Andrew Kemmerer named top athlete at Edmonds Community College

June 24, 2014

Andrew Kemmerer, a 2012 Issaquah High School graduate, was named the 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year at Edmonds Community College.

Kemmerer helped the Tritons baseball team win the 2014 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship. He was a two-year starter at pitcher, and led the NWAACC in wins in his final season.

He’ll continue playing baseball next year for Central Arkansas University.

Skyline seeks new team identity

June 24, 2014

After winning back-to-back state championships, the Skyline High School football program didn’t have the glorious ending it expected for the 2013 season.

The Spartans cruised to an 8-1 regular-season record and the Class 4A KingCo Conference Crown Division title, but lost to Federal Way in the first round of the state playoffs.

By Neil Pierson Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

By Neil Pierson
Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

Practices are underway in preparation for the 2014 campaign, and the Spartans are hungry for redemption. But seventh-year head coach Mat Taylor wants his players to establish their own identities, and not just look to replicate the program’s seven state title-winning teams.

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All-league baseball teams announced

June 24, 2014

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

 KingCo 4A

First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline

Second team: OF Derek Chapman, senior, Issaquah; U Ryan Peart, senior, Issaquah

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Puget Sound Gunners host Lane United FC

June 24, 2014

The Premier Development League’s Puget Sound Gunners FC will host Lane United FC, of Oregon, in its 10th game of the season.

The Gunners will play Lane United FC 7 p.m. June 27 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium. Fans that bring a copy of the June 2014 Buyer’s Choice coupon booklet will receive free admission to the game.

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Local academy fencer wins national title

June 24, 2014

An athlete from Issaquah’s Washington Fencing Academy is now a national champion, after a dominant performance at the 10-day USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Matthew Comes, a 15-year-old sophomore from Bothell High School, earned the gold medal in the Men’s Division III Epee competition. He was the last one standing in a field of 125 of the country’s best fencers.

By Serge Timacheff Matthew Comes celebrates victory on the way to a national title at the USA Fencing National Championships in Ohio.

By Serge Timacheff
Matthew Comes celebrates victory on the way to a national title at the USA Fencing National Championships in Ohio.

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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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