Spartan players take charge of soccer team’s summer work

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

To maintain its status as a perennial state power, the Skyline High School girls soccer team puts in a ton of work during the offseason.

This summer might be an especially important time for the Spartans, who are coming off a third-place finish at last year’s state tournament, but will be replacing the vast majority of their roster.

Gone are 13 seniors, including three standouts who are moving on to Division I collegiate careers — forward Amanda Johnston (Washington), defender Abbey Porter (Washington State) and midfielder Kelli Sullivan (Colorado College).

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School soccer player Alessandra Zonta (right) battles with a teammate for the ball during a short-side scrimmage July 22. About 20 players turned out for a team workout as the Spartans program prepares for the 2015 season.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School soccer player Alessandra Zonta (right) battles with a teammate for the ball during a short-side scrimmage July 22. About 20 players turned out for a team workout as the Spartans program prepares for the 2015 season.

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Lakeside zeroes in on American Legion baseball regionals

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2015

Lakeside Recovery won its first three games at the Senior American Legion state tournament, putting the team in prime position to earn a berth at next week’s regional championships.

Lakeside Recovery (32-15) was scheduled to face the Kennewick Outlaws on July 27, after press time, with a win putting the group of Issaquah, Skyline and Newport high school players in the July 28 state title game at Bellingham’s Joe Martin Field.

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Local lacrosse players named to USA Today all-state team

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:52 p.m. July 28, 2015

Five local players were named to the 2015 Washington boys lacrosse all-state team selected by USA Today High School Sports.

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ISC Gunners win semifinal, fall short in championship

July 23, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy At left, Sarah Shimer (yellow), ISC Gunners goalkeeper, gets a hand on a corner kick launched by a San Diego Sea Lions player July 18 at Issaquah High School. The Gunners defeated the Sea Lions, 3-1, in the regional Women’s Premier Soccer League playoff match.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
At left, Sarah Shimer (yellow), ISC Gunners goalkeeper, gets a hand on a corner kick launched by a San Diego Sea Lions player July 18 at Issaquah High School. The Gunners defeated the Sea Lions, 3-1, in the regional Women’s Premier Soccer League playoff match.

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Bullets aim for national title

July 23, 2015

By Lennon Lo The Northwest Bullets, a Seattle-based select fastpitch team, qualified for two national tournaments this summer. It will compete at the American Softball Association 18-and-under Gold Nationals, July 19-25 in Hillsboro, Oregon, and at the Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals, Aug. 1-8 in Huntington Beach, California. The team includes six players from the Issaquah School District: Liberty High School’s Kendall Kauzlarich; Skyline High School’s Camille Goo and Lauren Lo; and Issaquah High School’s Tatum Dow, Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson.

By Lennon Lo
The Northwest Bullets, a Seattle-based select fastpitch team, qualified for two national tournaments this summer. It will compete at the American Softball Association 18-and-under Gold Nationals, July 19-25 in Hillsboro, Oregon, and at the Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals, Aug. 1-8 in Huntington Beach, California. The team includes six players from the Issaquah School District: Liberty High School’s Kendall Kauzlarich; Skyline High School’s Camille Goo and Lauren Lo; and Issaquah High School’s Tatum Dow, Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson.

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Five athletes compete for Gliders at Junior Olympics track and field

July 23, 2015

The Issaquah Gliders track and field club sent five athletes to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics Region 13 championships, July 8-12 at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon.

In the 17/18 men’s division, Jack Welch took fourth place in the 400 meters in 49.61 seconds. Welch, a 2015 Skyline High School graduate, is heading to the University of Portland this fall.

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Lakeside Recovery rides momentum to state

July 16, 2015

Good baseball teams know successful seasons don’t happen simply by beating lesser teams — they challenge themselves against opponents who are older, wiser and more talented.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery’s Alec Cordova hits during the fourth inning of a July 9 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game against the Kirkland Merchants at Issaquah High School. Kirkland won, 6-0.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery’s Alec Cordova hits during the fourth inning of a July 9 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game against the Kirkland Merchants at Issaquah High School. Kirkland won, 6-0.

That’s the philosophy the Lakeside Recovery Senior Babe Ruth squad follows, and they hope their difficult schedule will put them in prime position to win the most important games of the 2015 season.

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Gunners FC drops season finale to Sounders U23s

July 16, 2015

The first time Puget Sound Gunners FC and the Seattle Sounders U23s met this season, the result was a humbling 5-0 defeat for a Gunners squad that didn’t perform up to its capabilities.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Henry Wingo, Puget Sound Gunners FC midfielder, races toward the ball in the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders U23s July 11 at Issaquah High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Henry Wingo, Puget Sound Gunners FC midfielder, races toward the ball in the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders U23s July 11 at Issaquah High School.

“The first time we played the Sounders, it was a disaster,” coach Alex Silva said.

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Pitching keys Lakeside Recovery to doubleheader sweep

July 9, 2015

A season that’s been defined by superb pitching got even better for Lakeside Recovery last week as the team returned to the friendly confines of Issaquah High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Todd Reese delivers during the first game of a July 1 doubleheader against the ESC Tigers. Reese was masterful in a 9-0 win, allowing five hits and striking out 10 batters in seven innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Todd Reese delivers during the first game of a July 1 doubleheader against the ESC Tigers. Reese was masterful in a 9-0 win, allowing five hits and striking out 10 batters in seven innings.

Pitchers Todd Reese and Jack Dellinger didn’t allow a run in Lakeside’s July 1 Senior American Legion doubleheader sweep of the visiting Evergreen Sports Center Tigers. Lakeside not only kept control of the Northwest League lead at 18-1, but added to its stellar defensive numbers this summer.

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Gunners FC still winless, manages tie with Portland Timbers U23s

July 2, 2015

Stoppage time was nearly over, and Renan Troccoli had the ball at his feet with only the goalkeeper to beat.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Puget Sound Gunners forward Daniel Gavin beats the Portland Timbers U23s goal keeper for the Gunners only score in a 1-1 draw at Issaquah High School on June 28.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Puget Sound Gunners forward Daniel Gavin beats the Portland Timbers U23s goal keeper for the Gunners only score in a 1-1 draw at Issaquah High School on June 28.

With two defenders nipping at his heels and his chance coming from a slightly sharp angle, Troccoli’s shot rolled past the netminder and went inches wide of the far post.

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