Local lacrosse stars honored

June 26, 2012

Ben Director and Jack Pruitt have been named to the 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-Academic Team.

Director, a recent graduate of Issaquah High School, played midfield for his division 1 team. Pruitt, also a midfielder, graduated from Skyline High School this month.

Both athletes were among the 36 student-athletes from Washington that were honored for “exhibiting exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represent high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.”

Larger lacrosse league teams prepare to face tougher competition

March 20, 2012

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and a big part of that growth is happening right here in our own back yard.
“I coached the first 7-8 (year old) Issaquah youth lacrosse team, probably seven or eight years ago,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said. “From that point on, just in Issaquah, Sammamish, that program has bred another four or five youth programs. Now there’s 50 teams that have grown just from that in the last seven or eight years. It’s been exponential growth just year after year.”

With all that growth, both the division I and II leagues have gotten increasingly tougher, and Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty all hope to make significant strides this season.

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Plateau lacrosse rivals Skyline, Eastlake duke it out in snow

March 20, 2012

US Lacrosse Sophomore Michael Cowin, Skyline High School’s attack-man (left), and Eastlake High School’s defender Ty Reifeis, a sophomore, do their best to ignore the snow and play on during the March 13 lacrosse game between the two school’s prep teams. By Charles Mauzy

Braving the snow and wind the Skyline and Eastlake high school lacrosse prep teams faced off March 13 for a friendly plateau rivalry match that ended with Eastlake on top, 8-7.

“On the plateau, lacrosse is very competitive,” Eastlake head coach Chris Panos said. “In the past, Eastlake has got no respect. But part of my job is instilling confidence in those kids that they could play at that level.”

Just like the weather, which refused to relent, the two teams went net-for-net through most of the game. Skyline took the first quarter by outscoring Eastlake, 3-2, but the lead didn’t last long. By halftime the game was tied 5-5. After the third quarter saw Eastlake advance by one goal the two teams matched each other’s two goals each bringing the final score to 8-7.

“We took some penalties that they capitalized on,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said.

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Lacrosse title run ends in semifinals

May 31, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse club began its season with heavy hearts and ended it falling short of their goal — the state championship.

The Eagles’ season came to an end May 25, when they lost to host Bainbridge, 13-9, in the semifinals of the Washington Boys Lacrosse Division I tournament.

Issaquah players had dedicated this season to Tyler Lucas, who died Feb. 1 from injuries he sustained in a three-car accident. Lucas was a two-year starter and an all-league player. Program members wore a special decal on their helmets in memory of Lucas this season.

The Eagles, who had a two-year reign as Division I state champions end last spring, were eager to return to the top spot. That was also Lucas’ goal for this season.

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Skyline records first win over Issaquah, 10-9

May 17, 2011

The Skyline High School boys lacrosse team recorded one of its biggest victories in the club’s young history May 11 when the host Spartans topped Issaquah, 10-9, in overtime.

Ryan McMackin (6), Skyline High School junior midfielder, scores a second-quarter goal against Issaquah during their May 11 lacrosse match. By Greg Farrar

It was the first time Skyline defeated Issaquah in lacrosse.

Issaquah jumped to a 3-1 first-quarter lead, but Skyline came back in the second quarter with three goals to make it a 4-4 tie at halftime. The Eagles went ahead in the third quarter and were in front until the final nine seconds of regulation. That’s when Skyline’s Ryan Benz tied the score at 9-9 to send the game into overtime.

McMackin and Andrew Hankey each had three goals to lead Skyline.

Fritz had five goals and an assist to lead Issaquah. Kole Lindor, of Issaquah, had 10 groundballs.

Issaquah dropped to 8-2 in Division I play while Skyline went to 5-5. Despite the victory, Skyline failed to qualify for the league tournament, which begins this week.

Two losses last week proved costly for Skyline. The Spartans lost to Lake Washington, 12-7, May 9 and fell to first-place Mercer Island, 8-5, May 13.

In the Lake Washington game, Benz had four goals and Cannon Gardner two goals to lead Skyline.

Mercer Island scored three times in the fourth period to overcome Skyline. Benz had two goals and goalkeeper Cory Larson made 17 saves.

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Liberty High School Patriots win track titles

May 12, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. May 12, 2011

Two members of the Liberty High School track and field team captured individual titles Wednesday in the first day of the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Championship meet at Juanita High School.

Joshua Gordon won the boys long jump by leaping 22 feet. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 200-meter race with a time of 22.47 seconds.

Devin Bennett, of Liberty, was third in the long jump by going 20-8 1/2. He was also the top qualifier in the preliminary 400 race with a time of 52.06.

Liberty’s Tyler Westendorf was fourth in the 1,600 in 4:29.52. Teammate Nick Knoblich took sixth in 4:35.20.

Kevin Ahrens, of Liberty, finished eighth in the shot put with a throw of 39-3.

In the girls competition, Liberty’s Amy Broska won the 1,600 in 5:24.17. Teammate Megan Chucka was second in 5:28.91. Rachel Shaw, of Liberty, also placed seventh in the race with a time of 5:34.81.

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Issaquah High School baseball season ends

May 10, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. May 10, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball season came to an end Monday when the Eagles lost to Redmond 15-3 in a loser-out 4A KingCo Conference game at Woodinville High School.

Issaquah finished the season with an 8-14 record.

Redmond knocked out Issaquah starting pitcher Andrew Kemmerer in the third inning when the Mustangs scored six runs to go ahead 7-0.

The Mustangs, who were regarded as one of the favorites for the KingCo title this year, had 13 hits, two that were home runs. Patrick McGrath, who had one of the home runs, drove in five runs. Nick Rothermel hit the other home run.

Jake Bakamus had two hits and drove in a run for Issaquah.

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Issaquah soccer blitzes Bothell and Ballard

May 3, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys soccer team stayed in the running for the regular-season 4A KingCo Conference title last week by posting two victories.

Michael Roberts and Alex Shane each scored two goals April 26 as Issaquah blitzed host Bothell, 5-1, in Pop Keeney Stadium.

Shane put the Eagles ahead with an unassisted goal at the third minute. Roberts, assisted by Shane, scored 10 minutes later as the Eagles went ahead for good.

On April 30, Issaquah downed host Ballard, 4-1. Shane had a goal and two assists to lead the Eagles, who trailed 1-0 at halftime. Roberts had a goal and an assist.

Shane tied the game in the 66th minute. Akash Ramachandran, assisted by Cooper Fry, put Issaquah ahead to stay at the 69th minute.

Issaquah improved its league record to 6-2-1. The Eagles trail Skyline, Garfield and Eastlake, all tied for the top spot, by just three points entering this week’s final round.

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Liberty athletes set records at track meet

April 29, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. April 29, 2011

Hamilton Noel and Madison Birdsall each set school records Thursday to help their Liberty High School track and field teams defeat host Interlake in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet.

Noel won the pole vault with a school-record effort of 13 feet, 6 inches. He also ran on the Patriots’ winning 4×400-meter relay. Nick Knoblich, Joseph Bergmann and Hiron Redmon were other members of the relay.

The Liberty boys defeated Interlake 85-56.

Redmon won the 800. Devin Bennett captured three events for the Patriots. He won the high jump by going 6-3. He also won the long jump by going 19 feet, 1/4 inch, and took the triple jump by going 40 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

Birdsall won the 400 in a school-record time of 58.30. She also ran on the Patriots’ winning 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay. Delane Agnew, Elizabeth Ryker and Stacy Christensen were other members of the 4×200 relay. Ryker, Michaela Chucka and Agnew were other members of the 4×400 relay.

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Issaquah softball rolls to second consecutive win

April 21, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. April 21, 2011

The Issaquah High School softball team erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday as the Eagles defeated visiting Inglemoor 6-4 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Heather Benjamin led Issaquah with three hits. The victory was the second in a row for Issaquah.

The Eagles also defeated host Bothell 7-3 Monday. Issaquah scored four times in the top of the fifth inning to break open the contest. Benjamin again led the Eagles with two hits and four runs batted in. Winning pitcher Brielle Bray struck out six batters.

In other action, Skyline lost to visiting Woodinville 13-2. The day before, Skyline whipped Roosevelt 13-7. Anya Kamber went 6-for-6 for Skyline and drove in two runs. Lindsey Nicholson had two hits and drove in a run. Megan Burns was the winning pitcher for Skyline.

In the 3A/2A KingCo Conference, Liberty walloped visiting Mercer Island 14-2 April 19. Taylor Wiek had three hits to lead Liberty. Marissa Jeffers contributed two hits and three runs batted in, and Jenn Rucker had two hits and two RBIs for the Patriots. Liberty scored 11 times in the bottom of the second inning.

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