Game On — Local athlete keeps the competitive edge at every level he plays lacrosse

October 21, 2014

Whether it’s coincidence, or a sign of some greater forces at work, the color yellow seems to follow Issaquah High School graduate Kevin Powers.

By Tor Jernudd Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

By Tor Jernudd
Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

Powers, 21, donned the navy blue and yellow of the Swedish National Lacrosse team at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in July. In high school, Powers was a standout player in the purple and gold of Issaquah. He continued his success in San Rafael, California, where he is in his senior year wearing the — once again — navy blue and yellow of Dominican University.

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Skyline Lacrosse wins first league championship

June 17, 2014

The Skyline Spartans Lacrosse Club’s seventh-/eighth-grade Green team won the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League championship for the first time May 30, beating Bellevue Blue, 8-5, at Skyline High School.

The Spartans, who feature 16 eighth-graders and three seventh-graders, finished the season with a 13-0 record under coaches Scott Johnston and Gregg Harris.

Local lacrosse players honored

June 10, 2014

The Washington state chapter of U.S. Lacrosse continued to hand out awards as the season came to a close, and the honorees include several local athletes.

Issaquah High School lacrosse players Natalie Undi, Ella McMahan and Eryn Rogers were named to the first-of-its-kind state All-Community team.

The team recognizes the most community-focused boys and girls lacrosse student-athletes in the state of Washington, honoring community stewardship, academic excellence, leadership and creativity.

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Issaquah shut out in state lacrosse title match

June 3, 2014

Issaquah lost to Bellevue, which won its third consecutive state championship, on May 31 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

The boys Division I game was the first shutout since the state’s first boys state lacrosse title game was contested in 1979.

Issaquah had handed the Wolverines one of just two losses in the season April 25.

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Athletes named to All-League Lacrosse team

May 27, 2014

Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls.

Girls

Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior

Boys

KingCo Conference First Team: Zach Fritz, Issaquah, senior; Mikey Giannopulos, Issaquah, junior; Matt Thomas, Issaquah, senior; Spencer Noonan, Skyline, senior

Second Team: Charlie Kurtenbach, Skyline, junior; James Nelson, Issaquah, senior; Jordan Dondoyano, Issaquah, sophomore

Honorable Mention: Nate Holbrook, Issaquah, freshman; Andy Hutchings, Skyline, junior

 

Issaquah girls win state lacrosse title in a thriller

May 20, 2014

Katie Bucy got a second chance and made the most of it, scoring the game winner May 16 with under a minute remaining to give Issaquah an 11-10 victory over Lake Sammamish and its first Washington high school girls state lacrosse championship.

Bucy, a Skyline High School senior who will play next year at Missouri’s Lindenwood University, delivered the winner on a free-position shot after a goal just seconds earlier was disallowed on a shooting-space violation.

“That’s the biggest goal ever,” Bucy said while celebrating with teammates from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools. “It was hit or miss, and this one was a hit.”

The shot beat Lake Sammamish goaltender and Eastlake freshman Kristene Nickel low and to the left, opposite of where she wanted to go with the shot.

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Issaquah athletes make regional lacrosse team

April 22, 2014

Two Issaquah girls were named to the 2014 Washington State Under-19 Girls Regional Lacrosse team.

Suzanne Emerson and Jordan Hepperle will join 23 other girls across the state as the team competes at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament May 24-25.

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Local athletes named to preseason lacrosse lists

March 18, 2014

The following athletes from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools were name to the 2014 KingCo preseason All-Conference lacrosse teams.

 First Team

Mikey Giannopulos, junior, Issaquah; Michael Cowin, senior, Skyline; and Spencer Noonan, senior, Skyline.

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Local gymnasts medal at state

March 4, 2014

Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.

Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

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Lacrosse players commit to college

November 12, 2013

The Eastside Catholic High School boys lacrosse program had two players give oral commitments last week to play NCAA Division I college lacrosse.

Josh Matte, a sophomore goalkeeper, has orally committed to the University of Denver. Teammate Arend Broekmate, a junior defender, gave an oral commitment to Lafayatte (Pa.) College.

Matte, who lives in Issaquah, isn’t eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent for two more years, but with Denver, he’d be joining a program that has made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last spring, Denver advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Syracuse.

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