Hot-hitting Issaquah tops Skyline in fastpitch rivalry

April 21, 2015

Winter Ridgeway said it’s not unusual for Issaquah High School’s offense to start slowly, but given time, the Eagles can be very productive hitters.

Trailing by two runs after three innings, Issaquah put together three big innings at the plate and overwhelmed rival Skyline, 12-4, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch game on April 15 in Sammamish.

The Eagles (7-2 overall, 4-2 KingCo) grabbed the lead with four runs in the fourth inning, added two more in the fifth, and slammed the door on Skyline’s hopes with a six-run sixth.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

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Jake Lindahl wins it in OT as Issaquah lacrosse drops Skyline

April 21, 2015

Jake Lindahl delivered the game winner for Issaquah to give the Eagles a 4-3 defeat over Skyline on April 17.

Issaquah led 2-1 after the first. Following a scoreless second, Skyline knotted the contest at 2-2 when a cutting Charlie Kurtenbach converted a Tyler Johnston pass for the equalizer.

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Eagles beat rival Spartans, 8-3

April 14, 2015

Both Issaquah and Skyline high school head baseball coaches are looking for signs of improvement in their young squads.

So for each, picking a win over their arch rival in KingCo Conference competition April 10 would be just what the doctor ordered.

It was the Eagles who completed their first two-game winning streak in conference action, culminating with an 8-3 win.

By Greg Farrar Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School junior pitcher, strikes out two Skyline batters and gets the third to ground out during the third inning April 10 at the Skyline High School field.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School junior pitcher, strikes out two Skyline batters and gets the third to ground out during the third inning April 10 at the Skyline High School field.

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Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off field

April 14, 2015

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle.

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Patriots softball team off to quick start

April 14, 2015

As the Liberty High School softball team nears its halfway point, the Patriots are nearly perfect.

Two narrow losses to defending 2A state champion Lake Washington are the only things that kept Liberty from a 9-0 start. Despite near perfection, first-year head coach Jon Kinsley said the team is pleased, but not satisfied.

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Issaquah lacrosse sweeps Arizona high schools on spring break road swing

April 14, 2015

Issaquah broke the game open with 10 goals in the second and third on the way to a two-game sweep over Arizona high schools with a 14-6 boys lacrosse defeat of Gilbert High, April 8, in Gilbert, Arizona.

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Liberty’s Ethan Diaz is WIAA Athlete of the Week

April 14, 2015

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recognized Liberty High School soccer player Ethan Diaz as an Athlete of the Week for his play the week of March 23.

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Skyline hurler Sam Lawrence no-hits Eastlake

April 7, 2015

The Skyline High School baseball team figured to rely heavily this season on the left arm of Sam Lawrence, who showed exactly what he’s capable of during an April 1 game against Eastlake.

by Greg Farrar Above, Sam Lawrence, Skyline High School senior pitcher, throws to Cole Peterson, Camilo Acosta and Nathan Mano, of Eastlake, April 1 during the third inning of his no-hitter on the way to the Spartans’ 7-0 win.

by Greg Farrar
Sam Lawrence, Skyline High School senior pitcher, throws to Cole Peterson, Camilo Acosta and Nathan Mano, of Eastlake, April 1 during the third inning of his no-hitter on the way to the Spartans’ 7-0 win.

Lawrence tossed a no-hitter — his first at any level of the game — and led the Spartans to a 7-0 victory over the visiting Wolves in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

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Spartans’ offensive woes continue in 3-1 loss

April 7, 2015

The Skyline High School fastpitch team has started the season with four losses in five games, and the results can largely be chalked up to one thing — the Spartans aren’t doing enough on offense.

Skyline dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting Eastlake April 1 in Class 4A KingCo Conference play. The Spartans’ record fell to 1-4 overall, 0-3 in conference, as their offensive drought continued.

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Patriots capitalize on Eagles’ injury-plagued girls golfers

April 7, 2015

District foes Liberty and Issaquah met on Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course for a nonleague contest April 2, and it was the Patriots who emerged victorious.

By Greg Farrar Taylor Woo, Liberty High School senior co-captain, puts some body English on the ball as it heads for the cup on the 310-yard, par-4 ninth hole.

By Greg Farrar
Taylor Woo, Liberty High School senior co-captain, puts some body English on the ball as it heads for the cup on the 310-yard, par-4 ninth hole.

Liberty defeated Issaquah, 238-259, on a day when both teams were missing key players, Eagles coach Tom Bakamus said in an email.

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