Ballard girls lose heartbreaker to Roosevelt

The top two girls basketball teams in the Mountain Division met last night at Roosevelt, and the Ballard Beavers lost this time, 44-31. Now both teams are tied with 12-2 records in the division with one game to go in regular season play. The Ballard girls are a great story this season, and everyone in town will be rooting for the team as they head into the playoffs.

The Beavers after winning the championship game in the Surf ‘n Slam tournament in San Diego last month.

Longtime Ballard High teacher succumbs to cancer

Ballard High’s Toni Bukowski, who won the “Science Teacher of the Year” award in 2003, died of breast cancer on Friday. “She was one of those teachers: irrepressible, inspirational, energetic, amazing,” writes Peggy Sturdivant in her Ballard blog. “Absolutely one of the warmest and most caring people.” Memorial arrangements are pending.

Update: “She touched the lives of the entire Ballard High School community, in a very positive way, and we will all miss her,” writes Ballard High Principal Phil Brockman on the school’s website. Brockman said the school plans to rename the greenhouse where Bukowski worked, “Mrs. B’s Greenhouse.”

Ballard girls sweep in San Diego

The undefeated Ballard High School girls basketball team keeps rolling. They won all three of their games at the Surf ‘N Slam tournament in San Diego, beating St. Mary’s from Berkeley in the title game, 47-44. Senior guard Evangeline Spracklin (pictured) had a game-high 24 points against Eastlake of Chula Vista, California. You can check the scores here.

Ballard High girls remain undefeated

It was the clash of the unbeatens in girls basketball last night, but Ballard High obliterated Roosevelt, 50-26.  Jeanette Hansen, a 6-foot-5 foreign exchange student from Denmark (Ballard’s secret weapon), scored 10 points.  “It was really big,” she told the Seattle Times. “A lot of people didn’t think we could beat Roosevelt, but we beat them pretty well.” The Beavers are now 6-0.  “Ballard appears to have enough firepower to be a KingCo frontrunner all season,” predicts the Seattle PI.  As for Roosevelt, their coach had this to say after the game: “We got out-everythinged.”

The Ballard team. Any guesses who’s Jeanette Hansen here?