Skyline speeds past Roosevelt

April 9, 2013

The rain and wind didn’t let up April 4, and neither did the Skyline High School track and field team as it bested Roosevelt in both girls and boys events.

By Greg Farrar Nicole Cox (right), Skyline High School freshman, dashes to the 100-meter finish line for the win during the Spartans’ track meet April 4 against Roosevelt. Teammate and fellow freshman Stephanie Lunde (left) races close behind.

By Greg Farrar
Nicole Cox (right), Skyline High School freshman, dashes to the 100-meter finish line for the win during the Spartans’ track meet April 4 against Roosevelt. Teammate and fellow freshman Stephanie Lunde (left) races close behind.

The girls 800-meter relay team, composed of Alexis Daugherty, Dorie Dalzell, Kaylie Greninger and Brandy Hughes, started the Skyline Spartans with a win by edging out Roosevelt by a 2-second victory.

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Issaquah foursome earns its (tiger) stripes at state

May 29, 2012

Issaquah High School relay members (from left) Gabrielle Gevers, Amanda Chalfant, Madison Callan, Mack Wieburg, Julianna Da Cruz and Grace Englund brought a tiger to the state 4A track and field championships. He chased them to second-place finishes in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. By Greg Farrar

The tiger had chased the Issaquah High School girls relay team all year.

And now here he was at the state meet, primly standing on the hand of one of the runners. He did not look menacing, but he was.

Earlier this year, the girls on the relay team had joked that they should run like a tiger was chasing them. So for state, they brought a tiger.

The feline helped five Eagle girls finish second in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays, with times of 1 minute, 42.6 seconds, and 3 minutes 53.99 seconds, respectively.

“We beat our own record,” senior Madison Callan said after the 4×400 race. “That was our biggest goal.”

Callan, Amanda Chalfant, Mack Wieburg, Gabrielle Gevers and Juliana Da Cruz, the latter a 4×200 runner, celebrated their state run posing for pictures holding each other and the tiger.

“We have a lot of love in our team,” Callan said, adding they created a bluesy tune for the team, just for fun.

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Spartans track team sweeps meet against Garfield

May 1, 2012

Skyline sophomore Bryan Lee threw the discus 132 feet, 2 inches, April 26, winning the event and setting a new personal record. By Lillian Tucker

With a boys score of 68 and a girls score of 98, Skyline High School’s track and field team put its best face forward April 26 when it swept its home meet against Garfield.

The clouds rolled in over the Sammamish field but never opened up to pour over the event. When the sun peeked out from behind its curtain it was not enough to warm the athletes, who peeled off their sweats only long enough to compete in their particular events.

At the long jump station, Lindsay Coutts, a Skyline junior, quickly shed her warmer layers before taking off down the runway and launching, her arms and legs stretched back before she came down in the sandpit. During her jumps, Coutts kept commenting that she found herself having to slow down before springing from the takeoff board.

“Sometimes my mark is off. I just have to make sure my run-up is solid and I don’t scratch,” she said.

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Local high schools’ track teams evaluate mid-season progress

April 10, 2012

Joey Domek, Issaquah High School junior, leaps a barrier as he wins the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.54 seconds April 5 against Bothell. Domek also persevered in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.4 seconds. By Greg Farrar

If there’s one single word in the English language to describe a strategy in high school track, it might be survival.

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Lakeside hurlers toss no-hitter

June 14, 2011

Connor Gilchrist, Aaron Sandefur and Andrew Kemmerer combined on a no-hitter June 11 as Lakeside Recovery’s Senior American Legion team blanked Garfield, 7-0, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Lakeside Recovery, 7-1 in league play and 7-4 overall, also won the opener, 11-1.

In the second game, Gilchrist was the starting pitcher and picked up his first victory of the season. The Skyline High School player worked the first three innings before getting relieved by Sandefur, of Newport. Sandefur pitched the next three innings. Kemmerer, of Issaquah, worked the seventh inning.

Nate Anderson, a Newport High School player, had three hits, one a home run, and knocked in three runs for Lakeside. Kemmerer had two hits and two RBIs.

In the opener, Lakeside scored 11 times in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a two-game losing streak. Dan Altchech, a Newport graduate, had two hits and three RBIs to lead Lakeside.

Altchech capped the fifth inning with a home run. Wes Blackburn, of Skyline, had two hits and drove in a run. Winning pitcher Brandon Lundeberg, of Skyline, tossed a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out nine batters.

Lakeside Recovery dropped a tough nonleague game June 8 to Chaffey, 4-3, at the Husky Ballpark. Lakeside got a strong effort from pitcher Travis Snider, of Skyline, but poor defensive play cost the club, which made five errors.

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Florida Marlins draft Skyline High graduate

June 8, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. June 8, 2011

Bellevue College pitcher Adrian Sampson, a former Skyline High School standout, was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 16th round Tuesday in the Major League amateur baseball draft.

Sampson, a freshman, was the 493rd player selected in the draft. He compiled a 5-2 record with 68 strikeouts in 54 innings and a 2.19 earned run average this spring. Opponents hit just .193 against him.

The right-hander helped the Bulldogs capture the NWAACC Title. In the NWAACC Tournament, Sampson tossed a three-hitter and struck out 15 in beating Lower Columbia 3-0. He was selected to the all-tournament team.

Sampson is the second member of his family to be drafted by a Major League team. The Philadelphia Phillies selected older brother Julian, also a Skyline graduate, in the 2007 draft. He pitched in the Phillies’ organization for four seasons. Julian is pitching for the Brockton Rox in the independent Can-Am League.

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Local athletes make strong showings at state track meet

May 31, 2011

Haley Jacobson, Issaquah High School senior, takes a jog down the track before her 100-meter dash at the 4A state championship May 28 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

For the seniors, the state championship track and field meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School on May 27 and 28 marked the final athletic event of their high school careers.

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Liberty falls short of Sea-King track title; Newport wins by two points

May 24, 2011

Devin Bennett, a Liberty High School senior, jumps out at the start of the 400-meter race May 20 during the 3A Sea-King District Championships, qualifying for state with a time of 51.01 seconds. By Greg Farrar

As good as the Liberty High School Patriots were last week at the 3A Sea-King District Championships, Franklin High School, of Seattle, was just a touch better. Read more

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Issaquah School District athletes earn titles

May 20, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. May 20, 2011

Kasen Williams, of Skyline High School, and Devin Bennett, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Wednesday at their respective post-season track and field meets.

Williams, competing in the 4A Northwest Regional meet at Marysville-Pilchuck, won the boys high jump by going 6-feet, 4 inches. He also took second in the long jump by going 22-1 1/4. Williams was just edged by Alec Fellows, of Edmonds-Woodway, who won at 22-6 1/2. Issaquah’s Jorrell Dorsey was third at 21-1 1/4.

In other first-day action at the 4A Regional, Issaquah’s Jason Hollaway finished in a tie for second place in the pole vault by going 14-6. Skyline’s Kyle Branch was third in the 1,600 in 4:21.08.

In the girls competition, Skyline’s Lindsay Coutts was second in the long jump by going 16-10. Issaquah’s Mckenna Hogan was fifth at 16-7 1/4.

The second day of the meet took place Friday.

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Local athletes enjoy a big day at the KingCo track championships

May 17, 2011

Kasen Williams, Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13 at Juanita High School. By Greg Farrar

It was by all means a championship day for several local athletes.

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