MANY THANKS to the young men who volunteered at the annual 2016 Coast Guard Family and Friends Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children on December 10 th , 2016. We stuffed over 150 stockings that will be delivered to children living in homeless shelters in the greater Puget Sound area. Thank you for your time, energy and dedication to helping others and for making our community a better place. The shelters say the children often hang their stocking on their beds to remember the special gift- thank you.
Both Bellevue High school teams - the 9/10 squad and the Varsity team - made the final of the Space Needle Shootout this past weekend, capping a strong showing for the program on the weekend.
Bellevue's 9/10 Team took the field Friday night in the opener of the 2016 Space Needle Shootout with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. The10thgraders lost to Valhalla in the SNS Championship game two years ago, and they headed into this one with revenge on their minds. The Wolverines took control early and never looked back winning 9-1. Next up was upstart Team Costco who was of no match for Bellevue's ball movement and defensive intensity, as the Wolverines logged a 9-0 shutout. Bellevue rode the momentum into a challenging match-up against Canada's Delta Footmen. The Footmen took an early 2-0 lead with some deft passing around the cage, but after some defensive adjustments and a couple of great assisted goals, Bellevue drew even at 2-2. They controled things from there, notchinga solid 5-3 win. Next up was neighborWoodinville, who again fell victim to Bellevue's suffocating defense and a balanced offense as the Wolverines registered another lopsided 8-1 victory.
The 9/10 Championship Game was a 2015 rematch between Canadian Academy team Claremont and Bellevue. The Wolverines were seeking to avenge a 9-1 loss a year ago and seemingly the only obstacle in their way was the Claremont goalie. The Spartan keeper came up with save after save from every angle, and Claremont's ability to strike quickly in transition helped stake the Spartans to an early lead. Bellevue fought hard and never gave up, but in the end the only shot the Claremont goalie failed to stop came off of the 6' long stick of a Bellevue defender, as Claremont took the 9/10 final 5-1.
The Varsity final featured another Bellevue vs. Claremont battle, as the Wolverine's varsity locked horns with the Spartans once again. It was a back and forth affair, as the familiar foes went right at each other from the opening faceoff. The Wolverines struck first, with a dodge and a lefty goal from Justin Angelel. After a couple of stellar saves from goalie Ben Edelhertz, Claremont would finally get the equalizer on a close range shot. They took the lead shortly thereafter on another nifty pass and finish near the cage, but Bellevue would draw even again on a wing shot from Paul Johnson that made it 2-2. Claremont grabbed one more before the half and took a 3-2 lead into the break.
Claremont harassed the Bellevue ball carriers all day long, riding relentlessly and making the Wolverines earn every clear. The Spartans, who are in the middle of their regular season up in British Columbia, started to wear down the Wolverines and forced a number of turnovers throughout the game. Bellevue hung tough, though, and after falling behind 5-2, the Wolverines clawed back behind goals from Tom Heed and Cameron McMahon to pull within one at 5-4.
With only a couple of minutes left in the game, Claremont came away with a hotly contested loose ball deep in their own end of the field. Bellevue continued to ride and appeared to force the Spartan defender to step on the endline. However, the call wasn't made and Claremont triggered a fastbreak that would generate another goal and give the Spartans a two goal cushion. But Bellevue didn't quit. Junior Brennan Malloney, stellar at the X all weekend long, secured another possession for the Wolverines and Matt Marino danced through the Claremont defense and scored to close the gap to a single goal. Bellevue had one more chance to level the game, but a turnover gave the ball back to the Spartans who were able to run out the final seconds and preserve the victory.
It was a good game and a good showing for the Wolverines as they pushed their neighbors to the north to the brink. A rematch is likely this spring in the annual NW Invitational, where Bellevue will hope to get their revenge.
It was yet another tight battle in the annual alumni game. Last year's game was won by the alums in OT, but the high schoolers got their revenge this time around with a one goal victory. According to one of the alumni players, the high school team employed a very creative strategy called "passing" which caught the alums off guard and led to several goals, propelling the high school squad to a narrow 9-8 win.