Skyline High School spring teams gear up for 2013
March 12, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
It’s official: we now have one more hour of sunlight in the afternoon, and teams on the plateau are gearing up to make full use of the longer days. Here is a look at some of the upcoming sports at Skyline High School.
After graduating 13 seniors from the varsity roster last year, the Skyline baseball team is back for the 2013 season with only two returning starters.
“I am excited to see how this group figures it out as the year goes along,” said Chris Tamminen, head coach of the Skyline Spartans. “We definitely have a learning curve that we are going to have to overcome, sooner than later.”
The two returning starters are senior shortstop Matt Sinatro and junior second basemen Diego Graterol. Sinatro finished out the season last year with a .916 fielding percentage and a .348 batting average while Graterol also managed a strong fielding percentage at .906.
With 16 total players on the varsity roster, there are several in the running for the Spartans’ starting pitching, including Corbin Powers, Drew Lunde, Arthur Stromquist, Jacob Gleichman and Nate Gibson.
“All those guys have, in some capacity, helped us out on the mound, whether it was starting or relief,” Tamminen said. “We’ve got some talented seniors; we’ve got some talented juniors and we’ll just see how they do.”
This year, Tamminen said he would pick Eastlake to win the division.
“They deserve it,” he said. “They have a good senior class this year.”
Other games he is looking forward to, the coach said, are the March 25 game at Issaquah and the March 27 game against Newport.
Before the regular season starts, Skyline is scheduled to play two non-conference games this week at home. The Spartans host Auburn Riverside at 3:45 March 13 and take on O’Dea at 3 p.m. March 16.
What the Skyline softball team lacks in numbers, it makes up for in returning key players.
With only 12 total girls turning out this year, there is not enough to field a junior varsity team. However, varsity is covered. Those returning include Skyline’s No. 1 pitcher from last year, sophomore Winter Ridgeway. Making up the other half of the battery is Tia Hedman, also a sophomore.
“Our catching is one of our strong points,” said Ken Brooks, the new head coach for Skyline about Hedman. “She is just a very aggressive gal; she is just a pure athlete. I couldn’t have asked for a better kid back there.”
Also returning for the Spartans is senior shortstop Megan Burris, senior outfielder Charlotte Zhao, junior Riley Davidson at first base and junior Madisen Camp-Chimenti in the outfield.
“We’re looking good,” Brooks said. “We have a core group of kids that came back.”
The team also has some promising newcomers, including freshman Annika Hildebrand who will play mostly at third base, Brooks said, but can also help out pitching.
As well, Emily Baril, who is a goalkeeper for Skyline’s state champion soccer team, decided to return to softball after years away from the sport.
Brooks himself is returning this year as well. He served as Skyline’s head softball coach from 1997 to 2003. During that time, he said he regularly had 30 athletes turnout every year.
Now that he’s back, he said he plans to also put in time with little league and work to get the Spartans’ numbers back up.
“Our goal is to get this program back on track,” he said. “My assistant and I are in it for the long haul. We know it is not going to happen overnight. It will take few years to get it back to where we will have a JV team.”
The softball team is also hosting Auburn Riverside, with the game set to start at 4 p.m. March 13.
After a nail-biting post season that eventually ended in the first round of the state tournament last year, the Skyline boys soccer team is back and ready to make another run at it.
Last year, the team finished atop its division and tied with Roosevelt in the KingCo title game before finally losing the championship 4-2 in the penalty-kick round. Overtime continued to plague the boys at the state tournament, where they lost in the first round of overtime against Puyallup.
“We will have a tough road ahead of us,” wrote coach Don Braman in an email. “But we hope to compete for a playoff spot and advance to State. We have four captains who are capable leaders.”
All seniors, the captains this year are Ryan Shim, defender; Chris Sorensen, midfielder/defender, Kaleb Strawn, midfielder; and Zach Anselmi, Goalkeeper. Others returning to the team include junior forward Jason Twaddle, senior defender Alex Escobar; senior midfielders Danny Richardson, Jack Fuchs and Bradley Rustik; sophomore defenders Garrett Strawn and David Kim; and senior goalkeeper Ben Morgan.
Newcomers to note include senior midfielders Cole Ames and Nick Bice, as well as Jaques Therrien, a junior defender, Armeen Badri, a junior midfielder and sophomore midfielder Nate Hardwick.
Catch Skyline in the KingCo/Wesco Soccer Showcase at 7 p.m. March 16 at Juanita High School.
Reach reporter Lillian O’Rorke at email@example.com or 392-4634, ext. 242.