Athletics News

Fall Season Playoff Updates

It has been an exciting stretch for the Blazers Athletics Program, with more to come! Girls Varsity Soccer, Varsity Cross Country, and Girls Varsity Volleyball have represented The Bush School at the highest competitive level in the district and state in the past weeks. Thank you to the many Blazers fans who have come out to celebrate the Blazer athletes and coaches. 

Varsity Girls Soccer 

The Girls Soccer Program is having an incredible run this year—one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history. After completing an outstanding regular season, which included two rare wins over U Prep, the Blazers Soccer team hosted Cedar Park Christian in the first round of the Bi-District Tournament. The team showed up to compete and celebrated a convincing 4-1 win. In the second round, the Blazers faced a tough Lynden Christian team and advanced to the State Tournament after winning an incredibly exciting PK shootout following a scoreless golden goal overtime.
The team advanced to the State Tournament Quarter-Finals after winning 2-1 against Montesano High School. The Quarter-Final matchup will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. at King’s School. The coaches are so proud of their players’ efforts. “The recent wins are some of the best performances I have ever seen from our girls soccer program. Everyone is on the same page and the players’ willingness to give it their all in every 50-50 situation is remarkable,” said Athletics Director Jo Ito. For photographs from this season, click here.

Varsity Cross Country

A huge shoutout to our Girls Cross Country Team and Amare Fields ’23 for qualifying for this past weekend’s State Championships in Pasco, WA. The girls had a strong showing at the strenuous, hilly Sun Willows Golf Course, finishing 11th overall, two ranks higher compared to the previous year. A total of 149 runners participated in the race. Junior Liya Miksovsky and sophomore Abby Goodfried showed incredible determination and were the first Blazers runners to cross the finish line in 31st place and 42nd place respectively. Senior Captain Lolo Dederer (45th) was just a few seconds behind, capping off her incredible high school career with her fourth consecutive appearance at the State Championships. Our three freshmen Ava Ferreira (63rd), Addie Nyhan (70th) (running in place of Ruby Shapiro who was out sick), and Elise Lombardi (73rd) ran a well balanced, controlled race, and sophomore Dylan Cundiff (81st) rounded out a great overall performance by the Blazers team. Our star freshman runner on the boys side, freshman Amare Fields, was sick leading up to the race and was unfortunately not able to participate. However, he traveled with the team and was able to make important observations which will help him when he competes in future State Championship races. All runners on the Cross Country team can be extremely proud of themselves for completing a hugely successful season. For photographs from this season, click here
Congratulations to the Cross Country team for earning the following All-League honors:

Team Sportsmanship Award
  • Girls Team
Girls Coaches’ of the Year
  • James Batey & Alban Howe
All-League First Team
  • Ruby Shapiro ‘23
  • Abby Goodfried ‘22
  • Liya Miksovsky ‘21
  • Lolo Dederer ‘20
  • Amare Fields ’23

Girls Varsity Volleyball

The playoff run for Girls Volleyball Program began a 3-1 win over the Forest Ridge Ravens in the first round of the ECL Tournament which secured them a spot in the Bi-District Tournament. The team then went on to battle hard and play some of their best volleyball despite losing to Overlake in the league semi-finals. The players quickly bounced back and celebrated an impressive 3-1 win over U Prep in the game for 3rd and 4th place, putting together a well-balanced overall performance. “The team peaked at the perfect time. Our serving was more consistent and we picked it up on both defense and offense. The girls had some amazing saves deserved the win over U Prep,” said Assistant Athletics Director and Assistant Coach Lisa McCullough. In their third straight appearance in the Bi-District Tournament, the Blazers faced Meridian High School. It was a very close matchup and the girls left everything on the court, winning the first set 25-23, but eventually lost the match 3-1. “We had a great season and the girls should be proud of their accomplishments.” The coaches’ and players’ hard work paid off as the Blazers completed one of the program’s most successful runs in recent years. The team’s spectacular play throughout the season was recognized with two of our players earning All-League Honors. Sophie Stephenson ’22 and Lousie Puchalla ’22 were named All-League 1st Team and 2nd team respectively. For photographs from this season, click here.