Issaquah soccer blitzes Bothell and Ballard

May 3, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys soccer team stayed in the running for the regular-season 4A KingCo Conference title last week by posting two victories.

Michael Roberts and Alex Shane each scored two goals April 26 as Issaquah blitzed host Bothell, 5-1, in Pop Keeney Stadium.

Shane put the Eagles ahead with an unassisted goal at the third minute. Roberts, assisted by Shane, scored 10 minutes later as the Eagles went ahead for good.

On April 30, Issaquah downed host Ballard, 4-1. Shane had a goal and two assists to lead the Eagles, who trailed 1-0 at halftime. Roberts had a goal and an assist.

Shane tied the game in the 66th minute. Akash Ramachandran, assisted by Cooper Fry, put Issaquah ahead to stay at the 69th minute.

Issaquah improved its league record to 6-2-1. The Eagles trail Skyline, Garfield and Eastlake, all tied for the top spot, by just three points entering this week’s final round.

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Liberty athletes set records at track meet

April 29, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. April 29, 2011

Hamilton Noel and Madison Birdsall each set school records Thursday to help their Liberty High School track and field teams defeat host Interlake in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet.

Noel won the pole vault with a school-record effort of 13 feet, 6 inches. He also ran on the Patriots’ winning 4×400-meter relay. Nick Knoblich, Joseph Bergmann and Hiron Redmon were other members of the relay.

The Liberty boys defeated Interlake 85-56.

Redmon won the 800. Devin Bennett captured three events for the Patriots. He won the high jump by going 6-3. He also won the long jump by going 19 feet, 1/4 inch, and took the triple jump by going 40 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

Birdsall won the 400 in a school-record time of 58.30. She also ran on the Patriots’ winning 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay. Delane Agnew, Elizabeth Ryker and Stacy Christensen were other members of the 4×200 relay. Ryker, Michaela Chucka and Agnew were other members of the 4×400 relay.

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Eagles fall prey to Wolves’ six-run rally, lose 6-5

April 19, 2011

Heather Benjamin, Issaquah High School catcher, slams the first home run of her career to clear the outfield fence in the fifth-inning that also scored pitcher Brielle Bray on April 15 against Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School softball team had one bad inning, but often that is all it takes to determine the outcome of a game.

Issaquah was sailing along with a 2-0 lead April 15 when everything that could go wrong did. Visiting Eastlake capitalized on errors by the Eagles to score six runs in the fourth inning, and that was just enough as the Wolves posted a 6-5 4A KingCo Conference victory. Read more

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Issaquah High School baseball team drops opener

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.

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Tastin’ N Racin returns to Lake Sammamish June 12-14

June 8, 2010

The roar of unlimiteds racing on Lake Sammamish is music to the ears of many people who are fans of the sport of hyrdoplane racing.

And fans will get their ear full June 12-14 at Lake Sammamish State Park at the annual Tastin’ N Racin.

But for folks that like just music, Tastin’ N Racin offers that venue, too. Playing on the main stage will be Rail on June 13 and Randy Hansen on June 14. Hansen will do a tribute to Jimmy Hendrix.

For people who don’t like hydroplane racing or the hard music, there is food. Tastin’ N Racing annually has a variety of booths that sell tasty food.

In addition, there are arts and crafts from Northwest artisans, and a family fun area for children.

But back to the hydros.

The KZOK 102.5 Cup has its best selection of boats in recent years. Fans get the opportunity to view 1-litre, 2.5 stock, 5-litre and national modified hydros, flat-bottom runabouts, vintage hydros and grand prix hydros.

Racing action begins at 9 a.m. June 13 and continues through June 14. Read more

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Mikenzie Voves tosses no-hitter in pair of wins for the Eagles

May 11, 2010

Issaquah High School senior Mikenzie Voves demonstrated last week why she ranks among the best pitchers in the 4A KingCo Conference.

Voves won two of three games, including a no-hitter, for the Eagles.

Voves went the distance May 5 in an extra-inning battle with rival Skyline. The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to edge the host Spartans 5-4.

Brielle Bray had three hits and drove in two runs for Issaquah. Teammate Amanda Marques also had two hits.

Voves allowed just one earned run while striking out 16 batters. Skyline pitcher Lauren Richard also worked all nine innings and had 10 strikeouts.

Mickey Dunn-Blad and Anya Kamber each had two hits for Skyline.

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Issaquah Eagles baseball team finishes second

May 5, 2010

NEW — 11:01 a.m. May 5, 2010

Redmond scored twice in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday to defeat the Issaquah HIgh School baseball team 3-1 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

The two teams finished the regular season in a tie for first place in the Crest Division with 12-4 records. However, because Redmond swept the season series between the two teams, the Mustangs will enter the KingCo tournament as the Crest Division’s top seed. Issaquah will enter the tournament as Crest Division No. 2. The tournament starts Saturday at Woodinville High School.

Redmond took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning but Issaquah tied the score in the bottom of the sixth.

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Issaquah Eagles no-hit Newport

May 4, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. May 4, 2010

Pitcher Mikenzie Voves tossed a no-hitter Monday as the Issaquah High School fastpitch team blanked visiting Newport 10-0 in a five-inning 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Voves struck out six and walked just one batter.

Issaquah scored all its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Brielle Bray, Tracy Castonguay and Chelsea Peart each had two hits for Issaquah.

In the 3A/2A KingCo, Liberty walloped host Sammamish 12-0. Winning pitcher Denise Blohowiak hurled a one-hitter. She also had two hits and drove three runs. Savannah Herrera had three hits and knocked in two runs for the Patriots.

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First-place Eagles down Skyline baseball team

April 29, 2010

NEW — 10:10 a.m. April 29, 2010

Mike Paulson’s pitching and hitting Wednesday carried the Issaquah High School baseball team to a 6-2 4A KingCo Conference victory against rival Skyline at Skyline.

Paulson hurled a complete game and struck out six. He also had two hits.

Issaquah struck early, tallying five runs in the first inning.

Ben Rosellini drove in two runs for Issaquah, which boosted its Crest Division-leading record to 11-3. The Eagles play at 4 p.m. Friday at Newport, then conclude the regular season at 3:45 p.m. May 4 against Redmond.

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Liberty hires new hoops coach

April 20, 2010

Liberty High School has hired Joe Fithian as head coach of the boys varsity basketball team for the 2010-11 season.

Fithian served as interim junior varsity coach for the Patriots last season. He has more than 20 years of experience as a basketball coach, working at the high school and collegiate levels.

Prior to joining Liberty last season, Fithian was officiating high school games in the state.

“It was clear to the hiring committee that Joe possesses the skill set to lead the Liberty Patriots basketball program forward,” Liberty Principal Mike Deletis said in a press release. “We are excited to bring on a coach with strong values, coaching history, and a work ethic that will develop our student athletes and our basketball program.”

Spartans take soccer lead

The Skyline High School boys soccer team won twice last week to move into first place in the 4A KingCo Conference standings.

Skyline, 5-1-0, knocked out Roosevelt from the top spot April 13 with a 2-0 victory. Travis Strawn scored both goals.

The Spartans topped Inglemoor 2-0 April 16. James Molyeaux-Elliot and Strawn scored for Skyline.

Issaquah topped Ballard 3-2 April 13, but lost to Eastlake 2-1 April 16. In the game against Ballard, Michael Axelson, assisted by Michael Roberts, scored the winning goal at the 79th minute.

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