Rainier Beach tops Eastside Catholic, 64-51

January 20, 2015

Late in the fourth quarter, Matisse Thybulle barreled down the lane and momentarily had an open look at the basket.

By Greg Farrar Matisse Thybulle, Eastside Catholic High School senior forward, jams a dunk during the first quarter to punctuate a scoring run that put the Crusaders back in the game Jan. 13 against Rainier Beach.

By Greg Farrar
Matisse Thybulle, Eastside Catholic High School senior forward, jams a dunk during the first quarter to punctuate a scoring run that put the Crusaders back in the game Jan. 13 against Rainier Beach.

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Wolves defeat Spartans in plateau swimming matchup

January 20, 2015

High-school swimming is typically a sport in which age doesn’t matter much, and Eastlake High School’s Brandon Yue is proving freshmen can compete on the same stage as their older peers.

By Greg Farrar Alex Elizarov, Eastlake High School freshman, charges through the water in the 100-yard butterfly race for second place in a time of 56.72 seconds Jan. 13 against Skyline and Redmond.

By Greg Farrar
Alex Elizarov, Eastlake High School freshman, charges through the water in the 100-yard butterfly race for second place in a time of 56.72 seconds Jan. 13 against Skyline and Redmond.

It only took Yue a few meets to earn two spots at February’s Class 4A state championships. He has recorded qualifying times in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, and with the Wolves headed to state in all three relay events, Yue is likely going to compete in the maximum four events as a ninth-grader. Read more

Lady Wolves throttle Newport for hoops victory

January 13, 2015

Coach Sara Goldie expected the Eastlake High School girls basketball team would have to navigate a bumpy road this season, and she was right.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School’s Sarah Priestley hoists up a shot as Newport’s Katelyn Jenkins (left) and Rachel Lundberg defend in the fourth quarter of their Jan. 7 game.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School’s Sarah Priestley hoists up a shot as Newport’s Katelyn Jenkins (left) and Rachel Lundberg defend in the fourth quarter of their Jan. 7 game.

The Lady Wolves lost three consecutive games in Class 4A KingCo Conference play, and were 2-4 heading into a Jan. 7 game at last-place Newport.

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Eastlake beats Skyline in battle of shorthanded wrestling teams

January 13, 2015

Head coach Dexter Beckstead was honest about his feelings after the Eastlake Wolves walked away with a 39-27 victory over plateau rival Skyline High School in a Jan. 8 wrestling meet.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School senior wrestler Miles Williams (top), gets Skyline senior Brennon Raphael in a difficult spot during the second period of their 182-pound bout shortly before winning by pin.

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Eastlake High School senior wrestler Miles Williams (top), gets Skyline senior Brennon Raphael in a difficult spot during the second period of their 182-pound bout shortly before winning by pin.

“It’s one of those situations where you win, but you don’t have a sense of accomplishment because there’s so many forfeits,” Beckstead said.

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Skyline High School graduate set to play in East-West Shrine Game

January 13, 2015

NEW — 2:57 p.m. Jan. 14, 2015

University of Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams will play in the East-West Shrine Game Jan. 17.

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Well-rounded attack sparks Skyline girls’ victory

January 6, 2015

The Skyline High School girls basketball team doesn’t have a star player, but the Spartans are learning to use that to their advantage.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School junior wing Maddie Adamson (right) is fouled by Mount Si’s Camryn Buck during the third quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Adamson sank both free throws and the Spartans won, 65-55.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School junior wing Maddie Adamson (right) is fouled by Mount Si’s Camryn Buck during the third quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Adamson sank both free throws and the Spartans won, 65-55.

Sophomore Kailey Kassuba led three double-digit scorers, and freshmen Jade Loville and Julia Mitchell gave Skyline an edge off the bench, as the Spartans knocked off the Mount Si Wildcats, 65-55, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference game Jan. 3 in Snoqualmie.

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Robert Biegaj turns it on, leads Skyline boys past Mount Si

January 6, 2015

After the first quarter of his team’s Jan. 3 game at Mount Si, Skyline High School’s Robert Biegaj had an unusual stat line: two points, three fouls.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School senior forward Drew Stender (right) defends Gavin Gorell, of Mount Si, under the hoop during the first quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School senior forward Drew Stender (right) defends Gavin Gorell, of Mount Si, under the hoop during the first quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game.

The day before, he began having eye problems, and even after getting treatment, he wasn’t feeling 100 percent. But he didn’t make excuses about his first-half performance.

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Eastside Catholic Crusaders’ football title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

The Eastside Catholic Crusaders made history in multiple ways when they hoisted the Class 3A state championship football trophy Dec. 5.

File The Eastside Catholic football team was all smiles after winning the school’s first state championship in the sport in December, ending Bellevue’s 67-game winning streak in the process.

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The Eastside Catholic football team was all smiles after winning the school’s first state championship in the sport in December, ending Bellevue’s 67-game winning streak in the process.

Not only did the Crusaders win the school’s first state title in the sport, they erased some bad memories in the process.

Their 35-13 victory over Bellevue was historic: It ended the Wolverines’ state-record 67-game win streak and their bid for a seventh straight state crown. Eastside Catholic also avenged losses of 52-20 and 35-3 to Bellevue in the previous two season finales.

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State champions

December 31, 2014

By Greg Keyser Two local 15-and-under soccer teams won divisional championships at the Washington State Youth Soccer Association’s Recreational Cup tournament Dec. 14 in Tukwila. The Sammamish Thunder boys team went 16-0 this year and outscored their opponents 48-6. The team members are Ivan Penev, Ryan Page, Nate Verboort, Erik Moulton, Evan Hamilton, Daniel Hoffman, Beck Latham, Robert Russo, Odin Vondruska, Tristan Smith, Liam Thrun, Colton Wimberly, Blake Singleton, Will Peterson, Justin Qiu, Luke Wilson, Kevin Fourie, Jack Lamp, and coaches Kevin Verboort, Scott Page and Troy Thrun. The Eastlake Wizards girls team won a thrilling penalty-kick shootout in the semifinals en route to their first-place finish. The team members are Katie Musolino, Hayley Barney, Lilly Davidson, Ryan Kurtz, Tara Berg, Heather Keyser, Peyton Weaver, Jordan Brown, MacKenzie Kurtz, Isabel Cappo, Cora Gillin, Katherine Bo, Mallory Kruml, Yazmin Daneshjoo, Megan Bultman, Olivia Victorino, and coaches Kenton Berg, Norm Victorino and Brad Jordan.

By Greg Keyser
Two local 15-and-under soccer teams won divisional championships at the Washington State Youth Soccer Association’s Recreational Cup tournament Dec. 14 in Tukwila.
The Sammamish Thunder boys team went 16-0 this year and outscored their opponents 48-6. The team members are Ivan Penev, Ryan Page, Nate Verboort, Erik Moulton, Evan Hamilton, Daniel Hoffman, Beck Latham, Robert Russo, Odin Vondruska, Tristan Smith, Liam Thrun, Colton Wimberly, Blake Singleton, Will Peterson, Justin Qiu, Luke Wilson, Kevin Fourie, Jack Lamp, and coaches Kevin Verboort, Scott Page and Troy Thrun.
The Eastlake Wizards girls team won a thrilling penalty-kick shootout in the semifinals en route to their first-place finish. The team members are Katie Musolino, Hayley Barney, Lilly Davidson, Ryan Kurtz, Tara Berg, Heather Keyser, Peyton Weaver, Jordan Brown, MacKenzie Kurtz, Isabel Cappo, Cora Gillin, Katherine Bo, Mallory Kruml, Yazmin Daneshjoo, Megan Bultman, Olivia Victorino, and coaches Kenton Berg, Norm Victorino and Brad Jordan.

Skyline boys dominate fourth quarter, beat Newport

December 23, 2014

With a 44-38 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Skyline Spartans needed to make some game-changing plays, and they did it by going back to their original game plan.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

“One of our keys is offensive rebounds, both us preventing them and then us getting them,” coach Bill McIntyre said.

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