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Athletics News

List of 10 news stories.

  • 2020 Upper School Athletics Awards Program - Recap

     The Athletics Awards Program took place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  While the athletics department staff would have preferred to host the event in person, it was a pleasure to share the evening with the Blazers Athletics Community online via a Zoom webinar. Close to 200 devices were logged in to follow the program which included the celebration of this year’s Blazers sports accomplishments, and a keynote address given by former NCAA and WNBA basketball standout, and Blazers basketball coach Talia Walton.
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  • The Bush School Received National Athletic Trainer's Association Safe Sports School Award

    Seattle/March 23, 2020 – The Bush School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its athletic program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.
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  • Athletic Panel at Upper School Forum

    At last Friday’s Upper School Forum, the Athletic Department hosted a panel discussion with inspirational speakers who shared their experiences in high school, collegiate, and professional sports. The esteemed panel included Bush Girls Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach Cici West, who played Division 1 basketball on a full scholarship at Portland State; Bush Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach Sara Fischer, who earned All-Conference honors as an Academic All-American playing basketball at Wesleyan University; Bush Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Addie Picha, who played volleyball at the University of San Diego and is currently pursuing a Master of Athletic Administration degree while playing beach volleyball for the University of Washington; and, Jamal Crawford, one of Seattle’s most accomplished basketball players, whose impressive NBA career includes being named NBA Sixth Man of the Year three times and being the all-time leader in four-point plays. Thank you to our panelists for sharing their inspiring stories and expert advice. For photographs from this event, click here.
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  • Annual Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game

    Game on! The Upper School Faculty challenged the Girls Varsity Volleyball team in the annual Faculty vs. Student Game on Monday, November 18. Thank you to everyone who participated in the fun event! For photographs of the game, click here
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  • 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.
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  • Girls Cross Country Team Wins Emerald City League Championship

    Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Cross Country Team for winning the Emerald City League Championship!
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  • Varsity Cross Country Retreat Recap

    The Varsity Cross Country team started the season off with a bang, heading to Vashon Island for its annual team retreat. The runners got right into it as the first stop was Island Center Forest where they went for a long run followed by a core workout. 
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  • Athletic Awards Banquet 2019

    It was a great night in the Mag celebrating Blazer Athletics and Bush Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Franklin. Congrats to all the Blazer athletes and coaches on a great season. Thanks to Jo, Lisa, parent volunteers, and our friends Rocket Taco for another great Athletic Awards Banquet. 
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  • Winter Blazer Bash Recap

    Blazer Fans were out in full force for the Winter Blazer Bash this last week! Students, faculty, and staff came out, decked in spirit gear, to support Upper School JV Boys Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball and the Boys Varsity Basketball versus UPrep. JV Boys played first and pulled off an exciting overtime victory! Girls Varsity followed quickly behind and played an awesome game against UPrep, winning in the closing seconds of their game. The Boys Varsity fought hard in their tough loss against the UPrep Varsity Team. Thank you to the Booster Club for providing treats, refreshments and spirit accessories throughout the day! 
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  • Emerald City League - Fall Season All League Honors

    Congratulations to the following Upper School Athletes who earned Fall Season All League Honors:
    • Girls Volleyball - Julia D. (MVP), Sophie S. (1st Team)
    • Girls Soccer - Elle J. (Rookie of the Year), Addy F. (1st Team), Claudia A. & Lyla B. (2nd Team)
    • Boys Golf - Wesley S. (1st Team)
    • Boys Ultimate - Hayden R. (1st Team)
    • The Cross Country All League honors will be published later this week.
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