Puget Sound Gunners loses to Seattle Sounders U-23, 3-0

July 8, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Opposing players jump for the ball in the Puget Sound Gunners’ 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders U-23 July 4.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Opposing players jump for the ball in the Puget Sound Gunners’ 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders U-23 July 4.

Northwest Bullets shoot for nationals

July 8, 2014

By Lisa Lo The Northwest Bullets 16-and-under fastpitch team, which includes seven players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools, qualified for the Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament to be held July 19-27 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are head coach Kris Zacher, assistant coach Ali Hooks, Kendall Kauzlarich (Liberty), Maddy Trout (Mount Si), Megan Marino (Bothell), Lauren Lo (Skyline), Marnie Skinner (Moses Lake), Camille Goo (Skyline), and assistant coach Greg Erwin. Front row, from left to right, are Kelsey Bechtholdt (Granite Falls), Molly Spaniac (Skyline), Justi Johnson (Issaquah), Sydney Schultz (Issaquah), Morgan Bevell (Issaquah), Madelyn Carlson (Enumclaw) and assistant coach Tom Kauzlarich.

By Lisa Lo
The Northwest Bullets 16-and-under fastpitch team, which includes seven players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools, qualified for the Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament to be held July 19-27 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are head coach Kris Zacher, assistant coach Ali Hooks, Kendall Kauzlarich (Liberty), Maddy Trout (Mount Si), Megan Marino (Bothell), Lauren Lo (Skyline), Marnie Skinner (Moses Lake), Camille Goo (Skyline), and assistant coach Greg Erwin. Front row, from left to right, are Kelsey Bechtholdt (Granite Falls), Molly Spaniac (Skyline), Justi Johnson (Issaquah), Sydney Schultz (Issaquah), Morgan Bevell (Issaquah), Madelyn Carlson (Enumclaw) and assistant coach Tom Kauzlarich.

Gunners shutout Lane United

July 1, 2014

Puget Sound Gunners midfielder Justice Duerksen had no choice but to score in the June 27 contest against Lane United FC. Family pride was on the line.

His younger sister, in town from California for a local soccer tournament, had scored a couple of goals that morning, and his whole family, including mom Betsy, an All-American player herself at Boston College, made it to Issaquah High School to watch him play.

“Oh yeah, I knew I had to go get a goal, too,” he said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

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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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