Absolute Blast well represented at State Softball tournaments!

Congratulations to all of the Absolute Blast players that are representing their high school team in their respective state tournament. More than half of the 29 AB players that played on their high school varsity team are playing on the final weekend of the season. Updated with final team results.

Good Luck to All!

18 Gold Rhinehart

  • Taylor Rhinehart (Woodinville) – Champions!
  • Gina Wyner (Woodinville) – Champions!
  • Rachael Rhinehart (Woodinville) – Champions!
  • Lauryn Rhinehart (Woodinville) – Champions!
  • Molly Taketa (Woodinville) – Champions!
  • Kristina Warford (Juanita)
  • Megan Taketa (Woodinville) – Champions!
  • Brynn Radke (Juanita)
  • Paige Grover (Woodinville) – Champions!

18 Gold Dailey

  • Camryn Scott (Inglemoor) – 5th Place!
  • Olivia Zufelt (Lake City, ID) – 2nd Place!
  • Mackenzie DeKay (Inglemoor) – 5th Place!
  • Erin McGrath (Woodinville) – Champions!
  • Katie Pippel (Bellevue Christian) – 7th Place!
  • Sierra Hein (Woodinville) – Champions!

14U Swan

  • Hope Fleischman (Everett) – 7th Place!

Absolute Blast once again dominates High School All-League teams

Congratulations to all the Absolute Blast players who competed for their high school teams this season. An impressive total of 28 athletes from the 14U-Brooks, 16U Gold-Weir, Gold-Rhinehart and Gold-Hagen teams were honored with selection to 2016 Pacific Northwest All-League teams, as published by league and local media outlets.

Here is the list of honorees for the 2016 season:

Metro 3A – All League
Maddie Iem (Eastside Catholic) – 16U Gold -Weir – 2B
Harper Brown (Eastside Catholic) – 14U-Brooks – 3B
Hannah Schubert (Ballard) – Gold-Hagen – C

Metro 3A – All Division
Caroline Sonnen (Eastside Catholic) – Gold-Hagen

KingCo 3A – First Team
Kylissa Hull (Lake Washington) – Gold-Hagen – OF
Stuart Buxton (Bellevue) – Gold-Rhinehart – OF
Madi George (Bellevue) – Gold-Hagen – UT
Brynn Radke (Juanita) – Gold-Hagen – 2B

KingCo 3A – Second Team
Kristina Warford (Juanita) – Gold-Rhinehart – SS

KingCo 4A – First Team
Lauryn Rhinehart (Woodinville) – Gold-Rhinehart – P
Sophia Swain (Inglemoor) – Gold-Hagen – SS
Talia Starr (Inglemoor) – Gold-Hagen – 3B
Taylor Rhinehart (Woodinville) – Gold-Rhinehart – UT

KingCo 4A – Second Team
Julie Graf (Eastlake) – Gold-Hagen – P
Mackenzie Dekay (Inglemoor) – Gold-Hagen – P
Sophia Robinson (Eastlake) – 16U Gold-Weir – 1B
Megan Taketa (Woodinville) – 16U Gold-Weir – 2B
Georgia Robinson (Eastlake) – 16U Gold-Weir – 3B

KingCo 4A – Honorable Mention
Emma Bickford (Eastlake) – 16U Gold-Weir
Rose Vogt (Mt. Si) – Gold-Hagen
Madison Peters (Skyline) – Gold-Hagen
Gina Wyner (Woodinville) – Gold-Rhinehart

Wesco 3A/4A – First Team
Kristin Scott (Jackson) – Gold-Hagen – OF
Bella MacMillan (Glacier Peak) – 16U Gold-Weir – P

Wesco 3A/4A – Second Team
Jazz Zenk (Mountlake Terrace) – 16U Gold-Weir – DH

Cascade – Second Team
Elaine Townley (Cedarcrest) – 16 Gold-Weir

Northwest – First Team
Jordan Miles (Mt. Baker) – Gold-Rhinehart

Nisqually – First Team
Katie Pippel (Bellevue Christian) – 16 Gold-Weir – P

Congratulations to former Team Rhinehart player Carly Campana!

Carly Campana decided to step away from fastpitch and pursue her goals in Ultimate Frisbee, and it has paid off for her at an early age. At 16, Carly has been named to the US National U-20 Woman’s Team. Carly will be traveling with the US National team this summer to compete in the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. Congratulations Carly, your AB family is very proud of you!

Absolute Blast dominates High School All-League teams

Congratulations to all the Absolute Blast athletes who recently finished their high school seasons. A total of 20 athletes from the Gold, 16A-Rhinehart and 14A ’00-Weir/Swan teams dominated many of the Pacific Northwest All-League teams, as published by local media outlets. See the list of honorees below:

Alyssa O’Farrell (Woodinville) – AB Gold – Seattle Times All-Area Team, USA Today All-USA Western Washington  1st Team, Kingco 4A MVP

Sophia Swain (Inglemoor) – AB Gold – Kingco 4A 1st Team 2B

Kendall Goodwin (Kentwood) – AB Gold – All-SPSL North 4A 1st Team P

Julia Turner (Lake Washington) – AB Gold – Kingco 3A/2A 1st Team OF, USA Today All-USA Western Washington 1st Team

Andi Hormel (Sammamish) – AB Gold – Kingco 3A/2A 1st Team SS

Amirah Milloy (Redmond) – AB Gold – Kingco 4A 2nd Team OF, USA Today All-USA Western Washington Honorable Mention

Olivia Palenscar (Eastlake) – AB Gold – Kingco 4A 2nd Team OF

Winter Ridgeway (Issaquah) – AB Gold – Kingco 4A 2nd Team P

Olivia Riener (Woodinville) – AB Gold – Kingco 4A Honorable Mention

Jordyn Boyd (Woodinville) – AB Gold – Kingco 4A Honorable Mention

Lauryn Rhinehart (Woodinville) – AB 16A – Kingco 4A 1st Team P

Stuart Buxton (Bellevue) AB 16A – Kingco 3A/2A 1st Team OF

Taylor Rhinehart (Woodinville) – AB 16A – Kingco 4A Honorable Mention

Cara Harnick (Skyline)- AB 16A – Kingco 4A Honorable mention OF

Drew Westford (Ferndale)- AB 16A – Northwest Conference – 1st team- C    Whatcom County 1st team- C

Jordan Miles (Mt. Baker) –  AB 16A – Northwest Conference- 2nd team- OF  Whatcom County 1st team- OF

Lexi Weatherbee (Mt. Si)AB 14A ’00 – Kingco 4A Honorable Mention

Georgia Robinson (Eastlake) – AB 14A ’00 – Kingco 4A Honorable Mention

Sophia Robinson (Eastlake) – AB 14A ’00 – Kingco 4A Honorable Mention

Sam Mutolo (Jackson) – AB 14A ’00 – Wesco 4A Honorable Mention

Absolute Blast Dominates 2015 ASA Seattle Metro 14U Championships

Congratulations to both Absolute Blast 14A teams on a great tournament at the ASA Seattle Metro 14A Championships this past weekend. After running through the rest of the field, the two AB 14A teams found themselves in the finals, against each other. Showing a level of dominance in this competitive tournament rarely seen out of a single program, both the older ’00 and younger ’01 AB teams defeated all comers on their road to the finals.

The ’01 AB team started bracket play by blanking the Elite Diamonds-Miles team 4-0, then took care of the Bellevue Blast ’00 team 18-8 before finishing off a tough Blaze Intensity team in a tight game 8-7, placing them in the finals. The ’00 AB team had the benefit of a bye in the first round, then showed their dominance in a win over the Acers ’01 team 14-0. In their semi-final game the ’00 AB team came up against rival LadyHawks-Hardy, defeating the Hawks handily, 16-6, and landing them in the finals against their ’01 colleagues. The championship game was a hard fought battle, going into the 5th inning scoreless. But in the end, the older ’00 team came out on top, 8-0.

The entire Absolute Blast program is very proud of the ’00 and ’01 teams and is excited about the future of the organization with two such strong teams at the 14A level. The future at AB is indeed bright. Congratulations to all the athletes, parents and coaches from the ’00 and ’01 AB teams. Go AB!

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Woodinville Grad to Receive WHS Sports Hall of Fame Honor

On October 3rd Woodinville High School and University of Washington graduate Amanda Fleischman will return to the WHS campus to be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. Her remarkable accomplishments on the field are now being extended to the community as Fleischman recently became a coach for the Absolute Blast Fastpitch Association, a Woodinville based select softball program. The opportunity to work with her best friend- Woodinville High School Coach Dani Weir- helped to drive Fleischman (whom Dani refers to as “the Fleisch!”) to start her own coaching career. Fleischman and Weir have played together since their Woodinville West Little League days, and recently Fleischman was a bridesmaid in Weir’s June wedding. The two have a shared passion for softball, coaching, and service. “Amanda is someone I look up to. She is confident and competitive- and I have been lucky to have her as my best friend since we were 9 years old. She has a platform now to teach and coach and for me to see that happen is really special”, Weir says of Fleishman. “The Hall of Fame is a great way to inspire our high school athletes and recognizes the talent that Amanda brought to the game and continues to share.” Fleischman is now coach to the 12U team, which includes 5 of Woodinville’s All Star little league players fresh off of their District championship and 3rd in state finish. “These girls are very young and very impressionable. The opportunity for them is incredible when you think that they have such a high caliber athlete guiding them. Amanda lives and breathes what great coaches are made of. Coach Dani is going to see the results when they get to high school”, said Woodinville Softball VP Jess Smith.

Fleischman’s ties to Woodinville have elated her team- like when they discovered that Coach Amanda was also a (former) pupil of Mr. Butz’s 6th grade class. “Amanda was a wonderful student” said Wellington teacher John Butz. “I’m not at all surprised she has been so successful”. As a student athlete, Fleischman led WHS to the state championship as a junior and league championships as a junior and senior. She was a two-time All-King County softball pick- first team all-state pick as a senior and second team pick as a junior. Amanda was team captain as a senior for the WHS Flacon fastpitch Softball team, and also lettered in basketball. She set a career record in steals and ranks second all-time in rebounds for the Falcons. She was first team All-King County as a senior for basketball. She was named the Seattle Times Eastside Athlete of the Year as a Senior and also a ‘Most Outstanding Student’ nominee. In 2003 she was named to the “All-World” Western National Team. Her accomplishments continued as a player for the University of Washington Husky’s, where as a Junior the team successfully won the Women’s College World Series in 2009. Fleischman finished her senior year and last as a softball player with an Honorable Mention to the All-Pac-10 Conference and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10 team. She was student assistant coach to Coach Heather Tarr while finishing her degree from the Foster School of Business. “Our association is very grateful for having Amanda as part of our coaching staff”, said Steve Dailey, President of the Absolute Blast. “We understand the level of importance as it pertains to providing our current and future players with coaches of Amanda’s caliber. Being a former Blaster herself, Amanda truly exemplifies two of our core values- mentorship and service. (She) is truly investing in our children both on and off the playing fields”. Fleishman will travel to New Zealand after her Hall of Fame induction and return in December to coaching.