What to watch for as prep football season nears its start

August 19, 2014

High-school football practices open Aug. 25, and the first games of the 2014 season will follow on the weekend after Labor Day.
The Class 4A KingCo Conference could be a more difficult gauntlet than ever for the Eastlake Wolves and Skyline Spartans. The conference has whittled down from 11 teams to nine – Ballard, Garfield and Roosevelt were reclassified as 3A schools, and Mount Si moves up to join the 4A schools.
Here are five things to watch for when the new season opens Sept. 5: Read more

Workouts preparing Skyline soccer team for grueling season

August 13, 2014

The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.
Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season – which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions – by spending their summer months in the weight room.
They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts. Read more

Local players contribute to Eastside FC’s run to nationals

August 13, 2014

The 2014 season may not have featured a storybook ending, but most of the evidence points to a remarkably successful two-year run for the Eastside FC 98 Red girls soccer team.

Head coach Tom Bialek and his 17 players – four of whom hail from Issaquah and Skyline high schools – returned to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships last month. The squad won the under-14 national crown last summer, and was looking to repeat the feat in the under-15 tournament, held July 22-27 in Germantown, Md. Read more

Summer training making Wolves a more cohesive unit

August 5, 2014

Rules prohibit high-school girls soccer coaches from having contact with their players during the majority of August, so what teams do in July can often be some of their most important work of the year.
Eastlake High School’s girls worked right up until the no-contact deadline, holding a three-day training camp July 29-31 to give returning players a chance to interact with newcomers.

Eastlake High School soccer players Sam Wile, left, and Shannon McCarron battle for possession of the ball during a July 31 training session. About 15 new players showed up to participate in the Eastlake program’s three-day camp.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Eastlake High School soccer players Sam Wile, left, and Shannon McCarron battle for possession of the ball during a July 31 training session. About 15 new players showed up to participate in the Eastlake program’s three-day camp. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Eastlake eliminated at Legion AA state tournament

August 5, 2014

The Eastlake Baseball Club saw its dreams of an American Legion state championship dashed July 30, as it lost to Asotin County for the second time in five days.
Asotin County defeated Eastlake 7-1 in a loser-out game of the Double-A Legion tournament in Spokane. Asotin also beat Eastlake, 7-4, in the first round of the six-day tourney. Read more

Past and upcoming stars collide at Skyline football camp

July 31, 2014

There were roughly 140 players on the field at Skyline High School, but it was easy to form a consensus about who their favorite football player was.
During the third day of the annual four-day Future Champs Camp at Skyline on July 24, several of the young boys had donned No. 2 purple-and-gold Washington Huskies jerseys. Read more

Eastlake, Skyline hoops programs moving forward with new leadership

July 25, 2014

The Skyline High School boys basketball program has reached the state tournament twice in its 17 seasons of existence, something Bill McIntyre will be looking to change as he takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 season. Read more

Wolves’ football success translating into youth camp growth

July 25, 2014

The old cliché that success breeds success couldn’t be more true for Eastlake High School’s football program and head coach Don Bartel. Read more

Offensive surge powers Eastlake 15Us to victory

July 8, 2014

For the Eastlake Baseball Club’s Single-A American Legion team, its July 2 nonleague outing against Olympic served dual purposes.
Eastlake’s 15-and-under squad did a lot of positive things. It collected 12 hits, capitalized on 13 walks and hit batters, and overwhelmed Olympic in a 16-7 victory at the Eastlake High School field. Read more

Skyline’s Morgan, Twaddle listed among top prep soccer players

July 2, 2014

Jason Twaddle lived in Madrid for the first seven years of his life, and the Spanish influence on his soccer game is undeniable.
Twaddle, who recently graduated from Skyline High School, had levels of success during his prep career that rivalled those of famed Spanish strikers like David Villa and Fernando Torres. He leaves as the Skyline program’s all-time leading scorer, piling up 76 points (33 goals, 10 assists), and will continue playing this fall at Seattle University. Read more

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