RAT CITY RETURNS TO RAT CITY! Roller Derby this Saturday

February 3rd, 2020 Tracy Posted in southgate, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on RAT CITY RETURNS TO RAT CITY! Roller Derby this Saturday

(WCN photo from 2013 Rat City bout at Southgate)

You may remember back when the Rat City Rollergirla were based in White Center. This Saturday, they’re returning (as Rat City Roller Derby)! Here’s the announcement:

Rat City Roller Derby is going back to where it all began for a special single-header, mash-up bout at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center. On Feb. 8, the Big Grief Maples will play the Western HemBlocks in a nod to not only RCRD’s roots, but also its home in the Evergreen State.

Time: 6:45 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
Location: Southgate Roller Rink, 9646 17th Ave. SW

For the founders of RCRD, the throwback game is an important acknowledgement of the league’s history and how far it has come.

“Rat City Roller Derby has come a long way since its days at Southgate,” said Carmin Thomas, also known as Clobberin’ Mame, who was one of the founding members of RCRD and still skates with the Sockit Wenches today. “And we’re thrilled to be returning to where it all began for this very special game.”

During the game, RCRD will give back to the community that supported it in its early days by collecting donations for the White Center Food Bank. Audience members are invited to bring unopened, unexpired, non-perishable goods to the game to help RCRD support the food bank’s mission to keep White Center fed. In addition, local band Burn Burn Burn will play a live halftime show.The after party will be held at Zippy’s Giant Burgers, 9614 14th Ave. SW, immediately after the game.

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SEASON FINALE: Highline Bears’ last 2019 game tonight

August 3rd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news 1 Comment »

Last chance to see the Highline Bears this year! Tonight (Saturday, August 3rd) is their final game of the season, 7:05 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park vs. the Redmond Dudes. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, too. Need tickets? Go here!

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: A win for everybody as Highline Bears open 2019 season victoriously

June 2nd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Highline Bears, Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on VIDEO, PHOTOS: A win for everybody as Highline Bears open 2019 season victoriously

The 12-3 final score was only part of the story as the Highline Bears opened the 2019 season at Mel Olson Stadium in White Center’s Steve Cox Memorial Park on Saturday night. So many other fun touches were part of the night – like home-team players high-fiving fans in the stands as they were introduced (above, catcher Owen Napieralski). Then there were the Shorewood Elementary students who sang the national anthem:

The “unofficial mayor of White Center,” Christine Spencer, threw out the first pitch:

And there was the guest base runner:

Hudson Borg had his own cheering section at home plate:

Mascot Buntly the Bear roamed the stadium:

Other sightings ranged from his between-innings Macarena to a moment where he sat down and checked out our laptop (hard to type with paws, so he moved on). All that and we haven’t even gotten around to the baseball yet. Yes, there was a full nine-inning game between the Bears and the visiting Laces:

That’s #12 Cody Chavis. You can see the full Bears roster here. They all had a lot to high-five about:

The night also included facepainting, live games, the youth league West Seattle Baseball running a 50-50 raffle, and … chair-throwing. See for yourself next home game, which is Friday night (June 7th):

It’ll be National Donut Night on Friday; can’t miss that. Here’s the schedule; here’s where to get tickets. (Kids 8 and under are free!)

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TONIGHT: Highline Bears’ season opener

June 1st, 2019 Tracy Posted in Highline Bears, Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Highline Bears’ season opener

Play ball! Tonight at Steve Cox Memorial Park’s Mel Olson Stadium, the Highline Bears open their 2019 season – pregame festivities at 6:45 pm, first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm. The Bears (see the roster here) are collegiate players with a two-month schedule of home and road games. Ticket prices are low (get your tickets in advance here) and the games are full of fun. Here’s the promotion schedule, including fridge magnets for the first 350 tonight. See you at the ballpark!

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YOUTH SPORTS: One more chance to register for Southwest Little League in person

February 25th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Sports, White Center news Comments Off on YOUTH SPORTS: One more chance to register for Southwest Little League in person

The recent snow threw a curveball at registration season for Southwest Little League, so it’s gone into extra innings – with one more chance, 9 am-noon this Saturday (March 2nd), to register in person at the Steve Cox Memorial Park log cabin (1321 SW 102nd). Southwest Little League serves southern West Seattle, White Center, and South Park. Go here for full details on who’s eligible and what to bring to register. If you can’t make it to the park on Saturday, you have two weeks beyond that to register online – go here before March 15th.

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Evergreen High School to get new synthetic-turf field, partly funded by Seahawks grant

September 11th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Schools, Sports, White Center news 2 Comments »

Today’s announcement is from the Seahawks:

Highline Public Schools will install a synthetic turf field at Evergreen High School thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Seattle Seahawks through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program.

The grant from the Seahawks, the NFL Foundation, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of more than $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.

The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization, has committed nearly $46 million to the program since 1998, supporting 336 projects nationwide. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.

“In many ways, the community of White Center and our scholar-athletes attending Evergreen and Cascade will significantly benefit from the facility improvements on campus thanks to these generous grants by the Seahawks and King County,” said Highline Public Schools Athletic Director Phil Willenbrock.

“This investment represents more than just a new field to play on – it is also about creating a gathering space to help build community, teach important life lessons, and continues to allow our children to dream big. Thank you to the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks for helping make a difference for families as the lives of many will be touched by this award,” said LISC Program Vice President, Joseph Horiye.

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BASEBALL BOBBLEHEADS! At the Bears tonight

June 16th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news Comments Off on BASEBALL BOBBLEHEADS! At the Bears tonight

When we covered the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council earlier this month, Highline Bears president Russ Pritchard talked about some of the promotions coming up, including Buntly the Bear bobblehead tonight. That’s tonight! Gates open 6:05 pm at Mel Olson Stadium (1321 SW 102nd), game time vs. the Redmond Dudes is 7:05 pm. More info here.

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Youth sports grants for White Center organizations

January 30th, 2018 Tracy Posted in King County, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on Youth sports grants for White Center organizations

Just announced today – with local organizations on the list!

King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a series of youth sports grants totaling $3.6 million. The grants increase opportunities and access for young people to engage in healthy physical activity through new or improved facilities or programs, especially those serving under-resourced communities.

“From new sports fields in North Bend to a mountain biking program in Auburn, these grants will not only support traditional sports, but will open opportunities and improve access for youth wanting to enjoy more active lifestyles,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

The Youth and Amateur Sports Grants program evaluates programs and projects based on community need, with an emphasis on projects in underserved areas with low- to moderate-income families and higher health disparities.

“These grants support healthier communities by providing more places and more pathways for kids to play and be active,” said King County Council Chair Joe McDermott. “This is especially important in neighborhoods that have been historically under-resourced, so there is a focus on addressing disparities to access and facilities.”

The grants, which range from $6,750 to $250,000, are administered by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Parks and Recreation Division.

The program is funded and sustained through a 1 percent car-rental tax authorized by the Legislature in 1993. Funds can only be used for programs or capital projects that increase access to health-enhancing physical activities.

Formerly called the Youth Sports Facilities Grants, King County has awarded roughly $15 million in grants since the program’s inception in 1993, creating nearly 350 new or renovated youth sports facilities throughout the county.

In 2017, the King County Council restructured the program, providing Council-directed grants, as well as competitive grants, to non-profit organizations, local governments, and school districts. Funding is available for sports and recreation programs, as well as for capital improvement projects.

The local grants:

Highline Public Schools
Evergreen Turf Field


The Salvation Army
Salvation Army White Center Gym

White Center Youth Basketball

White Center Youth Futsal


White Center Community Development Association
Wolverine Boosters Summer Camp

Whitewater Aquatics Management
Evergreen Pool (White Center)

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October 6th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Evergreen High School, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING: Here’s what’s happening

Thanks to the White Center Community Development Association for sending the info:

Friday, October 6th Evergreen High School is celebrating its 58th homecoming. Please join us for an evening of reminiscing as we support Evergreen HS Athletics! Alumni and community members are invited to participate in the following events:

Friday, October 6 – 11:00am
Evergreen High School
(830 SW 116th St, Seattle, WA 98146)

Tickets sold at the Gate- $6.00 Cash for adults
Friday, October 6 – 7:00 PM
Highline Memorial Stadium
400 S 156th St, Burien, WA 98148

Friday, October 6 – After the Homecoming Football Game*9:30PM
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Address: 153 SW 157th St, Burien, WA 98166
There will be an opportunity to win amazing prizes like Evergreen SWAG and “White Center Night Out” date night package.

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BASEBALL: Highline Bears sign manager Josh Evans for second year

September 15th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Sports, White Center news Comments Off on BASEBALL: Highline Bears sign manager Josh Evans for second year

The photo and announcement are from the White Center-based Highline Bears:

On Wednesday, September 13, Highline Bears Manager Josh Evans signed a new contract through the 2018 summer season. Evans will be the Bears’ first two-year manager since the team’s inception in 2014.

“We’re excited to bring back Josh Evans for another season and I’m excited to see what he can do with a full off season to build his team. Last year we were late on getting a manager signed but now we’re hitting the ground running,” explained General Manager Justin Moser. The Bears have already started the recruiting process, attending fall practices for local colleges and reaching out to programs in hopes of finding top talent for their 2018 summer season.

The Bears got off to a rocky start, struggling to put up runs against opponents in early June. But in the second half of the season under the leadership of Evans the Bears came out fighting in big games, taking 3 wins from the West Coast League, the premier summer college league on the west coast, and taking down the league champion Seattle Studs, as well as the Everett Merchants. “We start off slow every year, it was expected. We are a home for a lot of freshmen and red shirts who have very few at bats and innings pitched coming into the season. Our job as a summer collegiate team is to give these guys an opportunity to get better, and go back to their school in the fall ready to win a starting job. Most of the teams we play are older and much more experienced, which is great for our guys to compete against. The teams we are playing now are much more competitive than ever before. We played four or five guys who were drafted or signed to pro contracts this year,” said Moser.

“I’m excited to be resigning with the Bears for another season, and even more excited to have a full off season to recruit players. I’m just pumped!” exclaimed Evans, who is currently looking to sign two additional coaches for next year. “We’re looking for a first base coach and bullpen coach. Guys who can help with throwing B.P. (batting practice) and hit fungos. I’m just really excited to be a part of building this organization, and can’t wait to see what we can do.”

“It’s going to be a great season for us next year, we’re starting at the right time and getting things rolling on and off the field. Steven Finch is going to move full time into a front office role, helping me with marketing and running the business, and we’re going to let Evans run the baseball side of things.” Moser explained that the team will be adding more home games to their schedule in hopes of having 25 games, along with promotional nights and lots of fun and exciting events for kids.

The Bears are currently looking for businesses to partner with for the 2018 season and anyone interested in partnering can contact General Manager Justin Moser at Info@HighlineBears.com. Anyone interested in playing for the Bears can contact Manager Josh Evans at Josh@HighlineBears.com.

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SATURDAY: Duwamish Rowing Club invites you to Dieter Hotz Cup regatta

July 11th, 2017 Tracy Posted in South Park, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY: Duwamish Rowing Club invites you to Dieter Hotz Cup regatta

The only rowing club in our area invites you to its second annual Dieter Hotz Cup Regatta on Saturday:

The Duwamish Rowing Club invites you to a fun free event this Saturday, July 15th, in Duwamish Waterway Park (S Elmgrove St. and 10th Ave S). Duwamish Rowing Club is hosting a regatta with races between local rowing clubs between 8 am and 12 pm. There will also be a free community breakfast. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about rowing and recreational activities on the Duwamish River.

The regatta will also be a kickoff for the free Learn-to-Row classes hosted by Duwamish Rowing Club on Saturdays in August and September. There is more information available on our website at www.duwamishrowingclub.org or contact us at duwamishrowingclub@gmail.com. Se habla Español. These programs are funded by the Seattle Parks District Recreation for All Initiative.

The Duwamish Rowing Club is a nonprofit organization with the mission of brining the sport of rowing to the residents of South Park, Georgetown, White Center, and surrounding neighborhoods, and to offer recreational access to the Duwamish River that is affordable for everyone.

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VIDEO: Almost 400 at White Center 5K 2017 in Saturday sunshine

March 25th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Sports, White Center news Comments Off on VIDEO: Almost 400 at White Center 5K 2017 in Saturday sunshine

(WCN video and photos by Patrick Sand)

Perfect setting for this year’s White Center 5K, a sunny Saturday morning. Organizers told us at least 370 people were signed up, between preregistration and same-day signups. This year’s theme was again a celebration of superheroes, and many costumed participants joined in:

We also caught some of the runners passing by the north side of White Center Heights Elementary:

As noted here, proceeds benefit three White Center nonprofits. According to the results posted online, first finisher was 27-year-old Samuel Bradley-Kelly, just under 17:57 … first female finisher was 48-year-old Jen Hiner, just under 24:05.

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PHOTOS: US Women’s Olympic Rugby athletes visit Greenbridge

June 20th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on PHOTOS: US Women’s Olympic Rugby athletes visit Greenbridge

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Early Olympic fever swept through the Southwest Boys and Girls Club in Greenbridge this afternoon, as the club welcomed some special visitors:

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Members of the USA Women’s Olympic Rugby team are training in the Seattle area before heading to Rio, and they took a side trip today to White Center to meet local kids and run through some basic rugby skills with them – passing, kicking, and formations.

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With them, head coach Richie Walker.

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The team will make history because rugby will be an Olympic sport this year for the first time in almost a century.

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According to the USA Rugby website, the women will compete August 6th through 8th.

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SPORTS: Highline Bears win big in second-season opener at Steve Cox Park

May 29th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news 1 Comment »


By Randall Hauk
Reporting for White Center Now & West Seattle Blog

The semi-pro Highline Bears baseball team launched its second season at Steve Cox Memorial Park in grand fashion Saturday night, downing the Langley Blaze 10-0 to give manager Rich Lindros a big win in his debut.

Starting pitcher Al Miller needed just seven innings to collect his complete-game shutout, thanks to the efficient Bears offense which used just three hits to generate enough runs to trigger an early end to the game via the “mercy rule.” Miller also surrendered only three hits on the evening, striking out two.

After Blaze starter Brandon Marklund loaded the bases in the fourth inning by hitting three Bears batters, second baseman Connor Jones delivered a two-out single to score Cameron Slader and Colton Kelly.

Marklund’s control struggles continued in the fifth inning, when he again loaded the bases without giving up a hit, this time walking first baseman Angel Valencia before hitting the next two batters. The Bears would pounce on the opportunity, plating six runs in the frame despite a Parker Coffey single being the only hit the home team would produce.

The Bears finished things in the seventh, again taking advantage of Langley pitching issues. After Ben Fitzhugh and Connor Jones each drew walks, third baseman Drew Larea doubled down the right-field line to make it 9-0. Myles Wesner grounded to second, but Ben Foerster’s throw to the plate could not prevent Jones from scoring a game-ending run.

Following the game, children in attendance were invited to run around the bases while Bears players lined the infield offering high-fives to their young fans, who then proceeded to collect autographs from their heroes in blue.

The two teams will meet again today (Sunday, May 29) at Steve Cox (1321 SW 102nd) for a doubleheader beginning at noon. Tickets are $5; kids under 12 get in free.

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Celebration at Evergreen Campus features Jack Thompson

March 25th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on Celebration at Evergreen Campus features Jack Thompson

Happening now at the Evergreen campus, a celebration featuring former NFL and Washington State University football star Jack Thompson. We couldn’t be there but these photo tweets from Highline Public Schools tell the story:

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Southwest Little League registration today

February 6th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Sports, White Center news Comments Off on Southwest Little League registration today

From Southwest Little League – it’s signup day!

Registration for the Southwest Little League begins Saturday, February 6th and 13th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Log Cabin at Steve Cox Memorial Ball Park. All boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 are welcome. If your child lives or attends school between SW Juneau St. and 128th St. SW you are probably within the Southwest Little League boundary! Divisions include T-Ball, Coach-Pitch, Minors, Majors, 50/70 and Juniors. Tryouts for Minor & Major divisions will be held Saturday, February 20th, 2016, at Steve Cox Memorial Ball Park. Please visit www.southwestlittleleague.org for more information about signing up for Southwest Little League.

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TOMORROW: The Force is with Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby @ Southgate

December 11th, 2015 Tracy Posted in southgate, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on TOMORROW: The Force is with Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby @ Southgate

Tomorrow (December 12th) you’ll want to be at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center, when Southside Revolution Junior Coed Roller Derby hosts a “Star Wars“-themed bout just days before Episode 7 premieres. Doors open at 5:30 pm; tickets at the door will be $10 adult, $5 ages 6-12, kids 5 and under free. From the announcement:

Bout one is Southside Revolution’s Cadets battling it out with the Kitsap Derby Brats Rawkettes. The second bout will find the Southside Revolution’s Rebels facing off with the Kitsap Derby Brat’s Bomb Squad.

The game of roller derby is played on quad roller skates with “jammers” scoring points by passing the opposing team’s “blockers.”

Come in costume for a chance to win two opening day tickets to the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Southgate is at 9646 17th SW.

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UPDATE: Evergreen football player Kenney Bui has died, 3 days after injury during game

October 5th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Evergreen High School, Sports, White Center news 2 Comments »

8:16 AM: An injury suffered during Friday night’s Evergreen-Highline football game in Burien has an Evergreen player in critical condition. That’s according to our regional news partner The Seattle Times, identifying the player as Kenney Bui and reporting that he is at Harborview Medical Center after emergency surgery. Bui is a senior at Evergreen; KING 5 quotes Highline Public Schools as saying counselors will be available on campus today for anyone who wants to talk about what happened.

2:58 AM: As also noted in comments, Highline superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield has announced Mr. Bui’s death:

It is with great sadness that School Board President Bernie Dorsey and I share with you that TEC High School senior Kenney Bui, who was critically injured in Friday night’s Evergreen v. Highline football game, died this morning at the hospital.

This is a devastating loss for all of us — Evergreen students, families, and staff, and our entire Highline community.

Our deepest condolences go out to Kenney’s family and all who knew him. Please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.

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White Center Eagles invite you to breakfast to help the Evergreen Wolverines baseball team

February 27th, 2015 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Schools, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Eagles invite you to breakfast to help the Evergreen Wolverines baseball team

The Evergreen Wolverines need you to help them take the field for this year’s high-school baseball season. Simple and tasty way to do that – breakfast, one week from tomorrow! Here’s the announcement:

The White Center Eagles Club (FOE) is holding a fundraising breakfast on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the White Center Eagles Club located at 10452 15th Ave. SW, in support of the Evergreen High School boys’ baseball team – the “Wolverines.”

Because of recent thefts of equipment and lack of funding, the team is in desperate need of basic equipment and field improvements to field a team this season. Baseball lovers from Southwest Seattle, White Center, Burien, SeaTac and surrounding areas are asked to contribute to help put a team on the field for 2015. Members of the team and coaching staff will be present to help serve breakfast. For any further information please contact the White Center Eagles Club at 206-248-1400.

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Roller derby at Southgate on Saturday!

February 20th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Fun, southgate, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on Roller derby at Southgate on Saturday!

The Rainier Roller Girls are bouting at Southgate Roller Rink on Saturday, vs. Faster Pussycats. And it’s not just a chance to see roller derby – the announcement also says:
“There will be an amazing bake sale with treats from Stuffed Cakes, Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, and Mighty-O Donuts. There will be a Storm Trooper photo booth and many Star Wars characters from Garrison Titan and Alpha Base! A super-fun old school punk rock night of roller derby you won’t want to miss! And 10% of proceeds go to Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington!” See the Facebook invite here.

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