Referees to throw blue flags for prostate cancer awareness

September 14, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 14, 2011

If football players, coaches and fans think they see officials throwing blue flags Friday, there is no need to check for color blindness.

For the fourth consecutive year, Washington high school football officials will raise the profile of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by replacing traditional yellow penalty flags with blue flags during varsity games played from Thursday to Saturday.

The campaign is called “Coaches Against Cancer” and is sponsored by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“In most situations, officials want to avoid attention during games, but for three days we are hoping to attract a little attention with every penalty that is called,” Washington Officials Association Commissioner Todd Stordahl said. “By switching to blue flags, it will at least make the fans notice that something is different. This is a great way for the officials to participate in an activity that will help bring awareness to something that has had an impact on many lives including some of those who are out on the field as officials.”

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Local teens fare well in junior golf district tourney

July 26, 2011

Sammamish’s R.P. McCoy watches his drive from the first tee box. By Christopher Huber

The Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 Championship tournament didn’t go quite as well as Li Wang would have hoped.

Over the two weeks prior, the incoming Eastlake High School junior had placed sixth and tied for fifth in two national American Junior Golf Association tournaments in Texas and Oregon and was ready to take this one by storm on the not-so-difficult Mount Si Golf Course.

After shooting a disappointing plus-4 76 on July 19, Wang managed to shoot on par (72) in the second round. But it wasn’t quite enough to take the title in his age group — the 16- and 17-year-olds.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball hammers Cobras

July 21, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. July 21, 2011

Mike Paulson, a former Issaquah High standout, and Dan Altchech, of Newport, each pounded out two hits to support the pitching of Travis Snider, of Skyline, Wednesday as the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team hammered the Tacoma Cobras 12-0 in the a AAA Super Regional tournament game at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside Recovery plays the Spokane Blue Devils at 4 p.m. Thursday with the winner advancing to the state tournament next week in Selah. The loser plays either the Kennewick Bandits or Cobras for a state tournament berth.

Altchech drove in three runs and Paulson, who played at Walla Walla Community College in the spring, knocked in one run. Snider pitched a complete game, striking out seven and not allowing a walk.

Lakeside Recovery scored 10 runs in the fifth inning.

The victory evened Lakeside Recovery’s record at 21-21.

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Junior golfers square off at summer tourneys

July 5, 2011

Mersadie Tallman used to follow her older sister Brittany around the golf courses during Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 tournament play.

Taylor Swingle chips a shot to the pin on the par-5, 539-yard 18th hole June 28 at the Plateau Club. Swingle qualified for the WJGA District 2 Championship Tournament July 18-19 at the Mount Si Golf Course. By Greg Farrar

Brittany, who now plays for the University of Washington, was one of the top junior players, as well as a two-time state champion at Issaquah High School.

Now, the younger sister is out to make a name for herself.

Mersadie, who will be a freshman at Issaquah in the fall, is one of the top players in the girls 14-15 division this summer. She shot an 87 to take first place at the The Plateau Club on June 28 in the second sub-district tournament of the season. Tallman beat Eastlake sophomore Jamie Midkiff by three strokes.

“It was OK,” Mersadie Tallman said of her score. “I just tried to keep my head in the game and stay focused.”

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Brian Mogg leads field of young golfers in junior circuit

June 28, 2011

Young golfer Brian Mogg couldn’t help but be excited about his recent time spent in Palm Beach, Fla., with players from the PGA Tour.

Brian Mogg

Mogg, 15, has won his fair share of recent youth golf tournaments in the Northwest, but just finished a stint learning from the pros at the first ever Ryder Cup Junior Academy.

Mogg, who will play in the fall for Skyline High School, and about 50 other Sammamish and Issaquah golfers are gearing up for a summer of golf on the Washington Junior Golf Association circuit.

They will compete against about 175 other District 2 golfers, ages 8-17. They will play four tournaments and contend for one of about 50 total spots in the state tournament, held this year at Walla Walla Country Club.

“I get to see all my friends again,” Mogg said. “And I’m just excited for more competition.”

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Lakeside Recovery baseball goes 1-4 in tourney

June 28, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team went 1-4 at the Palouse Summer Series last week.

The tournament was held at the home baseball fields of Washington State University and Lewis-Clark State University.

Lakeside’s lone victory came June 23 when the club played two games. Earlier in the day, Lakeside lost to the Rips Brewers, 11-6, in Lewiston, and then hustled to Pullman where the club defeated the Seattle Stars Gold team, 9-4.

In the contest with the Seattle Stars Gold, Newport’s Dan Altchech had four hits and Issaquah’s Brandon Mahovlich had two hits.

In the game with the Rips Brewers, Mahovlich had four hits, one a home run, and drove in three runs. Skyline’s Jimmy Sinatro had three hits.

Lakeside opened the tournament June 22 with a 3-2 loss to the Puget Sound Roxx. Skyline graduate Connor Lawhead pitched well for Lakeside, not allowing an earned run in six innings.

On June 24, Lakeside lost a slugfest to the Lewis-Clark Twins, 9-8. Altchech, Sinatro and Newport’s Kyle Goemmer each had two hits.

Lakeside played its final game June 25, falling to Taylor Baseball, 7-3. Goemmer had two hits to lead Lakeside.

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Liberty girls soccer team wins its sixth straight game

October 5, 2010

It’s been a while since the Liberty High School girls soccer team was one of the most dominant teams in the KingCo Conference and ranked among the best in the state.

However, the Patriots, under new coach Malia Arrant, have returned to their winning ways this season. Liberty won its sixth straight 3A/2A KingCo Conference game Sept. 30 by edging Mercer Island 3-2. Cassidy Nangle had a big night for the Patriots. She scored two goals and assisted on a goal by Kimi Fry.

The victory boosted Liberty’s league-leading record to 6-0.

Liberty also defeated host Juanita 2-0 Sept. 28. The Patriots scored both goals in the second half. Whitney Cain, assisted by Kailiana Johnson, broke a scoreless tie with a goal at the 60th minute. Nangle, assisted by Fry, scored eight minutes later.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

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Issaquah volleyball team spikes Woodinville

October 5, 2010

NEW — 3:20 p.m. Oct. 5, 2010

The Issaquah High School volleyball team remained undefeated Monday after the Eagles downed host Woodinville 3-1 in a 4A KingCo Conference match. Issaquah won 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 25-13.

Rachel Roeder paced the Eagles with 29 kills and nine aces. Alexa Batiquin added 18 digs, and Riley Sorenson had 50 assists and five aces.

Issaquah boosted its league record to 4-0 and season mark to 7-0. Woodinville suffered its first league defeat.

In other action, Newport defeated Skyline 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 to stay tied with Issaquah for first place. Madison Stoa had 18 assists and 11 digs, and Maddie Magee had 10 kills for Skyline, which is 1-3 in league play and 4-4 on the season.

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Skyline falls short against Eastlake

September 28, 2010

Jack Quinton, of Skyline, tees off on the fifth hole during the Spartans’ match Sept. 23 against Eastlake at Sahalee Country Club. By Christopher Huber

After a Brian Mogg birdie on the third hole at Sahalee Country Club, things were looking up for the Skyline High School boys golf team Sept. 23.

Of all the matches the Spartans wanted to win this season, a win over Eastlake on its home course would have given Skyline some needed confidence in the hot 4A KingCo Conference race. Read more

Liberty stuns Mercer Island in volleyball

September 28, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Sept. 28, 2010

The Mercer Island Islanders have usually had their way with the Liberty High School volleyball team in recent years. However, the Islanders’ dominance came to an end Monday when the host Patriots prevailed 3-2 in a dramatic 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

Liberty won the tie-breaking fifth game 15-5 to hand Mercer Island its first loss of the season. Mercer Island won the first game 25-12 but Liberty bounced back to win the next two games 25-19 and 25-22. The Islanders sent the match into overtime by winning the fourth game 25-22.

The Patriots, 4-2 in league play, received outstanding efforts from several players. Megan Tsutakawa had a team-high 32 assists. Katie Walsh had a team-high 12 kills and four aces. Kristy Braunston had a strong defensive game with a team-high 15 digs. Aspen Winegar had eight kills and 10 digs, Sarah Hewitt had five kills and five blocks, Molly Culwell had six kills and four aces, and Jessica Pickering had eight kills.

Mercer Island, which entered the match in first place, is 5-1 in league play and 6-1 for the season.

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