Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Athletes named to All-League Lacrosse team

May 27, 2014

Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls.

Girls

Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior

Boys

KingCo Conference First Team: Zach Fritz, Issaquah, senior; Mikey Giannopulos, Issaquah, junior; Matt Thomas, Issaquah, senior; Spencer Noonan, Skyline, senior

Second Team: Charlie Kurtenbach, Skyline, junior; James Nelson, Issaquah, senior; Jordan Dondoyano, Issaquah, sophomore

Honorable Mention: Nate Holbrook, Issaquah, freshman; Andy Hutchings, Skyline, junior

 

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Issaquah girls win state lacrosse title in a thriller

May 20, 2014

Katie Bucy got a second chance and made the most of it, scoring the game winner May 16 with under a minute remaining to give Issaquah an 11-10 victory over Lake Sammamish and its first Washington high school girls state lacrosse championship.

Bucy, a Skyline High School senior who will play next year at Missouri’s Lindenwood University, delivered the winner on a free-position shot after a goal just seconds earlier was disallowed on a shooting-space violation.

“That’s the biggest goal ever,” Bucy said while celebrating with teammates from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools. “It was hit or miss, and this one was a hit.”

The shot beat Lake Sammamish goaltender and Eastlake freshman Kristene Nickel low and to the left, opposite of where she wanted to go with the shot.

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Local gymnasts medal at state

March 4, 2014

Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.

Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

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Drew Lunde signs to play WSU baseball

November 26, 2013

If KingCo Conference baseball fans are looking for a player that resembles Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw, they might find their match in Skyline High School southpaw Drew Lunde.

Last season, Lunde was the staff ace for Skyline, which won the KingCo Crown Division title and finished with a 17-7 record. His stat line was impressive — a 1.73 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings, and an opponents’ batting average of .138.

It may come as no surprise that Lunde’s big-league role model is Kershaw, a three-time all-star and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner.

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