Issaquah baseball team edges Eastlake

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.

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Issaquah High School netters nab opening win

March 18, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 18, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team opened its season Thursday with a 7-0 victory against host Liberty.

Dayna Bennett, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Emmie Kellog-Smith. Issaquah’s Sam Garrard and Sabrina Norton captured the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Julie Do and Audry LaFraugh.

In other action, Skyline lost to Mercer Island 6-1. No. 4 singles player Kianna Bertonlino accounted for Skyline’s win by defeating Kajal Tiwany 7-6, 7-5.

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Skyline High School’s Kasen Williams wins two titles

May 13, 2010

NEW — 11:17 a.m. May 13, 2010

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams, one of the best all-around athletes in the state, captured two titles Wednesday in the first day of the 4A KIngCo Conference track and field championships at Eastlake.

Williams won the boys high jump by clearing 6 feet, 10 inches. He also captured the long jump by leaping 23-10.50.

Sparked by Williams’ efforts and those of his teammates, Skyline was in first place after the first day with 48 points. Bothell was second with 37.5 points.

Skyline took the top three places in the high jump with Blake Digiovanni finishing second and Jordon Coutts third.

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Skyline girls hit home runs for fight against cancer

May 11, 2010

When the Skyline High School girls softball team heard about Meadowdale High School’s Ashley Aven’s harrowing battle against leukemia, right away, team members knew they had to do something.

Aven had to quit her team and go through months of chemotherapy. Her family has struggled to finance the treatment, according to Skyline team members familiar with her story.

“We decided we need to step up and help out,” junior shortstop Lindsey Nicholson said.

So, the girls and their families held Home Runs for Help on May 6 after their game against Redmond. At the event, Skyline softball players hit as many home runs as they could. Before hand, they raised donations or gathered pledges per home run hit, said team leaders Nicholson and Lauren Wolfe.

During the week leading up to the home run derby, the Spartans raised more than $1,000 to help the Aven family, they said, and much more was rolling in, with company matches from Microsoft and various other organizations and families. When it was all said and done, the team raised nearly $6,000, event organizer Shawna Dunn said.

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Mikenzie Voves tosses no-hitter in pair of wins for the Eagles

May 11, 2010

Issaquah High School senior Mikenzie Voves demonstrated last week why she ranks among the best pitchers in the 4A KingCo Conference.

Voves won two of three games, including a no-hitter, for the Eagles.

Voves went the distance May 5 in an extra-inning battle with rival Skyline. The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to edge the host Spartans 5-4.

Brielle Bray had three hits and drove in two runs for Issaquah. Teammate Amanda Marques also had two hits.

Voves allowed just one earned run while striking out 16 batters. Skyline pitcher Lauren Richard also worked all nine innings and had 10 strikeouts.

Mickey Dunn-Blad and Anya Kamber each had two hits for Skyline.

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Issaquah edges Skyline in softball thriller

May 6, 2010

NEW — 10:55 a.m. May 6, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls softball team scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday to defeat host Skyline 5-4 in a 4A KingCo Conference extra-inning thriller.

Winning pitcher Mikenzie Voves went the distance, allowing just one earned run while striking out 16 batters. Skyline pitcher Lauren Richard also worked all nine innings and had 10 strikeouts.

Brielle Bray had three hits and drove in two runs for Issaquah. Teammate Amanda Marques also had two hits.

Mickey Dunn-Blad and Anya Kanyer each had two hits for Skyline.

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Skyline tied for fastpitch lead

May 4, 2010

The Skyline High School fastpitch softball team entered this week tied with Sammamish Plateau rival Eastlake for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings. Both teams are 6-4.

Skyline split two games last week. The Spartans lost to Inglemoor 8-4 April 26, but downed Roosevelt 4-1 April 30.

Against Roosevelt, Skyline pitcher Lauren Richards tossed a four-hitter and struck out 12 batters, Lindsey Nicholson had two hits and Lauren Wolfe drove in two runs for Skyline.

Issaquah won two of three games last week. The Eagles pounded Bothell 10-4 April 26, lost to Inglemoor 4-1 April 28 and blanked Lake Washington 2-0 April 30.

In the victory against Bothell, pitchers Mikenzie Voves and Brielle Bray combined on a one-hitter.

Voves, who had six strikeouts, was the winning pitcher. Heather Benjamin had two hits and drove in four runs for Issaquah. Christian McKone also had two hits for the Eagles.

Voves tossed a three-hitter against Lake Washington and had 13 strikeouts.

Prep Roundup

April 27, 2010

Spartans fastpitch wins two of three last week

The Skyline High School fastpitch won two of three 4A KingCo Conference games last week to take over first place in the Crest Division standings.

Skyline belted Lake Washington 13-4 April 19, held off Redmond 11-9 April 22 and lost to Bothell 4-1 April 23.

In the victory against Lake Washington, Skyline pitcher Lauren Richards had nine strikeouts. Anna Kanyer had four hits and Jillian Windsor two hits for the Spartans.

Against Redmond, Skyline scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to pull away to an 11-8 lead. Lindsey Nicholson had four hits and Kanyer had three hits and three RBIs. Mickey Dunn-Blad contributed three hits and four RBIs for Skyline. Richards picked up the victory, raising her record to 6-0.

One of the best pitching performances of the week came from Issaquah senior Mikenzie Voves, who blanked Roosevelt 2-0 April 19. Voves had 15 strikeouts and held Roosevelt to four hits.

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Issaquah Eagles baseball team takes over first

April 27, 2010

NEW — 3:25 p.m. April 27, 2010

The Issaquah High School baseball team sits alone in first place of the Crest Division today after walloping Eastlake 11-1 on Monday in a five-inning 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Issaquah’s bats matched the steady rain that fell throughout the game. The Eagles, 10-3, pounded out 13 hits.

Spencer Rogers led Issaquah with three hits. He also drove in a run. Devin O’Donnell and pitcher Shane Yarnell each had two hits and two RBIs. Mike Paulson and Grant Gellatly each had two hits.

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Skyline falls to Eastlake despite late rally

April 20, 2010

Heavy-hitting Skyline High School freshman Mickey Dunn-Blad nearly caused a seventh-inning Eastlake meltdown when she stroked a two-out, ground-rule double over the centerfield fence. It was 4-1 and Eastlake had nearly sent the Spartans home without much of a fight.

But the hit scored two runners and brought the Spartans to within one run of tying the game.

“I was just trying to make something happen,” Dunn-Blad said after the game at Skyline.

She did provide some late-game excitement for the home crowd, and she did make the Eastlake bench nervous. But the short-lived rally was not enough as Eastlake ace Nicole Guptil struck out the next batter to end the game.

“I was just really glad to get the last out,” Guptil said.

Eastlake won 4-3 as the sun finally came out for a 4A KingCo Conference game April 14. The Wolves improved to 5-2 overall and Skyline went to 5-3. Read more

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