Eagles see return of solid contingent

March 18, 2014

File Ryan Peart, Issaquah High School senior, pitches a game last April during his junior year.

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Ryan Peart, Issaquah High School senior, pitches a game last April during his junior year.

Good luck to opposing hitters trying to reach Issaquah High School’s outfield this year.

Opponents will find little wiggle room in an Eagles outfield that can compete with the best in the state.

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Patriots’ coach to rely on youth

March 11, 2014

It’s always easier to do something the second time around, just ask Liberty High School softball coach Zach Bartholomew.

Bartholomew is heading into his second year leading the Patriots, and with a year under his belt, both he and the girls have a better idea of who they are and what they need to do as a team to bring the Liberty program back to previous levels of success.

By Greg Farrar Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, strikes out eight and allows just three hits in a 2013 complete-game win.

By Greg Farrar
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, strikes out eight and allows just three hits in a 2013 complete-game win.

“It’s always great coming into something that you’re a little bit used to,” he said. “I’m not brand new to the program, the players are not brand new to me, so it helps me out a lot.”

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Spartans look to solidify around star senior duo

March 11, 2014

Chris Tamminen has a lot of questions to answer heading into the 2014 baseball season, but he’s got at least two known quantities to work with.

The Skyline High School coach expects big things from ace pitcher Drew Lunde, a senior lefthander who has committed to play at Washington State University. Offensively, Tamminen isn’t sure what his batting order will look like, except for the fact that senior third baseman Jason Santiago will hit third and be expected to drive in plenty of runs.

Lunde will need to be good this year after Skyline lost three workhorses to graduation — Corbin Powers, Arthur Stromquist and Jacob Gleichman combined to throw about two-thirds of the innings for the Spartans in 2013.

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Recreation league crowns its champs

March 11, 2014

The Warriors are winners of the championship title in the Issaquah Parks & Recreation boys ninth- and 10th-grade basketball league, the department announced Feb. 28.

The players — Austin Beeks, Luc Gelle, Kartik Mahajan, Dane Petterson, Jack Simpson, Matthew Swanson, Kosuke Terada, Keanu Wong, Oliver Young and Erik Ke — under the leadership of coaches Rob Young and Eric Swanson racked up a solid 8-2 record before advancing to the championship game.

The Warriors won in sudden-death double overtime in a semifinal game to advance to the championship to defend their crown. The team then went on to defeat the Timberwolves for the title.

 

Shooting spree comes up short for Spartans, 61-58

December 24, 2013

Shelby Kassuba scores a career-high 24 points

Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School senior wing, playing in a Dec. 13 basketball game against Issaquah, scored a career-high 24 points Dec. 18 against Bothell. By Greg farrar

Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School senior wing, playing in a Dec. 13 basketball game against Issaquah, scored a career-high 24 points Dec. 18 against Bothell. By Greg farrar

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.

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Longtime Issaquah baseball coach inducted into hall of fame

December 10, 2013

Rob Reese

Rob Reese

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.

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Drew Lunde signs to play WSU baseball

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.

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Issaquah Indians place fourth in Hawaii World Series

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.

Contributed Issaquah Indians pitcher Jackson Meyer hurls a pitch from the mound in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

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Issaquah Indians pitcher Jackson Meyer hurls a pitch from the mound in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

“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.”

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Lakeside Recovery relies on pitching depth for close victories

July 23, 2013

Bradley Hoss, of Lakeside Recovery, digs in at the plate. Hoss, a Skyline High School product, had an RBI double as Lakeside Recovery defeated Chaffey, 2-1, on July 17. By Neil Pierson

Bradley Hoss, of Lakeside Recovery, digs in at the plate. Hoss, a Skyline High School product, had an RBI double as Lakeside Recovery defeated Chaffey, 2-1, on July 17.
By Neil Pierson

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.

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Freaky feat

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.

By Greg Farrar Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16, 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16, 2012.

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.

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