Ballard blanks Skyline, 5-0

May 7, 2013

Spartans retain third rank despite loss

Winter Ridgeway, Skyline High School sophomore, delivers a pitch April 30 against Ballard. By Lillian O’Rorke

Winter Ridgeway, Skyline High School sophomore, delivers a pitch April 30 against Ballard. By Lillian O’Rorke

After suffering a 6-5 loss at home to Skyline High School April 3, Ballard turned the tide April 30 by pulling a 5-0 win over the No. 3 ranked plateau softball team.

“It’s softball, and that’s part of the game,” said Ken Brooks, coach of the Skyline Spartans. “We expected ups and downs with only having 12 kids turn out.”

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Skyline’s offensive explosion downs rival Issaquah, 9-6

April 2, 2013

The Issaquah High School softball field was host to an explosion of offense when rivals Issaquah and Skyline High School squared off March 25. It was the Spartans’ bats that proved to pack the most punch, though, defeating the Eagles, 9-6.

The schools combined to produce 25 hits, but the game remained scoreless through two innings, before Skyline pushed six runs across the plate in the third.

Skyline’s Madisen Camp-Chimenti put the Spartans on the board first, driving in two runs with a double laced to the left-center field gap. It was just the beginning of what would be a productive day for the Skyline junior, who collected four hits and three RBIs.

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Skyline turns out enough players for varsity team only

March 12, 2013

What the Skyline High School softball team lacks in numbers, it makes up for in returning key players.

With only 12 total girls turning out this year, there is not enough to field a junior varsity team. However, varsity is covered. Those returning include Skyline’s No. 1 pitcher from last year, sophomore Winter Ridgeway. Making up the other half of the battery is Tia Hedman, also a sophomore.

“Our catching is one of our strong points,” Ken Brooks, the new head coach for Skyline, said about Hedman. “She is just a very aggressive gal. She is just a pure athlete. I couldn’t have asked for a better kid back there.”

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Skyline High School hires Ken Brooks as softball coach

September 18, 2012

The Skyline High School softball team has a new head coach.

The high school announced Sept. 13 that Ken Brooks has been hired as the new head softball coach.

Brooks is not new to the Skyline Spartans. From 1998 to 2000 he served as the junior varsity softball coach. From there, he went on to head the softball program at The Bear Creek School but returned to Skyline to take over as head coach for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

During that time, the Spartans were named 2002 Academic State Champions and finished fifth in the 2003 state academic contest. Brooks left Skyline after 2003 to spend more time with his young son. Most recently, he has coached baseball and softball at the club level.

“I’m excited to be back at Skyline, and to grow the program,” Brooks said in a statement. “As a coach who was here at the start of the program my goal is to bring back the Spartan tradition of a team that competes at the highest level.”

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Skyline High School softball team earns first conference win

April 17, 2012

Erika Wolfe, Skyline High School Spartans catcher, slides safely into home to score their eighth run at the bottom of the fifth inning. By Lillian Tucker

The Skyline High School softball team turned its season record on its head with an 11-1 victory over Redmond High School on April 9.

“I was really impressed,” said head coach Alison Mitchell, who explained that the Redmond Mustangs are a team that usually finds a way to hang around and win. “It was nice to get that monkey off our back, because I know our team is much more capable than our record has shown.”

The Skyline Spartans had gotten off to a rocky start of conference play with consecutive losses to Issaquah and Newport.

But their stay at the bottom of the KingCo 4A-Crest standings didn’t last long. The score was tied at zero at the bottom of the third inning when Winter Ridgeway, Skyline’s freshman pitcher, hit a single to secure herself on first. Fellow freshman Tia Hedman followed with another single. With runners on first and second, Natalie De La Garrigue smacked a double to bring Ridgeway home and for the first time this season; Skyline had the lead.

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Youth must rise from limited talent pool in Skyline’s softball program

April 3, 2012

Shannon Heneghan, Issaquah High School senior, is safe stealing home on a wild pitch as Skyline High School sophomore catcher Erika Wolfe returns with the ball to attempt the tag during the fourth inning. Issaquah won the rain-shortened game, 3-2. By Greg Farrar

“Strike three!” yelled the umpire on a questionable pitch that was closer to the dirt than the strike zone.

Groans could be heard from the Issaquah High School dugout after the questionable call. The intensity of the Issaquah-Skyline rivalry could be felt with every pitch as both teams struggled to score runs early in the game March 28.

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High-energy Lindsey Nicholson was Skyline’s game-changer

June 21, 2011

When Skyline High School girls basketball players would come to pre-game warm-ups, they would find the colorful artwork of senior guard Lindsey Nicholson covering the whiteboard.

Skyline High School senior Lindsey Nicholson stood out as a leader on the basketball court and the softball field. She plans to play softball at Boise State University. By Christopher Huber

She often drew pet animals for each player. The silly antics were meant to keep the mood light among the team members before game time, head coach Greg Bruns said, but Nicholson got down to business when necessary.

“She always had the mentality of team before herself, which is hard to find, at least among high school athletes,” longtime teammate and senior Michelle Bretl said. “She was never really about the recognition.”

Nicholson graduated from Skyline on June 10 having participated in all 12 sports seasons of her high school career. She excelled in softball from an early age — and was named the 2011 KingCo 4A softball MVP — but also ran cross country and became a leading force on the basketball court.

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Skyline overcomes Issaquah in baseball battle

May 10, 2011

The Skyline High School baseball team exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning May 3 and overcame host Issaquah 9-6 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

The game wrapped up the regular season for both teams, who entered the league tournament May 7 at Woodinville. Issaquah, 6-8, finished in fourth place in the Crest Division. Skyline, 8-6, took third place.

Ethan Kalin gave Issaquah an 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he walloped a grand slam. Issaquah extended its lead to 6-3 going into the top of the seventh inning. However, Skyline came back to defeat Issaquah for the second time this season.

Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline. Teammate Brandon Fischer also had two hits, and Clayton Huber knocked in three runs. Andrew Kemmerer had two hits for Issaquah.

On May 7, Skyline advanced to the KingCo tournament semifinals with a 4-1 victory against Woodinville. Fischer and Zack Liddle each slammed home runs for Skyline, which played Newport on May 9, after The Press’ deadline. The winner of the game earned a berth to the state regionals.

Issaquah meanwhile lost to Crown Division champion Bothell, 2-0.

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Skyline High School softball falls to Bothell

April 28, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. April 28, 2011

The final score looked like it came from a football game. The visiting Bothell Cougars outslugged Skyline 26-17 Wednesday in a 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch softball game.

There wasn’t a lot of pitching in the game as Skyline pounded out 14 hits and Bothell had nine. The Cougars scored 16 times in the top of the fifth inning to win the five-inning contest.

Anya Kamber went 4-for-4 to lead Skyline. Natalie De La Garrigue contributed three hits and two runs batted in. Megan Burris had two hits and drove in four runs, and Lindsey Nicholson had two hits and three runs batted in for the Spartans.

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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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