Both the Ballard High varsity football coach and the varsity girls basketball coach quit a few months ago, and now there’s word of their replacements. John Bowers, formerly the recruiting coordinator and secondary coach for the Western Washington Vikings, is taking over the Beavers’ football team. And Derek Fulwiler, who was the assistant head coach for the boy’s basketball team at Ballard, is the new varsity girl’s head coach. You may remember, the girl’s basketball team had a historic season, but coach Karen Blair quit in protest because the girl’s team does not have a team room like the boys.
Ballard High School is replacing the natural grass in its athletic field with artificial turf this summer, and the Dateline Earth environment blog is wondering outloud whether that’s a safe move. The blog quotes a new story in USAToday that says fraying artificial turf fields could be contaminated with lead and pose a health hazard.
Back in 1994, 16-year-old Melissa Fernandes was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting outside Ballard High School. An appeals court had overturned the conviction of Cesar Sarausad, who admitted to driving the car, because of faulty jury instructions. Now the case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to considering reinstating Sarausad’s conviction.
Seattle Times girls coach of the year Karen Blair quit her post at Ballard High after a historic season, finishing fourth in the state’s Class 4A division. She said she’s quitting over “an equity” issue — the girls team does not have a team room like the boys. “They told me three days before the season started that they weren’t going to do anything different, and I told them this would be my last year at Ballard,” Blair said. This was Blair’s third season at Ballard High.
After beating Kentwood Friday night, the Ballard High girls basketball team are playing Snohomish this afternoon for the 4th place in the Class 4A state basketball tournament. We’ll update with the final results, or you can check the bracket with scores here.
Update: Ballard beat Snohomish to take home the fourth place trophy!
Update: Seattle Times has posted a profile story of Jeanette Hansen, Ballard’s 6-foot-5 exchange student from Denmark.
In other Ballard High sports news, there’s word today that head football coach Alex Barashkoff is resigning to spend more time with his family. Athletic director Doug Bruketta is looking for a replacement.
This just in from the Tacoma Dome: Pasco 55, Ballard 45. It was a hard-fought game with six lead changes. If I’m reading the bracket correctly, the best they can do now is 4th place. But really, this is the first time the Ballard girls have gone to state in the 4A division, so way to go, girls!
Update: Seattle Times has the story here, and watch video of the game here. “It’s been an unbelievable run,” said Ballard coach Karen Blair. “If someone would have told me that we would have been 21-2 going to the state tournament and being a district champ and co-champs of our league, I would have asked, ‘What have you been smoking?’ “
Ballard High’s girls basketball team, which is on a record-setting run, just won the first game of the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. The Beavers beat Rogers, 48-39. They’ll play Pasco in the second round, Thursday at 8:30 p.m. You can follow the latest scores with the tournament bracket here.
The brackets for the 16 teams in the state girls basketball tournament are determined by a draw, and the Ballard Beavers are in a good spot. In fact, their first opponent has a losing record (Rogers of Puyallup). And the opponents in the next round are both unranked (Pasco or Graham-Kapowsin). “She should be happy,” Snohomish coach Ken Roberts said of Ballard coach Karen Blair. The first game begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Ballard girls basketball team — already headed to the state tournament for the first time — beat Inglemoor in overtime Friday night to take the Sea-King 4A Girls district title (photos). As you can see in this video clip of the game, the Beavers were getting overwhelmed early on, but came back strong. “This was a new experience,” Coach Karen Blair said. “We’ve never been in a championship game before. So we struggled and made things harder than they needed to be. But we came through down the stretch.” The big state tournament begins Wednesday in the Tacoma Dome. Go Beavers!