Seattle Juniors 14 Blue and 14 Green have arrived in Spokane and will start play on Friday in the Pacific Northwest Qualifier. SJ14 Blue will be competing in the Open Division with 19 other teams. The field consists of teams from Hawaii, California and North Texas. SJ14 Blue comes into the tournament with a 19 seed. In their Friday pool they will face Red Rock Black from N. CA, OJVA 14 Gold from OR and Ka Ulukoa from Hawaii. SJ14 Green will be competing this weekend in the 14 American Division. The American Division has 64 teams with teams from Idaho, California, Texas, Arizona and Oregon. SJ14 Greens is seeded 30th in the field. They will start their tournament play off by facing Splash 14, PLV Jaguars and Club ZZU. Good luck to both teams this weekend and you can follow their progress thru twitter as results will be posted there.
On January 25th all the SJ teams competed in Power League #1. SJ18 started the day as a 23rd seed and finished 2oth to qualify for the silver bracket in PL#2. The 17s are hot on their heels moving up 8 spots to 25th. They moved up to the bronze division. A big SJ shout out to the 16s who will be playing in platinum after trading in a 7th seed for the #2 overall spot in the Puget Sound Region. Competing against nothing but U16 teams, SJ15 won their bracket to move up to the silver division. SJ14 Green completed the sweep by improving their seed to 41st. This moves them up six spots to flight 5. SJ14 Blue had no where to go since they were already in gold. With a target on their backs as the #1 seed they were able to stay in gold but traded for a 4th place spot. Congratulations to all the SJ teams on a great start to Power League.
Martin Luther King weekend found the older teams down in Eugene. Competition between teams from Washington, Oregon and Canada ran for three days. With 96 teams in the 18 Open division, SJ18 went 4-3 to finish 41st. Competing in the same division, SJ17 finished 27th overall with a 6-1 record. Both SJ16 and SJ15 participated with 94 other teams in the 16 Open division. A record of 2-5 placed SJ15 in 53rd. SJ16 finished the weekend 5-3 and won the Bronze bracket to finish 13th.
The 2015 season is off to a tremendous start. Most of the Seattle Juniors teams were able to improve their seeding during the opening tournament for Power League. SJ14 Green will start the season in the top half of the group with a 47th seed. SJ14 Blue turned a loss into a positive by defeating Capital to capture the number one seed overall. The 17s will be competing in the 18 division starting in the 32nd spot. The 18s are ahead of them in 23rd. The 15s had the fifth best finish of all 15-year-old teams, finishing 18th in the 16 age group. The 16s had a big day reeling in the 7th seed. Two teams will start the league in the gold bracket and two more in bronze. Not a bad way to start the season. Way to represent, SJ!