Threesome headed to state tourney

May 14, 2013

The two-day District 2 Tournament, at the par 72 Coyote Creek at Willows Run golf course May 7, was a success for both Issaquah and Skyline high school golfers.

Going into the 18th hole the second day, Issaquah High School sophomore Mersadie Tallman was leading by one stroke, before a double bogey bumped her final score to 157 for third place and a ticket to the girls golf 4A State Championship.

“It was good. I’m not disappointed, but I would have liked to have done better on the last hole,” Tallman said. “I had a great time, and it was nice out here and I got to miss school.”

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Skyline battles the elements, beats Woodinville on the links

March 26, 2013

By Lillian O’Rorke Brya Vowels, Skyline High School senior, puts on to the green of hole No. 5 March 19 at The Plateau Club golf course.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Brya Vowels, Skyline High School senior, puts on to the green of hole No. 5 March 19 at The Plateau Club golf course.

As the wind and rain swept over the front nine holes of The Plateau Club March 19, the Skyline High School girls golf team carried on until it had Woodinville beaten 286-313.

“They are not complaining with this horrible weather,” said Michael Fleming, the girls’ new head coach.

Fleming also coaches the boys team in the fall and said he has been pleasantly surprised by the girls.

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Freshman Zachary Overstreet leads Eagles with third at state

July 31, 2012

Zach Overstreet (right), 15, of Issaquah High School, watches his golf ball on the first hole July 25 during the first round of the WJGA District 2 championship at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. Taylor Swingle (left), 15, of Issaquah High School, follows through on his tee shot on the first hole. By Greg Farrar

Going into the final round July 27 of the Washington Junior Golf Association, Zachary Overstreet was leading the 14-15 boys division by two strokes.

This was the Issaquah High School freshman’s fourth appearance at state but the first time he made it out of the second-day elimination round.

“Going into the third day was an accomplishment itself,” he said. “But being the leader the third day was shocking and exciting at the same time. It felt really good.”

Out of the gate July 25 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Overstreet was pulling ahead with a birdie on the third hole. Having finished the first nine with three bogies he was able to make up for it by birdying holes No. 15-17 and finish the round in first place at 72 strokes.

When he finished the second round July 26 at Renton’s Fairwood Golf and Country Club he still had a tight grasp on the lead after shooting 75. Even though Overstreet still has not tried out for his new school’s team, he was walking both courses with an Issaquah Eagles golf bag.

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Skyline girls golf team finds silver lining in loss to Redmond

April 24, 2012

While it was not a winning day for Skyline High School’s girls golf team, or the weather, last week it was a victory for Layla Hiramoto.

Ignoring the rain that poured down on her and everyone else playing the 2,731-yard course at the Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville on April 19, Hiramoto shot a 53. With an improvement of six shots, the No. 5 varsity golfer earned her season best and the top score of the day for Skyline.

“It took a lot of mental toughness to play well in that weather,” Skyline’s head coach Erik Hanson said. “She got it done. She looked beyond the weather and didn’t make excuses.”

Hanson was thrilled. Hiramoto had been struggling with her putting, he said, so much that in one match she used two different putters.

“For me, as a coach, I am always happy to see a kid work to improve their weakness,” he said.

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Eagles girls golfers win season finale against Spartans

May 10, 2011

Elin Skaardal, Issaquah junior, chips a shot to the flag at the par-4 second hole, on the way to scoring 50 on nine holes for second place overall May 4 against Skyline. By Christopher Huber

Minutes before the golf match began against Skyline at The Plateau Club, Issaquah High School golfer Lauren Merdinyan and coach Tom Bakamus consulted their golf pro at Snoqualmie Falls for some advice.

Merdinyan, the Eagles’ leader, was having trouble with her sand wedge and pitching wedge.

Turns out the over-the-phone advice paid off. Merdinyan shot a 42 on the par-36 course, medaling and helping Issaquah knock off Skyline, 265 strokes to 292, May 4 in the final match of the regular season. Last year, Issaquah only escaped with a three-stroke win.

“Coming into it, I knew it was going be a close one,” Merdinyan said. “It was nice to have the sun out there, and The Plateau Club has some tricky greens to read. But I think we handled it well.”

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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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Issaquah High School soccer nips Garfield

May 4, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. May 4, 2011

Michael Roberts scored two goals Tuesday as he led the Issaquah High School boys soccer team to a 2-1 4A KingCo Conference victory against visiting Garfield in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah and Garfield finished with 7-2-1 records and in a tie for third place in the league standings. Both teams will host a first-round tournament game May 7. The winners of the Saturday games meet May 10 to determine KingCo’s No. 3 berth. KingCo No. 3 will host Wesco No. 3 in a sub-district game to determine a state playoff tournament berth.

Garfield scored in the seventh minute but Roberts, assisted by Nick Smith and Drew Tacher, scored just seconds before the end of the first half to tie the game. Roberts, assisted by Zach Lawless, scored the game-winning goal at the 70th minute.

The Eagles went into the game with a chance at possibly tying for first place pending the outcomes of games for Eastlake and Skyline. However, both Eastlake and Skyline won to finish the regular-season tied for first place. Eastlake and Skyline will play May 10 in the KingCo tournament championship game.

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Consistent Skyline can’t overcome Eastlake’s home-course advantage

April 26, 2011

If the Skyline High School girls golf team learned anything from playing at Sahalee Country Club, it’s that you have to keep your drives straight and practice a little longer on the putting green before the match.

Skyline High School’s Bryalynn Vowels tees off on the third hole of Sahalee’s East 9 course April 21. By Christopher Huber

“It’s like you’re hitting the golf ball down a highway,” said Skyline coach Erik Hansen. “If you don’t keep it straight, you find yourself in trouble.”

Not all of the girls learned that the hard way, but the course notorious for frustrating unaccustomed golfers took just enough away from the visiting team to preserve another victory for Eastlake.

“This was a very difficult course,” said Skyline sophomore Bryalynn Vowels. “They definitely have home course advantage.”

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Eastlake uses home course advantage to beat Issaquah’s golfers

April 19, 2011

The conditions couldn’t have been much worse at Sahalee Country Club April 14. Not only did the chilly, low-40’s temperature cause tense muscles and stiff grips, but the driving rain even caused a player to lose her club during a swing.

Lauren Merdinyan, Issaquah High School junior, tees off on the fourth hole at Sahalee Country Club April 14 on the way to a nine-hole score of 51 against Eastlake. By Christopher Huber

Despite the lingering effects of a cold, wet and dark winter and early spring, the Issaquah and Eastlake high school girls golf teams completed the course without delay.

Eastlake, likely finding some comfort in its home-course advantage, came out on top, beating the Eagles, 277-302, in a 4A KingCo Conference match. Eastlake improved to 6-1 on the season. The young Issaquah team went to 3-2 overall.

Eastlake junior standout Megan Wotherspoon again led the way as the medalist, shooting a 46 on the par-36 course. She said the rain doesn’t bother her much because she is able to stay focused anyway.

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Skyline High School girls beat Eastlake, Garfield

April 15, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. April 15, 2011

Elena Frerker and Jordan Branch each won two events Thursday as they led the Skyline High School girls track team to 4A KingCo Conference victories against Eastlake and Garfield.

Skyline won the three-way meet with 73 points. Eastlake was second with 68 points and Garfield was third with 35.

Frerker won the discus and the javelin.

Branch captured the 1,600 and the 3,200. She also ran of the Spartans’ winning 4×400 relay. Erin Bryar, Caitlin McIlwain and Maddi Hutson were other members of the relay.

The Skyline boys finished second to Garfield, which totaled 81 points. Skyline had 69 points and Eastlake had 31.

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