Beavers' sports roundup
Bridget Berg takes 18th place at state
Ballard Beaver cross country runner Bridget Berg finished in 18th place at the KingCo 4A State Meet in Pasco, Washington on Nov. 4. She ran a time of 19.37. Berg was the eighth best runner at the KingCo Districts meet a week earlier to qualify for state. Other girl runners, Maron McCash, Maddy Lee, Andrea Porter Smith, Erin Philbeck and Ribika Hailenarium contributed to a good season for Ballard.
Alex Barkley qualified for state with a 12th place showing at districts. He was not listed in the top 40 runners at the state meet.
Volleyball team wraps up season with playoff run
The Ballard Beaver volleyball team lost both of their games at the KingCo 4A District Tournament to end their season. The Beavers were defeated by Woodinville 3-0 on Oct. 28 and Eastlake 3-1 on Oct. 31.
Ballard finishes the 2006 season with a 4-6 league record and 5-9 record overall, not including the playoffs.
In the Woodinville match, a number of Ballard girls put up good numbers. Chelseigh Barks had seven kills with five aces. Mallory Lemafa had five kills, Anglea Meyer chipped in 30 assists, Katie Miller 10 kills, Molly Moore five kills and Risha Schildkraut had 10 digs.
Against Eastlake, Annie Baker scored on nine kills and Miller provided an impressive 40 assists. Miller recorded 17 kills and Moore 11 kills. Schildkraut added 20 digs and three aces.
Bothell had a perfect 10-0 regular season record to top the KingCo 4A Conference. They were followed by: Redmond, 9-1; Woodinville 8-2; Inglemoor 7-3; Garfield 5-5; Eastlake 4-6; Roosevelt 4-6; Ballard 4-6; Juanita 3-7; Lake Washington 1-9 and Franklin 0-10.
Ballard beat Liberty, Roosevelt, Juanita, Lake Washington and Franklin for their wins.
Beaver power early, fades late against Bellevue
In football, the Ballard Beavers wrapped up their season on Oct. 26 with a 36-15 defeat to the perennial powerhouse from the eastside, the Bellevue Wolverlines.
Each KingCo 4A team was scheduled to play non-league game with a 3A school this season and unfortunately the Beavers were matched up with Bellevue.
The Wolverlines started the game with many starting players on the bench. Ballard earned Bellevue's respect, by surprising the overconfident Wolverlines with the first two touchdowns of the game in the second quarter.
Running back Colin Matthisen, a short yard specialist, scored on a one yard run. Head Coach Alex Barashkoff decided to go for a two-point conversion and moments later All-KingCo wide receiver Miles Schwaab scored on a two-yard pass from Joey Bolinger.
The Beavers came right back with a 20-yard pass from Bolinger to Schwaab for the team's second touchdown. Ian Essig added the extra point.
Not wanting to be upset, Bellevue put in its starters and their offense matched Ballard's 15 points in before the half. In the third quarter Bellevue added six points. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Bellevue scored another 15 points to put the Beavers away.
With the loss, Ballard finishes the season with a 2 and 7 record. Their only wins were against Juanita and Garfield.
Improved golf team looks forward
Over at the Snohomish Golf Course, the Ballard Beaver boys golfers took ninth place at the KingCo 4A Medalist Tournament on Oct. 18. None of the Beavers made the top 16 individuals to advance to state.
The final tournament scores were: Eastlake 155.5; Woodinville 154.5; Redmond 138.5; Inglemoor 65.5; Lake Washington 33.5; Bothell 24.5; Franklin 21.5; Roosevelt 14.5; Ballard 7; Garfield 4.5 and Juanita 4.5.
Ballard had been showing improvement this season as they tried to match up with more experienced eastside schools.
Their average scores were lower than in past years to give an indication of how much better the Beavers have become. Some of their scores were 20 to 30 strokes lower than matches from 2005.
The team was lead by co-captain Reese Futrell, Sam Booth and Niko Vanderven. Booth recorded a hole in one in a late season match.
Dean Wong compiled this roundup and can be reached at email@example.com or 783.1244.