December 31, 2014
It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.
Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.
Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 27, 2014
Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls.
Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior
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
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.
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.
March 18, 2014
The following athletes from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools were name to the 2014 KingCo preseason All-Conference lacrosse teams.
Mikey Giannopulos, junior, Issaquah; Michael Cowin, senior, Skyline; and Spencer Noonan, senior, Skyline.
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.