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Seattle Academy 2019 Winter Sports Season Recap

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The Seattle Academy boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams both wrapped up successful regular seasons last week, and the SAAS boys wrestling team was honored winning the State 1A Academic Award.  

In boys’ basketball, the Cardinals won the Emerald City League Championship (ECL), finishing undefeated in league and 18-2 overall.  By winning the ECL they will enter the Bi-District tournament as the District 2 number one seed. The Cardinals will play for the District Championship Saturday night (February 16) at Kings High School vs. Lynden Christian. Tip-off is 5 PM.  

In girls’ basketball, SAAS finished second in the ECL with a 12-2 conference record (14-5 overall). They will open up the Bi-District tournament tomorrow (February 15) night at 6 PM with a home game at Seattle Academy.  An opponent is to be determined.

Both the boys and girls were well represented as the All-ECL teams were announced, with sophomore Leo DeBruhl being named the ECL Most Valuable Player.  His teammate, sophomore Joe Cookson, was named to the All-ECL First Team.  Also recognized were sophomore Teja Singh named All-ECL Second Team, Logan Britt who earned the ECL Rookie-of-the-Year award, and head coach Shaun Burl, named ECL Coach-of-the-Year.


Individual awards are a byproduct of team success and we couldn’t be happier about the recognition our squad received! @leodebruhl secured MVP of the ECL League. @joecookson.2 was a 1st Team selection with @teja_singh1 joining him on the 2nd Team and @logan.britt22 securing Rookie of The Year! Coach @burlstagram was awarded Coach of The Year for his leadership of our squad. Feathers in the cap are nice but we’ll stay ready for the weather to let us get back to our ultimate team goal of competing for a State Championship! Big thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far, we’ll need you for our playoff push whenever it resumes!

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For the girls, freshman Katie Drais was named First Team All-ECL and ECL Rookie-of-the-Year. Joining Katie on the All-ECL First Team was junior Florette Cederstrand, who was honored for the second straight season.

In wrestling, congratulations to Leighton Cahoon ‘20 for being the first SAAS girl ever to compete in wrestling. She topped her season off by advancing to the sub-regional. Along with the boys’ team winning the State Academic Award, congratulations go out to team captain Kelson Chen ‘19 and Dan Perera ‘21 for being the first SAAS wrestlers ever to qualify for the state tournament. They will be competing tomorrow and Saturday in Tacoma at the Mat Classic. 

Also last week, Seattle Academy held their annual senior night, honoring the class of 2019 as both the girls' and boys' basketball programs honored their graduating seniors.  


Three boys and nine girls, five from the JV team and four from the varsity along with two managers, were celebrated. From the boys’ varsity team, Brady Doran '19, Andrzej Domanski '19, and Bunker Risse '19 were honored.  

From the girls’ varsity Rusha Bartlett '19, Taylor Rinn '19, Emerson Richmond-Burke '19, and Mackie Williams '19 were honored as well as Rachel Galanti '19, Leila Guilhemotonia '19, Zora Helson '19, Gigi Olsen '19 and Lucia Rosenast '19 from the JV team.  The team managers, Mei-ji Fong '19 and Natalie Fleming '19, were also recognized. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams responded with big victories in their final regular season home game.

“We would like to congratulate all eleven of these seniors,” said Athletic Director Cathy Schick. “All of them were a tribute to the program, and we wish them all the best in the upcoming district playoffs and their future after they leave Seattle Academy this spring.”

Congratulations to the all the athletes and good luck in the postseason!