April 13, 2011
NEW — 6 p.m. April 13, 2011
The Liberty High School girls tennis team took the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles matches Tuesday as the Patriots defeated Interlake 5-2 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.
Amber Eastham won the No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Interlake’s Isabelle Long. Veronica Granger and Audrey LaFraugh defeated Interlake’s Iryna Strinyska and Miyati Raghavan 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 1 doubles match.
In the 4A KingCo Conference, Skyline swept all three doubles matches en route to a 6-2 victory against Inglemoor. Alison Opitz and Molly Knutson, of Skyline, won the No. 1 doubles with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory against Leanna Thim and Mckayla Dear.
April 12, 2011
The Liberty High School boys soccer team was missing some key players April 5 when the Patriots met host Juanita in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference game.
Some Patriots took the week because it was spring vacation. Whether their absence made a difference or not would be debatable. The big issue for the Patriots against Juanita was putting the ball in the net.
Liberty failed to connect and Juanita took advantage of a second-half penalty kick to post a 1-0 upset victory.
“We were missing some key players but I’m not sure that would have made a difference. Juanita really played well,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said. “Our problem was that we just couldn’t get the ball into the net.”
April 5, 2011
The fog and pouring rain didn’t stop the Skyline High School Spartans boys soccer team from pouring it on April 1 against Inglemoor.
Tromping over a soaked turf field and kicking up a trail of mist on every slide tackle, the Skyline boys pressed hard on offense and held a tight defensive line to notch another 4A KingCo Conference win at Spartan Stadium.
Skyline improved to 6-0-2 and earned its third shutout victory of the season after beating the visiting Vikings 3-0. Inglemoor went to 2-4-1 this spring.
Standout senior forward Braxton Griffin started things off with a goal in the 17th minute. Evan Kamber, a senior defender, had the assist. It was Griffin’s fifth goal of the season.
“He held off the defense and turned and finished,” Skyline coach Don Braman said. “It was a top-quality finish from Braxton.”
Both teams held strong on defense for much of the rest of the match. Inglemoor started taking more risks on offense, which ended up creating opportunities for the Skyline defense, Braman said. In the 63rd minute, Skyline sophomore forward James Molyneaux-Elliott took a pass from teammate Michael Stoddard (senior defender) and put the Spartans up 2-0.
March 30, 2011
NEW — 1 p.m. March 30, 2011
The Skyline High School boys soccer team won an early showdown with host Garfield on Tuesday when the Spartans posted a 4-2 victory in Memorial Stadium.
Last year the two teams tied for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference and later met in league tournament championship game, which was won by Garfield.
Kyle Olmstead and Travis Strawn each had a goal and an assist for Skyline, which handed Garfield its first loss of the season.
Braxton Griffin and Jason Twaddle scored Skyline’s other goals.
With the victory, Skyline went to 2-0-1 in league play and moved into first place in the league standings. The Spartans are 5-0-2 overall. Garfield went to 1-1-0 in league and 5-1-0 for the season.
In other action, Issaquah suffered its first loss of the season when the Eagles lost to host Inglemoor 3-1.
March 29, 2011
When the Issaquah and Skyline boys high school soccer teams get together, it is usually a battle down to the final second.
On March 26, the two Issaquah district teams had another spirited battle that ended in a 1-1 draw in Gary Moore Stadium.
March 23, 2011
NEW — 2 p.m. March 23, 2011
The Issaquah and Newport high school baseball teams have had some classic battles of the years and their Tuesday 4A KingCo Conference opener was no exception. Newport, the host team, prevailed 1-0.
Newport scored its run in the bottom of the seventh to end a pitchers’ duel.
Ethan Kalin started for Issaquah and threw hitless innings before being relieved by Scott Boydston, who blanked Newport until the seventh.
Cole Wiper, Newport’s starting pitcher, worked the first five innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out eight. Jared Fisher, the winning pitcher, worked the final two innings for Newport.
Daniel Altchech singled in pinch runner Ioannis Kritsonis with the winning run.
March 22, 2011
The Issaquah High School boys soccer team showed scoring balance and plenty of heart last week when it swept three nonleague games at home.
Issaquah had a different play lead the offense in each game, which was pleasing to coach Jason Lichtenberger.
“It was great to see that kind of balanced scoring,” Lichtenberger said after the Eagles’ boosted their record to 3-0-1.
Issaquah opened the week March 14 by shellacking Chief Sealth, 7-0, in Gary Moore Stadium.
Alex Shane, a sophomore forward, scored four goals to highlight the Issaquah attack. Lichtenberger wasn’t sure if it was a school single-game record.
“But it’s the most I’ve seen by an Issaquah player since I’ve been here,” he said. “I don’t recall anyone putting up four goals in a game.”
Shane scored two of his goals in the first half as Issaquah took a 3-0 lead.
Nick Smith, Drew Tacher and Cooper Fry scored the other Issaquah goals. Michael Roberts had a pair of assists for the Eagles, too. Evan King and David Degginger shared the goalkeeping duties.
The Eagles followed up that triumph by blanking Auburn Mountainview, 3-0, March 16.
March 15, 2011
Issaquah, Skyline hope to challenge for first place
The 4A KingCo Conference boys season could be headed for another traffic jam. Last year, the league was bumper to bumper, just like Issaquah’s Front Street on a Friday afternoon.
When the regular season ended, just two points separated the first-place team from the sixth-place team. Three teams tied for first place and two were just one point behind the leaders.
Issaquah High School coach Jason Lichtenberger said he believes it could be another close race.
“From top to bottom, I believe KingCo is the toughest league in the state. I fully expect another close race,” Lichtenberger said. “I think there are some quality teams in the league again. There are two or three teams that could be a bit stronger than the rest, but almost every team has a player who can change a game.”
Lichtenberger said he believes Skyline, one of last year’s tri-champions, and Eastlake and Newport, both with experienced teams, could be the frontrunners. Garfield, one of the tri-champions last spring, might be another contender.
Issaquah has aspirations of continuing its success from the past two seasons. However, the Eagles lost eight starters from last season’s team that finished just one point out of first place. Lichtenberger pointed out that the Eagles have talent and the potential to be among the top teams.
In 3A KingCo, Liberty had a disappointing season in 2010, but has some outstanding players returning who have hopes of moving the Patriots in the standings.
March 15, 2011
Senior forward scores hat trick
The Liberty High School boys soccer team started its season March 12 with a 3-0 win against neighboring Hazen High School.
Liberty senior forward Aaron Potoshnik led the way, recording a hat trick, and senior midfielder Blake Kessler fed Potoshnik with two assists.
“It just feels like a pretty good way to start out the season,” said Potoshnik, who played defense last year. “Me and Blake were working great together, and the whole team was working great, having great chemistry.”
The Liberty midfield was also on its game, stopping Hazen’s drives and holding the Highlanders to just three shots on goal.
Potoshnik scored his first goal in the 14th minute with help from Kessler, marking the only score of the first half. In the second half, he found the back of the net in the 66th and 69th minutes, scoring his second with another Kessler assist and his third with a header.
“Aaron did awesome,” Liberty coach Darren Tremblay said.
June 1, 2010
A soccer player doesn’t always have to score a ton of goals to get noticed by opposing players and coaches.
Sometimes, just his leadership qualities on the field are enough to earn praise. Certainly, 4A KingCo Conference coaches were impressed by Issaquah High School senior Junpei Tsuji’s inspired efforts this spring.
While Tsuji was a scoring threat, it was his leadership that led to his selection as the league’s Player of the Year.
“When you consider all the outstanding players in the league, this was a great honor for Junpei and great recognition for our program,” said Issaquah coach Jason Lichtenberger. “I think he was probably surprised by the honor.
“Yet, when coaches talked about a player who played hard in every game, Junpei was the guy they talked about,” he added. “They said what a great leader he was on the field. Junpei was always encouraging his teammates.”
Tsuji, a midfielder, helped the Eagles be a contender for the league title this season. Issaquah finished just one point out of first place.
“He is a talented player. He makes a lot of things happen. He does a good job of getting the ball to his teammates. More than anything, he just worked his tail off for 80 minutes in every game,”
In practice, teammates always compared their shirts to see who worked the hardest.
“Junpei always had the sweatiest shirt,” Lichtenberger said.
Tsuji is bound for Whitman College, where he will play soccer with Issaquah teammate Mike Axelson next year.
Issaquah, with back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in several years, has had the league’s MVP the last two years. Quinn Grisham, a senior, was selected as the league MVP last year. Grisham, despite missing some games this season because of injuries and illness, joined Tsuji on the all-KingCo first team. Read more