Bears capture Koufax title

July 27, 2010

By Staff

The Bears Baseball Club’s 14-under team didn’t begin the season looking like a state champion.

But the Bears, based out of Field of Champions in Preston, defeated the top-seeded Green Sox Baseball Club 7-3 July 12 to capture the Sandy Koufax 14-under state championship.

The Bears began the season 4-5, but finished 17-7 and qualified for the state tournament as the No. 7 seed.

In the tournament, the Bears opened with a 10-3 victory against the RIPS Brewers, the No. 2 seed. Pitcher Nate Gibson held the Brewers to two earned runs and struck out six.

In their second game, Tommy Medawar hurled six strong innings as the Bears downed O’Brien Autogroup 7-4. Medawar had six strikeouts.

The Bears then rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat the Green Sox 9-8 in the third game. Derek Chapman had two hits and drove in five runs for the Bears. Jason Santiago battled on the mound for five innings, striking out four, and Ryan Peart closed out the game as the Bears qualified for the championship round.

In game four, the Bears lost to Seattle Select Black 8-0. However, the loss didn’t hurt as the Bears were already in the title game.

In the championship game, Gibson tossed a complete game, striking out seven batters in seven innings. Mitchell Morimoto had two hits and three RBIs, and Scottie Cohen had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Bears.

Gibson was the tournament’s most valuable player. He had 13 strikeouts in 14 innings. At the plate, Gibson was 5-for-10 with two RBIs.

Gibson, Medawar, Peart, Santiago, Morimoto and Ryan Wilson gave the Bears strong pitching throughout the tournament. Offensively, the team was led by Cohen, Hayden Meir, Morimoto, Derek Chapman, Wilson and Jack Gellatly.

Defensively, Diego Graterol, Keegan Chaplin and Bradley Hoss were standouts for the Bears. They turned a key double play to end the title game.

Team coaches are former Issaquah High School standouts Mark Gray and George Fletcher.

Spartans win Classic

One week after winning the BPA State Championship, the Spartan Baseball Club’s 9-and-under Green team won the Issaquah Summer Classic held at Dodd’s Fields in Issaquah.

In the semifinals, the Spartans defeated the Stods Raptors 15-5. Jake Beck and Will Simpson each went 3-for-3 to lead the Spartans. Beck scored three times and Simpson drove in five runs.

In the championship game, the Spartans had to rally from behind twice to defeat the Gig Harbor Sting Rays 7-6. Dawson Baracani went 3-for-3 and drove in the winning run for the Spartans.

Colin Curtis slams first home run

Former Issaquah High School star Colin Curtis smashed his first Major League home run July 21 for the New York Yankees, who defeated the Los Angeles Angels 10-6. Curtis connected on a three-run blast.

Manager Joe Girardi summoned the rookie outfielder when Brett Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Paul Emmel in the seventh inning. Gardner left the game with a 0-2 count. Curtis looked at three fastballs outside the strike zone from Angel reliever Scott Shields before belting a pitch into the right field seats.

Curtis became the first Yankee to hit his first Major League homer as a pinch-hitter since Andy Phillips on Sept. 26, 2004, at Boston’s Fenway Park.

Local team wins district

The Issaquah/Sammamish American 9-10 all-stars won their District 9 softball title July 14 by downing Snoqualmie Valley 23-7. The local team compiled a 4-1 record in the tournament and outscored opponents 68-21.

Emily Holderness had four hits and Nicki Cox had three hits to lead Issaquah/Sammamish American in the title game. Taylor Juenke, Athena Benjamin, Camille Goo, Shaya Swanson and Natalie King each had two hits.

Issaquah/Sammamish American entered the state tournament July 17 at Mill Creek and won its opener by defeating South Skagit 14-0.

Then, the team lost to Cascade July 18, but bounced back to defeat North East on July 20 in the consolation bracket. Cascade eliminated Issaquah/Sammamish American on July 21.

Sean Migotsky wins mile

Sean Migotsky, a 2004 Issaquah High School graduate, finished first July 25 in the annual Issaquah High School Alumni Mile. He completed the race in 4 minutes, 41 seconds.

Jon Harding, also a 2004 graduate, was second in 4:47.0.

Alycia Nelson, a 2005 graduate, was the first female finisher. She placed 12th in 6:45.8.

Local golfers head to state

Several local youth golfers qualified for this week’s Washington Junior Golf Association State Tournament at the District 2 Tournament July 19-20 at Sand Point Golf Club.

The state tournament runs July 28-30 at the Everett Golf and Country Club. Some of the tournament will also be played at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett and the Lynnwood Golf Course.

Among the boys who qualified for the 16-17 division were Chris Kobak and Evan Alston, of Sammamish. Kobak finished 11th at district with a 159 total. Alston tied for 12th with a 160.

Brian Mogg, of Sammamish, finished third in the boys 14-15 division at district with a 153 to qualify for state. Jack Strickland, of Sammamish, was 11th with a 167 and qualified for state.

Brothers RP and Tommy McCoy, of Sammamish, each finished first in their divisions at district to qualify for state. RP was first in the 12-13 division by shooting a 157. Tommy was first in the 8-11 division with a 78.

The 8-11 golfers only play nine holes each day. Victor Wang, of Sammamish, tied for sixth in the 8-11 division with a 89 and qualified for state.

In girls competition, Mersadie Tallman, of Issaquah, finished third in the 12-13 division with a 185 to qualify for state. Megan Wotherspoon, of Sammamish, took fourth in the 14-15 division with a 185 and qualified for state.

Maddie Nelson, of Sammamish, was first in the 8-11 division with an 86. Ashley Fitzgibbons, of Sammamish, shot an 87 and finished third. Both qualified for state.

Ethan Lyons sixth in triathlon

Ethan Lyons, of Issaquah, finished sixth at the July 18 Benaroya Triathlon at Seafair. He finished the race in 1 hour, 34 seconds.

Issaquah is in passing tourney

The Issaquah High School football team competes in the third annual Cougars Championship Passing Tournament on July 31 at Lakewood High School in Marysville.

Issaquah is one of five Class 4A teams in the tournament. KingCo Conference rival Bothell, Kamiak, Lake Stevens and Stanwood are also entered in the event.

Last season, Issaquah defeated Bothell in the championship game.

In a passing tournament, there are no linemen or running plays. The defense consists of the secondary and linebackers. The offense consists of the quarterback, running backs and receivers. The ball must be thrown within four seconds or it is a loss of down for the offense. The players will be wearing helmets, but it is a one-hand touch, noncontact event.

The teams that will compete come from 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A classes. Teams are placed into four divisions with each division having four teams. The teams play in a round-robin format in their division. The top eight teams advance to the playoff bracket, which begins at 2 p.m. The championship game is set for 6 p.m.

Issaquah plays in the Gold division with Cedar Park Christian, Prosser and Mount Vernon. The Eagles play their first game at 10 a.m. against Prosser.

Eastside Catholic, which is also in the tournament, plays in the Maroon division with Stanwood, host Lakewood and W.F. West, of Chehalis.

Skyline grad becomes starter

Former Skyline High School standout Michael Lee has worked his way back into the starting rotation for the Salem, Va., Red Sox of the Class A Carolina League.

Lee, a 6-foot-7 right-hander, recently pitched five scoreless innings as the Red Sox blanked Winston-Salem, 4-0. It was Lee’s third start of the season. He is 2-0 as a starter after compiling a 5-3 mark as a reliever.

Lee was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2008 draft.

Flame is forming teams

The Issaquah Flame softball club is forming four teams for the 2010-11 season. Teams will be 10-under (2000), 12B (1999), 12A (1998) and 14B (1997). The 12A and 14B teams are looking for looking for players to round out their current rosters.

All four teams will play in local and regional tournaments this fall as well as next spring and summer.

Tryouts will be held at the Issaquah High School softball field. The 12A and 14B tryouts are 6-8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4-6 p.m. Aug. 8. The 12B and 10U tryouts are 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12 and 2-4 p.m. Aug. 14.

For information about the 14B team, call Todd Tarbert at 206-412-3092. For the 12A team, call Casey Otley at 444-1107, and for the 12B team, call Marty Abraham at 206-914-3292.

The Flames are seeking qualified coaches for the 10U team. If interested, e-mail the team at

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