Skyline duo listed among top prep soccer players

July 1, 2014

Jason Twaddle lived in Madrid for the first seven years of his life, and the Spanish influence on his soccer game is undeniable.

Twaddle, who recently graduated from Skyline High School, had levels of success during his prep career that rivaled those of famed Spanish strikers like David Villa and Fernando Torres.

He leaves as the Skyline program’s all-time leading scorer, piling up 76 points (33 goals, 10 assists), and will continue playing this fall at Seattle University.

By Neil Pierson Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

By Neil Pierson
Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

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Lakeside Recovery 17U is traveling bumpy road

July 1, 2014

The Lakeside Recovery 17-and-under American Legion baseball team is learning a difficult lesson this summer — it’s tough to play consistently when your roster is in turmoil.

Coach Chris Tamminen’s squad started the summer with 19 players. One moved away and another five got injured, leaving 13 players eligible for games. Working with a short bench hasn’t been an ideal situation, Tamminen said.

“It’s definitely hurt us as far as moves that we can make during in-game situations,” he said.

By Greg Farrar Tyler Kim (left) of Lakeside Recovery, heads home on a ground-rule double as batter Gunnar Erickson heads for second base with an RBI on a dead ball signal by the umpire in the third inning June 27 against the Kennewick Bandits.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Kim (left) of Lakeside Recovery, heads home on a ground-rule double as batter Gunnar Erickson heads for second base with an RBI on a dead ball signal by the umpire in the third inning June 27 against the Kennewick Bandits.

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Liberty’s Colton Ronk named All-State

July 1, 2014

The postseason accolades continue to pileup for Liberty High School soccer player Colton Ronk, even after the senior graduated in June.

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named him to its first-team All-State list in the 3A classification.

Colton Ronk

Colton Ronk

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Regional athletic facility moves toward construction

July 1, 2014

The King County Council has approved an amended-use agreement with the Eastside Football Club on the construction of athletic fields at Preston Fields and Community Park.

“I’m so pleased that this new step is moving forward,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, sponsor of the legislation and the member who represents the neighborhood, said in a news release. “I know the fields that have been completed are used heavily and this new third field will be, too. It’s great that we can support our county’s many youth soccer players.”

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‘The Freak’ throws another no-hitter

July 1, 2014

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw his second-career no-hitter June 25, defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-0.

Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate known as “The Freak” because of his unorthodox delivery, needed just 113 pitches to put away the Padres, compared to the 148 he used to no-hit the same team nearly a year ago.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

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All-KingCo baseball teams announced

July 1, 2014

The 2014 KingCo Conference baseball teams were announced after the season finished last month. Coaches made the selections.

Class 4A

First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline

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Patriots wrap up spring ball

June 24, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

As the Liberty High School football team wrapped up its spring practices June 17, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field.

Music blared, whistles sounded and footballs flew into the outstretched hands of open receivers.

This season will be different, though, for all Liberty sports teams, as they prepare to move from the 3A to 2A level.

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Andrew Kemmerer named top athlete at Edmonds Community College

June 24, 2014

Andrew Kemmerer, a 2012 Issaquah High School graduate, was named the 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year at Edmonds Community College.

Kemmerer helped the Tritons baseball team win the 2014 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship. He was a two-year starter at pitcher, and led the NWAACC in wins in his final season.

He’ll continue playing baseball next year for Central Arkansas University.

Skyline seeks new team identity

June 24, 2014

After winning back-to-back state championships, the Skyline High School football program didn’t have the glorious ending it expected for the 2013 season.

The Spartans cruised to an 8-1 regular-season record and the Class 4A KingCo Conference Crown Division title, but lost to Federal Way in the first round of the state playoffs.

By Neil Pierson Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

By Neil Pierson
Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

Practices are underway in preparation for the 2014 campaign, and the Spartans are hungry for redemption. But seventh-year head coach Mat Taylor wants his players to establish their own identities, and not just look to replicate the program’s seven state title-winning teams.

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All-league baseball teams announced

June 24, 2014

Baseball coaches in both the KingCo 4A and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 season.

 KingCo 4A

First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline

Second team: OF Derek Chapman, senior, Issaquah; U Ryan Peart, senior, Issaquah

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