We apologize for the delay in
releasing the Sunday Stroll for you to browse with your Sunday morning
coffee. In future weeks, The Stroll
should be fresh from cyberspace no later then 10am Sunday morning as most games
are completed by Saturday night. Being
that this was the opening week of play here in the WHSBLA, all three local Invitationals included games on Sunday, so we felt it best
to hold off on releasing this week’s edition until Sunday evening… so maybe you
can enjoy Monday morning with your favorite cup of joe…besides
some of you get to sleep in… unless you’re a sophomore… that’s right, its WASL
The Division I Stroll…
Division I teams began play this weekend with five competing in the 4th
annual Northwest Invitational.
Tahoma opened as part of a jamboree in Oregon, while Seattle Prep took part in the 2nd
annual Ketari Invitational and Northshore started with a non-league contest versus
Division II rival, Snohomish.
- The Northwest
Invitational brought together its biggest field yet (13) including
teams from Oregon, Idaho,
and Tennessee. Washington
teams finished with an overall record of 7-4 as Bainbridge and Mercer Island each went 2-0, Bellevue and Issaquah each split 1-1 and
Skyline finished 1-2. The top local
scorer in the event was Issaquah senior midfielder, Jordan Goldstein who
scored 10 goals in just two games; four in a win over Montgomery Bell Academy
(Tennessee) and six in loss to Lincoln (Oregon).
- LaxPower lists five WHSBLA Division I teams in the Western
Region’s Top 100. The Western
Region includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona
any team have more sets of brothers then the Curtis Vikings? A look at their roster shows the Carrs, Cavanaughs, Deans and Moodys.
- Best match-ups of the upcoming week::
Curtis @ Northshore – Brothers galore… Carrs
- 3/17 Puyallup @ Vashon –
Could decide last playoff spots in May
Skyline @ Mercer Island
– Can Spartans pull upset 2 years
in a row?
The D2 Stroll…
21 of 28 Division II teams began playing this
Division II teams actually opened league play this weekend as Mukilteo
defeated San Juan and King’s Way took down Port Angeles.
- The Ketari Invitational was hosted by Eastside Catholic
and included six Jesuit schools from the Northwest: Seattle Prep, Eastside
Catholic, Tacoma (Bellarmine
Prep) from local areas, Gonzaga Prep from Spokane, Bishop Kelly from Idaho
and Portland Jesuit from Oregon. The Jamboree event took place from
Friday through Sunday with most games taking place at the brand new Eastside Catholic
High School campus in the city of
- The 2nd
annual Cavalier Invitational took place up north in Lynden. Most of the weekend was wet, cold and
snowy! Saturday showcased ten teams playing two games each; the
surviving eight teams were then seeded into a single elimination
tournament on Sunday. The event ended with a nice and windy, but
warm, dry championship game.
Quarterfinals: Semifinals: Finals:
#1 Overlake vs #8 Skagit
Valley #1 Overlake vs #5 Stadium #1
Overlake vs #3 Bainbridge JV
#2 Lake Tapps vs #7 Sammamish #2
Lake Tapps vs #3 Bainbridge
#3 Bainbridge JV vs #6 Wenatchee
#4 Nathan Hale vs #5 Stadium
Overlake took the Cavalier
Invitational for the second year in a row with dominating performances all
weekend. Senior midfielder and preseason
1st Team, All-Division
II, George Dolack was named tournament MVP. "He was patient, calm, and knew when to attack and when to
slow it down.
He is a very smart player. It also doesn't hurt that he shoots with pinpoint
accuracy!" said an opposing coach.
The tournament had a good feel to
it as each team had the same goals in mind: shake off the rust off, play a lot
of greenhorns and get the kids acclimated to
the speed of the game. At one
point there were at least 350 youth, jv and
varsity lacrosse players on the field. Quite a site to see in Lynden, Washington!
- Lynnwood and Stanwood joined Tahoma (Division I) in Oregon for the weekend, while Roosevelt and Three Rivers opened with non-league
match-ups of the upcoming week::
- 3/17 Redmond @ Roosevelt
– DII favorite vs the former DI, plenty of
green and gold
Selah @ Three Rivers – First official WHSBLA game played east of
Whatcom @ Skagit Valley – Warriors face former coach, Greg Hill
and the new Flyers
Lacrosse The Country…
those craving the identity of the two WHSBLA alumns
in last week’s picture…
#15 Alex Bates, San Diego St. from
#40 JT Tungsvik, Arizona from Puyallup
case you missed it, take a peek back at page 16 of Lacrosse Magazine’s February issue. You should find a picture of Seattle
Prep alumn and current Cornell midfielder, Shane
Wednesday, March 18th, the Bowdoin
Polar Bears host the St. Lawrence Saints in a NCAA Division III match-up
meaning former Mercer Island
star, Ben York will go against former Garfield All-American, Caldwell Rohrbach!
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who will be the first team to pull an upset this year?
What team impressed you the most this weekend?
Where does Washington
stack up nationally compared to other states?
Why are fans and readers of The
Sunday Stroll afraid to send us their thoughts?
Feed us your thoughts. We’ll
include the best comments/quotes in next week’s Sunday Stroll.
Speak your mind concerning anything you have read or any ideas you
might have for future stories.
Fans Sound Off…
(The best comments from the past week)
“One note on Klahowya - Cody Hertenstein is
playing baseball this year.” – Rob Hawley
“Peter Mueller is
mistakenly listed as playing for Mukilteo.
He did in fact play for Mukilteo last season, but is actually playing
for Snohomish this year. Thought you’d
like to make the correction.” –Anonymous Division II Coach
Thanks to the readers for keeping us honest!