Lacrosse players commit to college

November 12, 2013

The Eastside Catholic High School boys lacrosse program had two players give oral commitments last week to play NCAA Division I college lacrosse.

Josh Matte, a sophomore goalkeeper, has orally committed to the University of Denver. Teammate Arend Broekmate, a junior defender, gave an oral commitment to Lafayatte (Pa.) College.

Matte, who lives in Issaquah, isn’t eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent for two more years, but with Denver, he’d be joining a program that has made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last spring, Denver advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Syracuse.

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Liberty’s boys cross-country team makes history

November 5, 2013

Heading into the 2013 Sea-King District meet Oct. 31, the Liberty boys cross-country team knew it would take the perfect race to qualify for state.

They knew they had the talent, Liberty coach Mike Smith said, but nothing is ever a given in the competitive Sea-King District.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, the chanting in a rally huddle deafens as the Liberty High School boys’ varsity cross country team prepares to race, and the girls’ varsity joins in for support after their finish minutes before, as both teams made state together for the first time in school history Oct. 24 during the SeaKing District 2 championship at Lake Sammamish State Park. At right, senior Aaron Bowe heads up the backstretch of the final lap to a second-place finish.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The chanting in a rally huddle deafens as the Liberty High School boys’ varsity cross country team prepares to race, and the girls’ varsity joins in for support after their finish minutes before, as both teams made state together for the first time in school history Oct. 24 during the SeaKing District 2 championship at Lake Sammamish State Park.

“As a team, that was their goal, they wanted to go to state and they knew with the senior group we had this year, it was probably the best chance we’ve had in a long time,” he said.

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Issaquah defeats Holy Names, 20-6

March 26, 2013

Lacrosse Roundup

BELLEVUE — Haley Mincin scored five goals as Issaquah earned its first high school girls lacrosse win of the season in a 20-6 defeat of Holy Names on March 18 at Robinswood Park in Bellevue.

Issaquah was firing on all cylinders offensively, as several players scored multiple times each during the matchup. Suzy Emerson, Miranda Hansen and Katy Bucy contributed three goals each in the win.

Holy Names had a hard time getting things going against a tough Issaquah squad as it found itself down 10-4 at the half. Wendy Donier led Holy Names in scoring with four goals.

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Liberty lacrosse team falters in 11-3 loss to Mount Si

May 8, 2012

Anthony Mantz, Liberty High School midfielder, runs in to try a shot on the Mount Si goal in the third quarter as Zane Berhold defends during their May 2 lacrosse match. Mantz had an assist and a goal in the game. By Greg Farrar

Freshman Blake Picchena scored four goals to lead Mount Si High School’s lacrosse team to its ninth win of the season with an 11-3 defeat of the Liberty Patriots on May 2 at Liberty High School.

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Larger lacrosse league teams prepare to face tougher competition

March 20, 2012

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and a big part of that growth is happening right here in our own back yard.
“I coached the first 7-8 (year old) Issaquah youth lacrosse team, probably seven or eight years ago,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said. “From that point on, just in Issaquah, Sammamish, that program has bred another four or five youth programs. Now there’s 50 teams that have grown just from that in the last seven or eight years. It’s been exponential growth just year after year.”

With all that growth, both the division I and II leagues have gotten increasingly tougher, and Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty all hope to make significant strides this season.

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Jarvis nets hat-trick as Liberty lacrosse downs Klahowya

March 20, 2012

NEW — 11:25 a.m. March 20, 2012

Nate Jarvis completed a hat-trick to lead Liberty to its first boys high school lacrosse win of the season with an 11 – 5 defeat of Klahowya on Saturday at Maywood Middle School in Renton.

Sam Dodt, Colin Ross and Colin Larson all netted a pair of goals and Roland Deex had eight saves and six ground balls for Liberty in the win.

Liberty (1-2-0) next faces Redmond (0-1-0) at 7 p.m. March 21 at Liberty High School.

Klahowya (0-1-0) next faces Gig Harbor (2-1-0), Tuesday, March 20, in a 5 p.m. start at Central Kitsap Junior High.

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Skyline records first win over Issaquah, 10-9

May 17, 2011

The Skyline High School boys lacrosse team recorded one of its biggest victories in the club’s young history May 11 when the host Spartans topped Issaquah, 10-9, in overtime.

Ryan McMackin (6), Skyline High School junior midfielder, scores a second-quarter goal against Issaquah during their May 11 lacrosse match. By Greg Farrar

It was the first time Skyline defeated Issaquah in lacrosse.

Issaquah jumped to a 3-1 first-quarter lead, but Skyline came back in the second quarter with three goals to make it a 4-4 tie at halftime. The Eagles went ahead in the third quarter and were in front until the final nine seconds of regulation. That’s when Skyline’s Ryan Benz tied the score at 9-9 to send the game into overtime.

McMackin and Andrew Hankey each had three goals to lead Skyline.

Fritz had five goals and an assist to lead Issaquah. Kole Lindor, of Issaquah, had 10 groundballs.

Issaquah dropped to 8-2 in Division I play while Skyline went to 5-5. Despite the victory, Skyline failed to qualify for the league tournament, which begins this week.

Two losses last week proved costly for Skyline. The Spartans lost to Lake Washington, 12-7, May 9 and fell to first-place Mercer Island, 8-5, May 13.

In the Lake Washington game, Benz had four goals and Cannon Gardner two goals to lead Skyline.

Mercer Island scored three times in the fourth period to overcome Skyline. Benz had two goals and goalkeeper Cory Larson made 17 saves.

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Issaquah flying to New Jersey for lacrosse matchups

April 5, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team makes its longest road trip of the season this week when the Eagles head to New Jersey for three nonleague games.

Issaquah plays at Rutgers Prep on April 6, at Lawrenceville on April 7 and at Peddie on April 9.

Before leaving on its journey, Issaquah won two Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I games last week.

A.J. Hoffman scored his first varsity hat trick March 29 as he led Issaquah to a 13-3 rout of visiting Overlake in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah scored five times in the first quarter and six more times in the second quarter to take a commanding lead. All 25 players, who suited up for the contest, played.

Kevin Powers and Jake Fritz each had two goals for Issaquah.

On April 2, Issaquah pounded host Puyallup 15-5. Matt O’Neill paced Issaquah with four goals. Fritz had three goals. Powers, Michael Hatcher and Ben Director each had two goals.

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Issaquah lacrosse dedicates season to fallen teammate

March 8, 2011

Issaquah lacrosse club players listen to teaching from coach Brandon Fortier during a practice session last week. By Greg Farrar

Incentive will not be an issue for the Issaquah High School lacrosse club this spring. The Eagles have plenty of incentive and most of it stems from a former teammate.

Issaquah players are dedicating this season to Tyler Lucas, who died Feb. 1 from injuries he sustained in a three-car accident. Lucas was a two-year starter and an all-league player. The entire team will wear a decal on their helmets in memory of Lucas.

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Issaquah Eagles baseball team takes over first

April 27, 2010

NEW — 3:25 p.m. April 27, 2010

The Issaquah High School baseball team sits alone in first place of the Crest Division today after walloping Eastlake 11-1 on Monday in a five-inning 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Issaquah’s bats matched the steady rain that fell throughout the game. The Eagles, 10-3, pounded out 13 hits.

Spencer Rogers led Issaquah with three hits. He also drove in a run. Devin O’Donnell and pitcher Shane Yarnell each had two hits and two RBIs. Mike Paulson and Grant Gellatly each had two hits.

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