\third in Metro, eighth at District, and 17th at State. Fred -- the only senior boy on the team -- set a positive example throughout the season for his younger teammates, including freshman Reggie H. who qualified for the District meet thanks to a breakthrough performance at the Metro Championships, where he was the fourth freshman to cross the line.
FOOTBALL by Head Coach Mike Lengel
The 2019 Lakeside football team took the field each week with a unique sense of purpose. Their theme, FIGHT, was a call to action for each of the 47 players to remind themselves of their intentions when joining the football team this season, to fight to accomplish them with energy and passion, and to fight away anything - including their own doubts or fears - that might stand in their way. After dropping their opener in Selah, WA, the Lions bounced back with a 55-point victory over King's. Their next win wouldn't come until week seven, which would mark the beginning of a season-closing 4-game win streak, ending the year with a 5-5 record, including wins over King's, Roosevelt twice, Ingraham, and Central Kitsap. Fourteen players were recognized with All-Metro League offensive and defensive honors, including the Offensive Player of the Year in Eli Trop. The team was led by captains Jack D., Eli T., Jake J., Alex S., and Max D.
GOLF by Head Coach Doug Porter
The golf season was one of transitions of sorts, with the loss or graduation of some top players on both the girls and boys teams. The Lion golfers were in the (recently) unfamiliar position of not being near the top of the heap in the Metro League. That led to the emergence of some new leaders, combined with some younger players stepping up to make for a really enjoyable season. And, while the boys did not defend their string of three consecutive league championships, they performed admirably, and finished third in Metro, with Kevin H. winning the individual championship, keeping alive the string of four straight years that a Lakeside boy won the league title. Kevin H. and Stephen D. both earned first-team All-Metro honors, and both have qualified for the state tournament in May.
The girls continued to develop as a team, and while the quality of play experienced a slight dip due to the loss of the top two players from the previous year, the girls gelled as a team in a greater way and had a very successful season. The depth of the team improved, as the girls fielded six or seven girls in most matches, which was most pleasing to the coaches. The team will go on to the district tournament in May.
GIRLS SOCCER by Head Coach Derrek Falor
We are having a fantastic season, building upon our 2018 success. We won the 2019 Metro Championship backing up our title from 2018. To date the team has earned a 18-0-3 record while posting 17 shutouts and becoming statically the stingiest defense in the state, giving up only four goals all season and only one in league play. We compete in the State Tournament semifinals this Friday, November 22. This is the farthest our program has gotten in the State Tournament since our State Championship win all the way back in 2003. This is an amazing group of student-athletes who all pull for each other and ideally define all that scholastic sports should be.
GIRLS SWIM & DIVE by Head Coach Susan Mayfield
With their largest team in school history and an amazing class of fifteen senior athletes, the girls swim & dive’s season highlight was the unexpected Metro Championship title! The team finished 5-1 in the regular season, losing only to Bainbridge. With an inspiring team performance at the Metro meet, where almost every athlete performed her personal best, the team took home the 1st place trophy by a margin of 22.5 points over Bainbridge. Nathalie V. and Mackenzie M. were both individual Metro Champions, and Nathalie was also a two-time District Champion the during the same week where she was named WIAA Athlete of the Week. Eight girls were named to All-Metro teams, and these eight continued on to compete at the State Championships. We had a very strong State performance with all qualifiers moving on to the top 16 finals and scoring points for the team. While the team finished in a solid 5th place, the team highlight was Nathalie winning both the 200 and 500 Freestyle. Nathalie’s times in both events were the 2nd fastest in 3A history and also earned her All-American Consideration honors. The team was led by their three senior captains: Scarlet S., Arianna S., and Nathalie V.
VOLLEYBALL by Head Coach Jeff Kim
Relentlessly high standards were the name of the game for the volleyball program this year. Leaders emerged, each player committed to their role, and the program found success in trusting the process and each other. Varsity finished fifth in the Metro Tournament, third in the District Tournament, and advanced to the State Tournament. Rebecca D-P was awarded first team All-Metro, Catherine M. second team All-Metro and Sam O., Emily D., and Yazzy M. All-Metro Honorable Mention.
If you cannot make it out to the state tournaments for soccer or volleyball, follow the teams on Twitter:
Girls Soccer: @lakesidelionsfc
You can also follow the action through the WIAA site:
Girls Soccer: http://wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=1155
Follow Lakeside Athletics on Twitter at @LakesideLions.