Juanita Bees sting opponents, snag state crown

The Juanita Bees, a girls U16 team in the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association, brought home a state championship on Dec. 10 after a cold day on the turf at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila. The Bees were on a mission this fall having made it to the final four for a third straight year, having finished third in 2015 and second in 2016. This year, they rode two shutouts through the day, taking the morning semifinal 4-0 over the Tracyton Blaze and earning the trophy with a 2-0 final against Fire & Ice from Vancouver in the evening.

The Bees completed their fall season through tournament play an undefeated 13-0, strong on both sides of the ball having scored a total of 62 goals and giving up only six. The team is made up of Juanita High School area girls and is coached by Chris Burke, Mac Pinski and Nelson Taggart.