Crusaders overcome losses to reach state 3A baseball tourney

May 20, 2015

In the span of four hitters, the tapestry that Eastside Catholic High School was weaving unraveled.

By Greg Farrar Relief pitcher Taylor Wright, Eastside Catholic High School junior, stands stoically on the mound after giving up a grand slam in the sixth inning to O’Dea’s Jacob Hirsh (left, heading home). The Crusaders lost the Metro League tournament game, 5-1.

By Greg Farrar
Relief pitcher Taylor Wright, Eastside Catholic High School junior, stands stoically on the mound after giving up a grand slam in the sixth inning to O’Dea’s Jacob Hirsh (left, heading home). The Crusaders lost the Metro League tournament game, 5-1.

With a 1-0 lead to start the sixth inning, Eastside Catholic saw O’Dea load the bases on two singles and a walk. Then, Jacob Hirsh crushed the ball over the right-field fence for a grand slam, the key blow in a 5-1 victory for the Fighting Irish in the semifinals of the Class 3A Metro League baseball tournament at Seattle’s Steve Cox Memorial Field on May 12.

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Skyline qualifies a state doubles team

May 20, 2015

Julia Lioubarski and Jasmine Ye are going back to the place they wanted to be all season.

By Greg Farrar Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline senior, and teammate junior Julia Lioubarski, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin May 14.

By Greg Farrar
Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline senior, and teammate junior Julia Lioubarski, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin May 14.

The Skyline High School doubles team qualified for the Class 4A state girls tennis tournament, placing second at the KingCo Conference tournament May 11-15 at Skyline.

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Issaquah rallies to beat Eastlake, 7-4

May 20, 2015

Some teams might have pushed the panic button after blowing a four-run lead, but the Issaquah High School fastpitch team just shrugged and kept on smiling.

After host Eastlake put up a four-run fifth inning to tie the score, the Eagles responded with three runs in the top of sixth and held on for a 7-4 victory in the regular-season finale of Class 4A KingCo Conference play on May 14.

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Skyline baseball advances to state for first time since 2010

May 20, 2015

The Skyline High School baseball team is headed back to the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in five seasons.

The Spartans advanced to state by winning four consecutive elimination games at the KingCo Conference tournament. They capped the run with a 7-3 victory over Woodinville — on the Falcons’ home field — and open state play at 10 a.m. May 23 against the Snohomish Panthers.

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Skyline outlasts Issaquah in KingCo girls tennis

May 13, 2015

Fans of the Skyline and Issaquah high school girls tennis teams couldn’t have asked for a much better match than what they witnessed when the rival schools got together in the Class 4A KingCo Conference regular-season finale.

Issaquah came out on top in a couple marathon singles matches, but visiting Skyline earned a 4-3 win May 6 by sweeping the three doubles matches.

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Eastlake’s Jordan Lester signs with Robert Morris basketball

May 13, 2015

Jordan Lester is the definition of a gym rat.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School senior Jordan Lester (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Robert Morris University. Pictured with him (clockwise from back left) are coaches Duriell Jones, Doug Martenson, Wayne Mendezona, Pat Leahy, Steve Kramer and Todd Daugherty.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School senior Jordan Lester (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Robert Morris University. Pictured with him (clockwise from back left) are coaches Duriell Jones, Doug Martenson, Wayne Mendezona, Pat Leahy, Steve Kramer and Todd Daugherty.

It was common for Eastlake High School Athletics Director Pat Bangasser to arrive at the school at 6 a.m. and open the gymnasium so Lester could shoot. And it was equally common for Lester to keep coach Steve Kramer on the floor after practice, sometimes until midnight.

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Area roundup: EC baseball advances to Metro semis

May 13, 2015

The Eastside Catholic High School baseball team took charge of its Class 3A Metro League tournament opener May 9, scoring four runs in the fourth inning and cruising to a 5-0 win over Roosevelt at Steve Cox Memorial Park in Seattle.

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EC boys basketball program likely to face probation

May 5, 2015

The Metro League has voted to put the Eastside Catholic High School boys basketball team on probation for one year due to administrative issues.

While on probation, the team will be excluded from postseason play. The penalty will not be finalized unless it’s passed by voting members of Sea-King District 2, which met May 4 after press time.

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Work ethic leads Eastlake tennis to winning season

May 5, 2015

With Class 4A KingCo Conference matches wrapping up this week, the Eastlake High School girls tennis team is poised to put a bow on what has been a beautiful regular season.

Heading into their May 5 match at Mount Si — results that came after press time — the Wolves were 8-3 overall, 5-2 in conference, and have been playing with the kind of fire and finesse that has coach Bud Peterson grinning from ear to ear.

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Skyline alums sign with NFL teams

May 5, 2015

Two Skyline High School football stars are headed to the National Football League.

While wide receiver Kasen Williams and quarterback Jake Heaps didn’t hear their names called during the NFL draft, both will reportedly get shots as undrafted free agents.

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