Eagles’ wings clipped

March 11, 2014

Issaquah suffers third loss to eventual state champ Garfield, settles for third

By Greg Farrar Jake Henke (24), Issaquah High School senior forward, is called for a foul after Garfield sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto releases a three-point attempt at the end of their game March 7 at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Watson (10) watches the play. Agosto’s two-for-three points from the stripe gave the Bulldogs their 61-59 win. See more photos at www.issaquahpress.com.

By Greg Farrar
Jake Henke (24), Issaquah High School senior forward, is called for a foul after Garfield sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto releases a three-point attempt at the end of their game March 7 at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Watson (10) watches the play. Agosto’s two-for-three points from the stripe gave the Bulldogs their 61-59 win. See more photos at www.issaquahpress.com.

With the game on the line, the ball got into the right player’s hands, but the result didn’t go the way the Issaquah Eagles envisioned it.

Brian Watson’s contested shot from deep in the corner didn’t find its mark, and Garfield escaped with a 61-59 victory in the semifinals of the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament March 7 at the Tacoma Dome.

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Patriots’ coach to rely on youth

March 11, 2014

It’s always easier to do something the second time around, just ask Liberty High School softball coach Zach Bartholomew.

Bartholomew is heading into his second year leading the Patriots, and with a year under his belt, both he and the girls have a better idea of who they are and what they need to do as a team to bring the Liberty program back to previous levels of success.

By Greg Farrar Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, strikes out eight and allows just three hits in a 2013 complete-game win.

By Greg Farrar
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, strikes out eight and allows just three hits in a 2013 complete-game win.

“It’s always great coming into something that you’re a little bit used to,” he said. “I’m not brand new to the program, the players are not brand new to me, so it helps me out a lot.”

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Young Issaquah softball team finds strength in pitching

March 11, 2014

Eagles welcome Skyline transfers

With just two seniors on its 2014 squad, youth is the Issaquah High School softball team’s overriding theme.

By Greg Farrar Kylie Bevell, Issaquah High School starting pitcher, throws to batters in a 2013 game against Eastlake.

By Greg Farrar
Kylie Bevell, Issaquah High School starting pitcher, throws to batters in a 2013 game against Eastlake.

That’s why, more than ever, second-year coach Ron Hatlen is preaching mental toughness and resiliency.

“We’re really going to work on the mental side for these guys,” he said. “I mean, they’ve all played for so long. It’s a matter of trying to turn their brain off when they’re out there.”

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Spartans look to solidify around star senior duo

March 11, 2014

Chris Tamminen has a lot of questions to answer heading into the 2014 baseball season, but he’s got at least two known quantities to work with.

The Skyline High School coach expects big things from ace pitcher Drew Lunde, a senior lefthander who has committed to play at Washington State University. Offensively, Tamminen isn’t sure what his batting order will look like, except for the fact that senior third baseman Jason Santiago will hit third and be expected to drive in plenty of runs.

Lunde will need to be good this year after Skyline lost three workhorses to graduation — Corbin Powers, Arthur Stromquist and Jacob Gleichman combined to throw about two-thirds of the innings for the Spartans in 2013.

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Jason Jones hired as Skyline athletic director

March 11, 2014

Skyline High School hired Jason Jones as its new athletic director March 1, replacing outgoing Ryan Gilbert, who left to take a position with a youth camp in Bellevue.

Jones was an interim athletic director at Cleveland High School in Seattle during the 2006-07 school year. He has since coached in Sammamish as part of the Skyline Select seventh-grade boys feeder program.

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Recreation league crowns its champs

March 11, 2014

The Warriors are winners of the championship title in the Issaquah Parks & Recreation boys ninth- and 10th-grade basketball league, the department announced Feb. 28.

The players — Austin Beeks, Luc Gelle, Kartik Mahajan, Dane Petterson, Jack Simpson, Matthew Swanson, Kosuke Terada, Keanu Wong, Oliver Young and Erik Ke — under the leadership of coaches Rob Young and Eric Swanson racked up a solid 8-2 record before advancing to the championship game.

The Warriors won in sudden-death double overtime in a semifinal game to advance to the championship to defend their crown. The team then went on to defeat the Timberwolves for the title.

 

Tacoma tuneup

March 4, 2014

Eagles draw tough bracket after 64-48 rebound win over Bellarmine Prep

By Greg Farrar Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, has the ball batted out of bounds by Bellarmine Prep’s Rex Bodoia late in the fourth quarter. The Eagles retained possession as they wound down their 4A state regional 64-46 victory over the Lions.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, has the ball batted out of bounds by Bellarmine Prep’s Rex Bodoia late in the fourth quarter. The Eagles retained possession as they wound down their 4A state regional 64-46 victory over the Lions.

Avoiding a letdown after the stinging defeat to Garfield in the KingCo 4A championship game, Issaquah used its state qualifier Feb. 28 against Bellarmine Prep as a tuneup heading into the Hardwood Classic.

The Eagles pulled away from the Lions after a back-and-forth first-quarter to win, 64-46, at the regional matchup played at Puyallup High School.

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Liberty’s season ends at regionals

March 4, 2014

Patriots fall to top-ranked Cleveland, 48-35

If anyone had any questions about the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s season goal, they need only to look at the players’ forearms as they stepped on the Bellevue College court for a March 1 loser-out, winner-to-state game.

By Greg Farrar Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

By Greg Farrar
Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

Scrawled in black, capital letters was the acronym DIFD — Do it for the Dome, the Tacoma Dome, that is.

The Patriots’ road to the state tournament, held at the Tacoma Dome, came to an end March 1, after a 48-35 loss to top-ranked Cleveland.

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Skyline sprinters have big plans for senior seasons, beyond

March 4, 2014

There might not be a better situation for Dorie Dalzell to land in at the collegiate level, even though the school she chose wasn’t the one she thought she would.

Dalzell’s father and grandfather are University of Kansas alumni, and her boyfriend is currently attending the Division I athletics powerhouse in Lawrence, Kan. It was those factors that had her heavily leaning toward Washington, Arizona and Columbia for her running career at the next level, simply because she wanted a change of scenery.

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season. By Neil Pierson

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season.
By Neil Pierson

Kansas was the last school Dalzell visited, and a motivational video she watched with the coaches cinched her decision.

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Local gymnasts medal at state

March 4, 2014

Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.

Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

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