Orioles draft Liberty High product John McLeod

June 24, 2014

John McLeod, a 2010 Liberty High School graduate playing at Wake Forest University, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles June 7 in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

McLeod was chosen in the 21st round with the 631st overall pick. The redshirt junior, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 48 batters in 58 innings for Wake Forest in 2014.

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Liberty sends two on New Zealand rugby exchange

June 17, 2014

By Scott Wright Noah Wright, a Maywood Middle School student on the Liberty Rugby Football Club, carries the ball across the pitch. He’s spending the summer in New Zealand on an exchange trip to immerse himself in the sport.

By Scott Wright
Noah Wright, a Maywood Middle School student on the Liberty Rugby Football Club, carries the ball across the pitch. He’s spending the summer in New Zealand on an exchange trip to immerse himself in the sport.

The Liberty Rugby Football Club has done a more than solid job of building a local following for the international sport, but try as it might, the enthusiasm pales in comparison to that seen in New Zealand.

That’s why the club is sending two of its players on an once-in-a-lifetime exchange to the country that literally lives and breathes rugby.

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Skyline coach looks to make basketball more competitive

June 17, 2014

The Skyline High School boys basketball program has reached the state tournament twice in its 17 seasons of existence, something Bill McIntyre will be looking to change as he takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 season.

McIntyre was hired this spring after former coach Maui Borden’s contract wasn’t renewed. Borden had a 13-24 overall record in two seasons, including 8-22 in conference games.

Bill McIntyre

Bill McIntyre

McIntyre has strong ties to the Skyline community, having coached at the youth level for the Skyline Select program from 1998-2011. For the past two seasons, he served as an assistant under head coach Omar Parker at Liberty High School.

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Puget Sound Gunners continue rough stretch

June 17, 2014

The Puget Sound Gunners FC ended its three-game losing streak, but other than that, not much has gone right for the Issaquah-based semi-professional team.

A scoreless draw against the Washington Crossfire on June 9 is the only thing keeping the squad from a six-game losing streak.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Puget Sound Gunners defenders (from left) Michael Dodds and Kevin Cook flank a Washington Crossfire player June 9 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Puget Sound Gunners defenders (from left) Michael Dodds and Kevin Cook flank a Washington Crossfire player June 9 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium.

The Gunners (1-5-2) hosted the Crossfire at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium, putting up one of their better performances of the season.

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Jake Heaps transfers to Miami for senior season

June 17, 2014

The University of Miami announced June 15 that former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference school for his senior season — his third college team.

Heaps will be immediately eligible and is expected to compete for the starting job for the Hurricanes, who ended the spring with an uncertain quarterback situation. Projected starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in April and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

Heaps spent the past two years at Kansas, starting nine games last season. He will graduate at the end of June, making himself eligible for the 2014 season for what will be his redshirt senior season.

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Skyline Lacrosse wins first league championship

June 17, 2014

The Skyline Spartans Lacrosse Club’s seventh-/eighth-grade Green team won the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League championship for the first time May 30, beating Bellevue Blue, 8-5, at Skyline High School.

The Spartans, who feature 16 eighth-graders and three seventh-graders, finished the season with a 13-0 record under coaches Scott Johnston and Gregg Harris.

All-league softball teams announced

June 17, 2014

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

 

KingCo 4A

First team: 2B Camille Goo, freshman, Skyline; and OF Sydney Schultz, sophomore, Issaquah

Second team: P Caroline Bowman, freshman, Skyline; 1B Riley Davidson, senior, Skyline; and DH Morgan Bevell, freshman, Issaquah

Honorable mention:

  • Skyline — Madisen Camp-Chimenti, Lauren Lo, Emma Patterson and Molly Spaniac
  • Issaquah — Amelia Cunningham, Michelle Fowler, Justi Johnson and Winter Ridgeway

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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.

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