The Sunday Stroll


The Week that Was…


Thanks to all whom have provided feedback in regards to thoughts concerning Twitter vs this print form of the Sunday Stroll.  In short, there are positives and those in favor of each.  So, as you may have noticed we went ahead and added The WHSBLA Stroll as a Twitter branch of The Sunday Stroll!  The goal of the The WHSBLA Stroll will be to Tweet eye-catching box scores and standout stats throughout the week as they occur.  This allows you the fan to stay more up to date and avoids us regurgitating simple box scores and such that you are already aware of.   Further, we will look to Tweet links to the events of WHSBLA Alumns the moment we catch them happening Lacrosse the Country!  Follow us on Twitter @WHSBLAStroll


You should also notice that The WHSBLA Stroll Twitter feed has been added to the WHSBLA home page.  If you don’t have a Twitter account or prefer not to use Twitter, no worries… simply scroll through the week of Tweets on the feed via the WHSBLA home page to get your Standout Stats, Lacrosse the Country and other tidbits in addition to reading your weekly Stroll!


We will continue to produce The Sunday Stroll each week to analyze movement within the standings at each level, provide a look ahead to the best match-ups of the following week, voice our readers comments, and provide our compiled lists (Preseason All-State, WHSBLA Alumns, WHSBLA Collegiate Commits, etc) throughout the season as you the fans have become accustomed to.


Division I Notes:


·         Several March Madness moments on the lacrosse field this week pointing to either some early season jitters or some changing of the guard type parity we have referenced.  Lakeside upset Auburn Riverside while Curtis pulled the biggest shocker of the season so far in upsetting Bainbridge.

·         King’s Way’s first ever game at their new turf field on the campus of the King’s Way school was a historic one.  Knights entered halftime trailing by six goals to Eastside Catholic.  But the Knights have a flare for the dramatic and enacted a bit of revenge for last year’s state semifinal loss.  Erasing the six goal deficit, King’s Way tied it at 13 to force overtime where Clayton Frank won it! 

·         Eastside Catholic, Bainbridge and Issaquah all lost in league play this week.  Bainbridge and Issaquah also dropped games in the Northwest Invitational on the same day Mercer Island fell to Lakeridge of Oregon.  When was the last time Bainbridge, Mercer Island and Issaquah all lost on the same day?

·         Five teams remain unbeaten in league play early in the season (Bellevue, King’s Way, Mercer Island, Kamiak and Eastlake).

·         Washington teams went 6-6 in the Northwest Invitational.  Some notables sat out the action with injuries including Mercer Island’s starting midfielder, Hayden Reisman and Issaquah’s starting defender, Mitch Undi.


Division II Notes:


·         Weather has been wreaking havoc on the Division II schedule as several fields have been unplayable.  Currently five games have been postponed with reschedule dates all still to be determined.

·         We spent so much time in anticipation of the Seattle Prep vs Nathan Hale match-up that we ignored Blanchet.  Apparently the Braves noticed and were a bit salty about it, upending Nathan Hale 11-8 to remain the only unbeaten in the Metro.  Blanchet got 5 goals, 1 assist and 12 groundballs from Matteo Schiro and 15 saves from Paulo Sotero de Menezes in the key victory.

·         Everett showed they are clearly the class of the Cascade Conference, stomping on Shorecrest behind 7 goals from Jared Hawkins and 6 from Ian Strong.  Based on early season scores, the Seawolves seem a great bet to remain unbeaten in league play the rest of the way.

·         Union pulled a mild upset in stealing one from Camas 7-6 before falling hard to Richland.  Richland appears the clear favorite in the Central-South.

·         Albeit very early, but shocking to see Klahowya sitting at 5th in the Olympic standings.  Eagles will be in a good season long fight to keep their consecutive playoff streak alive.



Best Upcoming Match-Ups…


Division I:

·         3/26 – Lakeside @ Issaquah: Issaquah has struggled early, losing their last three games.  Lions are on the rise and all of the sudden this looks like it could be a big game!

·         3/27 – Curtis @ Lake Washington: Can Vikings continue their win streak or can the Kangs post a big win of their own?

·         3/29 – Skyline @ Mercer Island: Spartans showed well in two wins this past weekend but haven’t beaten the Islanders since 2008.


Division II:

·         3/26 – University @ Gonzaga Prep:  Winner of this one has early season inside track to one of the two Eastern Conference playoff berths.

·         3/27 – Blanchet @ Overlake: Big test for the Braves but Owls will be coming off a game with Hale the night before.

·         3/28 – Lynden @ Sehome-Bellingham: Top spot in the Skagit up for grabs!



Parting Shots…


·         Count me as a supporter of the stroll in its traditional format. Forget tweeting scores on Sundays, scores are what Sportability is for.  I want some analysis after the week and the stroll delivers with a great end of week summary, player recognition and how the playoff picture is shaping up...its where the informed NW LAX fan goes.” – Tom Keogh


Thanks Tom!  We appreciate the kudos and will continue to deliver analysis on a weekly basis as best we can.  As mentioned above, we simply wanted to find a way to bring even more to the NW Lacrosse fan on a daily basis rather than waiting until some of the news was several days old.  By checking The WHSBLA Stroll Twitter feed on the WHSBLA home page you should still be able to get your weekly recap of important box scores, Standout Stats and WHSBLA happenings Lacrosse the Country!


·         We are new to the Seattle area.  One of the parents told me that there have only been 4 teams to win the D1 state championship in 35 years.  Is that true?  I was further told that the Board is controlled by these 4 teams and they have little desire to see new teams gain real success.   Is this also true? – Steve Simpson


Some valid questions, but unfortunately some misinformation has been passed your way.  The first bit of information is close to correct as in 34 years there have been five different state champions at the highest level here in Washington.  However prior to 1994 there was only one division and less than 20 program playing lacrosse in the state.  A list of State Champions at both current levels is available through our league archives.  Expansion truly hit in 2002 and continues today as there are now over 60 programs throughout the state playing lacrosse at the high school level.


The make-up of the current WHSBLA Board is comprised of folks associated with seven different programs.  Four of these are associated with Division II programs and three are associated with Division I programs. 


We’ll give a shout out to the best emails of the week and include your comments/quotes in next week’s Sunday Stroll. 


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