Liberty High School boys capture cross country finale

October 13, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011

Nick Knoblich and Aaron Bowe, finished first and second Wednesday, as they led the Liberty High School boys cross country team to victories against Mount Si and Liberty at Mount Si High School.

Liberty finished with 37 points to top Mount Si, which was second with 40 points. Mercer Island was third with 47 points.

Knoblich finished first in 17 minutes, 28 seconds. Bowe was second in 17:30. Mason Goodman, of Liberty, also cracked the top 10 by placing ninth in 18:06. Hiron Redman was 11th and Jason Murray 14th for the Patriots, who ended the regular season with a 6-3 record.

In the girls meet, Liberty finished second to Mercer Island. The Islanders had 27 points and Liberty had 39 points. Mount Si was third with 70. Allie Wood was Liberty’s top placer, taking third in 20:15. Amy Broska and Sarah Bliesner were sixth and seventh respectively for Liberty. Megan Larson placed 11th and Aimee Christensen 12th to round out Liberty’s top five runners.

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Eastlake golfers defeat Skyline, remain unbeaten

October 4, 2011

Brian Mogg, Skyline High School sophomore golfer, deals with a tough approach shot from the rough on the fifth hole of The Plateau Club’s back nine Sept. 27. He was the match medalist with an even-par 36. By Christopher Huber

Brian Mogg always finds a way to get even. On the golf course, that is.

At the Sept. 27 cross-town match against the undefeated Eastlake Wolves, Skyline’s No. 1 golfer birdied the ninth hole for the third straight time to bring his score to 36.

“I really wanted to get even,” said Mogg, a standout sophomore who has won and placed in the top 10 in numerous regional youth tournaments. “I just try so much harder.”

While Mogg was the medalist at The Plateau Club after shooting an even 36 on the back nine, Eastlake pulled off another win to go 8-0 on the season. Despite No. 1 Li Wang tallying a 45, the Wolves managed to out-stroke Skyline 200-212.

Eastlake relied on low scores from sophomore Spencer Weiss and No. 10 golfer, freshman Colby Stirrat, both of whom scored a 3-over 39. They were the only other two to finish under 40.

Skyline was unable to place anyone else in the top five, as Eastlake’s Will Sharp compiled a 40-stroke performance and RP McCoy, Jack Fisher and Paul Russo all put up a 5-over 41.

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Issaquah Eagles golfers top Skyline Spartans

October 4, 2011

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 4, 2011

The top five Issaquah High School players, led by Weston Mui, shot in the 30s Monday as the Eagles defeated rival Skyline 186-189 in a KingCo Conference 4A golf match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mui shot a par 36 on Issaquah’s home course to share medalist honors with Skyline’s Brian Mogg and Kelly Sullivan.

Sid Raman, Bryan Jung and Brian Batt all shot 37s, and Fletcher Martin had a 39 to round out Issaquah’s top five scores. However, Taylor Swingle and Evan Ko also shot 39s. Danny Baumer just missed the group with a 40.

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Issaquah girls soccer team moves into first place

September 28, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Sept. 28, 2011

Annie Hoffman had a goal and an assist Tuesday as she led the Issaquah High School girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory against visiting Ballard in a KingCo Conference 4A contest in Gary Moore Stadium.

Delany Foreman and Alissa Evans scored Issaquah’s other goals.

The Eagles’ improved their league record to 2-0-1 and moved into a first-place tie with Redmond.

In other action, Skyline downed Inglemoor 4-1. Brooke Bofto, Makenzie Ware, Sydne Tingey and Anna Deweirdt scored Skyline’s goals. The Spartans are 2-0 in league play and 6-0-1 for the season.

In other league games, it was Eastlake 0, Newport 0; Garfield 3, Roosevelt 1; and Redmond 1, Woodinville 0.

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Skyline High School golfer places second at state

August 2, 2011

Brian Mogg, a Sammamish resident who attends Skyline High School, finished second in the boys 14-15 division at the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament last week in Walla Walla.

Mogg finished the tournament July 29 with a 216 total and finished three strokes behind first-place winner Frank Garber, of Kirkland. Mogg shot a 71 on the final day at the Walla Walla Community Club. Although he matched Garber on the final two days of the tournament, Mogg fell three strokes behind the Kirkland player on the first round and never overcame the deficit.

Spencer Weiss, of Sammamish and Eastlake High, finished in a tie for 10th with 220.

In the boys 16-17 division, Li Wang, of Sammamish and Eastlake, was third at 213. He was just three strokes behind winner Tyler Salsbury, of Enumclaw.

In the girls 12-13 division, Ashley Fitzgibbons, of Sammamish, finished second at 241. She was just one stroke behind first-place Sarah Lawrence, of Duvall.

Lakeside, Cannons baseball teams head to state

July 28, 2011

 NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 28, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery U-17 baseball team and the Renton Cannons are headed for the AA state American Legion baseball tournament Aug. 2-6 in Spokane.

Both teams were victorious Wednesday in second-round district tournament games at Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside, composed mostly of Issaquah and Newport high schools’ players, and the Cannons, composed of Liberty High players, meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the district championship round.

Lakeside defeated Bellevue Legion 15-5 on Tuesday and edged Woodinville 4-3 on Wednesday.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball hammers Cobras

July 21, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. July 21, 2011

Mike Paulson, a former Issaquah High standout, and Dan Altchech, of Newport, each pounded out two hits to support the pitching of Travis Snider, of Skyline, Wednesday as the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team hammered the Tacoma Cobras 12-0 in the a AAA Super Regional tournament game at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside Recovery plays the Spokane Blue Devils at 4 p.m. Thursday with the winner advancing to the state tournament next week in Selah. The loser plays either the Kennewick Bandits or Cobras for a state tournament berth.

Altchech drove in three runs and Paulson, who played at Walla Walla Community College in the spring, knocked in one run. Snider pitched a complete game, striking out seven and not allowing a walk.

Lakeside Recovery scored 10 runs in the fifth inning.

The victory evened Lakeside Recovery’s record at 21-21.

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Celebrities turn out for memorial golf tournament

July 19, 2011

Months before the Joshua P. Williams Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament each year, a posse of his old buddies from Skyline High School scheme about what to wear on tournament day.

By Christopher Huber Mark Hanan, Luke Tulshar, Collin Roberts and Brandon Hemphill (from left), old friends of Josh Williams, watch a ball fly from the bunker on the 12th hole at The Plateau Club on July 12.

This year, four of the guys each played while decked out from head to toe in one color. They found the vibrant attire at a thrift store, intent on standing out everywhere they went at The Plateau Club.

“They look like popsicles out there,” said Debra Williams, Josh’s mother and event organizer. “They make it fun.”

More than 200 people participated in the 2011 celebrity golf tournament in Sammamish July 12. Centered around the casual golf tournament, the charity event raised money for the Williams family’s foundation at the dinner-auction that evening.

A total wasn’t immediately available.

“It’s a fun way for everybody to come out and celebrate Josh’s life,” said Mark Hanan, one of Josh’s high school friends, who wore a baby blue polo shirt and pants. “It’s the best day of the year. It’s a good way to give back to the community.”

This year’s tournament brought 36 local celebrities, including Chance Fry (Seattle Sounders), Tracie Ruiz-Conforto (Olympic gold medalist), Tyler Malsam (auto racer from Sammamish), Alonzo Mitz (retired NFL player), Golden Tate (Seattle Seahawks), Dave Valle (former Seattle Mariners catcher) and Gino Torretta (NFL retired player, NCAA Hall of Fame).

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Junior golfers square off at summer tourneys

July 5, 2011

Mersadie Tallman used to follow her older sister Brittany around the golf courses during Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 tournament play.

Taylor Swingle chips a shot to the pin on the par-5, 539-yard 18th hole June 28 at the Plateau Club. Swingle qualified for the WJGA District 2 Championship Tournament July 18-19 at the Mount Si Golf Course. By Greg Farrar

Brittany, who now plays for the University of Washington, was one of the top junior players, as well as a two-time state champion at Issaquah High School.

Now, the younger sister is out to make a name for herself.

Mersadie, who will be a freshman at Issaquah in the fall, is one of the top players in the girls 14-15 division this summer. She shot an 87 to take first place at the The Plateau Club on June 28 in the second sub-district tournament of the season. Tallman beat Eastlake sophomore Jamie Midkiff by three strokes.

“It was OK,” Mersadie Tallman said of her score. “I just tried to keep my head in the game and stay focused.”

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Brian Mogg leads field of young golfers in junior circuit

June 28, 2011

Young golfer Brian Mogg couldn’t help but be excited about his recent time spent in Palm Beach, Fla., with players from the PGA Tour.

Brian Mogg

Mogg, 15, has won his fair share of recent youth golf tournaments in the Northwest, but just finished a stint learning from the pros at the first ever Ryder Cup Junior Academy.

Mogg, who will play in the fall for Skyline High School, and about 50 other Sammamish and Issaquah golfers are gearing up for a summer of golf on the Washington Junior Golf Association circuit.

They will compete against about 175 other District 2 golfers, ages 8-17. They will play four tournaments and contend for one of about 50 total spots in the state tournament, held this year at Walla Walla Country Club.

“I get to see all my friends again,” Mogg said. “And I’m just excited for more competition.”

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