Pelicans, Huskies win youth basketball tourneys

March 25, 2014

Congratulations to the Pelicans, winners of the seventh- and eighth-grade tournament and the Huskies, winners of the sixth-grade tournament in the Issaquah Parks & Recreation boys league.

On the Pelicans roster are Rashon Evans, Bryce Smith, Lucien Berche, Duncan McCulloh, Calvin Jensen, Jarrett Chang-Lam, Connor Rooney, Evan Sanders and Noah Holst. Coaches are Derek Smith and Brian Rooney.

The Pelicans, which completed the season with an 8-2 record, finished the regular season as the fifth seed before heading into the playoffs, where they won three consecutive games to clinch the title.

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Eagles see return of solid contingent

March 18, 2014

File Ryan Peart, Issaquah High School senior, pitches a game last April during his junior year.

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Ryan Peart, Issaquah High School senior, pitches a game last April during his junior year.

Good luck to opposing hitters trying to reach Issaquah High School’s outfield this year.

Opponents will find little wiggle room in an Eagles outfield that can compete with the best in the state.

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Booster club honors spring scholar athletes

March 18, 2014

The Issaquah High School Booster Club and Issaquah’s Tutta Bella pizzeria recently announced their 2014 spring Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete awards.

The awards are given to senior athletes at Issaquah who maintain a 3.0 grade point average, show strong leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and are involved in school activities outside of sports. Student-athletes must be nominated by their coaches.

The six spring winners are Josh Bean (swimming), Louden Ivey (wrestling), Mandie Hill (basketball), Rebecca Chinn (gymnastics), Brian Watson (basketball) and Courtney Vu (dance).

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Liberty boys hope to recapture lighting in a bottle

March 18, 2014

The pressure is on for the Liberty High School boys soccer team.

After the school’s girls team brought home the state championship, the way junior captain Ryan Graham sees it, it’s the boys’ turn to collect some hardware.

“They have their trophy, now we want to have our trophy,” he said. “That would be fantastic for the school.”

By Greg Farrar Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

That’s the message behind this season’s team motto, “BTH,” which stands for “Bring This Home.”

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Six freshmen to start for Skyline fastpitch squad

March 18, 2014

There are definite disadvantages in having freshmen fill six of nine starting roles, but Skyline High School fastpitch coach Ken Brooks also believes there’s a bright side.

“No one knows anything about us,” Brooks said. “All they know is we’ve got a bunch of freshmen, and so we’re excited. Every year we get out here, it’s just a new group, and we only lose two seniors this year. Next year, we lose no seniors.”

The Spartans have struggled to recruit players for a few seasons — 14 turned out this spring, 12 the year before. But the team isn’t making excuses, and knows it can win if the chemistry is right and individuals meet expectations.

By Neil Pierson Riley Davidson, one of two seniors on the Skyline High School fastpitch team, figures to be an on-field leader and run producer for the Spartans.

By Neil Pierson
Riley Davidson, one of two seniors on the Skyline High School fastpitch team, figures to be an on-field leader and run producer for the Spartans.

And Brooks isn’t cutting the team any slack because of its youthfulness.

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City hosts swim meet

March 18, 2014

The city of Issaquah will host its first All-Comers Swim Meet March 21.

The meet is for all levels of swimmers ages 6 and older. All swimmers must be able to pass a deep-end swim test and be comfortable in deep water to participate.

The event is focused on fun and getting unofficial times for swim-team based events. All participants will receive ribbons; and the winner of each heat will receive a first-place medal.

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Local athletes named to preseason lacrosse lists

March 18, 2014

The following athletes from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools were name to the 2014 KingCo preseason All-Conference lacrosse teams.

 First Team

Mikey Giannopulos, junior, Issaquah; Michael Cowin, senior, Skyline; and Spencer Noonan, senior, Skyline.

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Eagles’ wings clipped

March 11, 2014

Issaquah suffers third loss to eventual state champ Garfield, settles for third

By Greg Farrar Jake Henke (24), Issaquah High School senior forward, is called for a foul after Garfield sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto releases a three-point attempt at the end of their game March 7 at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Watson (10) watches the play. Agosto’s two-for-three points from the stripe gave the Bulldogs their 61-59 win. See more photos at www.issaquahpress.com.

By Greg Farrar
Jake Henke (24), Issaquah High School senior forward, is called for a foul after Garfield sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto releases a three-point attempt at the end of their game March 7 at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Watson (10) watches the play. Agosto’s two-for-three points from the stripe gave the Bulldogs their 61-59 win. See more photos at www.issaquahpress.com.

With the game on the line, the ball got into the right player’s hands, but the result didn’t go the way the Issaquah Eagles envisioned it.

Brian Watson’s contested shot from deep in the corner didn’t find its mark, and Garfield escaped with a 61-59 victory in the semifinals of the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament March 7 at the Tacoma Dome.

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Patriots’ coach to rely on youth

March 11, 2014

It’s always easier to do something the second time around, just ask Liberty High School softball coach Zach Bartholomew.

Bartholomew is heading into his second year leading the Patriots, and with a year under his belt, both he and the girls have a better idea of who they are and what they need to do as a team to bring the Liberty program back to previous levels of success.

By Greg Farrar Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, strikes out eight and allows just three hits in a 2013 complete-game win.

By Greg Farrar
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, strikes out eight and allows just three hits in a 2013 complete-game win.

“It’s always great coming into something that you’re a little bit used to,” he said. “I’m not brand new to the program, the players are not brand new to me, so it helps me out a lot.”

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Young Issaquah softball team finds strength in pitching

March 11, 2014

Eagles welcome Skyline transfers

With just two seniors on its 2014 squad, youth is the Issaquah High School softball team’s overriding theme.

By Greg Farrar Kylie Bevell, Issaquah High School starting pitcher, throws to batters in a 2013 game against Eastlake.

By Greg Farrar
Kylie Bevell, Issaquah High School starting pitcher, throws to batters in a 2013 game against Eastlake.

That’s why, more than ever, second-year coach Ron Hatlen is preaching mental toughness and resiliency.

“We’re really going to work on the mental side for these guys,” he said. “I mean, they’ve all played for so long. It’s a matter of trying to turn their brain off when they’re out there.”

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