Issaquah track teams close out season with win against Newport

May 7, 2013

By Staff

49ers sign former Skyline player as free agent

Former Skyline High School football player Luke Marquardt signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent April 27.

The 6-foot 8 1/2-inch, 317-pound left tackle played 30 games for Azusa Pacific University before a foot injury caused him to sit out his senior season and limited his participation at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year.

Marquardt was named to the 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List and, according to, had coaches from several pro teams, include the 49ers, attend his pro day workout.

Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns with more races

Celebrating its 11th season, the SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park May 11 with a new format that includes more opportunities to race through this one-of-a-kind park, according to a press release from King County Parks.

Each race date this year — always the second Saturday of the month — will feature two races. Trail runners can join the short- or long-race series, or run any distance individually.

The series kicks off May 11 with a choice of five- or 10-mile run. Eight- and 13-mile races are set for June 8; races of 10 and 20 miles are set for July 13; and races of 13 and 25 miles are scheduled for Aug. 10.

Also new this year is the addition of five-kilometer runs to the race lineups July 13 and Aug. 10. Runners who are new to this race series are especially encouraged to participate in the 5Ks.

Produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race series not only introduces hundreds of people to Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of fantastic trails, but it also benefits King County Parks, with more than $111,000 raised in the past decade.

Volunteer work groups from the trail-running community spend an average of 150 hours each year doing trail restoration work, including improving trail surface conditions, invasive weed removal and picking up trash.

Learn more about the races and pre-register online at

Skyline finishes regular season atop KingCo

The Skyline Spartans clinched the KingCo 4A regular season title April 29 by beating Ballard 6-1, ending the baseball season with a 13-2 conference record.

The Spartans bounded back from a 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning by earning three runs. Skyline doubled its score in the sixth inning with another three runs to take the last game of the regular season.

Contributing to the win was Jason Santiago, who went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Matt Sinatro and Cole Blackburn went 1 for 1 and scored two runs; Corbin powers hit 1 for 3, while Jake Kargl went 1 for 2. Senior Arthur Stromquist manned the mound the entire game, delivering 83 pitches for three strikeouts, while not giving up a single walk.

Skyline was scheduled to head into the 4A KingCo tournament May 4-10. The top two teams will automatically advance to state playoffs, while a third team from the losers bracket will have to square off against a WesCo team for the chance to stay alive.


Liberty wins KingCo soccer title

The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue.


Issaquah athlete signs with Northwest University

Bellevue College midfielder Edgar Esquivel has signed to play soccer with Northwest University.

“Edgar can play anywhere on the field and will immediately help us,” head coach Gary McIntosh said in a statement. “He is a creative player and brings a lot of experience to our midfield. Edgar will set up a lot of goals for us and do all the extra things that will help us be successful.”

Esquivel is a Skyline High School graduate from Issaquah.


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