Lakeside Recovery hosts sub-regional tourney

July 19, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team plays the Tacoma Cobras at 4 p.m. July 20 in the opening round of the four-team AAA sub-regional tournament at Bannerwood Park.

The Kennewick Bandits and an entry from Spokane round out the field of teams. Those two teams meet at noon July 20.

The losers of the first two games meet at 7:30 p.m. in a loser-out game. The tournament resumes July 21 with the top two teams advancing to the AAA state tournament July 26 in Selah.

Lakeside Recovery, 20-21, finished its regular season with a pair of victories. On July 16, Lakeside Recovery downed Bellevue Legion, 5-1. Ethan Kalin and Andrew Kemmerer, both of Issaquah High School, hit home runs for Lakeside Recovery. Pitcher Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, picked up his fifth victory of the season. He struck out seven and allowed just one walk.

On July 14, Lakeside Recovery snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery, shut out in two of its three previous games, hit three home runs off Honda pitching. Kalin, Sandefur and Issaquah graduate Mike Paulson all smashed home runs for Lakeside in a five-run second inning. Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one walk.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball team snaps losing streak

July 18, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 18, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak July 14 when it defeated Honda Auto of Bellevue 5-2.

Lakeside, which had been shut out in two of its three previous games, hit three home runs off Honda pitching. Ethan Kalin, Aaron Sandefur, and Mike Paulson all smashed home runs for Lakeside in a five-run second inning.

Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead went the distance, striking out 10 batters and issuing just one walk. Lakeside concluded its regular season July 16 with two games.

On July 20, Lakeside hosts a sub-regional tournament at Bannerwood.

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Lakeside prepares for home-stretch run to playoffs

July 12, 2011

Andrew Kemmerer swings at a pitch during the third inning July 8 against Bankers Baseball Club. He had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs July 7 against the Twin City Titans. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team enters an important stretch this week with hopes of getting healthier and gaining momentum for the post-season.

Thus far, it has been a season when Lakeside Recovery has shown promise at times and has also shown its share of futility.

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Lakeside Recovery team tops Titans in tourney

July 8, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. July 8, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team, for the second straight night had a big inning, and pounded out a 8-3 victory against the Twin City Titans on Thursday in the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park.

The victory was the second straight for Lakeside Recovery, which plays the Bankers Baseball Club at 8 p.m. Friday at Bannerwood. Lakeside Recovery plays Chaffey, the defending tournament champion, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bannerwood. On July 10, Lakeside Recovery plays Pacific Tech Construction at 2 p.m. at Bellevue College.

Issaquah High graduate Mike Paulson, who played at Walla Walla Community College last spring, had three hits to lead Lakeside Recovery against the Titans, a Senior American Legion team from the Richland area. Andrew Kemmerer, of Issaquah, had two hits, one a home run, and drove in three runs for Lakeside Recovery.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball rocks Honda in tourney opener

July 7, 2011

 NEW — 11 a.m. July 7, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday to break a 2-2 tie and pull away for a 9-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue in the opening round of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park.

Jake Bakamus, of Issaquah High, had two hits and drove in three runs for Lakeside Recovery, the tournament host team. Brandon Mahovlich, also of Issaquah, and Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, each contributed two hits for Lakeside Recovery.

Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate who played for Walla Walla Community College in the spring, went the distance. He struck out seven batters and did not allow an earned run.

Lakeside Recovery plays the Twin City Titans at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bannerwood Park. On Friday, Lakeside Recovery plays the Bankers Baseball Club at 8 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.

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Lakeside baseball falls to late Bellingham rally

July 5, 2011

Brandon Mahovlich pops a bloop single to right field in the third inning in Lakeside Recovery's 4-2 loss to Bellingham Post 7 June 28 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue June 28. Mahovlich went 3-for-3. By Christopher Huber

The Lakeside Recovery bats were largely silent when they needed to produce June 28 against the visiting Bellingham Post 7 Legion team.

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Baseball’s Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament starts

July 5, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 5, 2011

The Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament, one of the oldest invitational summer tournaments in the state, starts Wednesday with defending champion Chaffey playing the Bankers Baseball Club at 2 p.m. at Bellevue College.

The 12-team tournament, which is hosted again by Lakeside Recovery, runs through July 11. Lakeside Recovery meets Bellevue Honda at 8 p.m. July 6 at Bannnerwood Park in the final game of the opening round.

Tournament games will be played at Bellevue College and Bannerwood Park.

Chaffey, a select team composed of players from several schools, has won the last two tournaments and three of the last four.

There are two divisions in the tournament. The Grey Division is composed of Taylor Baseball, Kennewick Bandits, Seattle Stars, Vancouver Cardinals, Spokane Dodgers and the Baden Baseball Club. The Green Division is composed for Lakeside Recovery, Twin City Titans, Chaffey, Bankers, Pacific Tech Construction and Bellevue Honda.

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Issaquah family bids bittersweet goodbye after decade in business

June 28, 2011

Goodfellas Sandwich Shop, a decade-old gathering spot for Issaquah High School sports teams and office workers on lunch breaks, closed June 24 after owners Steve and Melinda Sanelli stacked the last sandwiches.

Jessica Crites (back row, from left), Mario Sanelli, Julie Donate, Stephen Sanelli, Sicily Sanelli, Nolan Graham, Angelina Edwins and Tyler Edwins join Melinda Sanelli (front row, from left) Brody Edwins and Steve Sanelli for a last lunch at Goodfellas Sandwich Shop on June 21. Contributed

Steve Sanelli, a longtime South Cove resident and Issaquah High assistant baseball coach, said business was good, but the impending closure stems from a disagreement between the eatery and the building owner.

“It would be one thing if I was failing in business and we had to close,” he said. “This is something that’s not my choice.”

For Sanelli and other family members, the closure is about more than the bottom line.

“When you’re in business this long, it kind of becomes who you are,” Melinda Sanelli said. “In a way, you feel like you’re being stripped of your personality and how everyone sees you and what you stand for.”

The closure announcement came as a surprise to employees and customers.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball goes 1-4 in tourney

June 28, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team went 1-4 at the Palouse Summer Series last week.

The tournament was held at the home baseball fields of Washington State University and Lewis-Clark State University.

Lakeside’s lone victory came June 23 when the club played two games. Earlier in the day, Lakeside lost to the Rips Brewers, 11-6, in Lewiston, and then hustled to Pullman where the club defeated the Seattle Stars Gold team, 9-4.

In the contest with the Seattle Stars Gold, Newport’s Dan Altchech had four hits and Issaquah’s Brandon Mahovlich had two hits.

In the game with the Rips Brewers, Mahovlich had four hits, one a home run, and drove in three runs. Skyline’s Jimmy Sinatro had three hits.

Lakeside opened the tournament June 22 with a 3-2 loss to the Puget Sound Roxx. Skyline graduate Connor Lawhead pitched well for Lakeside, not allowing an earned run in six innings.

On June 24, Lakeside lost a slugfest to the Lewis-Clark Twins, 9-8. Altchech, Sinatro and Newport’s Kyle Goemmer each had two hits.

Lakeside played its final game June 25, falling to Taylor Baseball, 7-3. Goemmer had two hits to lead Lakeside.

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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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