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The boys’ ultimate team kept on rolling this week, pulling out a huge win against their rival Franklin High School in the SPS League Championships. Freshman Coen Demaranville as well as Juniors Quinn Marshall, Thomas Symons, and Peter Johnson all had huge games; each made huge plays, laid out throughout the game, and brought the energy that the Riders needed to beat Franklin 13-9. The Riders came out firing in the first half, and seemingly scored at will. This win secured the team the #1 overall seed in the state, and they will play Ingraham High School on Monday 10/26 at View Ridge Playfield at 3:30 in the State quarterfinals. If they win on Monday, they move on to the State semis on Wednesday at Starfire Stadium, and another win would propel the Riders to their first ever state championship game.
The meet on Friday was a very bittersweet. They competed and won against Eastside Catholic at Evans Pool, but it was the Roosevelt senior’s last meet of the year, so it was very emotional. “We had great captains this year, and I’m sad to see them go,” sophomore swimmer Ruby Powers said. Both teams performed exceptionally well, and it was exciting to watch. Camaraderie was in the air as Roosevelt cheered loudly for their teammates. Many of the team qualified for metros that will be held next week.
The Roosevelt football team lost a heartbreaking 30-27 in the city championship game against rival Ballard. The Riders attempted a huge comeback, scoring 2 touchdowns in the final 3 minutes, including an 82-yard touchdown reception by running back senior Dane Rogerson. Rogerson also rushed 208 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Senior Mayan Chavez passed for 99 yards in the game and recorded 2 passing touchdowns, both coming in those decisive final 3 minutes. Senior Michael Buyco led the team in receiving with 60 yards and also recorded a touchdown. The defense played an exceptional game against the strong Ballard offense. Senior Cole Ryseff had an interception in the game and linebacker senior Mitch Goff picked up an important late fumble by the Ballard quarterback. The Riders’ season is definitely not over as they’ll go on to play O’dea in another Metro crossover game. In other news the, JV riders dominated the Cleveland JV 20-6 and the JVC lost another tough one to Nathan Hale 22-20.
Roosevelt’s varsity girls soccer team went up against Rainier Beach and Franklin this week, on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. The last time varsity played Beach, they won 12-0; This week, a slightly less dramatic victory of 1-0 was scored for the Riders. Franklin has yet to win a game this season. The last time varsity played Franklin, they won 11-1; This week, they mimicked the blowout 5-0. Roosevelt’s current league record is 9-2-2; with only one game left in the regular season, this gives the Riders optimistic prospects for the postseason. JV only had one game this week, but showed coordination and superiority nonetheless. Roosevelt’s JV squad locked in a 4-0 victory against Cleveland High School on Tuesday. JV’s 9-2-3 record is phenomenal so things look good for the JV team as well. JVC played Holy Names Academy on Thursday, fighting hard but ending with a loss. The final regular season game for Junior Varsity is to be played on Tuesday against West Seattle at Magnuson, beginning at 3:30. The team’s last game against West Seattle was a 0-3 loss.
This week, Roosevelt began their postseason with the Metro championship meet. Three JV races were held, all of which Roosevelt excelled in. In the Frosh/Soph race, riders took the top three spots as sophomores Jackson Morgan, Aidan McCoy, and Alex Low led the pack. This was more than enough to ensure the squad’s victory. In the JV Junior/Senior Race, junior Shlok Wagle led the team to a second-place finish, finishing fourth as an individual. Junior Thomas Hinds led the riders to a fifth place finish in the Top 14 race as he took 6th place. In the varsity race, the team’s top seven had to take on the other 12 schools in Metro for a coveted bid for Districts offered only to the top nine teams. They barely scraped by, placing 9th. Junior Jack Bylund led as usual with an individual 9th place finish. He was followed by freshman Diego Berho in 24th, senior Ira Rose-Kim in 43rd, and juniors Andrew Moore and Silas Miller in 55th and 57th respectively. The team will have to seriously step up their game if they hope to secure their way to state which would require a 5th place or better finish as a team at Lake Sammamish State Park this Saturday.
This week started off with a blast of intensity in RHS Volleyball. On Monday, the first game of the week, Roosevelt faced Ballard. JV lost 30-28 in triple overtime, which is very rare, and only their second loss of the season. However, varsity battled through one of their toughest matches of the season. The Beavers and Riders were neck and neck throughout the entire game, then Roosevelt pushed through and won the fifth set 15-13. Overall, this was a huge win for Roosevelt. The following Wednesday was also a big night for RHS volleyball, being senior night for varsity, the concluding game of the JV and JVC’s season, and a dramatic face-off against Garfield, Roosevelt’s long-time rivals. At 5:45, the game started with freshman Elaine Kim pancaking to save the point, leading to a set win of 25-14 for Roosevelt. JV won all of the sets played, ending their season on a satisfactory note. At 7:00, the varsity game started with all 5 of their seniors in the game. Throughout the rest of the match, RHS started to integrate swing players from JV to see how they can perform at varsity level. In the end, varsity lost in a devastating blow, losing by 2 in the final match. The game was followed by a ceremony to recognize the RHS Volleyball seniors, which resulted in excessive waterworks from the rest of the team. Although that night marked the end for the JV and JVC seasons, varsity continues to practice for the upcoming playoffs.
Last week was a good week for the girl’s cross country team. On Thursday, they faced all the Metro league schools at Metro Championships at Lower Woodland Park. Varsity placed fourth, with senior captain Helen Schuda placing tenth and snagging a spot on the podium. Junior Jane Barr placed 15th and the rest of the group followed closely, placing 40th, 42nd, 43rd, 50th, and 52nd. The top 14 JV took first place, with sophomore Isabella Glenn and Natalie Kauper close to tying at second and third places. Freshman Dani Lockert and Evelyn Thompson placed eighth and 14th. The rest of the team placed strongly as well, contributing to the group’s victory. The rest of the team ran in the JV open race, placing second. Sophomore Connie Bernard and freshman Maria Santos set personal records in sixth and seventh places. Freshman Emma Browning and Simone Sawyer placed 11th and 16th, sophomore Kendall Barton placed 21st, senior Molly Evans placed 32nd, and sophomores Anna Galbraith and Zoe Nussbaum placed 33rd and 34th. Though this was the last race of the season for most of the team, varsity will be competing again next week at the District Championships at Lake Sammamish State Park, starting at 11:30 AM.
After the end of the regular golf season, Roosevelt golf began postseason play on Tuesday with the first day of the Metro League Tournament. 76 golfers from high schools around Seattle played the first day to qualify to play on Thursday. After playing at Jackson Park Golf Course on Tuesday, all of Roosevelt’s golfers managed to qualify to play at West Seattle Golf Course on Thursday. For Thursday’s play, the top 20 golfers scored for their teams. The scoring works by giving golfers scores according to what place they finished in the top 20, regardless of their score during the match. All of the varsity boys’ were able to score, giving them enough total points to place first overall, making them repeat Metro League champions. For Roosevelt, senior Joe Klemencic was able to tie for second place, and senior Miles Treiger placed fifth. The girls’ team placed second overall, behind Holy Names Academy. Senior Sarah Hampson led the team with an eighth place finish, and Junior Savannah Rankin placed tenth. All twelve of Roosevelt’s golfers qualified for Districts. The boys’ team competes in Districts on Tuesday. “Our plan is to get all six through districts, which would be unprecedented,” explained Coach Rose. After the boys’ play on Tuesday, golf begins again in May when the girls play in Districts followed by the State Tournament for both boys and girls.
Boys’ Water Polo
Boys’ water polo has done it again: they beat Newport this week on Tuesday at Madison pool. At this point, winning seems to be old news, but let’s hope the boys don’t lose their touch. This week, they have one more game against Shorewood on Monday at Shoreline pool at 9:00 p.m. and a tournament this weekend. The tournament will take place in Victoria, British Columbia from Friday, October 30th to Sunday, November 1st. It looks like the boys have a great chance at making it to state, but they’ll need to stay sharp and continue their momentum.
Featured Photo: The girls’ swim team lines up along the pool at their final league meet and senior night. Photo by Ryan Henrie