Issaquah boys lacrosse reaches semifinals

May 24, 2011

By Staff

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team, which hopes to win another state title, faces a big challenge May 25, when the Eagles play at Bainbridge High School in the semifinals of the Washington State Lacrosse Division I tournament.

The contest is set for 7 p.m.

Bainbridge finished first in the Southwest Division this spring with a 10-0 record. Issaquah was second in the Northeast Division with an 8-2 record.

The winner of the contest plays Mercer Island or Bellevue, who meet May 25 in the other semifinal, for the championship at 7:30 p.m. May 28 in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Issaquah and Bainbridge met earlier this season with the Eagles winning 8-6 at home. This contest figures to be another defensive battle.

The Eagles reached the semifinals after they clobbered Tacoma, 18-5, May 21 in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah came out fired up and scored three goals before Tacoma got its attack started. After going up 6-1, Issaquah then broke through for seven straight goals to take a commanding lead.

Junior Matt O’Neill led Issaquah with five goals. Seniors Jake Fritz, Kevin Powers and Ashton Ritchie had strong games in their final home appearance. Fritz had three goals, two assists and six groundballs. Powers had three goals, four assists and five groundballs. Ritchie scored three goals, had an assist and one groundball.

Bainbridge qualified for the semifinal after it defeated Eastside Catholic, 14-4, May 20 in the quarterfinals.

Issaquah lost to Mercer Island 4-2 in last year’s semifinals after winning the state title in 2008 and 2009.

Issaquah girls lacrosse team’s season ends

The Issaquah School District girls lacrosse team lost to Bainbridge High School, 13-12, May 18 in the semifinals of the Washington State Association Division I tournament.

Sophie Schiefelbein scored four goals and Emily Mincin had three goals for Issaquah.

Grand Ridge run is June 1

People who want a competitive evening run can enter the Grand Ridge 5 mile or 10 mile Solstice Run June 1 at Grand Ridge Park in Issaquah.

The field is limited to the first 200 runners. The first race starts at 6:30 p.m.

Day-of-race registration begins at 5 p.m.

Call 301-7009 or go to

Issaquah Triathlon is June 4

For many athletes, the triathlon season begins with the Issaquah Triathlon. This year’s Issaquah Triathlon is June 4 and is again being held at Lake Sammamish State Park.

More than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 11th annual event. The Issaquah Triathlon actually includes a variety of races.

The first race, the sprint triathlon, starts at 7 a.m. The sprint triathlon appeals to veteran triathletes, as well as novices.

The sprint triathlon course consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 15-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile run.

The sprint duathlon consists of a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Other events include the 5K and 10K runs, and the kids’ triathlon. The kids’ triathlon is broken down into two groups, ages 10-13 and 9 and younger.

Call 206-914-4846 or go to

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