Keeping goals

July 14, 2015

Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala embarks upon a promising college, pro soccer adventure

By Chris Coulter Issaquah High School graduate Saif Kerawala, playing goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders 2, distributes the ball to a teammate during a May 20 U.S. Open Cup match against the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. Kerawala won his debut for the club in extra time, 4-2.

By Chris Coulter
Issaquah High School graduate Saif Kerawala, playing goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders 2, distributes the ball to a teammate during a May 20 U.S. Open Cup match against the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. Kerawala won his debut for the club in extra time, 4-2.

It’s easy to see why Saif Kerawala, with his towering frame and hawk-like wingspan, has become a successful goalkeeper, but it might be the work he did at another position that has truly turned him into an elite shot-stopping force. Read more

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School board accepts gifts to district

July 9, 2015

The Issaquah School Board at its June 24 meeting accepted the following gifts to the school district of $5,000 or more:

$11,530 — From Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA to fund the school’s 2015 spring grants

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Samantha Garrard is named a Naef Scholar

July 9, 2015

Samantha Garrard is named a Naef Scholar

Samantha Garrard

Samantha Garrard

Issaquah High School 2013 graduate Samantha Garrard is making her mark at Seattle University.

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Pitching keys Lakeside Recovery to doubleheader sweep

July 9, 2015

A season that’s been defined by superb pitching got even better for Lakeside Recovery last week as the team returned to the friendly confines of Issaquah High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Todd Reese delivers during the first game of a July 1 doubleheader against the ESC Tigers. Reese was masterful in a 9-0 win, allowing five hits and striking out 10 batters in seven innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Todd Reese delivers during the first game of a July 1 doubleheader against the ESC Tigers. Reese was masterful in a 9-0 win, allowing five hits and striking out 10 batters in seven innings.

Pitchers Todd Reese and Jack Dellinger didn’t allow a run in Lakeside’s July 1 Senior American Legion doubleheader sweep of the visiting Evergreen Sports Center Tigers. Lakeside not only kept control of the Northwest League lead at 18-1, but added to its stellar defensive numbers this summer.

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Rotary Club of Issaquah awards scholarships

July 9, 2015

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Rotary Club scholarships totaling $12,000 were presented to three seniors during the annual scholarship luncheon held May 26 at Tibbetts Manor. Scholarship committee co-chairs Maryanne Johanson and Bob Harrison stand with (from center) Hannah Balducci, Issaquah High School; Nick Peters, Tiger Mountain Community High School; and Signe Stroming, Liberty High School, who each were awarded $4,000. The program seeks to assist and encourage high school seniors to pursue a post-secondary education with an emphasis on service to the community, with criteria for selection including academic achievement, character, integrity and service in school and community affairs, and commitment to making a difference.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Rotary Club scholarships totaling $12,000 were presented to three seniors during the annual scholarship luncheon held May 26 at Tibbetts Manor. Scholarship committee co-chairs Maryanne Johanson and Bob Harrison stand with (from center) Hannah Balducci, Issaquah High School; Nick Peters, Tiger Mountain Community High School; and Signe Stroming, Liberty High School, who each were awarded $4,000. The program seeks to assist and encourage high school seniors to pursue a post-secondary education with an emphasis on service to the community, with criteria for selection including academic achievement, character, integrity and service in school and community affairs, and commitment to making a difference.

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Breaking ground — School district launches construction of new Issaquah Middle School

July 2, 2015

Consisting mostly of dignitaries from the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah, a small crowd joined together the morning of June 26 to mark the official groundbreaking for the new Issaquah Middle School.

“We love to celebrate things that are going to be great resources for the community,” said L. Michelle, school district director of communications.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah School District School Board members (on left), Superintendent Ron Thiele and King Issaquah Ed Pingul toss dirt during a groundbreaking event June 26 at the new Issaquah Middle School site between Clark Elementary and Issaquah High schools.

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Gunners FC still winless, manages tie with Portland Timbers U23s

July 2, 2015

Stoppage time was nearly over, and Renan Troccoli had the ball at his feet with only the goalkeeper to beat.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Puget Sound Gunners forward Daniel Gavin beats the Portland Timbers U23s goal keeper for the Gunners only score in a 1-1 draw at Issaquah High School on June 28.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Puget Sound Gunners forward Daniel Gavin beats the Portland Timbers U23s goal keeper for the Gunners only score in a 1-1 draw at Issaquah High School on June 28.

With two defenders nipping at his heels and his chance coming from a slightly sharp angle, Troccoli’s shot rolled past the netminder and went inches wide of the far post.

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Lakeside Recovery’s complete effort nets seventh straight win

July 2, 2015

In pursuit of its seventh straight win, the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team didn’t waste much time putting its opponent in a deep hole.

Bolstered by a five-run second inning, Lakeside Recovery went on to beat Juanita Boyz, 11-0, in a Northwest League game June 23 at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland.

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Issaquah baseball alum named junior college All-America

July 2, 2015

Mitchell Morimoto, a 2014 Issaquah High School graduate, was named a National Junior College Athletic Association second-team All-American for baseball.

By Greg Farrar Mitchell Morimoto, former Issaquah High School baseball player, hits the first of two home runs in one inning during his senior year in 2014 in a game against Sedro-Wooley.

By Greg Farrar
Mitchell Morimoto, former Issaquah High School baseball player, hits the first of two home runs in one inning during his senior year in 2014 in a game against Sedro-Wooley.

Morimoto, who plays at Mesa Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earned second-team All-America honors following his freshman season. He placed second on the team with a .393 batting average and 45 RBIs, and led the club with 21 doubles and seven triples.

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Bulldogs football fills a niche for players without a program

June 25, 2015

It’s a warm evening at Bellevue High School’s stadium, and a couple dozen players have donned pads, helmets and jerseys to practice tackling and blocking, and running offensive and defensive schemes.

By Neil Pierson Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

By Neil Pierson
Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

They’re not members of Bellevue High’s nationally renowned program, which has captured 11 of the past 14 state championships. They’re young men who, for various reasons, aren’t playing college football but are looking to attract attention from coaches at that level.

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