Kasen Williams is named Gatorade’s top track athlete

June 24, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. June 24, 2011

Hopefully recent Skyline High School graduate Kasen Williams will have enough room on his trophy case for yet another award. Williams earned another honor Thursday when he was selected as the Gatorade Washington Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

In its 26th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Co., in collaboration with ESPN RISE, said in a release that Williams is the first Gatorade Washington Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Skyline.

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track. Williams is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

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Lakeside hurlers toss no-hitter

June 14, 2011

Connor Gilchrist, Aaron Sandefur and Andrew Kemmerer combined on a no-hitter June 11 as Lakeside Recovery’s Senior American Legion team blanked Garfield, 7-0, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Lakeside Recovery, 7-1 in league play and 7-4 overall, also won the opener, 11-1.

In the second game, Gilchrist was the starting pitcher and picked up his first victory of the season. The Skyline High School player worked the first three innings before getting relieved by Sandefur, of Newport. Sandefur pitched the next three innings. Kemmerer, of Issaquah, worked the seventh inning.

Nate Anderson, a Newport High School player, had three hits, one a home run, and knocked in three runs for Lakeside. Kemmerer had two hits and two RBIs.

In the opener, Lakeside scored 11 times in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a two-game losing streak. Dan Altchech, a Newport graduate, had two hits and three RBIs to lead Lakeside.

Altchech capped the fifth inning with a home run. Wes Blackburn, of Skyline, had two hits and drove in a run. Winning pitcher Brandon Lundeberg, of Skyline, tossed a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out nine batters.

Lakeside Recovery dropped a tough nonleague game June 8 to Chaffey, 4-3, at the Husky Ballpark. Lakeside got a strong effort from pitcher Travis Snider, of Skyline, but poor defensive play cost the club, which made five errors.

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Sports Illustrated features Skyline’s Kasen Williams

June 10, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 10, 2011

Skyline High School standout Kasen Williams has picked up another honor.

Williams, who will play football for the University of Washington next fall, is in the June 13 Sports Illustrated issue in the Faces in the Crowd section.

Williams is recognized for his accomplishments in track and field and football.

Last month he swept the high jump (6-feet, 10 inches), long jump (24-5¼) and triple jump (50-9¼ for a state record) at the 4A state meet. A wide receiver, he holds school records in receptions (236), receiving yards (4,161) and touchdowns (56) and was named the Parade All-America player of the year.

Local athletes make strong showings at state track meet

May 31, 2011

Haley Jacobson, Issaquah High School senior, takes a jog down the track before her 100-meter dash at the 4A state championship May 28 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

For the seniors, the state championship track and field meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School on May 27 and 28 marked the final athletic event of their high school careers.

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Issaquah School District athletes earn titles

May 20, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. May 20, 2011

Kasen Williams, of Skyline High School, and Devin Bennett, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Wednesday at their respective post-season track and field meets.

Williams, competing in the 4A Northwest Regional meet at Marysville-Pilchuck, won the boys high jump by going 6-feet, 4 inches. He also took second in the long jump by going 22-1 1/4. Williams was just edged by Alec Fellows, of Edmonds-Woodway, who won at 22-6 1/2. Issaquah’s Jorrell Dorsey was third at 21-1 1/4.

In other first-day action at the 4A Regional, Issaquah’s Jason Hollaway finished in a tie for second place in the pole vault by going 14-6. Skyline’s Kyle Branch was third in the 1,600 in 4:21.08.

In the girls competition, Skyline’s Lindsay Coutts was second in the long jump by going 16-10. Issaquah’s Mckenna Hogan was fifth at 16-7 1/4.

The second day of the meet took place Friday.

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Local athletes enjoy a big day at the KingCo track championships

May 17, 2011

Kasen Williams, Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13 at Juanita High School. By Greg Farrar

It was by all means a championship day for several local athletes.

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Liberty High School Patriots win track titles

May 12, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. May 12, 2011

Two members of the Liberty High School track and field team captured individual titles Wednesday in the first day of the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Championship meet at Juanita High School.

Joshua Gordon won the boys long jump by leaping 22 feet. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 200-meter race with a time of 22.47 seconds.

Devin Bennett, of Liberty, was third in the long jump by going 20-8 1/2. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 400 race with a time of 52.06.

Liberty’s Tyler Westendorf was fourth in the 1,600 in 4:29.52. Teammate Nick Knoblich took sixth in 4:35.20.

Kevin Ahrens, of Liberty, finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 39-3.

In the girls competition, Liberty’s Amy Broska won the 1,600 in 5:24.17. Teammate Megan Chucka was second in 5:28.91. Rachel Shaw, of Liberty, also placed seventh in the race with a time of 5:34.81.

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Liberty boys, Issaquah girls take first in district track meet

May 10, 2011

Jason Hollaway, Issaquah High School senior, hits the bar at 14 feet, 9 inches while trying to pad the new school pole vault record of 14-6 he had made moments before, breaking Mike Katayama’s 14-0 set in 2000. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School boys team and the Skyline girls team earned district bragging rights May 5, when each finished first at the annual Issaquah School District track and field meet in Issaquah’s Gary Moore Stadium. Read more

Bragging rights will be on the line at track tri-meet

May 3, 2011

District bragging rights will be on the line May 5 when the Liberty, Skyline and Issaquah high school track and field teams tangle at 4 p.m. in a regular-season ending meet in Issaquah’s Gary Moore Stadium.

Mike Baba, of Issaquah High School, aims his javelin-winning heave of 164 feet, 6 inches during the track and field meet April 28 against Eastlake. By Greg Farrar

Many athletes will use the meet to tune up for next week’s KingCo Conference championships at Juanita High School. However, head coaches for the three schools will still put together competitive lineups for the Issaquah District Meet, which annually showcases some of the top athletes in the state.

Certainly one of the headliners at this year’s meet will be Skyline’s Kasen Williams, who has the state’s best high jump at 6 feet, 11 inches and top triple jump at 48-3. Williams won the high jump and long jump April 30 at the Shoreline Invitational.

All three teams were in action last week and had some strong performances.

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Kasen Williams wins high jump at Arcadia

April 12, 2011

Skyline High School senior Kasen Williams cleared 6 feet, 11 inches April 9 to win the high jump at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles. Arcadia is one of the nation’s top track and field meets.

Williams, who has the state’s best mark in the high jump this season, beat Brandon Ford, of San Diego’s Carmel High by two inches. The Skyline athlete also finished second in the long jump by going 24 feet, 3 1/2 inches and was fourth in the triple jump by going 48-3.

Liberty’s Joshua Gordon also competed in the high jump in another division at Arcadia. He went 6-3 to finish seventh.

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