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.

Issaquah tops state lacrosse poll

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah boys lacrosse team sits ahead of the pack in the state’s first rankings of the 2014 season provided by ScoreCzar.

Issaquah comes in at No. 1 in boys Division I, while the Issaquah girls varsity team is ranked third.

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Issaquah snowboarder impresses at nationals

April 15, 2014

Isabella Gomez, a 12-year-old Issaquah resident, earned second place overall at the United States of America Snowboard Association 25th Annual Nationals Tournament.

The competition, held March 29 through April 4 in Copper Mountain, Colo., brings the country’s best snowboarders together. Isabella competed in the Breaker Girls (12-13) age division.

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Soccer club partners with Swedish/Issaquah

April 15, 2014

Swedish/Issaquah announced a new partnership with the Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners, making it the youth soccer organization’s title sponsor.

As part of the agreement, Swedish will provide team uniform kits, medical support for events and tournaments, and organize education programs for parents and coaches on important topics such as youth sports injury and prevention, and concussion awareness.

“We are impressed by the commitment of ISC Gunners to introduce young athletes to sports while instilling the virtues of teamwork, discipline and fitness,” Dr. Rayburn Lewis, Swedish/Issaquah’s chief executive, said in a news release.

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Liberty falls to Juanita, 6-5

April 8, 2014

Sloppy defense plagues Patriots

By Greg Farrar Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, battles during the sixth inning against Juanita on April 2, claiming six strikeouts during the game in a 6-5 loss.

By Greg Farrar
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, battles during the sixth inning against Juanita on April 2, claiming six strikeouts during the game in a 6-5 loss.

As second-year Liberty High School fastpitch coach Zach Bartholomew analyzed the Patriots’ 6-5 loss to Juanita on April 2, he pointed to one inning.

In a game of numbers, one sloppy inning is all it takes to seal the fate of a team, and it was the top of Liberty’s third inning that proved costly.

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Spartans subdue Eagles in conference opener

April 8, 2014

The fastpitch rivalry between the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans always has intensity, and last week’s clash to open Class 4A KingCo Conference play was no different.

Facing off against former teammates Winter Ridgeway and Tia Hedman, the Spartans used a fourth-inning surge and rallied past the Eagles, 5-3, on April 1 at Skyline High School.

Photos by Greg Farrar At left, Caroline Bowman, Skyline High School freshman, retires three Issaquah batters in the seventh inning to round out her complete-game pitching effort April 1 in the Spartans’ 5-3 victory. Above, Lauren Lo (11), Skyline High School freshman shortstop, reaches home on a wild pitch as Issaquah pitcher Winter Ridgeway comes in to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Senior batter Riley Davidson watches the run come in.

Photo by Greg Farrar
 Lauren Lo (11), Skyline High School freshman shortstop, reaches home on a wild pitch as Issaquah pitcher Winter Ridgeway comes in to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Senior batter Riley Davidson watches the run come in.

Caroline Bowman, one of six freshmen starters for Skyline, was superb in leading the comeback. She used her fastball and rise ball effectively to strike out 11 hitters, while limiting the Eagles to five hits and no walks.

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Patriot pounding

April 1, 2014

Liberty blows out rival Hazen, 10-0

By Greg Farrar Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior pitcher, retires three Hazen batters in a row during the third inning of their March 25 baseball game.

By Greg Farrar
Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior pitcher, retires three Hazen batters in a row during the third inning of their March 25 baseball game.

It doesn’t have the same energy as the football or basketball rivalries, but anytime Liberty and Hazen high schools meet on the diamond, it’s always a battle between familiar foes.

Just three miles separate the two schools, and despite the fact they reside in different school districts, many of the students grew up together playing in youth leagues.

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Skyline’s Sam Lawrence pitches Spartans past Garfield Bulldogs

April 1, 2014

After starting the season with three losses, the Skyline High School baseball team was hungry for a win, and the Spartans satisfied their appetites March 26.

Skyline got a dominating performance from starting pitcher Sam Lawrence, and Jason Santiago drove in a pair of runs at the plate as the host Spartans earned a 4-0 victory over the Garfield Bulldogs in a Class 4A KingCo Conference opener.

By Chuck Blackburn Cole Blackburn, Skyline High School senior, extends his lead away from third base as senior Jason Santiago bats.

By Chuck Blackburn
Cole Blackburn, Skyline High School senior, extends his lead away from third base as senior Jason Santiago bats.

The Spartans scored only five runs in nonconference defeats to O’Dea, Auburn Riverside and Eastside Catholic. But they managed enough support for Lawrence, a 6-foot junior left-hander, who stymied Garfield’s offense.

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