Skyline duo leads Spartans to KingCo cross country victories

September 23, 2014

It has been three years since the Skyline High School boys cross country program sent a team to the state championships, and senior Blake Hallauer is hoping to do something about it.

By Neil Pierson   Skyline High School junior Kosay Hartmann sprints toward the finish line of a Sept. 17 cross country race at Klahanie Park for a fifth place finish in 17 minutes, 29 seconds.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School junior Kosay Hartmann sprints toward the finish line of a Sept. 17 cross country race at Klahanie Park for a fifth place finish in 17 minutes, 29 seconds.

“I think it would mean a lot,” Hallauer said of reaching state. “That’s always been our goal, and we felt like we were robbed last year just because of a few bad runs at the district meet.”

No one on this year’s Skyline squad was part of the 2011 lineup that finished 12th at the Class 4A meet in Pasco — the seniors were freshmen then — but Hallauer is the most experienced returning runner for a group that is hungry to achieve something big.

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Issaquah plays No. 1 Maria Carrillo to 1-1 overtime draw

September 23, 2014

The Issaquah High School Eagles (3-1-1) secured a 1-1 tie against the top-ranked team in the country, Maria Carrillo, of Santa Rose, California, on the road Sept. 20 on the Pumas’ home field.

Maria Carrillo (7-0-1), ranked No. 1 in the Top Drawer Soccer Fab 50 and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America co-No. 1, entered having outscored opponents 38-1 prior to the match against Issaquah, ranked No. 25 in the Fab 50 poll.

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Issaquah girls soccer team takes on nation’s No. 1 team Saturday

September 19, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 19, 2014

Clearly, Tom Bunnell like challenges.

The Issaquah High School girls soccer coach has put the biggest challenge he possibly could in front of his three-time state champion program.

The Eagles, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A in Washington state, plays the match of a lifetime at 4 p.m. Saturday when they travel to face the nation’s top-ranked team, Mario Carrillo, of Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Fan frenzy for football

September 16, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (above) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (below) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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Patriots overpower Highlanders, 7-0

September 16, 2014

If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads.

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

But Liberty and Hazen were not playing football that pleasant Tuesday evening; they were playing soccer. So, instead, that rare 7-0 score engineered by the Patriots told the opposite story — one that ends with an overpowering offensive performance courtesy of the defending 3A state champions, now playing at 2A.

“It’s so much fun when you’re scoring — and then you just keep scoring,” said junior captain Jordan Hemmen, who accounted for two of Liberty’s seven scores.

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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.

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