Eagles net season’s first victory at Patriots’ expense

March 22, 2011

Dayna Bennett, of Issaquah, swings a backhand shot back to Liberty’s Emmie Kellogg-Smith during their No. 1 singles match March 17. Bennett won, 6-4, 6-1. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team took advantage of one of the dry days last week when it defeated host Liberty, 7-0, March 17 in a nonleague match.

The match was the first of the season for both teams.

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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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Siblings play off rivalry to propel them in to state tennis tourney

June 1, 2010

Brother and sister Tyler and Alisa VanGrunsven, of Skyline High School, fed off their sibling rivalry to propel them both to the 2010 4A state tennis tournament. Photo by Christopher Huber

Alisa VanGrunsven hung a motivational poster in her room in summer 2009 to get herself thinking about a run at the state tennis singles tournament. She made it herself, complete with a Nike swoosh drawn on it. “State 2010 — You Can Do It,” the poster reads.

The budding Skyline High School singles player said she had struggled with consistency as of late and relied on the daily reminder during her sophomore season. She needed confidence going into the KingCo playoffs, she said.

“I wanted to quit a few times,” she said.

But rather than quitting, she pressed on, worked on her mental game, and in the KingCo 4A crossover match, overcame Skyview’s Brittany Ellingsen in dramatic fashion. VanGrunsven won the 2-hour, 45-minute match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, to make the cut for state.

“She played a very convincing match,” Skyline coach Bettina Gehle said. “She was strong with her mental game and also profited from her aggressive strokes.”

It was Alisa’s first state tournament birth. But what makes this year even more special for her and Skyline tennis fans is she joined her brother, senior Tyler VanGrunsven. Tyler, who played in the state 4A singles tournament this year, also participated in the 2009 state doubles tournament with Skyline graduate Ryan Clark. Tyler qualified for state after the boys’ fall season.

In the first round, both Tyler and Alisa faced two of the toughest and most experienced opponents in the state in Kentwood’s Max Manthou and Central Valley’s Leslie Ho, respectively. Tyler lost 7-5, 6-2 and Alisa fell in three sets 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Tyler and Alisa each lasted two rounds in the 2010 4A state tournament in Eastern Washington May 28 and 29. Tyler faced Manthou, who was undefeated in four years of high school and eventually went on to win state for the fourth year in a row. Tyler then lost 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 to Scott McConnell, of Shorewood. Read more

Liberty tennis nets first win

May 4, 2010

The Liberty High School girls tennis team defeated Eastlake for the first time April 30, when the Patriots won 4-3.

Liberty’s Amber Eastham won the No. 1 singles match by defeating Hannah Thornsburg 7-5, 7-5.

Issaquah also defeated Eastlake 6-1 April 29. Alyssa Wilson, Dayna Bennett, Mary Brummit and Morgan Gierke all won their singles matches for Issaquah.

Skyline downed Mount Si 6-1 April 28, Alisa Van Grunsven won the No. 1 singles by defeating Shelby Thomas 6-1, 6-1.

Issaquah High School track teams sweep Newport

April 30, 2010

NEW — 10:14 a.m. April 30, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls and boys track teams both defeated visiting Newport on Thursday in a KingCo Conference meet.

The Issaquah boys won 88-57. Kyle Farmer won the 100 and 200 meters for Issaquah. He also ran on the Eagles’ winning 400 relay. Other Issaquah first places came from Chris Brasino in the 800, Isaac Robinson in the 1,600, Turner Wiley in the 3,200, Alexander Farmer in the 110 hurdles and Jeremiah Odom in the pole vault.

The Issaquah girls defeated Newport 91-59. Haley Jacobson won the 100 and 200. She also ran on the Eagles’ winning 400 and 800 relays. Other Issaquah first places came from Nicole Migotsky in the 800, Jocelyn Eng in the 3,200, Lauren Bruner in the 300 hurdles, Kelley Chen in the javelin and Eva Perry in the pole vault. Perry went 11 feet, 5 inches to break the school record she set last week.

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Skyline outlasts Eastlake tennis in mental battle

April 27, 2010

Coaches Bettina Gehle and Bud Peterson were both a bit nervous April 22 as the Skyline and Eastlake high school girls KingCo Conference tennis match came down to the No. 1 doubles competition.

The other six matches had finished by about 5:30 p.m. and the contest, at the Skyline tennis courts, was tied at three each.

Skyline doubles pair Molly Knutson and Alyson Opitz faced Eastlake’s Sara Marien and Tasnim Klessih. Knutson and Opitz had come back from a 6-0 first-set loss to win a tiebreaker in the second, and it came down to a drawn-out third set to determine the winner.

“The team who had better fight will win,” said Gehle as she watched the final match. “It’s all about the mental.”

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Liberty, Issaquah track teams run to victory

April 16, 2010

NEW — 12:05 p.m. April 16, 2010

The boys and girls track teams for Liberty and Issaquah high schools won their KingCo Conference meets Thursday.

Joshua Gordon had three first places as he led the Liberty boys past Interlake 91-55. Gordon won the 200 meters in 23.7 seconds, went 6-feet to win the high jump, and leaped 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to take the long jump.

Peter Stacy, Devin Bennett and Troy Solly each won two events for Liberty. Stacy captured the javelin and the discus. Bennett won the 400 and the triple jump. Solly won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

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Skyline Spartans baseball blanks Ballard

April 15, 2010

NEW — 11:41 a.m. April 15, 2010

Jayce Nelson allowed just three hits Wednesday as he pitched the Skyline High School baseball team to an 8-0 victory against host Ballard.

Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

In other 4A KingCo Conference action, Inglemoor scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to nip Issaquah 8-7 and Roosevelt edged Eastlake 2-1.

Issaquah held a 5-3 lead against Inglemoor, the Crown Division leaders, going into the bottom of the fifth inning. However, Inglemoor scored three times to take the lead. Issaquah scored in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

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Sports update — Wednesday

March 24, 2010

NEW — 11:06 a.m. March 24, 2010

Issaquah, Skyline win baseball openers

The Issaquah and Skyline high school baseball teams brought out the heavy artillery March 23 as they pounded out victories in their 4A KingCo Conference openers.

Issaquah walloped Garfield 16-2 at Bobby Morris Field in Seattle. Winning pitcher Shane Yarnell had two hits, one a home run, and drove in five runs. He also struck out eight batters in picking up his second victory of the season.

Ben Rosellini had three hits, one a home run, and drove in two runs for the Eagles. Grant Gellatly contributed three hits, Devin O’Donnell had two hits and Jake Bakamus hit two RBIs for Issaquah, 3-0 overall for the season.

Issaquah scored seven times in the top of the fourth inning. The contest was called after the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.

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Girls tennis teams each have areas they seek to improve upon

April 13, 2009

Mika Asaba, of Issaquah High School, plays a marathon three-set match last year against Skyline. File

Mika Asaba, of Issaquah High School, plays a marathon three-set match last year against Skyline. File

The Skyline High School girls tennis team went 6-3 overall last year and hopes to improve with some new faces in 2009.

Freshman newcomer Alicia VanGrunsven will lead the team at the No. 1 singles spot.

“She definitely belongs there,” head coach Bettina Gehle said. “I hope she will have a good experience.”

Freshman Allison Opitz will help out in the No. 3 doubles position.

In her second year on varsity, junior Kelly Boudwin will look to play a strong role as the No. 2 singles player.

“She’s a very talented player.” Gehle said. “She’s very solid. Has a good spirit, too.” Read more

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