Local lacrosse players named to USA Today all-state team

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:52 p.m. July 28, 2015

Five local players were named to the 2015 Washington boys lacrosse all-state team selected by USA Today High School Sports.

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Issaquah’s Fab 14 accept scholarships

April 21, 2015

Coaches and players on opposing basketball teams knew how good Ty Gibson was, but the Issaquah High School senior might not have convinced any colleges of his talents until a virtuoso performance at the state tournament in March.

Over the course of three games, Gibson set a new tourney scoring record with 87 points. His last two games in an Issaquah uniform were superstar material — a career-high 42 points against Moses Lake, and 32 more against Kentwood as the Eagles clinched the fourth-place trophy.

By Greg Farrar Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

By Greg Farrar
Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

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Patriots make their college choices

April 21, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony April 15.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

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Issaquah girls knock off Eastside Catholic in lacrosse opener

March 17, 2015

Two-time all-state midfielder Suzy Emerson opened the 2015 Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association season the same way she finished 2014.

The Issaquah senior scored five goals, and added three ground balls and four draw controls to lead the Eagles to a 9-3 win over Eastside Catholic on March 9 at Robinswood Park in Bellevue.

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Game On — Local athlete keeps the competitive edge at every level he plays lacrosse

October 21, 2014

Whether it’s coincidence, or a sign of some greater forces at work, the color yellow seems to follow Issaquah High School graduate Kevin Powers.

By Tor Jernudd Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

By Tor Jernudd
Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

Powers, 21, donned the navy blue and yellow of the Swedish National Lacrosse team at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in July. In high school, Powers was a standout player in the purple and gold of Issaquah. He continued his success in San Rafael, California, where he is in his senior year wearing the — once again — navy blue and yellow of Dominican University.

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Issaquah shut out in state lacrosse title match

June 3, 2014

Issaquah lost to Bellevue, which won its third consecutive state championship, on May 31 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

The boys Division I game was the first shutout since the state’s first boys state lacrosse title game was contested in 1979.

Issaquah had handed the Wolverines one of just two losses in the season April 25.

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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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Issaquah athletes make regional lacrosse team

April 22, 2014

Two Issaquah girls were named to the 2014 Washington State Under-19 Girls Regional Lacrosse team.

Suzanne Emerson and Jordan Hepperle will join 23 other girls across the state as the team competes at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament May 24-25.

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Lacrosse coach makes Hall of Fame

October 15, 2013

Issaquah High School boys lacrosse coach and program founder Brandon Fortier was among six lacrosse leaders inducted into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame Oct. 12.

Fortier pioneered lacrosse in the Issaquah and Sammamish areas, parlaying his passion for the game into a career as a respected educator, coach and league leader.

Brandon Fortier

Brandon Fortier

He founded the Issaquah High School boys program in 2001, and it has quickly become one of top programs in the state. Since its inception, the Eagles have had five state championships appearances, and three state titles.

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