Boys’ seasons come down to experience

March 12, 2013


The Issaquah High School Eagles’ 2012 season saw a young squad win five in a row at the end to qualify for state.

Now, that squad is a year older and preparing for what coach Rob Reese said could be its breakout year.

“It’s a pretty good mix,” he said. “It’s a really, really good junior class and a group we’ve been counting on to have good things from.”

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School baseball players huddle before they split into two squads March 6 for a practice game.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School baseball players huddle before they split into two squads March 6 for a practice game.

Ten players are coming back this season.

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Issaquah School District students, athletes get $176,000 boost

December 11, 2012

The Issaquah School District approved more than 176,000 worth of donations during its Nov. 28 meeting.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation donated $88,597.55 to support various programs in the district.

From that, $12,500 is for the Middle School After School Homework program while another $7,500 is for similar high school programs. As well, $35,600 is for Science Tech; $25,000 goes to Humanities Plus; $3,500 is earmarked for Financial Literacy and Targeted Academic Interventions gets $3,797.55.

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club earns third in American Legion World Series

August 28, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich, Lakeside Recovery pitcher, throws against Pacific Tech Construction July 14 at Bannerwood Park during the regular season Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club only lost two games in the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., both to the same pitcher. Genetically, that is.

Brooklawn’s twin phenoms Casey and Cody Brown held Lakeside in check in the two games, limiting the Bellevue team to two runs in their first meeting Aug. 19, and only three runs in the Aug. 21 semifinal game. Both games were one-run affairs.

“We ran into a tough left-hander, and they got the big hit when they needed it with two outs,” Lakeside head coach Rob Reese said. “We got our chances in the eighth inning and we only got one out of it. There’s not much room for error when you get to that level. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and we had a couple shots, but we just didn’t get it that day.”

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Lakeside Recovery pitcher Brandon Mahovlich gasses competition

July 17, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich smokes in a pitch for Lakeside Recovery to a batter from Pacific Tech Construction in the fourth inning July 14 during the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park. By Greg Farrar

Lakeside Recovery catcher Jim Sinatro squatted down behind the plate July 14 at Bannerwood Field. As pitcher Brandon Mahovlich peered in for the sign, Sinatro extended only his index finger.

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Issaquah Indians eye repeat as league champs

July 3, 2012

The Issaquah Indians huddle before the taking the field on defense in the bottom of the fifth inning June 28 with a 3-1 lead against the Bothell Blue Devils. Issaquah won, 9-3. By Greg Farrar

There’s only one thing harder than winning the Pony Baseball’s Northwest Regional Championship. And that’s doing it two years in a row.

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Lakeside Recovery rides hot streak to postseason

July 3, 2012

When they’re hot, they’re hot. When they’re not, they’re not.

And after June 30’s 13-1 routing of Prep Sportswear’s ball club at Bothell High School, the Lakeside Recovery team proved just that.

Lakeside coach Rob Reese said that kind of winning margin — the team has scored at least seven runs in 10 of the team’s 14 wins this season — is not uncommon for this year’s team.

“Offensively, we’re kind of contagious,” he said. “We can be hit and miss offensively, though. When we do hit, everyone hits. When we don’t hit well, nobody hits well.”

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Issaquah School District baseball players drafted

June 12, 2012

Three Issaquah School District baseball players were drafted in last week’s Major League Baseball Amateur player draft.

Skyline High School grad and current Bellevue College pitcher Adrian Sampson was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 166th overall pick in the fifth round. His Bellevue College teammate and Liberty High School grad Ian Parmley was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays two rounds later in the seventh round with the 235th overall pick.

Skyline senior catcher Jim Sinatro was chosen in the 35th round by the Houston Astros with the 1,059th overall pick.

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Spartans take Eastlake 4-3 in plateau baseball matchup

April 3, 2012

If Sammamish was only allotted one sunny afternoon last week, March 26 was the perfect pick as plateau baseball fans gathered in the sunshine to watch the Skyline High School Spartans edge out the Eastlake High School Wolves, 4-3.

Both teams entered the contest having been successful so far in the beginning of what looks like to be a solid season of league play.

Playing “4A KingCo in any sport is tough, but especially in baseball. There is no game you go into thinking, ‘We have the advantage,’” Skyline coach Chris Tamminen said. “A lot of the teams are right there with each other. Each game is going to be a battle. It’s going to come down to who can play in the clutch.”

The Spartans led 3-0 most of the game by grabbing a run in the second, third and fourth innings.

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Pitching, defense will be key to local baseball teams’ success

March 13, 2012

Ethan Kalin, an Issaquah High School senior this year, advanced two baserunners with an at-bat in April 2011 during his team’s game against Skyline. By Greg Farrar

As the clocks spring forward and the calendar flips to March, the Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high school baseball programs will all have a common approach to this season: pitching and defense.

With the new bat regulations for the upcoming season, first-year Liberty Coach John Martin thinks the game is in for a change.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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