Ballard loses a heartbreaker in league opener

(Photo from Ballard Basketball on Instagram)

Bishop Blanchet hosted the Ballard Beavers’ boys basketball team last night — cheered by the Beaver Brigade (above) — in our first Metro League game of the season.

Ballard led by 3 at halftime, and the game came down to the final buzzer. But Bishop Blanchet managed to pull ahead, winning by 3.

Ballard will take on Eastside Catholic at home this Friday at 8:30 p.m. Remember, the games are broadcast on KBFG Radio (107.3 FM) as well as streamed live online.

Ballard boys basketball tips off season with live radio coverage

The Ballard High basketball season begins tonight with home games against Glacier Peak. The freshmen (JVC) game begins at 4:15, JV is at 5:45 and varsity kicks off at 7:15 p.m.

If you can’t make the varsity game, you can still listen to the action live on the new community radio station KBFG (107.3 FM and streaming here). The new live broadcast will be hosted by former Ballard head coach Billy Rodgers and former Assistant Coach Jon Adams, who call themselves the “Coaches2x” broadcast team (pictured above).

As for the varsity hoop dreams this season, assistant coach Jaime Quick sums it up:

Coming off a thrilling playoff run last year, the Beavers are rebuilding after all 5 starters left that inspiring team from last season – however a young crop of hungry players have been working year round for the season upon us. A good time to be a Beaver fan!

Head coach and math teacher Mike Broom is back again this year to lead the varsity team. Ballard alum Brad Baker is coaching the JV team and alum Ron Coacher is leading the JVCs.

Here’s the schedule for the year:

Go Beavers!

Boys basketball loses heartbreaker

By Bucky Beaver

The Ballard boys basketball team coming into Friday afternoon’s game knew they needed a win for their season to continue. They also knew they were going against a team that handed them a thrashing earlier in the year. Both Newport and Ballard came to play.

The game was close throughout, with Ballard only having the lead early in the first quarter. The Beavers were down three at the half and two after three quarters. The Beavers were able to tie the game at the end of regulation on some clutch shooting. Ballard had a three point lead with 8 seconds left in the first four-minute overtime when Newport drained a deep, off-balance 3-pointer over two Ballard defenders at the buzzer to tie the game. Ballard and Newport entered and left the second overtime tied. Newport got up early in the third overtime and hit their free throws in the end to hold on to the victory. Newport won 59 to 55 in the two hour battle. Newport advances to play Tuesday while Ballard’s season is over. Ballard was led by juniors Seth Berger with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Johnny Verduin with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Seniors Domisi Thrash contributed 9 points and 7 rebounds and Luke Beutjer contributed 4 points and 8 rebounds.

Ballard finishes the season with a 10-12 overall record and 8-7 in conference play making the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The Beavers finished as the strongest defensive team in the league holding opponents to 36 percent from the field. Juniors Seth Berger finished the season 11th in the conference in scoring with 15 points per game (ppg), Johnny Verduin finished 17th at 11.8 ppg, and Stuart MacGeorge was 24th at 9.6 ppg. Seth was 2nd in the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game (rpg) and Johnny was 10th with 6.8 rpg. Senior Brad Baker was 11th in the league in assists per game (apg) and junior Nate Rauda was 14 at 2.4 apg. The Beavers will lose some key seniors including Brad Baker, Luke Beutjer, Domisi Thrash, Jake Devine and Hudson Style but do return a solid core to rebuild around. (Photo of Seniors Luke Beutjer and Domisi Thrash courtesy Ballard Athletics.)

Ballard alum joins Pac-12 Hall of Honor

Ballard basketball great George Irvine is being recognized for his accomplishments in his career. Irvine, whose BHS jersey was retired last year, is now entering the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor.

Here is the write-up from the Pac-12:

George Irvine, Washington – Irvine tore up the record books and made a mark on the program that remains visible today. Irvine started all three years (1968-70) as a Husky and led the team in scoring in both his junior (15.6 ppg) and senior seasons (20.0 ppg), respectively. He also led the team in rebounding during his sophomore year (7.6 rpg) and his junior year (7.5 rpg). Irvine led the Huskies in field goal percentage each of his three years on the varsity team and would leave the program in 1970 as the school’s all-time field goal percentage leader (.588), a mark that would stand until 1987. Irvine now ranks fourth on that list and currently is 21st on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,314 points. His show-stopping play earned him a spot on the All-Pac-8 team his senior season. In 1970, Irvine was drafted by both the NBA Seattle SuperSonics and the ABA Virginia Squires. He opted to sign with the Squires and played five years with the team, then two seasons with the Denver Nuggets before suffering a career-ending knee injury in 1977. In 1980, Irvine embarked on a 25-year career in the NBA working as an assistant coach, head coach and vice president of basketball. He started as an assistant coach in stints with the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors, but would also get his shot as a head coach for Indiana and Detroit. Irvine also worked in the Pacers’ front office helping to assemble their successful teams during the 1990’s.

The other individuals to be inducted are: Richard Jefferson (Arizona), Kurt Nimphius (Arizona State), Lamond Murray (California), Burdette Haldorson (Colorado), Jim Barnett (Oregon), A.C. Green (Oregon State), George Selleck (Stanford), Ed O’Bannon (UCLA), Sam Barry (USC), Arnie Ferrin (Utah) and Steve Puidokas (Washington State). (Photo courtesy The Seattle Times.)

Beavers split against Roughriders

By Bucky Beaver

The very young Lady Beavers squad has had stretches all year of solids basketball but they have not yet been able to string together four straight quarters in a game. The Beavers, starting four sophomores and a senior, finally showed their potential Friday night against Roosevelt. The Beavers jumped to an early seven point lead in the first quarter. The Roughriders were able to tie up the game midway through the second quarter, but then the Lady Beavers pulled away for a convincing win of 65 to 46. The win keeps alive the Beavers goal of making the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Beavers were lead in scoring by sophomores Nancy MacGeorge with 12 points, 7 assists and 2 blocks, Beverly Verduin with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and Cailey Beckett with 10 points. Freshman Tessa Sechler had her best game of the year adding 8 points and 3 rebounds. (Photo of Tessa Sechler courtesy Alan Russon, Ballard Athletics.)

The Roosevelt Ballard boys basketball game is always a very intense contest as many of the boys have played against each other since elementary school. Friday night’s game was no different. There was a lot of electricity in the big crowd at Ballard Friday night. The Roughriders got off to an early 4 point lead in the first quarter against the Beavers. The Beavers kept the game within striking distance never getting down more than eight points, but could never get it closer than one point the remainder of the game. Roosevelt held on for a 41 to 37 victory. The Beavers were lead in scoring by junior Seth Berger with 14 points and seniors Jake Devine and Brad Baker each with 6 points.

Both teams have a bye on Tuesday/Wednesday this week and then are on the road for back-to-back quad games Friday at Bothell and Saturday at Roosevelt. Only six games remain in the regular season for both teams before playoffs begin. To make the playoffs they will need to finish in the top four out of the six teams in their division.

Cold Shooting For Ballard Basketball

By Bucky Beaver

Boys (7-6, 5-3 in conference)

You have to bring your “A” game every night in Kingco, arguably the toughest league in the state. Especially when you are on the road. The Boys Beavers basketball team started out hot Tuesday night at Newport High School, but quickly cooled off. Newport took the lead about halfway through the first quarter and never looked back. Newport was hot all night with a couple of players having career nights. Ballard could never get closer than 8 to 10 points the rest of the evening. The team shot just 32% from the field. Final score was Knights 60 and Beavers 47. Junior Seth Berger led the Beavers in scoring with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Juniors Stuart MacGeorge added 8 points and Nate Rauda added 6 points and 3 steals.

Girls (3-10, 2-6 in conference)

The Lady Beavers came out very cold Wednesday night at home against the Newport Knights. The Beavers shot just 19% from the floor in the first half getting down 11 points at the half. The Beavers, led by sophomore Cailey Beckett, came out hot to start the second half. They outscored the Lady Knights 12 to 2 in the third quarter to pull within 1 point after 3 quarters. The game was close throughout the 4th quarter and the Beavers had a couple of opportunities at the end to pull off the upset, but they ended up short losing 41 to 39 to the Knights. The Beavers out-rebounded the Knights by 11 and had their lowest number of turnovers of the season. Cailey Beckett lead the team in scoring with 21 points. Sophomore Nancy MacGeorge had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. (Photo of Cailey Beckett courtesy Alan Russo, Ballard Athletics.)

Big night Friday night for both the girls and boys teams as the Roosevelt Roughriders invade Ballard. Varsity girls play at 6:30 and varsity boys play at 8:00. Both games have big playoff implications for the Beavers. Ballard will also be unveiling new banners funded by a donation from the Ballard High School Foundation. Come early for your seat—should be a very big crowd Friday night.

Tough night for Beaver basketball

By Bucky Beaver

Ballard Girls
There is never an easy night in Kingco basketball. Probably the toughest league in the state. The Ballard and Garfield girls had a hard fought game Friday night. The contest was back and forth all night long. Ballard took an early lead going up 17 to 11 after one quarter. Garfield fought back to take a one point advantage 26 to 25 at the half. The Ballard girls came out strong in the third quarter winning it by 8 points. Garfield did not give up however. Their pressure defense finally wore down Ballard at the end as they held on to a 57 to 54 victory. Ballard was led in scoring by sophomores Cailey Beckett with 18 points, Beverly Verduin with 13 points, and Nancy MacGeorge with 10 points. Ballard’s next game is Wednesday night at home against Newport High School.

Ballard Boys
Coming off a road victory at #2 in the state Skyline, the boys schedule didn’t get any easier Friday night as they travelled to #6 Garfield. The boys game was also hotly contested in front of a big crowd at Garfield High School. Ballard jumped out to an early lead 21 to 12 after the first quarter with some hot shooting. Garfield whittled away at the lead throughout the remainder of the game taking a one point lead after three quarters. The game was back and forth in the fourth quarter, but the Beavers could not get back the lead, losing 60-53. Clutch free throw shooting at the end by Garfield and an off night at the line by the Beavers was the difference. Ballard was led by 26 points and 10 rebounds from junior Seth Berger, 10 points by Junior Stuart MacGeorge, and 9 points and 11 rebounds by junior Johnny Verduin. Ballard’s crazy two week schedule continues next game on the road on Tuesday at Newport High School followed by a home game against #8 Roosevelt.

Pictures of Cailey Beckett and Seth Berger courtesy of BHS Athletics.