Public is invited to seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill football event this weekend

June 13, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. June 13, 2014

Skyline High School is hosting the seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14-15.

Twenty high schools from around the state are scheduled to participate in the clinic, which involves a series of simultaneous seven-on-seven passing drills on eight different fields.

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Semi-pro Gunners shoot blanks in Issaquah debut

June 10, 2014

Premier Development League team loses third straight

By Greg Farrar Josimar Evangelista (right), Puget Sound Gunners midfielder, heads the ball away from Kitsap Pumas forward Miguel Gonzales during the first period of their June 4 soccer match at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Josimar Evangelista (right), Puget Sound Gunners midfielder, heads the ball away from Kitsap Pumas forward Miguel Gonzales during the first period of their June 4 soccer match at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

A new semi-professional soccer team made its Issaquah debut in front of about 200 fans at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium June 4.

The Puget Sound Gunners, a men’s team that develops elite college-aged players with professional aspirations, fell to the Kitsap Pumas, 1-0.

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Hungry veterans lead Lakeside Recovery’s fast start

June 10, 2014

It’s not as though the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team had a poor 2013 season, but there wasn’t the same chemistry that carried the squad to the World Series in 2012.

Lakeside Recovery finished with a 10-2 record in Northwest League games last season, but was eliminated at the state tournament in July. The reason, longtime head coach Rob Reese said, is there weren’t enough leaders on a relatively inexperienced roster.

“We lost a lot of guys off the World Series team,” Reese said. “We had a few guys back, but they weren’t too vocal. And now they’ve grown up a little bit.”

By Neil Pierson Danny Sinatro, Lakeside Recovery shortstop, tags out a Phiten base runner during a June 4 Senior American Legion baseball game at Newport High School in Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery won, 4-2.

By Neil Pierson
Danny Sinatro, Lakeside Recovery shortstop, tags out a Phiten base runner during a June 4 Senior American Legion baseball game at Newport High School in Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery won, 4-2.

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Second Cougar Mountain run is Saturday

June 10, 2014

The second Cougar Mountain Trail Run is at 9 a.m. June 14.

This second event in the series features 8- and 13-mile options in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, through lush forest, fern-lined single-track, over hills and along marshes.

The series has raised more than $126,000 for King County Parks and contributed many hundreds of hours of trail work. The Seattle Running Club and Northwest Trail Runs is working to make this 12th annual event bigger and better.

The series runs the second Saturday of each month through the summer. The next races are July 12 and Aug. 9.

Register at www.seattlerunningclub.org.

Liberty basketball team stays busy

June 10, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team played its final minute of the season in February, but the work never stops for the Patriots, who have a busy summer on tap.

Liberty’s long list of summer events began May 30 with its first golf fundraiser at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course. More than 130 people attended the golf tournament, which also included a banquet and silent auction.

Assistant coach Steve Kelley, a former Seattle Times columnist, was the banquet’s master of ceremonies, while former Seahawks Mack Strong and Paul Moyer were special guest speakers.

By Caryn Frey Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

By Caryn Frey
Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

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Local lacrosse players honored

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.

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Issaquah Little League hosts Championship Day tomorrow

June 6, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. June 6, 2014

The community is invited to join Issaquah Little League for a day full of fun, food and championship games June 7.

It all goes down from noon to 2 p.m. at Dodd Field, 565 N.W. Holly St., where fans can watch baseball and softball teams battle for the championship title.

Attendees can munch on free hot dogs, drinks and ice cream, while taking a turn at the dunk tank, testing their throwing arm against a speed machine or playing in a bouncy house.

Coaches and managers will engage in a water balloon toss competition, and prizes and giveaways will be awarded.

Fastest foursome

June 3, 2014

Skyline’s 1,600 relay state title anchors fourth-place team trophy

By Greg Farrar Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4x400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4×400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

The Skyline High School girls track and field team capped a solid 2014 season last weekend at the Class 4A state championships by winning the fourth-place trophy.

Skyline scored 35 points to finish behind Richland (37), Camas (48) and Federal Way (72), which successfully defended its state championship at Star Track XXXII, held May 29-31 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

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Duthie Hill Park hosts Mountain Bike Festival

June 3, 2014

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 at Duthie Hill Park.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bikes available to test ride from all the top brands, jump jam demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for kids, food and beverages concessions, raffles and more. Families are encouraged to attend.

The festival is free and open to the public. For $10 (Evergreen members) or $20 (nonmembers) festival-goers can demo bikes all day, join skills clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in the pump track challenge and baby fatty obstacle race.

In 2013, approximately 1,800 people attended the festival, which celebrates the sport of mountain biking and offers new enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mountain biking experiences around. The festival is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to support its work — protecting, building and maintaining trails statewide.

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Patriots’ fastpitch makes quick exit from state tourney

June 3, 2014

The Liberty High School fastpitch team’s postseason magic came to an end May 30 after two consecutive losses in the 3A state tournament at Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex.

Liberty was dealt the toughest possible opening-round game when it was matched up with Kamiakin, winners of the previous two state championships. The Braves went on to make it three in a row before the weekend ended.

The Patriots fell to Kamiakin, 12-6. Despite the loss, Liberty’s offense was the only Kamiakin tournament opponent to score more than three runs against the champions.

By Greg Farrar Madison Jones (left), Liberty High School sophomore, is plowed into by Riley Gregoire, Bainbridge junior second baseman, running in at top speed with the ball to cover first base, during the third inning of their 3A state tournament fastpitch game May 30 in Lacey.

By Greg Farrar
Madison Jones (left), Liberty High School sophomore, is plowed into by Riley Gregoire, Bainbridge junior second baseman, running in at top speed with the ball to cover first base, during the third inning of their 3A state tournament fastpitch game May 30 in Lacey.

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