Wolves too much for the Eagles in 13-2 loss

April 30, 2013

Sydney Schultz, Issaquah High School center fielder, reaches third base from first on the fourth-inning double by catcher Heather Benjamin (left), in their game April 26 against Eastlake. Photo by By Greg Farrar

Sydney Schultz, Issaquah High School center fielder, reaches third base from first on the fourth-inning double by catcher Heather Benjamin (left), in their game April 26 against Eastlake. Photo by By Greg Farrar

In a season when the win column just doesn’t look pretty, players tend to place undue pressure on themselves to try to power through the adversity.

The youth-laden Issaquah High School softball team knows the feeling all too well as it struggles to turn around a season plagued by injuries and inexperience.

“In the games, they are just trying to win so bad right now that they’re pressing in everything, offense and defense,” first-year Issaquah coach Ron Hatlen said.

There were not too many positives during the April 26 contest between Eastlake and Issaquah. The Wolves needed just six innings to put away the Eagles, 13-2.

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Skyline goes undefeated into Kingco championship

April 30, 2013

The undefeated Skyline High School boys soccer team continued its perfect season and secured a spot in the KingCo championship game by shutting out Eastlake, 4-0, April 23.

“I thought we did well, and possessed the ball and made them work hard. When they made mistakes, we took advantage of them,” Skyline coach Don Braman said. “It’s going to be a tough road ahead of us, but the nice thing is we have worked hard to put ourselves in a good position.”

By Greg Farrar Kaleb Strawn (lower left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, slides in to break up the attempt by Eastlake senior midfielder Jack Bradley (15) to get control of the ball from sophomore midfielder David Kim (4) during the first period.

By Greg Farrar
Kaleb Strawn (lower left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, slides in to break up the attempt by Eastlake senior midfielder Jack Bradley (15) to get control of the ball from sophomore midfielder David Kim (4) during the first period.

The Spartans seized on the opportunity to score early in the game when senior Ryan Shim scored off a corner kick by his fellow classmate, Kaleb Strawn in the eighth minute.

“It was a good thing,” Braman said about Shim’s goal. “He’s a real intelligent player, and we like getting him up field on those corners because he promises he’ll score.”

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Editorial

April 30, 2013

Candidates wanted, filing dates near

There is still time left to consider filing for a local elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.

This election season, Issaquah has four open seats within city government, which include positions currently held by Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and Joe Forkner. The mayor’s seat is also in need of candidates, although two have expressed their intent to file.

Two seats with the Issaquah School Board are also open, those currently held by Marnie Maraldo and Alison Meryweather. Fire District 10 needs a commissioner, as does the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District.

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Off The Press

April 30, 2013

A money pit is just one renovation too many

 

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

One of the signs of an economic recovery is an upward swing in valuations in the housing market.

For example, the home my wife and I bought less than three years ago has experienced some serious swings in valuation. King County just last year determined the home we bought at $319,000 had devalued down to $289,000. Luckily, we weren’t under water, yet.

But, just last week, my wife checked again after a house in our neighborhood sold at $379,000 (granted it was a two-story versus our one). Seems the county now sees the same house at $328,000.

That got me wondering. That value is only based on the abode on a given plot of land within a determined area. Upgrades are not considered.

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Refinancing saves school district $2 million

April 30, 2013

Taking advantage of recent low interest rates, the Issaquah School District saved more than $2 million April 24 when it refinanced 21.17 million of bonds originally sold in 2004.

The district also sold $55 million worth of new bonds that day.

Seattle-Northwest Securities assisted in the sale. Refinancing more than $21 million of old bonds meant the interest rate went down from 5.25 percent to 1.27 percent, meaning that about $2 million will be saved over the next six years.

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To the Editor

April 30, 2013

Citywide cleanup

Thanks to Karen Donovan, DIA

I want to send out a great thanks and congratulations to Karen Donovan of the Downtown Issaquah Association for setting up and supervising a great Citywide Cleanup day! Hats off to an unqualified success.

Connie Marsh, president

Issaquah Environmental Council

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Police & Fire

April 30, 2013

Drunk driver

A Lynnwood man, with several criminal warrants, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence the evening of April 4 near the 900 block of 228th Avenue Southeast.

 

Fore

A woman found a few golf clubs near the 2100 block of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast at about noon April 5. She turned them over to police April 19 because she had been traveling. She said she noticed stickers referring to Sahalee Country Club. She called the club and said she’d found the clubs. She said she would like to keep the clubs if the owner does not claim them.

 

Tampering with crawfish traps

A Pine Lake resident who is helping out with the University of Washington’s study of crawfish in the lake reported April 7 that over the past two weekends, a total of four of her crawfish traps have been vandalized, two beyond repair. On April 7, she found two notes in freezer bags, one read “complementary eggs” and contained broken eggs and the other read “you mad.” She told police she thinks the culprits are middle school-aged as it looks like a child’s handwriting on the notes. She said she intends to install cameras on the private dock.

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Kokanee restoration earns local philanthropist a Green Globe award

April 30, 2013

Wally Pereyra

Wally Pereyra

After donating more than $175,000 of his own money to restore kokanee salmon habitat on his land, the modest Wally Pereyra has begun to receive wide attention.

The week of April 22, King County announced the winners of its Green Globe awards, an annual recognition of dedicated citizens for efforts ranging from environmental conservation to education and sustainable building. Pereyra was on the list and the county honored him with an award.

“Pereyra has been a tireless advocate for habitat conservation and restoration in the watershed, investing his own time and resources to improve access to high quality spawning and rearing habitat for Sammamish kokanee,” a press release from the county read. “Most recently, Wally led an effort to replace an undersized culvert on his land along Ebright Creek that for decades had been a barrier to fish passage.”

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First pitch honors

April 30, 2013

Eastside Catholic High School’s baseball team goes to pinch pitcher for Mariner’s pregame ceremony

Eastside Catholic High School student Hayden Meier (left), Seattle Mariners pitcher Oliver Perez, students Chris Miller, Sydney Weber, Jane Dickison and Alex Foley, and Mariners pitcher Bobby LaFromboise, pose at the April 13 Mariner baseball game against the Texas Rangers.

Eastside Catholic High School student Hayden Meier (left), Seattle Mariners pitcher Oliver Perez, students Chris Miller, Sydney Weber, Jane Dickison and Alex Foley, and Mariners pitcher Bobby LaFromboise, pose at the April 13 Mariner baseball game against the Texas Rangers.

It wasn’t a hall-of-famer, a politician or a rock star that threw the first pitch of the Mariners’ home game April 13. It was Jane Dickison, a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman from Sammamish.

The honor was originally offered to the Eastside Catholic High School baseball team. Instead of choosing from among themselves, the boys decided to offer the opportunity to one of their classmates in the school’s Options Program, which provides instruction for students with developmental disabilities. Dickison is in her final year of the program and was selected for the spot on the mound.

“We thought it would be awesome to give someone with disabilities the opportunity to do something like this they couldn’t be able to do otherwise,” said Alex Foley, of Issaquah, one of the team’s four co-captains. Foley has already played at Safeco Field in the Mariners High School Baseball Classic and was set to do so again April 20, when the Eastside Catholic Crusaders were going to faceoff against Newport.

“We get the opportunity no matter what, but an Options student wouldn’t,” he added.

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Revisit the roaring ‘20s in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

April 30, 2013

Janet Van de Graaff, played by Jessie Spung, is praised as she performs her solo ‘Show Off.’ Photos by Lillian O’Rorke

Janet Van de Graaff, played by Jessie Spung, is praised as she performs her solo ‘Show Off.’ Photos by Lillian O’Rorke

Waiting in the wings of Skyline High School’s Lyceum Theatre, students sit quietly studying, but all that disappears when they are onstage, taking on the roles of drunkards, gangsters and flappers in the school’s new musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Opening May 1, the show takes audiences on a comical trip back into the days of prohibition, as imagined by a lonely old man listening to a record in his New York apartment.

“When I first heard the track for this production, I was hooked. There was no other option for what we should do for the musical this year,” production director Hannah Fry said. “It literally made me laugh out loud in my car, which gradually changed to singing at the top of my lungs.”

Written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, the show is a satire of 1920’s musical comedies.

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