Spartans rough up Timberwolves, 4-0

September 16, 2014

Don Braman likes to use the nonleague schedule to discover which players work best in certain positions, and the coach may have tougher decisions to make based on the Skyline Spartans’ first three soccer matches.

By Dale Garvey Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

By Dale Garvey
Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

After traveling to Oregon and defeating two opponents by a combined score of 9-1, the Spartans returned to their home venue Sept. 9 and were just as impressive, whipping the Jackson Timberwolves, 4-0, behind goals from four different players.

Skyline substituted freely throughout the match — particularly at midfield and forward — and put the game away early in the second half on goals from Kelli Sullivan and Lindsey Fujiwara.

“We were really excited to get out and play our first home game,” said Gabby Hart, a junior forward. “We definitely had a good first half, but we really picked it up in the second half and got things more organized.”

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Eagles make a racket at tennis match

September 16, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

By Greg Farrar
Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

Mud and Chocolate Run coming Aug. 10

August 5, 2014

The event includes distances of 4.5 miles and 13.1 miles. The cost to participate is $35 for the shorter distance, and $55 for the longer distance.

The 4.5-mile race begins at 8:40 a.m., and the half-marathon starts at 9 a.m.

The Soaring Eagle course offers moderately technical single-trail tracks, with some rocks and roots as obstacles. The course follows a loop; 4.5-mile runners will complete the loop once, and half-marathoners will do it three times.

All finishers receive a chocolate medallion, and are invited to partake in the Chocomania station with a wide variety of sweet treats.

Registration forms are available online at www.mudandchocolate.com.

Fourth Cougar Mountain Trail Run is Aug. 9

August 5, 2014

The fifth annual Mud and Chocolate Run will be held Aug. 10 at The fourth of five events in the Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is Aug. 9.
Runners can choose to participate in a 14- or 26-mile course, or a 5K, that loops through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails.
Co-produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race benefits King County Parks, with more than $126,000 raised since its inception.

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Eastside FC wins Surf Cup San Diego

August 5, 2014

Several local soccer players were part of a tournament championship at the soccerloco Surf Cup, held July 26-28 in San Diego, Calif.

The Surf Cup is one of the largest youth soccer events in the nation, and more than 400 collegiate coaches and recruiters were there to scout for next-level talent.

The Eastside FC 96 Red squad won the under-18 girls championship. They went undefeated in five matches, including a 1-0 win over Nevada’s Heat FC in the semifinals and a 3-0 victory over the Boston Breakers Academy Scorpions in the final.

Eastside FC 96 Red features six Skyline High School players: forwards Amanda Johnston and Izzy Marshall; midfielders Lauren Carson and Kelli Sullivan; and defender Abbie Litka and Abbey Porter.

Grand Ridge Trail run is set for Aug. 2

July 29, 2014

The Balanced Athlete, at The Landing in Renton, will sponsor the race.

Runners will have plenty of route options as they traverse Grand Ridge Park for a trail run Aug. 2.

Athletes can choose to run 5 miles, a half-marathon (13.1 miles), a marathon (26.2 miles) or a 50K (31.2 miles), through the wooded trails of the Grand Ridge backcountry.

Aid stations will be stocked with water, fruit, sandwiches, crackers and more. Food is also available at the finish line.

The run starts and ends at the Grand Ridge Trailhead, 27000 S.E. 79th St., Issaquah. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. Registration fees range from $35 to $58. Register online at www.evergreentrailruns.com/8-2-grand-ridge-trail-run. Participants can register in-person on the day of the race, if it is not sold out yet, but an additional $10 day-of fee applies.

Overlake clinics offer walk-in sports physicals

July 29, 2014

Overlake Medical Center is offering low-cost sports physicals on a walk-in basis, seven days a week, at Overlake Medical Clinics’ urgent care clinic in Issaquah.

The physicals are $40.

Nearly all states, schools and youth sports leagues require players to have a complete sports physical prior to participating in practices or games. The exam helps make sure that those who play sports are physically capable of meeting the demands of that sport and don’t have any condition that may be provoked by intense exercise.

Sports physicals are usually required about a month before the start of practice in order to allow time to address any medical conditions that are discovered during the appointment. This allows an athlete to modify his or her training routine if necessary.

Learn more at www.overlakehospital.org/urgent or call 688-5777. The clinic is at 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Lakeside Recovery’s season ends at Legion district tournament

July 22, 2014

Lakeside Recovery had a largely successful regular season of Double-A American Legion baseball, but the end came surprisingly quick at last week’s Area 1 South District tournament.

Lakeside Recovery — comprised of 17-and-under players from Skyline, Issaquah and Newport high schools — opened the tourney with an 11-1 loss to Juanita, and didn’t find its groove in the next game either, suffering a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Monroe Legends on July 17 at Eastlake High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

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Issaquah soccer team takes second at nationals

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U-15 girls team finished second at the National Premier League Finals in Greensboro, N.C., July 10-14.

In the qualifying round, the Gunners defeated a team from New Jersey, ranked 17th in the nation, 3-1. In order to continue to advance in the tournament, the girls needed to score five times in a July 12 game against a Mississippi squad.

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Tossing for a title

July 22, 2014

By Kerry Baker Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

By Kerry Baker
Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

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