Plate Patience

April 22, 2014

Issaquah uses timely hitting for 7-3 victory

By Neil Pierson Ty Gibson (right), Issaquah High School junior, puts the ball in play during the Eagles’ 7-3 win over Woodinville April 18 in a KingCo Conference baseball game.

By Neil Pierson
Ty Gibson (right), Issaquah High School junior, puts the ball in play during the Eagles’ 7-3 win over Woodinville April 18 in a KingCo Conference baseball game.

After scoring two early runs, the Issaquah Eagles had trouble getting more offensive production.

Trailing 3-2 in the fifth inning, though, Issaquah used some patient at-bats to draw walks and drive in runs. The Eagles pushed across two runs to take the lead, then added three insurance runs in the sixth for a 7-3 victory against the visiting Woodinville Falcons in a Class 4A KingCo Conference baseball game on April 18.

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Eagles make a move upward in boys soccer

April 22, 2014

They were muddled in the middle.

That was the story of the Issaquah High School boys soccer team a year ago.

Turn the page to 2014, and the Eagles are anything but a middling team, at least, so far.

Under the direction of first-year varsity coach Kyle Tatro, Issaquah is trending upward in the KingCo 4A Conference standings. The Eagles are leading the conference at 5-0-0 and are off to an unbeaten 7-0-1 start overall.

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Wolves pitch 2-0 shutout of Spartans

April 22, 2014

There wasn’t much offense to support Skyline’s Caroline Bowman or Eastlake’s Mikel Charles in last week’s Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch game.

Charles, though, got enough of it to outduel Bowman, and the Wolves knocked off the Spartans, 2-0, April 15 at Skyline High School.

By Neil Pierson Skyline freshman pitcher Caroline Bowman was sharp against Eastlake on April 15, striking out eight batters.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline freshman pitcher Caroline Bowman was sharp against Eastlake on April 15, striking out eight batters.

Charles was rarely threatened in leading the Wolves to their fourth KingCo win in five outings. The junior allowed one walk and three hits, all singles, while striking out six in a complete-game effort.

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Former Hazen star now roams Liberty sidelines

April 22, 2014

Sam Bunnell, Liberty High School’s new assistant soccer coach, is no stranger to the school’s turf field.

In fact, he’s played on it quite recently. He just wasn’t playing for the home team at the time.

Sam Bunnell

Sam Bunnell

Bunnell suited up for the rival Hazen Highlanders, where just last year he starred on a team that won the Seamount League championship and earned a state tournament berth.

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Issaquah fastpitch holds little league day

April 22, 2014

The Issaquah High School fastpitch team will hold a special clinic for Issaquah Little League players April 27.

The varsity team’s players and coaches will serve as instructors at the free clinic. It will take place on the school’s field or gymnasium, depending on the weather. There are four training sessions organized by the different little league age divisions.

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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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Liberty senior will run for the Redhawks

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson, of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

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Skyline’s Alex Appel preserves shutout victory

April 15, 2014

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win against the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win against the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

Don Braman has a conundrum most soccer coaches would love to have — three quality goalkeepers and only one starting spot.

Senior Jack O’Keefe and junior Brice Escobar are the most experienced players fighting for time, but sophomore Alex Appel has been just as good during the Skyline Spartans’ nine-game unbeaten streak to start the season.

Appel came in for the second half and made three crucial saves in the last 15 minutes, helping Skyline beat the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders, 1-0, in Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer action April 7.

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Liberty, Mount Si play to scoreless tie

April 15, 2014

The last time the Liberty High School boys soccer team set foot on Mount Si’s home turf, they left as KingCo champions with a direct berth into the state tournament.

The Patriots returned April 9, and while the league title wasn’t directly on the line, the two were still battling to top the conference standings at the season’s midpoint.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Colton Ronk (left), Liberty High School senior midfielder, looks on as Colton Oord, Mount Si junior defender, heads the ball away from the Wildcats’ goal during the second period of their April 9 soccer match.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Colton Ronk (left), Liberty High School senior midfielder, looks on as Colton Oord, Mount Si junior defender, heads the ball away from the Wildcats’ goal during the second period of their April 9 soccer match.

Liberty was able to maintain its place atop the conference, after the teams, both considered among the best in the state, played to a scoreless draw.

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No Mercy

April 15, 2014

Eagles throttle sedro-woolley, 13-1

Photos By Greg Farrar Mitchell Morimoto, Issaquah High School senior, smashes the first of two home runs in one inning, in an April 12 baseball game against Sedro-Woolley. Morimoto led off the third inning with this solo shot. After six more runs, including a three-RBI ground-rule triple by senior Derek Chapman, and a pitching change by the Cubs, Morimoto hit another solo shot with two outs. The Eagles won, 13-1, in a mercy-shortened five-inning game.

Photos By Greg Farrar
Mitchell Morimoto, Issaquah High School senior, smashes the first of two home runs in one inning, in an April 12 baseball game against Sedro-Woolley. Morimoto led off the third inning with this solo shot. After six more runs, including a three-RBI ground-rule triple by senior Derek Chapman, and a pitching change by the Cubs, Morimoto hit another solo shot with two outs. The Eagles won, 13-1, in a mercy-shortened five-inning game.

By Greg Farrar Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School senior, slides for a two-RBI triple during the first inning.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School senior, slides for a two-RBI triple during the first inning.

Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School sophomore pitcher, gets three Sedro-Woolley batters up and down in the second inning of the April 12 baseball game. Dellinger went the distance, improving his record to 2-0, striking out five, with three hits, in the 13-1 victory.

Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School sophomore pitcher, gets three Sedro-Woolley batters up and down in the second inning of the April 12 baseball game. Dellinger went the distance, improving his record to 2-0, striking out five, with three hits, in the 13-1 victory.

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