Athletics Update - May 2019

Chad Pohlman, Athletics Director

Hello Grizzlies Fans,
What a beautiful week we have ahead of us, full of sunshine and sports! Plan on dusting off your sunglasses and buying some SPF 50 sunscreen, because we have a lot going on.

Those of you who joined us at the Athletics Banquet last week caught a glimpse of how remarkable our community is and how many talented athletes we have. It was a terrific evening to be a Grizzly and so fun to have all the Upper School teams, families, and coaches together at a single event. Thank you to the Grizzlies Booster Club for hosting the event and to the Middle School students who gave up their night to help serve us!

We are entering the home stretch in 2019 spring sports season with State tournaments looming. Here is an update on our Grizzlies teams and athletes. If you want up-to-the-minute information on play-off news, follow us on Instagram @BCGrizzlySports or on Twitter @BCGrizzlySports. You'll find a recap in The Bear Facts on Fridays.

2019 Spring Sports

  • Baseball: After winning their seventh consecutive Emerald City League title, the Growls advanced to the Bi-District Tournament over the weekend. They dropped a close game on Saturday morning, May 4, to King’s HS (2-4) but rebounded in the afternoon with a victory (3-2) over Coupeville HS. The Growls are moving on to next weekend’s games with a shot at the State Tournament on the line. The boys will face South Whidbey HS in a winner-to-State game (loser out) at 12:30 p.m. at Sehome HS. Let’s get out there and cheer on the Growls!
  • Golf: Freshman Beatrice Archer represented the Grizzlies yesterday at the Emerald City League Girls Golf Championship at Bellevue Golf Course and placed third after shooting a 99. She will advance to the Bi-District Tournament next week. After finishing in the top-14 in last fall’s league tournament, seniors Oliver Nordberg and Jon Campbell along with freshman Aaron Moore will also compete in the Bi-District Golf Tournament next Tuesday, May 14 at Jackson Golf Course. The top 22 boys (out of 44) and 27 girls (out of 36) will move on to the State Tournament later this spring. 
  • Girls Tennis: The girls tennis team finished its regular season with a big win over Forest Ridge (3-2) on Monday and will compete in the combined Emerald City League Tournament and Bi-District Tournament on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at the Amy Yee Tennis Center and Redmond Tennis Club. Stay tuned to find out who will represent Bear Creek!
  • Track & Field: This track season has been nothing short of spectacular with several new school records set this spring. As postseason meets loom, our team is poised to compete at its best! The Emerald City League Championship meet will take place on both today and tomorrow, May 8-9, at West Seattle Stadium. Good luck team!
  • Boys Soccer: The varsity boys soccer season came to a close on Friday, May 3 with an Emerald City League play-off loss to the Bush Blazers at Washington Park. It was a successful season full of fun moments. Great job seniors and team on representing our school and program so well.

2019-2020 Upper School Sports
Is your son or daughter planning to participate on one of Bear Creek's Upper School sports team next year? Many of our fall and winter sports teams organize extensive summer activities (camps, clinics, open fields, open gyms, strength training, etc.). If you are not receiving information from the head coach, please contact me (or the head coach directly) to make sure you are on the email distribution list. Online registration for fall sports opens in July, is due August 8, and the first day of practice is Monday, August 26.

Welcome Coach Herd
We are excited to announce and introduce our community to Coach Ebany Herd who will be taking the reins as our varsity girls basketball coach. We are thrilled to see what is in store for this program under Coach Herd’s leadership. This evening, May 8, we are hosting a meet ’n greet for all  interested girls and their families at 7:00 p.m. in the C.E. “Ted” Kindel Library. If you or your daughter would like to meet Coach Herd or hear about basketball opportunities over the summer, you are encouraged to attend!
Summer Camp
Time is running out, but it is not too late. Sign up for Bear Creek Summer Camp today! There are tons of sports camps to choose from including soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, running, cheer, flag football, and much more! Don't wait too long, as camps tend to fill up in May. Register online at

Go Grizzlies!

Chad Pohlman
425-898-1720 ext. 431