Grand Ridge Trail run is set for Aug. 2

July 29, 2014

The Balanced Athlete, at The Landing in Renton, will sponsor the race.

Runners will have plenty of route options as they traverse Grand Ridge Park for a trail run Aug. 2.

Athletes can choose to run 5 miles, a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a marathon (26.2 miles) or a 50K (31.2 miles), through the wooded trails of the Grand Ridge backcountry.

Aid stations will be stocked with water, fruit, sandwiches, crackers and more. Food is also available at the finish line.

The run starts and ends at the Grand Ridge Trailhead, 27000 S.E. 79th St., Issaquah. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. Registration fees range from $35 to $58. Register online at www.evergreentrailruns.com/8-2-grand-ridge-trail-run. Participants can register in-person on the day of the race, if it is not sold out yet, but an additional $10 day-of fee applies.

Past, upcoming stars collide at Skyline football camp

July 29, 2014

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

There were roughly 140 players on the field at Skyline High School, but it was easy to form a consensus about who their favorite football player was.

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Overlake clinics offer walk-in sports physicals

July 29, 2014

Overlake Medical Center is offering low-cost sports physicals on a walk-in basis, seven days a week, at Overlake Medical Clinics’ urgent care clinic in Issaquah.

The physicals are $40.

Nearly all states, schools and youth sports leagues require players to have a complete sports physical prior to participating in practices or games. The exam helps make sure that those who play sports are physically capable of meeting the demands of that sport and don’t have any condition that may be provoked by intense exercise.

Sports physicals are usually required about a month before the start of practice in order to allow time to address any medical conditions that are discovered during the appointment. This allows an athlete to modify his or her training routine if necessary.

Learn more at www.overlakehospital.org/urgent or call 688-5777. The clinic is at 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Lakeside Recovery’s season ends at Legion district tournament

July 22, 2014

Lakeside Recovery had a largely successful regular season of Double-A American Legion baseball, but the end came surprisingly quick at last week’s Area 1 South District tournament.

Lakeside Recovery — comprised of 17-and-under players from Skyline, Issaquah and Newport high schools — opened the tourney with an 11-1 loss to Juanita, and didn’t find its groove in the next game either, suffering a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Monroe Legends on July 17 at Eastlake High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

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Issaquah Little League wraps up season

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Little League all-star season came to a close in July, when its Intermediate Baseball team lost in the state tournament July 9.

The Intermediate squad was the only Issaquah Little League all-star team to make it to the state championship tournament. It qualified after winning the District 9 tournament at the end of June.

Issaquah came back to win the tournament after dropping the first game to the Bellevue Thunderbird/East combined squad. It proceeded to defeat Eastlake, and exact revenge on the Bellevue team, to make it to the District 9 finals.

Contributed The Bellevue Warriors U-14 team receives its first-place trophy after winning the Sandy Koufax State Championship. The squad features several former Issaquah Little League players.

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The Bellevue Warriors U-14 team receives its first-place trophy after winning the Sandy Koufax State Championship. The squad features several former Issaquah Little League players.

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Grand Ridge trail run is scheduled for Aug. 2

July 22, 2014

Runners will have plenty of route options as they traverse Grand Ridge Park for a trail run Aug. 2.

Athletes can choose to run 5 miles, a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a marathon (26.2 miles) or a 50K (31.2 miles), through the wooded trails of the Grand Ridge backcountry.

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Issaquah soccer team takes second at nationals

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U-15 girls team finished second at the National Premier League Finals in Greensboro, N.C., July 10-14.

In the qualifying round, the Gunners defeated a team from New Jersey, ranked 17th in the nation, 3-1. In order to continue to advance in the tournament, the girls needed to score five times in a July 12 game against a Mississippi squad.

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Tossing for a title

July 22, 2014

By Kerry Baker Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

By Kerry Baker
Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

Puget Sound Gunners drop season finale, finish in seventh

July 15, 2014

The Puget Sound Gunners wrapped up their inaugural season in Issaquah under a cloudless sky and warmer-than-average temperatures at Gary Moore Stadium July 11.

The team’s 3-1 loss to the Victoria Highlanders FC put a cap on what’s been a season of struggles for the Gunners, who finished the season with a 3-9-2 record, good for seventh in the eight-team Northwest Division.

The Gunners were without head coach Jimmy Ball for the season finale, as he traveled to the National Premier League finals in Greensboro, N.C., with some of the ISC Gunners youth teams.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Above, Gunners forward Brady Ballew (center) serves the ball off his foot and toward a Victoria Highlanders’ defender’s face in the Gunners 3-1 loss July 11.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Above, Gunners forward Brady Ballew (center) serves the ball off his foot and toward a Victoria Highlanders’ defender’s face in the Gunners 3-1 loss July 11.

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Foam Fest Fanatics

July 15, 2014

By Greg Farrar Kathleen Hasenoehrl (left), of Bellevue, and her friend Kellie Danaher, of Issaquah, emerge from a mound of soap bubbles dressed as green and purple butterflies at the start of the 5K Foam Fest held July 12 at Lake Sammamish State Park. See more photos from the sporting event in Sports and in the slideshow on the homepage.

By Greg Farrar
Kathleen Hasenoehrl (left), of Bellevue, and her friend Kellie Danaher, of Issaquah, emerge from a mound of soap bubbles dressed as green and purple butterflies at the start of the 5K Foam Fest held July 12 at Lake Sammamish State Park. See more photos from the sporting event in Sports and in the slideshow on the homepage.

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