Lakeside Recovery hosts sub-regional tourney

July 19, 2011

By Staff

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team plays the Tacoma Cobras at 4 p.m. July 20 in the opening round of the four-team AAA sub-regional tournament at Bannerwood Park.

The Kennewick Bandits and an entry from Spokane round out the field of teams. Those two teams meet at noon July 20.

The losers of the first two games meet at 7:30 p.m. in a loser-out game. The tournament resumes July 21 with the top two teams advancing to the AAA state tournament July 26 in Selah.

Lakeside Recovery, 20-21, finished its regular season with a pair of victories. On July 16, Lakeside Recovery downed Bellevue Legion, 5-1. Ethan Kalin and Andrew Kemmerer, both of Issaquah High School, hit home runs for Lakeside Recovery. Pitcher Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, picked up his fifth victory of the season. He struck out seven and allowed just one walk.

On July 14, Lakeside Recovery snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery, shut out in two of its three previous games, hit three home runs off Honda pitching. Kalin, Sandefur and Issaquah graduate Mike Paulson all smashed home runs for Lakeside in a five-run second inning. Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one walk.

Lakeside 17’s make district

The Lakeside Recovery 17-and-under American Legion baseball team is headed for the District AA Tournament July 25-27 at Bannerwood Park.

The Lakeside Recovery team, coached by Mark Thorpe, is composed mostly of Issaquah and Newport high school players.

Hunting raffle tickets available

Hunters have until July 22 to enter the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s special big-game hunt raffles for this fall.

Raffle hunts are available for black-tailed deer, mule deer, white-tailed deer, westside elk, California bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat.

Tickets can be purchased at retail license vendors statewide. One winner will be selected for each hunt. Winners will be notified by telephone or my mail in August.

Learn about specific raffle hunts and other hunting season dates at

Plateau holds Habitat Tournament

The Plateau Club will host a tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity of East King County July 25.

The best ball tournament begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The event includes lunch, contests, prizes and a light dinner.

Learn more or register for the event at

Race set for July 21

The Mid-summernight’s 5K/10K run is 6:30 p.m. July 21 at Soaring Eagle Park in Sammamish. Runners should show up at the park to register by 5 p.m. Learn more at

Indians headed for Zone

The Issaquah Indians 16-and-under baseball team is headed for the PONY Colt Zone Tournament July 29-Aug. 3 in San Jose, Calif.

The Indians earned a berth after winning the state regional tournament July 10 in Kirkland.

If the Indians win the Zone tournament they would head to the Colt World Series Aug. 6-11 in Lafayette, Ind.

The Indians went 5-0 in the regional tournament. They opened tournament play July 7 with a 2-0 victory against the Maltby Stallions. The Indians scored their runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Anders Lindberg and a double by Chris Young. Winning pitcher Jackson Meyer tossed a two-hitter, did not allow a walk and faced just 22 batters, one over the minimum.

On July 8, the Indians walloped Maple Valley, 16-5. Winning pitcher Kevin Letourneau struck out seven and also went 2-for-5 at the plate. First baseman Jack Nickel went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs. Young also knocked in four runs, and Lindberg had three hits and two runs batted in.

The Indians finished pool play July 9 with an 8-5 victory against Kirkland. Andrew Huynh and Nickel each had two hits. Blake Young and Lindberg contributed run-scoring doubles. Bobby Griffith was the winning pitcher in relief and Ryan Siefkes picked up the save.

On July 10, the Indians rocked Maltby, 12-2, in the semifinals. Meyer again was the winning pitcher, allowing just four hits. Nickel got the Indians going early when he cleared the bases with a two-out double in the first inning. Josh Min followed with a run-scoring double as the Indians went up 4-0. Lindberg, Chris Young, Huynh, Siefkes and Cody Collister each drove in runs later in the game.

In title game, the Indians defeated the Seattle North Stars, 7-3. The North Stars had defeated the Indians twice during the season and were the pre-tournament favorites. Letourneau didn’t allow an earned run in pitching a complete game. Siefkes had two hits and two runs batted in to lead the Indians. Troy Potensky, Kyle Thomas, Huynh and Letourneau all drove in crucial runs for the Indians.

The Indians are coached by Mike Griffith, Glenn Meyer and Mike Young. The club was minus catcher Zach Garner, who was unable to play in the tournament because of an injury.

Mercer Island athlete first at TriRock

Eddie Switaj, of Mercer Island, finished first in the TriRock-Seattle July 17 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Switaj completed the Olympic triathlon course in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 28 seconds.

Switaj, a former collegiate and high school swimmer, blew through the 1,500-meter swimming portion of the race in 17:56 to build up an early lead. Earlier this season, he finished first in the Blue Lake Olympic Triathlon in Oregon.

Drew Magill, of Sammamish, finished fourth in the TriRock-Seattle in 2:00.18.

Rosalyn Rombauer, of Normandy Park, was the first-place female finisher. She was 16th overall in 2:08:47.

Kinnear dominates meet

Skyline High School’s Katie Kinnear, who swims for the Issaquah Swim Team throughout the year, had a dominating performance at the Senior Seattle Open July 7-9 at Seattle’s Colman Pool.

Kinnear took first in three individual events and swam as a member of two winning relay teams. She won the 100-meter freestyle in 1 minute, .32 seconds, captured the 400 individual medley in 5:13.07 and took the 1,500 freestyle in 18:20.59. Kinnear also placed third in the 400 freestyle in 4:42.53.

The Issaquah Swim Team’s 200 freestyle relay team of Kara Beauchamp, Kinnear, Kayla Flaten and Nicole Lecoq finished first in 1:58.78. Lecoq, Flaten, Kinnear and Beauchamp composed the winning 200 medley relay team, clocked at 2:13.39.

In addition, the Issaquah Swim Team had three other second-place relay teams. The 400 freestyle relay team of Maria Volodkevich, Kinnear, Flaten and Lecoq came in at 4:15.16. Sarah Elderkin, Beauchamp, Kinnear and Flaten made up the 400 medley relay team, which came in at 4:45.72. The 800 freestyle relay of Kinnear, Lecoq, Beauchamp and Flaten finished in 9:18.14.

Skyline graduate Danielle Palumbo, who competes for Washington State University but also swims for the Bellevue Club, finished first in the 200 backstroke in 2:27.19 and finished third in the 200 individual medley in 2:36.71.

Beauchamp finished second in the 200 butterfly in 2:31.01 and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.18.

In the men’s competition, Liberty High’s Logan Briggs, who swims for the Issaquah Swim Team, won the 1,500 freestyle in 17:26.10 and placed second in the 200 individual medley in 2:21.00. In addition, Briggs swam as a member of two second-place relay teams.

Paul Jett, Briggs, Ben Allen and Michael Cox made up the 400 freestyle

Relay team, which took second in 3:56.25. The 800 freestyle relay of Allen, Briggs, Jett and Cox took second in 8:48.98.

The 200 medley relay of Briggs, Kevin Hays, Cox and Allen took third in 2:03.08.

Skyline graduate Alex Palumbo, who competes for Arizona State but also swims for the Bellevue Club, finished second in the 800 freestyle in 9:10.66.

Issaquah grad gets first win

Former Issaquah High School pitcher Matt Wickswat, playing for the Winston-Salem Dash in the Class A Carolina League, recorded his first victory of the season July 8 by blanking Myrtle Beach, 5-0, in a rain-shortened home contest in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,673.

The contest was stopped in the bottom of the eighth inning because of rain.

Wickswat, in his second start with Winston-Salem, cruised through the Myrtle Beach lineup. After allowing a one-out double in the second inning, the lefthander retired 15 straight batters. He finished with a two-hitter and five strikeouts.

Wickswat followed with a 6-3 victory against Lynchburg on July 14.

He also selected Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending July 10.

Alumni players needed

Alumni Football USA is looking for some graduates from the Skyline and Issaquah high school programs to play in an alumni game in October.

Roster spaces are limited to 40 players for each team.

This is full-contact football with high school rules. Alumni Football USA provides all of the gear, such as helmets and pads, as well as the field and officials.

Players must be 18 and older and must have attended either Issaquah or Skyline. However, to compete in the game, players did not have to have played on their high school team. College players can also play in the game.

Anyone interested should call 888-404-9746 toll free or go to

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