Trick-or-Treating in and around Ballard

Re-posted: Back by popular demand is the Ballard Trick-or-Treating map. After last year’s push by one Ballardite for kids to forgo the chamber-sponsored event and head out in the evening to neighborhood houses, many people thought the map was a great idea.

This year’s downtown Ballard trick-or-treating event is from 4 to 6 p.m.

View Halloween Trick-or-Treating in a larger map

If you enjoy having trick-or-treaters, here is a map that you can edit – add either your block or your address and include a note or two if you want. Check out last year’s map as an example. (Thank you everyone for the emails!)

Seattle – the land of the zombies

Seattle is known for dreary days, coffee and … zombies. Earlier this year, Fremont was home to the world record zombie gathering and last weekend, zombies from around the area gathered at ZomBCon, an entire conference around Seattle’s zombie culture. Here is a piece produced by Steven Smalley with host Billy King talking to special effects make-up artist Michael Gray about getting zombified.

Happy Halloween!

Beaver football ends season on a good note

The Ballard Beavers won their final game of the season Saturday against the Redmond Mustangs, 29-20.

On the first play of the game, sophomore Max Marshall took a handoff and then passed to Senior Kyle Kuenzi for a 74 yard touchdown. Another long TD run in the second quarter by Junior Jordan McColloch with a 49 yard run. Offensively, junior Dominic King ran for 101 yards on 22 carries and Junior Jordan McColloch ran for 72 yards on five carries. Defensively, junior Stuart Thomas had eight solo tackles and three assists with two for a loss.

The win puts their season record at 4-5. That’s more wins than the last three years combined and the most since the Beavers made the playoffs in 2007, John Verduin tells us.

Despite having a losing season, the team came out with some pretty impressive highlights:

  • Junior Dominic King rushed for 912 yards this season. He’ll finish in the top 3 in rushing in the entire conference and the top underclassman rusher averaging 7.5 yards per carry. He led the team in scoring with 72 points.
  • Junior Johnny Verduin passed for 1,058 yards and 13 TDs. He’ll finish in the top 4 in passing in the conference and the second underclassman in the conference. He was second on the team in scoring with 25 points.
  • Senior Jesse Scott lead the team in receiving with 305 yards and 2 TDs. Senior Blake Sechler was second with 219 yards and 2 TDs receiving.
  • Senior Blake Sechler led the team with 35 solo tackles and 53 assisted tackles. Junior Stuart Thomas was second with 25 and 26 respectively. Junior Matt Deehring led the team with 3 interceptions.
  • The offense scored 23 points per game compared to 6 points per game last year. This is the most points per game since at least 2004.
  • Defense gave up fewer points per game then since 2007.
  • The team had a balanced attack throwing for 1202 yards and rushing for 1219 yards this season.

  • Way to go Beavers! (Thanks John for all your help with stats and highlights! Photos courtesy Shelly Anne Rosen.)

    Curb bulbs being added to Leary Ave NW

    The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is making crossing Leary Ave NW a little easier between NW Vernon Place and NW Market Street.

    Starting tomorrow, SDOT paving crews will start a two-week project to add curb bulbs, curb ramps and new a new crosswalk at the mid-block crossing. Curb bulbs extend the sidewalk into the street, making the crossing distance for pedestrians shorter. Part of the sidewalk will remain open, but on-street parking will be limited.

    This project is one of 50 crossing improvements that SDOT is working on this year. The project is funded by the Bridging the Gap initiative approved by voters.

    Whittier Heights boy home safe

    If you live in the Whittier Heights neighborhood, you may have heard Seattle Police driving around using their PA system last evening, “If you are missing a small child, please come talk to us,” they said. According to Detective Mark Jamieson with SPD, a young boy around four-years old was found walking around the 7300 block of 13th Ave NW. “Officers drove around asking for information on the PA while other officers did research on recent calls and discovered that a similar thing happened on the 23rd in the same area,” Jamieson says. “Officers were able to contact the mother, and mother and child were reunited quickly. It appears that the child climbed out the window. He is ok.” (Thanks Misha for the tip!)

    Teenage residential burglary suspect caught

    One teenager is in the Youth Service Center this morning for residential burglary. Two more suspects are on the loose.

    According to Seattle police, an officer stopped a suspicious parked pickup truck in the 600 block of NW 85th Street just before 4:30 a.m. Two suspects ran from the truck and the officer detained the third suspect.

    At the same time, victims from a residential burglary called in the crime. The items in the stopped pickup were positively identified by the victim as being her things, police say.

    The teenager who was detained will turn 18 in three days. The truck belonged to his mother.

    Ballard runner takes first, heading to state

    Congratulations to Ballard High School cross country runner, Alex Bowns!

    Photo courtesy Ballard Athletics

    Bowns came in first on Saturday at the Northwest 4A District championship with a personal record of 15:34 – his third consecutive PR. He crossed the finish line 12 seconds before the second place runner. Bowns now heads to the state championship next Saturday in Pasco. Good luck, Alex!

    BHS ahtletics: Senior football recognition and runners hoping for state

    This is the final weekend for some Ballard High School fall athletes, including the 12 seniors on the Beaver football team.

    Photo courtesy Hailey Christine Photography

    At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the seniors will be honored before they take on the Redmond Mustangs in the last game of the season.

    Ballard’s 12 seniors are:
    * Captain Blake Sechler
    * Captain Matt Kelly
    * Captain Tony Meyer
    * Captain Marcus Johnson
    * Jesse Scott
    * Eric Brake
    * Eric Braga
    * Chris Fong
    * Jordan Christenson
    * Kyle Kuenzi
    * William Westgaard
    * Taz Berkley

    Hoping to make it beyond the regular season, four BHS runners have their sites on the 4A State Championship. Seniors Alex Bowns and Victor Bailly and Juniors Matt Ruskin and Anna Mirenzi are competing at the Northwest Regional 4A Bi-District Championship at Lincoln Park on Saturday. If they finish in the top 25, they’ll head to state. Good luck Beavs!