Freshman duo carries on legacy of fallen teammate

September 11, 2012

Jake Fritz, Kevin Powers play in memory of Tyler Lucas

High school teammates Jake Fritz and Kevin Powers are making an impact as teammates at Dominican and are carrying on the memory of high school teammate Tyler Lucas, who died in an automobile accident. Contributed by Dominican University of California

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — When Jake Fritz and Kevin Powers, high school teammates and longtime friends, led a freshmen lacrosse class to Dominican University of California last academic year, they came with high expectations.

They aimed to play. They aimed to score. They aimed to please.

“We knew that there were no seniors graduating (from last year’s team) and we knew they had a few games where they were one or two goals short,” Powers said. “We knew with the contribution of our freshmen class we would be able to win some of those games.”

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Kevin Powers, local lacrosse star, plays in All-American Showcase

August 16, 2011

Kevin Powers plays in May 2010 with his Issaquah Lacrosse team against the Stadium Tigers. His five goals contributed to a 16-4 win. By Greg Farrar

In May, Issaquah High School’s four-year varsity lacrosse player Kevin Powers made first team all state for his performance as top midfielder on both offense and defense. Because of that achievement, Powers was invited to participate in the U.S. Lacrosse’s All-American Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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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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Washington Stealth lacrosse team honors Issaquah teenager

February 11, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. Feb. 11, 2011

On Saturday, the Washington lacrosse community will honor Tyler Lucas, an Issaquah teenager who died in a car accident on Interstate 405 on Feb. 1.

Lucas, an all-star defenseman respected by athletes and coaches alike, continued to play lacrosse even after doctors diagnosed him with diabetes.

Lacrosse players in the Washington Stealth game against the Edmonton Rush at the Comcast Arena in Everett can remember Lucus by purchasing decals featuring his initials and jersey number.

The 1-inch yellow and purple decals cost $50 for 25. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. By Wednesday, more than 35 teams had ordered decals, raising more than $5,000 for the foundation.

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Issaquah teen dies in car accident

February 8, 2011

Tyler Lucas

Issaquah teenager Tyler Lucas died the morning of Feb. 1 after his Dodge Neon struck two other vehicles on Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

The 18-year-old was driving northbound on I-405 just north of Interstate 90 at about 10:20 a.m. A collision further up the interstate had caused traffic to slow, and Lucas made a sudden motion to avoid stopping traffic, the Washington State Patrol said.

When traffic slowed, Lucas braked, lost control and rear-ended a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Mountlake Terrace resident Peter Gradwohl.

Lucas’ Neon then spun into another lane and struck a Honda Accord driven by Shelly Keene, 46, of Renton. Troopers said Lucas’ vehicle was moving too fast for the conditions, and was likely a factor in the accident. Lucas was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Gradwohl was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. Keene was treated for minor injuries. The collision is under investigation.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the accident, and all parties involved had been wearing seatbelts, police said.

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Community honors ‘a great person, a great teammate, a great friend’

February 8, 2011

Patty and Jim Lucas thank Tyler Lucas’ friends and family for their support during the vigil at Issaquah High School Feb. 2, a day after Tyler died in a car accident on Interstate 405. By Laura Geggel

Friends and family gathered at Issaquah High School on Feb. 2 to honor and celebrate the life of Tyler Lucas, an 18-year-old lacrosse player who died in a car accident on Interstate 405 on Feb. 1.

More than 100 of his peers and lacrosse coaches attended, holding candles that lit up the dark, clear night as they remembered a teammate who inspired them to play with a passionate verve.

Students stood silently in circles, praying, wiping away tears and hugging friends. Issaquah High School Lacrosse Junior Varsity Coach Mark Greenhall broke the silence, reading a letter his son wrote to Tyler’s parents, Patty and Jim Lucas.

“He was a great person, a great teammate, a great friend,” Greenhall said, reading from the letter that described Tyler as a confident athlete whose magnetic personality always attracted a crowd of friends wherever he went.

As more people stepped up to share their memories of Tyler, his mother Patty Lucas thanked the crowd and told her son’s friends that her house would always be open to them.

“I don’t ever want it to be quiet,” she said.

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Tyler James Lucas

February 8, 2011

Tyler Lucas

Tyler James Lucas, of Issaquah, died Feb. 1, 2011, in Kirkland. He was 18.

Services were Feb. 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sammamish. Committal service followed at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah.

Tyler was born Nov. 3, 1992, in San Mateo, Calif., the son of James and Patty Lucas. In February 1993, the family moved to Issaquah, where he was raised and attended Chrysalis High School, Issaquah High School, Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus and Pine Lake Middle School.

He was an avid lacrosse player, and was a member of U.S. Lacrosse, Issaquah Lacrosse Club, Seattle Starz Lacrosse Club, West Coast Starz and Junior Stealth. He also enjoyed basketball, music and long boarding.

Tyler was a great friend, and was known among them as the “stick doctor.” He was very athletic and extremely focused on his goals.

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Community gathers to honor Issaquah teenager killed in car crash

February 3, 2011

Friends of Tyler Lucas comfort one another during a candelight vigil at Issaquah High School on Wednesday night. By Laura Geggel

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 3, 2011

Friends and family gathered at Issaquah High School on Wednesday night to honor and celebrate the life of Tyler Lucas, an 18-year-old lacrosse player who died in a car accident on Interstate 405 on Tuesday.

More than 100 of his peers and lacrosse coaches attended, holding candles that lit up the dark, clear night as they remembered a teammate who inspired them to play with a passionate verve.

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