Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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Issaquah shut out in state lacrosse title match

June 3, 2014

Issaquah lost to Bellevue, which won its third consecutive state championship, on May 31 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

The boys Division I game was the first shutout since the state’s first boys state lacrosse title game was contested in 1979.

Issaquah had handed the Wolverines one of just two losses in the season April 25.

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Skyline soccer ousted in state quarterfinals

June 3, 2014

An own goal late in the second half propelled the Snohomish Panthers past the Skyline Spartans, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A boys soccer state tournament May 24 at Snohomish High School.

Snohomish went ahead 2-0 in the 71st minute, when Blake Crutchfield’s 35-yard throw-in deflected into the goal off the hands of Skyline goalkeeper Jack O’Keefe.

The Spartans answered with a Nick Morgan goal, assisted by Nate Hardwick, in the 72nd minute, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors, who saw their season come to an end with a 14-2-3 record.

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Local tennis players medal at state

June 3, 2014

For the second straight year, an Issaquah High School tennis player took second at the 4A state championships.

Last year, it was the doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson, but this year it was singles player Jack Suh who earned the second-place medal. Suh won three straight games before losing to Newport’s Jason Lui in the title match.

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams ended her career with another medal performance. A year after she teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second in the doubles tournament, she placed fourth in the singles state competition.

The Skyline High School doubles team of Jasmine Ye and Julia Lioubarski finished eighth in the 4A tournament.

Skyline’s outfielder named to all-area baseball team

June 3, 2014

Skyline High School senior Cole Blackburn was named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area baseball team.

Blackburn, an outfielder, had a solid season at the plate, batting .365 with four home runs, three triples and seven doubles. He stole 10 bases and had a fielding percentage of .971.

He helped the Spartans (13-10 overall) capture the KingCo Conference Crown Division title.

Blackburn will play football next year at the University of Redlands in California.

Local soccer players make All-Area team

June 3, 2014

Boys soccer players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools were named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team.

Liberty’s Colton Ronk, Skyline’s Jason Twaddle and Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala were all honored.

Ronk, a senior, recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty, and was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. He’ll play at Highline Community College next year.

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Anglers can fish for free June 7-8

June 3, 2014

Go fish — legally — without a license. Free Fishing Weekend is June 7-8.

During those days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state.

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‘Hyped-up’ Spartans net first-round state soccer playoff win

May 27, 2014

The Skyline High School boys soccer team had recently tasted disappointment in the first round of the state tournament, and the Spartans weren’t about to let it happen again.

After suffering their first loss of the season to rival Issaquah in the May 8 KingCo Conference championship game, the Spartans rebounded in a big way.

Armeen Badri and Jason Twaddle netted goals in a four-minute span of the second half, and the Spartans defeated the Puyallup Vikings, 2-0, in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament May 21 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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Power driven — Hot bats put Patriots back in state tournament

May 27, 2014

The Liberty Patriots softball team celebrates after clinching a state tournament berth with their 10-1 win over West Seattle at Lower Woodland Park May 22. By Christina Corrales-Toy

The Liberty Patriots softball team celebrates after clinching a state tournament berth with their 10-1 win over West Seattle at Lower Woodland Park May 22. By Christina Corrales-Toy

The Liberty High School softball team is back where it belongs.

The perennially state-bound squad will return to the state tournament, after missing out on the fun a year ago. The Patriots clinched a 2014 berth with a 3-1 record in the two-day SeaKing District Tournament May 21-22.

“I’m just trying to get back to where the program should and used to be,” second-year coach Zach Bartholomew said. “It’s always kind of been the same story. They’re not always the most talented group, but nobody ever wants to play us because we’ll jump up and beat anybody at anytime.”

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Annika Hildebrand goes deep, leads Spartans to next round

May 27, 2014

Annika Hildebrand (center), Skyline High School sophomore third baseman, leaps in the air onto home plate and into her teammates’ arms after collecting three runs with her first-ever high school homerun in the third inning May 20 against Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Annika Hildebrand (center), Skyline High School sophomore third baseman, leaps in the air onto home plate and into her teammates’ arms after collecting three runs with her first-ever high school homerun in the third inning May 20 against Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Annika Hildebrand isn’t known as a power hitter, but she picked a very good time to collect her first home run as a high-school player.

The Skyline High School third baseman clobbered a three-run homer over the center-field fence, and those runs proved to be the difference as the Spartans held off the Issaquah Eagles, 7-6, in a loser-out game at the Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch tournament May 20 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.

In the bottom of the third inning, Skyline (15-7) took a 4-3 lead on Natalie King’s RBI single. Hildebrand then stepped to the plate and drilled a pitch from Issaquah’s Kylie Bevell, making it 7-3 in the blink of an eye.

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