Prep Roundup

April 27, 2010

Spartans fastpitch wins two of three last week

The Skyline High School fastpitch won two of three 4A KingCo Conference games last week to take over first place in the Crest Division standings.

Skyline belted Lake Washington 13-4 April 19, held off Redmond 11-9 April 22 and lost to Bothell 4-1 April 23.

In the victory against Lake Washington, Skyline pitcher Lauren Richards had nine strikeouts. Anna Kanyer had four hits and Jillian Windsor two hits for the Spartans.

Against Redmond, Skyline scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to pull away to an 11-8 lead. Lindsey Nicholson had four hits and Kanyer had three hits and three RBIs. Mickey Dunn-Blad contributed three hits and four RBIs for Skyline. Richards picked up the victory, raising her record to 6-0.

One of the best pitching performances of the week came from Issaquah senior Mikenzie Voves, who blanked Roosevelt 2-0 April 19. Voves had 15 strikeouts and held Roosevelt to four hits.

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Issaquah Eagles baseball team takes over first

April 27, 2010

NEW — 3:25 p.m. April 27, 2010

The Issaquah High School baseball team sits alone in first place of the Crest Division today after walloping Eastlake 11-1 on Monday in a five-inning 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Issaquah’s bats matched the steady rain that fell throughout the game. The Eagles, 10-3, pounded out 13 hits.

Spencer Rogers led Issaquah with three hits. He also drove in a run. Devin O’Donnell and pitcher Shane Yarnell each had two hits and two RBIs. Mike Paulson and Grant Gellatly each had two hits.

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Liberty hires new hoops coach

April 20, 2010

Liberty High School has hired Joe Fithian as head coach of the boys varsity basketball team for the 2010-11 season.

Fithian served as interim junior varsity coach for the Patriots last season. He has more than 20 years of experience as a basketball coach, working at the high school and collegiate levels.

Prior to joining Liberty last season, Fithian was officiating high school games in the state.

“It was clear to the hiring committee that Joe possesses the skill set to lead the Liberty Patriots basketball program forward,” Liberty Principal Mike Deletis said in a press release. “We are excited to bring on a coach with strong values, coaching history, and a work ethic that will develop our student athletes and our basketball program.”

Spartans take soccer lead

The Skyline High School boys soccer team won twice last week to move into first place in the 4A KingCo Conference standings.

Skyline, 5-1-0, knocked out Roosevelt from the top spot April 13 with a 2-0 victory. Travis Strawn scored both goals.

The Spartans topped Inglemoor 2-0 April 16. James Molyeaux-Elliot and Strawn scored for Skyline.

Issaquah topped Ballard 3-2 April 13, but lost to Eastlake 2-1 April 16. In the game against Ballard, Michael Axelson, assisted by Michael Roberts, scored the winning goal at the 79th minute.

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Issaquah High School Eagles belt Bothell

April 13, 2010

NEW — 12:08 p.m. April 13, 2010

The Issaquah High School baseball team pounded out 12 hits April 12 as the Eagles belted visiting Bothell 11-4 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

Grant Gellatly, Mike Paulson and Ben Rosellini each had two hits for Issaquah. Paulson, Spencer Rogers, Devin O’Donnell and Conner Young each drove in two runs for the Eagles, who are 10-2 on the season.

Winning pitcher Shane Yarnell, 5-0, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

The Eagles are 6-2 in league play, a game out of first place in the Crest Division.

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Issaquah set sights on challenging for KingCo softball title

March 30, 2010

Spartans, Patriots improve in off season

Mikenzie Voves (center) comes off the field in 2009 with happy teammates after striking out 12 in a marathon 10-inning winning performance against Woodinville. — By Greg Farrar

Jim Magnuson resigned as Issaquah High School’s fastpitch coach following the 2009 season. However, Magnuson is back this season.

School officials talked him into returning for what will be his eighth year with the Eagles, who were 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division co-champs a year ago.

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Issaquah drops season opener

March 16, 2010

Alex Shane (7), Issaquah freshman forward, fights Newport team co-captain Brian Whitney for possession during the first period of their non-league soccer tournament match March 13 at Sammamish High School. The Knights won, 2-0. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School boys soccer team discovered March 13 that it will have to work a little harder to duplicate last year’s success.

Issaquah was one of the best stories in the state last spring, with the team going from rags to riches. The Eagles improved by 10 wins over the previous season and reached the state tournament for the first time.

However, in their season-opener, the Eagles made two huge defensive blunders that led to a 2-0 loss to Newport in a nonleague game at Sammamish High School.

“Newport is a very good team, but I thought we came out sluggish. We didn’t execute our game plan, and we didn’t do a good job of defense on two corner kicks by Newport,” Issaquah coach Jason Lichtenberger said.

Both Newport goals came off corner kicks.

“We discovered we have a lot of work to do,” Lichtenberger said. “But I believe we have a talented team, and it’s a team that has set some big goals for this season.”

In other action, Skyline defeated Redmond 6-2 while Liberty lost to Roosevelt 2-1. Read more

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