BHS baseball preps for new season

Baseball season is just around the corner, and Ballard High School is getting ready for the season with new coach, Doug Montgomery. He’s put together an outfield preview on the Ballard Baseball website, highlighting some key players in this coming season. “We plan on making a big run this year, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!” Montgomery writes.

From Ballard Baseball:

The Ballard Baseball outfield will once again be lead by 4-year letterman and recent Santa Clara signee Rory Graf-Brennen.  Rory was a 2nd Team All-KingCo Honoree last season as a junior, after hitting .339, with an astounding .541 on-base percentage, and .559 slugging percentage.  We expect Rory’s quickness to have a big impact atop the batting lineup, and in center field as well.

To his left will be returning starting RF, 3-year letterman, team captain, and 3 sport athlete Stuart MacGeorge. Stuart earned an Honorable Mention for All-KingCo last season as a junior, after hitting .349, with a .449 on-base percentage, and .429 slugging percentage.  Stuart keeps his swing speed up by participating in Golf in the Fall, and his conditioning up by participating in Basketball in the Winter.  We expect Stuart to play a solid RF, and be a middle of the order bat in our lineup.

In the mix will be junior and 2-year letterman Ian Scott. As a sophomore, Ian saw 39 plate appearances, and with a handful of hits and walks, drew a .351 on-base percentage.  Ian’s quickness will allow us to slide him over to CF when needed, and we expect him to swipe a few bags for us as well.  Hopefully Ian puts up a great junior campaign, which will set him up nicely to be looked at as a key contributor as a senior.

Also in the mix will be senior, 2-year letterman, and 2 sport athlete Trevor Hansen.  As a junior, Trevor received a mid-season callup after hitting well at JV.  In 14 plate appearances with the big club, Trevor got on base with a .286 percentage.  In addition, his athleticism allowed us to use him as a pinch runner, and defensive replacement.  In the Fall, Trevor helped lead King’s High Schoolfootball to another 1A State Tournament berth, serving as the team’s primary running back.  As our only right-handed hitting outfielder, we expect Trevor to get plenty of at-bats, and fit in nicely with our hitting rotation.

Try-outs for the season are at the end of February. Visit the website for more details.

Loyal Heights Elementary teacher Sally Moneda dies

Sally Moneda, Loyal Heights Elementary teacher, died on Thursday (Jan.3) after a 2-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 47. According to our news partners, The Seattle Times, she spent her last days on a boat she and her husband bought in October, a 45-foot motor yacht named “Eucharisteo,” docked at Shilshole Marina. Her husband, Willie, and sister, Dawn Nilsen, were with her when she died.

Mrs. Moneda taught in a multi-grade, team-taught classroom at Loyal Heights, and directed the annual fifth-grade play. The Times reports that her classroom was known for active learning. “The teachers held an Oregon Trail Museum Night, in which students told their parents and other visitors about the history of stopping places along the trail. They organized a Medieval Night, with a castle that had to be entered through a drawbridge, a banquet hall for royalty and a curtain that opened onto the lives of peasants,” according to the Times.

She is survived by her husband, sister Dawn, of Ferndale, a stepson, Kevin Moneda, of Seattle; her parents, Tom and Beverly Peterson, of Sedro-Woolley; brothers Tony Ehlert, of Sedro-Woolley, and Tom Zehrung, of Beaumont, Texas; and sister Teresa Potashner, of San Diego. She was preceded in death by brother Darrell Ehlert, of Sedro-Woolley.

There will be  a graveside service in Sedro-Woolley on Saturday, and a memorial service at Mars Hill Church in Ballard on Jan. 19. For the full obituary from the Times, click here.

Beavers transforming north end of Golden Gardens park

Beavers have been making some big changes to the north end of Golden Gardens park. One of our readers, Chris Hellstern, sent us this photo of one of the trees that’s been chewed away by the busy critters.

Hellstern writes that he’s seen several downed trees in the area, and that the transformation has been major. “Dozens of trees have been felled and the critter has built a large lodge just east of the path and pond near the railroad tracks,” Hellstern says. “It doesn’t look the same anymore and will probably continue to change.”

Last year, the beavers formed a dam, which raised the level of the pond water significantly. The Golden Gardens park staff tried to remove some of the sticks and sediment that made up the dam, because the water was rising to the level of the bridge between the ponds.

“Generally what happens is beavers win,” says Dewey Potter with Seattle Parks and Recreation, adding that they try not to interfere too much with the beavers’ habitat.

Snow could hit Seattle on Wednesday night

There’s a chance of snow on Wednesday night in Seattle, but it will likely only fall in higher elevations around the city. According to our news partners, The Seattle Times, a cold front moving in mid-week could drop the snow level well below 1,000 feet. “Maybe the tops of the higher hills could get an inch or two, places like the Cascade foothills, the Issaquah Highlands or the top of Queen Anne,” Danny Mercer of the Weather Service told the Times.

Until then, wet weather is expected this evening and tomorrow, with a high of 50 tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service. The high drops to 46 on Wednesday and down to 38 on Thursday, bringing the possibility of snow. The rest of the week will stay wet and chilly, with highs still hovering in the high 30s.

Soup & Cinema at Nordic Heritage Museum tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Nordic Heritage Museum will be hosting an afternoon of Nordic cinema and soup. They’ll be showing the film, “Jóhannes,” which is a comedy from Iceland.

Here’s a movie description from the Icelandic Film Centre:

“Jóhannes a middle aged art teacher leads a dull life until he meets a young and very beautiful woman by accident. Meeting her starts a series of hilarious events where Johannes sinks deeper and deeper into trouble. All attempts to correct a heap of misunderstandings only leads to new disasters. Johannes, the lead role, is played by Icelandic comedy icon Laddi who has entertained Icelanders for over 40 years.”

The museum will be serving homemade soup, bread, cookies and coffee. It costs $7 for members and $10 for non-members, and starts at noon tomorrow (Tuesday). For more info and a movie trailer, visit the Nordic Heritage Museum’s event page.

A look at BHS sports this week

Kids are back at school today after the holidays, and Ballard High School athletics are off to a busy start with basketball, wrestling, swim and dive, and gymnastics match-ups this week. Here’s a look at the sports schedule for the week:

Monday, Jan. 7:

  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Bothell at Ballard High School, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8:

  • Basketball: Boys JV (5:45 p.m.) and Varsity (7:30 p.m.) vs. Bothell at Bothell High School

Wednesday, Jan. 9:

  • Basketball: Girls JV (5:45 p.m.) and Varsity (7:30 p.m.) vs. Bothell at Bothell High School

Thursday, Jan. 10:

  • Wrestling: Varsity vs. Issaquah at Ballard High School at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11:

  • Swim & Dive: Boys Varsity vs. Skyline at Ballard High School at 3:30 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball: C Team vs. Roosevelt at Ballard High School at 3:45 p.m., JV vs. Roosevelt at 5 p.m. at Roosevelt High School, Varsity vs. Roosevelt at 8 p.m. at Roosevelt.
  • Girls Basketball: JV vs. Roosevelt at Roosevelt High School at 3:30 p.m., Varsity at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12:

  • Wrestling: Varsity vs. West Seattle High School at West Seattle
  • Swim & Dive: Boys Varsity and JV Diving Qualifier at 2 p.m. at Juanita Pool
  • Gymnastics: Girls Varsity vs. Eastlake at 7 p.m. at Redmond High School

City to study land use in Ballard-Interbay corridor

The city of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has launched a comprehensive land-use study of the corridor along Elliot Ave W and 15th Ave NW from Interbay to Ballard. The study is meant to “develop a vision for the lands close to this heavily travelled, multi-functional route,” according to DPD.

The study will do the following (from DPD):

  • Clarify the desired mix and balance of land uses.
  • Assess the potential for development that leverages and supports transit investments.
  • Identify opportunities for an improved public realm and placemaking.

DPD has formed two groups to provide input about both Interbay and Ballard, which will meet monthly through the spring. The department says there will be additional public engagement opportunities including briefings for organizations, community meetings, one-on-one interviews and focus groups. To learn more about the land-use study, click here.

Owner of Ballard Smoke Shop has passed away

We’ve received word from a reader that the owner of the Ballard Smoke Shop, Tom Economou, passed away a few days ago. He was the owner of the Smoke Shop for 42 years. Angela, his daughter and business partner, will continue to run the bar, as she had since he entered semi-retirement, according to Marsha Erickson, who has tended bar there for 34 years.

“The Smoke Shop is not going away. That’s the best part about this place,” Erickson said. “The whole family is just wonderful.”

Tom’s funeral is on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Demetrios in Montlake. The Smoke Shop will be closed that day.

We’ll update when we learn more.