Eastlake snaps Issaquah’s streak

September 21, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Boys golf  preview

Issaquah High School boys golf coach Tom Bakamus knew his team would have to play its best match of the season to beat Eastlake Sept. 16 at the Sahalee Country Club.

The Eagles had a solid effort, but Eastlake proved too strong as the host Wolves captured the 4A KingCo Conference match.

Eastlake won with 193 strokes to Issaquah’s 211. Issaquah had a four-match KingCo win streak snapped in the process.

Spencer Weiss, of Eastlake, was the medalist with a 1-over-par 37. Alex Ciszewski topped the Eagles with a 40.

Nevertheless, Issaquah’s young squad is off to a strong start. Six seniors graduated from last year’s team, and the Eagles lost another player who moved to Florida.

“We are inexperienced, but deep with the sophomore class,” Bakamus said.

Among the sophomores who could make an impact are Cameron Simpson, Danny Baumer, Noah Johnson and Derek Hartoutoonian. Freshman Taylor Swingle and junior Aaron Tham have played well at times this season.

Among the top returning players are Ben Halter, Matthew Gaan, Ciszewski, Bryan Jung, Brian Batt, Weston Mui and Evan Ko.

“We’re young, but there is a lot of promise with this team,” Bakamus said. “Almost every match, we’ve had a different player lead us.”

The Eagles had two different medalists prior to their match with Eastlake.

Simpson shot a par 36 Sept. 13, when Issaquah downed Inglemoor 187-198 at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course. Jung and Ciszewski each shot 37s, and Mui had a 38. Batt, Halter and Tham each had 39s.

The week before, Issaquah had a big victory against Newport at the Newcastle Golf Course. The Eagles won 207-219. Ciszewski, Swingle and Ko each shot 41s to lead the Eagles.

Spartans look restocked

Coming off of a 4-5 league record in 2009, Skyline has restocked with some talented youth. The 2010 squad, thus far, has looked to freshman Brian Mogg, who won his share of youth regional and state tournaments over the summer.

Mogg was the medalist in the Skyline-Bothell match at Wayne Golf Course on Sept. 1, too. Mogg may be Skyline’s go-to guy for the next four years, being that his uncle, of the same name, coaches the best on the PGA Tour, including 2009 champ Y.E. Yang.

In addition to Mogg’s strong all-around game, sophomore Alex Yi will be a key to Skyline’s success this fall, coach Mike Fleming said. Senior captain Jack Quinton will add some needed depth to the Spartan score card.

“Key for our team will be the play of the three juniors who were JV last season, but really came on and improved before this season — Geoffry Grembowski, Ryan Parks and Mike Parducci,” Fleming said.

Skyline defeated Newport 189-205 Sept. 15 at Newcastle. Quinton was the medalist with a 1-under-par 35.

Patriots drop a pair

Liberty dropped a pair of 3A/2A KingCo matches last week.

Mount Si defeated host Liberty 204-212 Sept. 13 at the Maplewood Golf Course. Jack Kelley, of Mount Si, was medalist with a par 36. Jordan Thompson and Harrison Diemert each had 40s to lead Liberty.

On Sept. 16, Liberty lost to host Mercer Island 182-208 at Twin Rivers Golf Course. Mercer Island’s Brandon Shin was medalist with a 1-over-par 35. Harrison Diemert had Liberty’s top score with a 38.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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