Liberty High School netters whip Interlake

April 19, 2011

The Liberty High School girls tennis team took the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles matches April 12 as the Patriots defeated Interlake, 5-2, in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

Amber Eastham won the No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Interlake’s Isabelle Long. Veronica Granger and Audrey LaFraugh defeated Interlake’s Iryna Strinyska and Miyati Raghavan, 6-3, 7-5, in the No. 1 doubles match.

Skyline girls bounce Inglemoor in tennis

The Skyline High School girls tennis team swept all three doubles matches en route to a 6-2 victory April 12 against Inglemoor in a 4A KingCo Conference match.

Alison Opitz and Molly Knutson, of Skyline, won the No. 1 doubles with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory against Leanna Thim and Mckayla Dear.

On April 11, Garfield swept the four singles matches to defeat Skyline, 5-2.

Skyline’s victories came in the doubles. Opitz and Knutson won the No. 1 doubles match by beating Lauren Schlechter and Sherry Tran, 6-1, 6-4. Sanjana Galgalikar and Rachel Kim, of Skyline, won the No. 3 doubles match by beating Hiroko Nakahara and Anna Cia, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.

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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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Issaquah flying to New Jersey for lacrosse matchups

April 5, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team makes its longest road trip of the season this week when the Eagles head to New Jersey for three nonleague games.

Issaquah plays at Rutgers Prep on April 6, at Lawrenceville on April 7 and at Peddie on April 9.

Before leaving on its journey, Issaquah won two Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I games last week.

A.J. Hoffman scored his first varsity hat trick March 29 as he led Issaquah to a 13-3 rout of visiting Overlake in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah scored five times in the first quarter and six more times in the second quarter to take a commanding lead. All 25 players, who suited up for the contest, played.

Kevin Powers and Jake Fritz each had two goals for Issaquah.

On April 2, Issaquah pounded host Puyallup 15-5. Matt O’Neill paced Issaquah with four goals. Fritz had three goals. Powers, Michael Hatcher and Ben Director each had two goals.

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Skyline High School downs Garfield in soccer battle

March 30, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. March 30, 2011

The Skyline High School boys soccer team won an early showdown with host Garfield on Tuesday when the Spartans posted a 4-2 victory in Memorial Stadium.

Last year the two teams tied for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference and later met in league tournament championship game, which was won by Garfield.

Kyle Olmstead and Travis Strawn each had a goal and an assist for Skyline, which handed Garfield its first loss of the season.

Braxton Griffin and Jason Twaddle scored Skyline’s other goals.

With the victory, Skyline went to 2-0-1 in league play and moved into first place in the league standings. The Spartans are 5-0-2 overall. Garfield went to 1-1-0 in league and 5-1-0 for the season.

In other action, Issaquah suffered its first loss of the season when the Eagles lost to host Inglemoor 3-1.

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Issaquah High School baseball team drops opener

March 23, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. March 23, 2011

The Issaquah and Newport high school baseball teams have had some classic battles of the years and their Tuesday 4A KingCo Conference opener was no exception. Newport, the host team, prevailed 1-0.

Newport scored its run in the bottom of the seventh to end a pitchers’ duel.

Ethan Kalin started for Issaquah and threw hitless innings before being relieved by Scott Boydston, who blanked Newport until the seventh.

Cole Wiper, Newport’s starting pitcher, worked the first five innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out eight. Jared Fisher, the winning pitcher, worked the final two innings for Newport.

Daniel Altchech singled in pinch runner Ioannis Kritsonis with the winning run.

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Issaquah lacrosse dedicates season to fallen teammate

March 8, 2011

Issaquah lacrosse club players listen to teaching from coach Brandon Fortier during a practice session last week. By Greg Farrar

Incentive will not be an issue for the Issaquah High School lacrosse club this spring. The Eagles have plenty of incentive and most of it stems from a former teammate.

Issaquah players are dedicating 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. The entire team will wear a decal on their helmets in memory of Lucas.

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Lacrosse finale a tribute to Native Americans

July 6, 2010

Hundreds descend upon Pine Lake to play faster paced-style of Chumash

Katie Mincin, of Sammamish, scores a goal for team ‘IssMish’ during the Sammamish Shootout lacrosse tournament July 3 at Pine Lake Middle School. Photo by Christopher Huber.

While preparing for their run at a girls high school lacrosse trophy at the annual Sammamish Shootout, the Mincin sisters, of Sammamish, had to come up with a team name.

They had members from Issaquah Youth Lacrosse and the Snohomish league, so of all the possibilities, naturally they thought of “IssMish,” said Katie Mincin, a rising senior at Skyline High School.

Regardless of their logic in naming the team, the girls seemed to perform to their standards at the July 3 post-season tournament.

“We work pretty well together,” she said.

Hundreds of lacrosse players, coaches and their families from Washington, Oregon, Canada and even Wyoming, converged on the fields at Pine Lake Middle School to partake in the final major lacrosse tournament of the 2010 season.

Unlike other area lacrosse tournaments, though, each of the 53 participating teams was comprised of three to five players, rather than a dozen or more, from various league teams. The playfields at Pine Lake were divided into 10 fields, thus optimizing the amount of games played.

“It’s getting a lot more intense and competitive,” said Katie Mincin, who recently played on the East Coast with the national high school girls team. “It reflects how good all the Issaquah (Youth Lacrosse league) teams did this year.” Read more

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Sammamish lacrosse players manage diabetes during games

June 22, 2010

Issaquah Youth Lacrosse Nick Mauzy (55) plays in a lacrosse match this year at Skyline Stadium against Mukilteo. Mauzy, who has diabetes, monitors his blood sugar level during the course of a typical match. By Charles Mauzy

Sammamish resident Nick Mauzy, 14, has lived with diabetes since he was 5. Just like many Sammamish youths, he grew up playing sports and has managed to keep the disease in check. He is home-schooled, but plays for the Skyline High School club lacrosse team and in the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse League post-season tournaments.

Although he’s among a miniscule amount of young people with type 1 diabetes, Nick isn’t alone in local youth sports. He is among a handful of youth lacrosse players who balance the challenges of diabetes with playing a contact sport.

“Most people think of it as kind of a disability, something to prohibit you,” Nick said. “It really isn’t. You never back down, and get into what a normal person would do.”

Approximately 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, about 7.8 percent of the population, according to the American Diabetes Association. Only 0.22 percent (186,300 people) of the population 20 and younger have diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, the hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. With type II, the body doesn’t use insulin properly. About 5 percent to 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, according to the association. Read more

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Rival lacrosse powerhouses meet in state semi-final

May 25, 2010

It’s probably not surprising that Issaquah and Mercer Island, longtime high school lacrosse rivals, will collide once again in a big game.

The two powers, which have battled for state titles in the past, meet at 8 p.m. May 26 at Mercer Island in the semifinals of the Washington State League Division I tournament.

Jake Fritz (left), Issaquah junior attacker, takes a shot as Stadium’s Drew Thomas defends his team’s goal early in the second quarter of their May 19 first-round state tournament lacrosse match. By Greg Farrar

The winner advances to the title game May 29 in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. Bellevue and Bainbridge meet in the other semifinal.

Mercer Island, 20-0 in the season, defeated Issaquah 9-7 in a hard-fought game April 9 at Issaquah. The Islanders won the Northeast Conference regular-season title.

Issaquah, 18-4 and state champions the past two years, finished third in the Northeast Division. However, Issaquah has been building up momentum in the off-season, recording two tournament victories last week.

On May 19, Issaquah opened tournament action with a first-round, 16-4 triumph against visiting Stadium, of Tacoma. Although it became a decisive victory for Issaquah, the host team got off to a slow start. Issaquah led just 4-2 after two quarters.

“We predictably came out slow against a 5-9 team. It was hard to get our players excited to play, as Stadium had lost to teams we had beaten badly this year,” Issaquah coach Brandon Fortier said. “We were purely going through the motions in the first half and not playing with any intensity or urgency.”

Issaquah got untracked in the third quarter by scoring five goals.

“The one guy that helped spark some fire was sophomore defensive midfielder Austin Richert,” Fortier said. “His inspired play helped get everyone else into it in the second half and we finally started clicking.”

Issaquah polished off Stadium with seven goals in the final quarter.

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Liberty High School’s Peter Stacy wins district javelin title

May 20, 2010

NEW — 11:25 a.m. May 20, 2010

Liberty High School’s Peter Stacy captured the boys javelin title Wednesday at the 3A Sea-King District Track and Field Championships at the Southwest Complex.

Stacy finished first with a throw of 179 feet, 5 inches.

Liberty’s Devin Bennett placed second in the boys triple jump and Eric Bice was third in the 1,600.

In the girls’ competition, Emily Pest-Dimmitt was fourth in the high jump.

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