Skyline soccer team opens season with scoreless tie

March 25, 2015

The scoreless tie that Skyline and Archbishop Murphy recorded in their season-opening boys soccer match March 19 wasn’t indicative of the level of play on the field.

Both teams had goal-scoring chances that weren’t converted, and while host Skyline was disappointed not to win, coach Don Braman and his players also knew they could’ve lost to a talented opponent that has made six straight state-playoff appearances.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School’s Ty Good (14) tangles for the ball with Matt Williams, of Archbishop Murphy, as Skyline’s Randy Hilleary backs up the action, during the second half of their March 17 soccer match.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School’s Ty Good (14) tangles for the ball with Matt Williams, of Archbishop Murphy, as Skyline’s Randy Hilleary backs up the action, during the second half of their March 17 soccer match.

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Eastlake track teams split meet with Mount Si

March 25, 2015

Eastlake High School’s track and field teams opened the Class 4A KingCo Conference dual-meet season March 19 by splitting results against visiting Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School junior Nathan Pixler leads teammate Adamson Bryant as they outpace the field in the 3,200-meter run March 19 during the Wolves’ meet against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School junior Nathan Pixler leads teammate Adamson Bryant as they outpace the field in the 3,200-meter run March 19 during the Wolves’ meet against Mount Si.

The Eastlake boys, who won a fourth-place trophy at last season’s state meet, earned a 79-66 victory over the Wildcats, while the Mount Si girls won in their first KingCo 4A meet, 80-68.

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Two Sammamish residents travel to USA hockey championships

March 25, 2015

Sammamish residents Cameron Bowers and Kellen Hoke will represent Washington at the USA Hockey Youth National Championships, March 26-30 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bowers, who attends Eastlake High School, and Hoke, who attends Beaver Lake Middle School, play for the Junior Thunderbirds, a 14U bantam team with the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association.

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Eastside Catholic pitcher tosses perfect game

March 25, 2015

Justin Armbruester threw a perfect game as Eastside Catholic defeated visiting Cleveland, 14-0, in Class 3A Metro League baseball action March 20.

Armbruester struck out six hitters as the Crusaders (2-1) finished off the win in five innings.

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Eastside Catholic’s Carlin Reilly scores seven in lacrosse win

March 25, 2015

Carlin Reilly scored seven goals to pace the Eastside Catholic girls lacrosse team in a 20-5 rout of visiting Puyallup on March 20.

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Spartans, Wolves have high hopes in fastpitch

March 17, 2015

With freshmen filling six of their nine starting positions last year, few KingCo Conference fastpitch followers gave Skyline High School much chance of a winning season.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School pitcher Caroline Bowman tags out Issaquah’s Morgan Bevell while covering home plate during their 4A KingCo fastpitch tournament game last May.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School pitcher Caroline Bowman tags out Issaquah’s Morgan Bevell while covering home plate during their 4A KingCo fastpitch tournament game last May.

The Spartans surprised everyone by finishing with a 15-8 record, and only a 6-5 loss to Newport at the KingCo tournament kept them from reaching the state championships for the first time in a decade.

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Baseball: Senior-laden Crusaders have confidence, big bats

March 17, 2015

Last year’s Eastside Catholic High School baseball team finished with a losing record, but it wasn’t a lack of talent that held back the Crusaders.

By Greg Farrar Mark Whitley, of Eastlake High School, reaches home on a hit by senior Mick Vorhof in the second inning during the Wolves’ 4A KingCo tournament championship 3-1 victory last year against Woodinville.

By Greg Farrar
Mark Whitley, of Eastlake High School, reaches home on a hit by senior Mick Vorhof in the second inning during the Wolves’ 4A KingCo tournament championship 3-1 victory last year against Woodinville.

Coach Kyle Larsen had only one returning starter — center fielder Addison Hull — on the field last season, and the inexperience at nearly every position proved to be the team’s undoing.

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Crusaders take third place at state tourney

March 10, 2015

A highly successful two-year run — 48 wins and a pair of top-three finishes at the state tournament — ended last weekend for the Eastside Catholic High School boys basketball team.

By Greg Farrar Eastside Catholic High School senior guard Max Hudgins is fouled by Marysville-Pilchuck’s Michael Painter while scoring a basket in the first quarter of their Class 3A state quarterfinal game on March 5. The Crusaders won, 42-35.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Catholic High School senior guard Max Hudgins is fouled by Marysville-Pilchuck’s Michael Painter while scoring a basket in the first quarter of their Class 3A state quarterfinal game on March 5. The Crusaders won, 42-35.

The Crusaders may continue their success next season, but with star players Matisse Thybulle and Mandrell Worthy graduating, they’ll have to do it a different way. And for one final time at the Tacoma Dome, Thybulle and Worthy led their teammates to a big win.

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Coaches announce all-league boys, girls basketball teams

March 10, 2015

KingCo Conference and Metro League basketball coaches recently announced their selections for the 2014-15 all-league teams. Local selections are listed below.

KingCo 4A boys

First team: Jordan Lester, Eastlake; Robert Biegaj, Skyline

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Register now for junior football, cheerleading

March 10, 2015

Eastside Crusaders Junior Football opened its registration period March 1 for players 7-14 years of age.

The faith-based, full-contact program is open to all players regardless of which schools they attend or which cities they live in. The registration period closes June 30.

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