December 31, 2014
It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.
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:
May 27, 2014
Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls.
Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior
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
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.
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.
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.