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Boys' and Girls' Basketball Win ECL; Boys Finish Third in State! 

Photo of Seattle Academy 2020 Varsity Basketball Teams

The Seattle Academy boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams enjoyed incredible 2019-20 seasons both winning the Emerald City League (ECL) championship.

“We take great pride in our basketball success and overall being a part of the Cardinal family,” said Athletic Director Cathy Schick. “Both our boys’ and girls’ teams had tremendous years.”

The boys' varsity basketball team finished the league season undefeated at 12-0 and 25-2 overall. At the state tournament in Yakima, the boys won their quarterfinal match up defeating Kings Way Christian, 64-51. In the state semifinals, in one of the most exciting games of the season, the Cardinals were down ten points with two minutes to go, forcing an overtime before falling to Kings, 68-66.

The next day, Seattle Academy defeated La Salle, 67-63 to finish third in the state. The third place finish was the highest in the history of the boys' basketball program.   

For the third consecutive year, Leo DeBruhl '21 was named All-ECL 1st Team, and this year he added his second Emerald City League Most Valuable Player award, sharing the honor with his teammate Joe Cookson '21. Joining Leo and Joe on the All-ECL 1st Team was Teja Singh '21. Lewis Welsh '20 was named All-ECL 2nd Team.

“When Leo and Joe came in as freshmen a couple of years ago, I thought this group could do something special,” said Head Coach Shaun Burl. “We struggled a bit that first year, but here we are with a very exceptional group of guys. I can’t wait for next season!”

The Seattle Academy girls' varsity basketball team also had a great season, winning the Emerald City League this year with a 13-1 conference record (18-5 overall). Katie Drais '22 was named ECL Most Valuable Player and All-ECL 1st Team. Joining Katie on the 1st Team was Florette Cederstrand '20, who was named to the All-ECL 1st Team for the third straight season. Ingrid Odmark '20 and Faith Tade '22 were each named All-ECL 2nd Team. The girls advanced to the regional round of the state tournament before being eliminated.

The Cardinals great success was not limited to just the Upper School, the SAAS Middle School had a school record eleven teams, with the Boy’s Red team finishing the season undefeated. Three Middle School teams (Girls' 6th grade, Boys' 6th Grade, and Boys' 7th grade) played in the CYO league. All three teams made the playoffs, with the Boys' 7th grade squad advancing to the semifinals before being eliminated and the Boys 6th grade squad advancing all the way to the finals.

Congratulations to all the Seattle Academy athletic teams and student-athletes on a very successful winter season!

Watch JOVIALITIES - The Story of the Seattle Academy boys' varsity basketball teams 2019-2020 season filmed and edited by alumnus and former Cardinal Jujaar Singh '18.