The Sunday Stroll


The Week that Was…


Easter Sunday marks the start of the Spring Break season in the WHSBLA and thus a bit of a slower schedule league wide.  Next week we will provide you with our annual WHSBLA Alumni list as well as the list of where current WHSBLA players have committed to play college ball. 


For now, Happy Easter to everyone… here are some eggs of knowledge from the week!


Division I Notes:


·         If you are a scoreboard watcher (and most of us are) this week had some puzzling results when making score comparisons. 

o    Example #1: As you know from last week Curtis upset Bainbrigde.  This week the Vikings fell hard to Lake Washington before falling even harder to previously winless Emerald Ridge-Puyallup?

o    Example #2: King’s Way erased a 6 goal, second half deficit to knock of Eastside Catholic last week.  This week the Knights needed another OT winner from Clayton Frank to escape a winless Bothell-Northshore team?

o    Example #3: Kamiak beat Woodinville and Woodinville beat Tahoma earlier in the season.  So naturally, this week Tahoma beat Kamiak to knock the Nights from the ranks of the unbeaten.

·         Bellevue, Mercer Island and King’s Way each remain unbeaten in league play.  Bellevue has yet to be challenged and is certainly most impressive at 7-0 overall.

·         In case you missed it, leading point scorer Jacob Knotsman recorded 9 assists in one game this week when Bainbridge knocked off Snohomish.

·         Lakeside’s senior netminder, Peter Scott, became the first goalie to score a goal himself this year as he went coast to coast against Issaquah.


Division II Notes:


·         Odd week in the DII ranks as well.  It started with several close games including three overtimes on Tues/Wed.  It finished Friday/Saturday with six relative blowouts (all by 10 goals or more)

·         Sehome-Bellingham established itself as the top squad in the Skagit this week with dominant wins over Lynden and Friday Harbor.

·         In the Cascade, Monroe and Meadowdale have each yet to post a league win.  Shorecrest has been a surprise as freshman Briggan Weaver is currently 8th in Division II scoring.  Everett has been as expected for the most part but dropped its first game to Stanwood this week.  The Spartans are the rollercoaster of the group opening the year with back to back overtime games before dropping to Lynden and then rattling off three straight wins including the upset of Everett.

·         Though the Cascade waters certainly got murkier this week it is still no comparison to the Metro.  Other than Highline at the bottom, every other team appears capable of beating any team in the conference on a given day.  Even Vashon at 1-6 played Nathan Hale to a one goal game, falling 11-10 on Thursday.  After being top dog for a week, Blanchet fell in overtime to Overlake and then dropped their next one to Kennedy Catholic.  Nathan Hale does seem to be the most consistent and despite last week’s loss to Blanchet has wins over Seattle Prep and Overlake, each of the other current 1-loss teams.



Best Upcoming Match-Ups…


Division I:

·         4/2 – Mercer Island @ Duxbury: Islanders kick off their annual East Coast swing with a big one!  Remember the Islanders pulled the huge upset a few years ago.

·         4/2 – Eastlake @ Bellevue: Coach O’Dougherty’s first trip back to Bellevue occupying the opposite coach’s box.  Can he come up with a defensive game plan to slow down the current Wolverine juggernaut?

·         4/2 – Curtis @ Auburn Riverside: Where will the rollercoaster stop this week for these two? Curtis needs to rebound while Auburn Riverside wants to solidfy the second position in the South Sound.

·         4/7 – Bellevue @ Port Washington:  Wolverines return to New York where they made their mark last year.  Can they repeat the same success?


Division II:

·         4/4 – Mount Si @ Ballard: Wildcats took the first match-up in OT less than three weeks ago at home.  Now the Beavers are on their home turf and want revenge!



Parting Shots…


·         “Correction to the Seattle Prep vs Overlake Contest (back on Wednesday, March 13). Yes, the match-up was supposed to have Erik Risa and Sam Kopf squaring off at "X", but Risa and 5 other starters missed the opener as they are also members of the Overlake Jazz Band that was competing at Disneyland that week in a national band competition.  Taking nothing away from Kopf, but Overlake's back-up face-off guy, Kinori Rosnow won 13 FO's to Kopf's 12.  (So technically Kopf only "owned 48% of the "X") Kopf did some serious work with the face-off's he DID win and clearly was the leader of a very balanced offensive unit.  The rematch is on April 16th and Overlake will be at full strength for that key matchup.  Should be fun to watch!”-Rick Jenness


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