Issaquah softball rolls to second consecutive win

April 21, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. April 21, 2011

The Issaquah High School softball team erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday as the Eagles defeated visiting Inglemoor 6-4 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Heather Benjamin led Issaquah with three hits. The victory was the second in a row for Issaquah.

The Eagles also defeated host Bothell 7-3 Monday. Issaquah scored four times in the top of the fifth inning to break open the contest. Benjamin again led the Eagles with two hits and four runs batted in. Winning pitcher Brielle Bray struck out six batters.

In other action, Skyline lost to visiting Woodinville 13-2. The day before, Skyline whipped Roosevelt 13-7. Anya Kamber went 6-for-6 for Skyline and drove in two runs. Lindsey Nicholson had two hits and drove in a run. Megan Burns was the winning pitcher for Skyline.

In the 3A/2A KingCo Conference, Liberty walloped visiting Mercer Island 14-2 April 19. Taylor Wiek had three hits to lead Liberty. Marissa Jeffers contributed two hits and three runs batted in, and Jenn Rucker had two hits and two RBIs for the Patriots. Liberty scored 11 times in the bottom of the second inning.

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Television series stars Issaquah business whiz kids

April 12, 2011

Talents land young entrepreneurs in the limelight

Tyler Stupich, a glassblower at Issaquah's artbyfire, shows his craft and talks about taxes on the TV series 'Biz Kid$.' Contributed

Usually, people don’t learn about taxes and their multitude of alphabet soup forms —1040s, W-2s, 1099s and 1040EZs — until they get their first job or start their own company.

Instead of waiting for employees and employers to learn about subjects, like taxes, on the job, the public television show “Biz Kid$” is working to empower children about the business world.

Its next episode, airing April 17, teaches viewers about taxes with the help of three Issaquah businessmen, Issaquah High School graduates Riley Goodman and Jake Director, and artbyfire glassblower Tyler Stupich.

“Biz Kid$” Executive Producer Jamie Hammond, who helped start the show in 2008 with producers from the hit series “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” said the “Biz Kid$” episode, “A World Without Taxes” would help people understand taxes and why they need to be paid.

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Issaquah lacrosse drops three in New Jersey

April 12, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse club had a fun but rough trip to New Jersey last week. Issaquah lost all three games against strong New Jersey opponents.

The final game of the tour was April 8 when Issaquah lost to Peddie, 6-4. Issaquah took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter and went ahead 3-0 in the second period on a goal by Matt O’Neill. The Eagles led 3-1 at halftime. However, the second half belonged to Peddie, which tied the game in the third period. Ashton Ritchie put Issaquah up 4-3 but Peddie again tied the score and put in two goals in the fourth period to win the game.

O’Neill led Issaquah with two goals.

On April 7, Issaquah lost to Lawrenceville, 10-3. Jake Fritz scored two of Issaquah’s goals. Michael Hatcher accounted for the other goal.

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Issaquah baseball team overcomes Garfield

April 8, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 8, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning Thursday to beat host Garfield 10-8 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

Issaquah took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Garfield rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second to take a brief lead. The Eagles regained the lead in the third inning with three runs and went ahead 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning. Garfield then fought back with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 7-6.

Ben Rosellini and Jack Gellatly each had three hits for Issaquah. Ethan Kalin and Rosellini each drove in two runs. Jake Bakamus and Brandon Mahovlich each had two hits as the Eagles captured their third victory of the season.

In other action, Skyline lost to host Woodinville 6-0. Woodinville pitcher Marty Luckenbach tossed a four-hitter and struck out 10. Brandon Fischer had two hits for Skyline. Bothell, behind Brian McAfee, blanked Eastlake 10-0. McAfee, Bothell’s starting pitcher, had nine strikeouts. He also hit a home run for the Cougars.

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Skyline belts Issaquah in KingCo baseball

April 7, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. April 7, 2011

Clayton Huber gave the Skyline High School baseball team strong hitting and pitching Wednesday as he led the Spartans to a 10-0 rout of visiting Issaquah in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

Huber had three hits and drove in two runs. On the mound, he worked the first five innings and struck out five batters.

Jimmy Sinatro and Matt Sinatro each had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

The Spartans were also helped by seven Issaquah errors.

Brandon Mahovlich had two hits for Issaquah.

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Issaquah flying to New Jersey for lacrosse matchups

April 5, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team makes its longest road trip of the season this week when the Eagles head to New Jersey for three nonleague games.

Issaquah plays at Rutgers Prep on April 6, at Lawrenceville on April 7 and at Peddie on April 9.

Before leaving on its journey, Issaquah won two Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I games last week.

A.J. Hoffman scored his first varsity hat trick March 29 as he led Issaquah to a 13-3 rout of visiting Overlake in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah scored five times in the first quarter and six more times in the second quarter to take a commanding lead. All 25 players, who suited up for the contest, played.

Kevin Powers and Jake Fritz each had two goals for Issaquah.

On April 2, Issaquah pounded host Puyallup 15-5. Matt O’Neill paced Issaquah with four goals. Fritz had three goals. Powers, Michael Hatcher and Ben Director each had two goals.

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Skyline High School downs Garfield in soccer battle

March 30, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. March 30, 2011

The Skyline High School boys soccer team won an early showdown with host Garfield on Tuesday when the Spartans posted a 4-2 victory in Memorial Stadium.

Last year the two teams tied for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference and later met in league tournament championship game, which was won by Garfield.

Kyle Olmstead and Travis Strawn each had a goal and an assist for Skyline, which handed Garfield its first loss of the season.

Braxton Griffin and Jason Twaddle scored Skyline’s other goals.

With the victory, Skyline went to 2-0-1 in league play and moved into first place in the league standings. The Spartans are 5-0-2 overall. Garfield went to 1-1-0 in league and 5-1-0 for the season.

In other action, Issaquah suffered its first loss of the season when the Eagles lost to host Inglemoor 3-1.

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Skyline soccer team tunes up for league opener

March 22, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 22, 2011

The Skyline High School boys soccer team, one of the preseason favorites for the 4A KingCo Conference title, tuned up for its league opener Monday with a 5-1 victory against visiting Auburn Mountainview.

James Molyneux-Elliott scored two goals for Skyline. Pedro Miola contributed a goal and an assist for the Spartans, 3-0-1 on the season.

In other action, Issaquah and Highline fought to a 1-1 tie in a nonleague game in Highline Stadium. Alex Shane, assisted by Drew Tacher, scored Issaquah’s goal at the 68th minute. Shane’s goal also tied the game. Issaquah’s overall record went to 3-0-2.

Both Skyline and Issaquah enter 4A KingCo play March 24. Skyline plays at Newport and Issaquah entertains Woodinville. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Issaquah also hosts Skyline at 7:30 p.m. March 26.

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Issaquah High School soccer team posts second shutout

March 17, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. March 17, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys soccer team posted its second shutout of the week Wednesday when the Eagles defeated visiting Auburn Mountainview 3-0 in a nonleague game in Gary Moore Stadium.

Michael Roberts scored two goals and assisted on one as the Eagles improved their season record to 2-0-1. Roberts, assisted by Nick Smith, scored the Eagles’ first goal at the 25th minute. Smith, assisted by Roberts, put the Eagles up 2-0 at the 70th minute. Roberts, assisted by Alex Shane, wrapped up scoring at the 72nd minute. Goalkeeper Nathan King recorded the shutout.

Issaquah walloped visiting Chief Sealth 7-0 March 14. Shane scored four goals to highlight the Issaquah offense. Smith, Drew Tacher and Cooper Fry scored the other Issaquah goals. Evan King and David Degginger share the goalkeeping duties.

The Eagles play another nonleague game at Eastside Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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Issaquah lacrosse dedicates season to fallen teammate

March 8, 2011

Issaquah lacrosse club players listen to teaching from coach Brandon Fortier during a practice session last week. By Greg Farrar

Incentive will not be an issue for the Issaquah High School lacrosse club this spring. The Eagles have plenty of incentive and most of it stems from a former teammate.

Issaquah players are dedicating this season to Tyler Lucas, who died Feb. 1 from injuries he sustained in a three-car accident. Lucas was a two-year starter and an all-league player. The entire team will wear a decal on their helmets in memory of Lucas.

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