Dodd Field gets new turf, opens to Little League

June 26, 2012

Project Manager Greg Crockett and son Torin Crockett cut the ribbon June 9 at the opening of Dodd Field. By Juan Gonzalez

On June 9, Issaquah Little League celebrated the opening of two new artificial turf fields at Dodd Field behind Issaquah Valley Elementary School. The fields are named after Terry Dodd, former league president and 30-year volunteer.

The dedication included baseball-themed music provided by the Issaquah High School marching band, a ribbon cutting ceremony, three championship baseball games, and a variety of attractions including a dunk tank and speed pitching booth.

Issaquah Little League began the $320,000 project to add turf to Dodd Field in October 2010.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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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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Eagles grad becomes PLU RBI champ

April 12, 2011

Former Issaquah High School baseball star Ryan Aratani has become Pacific Lutheran University’s all-time career leader in runs batted in.

Aratani, a senior outfielder, took over the top spot April 10 by drawing a bases loaded walk in the Lutes’ 8-0 victory against Whitworth. It was his 118th run batted in. Aratani went 2-for-4 in the game.

For the season, Aratani is hitting .340. Last year he hit .398 and earned Northwest Conference first-team honors. In fact, he has hit better than .300 every season at Pacific Lutheran.

Another local player who is off to a good start for the Lutes is Liberty grad Jaron Iwakami, another outfielder. Iwakami is hitting .280.

One of the best games for both Aratani and Iwakami came March 27. Aratani went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs. Iwakami went 3-for-4 as Pacific Lutheran topped Willamette 14-11.

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Issaquah High School golfers top Garfield

September 9, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Sept. 9, 2010

Ben Halter shot a 1-under-par 35 Wednesday as he led the Issaquah High School boys golf team to a 184-211 victory against visiting Garfield at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

The win was the second straight for Issaquah in 4A KingCo Conference competition.

Alex Ciszewski was second for Issaquah with a par 36. Brendan Jung and Matthew Gann each had 37s for the Eagles.

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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

Sports Roundup

August 3, 2010

Colin Curtis sent down

The New York Yankees, beefing up their lineup for the stretch run with veteran players, sent rookie outfielder Colin Curtis to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre July 31.

The former Issaquah High School star, promoted to the American League club on June 21, had played in 22 games with the Yankees. He was hitting .256 with eight runs batted in. Curtis had three doubles and a home run. He hit his first major league home run July 21 against the Anaheim Angels.

The Yankees acquired first baseman Lance Berkman and outfielder Austin Kearns last weekend.

Curtis began the season at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he was hitting .280 before getting called up to the Yankees. Read more

Bears capture Koufax title

July 27, 2010

The Bears Baseball Club’s 14-under team didn’t begin the season looking like a state champion.

But the Bears, based out of Field of Champions in Preston, defeated the top-seeded Green Sox Baseball Club 7-3 July 12 to capture the Sandy Koufax 14-under state championship.

The Bears began the season 4-5, but finished 17-7 and qualified for the state tournament as the No. 7 seed.

In the tournament, the Bears opened with a 10-3 victory against the RIPS Brewers, the No. 2 seed. Pitcher Nate Gibson held the Brewers to two earned runs and struck out six.

In their second game, Tommy Medawar hurled six strong innings as the Bears downed O’Brien Autogroup 7-4. Medawar had six strikeouts.

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Issaquah grad Colin Curtis slams first major-league home run

July 22, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 22, 2010

Former Issaquah High School star Colin Curtis was sitting on the New York Yankees’ bench and savoring a cup of cold Gatorade when he was unexpectedly called to pinch hit in Wednesday’s game against California Angels.

Curtis came through for the Yankees, smashing a three-run home run in New York’s 10-6 victory.

Manager Joe Girardi summoned the rookie outfielder when Brett Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Paul Emmel in the seventh inning. Gardner left the game with a 0-2 count. Curtis looked at three fastballs outside the strike zone from Angel reliever Scott Shields before belting a pitch into the right field seats.

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A major league homecoming

July 13, 2010

Issaquah grad Colin Curtis, now a New York Yankee, plays in Seattle for first time as major leaguer

Colin Curtis, former Issaquah High School baseball standout, takes batting practice July 8 at Safeco Field, before his New York Yankees meet the Seattle Mariners in the first game in front of his hometown fans. By Greg Farrar

Fifteen years ago, had Colin Curtis known he would someday become a major league outfielder, he would have said, “perfect, my plan is going to work.” At least that is what Curtis, now 25, said with a laugh when asked what his reaction would have been.

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