Boys’ Golf, Girls’ Tennis Win State Championship
Seattle Academy capped off the spring season athletic year with two State Team Championships, two Individual State Championships and two Academic State Championships! The Cardinals had representatives in the postseason at the state level in five different sports.
In golf, the boys’ team won the State 1A Championship for the second time in the past five years! Individually they were led by Elias Malakoff ’21 who finished second overall setting a school record for the lowest state round - shooting a 69. Besides Elias the state championship team consisted of Elias’ brother Max ‘21, PJ Colino ‘20, Curtis Herbolich ‘19, David King ’19, and Max Ray-Keil ‘19. The golf team topped off their incredible season by also winning the State Academic Championship, given to the team with the highest GPA!
In tennis, the SAAS girls’ won the 1A State Title as teammates Sophia Fonseca ‘22 and Penelope Owen ‘19 both advanced to the final, making the state singles championship an all-SAAS affair. Sophia won the match and is the first Seattle Academy girl to win a state title in tennis. Penelope wrapped up an incredible four-year career advancing to the state tournament all four years and ending her career at SAAS with the most wins in school history (61). Both girls were named 1st-Team All-Emerald City League (ECL).
The boys’ tennis team finished second at state. The doubles team of brothers Anders Gibbons ’19 and Tate Gibbons ’19 won the state doubles title without losing a set all season. Ezra Magaram ’19 finished second in singles, losing the finals in a tough three-set match. Ezra, like Penelope, concluded his four-year career with the most wins in school history (57).
In track, the girls won the ECL championship, the boys finished second. Twenty-one athletes were named 1st-Team All-ECL, fifteen of which qualified for the state meet (in bold): Harlowe Brumett-Dunn ‘20, Lex Capestany ‘22, Kiki Caputo ‘22, Sadie Cook ‘20, Chloe Darrow ‘19, Trevor Dunnigan ‘19, Lauren Hanauer ‘20, Luca Kennedy ‘21, Ella Kodjababian ‘19, Isaac Long ‘20, Hannah McConnell ‘20, Brenna McCormick ‘19, Elle Misko ‘20, Alexis Norwitz ‘20, Lars Purdy ‘19, Campbell Rempel-White ‘22, Fox Sassaman ‘20, Anika Segall ‘22, Olivia Shaw ‘20, Max Shethar ‘20, and Jack Spangler ‘20. Highlights at the state meet included Trevor finishing fifth and Alexis finishing seventh in pole vault. Max finished sixth in shot put, and the girls’ 4x400 relay team of Kiki, Chloe, Brenna, and Anika finished sixth. Topping off a great track season, first-year head coach Gavin Tucker was named ECL Girls’ Coach of the Year while Lex Capestany ’22 was named boys’ ECL Rookie-of-the-Year, and Kiki Caputo ’22 was named girls ECL Rookie-of-the-Year.
In soccer, the boys’ varsity squad finished 13-6-1 and advanced to the district semifinals before being eliminated. Max Cook ‘21, Bafode Drame ’20, and Adrian Valentine ’19 were all named 1st-Team All-ECL. Adrian set the school career goals record with 47. Brandon Burke ’19 and Max Hellman ’19 were both named to the second team. Like the golf team, the boys’ soccer team won the State Academic Championship.
In lacrosse, the boy’s advanced to the state quarterfinals before being eliminated in double overtime by Bellarmine Prep. Bunker Risse ’19 and Andy Sadler ‘21 both played in the Conference Post Season All-Star Game, and Andy was named 1st-Team All-Metro. The girls’ lacrosse team, in their first season playing at the varsity level, won the League Sportsmanship Award.
In Ultimate, the girls finished the season second in the ECL with an 8-2 league record. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament before being eliminated. Emerson Richmond-Burke ’19 was voted Most Valuable Player of the ECL and also named 1st-Team All-ECL. Tess Barton ’19 was also named 1st-Team All-ECL, and Lucy Waggoner ’20 was named Honorable Mention All-ECL.
The successful sports season this spring was not just limited to the Upper School level. The SAAS Middle School also had a wonderful spring. The Cardinals fielded ten teams in five sports and over two hundred kids participated!
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On June 6, 2019 all 2019 WIAA Spring Sport State Championship Teams were honored by the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park.