April 19, 2011
Jason Lichtenberger might be the Nostradamus of 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer. Entering the season the Issaquah High School boys coach predicted it would be another close race for the top spot in the standings.
Lichtenberger’s crystal ball is as clear as ever. Entering this week four teams, including Issaquah, were tied for first place. Two other teams were just three points out of first place.
These traffic jams are getting common in 4A KingCo soccer. When last season’s league play ended, three teams tied for first place and two were just one point behind the leaders.
“I knew it was going to be tight this season,” Lichtenberger said. “I knew Skyline was going to be real strong, and that Newport, Eastlake and Garfield would be real good. So it’s not surprising that it’s close at the top.”
April 12, 2011
NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 12, 2011
The Issaquah High School baseball team captured its fourth straight victory Monday when the Eagles downed visiting Ballard 8-3.
Brandon Mahovlich’s pitching and hitting led Issaquah, which moved into third place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division with a 4-3 record. Mahovlich went the distance to earn his second victory. He also had three hits, one a home run. Matt Gonn, Blake Miller and Ben Rosellini had run-scoring hits for Issaquah, too.
In other action, Inglemoor topped Skyline 7-5. Nate Litka had three hits and drove in three runs for Skyline.
In a battle of division leaders, Crest pacing Redmond defeated Crown leader Bothell 11-9. In other games, it was Roosevelt 6, Eastlake 3 and Newport 6, Garfield 5.
In the 3A/2A KingCo, Mount Si hammered five home runs, three by Tim Proudfoot, to wallop Liberty 11-0. In other games it was Bellevue 5, Sammamish 1; Lake Washington 7, Juanita 3; and Interlake 3, Mercer Island 2.
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 25, 2011
NEW — 3 p.m. March 25, 2011
The Issaquah High School baseball team earned its first victory of the season Thursday when the Eagles edged visiting Eastlake 3-2 in a 4A KingCo Conferencee contest.
Issaquah pitcher Andrew Kemmerer held Eastlake to three hits over 6.1 innings and struck out four to earn his first varsity win. Cole Westover, who relieved Kemmerer in the seventh inning, earned his first varsity save.
Kemmerer also drove in a run as Issaquah snapped a four-game losing streak.
In other action, Redmond topped Skyline 5-3. Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.
March 22, 2011
NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 22, 2011
The Skyline High School boys soccer team, one of the preseason favorites for the 4A KingCo Conference title, tuned up for its league opener Monday with a 5-1 victory against visiting Auburn Mountainview.
James Molyneux-Elliott scored two goals for Skyline. Pedro Miola contributed a goal and an assist for the Spartans, 3-0-1 on the season.
In other action, Issaquah and Highline fought to a 1-1 tie in a nonleague game in Highline Stadium. Alex Shane, assisted by Drew Tacher, scored Issaquah’s goal at the 68th minute. Shane’s goal also tied the game. Issaquah’s overall record went to 3-0-2.
Both Skyline and Issaquah enter 4A KingCo play March 24. Skyline plays at Newport and Issaquah entertains Woodinville. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Issaquah also hosts Skyline at 7:30 p.m. March 26.
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.
February 15, 2011
David White, of Issaquah High School, and Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Feb. 12 in their respective regional wrestling tournaments.
White captured the 145-pound class at the Region II Tournament at Skyline. He defeated Austin Henderson, of Bethel, 7-2 in the final. White was the only 4A KingCo Conference wrestler to win a regional title.
He opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory against Bothell’s Dustin Rhode and defeated Inglemoor’s Brian Trabun 13-2 in the semifinals.
Issaquah teammate Max Tickman placed third in the 112-pound class after defeating Brett Dykman, of Beamer, 10-4. Almen Thorpe, of Issaquah, took fifth in the 135-pound class with a 7-0 victory against Redmond’s Brandon Long. Sean Novak, of Issaquah, placed fifth in the 140-pound class after pinning Eastlake’s Nykolai Peterson in 2:26.
Issaquah finished ninth in the tournament with 56 points. Graham-Kapowsin took first place with 194 points.
February 9, 2011
NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011
The Liberty High School girls basketball team got one of its biggest victories of the season Tuesday when the Patriots topped Juanita 53-44 in the semifinals of the 3A KingCo Conference tournament at Bellevue College.
Juanita, the regular-season champion, had defeated Liberty twice during the season. However, the Patriots took control in tournament contest by shooting to a 19-12 first-quarter lead. Liberty held a commanding 32-21 lead at halftime.
Danni Sjolander and Aspen Winegar each scored 15 points to lead the Patriots.
Liberty plays Mount Si at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in the tournament title game. Mount Si defeated Mercer Island 61-49 in the other semifinal.
The top four KingCo teams and the top eight from the Metro League advance to the Sea-King District Tournament, which begins Saturday.