March 12, 2013
For this year’s Issaquah High School squad, the word is new.
New year, new coach and a new chance to leave last year’s campaign behind.
Last year’s squad lacked enthusiasm, senior catcher Heather Benjamin said. This year is different, she added.
March 12, 2013
What the Skyline High School softball team lacks in numbers, it makes up for in returning key players.
With only 12 total girls turning out this year, there is not enough to field a junior varsity team. However, varsity is covered. Those returning include Skyline’s No. 1 pitcher from last year, sophomore Winter Ridgeway. Making up the other half of the battery is Tia Hedman, also a sophomore.
“Our catching is one of our strong points,” Ken Brooks, the new head coach for Skyline, said about Hedman. “She is just a very aggressive gal. She is just a pure athlete. I couldn’t have asked for a better kid back there.”
March 12, 2013
The Liberty High School softball team’s first-year coach, Zach Bartholomew, is rather comfortable donning the Patriots’ signature blue and green.
That’s because he wore it himself as a 2004 Liberty High School graduate and was a member of the 2003 baseball team that won a 3A state title.
“When I heard that this position was open, I said ‘I’ve got to get this job. I’ve got to get back in blue,’” he said.
September 18, 2012
The Skyline High School softball team has a new head coach.
The high school announced Sept. 13 that Ken Brooks has been hired as the new head softball coach.
Brooks is not new to the Skyline Spartans. From 1998 to 2000 he served as the junior varsity softball coach. From there, he went on to head the softball program at The Bear Creek School but returned to Skyline to take over as head coach for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
During that time, the Spartans were named 2002 Academic State Champions and finished fifth in the 2003 state academic contest. Brooks left Skyline after 2003 to spend more time with his young son. Most recently, he has coached baseball and softball at the club level.
“I’m excited to be back at Skyline, and to grow the program,” Brooks said in a statement. “As a coach who was here at the start of the program my goal is to bring back the Spartan tradition of a team that competes at the highest level.”
May 29, 2012
Two unearned runs in an error-riddled bottom of the first inning proved to be an insurmountable lead as the Liberty High School Patriots’ fast-pitch team lost to Everett in the first round of the 3A state tournament May 25.
Everett starting pitcher Lexi Levin took control after that, surrendering only one run in the top of the fourth on steal of home.
Although the quick exit from the state tournament was not what Liberty had in mind, head coach Brian Hartman said he knows that the return of Liberty to the state tournament is a return to normalcy.
“It’s a big deal,” Hartman said. “The program’s kind of back where it belongs. I think we’re about ready to start another streak here. We had a 12-year run here. It’s fun seeing everyone here. It means you’re back playing with the elite. You’re one of the top programs in the state and that’s where we expect to be.” Read more
May 1, 2012
It’s been a rough, up-and-down season for the Issaquah High School softball team in 2012, and head coach Jim Magnuson chalked up another couple of losses over the weekend to attitude.
April 17, 2012
The Skyline High School softball team turned its season record on its head with an 11-1 victory over Redmond High School on April 9.
“I was really impressed,” said head coach Alison Mitchell, who explained that the Redmond Mustangs are a team that usually finds a way to hang around and win. “It was nice to get that monkey off our back, because I know our team is much more capable than our record has shown.”
The Skyline Spartans had gotten off to a rocky start of conference play with consecutive losses to Issaquah and Newport.
But their stay at the bottom of the KingCo 4A-Crest standings didn’t last long. The score was tied at zero at the bottom of the third inning when Winter Ridgeway, Skyline’s freshman pitcher, hit a single to secure herself on first. Fellow freshman Tia Hedman followed with another single. With runners on first and second, Natalie De La Garrigue smacked a double to bring Ridgeway home and for the first time this season; Skyline had the lead.
April 3, 2012
“Strike three!” yelled the umpire on a questionable pitch that was closer to the dirt than the strike zone.
Groans could be heard from the Issaquah High School dugout after the questionable call. The intensity of the Issaquah-Skyline rivalry could be felt with every pitch as both teams struggled to score runs early in the game March 28.