December 24, 2013
Shelby Kassuba scores a career-high 24 points
With its top-three scorers from last season now playing college basketball, the Skyline High School Spartans girls basketball team has had to find new offensive sources this year.
Senior wing Shelby Kassuba is one of the players who has stepped forward, and she nearly led the Spartans to an important Class 4A KingCo Conference win Dec. 18.
Kassuba scored a career-high 24 points, including 16 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Skyline’s rally fell short in a 61-58 loss to the visiting Bothell Cougars.
Kassuba’s outburst upped her scoring average to 12.2 points per game, and it gave Spartans coach Greg Bruns something to smile about.
December 10, 2013
Rob Reese knows there are some impressive names that make up the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Heck, he’s coached against many of them in his 20 years at the helm of Issaquah High School’s program. He just never figured he would join their ranks before he retired.
Reese was inducted into the hallowed halls Nov. 24.
November 26, 2013
If KingCo Conference baseball fans are looking for a player that resembles Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw, they might find their match in Skyline High School southpaw Drew Lunde.
Last season, Lunde was the staff ace for Skyline, which won the KingCo Crown Division title and finished with a 17-7 record. His stat line was impressive — a 1.73 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings, and an opponents’ batting average of .138.
It may come as no surprise that Lunde’s big-league role model is Kershaw, a three-time all-star and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner.
July 30, 2013
Members of the Issaquah Indians 18U baseball team capped their playing careers in grand fashion, jetting to Oahu to compete in the 2013 Hawaii World Series July 16-21.
The team, comprised of Issaquah and Skyline high school students, finished the tournament with a 3-4 record, good enough to capture fourth place among the eight teams in the competition.
“It was great to finish the season playing our best baseball,” coach Glenn Meyer said. “Our defense finally showed up as we had our entire team together for really the first time all year.”
July 23, 2013
Its 2013 record is a gaudy one, but don’t be fooled: The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team has had to win several close contests this season.
Lakeside Recovery stretched its record to 6-2 in one-run games, defeating Chaffey, 2-1, in a nonleague outing at Issaquah High School on July 17. But the team’s biggest win of the campaign might have come a day earlier, when it rallied for a 7-4 triumph in nine innings at Bellingham to capture the Northwest League title.
July 16, 2013
Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum throws no-hitter
After seven years in Major League Baseball, Liberty High School product Tim Lincecum has accumulated his fair share of accolades.
The San Francisco Giants pitcher has won two Cy Young Awards, given to baseball’s best pitcher, two World Series championships and has appeared in four all-star games. He had not, however, thrown a no-hitter, despite the fact that he had come close a few times.
July 2, 2013
The Issaquah Indians 18U baseball team accepted an invitation to compete in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.
The team, comprised of Issaquah and Skyline high school students, will travel to the island of Oahu to compete in the July 16-21 tournament.
It is the last hurrah for the group, many of whom have played together since T-ball with Issaquah Little League.
July 2, 2013
Baseball trio awarded $3,000 in scholarships
The Sammamish Little League has announced three recipients of this year’s Brock O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. They are Corbin Powers, of Skyline High School; Garrett Hughes, of Liberty High School; and Justin Vernia, of Issaquah High School.
The league’s scholarship committee awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to three graduating senior baseball players. The award recipients must have made a commitment to play baseball at the collegiate level, and demonstrated attributes that O’Connor did during his life.
O’Connor, a 1999 graduate of Issaquah, died at age 19 following an accident at his summer job. He played baseball for the Eagles and was well known in the community for his leadership and ability to motivate his peers and adults.
The Brock O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in July 2000.
June 18, 2013
Kyle Gruber hasn’t played varsity baseball for Skyline High School yet, but if he keeps doing what he did June 13, coach Chris Tamminen won’t be able to hold him back.
Gruber needed only 75 pitches to throw a complete-game one-hitter, leading Lakeside Recovery to a 5-0 victory against the West Seattle Indians in a Double-A American Legion game at Skyline.
June 18, 2013
Issaquah player almost missed the series, until luck called him up
YAKIMA — There was some interesting karma — or whatever you might want to call it — going on in the championship game of the All-State Baseball Series on June 9. Good manners translated into good deeds at the plate, and an unexpected turn of luck led to a stellar pitching display.
Odd things, big results.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s Kyle Nobach and Issaquah’s Justin Vernia swept the individual awards, and led Team Baker’s stout pitching and defense to a 7-2 victory against Team Rainier in the title game of the annual senior all-star baseball weekend at Davis Field.