Washington Stealth lacrosse team honors Issaquah teenager

February 11, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. Feb. 11, 2011

On Saturday, the Washington lacrosse community will honor Tyler Lucas, an Issaquah teenager who died in a car accident on Interstate 405 on Feb. 1.

Lucas, an all-star defenseman respected by athletes and coaches alike, continued to play lacrosse even after doctors diagnosed him with diabetes.

Lacrosse players in the Washington Stealth game against the Edmonton Rush at the Comcast Arena in Everett can remember Lucus by purchasing decals featuring his initials and jersey number.

The 1-inch yellow and purple decals cost $50 for 25. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. By Wednesday, more than 35 teams had ordered decals, raising more than $5,000 for the foundation.

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Issaquah teen dies in car accident

February 8, 2011

Tyler Lucas

Issaquah teenager Tyler Lucas died the morning of Feb. 1 after his Dodge Neon struck two other vehicles on Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

The 18-year-old was driving northbound on I-405 just north of Interstate 90 at about 10:20 a.m. A collision further up the interstate had caused traffic to slow, and Lucas made a sudden motion to avoid stopping traffic, the Washington State Patrol said.

When traffic slowed, Lucas braked, lost control and rear-ended a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Mountlake Terrace resident Peter Gradwohl.

Lucas’ Neon then spun into another lane and struck a Honda Accord driven by Shelly Keene, 46, of Renton. Troopers said Lucas’ vehicle was moving too fast for the conditions, and was likely a factor in the accident. Lucas was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Gradwohl was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. Keene was treated for minor injuries. The collision is under investigation.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the accident, and all parties involved had been wearing seatbelts, police said.

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Gold Star

February 8, 2011

Lacrosse team lights up hospital

Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team lit up Seattle Children’s with strings of holiday lights Dec. 11.

The team members regularly volunteer together, and have already leant their services to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Calling for Kids, tree planting in the Issaquah Highlands and mentoring the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse teams.

Their season opens at 7:30 p.m. March 11, with a game against Couer d’ Alene, Idaho at Issaquah High School Stadium, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

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Lacrosse finale a tribute to Native Americans

July 6, 2010

Hundreds descend upon Pine Lake to play faster paced-style of Chumash

Katie Mincin, of Sammamish, scores a goal for team ‘IssMish’ during the Sammamish Shootout lacrosse tournament July 3 at Pine Lake Middle School. Photo by Christopher Huber.

While preparing for their run at a girls high school lacrosse trophy at the annual Sammamish Shootout, the Mincin sisters, of Sammamish, had to come up with a team name.

They had members from Issaquah Youth Lacrosse and the Snohomish league, so of all the possibilities, naturally they thought of “IssMish,” said Katie Mincin, a rising senior at Skyline High School.

Regardless of their logic in naming the team, the girls seemed to perform to their standards at the July 3 post-season tournament.

“We work pretty well together,” she said.

Hundreds of lacrosse players, coaches and their families from Washington, Oregon, Canada and even Wyoming, converged on the fields at Pine Lake Middle School to partake in the final major lacrosse tournament of the 2010 season.

Unlike other area lacrosse tournaments, though, each of the 53 participating teams was comprised of three to five players, rather than a dozen or more, from various league teams. The playfields at Pine Lake were divided into 10 fields, thus optimizing the amount of games played.

“It’s getting a lot more intense and competitive,” said Katie Mincin, who recently played on the East Coast with the national high school girls team. “It reflects how good all the Issaquah (Youth Lacrosse league) teams did this year.” Read more

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Sammamish lacrosse players manage diabetes during games

June 22, 2010

Issaquah Youth Lacrosse Nick Mauzy (55) plays in a lacrosse match this year at Skyline Stadium against Mukilteo. Mauzy, who has diabetes, monitors his blood sugar level during the course of a typical match. By Charles Mauzy

Sammamish resident Nick Mauzy, 14, has lived with diabetes since he was 5. Just like many Sammamish youths, he grew up playing sports and has managed to keep the disease in check. He is home-schooled, but plays for the Skyline High School club lacrosse team and in the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse League post-season tournaments.

Although he’s among a miniscule amount of young people with type 1 diabetes, Nick isn’t alone in local youth sports. He is among a handful of youth lacrosse players who balance the challenges of diabetes with playing a contact sport.

“Most people think of it as kind of a disability, something to prohibit you,” Nick said. “It really isn’t. You never back down, and get into what a normal person would do.”

Approximately 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, about 7.8 percent of the population, according to the American Diabetes Association. Only 0.22 percent (186,300 people) of the population 20 and younger have diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, the hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. With type II, the body doesn’t use insulin properly. About 5 percent to 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, according to the association. Read more

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Council kicks in city money to upgrade sports fields

July 28, 2009

Since Issaquah Youth Lacrosse was founded in early 2004, teams have played on fields in Bellevue and Sammamish — but not in the organization’s namesake city. Read more

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Council kicks in city money to upgrade sports fields

July 21, 2009

NEW — 6:05 p.m. July 21, 2009

Since Issaquah Youth Lacrosse was founded in early 2004, teams have played on fields in Bellevue and Sammamish — but not in the organization’s namesake city.

By next spring, however, founders Matthew Balkman and Scott Wiley could be scheduling games on new all-weather, lighted fields in the Issaquah Highlands.

City Council members approved a finance package to improve a pair of sports fields at Pad 3 in the highlands’ Central Park last night.

Balkman and Wiley asked council members to vote for the measure.

“We are part of the fastest-growing youth sport in America, and Issaquah has become a dominant force in that,” Balkman said. “We need fields.”

Lighted, all-weather fields for lacrosse and soccer leagues could materialize by spring 2010. Crews will replace soggy, grass fields with artificial turf and install sports lighting.

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Issaquah Youth Lacrosse – Week 9 / May 13, 2009

May 13, 2009

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Issaquah Youth Lacrosse — Week 8 / May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009

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Issaquah Youth Lacrosse — Week 7 / April 29, 2009

April 29, 2009

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