Skyline Spartans nip Liberty Patriots in girls soccer

September 7, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 7, 2011

Nicole Candioglos scored a goal at the 72nd minute Tuesday as Skyline High School nipped visiting Liberty 1-0 in a nonleague girls soccer game.

Jordan Branch assisted on Candioglos’ goal. The shutout was shared by Tina Vargas and Sydney Martinez, who were Skyline’s goaltenders.

The contest was the season-opener for both teams, who each qualified for the state tournament last year. Skyline finished third at the 4A state tournament while Liberty made it to the first round of the 3A tournament.

In other action, Eastlake and Lake Washington fought to a 2-2 draw.

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Sampson brothers hit the mound, same night, a continent apart

June 28, 2011

Brothers Adrian and Julian Sampson, although a continent apart, were the starting pitchers on the same night for their respective teams.

Although neither recorded a victory, both Skyline High School graduates had stellar performances June 20.

Adrian, pitching for the Bellingham Bells, had a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings against Cowlitz. The Bells emerged victorious, 1-0, in 13 innings.

On July 26, Adrian tossed six scoreless innings, allowed two hits and struck out eight in the Bells’ 11-0 rout of Klamath.

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Local players hold on to the dream of playing in the show

August 24, 2010

There have been some high points, and some low ones, for five local baseball players who have been competing in the minor leagues this season.

Of the group, only Issaquah High School graduate Colin Curtis has played in the major leagues this year. The New York Yankees called up Curtis in June from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, of the International League. The left-handed hitting outfielder played in 22 games with the Yankees, batting .256 with a home run and eight runs batted in. Read more

Lakeside takes doubleheader from Bellevue Legion

June 22, 2010

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team capped a busy week June 19, when it swept a doubleheader from the Bellevue Legion team at Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside won the opener 3-1 and captured the second game 6-2.

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In the opener, Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah, ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning as Lakeside came from behind to win the game.

Conner Lawhead, of Skyline, was the winning pitcher in the first game. He scattered seven hits in pitching a complete game. Lawhead boosted his season record to 2-0.

In the second game, Lakeside scored five times in the fourth inning to beat Bellevue Legion. Rogers, the starting pitcher, worked the first four innings and picked up his second victory. Adrian Sampson, of Skyline, pitched the fifth and sixth innings for Lakeside. Jarod Fisher, of Newport, relieved Sampson in the seventh to finish the game for Lakeside.

Brandon Mahovlich, of Issaquah, had two hits for Lakeside. Reid Dilley, of Newport, had a two-run triple in the fourth inning.

The two victories raised Lakeside’s record to 7-8. The club travels to San Diego, Calif., this week for the Best of the West Tournament.

Lakeside split a doubleheader June 18 with Honda of Bellevue. Honda won the first game 3-2, but Lakeside took the second game 10-7.

In the opener, Honda scored three times in the top of the fourth inning to overcome a two-run Lakeside lead. Victor King, a Newport High graduate, singled in both Lakeside runs in the third inning.

Honda pitcher Nori Shimizu held Lakeside to three hits in the first game. King had two of the hits. Mike Paulson, of Issaquah, had the other hit. Read more

Living the dream

February 23, 2010

Issaquah resident Rick Rizzs fulfilled his boyhood fantasy of calling major league games

Dreams do come true. Seattle Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs is living proof. From the time he was able to pick up a baseball bat and throw a baseball, Rizzs dreamed of becoming a Big League announcer.

“I’m one of the most fortunate guys in the world,” the Issaquah resident said. “How many people get to do what they dreamed of as a kid?”

Rizzs grew up in Chicago and was passionate about baseball at an early age.

“I’ve always been a baseball fan,” said Rizzs, who would get together with guys in his neighborhood and play sandlot ball during the summer.

“We would play all day long,” he said.

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