Register now to compete in Seattle City Open tennis tournament

This year’s Seattle City Open tennis tournament will be hosted at Lower Woodland Tennis Courts from June 14 – 19.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites locals to join friends, families, and tennis enthusiasts at the annual showcase of the region’s most skilled tennis athletes.

Matches will be played after 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for Finals. In the case of rain, games will be moved to the Amy Yee Tennis Center (2000 MLK Jr. Way).

Online registration closes tonight (June 7) at midnight.

BHS sports: boys soccer and girls softball teams win Metro League Championships

Congratulations to Ballard High School’s boys soccer and girls softball teams for their victories in the Metro League Championships.

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BHS girls softball team. Photo courtesy BHS Twitter page


The Beaver girls celebrated their 3-1 win over the West Seattle Wildcats on May 15 at the Southwest Athletic Complex. Both teams now advance into this week’s Sea-King District 2 tournament.

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Photo courtesy Ballard High School

BHS boys soccer celebrated a 3-1 win over Roosevelt in the championship match on Friday. The Beavers haven’t had a boys soccer team this strong in nearly 20 years, according to coach Brian Wardlaw. “It’s been a long time since Ballard’s been at playoffs, and obviously to state now,” Wardlaw told KIRO. “We’re excited to be playing in these situations, and I know the boys are really excited too.”

The boys soccer team now plays against Edmonds-Woodway tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Interbay for the first round of the state championships.


Ballard Little League registrations now open


Ballard Little League has opened registrations for the upcoming season. The league had over 300 players last year and is looking for even more in 2015.

Ballard Little League provides kids from 4-18 years the opportunity to learn baseball in a fun, community setting. The league is looking for players for T-Ball, Coach Pitch, 89ers, AAA, Majors and up.

The league is celebrating its 62nd year of helping kids learn life lessons through playing baseball and fast pitch softball.

“We are looking for an exciting and fun season.  Get your friends and neighbors to come play with us,” writes BLL Presidents Rowland Morgan and Kevin Miller.

Registration is now open online and all players who register before January 1 will receive a free Ballard Little League t-shirt. A $15 discount is available to families with multiple players.

Click here to find out more about Ballard Little League.

Ballard Lynx soccer team makes semi-finals of state tournament


Ballard’s own SYSA U14 Girls Lynx soccer team have made it to the semi-final round in the Washington Youth Soccer Recreational State Cup Tournament.

The team will play in the semi-final match this Saturday, December 13, at 12 p.m. at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila against the WC3-HSC Freedom and if victorious they will then compete for the championship in the final match at 4 p.m.

The Ballard Lynx, coached by Whitman MS/Ballard HS parent Shane Leinster, have advanced through this tournament, already defeating the defending state champions, while still competing in the SYSA City Tournament, and participating on various middle school soccer teams.

“If you’d like to see some beautiful soccer, come on out and cheer on the Ballard Lynx #getyourlynxon,” writes Lynx parent Barbara.

Turn & Burn Kickboxing program kicks off in Ballard this week

Sensei Jordan from Fighting Chance Seattle is launching a new kickboxing program specifically aimed at locals who work in the food and beverage service industry. The Turn & Burn Kickboxing program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The program is set to focus on physical conditioning, strength and posture improvement, as well as to relieve stress and reduce common pains. It also aims to assist participants in learning the physical and mental discipline required for staying centered during long shifts in the kitchen, behind the bar, or on the floor

Before establishing Fighting Chance Seattle, Sensei Jordan was a long-time server and bartender, and understands first-hand the toll that these jobs can take on a person’s mind and body.

“Turn & Burn is specifically designed to give back and empower those in the food and beverage service community whose time is spent serving others,” says Jordan.

The program costs $135 per month, with 15% off with industry discount (Class 12, Food Handlers Card or Liquor Permit required).

The program is launching this week with two free classes on March 25 & 27, register at Eventbrite to participate.

Click here to learn more about the program.

The week in sports at BHS

The athletes at BHS are competing in club competition this week. Head out and support them at their games!

Tuesday, March 11

  • Lacrosse: Girls vs. Spanaway Lake at Ballard High School Field, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 13

  • Lacrosse: Girls vs. Mukilteo at Ballard High School Field, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 15

  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Blanche at Ballard High School Field, 11 a.m.
  • Soccer: Boys Varsity vs. Blanche at Ballard High School Field, 1 p.m.

Ballard Boys & Girls Club to offer golf and tennis programs this Spring

IMG_3711_200This Spring, Ballard Boys & Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St) is hosting youth golf and tennis lessons, starting on April 5th. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5 – 12 years old.

The classes will meet every Saturday with golf from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m and tennis from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Each class will include group and 1-on-1 instruction, stretching, physical activity, rules and etiquette lessons. The classes aim to teach youth about the importance of sportsmanship and honesty.

Cost of the program is $100 per sport for an eight week program (plus a $36.00 club membership).

All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Click here to find out more about the program. If you have any questions call Billy Rodgers at (206) 783-5775 or email

Ballard Junior Football in need of local support

Last month we posted about Ballard Junior Football being in need of local support to help raise funds for a new portable scoreboard. My Ballard reader Julie Peebles emailed in to let us know about the Go Fund Me Account that she created to facilitate and raise awareness about the fundraising campaign.

The fundraising campaign is in its final stages and organizers are reaching out to the community for donations. Currently, the donation total is at $1,145.00 of the $5000 goal.

“Ballard Junior Football desperately needs a new portable scoreboard.  Late last season the old scoreboard stopped working.  Unfortunately, it is too old to be repaired and needs to be replaced,” writes Julie.

Ballard Junior Football has been a part of our community since 1962 providing children of the greater Seattle area, a fun, safe and competitive football and cheerleading program. Ballard Junior Football is also  501c non profit that is organized by parents and volunteers.

They rely on community support, sponsorship and donations to keep the club up and running.

Click here to make a donation.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Junior Football Club.

The week in sports at BHS

It’s playoffs time for the athletes at Ballard High School. Good luck to everyone who is competing this week!

Tuesday, February 11:

  • Basketball: Boys Varsity Playoffs at Eastlake 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 12:

  • Basketball: Girls Varsity Playoffs at Eastlake 7:30pm

Friday, February 14:

  • Swim and Dive: District Swim Tournament at UW Swimming Pool 5 p.m.
  • Swim and Dive: District Dive Tournament at Juanita time TBD
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity Playoffs at Juanita, 4:45pm or 8:15pm

Saturday, February 15:

  • Wrestling: Regional Tournament at Inglemoor High School 10 a.m.
  • Gymnastics: District Gymnastics Tournament at Mt. Si High School time TBD
  • Swim and Dive: District Swim Tournament at UW Swimming Pool 5 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity Playoffs at Juanita 4:45pm or 8:15pm

The week in sports at BHS

The athletes at Ballard High School are gearing up for another big week of competition. Head out and support them at their games.

Tuesday, January 21:

  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Mercer Island High School at Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club 4 p.m.

Wednesday, January 22:

  • Wrestling: Varsity and Junior Varsity vs. Interlake High School at Interlake High School 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 24:

  • Swim and Dive: Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Conf. Meet vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School time TBD
  • Swim and Dive: Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Conf. Meet vs. Garfield High School at Garfield High School time TBD
  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 3:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Issaquah High School at Ballard High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Junior Varsity vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 5 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 6:30 p.m.
  • Gymnastics: Varsity and JV League vs. Skyline at Skyline High School
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 25:

  • Gymnastics: Varsity and JV Invitational at Ballard High School 8 a.m.