The year in Sammamish sports
December 26, 2012
By Lillian O'Rorke
From winning state championships on the field to winning them in the classroom, plateau athletes had a lot to be proud of in 2012.
Plateau grapplers bring
home conference medals
After battling each other in the wrestling room each day, Skyline High School’s Justin Manipis and Joseph DeMatteo went head-to-head Feb. 4 in the final round of the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament. Manipis eventually defeated DeMatteo 2-0 to win the district title in the 113-pound weight class.
Eastlake’s Eric Harper won the 170-pound division with a 4-2 decision against Inglemoor’s Sam Gastineau.
Sammamish wrestler Matt Iwicki, freshman at Eastside Catholic, capped off his undefeated season with a 113-pound third-place finish at the 3A state tournament.
Also a 4.0 student, Iwicki went on to win the Northwest Regional Championships March 23. He won Cadet 120-pound division after finishing ahead of 22 other wrestlers from Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho.
Continuing his domination, Iwicki went 8-0 in the 120 Freestyle division at the Cadet National Duals tournament June 16 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
state and national honors
The Skyline Cheerleaders finished another successful season Feb. 12 with a seventh-place finish at the National High School Cheerleading Championship. The Spartans’ Silver squad competed in the “Medium Varsity Non Tumbling” group where they finished seventh.
Before journeying across the country for nationals, Skyline took first place in the medium 4A division.
It was also “hip, hip, hurray” for the Eastlake Cheer squad, who also won a 2012 Washington State Cheer Champions. Eastlake competed in the Small Varsity Division.
Edward Kim wins fourth state swimming title
Eastlake’s Edward Kim won two state titles Feb. 18 at the Washington state swimming championship. Kim finished the men’s 200 freestyle in 1:38.72 for gold and won the 100 backstroke with a time of 00:48.84. Combined with several top-eight finishes, Kim’s wins helped Eastlake secure a fifth place team finish. Kim won two titles in 2011.
Eastlake dancers bring
home top prize from State
The Eastlake dance team became the 2012 pom state champs March 23.
With a score of 461.3 the 4A state dance/drill tournament, Eastlake earned a Superior Rating and bested Moses Lake, a team that many expected to win.
“It’s the best feeling,” said one of the team’s captains, 17-year-old Monica Ruddell. “You worked so hard and you won. You are the best in the state and all the practice is worth it.”
Undefeated Eastlake boys golf team crowned Sea-King 4A champ
The Eastlake boys golf team finished off a perfect 10-0 season Oct. 17 with a blowout performance at the Sea-King 4A District Championships at Willows Run golf course. Li Wang won the individual title with a two-day score of 138. Spencer Weiss took third with 146, Will Sharp finished sixth with 148 and Josh Grace took ninth with 151.
Earlier in October, Wang, a senior at Eastlake, was named to the HP Scholastic Junior All-American Boys Team.
Skyline volleyball wins KingCo 4A title and places sixth at state
Skyline played what its coach called its best volleyball of the year Nov. 1 when it beat Newport 3-1 to claim the KingCo 4A title.
The Skyline Spartans then cruised through regional action but ran into trouble at the state tournament. They lost Nov. 9 to Union. Later that night, Skyline faced off against the Wenatchee Panthers in the consolation bracket. After losing the first set, the Spartans bounced back to win the next three, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-16. Skyline lost the next day to Auburn Riverside and finished ninth out of 16 teams.
“We couldn’t play our game or string any rhythm together,” Skyline head coach Callie Wesson said. “This game is all about momentum, and we never quite got it rolling this time around.”
In 20 encounters in its 2012 campaign, Skyline finished with a mark of 16-4.
Spartans relay swimming
prowess into state title
When the Skyline girls 200-yard medley relay team marched out the pool at the 2012 4A Girls State Swim and Dive Championships, it was ready for battle.
First off the block in lane four was Spartan Kristaley Umezawa; next to her in lane five was Stacy Maier, swimming backstroke for the Issaquah Eagles.
The two emerged for their first breath at the same time, throwing their arms back in synchronized windmills. Maier edged ahead and Issaquah’s Kayla Flaten maintained the slight lead over Andi Scarcello in the second leg.
Then, Stephanie Munoz, of Skyline, dove in for the third leg and passed Eagle Kellie-Marie Langan. Keeping the momentum going, Maria Volodkevich dove in the pool for the final leg and pulled ahead of everyone to take the title for the Spartans with a time of 1 minute, 49.12 seconds.
Skyline, which won the overall state title in 2009, 2010 and 2011, finished fifth overall with 132 team points.
Skyline soccer wins another state
For the fourth time in five years, the Skyline girls soccer team claimed the 4A state title Nov. 17. When the dust cleared that evening at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium, the Spartans had blanked their KingCo 4A nemesis, Issaquah, 1-0 to claim the state crown.
At the 15-minute mark of a hard fought donnybrook, Skyline sophomore striker Isabella Marshall registered the encounter’s solitary goal when she took a picturesque assist from fellow sophomore forward Amanda Johnston and, amidst heavy traffic in front of Issaquah’s goal, legged in a left-footed rocket from about five yards out.
“I was just really happy for the seniors on this team, who have shown me that when you work hard, believe in yourselves and play confidently… you can achieve great things,” said Marshall.
Skyline football legacy continues with state title; Max Browne earns national recognition
The Skyline Spartans dominated high school football this year. The team culminated its perfect 14-0 season Dec. 1 with its fifth state title in eight years by beating Bellarmine Prep 49-24.
“I feel awesome. This is the very best,” said Coach Mat Taylor. “It continues to get better every year.”
Within Skyline’s first drive of the night, Max Browne became the state record holder in career passing with 12,951 yards.
That same week Browne was named one of six finalists for the 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding senior in high school football participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Then on Dec. 18, Browne received the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award (see story Page 12).