Liberty High School netters whip Interlake

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.

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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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Eagles net season’s first victory at Patriots’ expense

March 22, 2011

Dayna Bennett, of Issaquah, swings a backhand shot back to Liberty’s Emmie Kellogg-Smith during their No. 1 singles match March 17. Bennett won, 6-4, 6-1. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team took advantage of one of the dry days last week when it defeated host Liberty, 7-0, March 17 in a nonleague match.

The match was the first of the season for both teams.

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Liberty tennis nets first win

May 4, 2010

The Liberty High School girls tennis team defeated Eastlake for the first time April 30, when the Patriots won 4-3.

Liberty’s Amber Eastham won the No. 1 singles match by defeating Hannah Thornsburg 7-5, 7-5.

Issaquah also defeated Eastlake 6-1 April 29. Alyssa Wilson, Dayna Bennett, Mary Brummit and Morgan Gierke all won their singles matches for Issaquah.

Skyline downed Mount Si 6-1 April 28, Alisa Van Grunsven won the No. 1 singles by defeating Shelby Thomas 6-1, 6-1.

Skyline outlasts Eastlake tennis in mental battle

April 27, 2010

Coaches Bettina Gehle and Bud Peterson were both a bit nervous April 22 as the Skyline and Eastlake high school girls KingCo Conference tennis match came down to the No. 1 doubles competition.

The other six matches had finished by about 5:30 p.m. and the contest, at the Skyline tennis courts, was tied at three each.

Skyline doubles pair Molly Knutson and Alyson Opitz faced Eastlake’s Sara Marien and Tasnim Klessih. Knutson and Opitz had come back from a 6-0 first-set loss to win a tiebreaker in the second, and it came down to a drawn-out third set to determine the winner.

“The team who had better fight will win,” said Gehle as she watched the final match. “It’s all about the mental.”

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Issaquah tennis shuts down Liberty, 7-0

April 13, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team shut down host Liberty 7-0 in a KingCo Conference match April 8 despite unpredictable, swirling winds that occasionally lifted balls out of play.

In the No. 1 singles match, Issaquah’s Dayna Bennett defeated Liberty’s Amber Eastham in two sets. Eastham battled hard, trading blows with Bennett in close games, but Bennett prevailed, winning 6-3, 6-2.

“I just have to keep my serves strong, and just focus,” Bennett said about winning close games. She said the wind required her to focus even more.

In the No. 2 singles match, Issaquah’s Alyssa Wilson took down Liberty’s Alison Martin 6-2, 6-1.

Although Wilson dominated the match, she gave much credit to Martin.

“She was a tough a opponent, but I was playing well today,” Wilson said. Read more

Sports update — Wednesday

March 24, 2010

NEW — 11:06 a.m. March 24, 2010

Issaquah, Skyline win baseball openers

The Issaquah and Skyline high school baseball teams brought out the heavy artillery March 23 as they pounded out victories in their 4A KingCo Conference openers.

Issaquah walloped Garfield 16-2 at Bobby Morris Field in Seattle. Winning pitcher Shane Yarnell had two hits, one a home run, and drove in five runs. He also struck out eight batters in picking up his second victory of the season.

Ben Rosellini had three hits, one a home run, and drove in two runs for the Eagles. Grant Gellatly contributed three hits, Devin O’Donnell had two hits and Jake Bakamus hit two RBIs for Issaquah, 3-0 overall for the season.

Issaquah scored seven times in the top of the fourth inning. The contest was called after the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.

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Girls tennis teams each have areas they seek to improve upon

April 13, 2009

Mika Asaba, of Issaquah High School, plays a marathon three-set match last year against Skyline. File

Mika Asaba, of Issaquah High School, plays a marathon three-set match last year against Skyline. File

The Skyline High School girls tennis team went 6-3 overall last year and hopes to improve with some new faces in 2009.

Freshman newcomer Alicia VanGrunsven will lead the team at the No. 1 singles spot.

“She definitely belongs there,” head coach Bettina Gehle said. “I hope she will have a good experience.”

Freshman Allison Opitz will help out in the No. 3 doubles position.

In her second year on varsity, junior Kelly Boudwin will look to play a strong role as the No. 2 singles player.

“She’s a very talented player.” Gehle said. “She’s very solid. Has a good spirit, too.” Read more

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