Exciting Fall playoff schedule set for Ballard High School

Cross County

By Bucky Beaver

The transition back to the Metro league has increased the playoff action over at Ballard High School.  A number of the programs are experiencing playoffs for the first time in a long time.

Ballard High School Athletic Director says the school is excited to be back in the Metro conference after being gone for a while.

“During our tough seasons in 4A, regardless of the opponent, our coaches prepared our athletes to compete day in and day out”, says Burr. “Now that we are back in Metro, competing with schools on our level, the hard work and dedication is paying off”, she added.

Cross Country

Fifth year head coach Bob Mirenzi has guided both the girls and boys programs to State this season.  The girls program, which was ranked first in state during the season, took second in the Sea-King districts allowing them to advance to state for the first time ever in Ballard’s history.

The girl’s team members include Jamie Smith, Giulia Park, Taylor Saffor, Lauren Kangas, Natalie Bruecher, Veronica Redpath, Chase Hagar, Monica Cohen and Adi Carlye.

The boys program took fifth at Districts also allowing them to advance to state for the first time since 2007.  The boy’s team members include Owen Buck, James Konugres, Hanson Lee, Denali Cornwell, Elliot Bailey, Benjamin Klinkman-Sinatra, John Maier, Sebastian Skepetaris, and Luigi Maiorano.

Burr notes “the tireless work Coach Mirenzi and his runners have put in since the summer have truly paid off by sending both the girls and the boys teams to State.” The State competition is this Saturday at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, Washington.  The girls run at 12:30 p.m. and the boys at 2 p.m.

Volleyball team


Volleyball won the Seattle Public Schools championship this year going undefeated in their division of Metro play finishing in 4th place in the post season tournament.

Burr points out that “Coach Tami Reese and her volleyball athletes have proven that only one team can beat the Beavers, themselves.” She adds, “this team is a force to be reckoned with and if they stay healthy, they should take one of the berths to State.”

Because of their great play, a number of players were selected for all conference honors including Sophie Bolz making first team; Rudy Fera and Ally Witeck making second team; and Lizzie Malmgren making honorable mention.  Bolz was also selected MVP of the Valley division!  Ballard’s head Coach Tami Reese was voted the Coach of the Year!

The girls continue their run for State playing a loser out game 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night at Juanita High School against Bainbridge High School.


Football advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 after placing 4th in Metro.

Ballard has been led this season by the Ta’ase brothers.  Senior quarterback Jacob passed for 205 yards per game with 17 touchdown passes against only 2 interceptions. He also has rushed for 5 touchdowns averaging 35 yards rushing per game.

Junior linebacker Fua averages 9.4 tackles per game with two interceptions, one for a touchdown.

Ballard opens up their state competition hosting Wilson of Tacoma Friday night at Memorial Stadium at 7:45 p.m.

Locals can also vote for the Ballard vs. Wilson game to be the KIRO 7 game of the week online.

Girls Swimming

Girls’ swimming is participating in the Sea-King District swim meet this Friday and Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool.  The girls hope to advance a number of individual swimmers and relay teams to the State tournament the following weekend.

Girls Soccer

Soccer advanced to the second round of the Metro playoffs losing eventually in a shoot out to Roosevelt.

“I am so proud of our athletes and coaches this fall! This will be a November to remember for Beaver Nation!” exclaims Burr.

Photos courtesy of Ballard High School.

Ballard Urban Design Framework open house set for Thursday

After hearing from the community at May’s Urban Design Framework Open House, the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth is hosting another event to hear local feedback on their initial strategies. The Open House event is set for this Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

The DPD is partnering with community organizations such as Ballard Chamber of Commerce and the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth to come up with a coordinated and strategic planning effort to address the changes in our neighborhood and to create a vision that will steer future urban development in Ballard.

After the public meeting last spring, the Partnership reported that the following issues were of most importance to the Ballardites who attended:

  • The community loves Ballard’s historic qualities and its tradition of industry.
  • Many in the community appreciate the growth of shops and restaurants in a beautiful, walkable neighborhood.
  • Many community members are concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contribute to Ballard’s character.
  • Community members are worried about affordability and that transportation improvements have not kept pace with growth.

After the initial open house the Ballard Partnership took the feedback on board and “have been working to define responses to the community input on the character of growth in Ballard’s core business areas,” says DPD Planner David Goldberg.

Thursday’s Open House will focus on the character of development, streetscapes, and open space within Ballard’s core.

At the event the Ballard Partnership will be looking to receive comments on their initial strategies to better guide development, addressing the bulk and character of new projects, streetscape design, and public/private open space. The feedback given from the community will then help shape the Partnership’s final proposals.

“We want to hear all of Ballard’s ideas about the future,” says Goldberg.

The Ballard Partnership is tackling many topics that are important to the neighborhood and this past year received an $85,000 grant from the City’s Only in Seattle program. They identified the following areas that the City is addressing through the year-long UDF project:

  • Character of Development: Ballard is booming. What should the mix and character of development be as the Ballard core grows?
  • Improve Connections: Metro introduced Rapid Ride and in mid-2014 Sound Transit completed their Ballard to Downtown Seattle Transit Expansion Study Final Report. What types of transportation connections are needed to support growth, and what are the opportunities and challenges presented by the potential high capacity transit stations?
  • Expand Economic Opportunity: The local business community, neighborhood groups, and non-profits have mobilized to form the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth with the mission to encourage investment and identify strategies to augment Ballard’s commercial core. How can the City grow and diversify to expand economic opportunity?
  • Sustain Health: The primary goal of this collaboration is to foster an environment that supports the health and access to opportunity for a diverse community. What specific actions should we take to increase access to resources such as affordable housing, employment, and safe public spaces.

If you are unable to attend Thursday’s Open House, feedback can be given online via the project website.

Package thieves return to Ballard

As the holiday season approaches it seems that it is bringing with it the return of package thieves to our neighborhood. We have received a number of emails from readers who have recently had their packages stolen.

My Ballard reader Jacqueline emailed in to report that they had several packages stolen from their from their porch last Wednesday at the corner of 20th Ave NW and NW 58th St. Jacqueline reported that her neighbor also had packages stolen around the same time.

Last year, package thieves ran rampant around the neighborhood with My Ballard readers eventually assisting SPD officers to bring some of the perpetrators to justice.

With the increase of package theft in mind, it is important to be on the lookout for others in the community. When ordering online attempt to send the packages to your work location or to somewhere where people will be present to receive the package.

Alternatively, if you are ordering from Amazon they offer a secure Amazon Locker service where packages can be picked up from lockers at various locations around Seattle including at the Ballard 7 Eleven (1550 NW Market St). The service has no extra charge and provides additional security for your packages.

If you have experienced package theft at your home in Ballard let us know at tips@myballard.com.

8th annual Seattle Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning


The eight annual Seattle Turkey Trot is set for 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Morning (Thursday, November 27).

The 5 km fun run/walk raises funds for the Ballard Food Bank with participants making their way over the course from Sunset Hill to Golden Gardens Park.

The family-friendly event has early registration available until November 18 with entry costing $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.

Last year’s Turkey Trot involved over 2,500 participants and raised over $90,000 to Ballard Food Bank. This year organizers expect closer to 3,000 participants to register.

Local cross country team members from Ingraham High School, Patrick & Kirby McDermott, will once again lead the Trot dressed as turkeys, or tofurkeys for vegetarians in the crowd.

“The work we do at the Ballard Food Bank is a community effort. The Turkey Trot is a great way for all of us to come together as we run, walk or trot for hunger. It’s also a fun event to kick-off Thanksgiving with friends and family,” says Jen Muzia, Ballard Food Bank Executive Director.

The event was originally started by three Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien who traditionally went on a run with their families on Thanksgiving morning. “It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day,” says Fortier.

The group began planning for a Seattle Turkey Trot after running in a similar event in Portland on Thanksgiving morning nine years ago. At that point no such Thanksgiving-day event existed in Seattle.

The trio then went about planning the local event in 2007 by sending friends email invites, printing t-shirts and mapping out a scenic route in Ballard. The first year 50 people turned out to participate and, according to Rammed, “had a great time”. Each year the event has grown and expanded, donating more funds to the Ballard Food Bank each time.

“During Thanksgiving, people spend a lot of time thinking about food. We want to raise money for those in our community who are helping the hungry,” says Matt Ramme, one of the event’s organizers. “We chose the Ballard Food Bank because it is a local Ballard non-profit and people can connect the run with a nearby organization.”

This year’s Trot is being organized by Fortier, Ramme, O’Brien and staff from the Ballard Food Bank.

Registration for the event is now open online.

Locals celebrate Halloween in style

Hundreds of trick-or-treaters descended on the neighborhood for Friday night’s trick-or-treating extravaganza. Check out some fantastic photos from the festivities below:






Click here to see more photos on our Facebook page.

Have you got any great photos from your Halloween celebrations in Ballard? Email them to tips@myballard.com and we will upload them to our album.

Thanks to My Ballard readers Benton, Ivonne, Holly, Martina, Jenna and Walli for emailing in their photos.