Dinner, auction benefits Eastlake High School girls basketball

October 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 19, 2014

The Eastlake High School girls basketball program is hosting its ninth annual Howlfest Nov. 1, a dinner and auction to raise money for the program’s operations costs.

The event will be at the Pine Lake Community Center, 21333 S.E. 20th St., Sammamish. Reserve a seat here.

Those who can’t attend the fundraiser can still support the basketball program by purchasing raffle tickets, making tax-deductible donations or by donating an auction item.

Learn more by calling Julia Anderson at 836-2538, or email lisa.c.mccabe@comcast.net.

Eastlake volleyball supports breast cancer with ‘Dig Pink’ event Thursday

October 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 15, 2014

The Eastlake High School volleyball program will raise money for breast cancer research during its annual “Dig Pink” event.

The event takes place during Eastlake’s match with Woodinville at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. The public is invited to purchase baked goods and learn more about the disease through an awareness campaign.

The game is at the school, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

All proceeds from the event go to the Side Out Foundation, which awards grants toward medical research, as well as organizations that support breast cancer patients and their families.

Eastlake tennis team blisters Woodinville Falcons

October 14, 2014

This year’s Eastlake High School boys tennis team is versatile — so versatile, in fact, the Wolves’ top singles player may turn to doubles in the postseason.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School’s Thiago Bandeira focuses on a return shot against Woodinville’s Max Wing during an Oct. 7 KingCo Conference boys tennis match. Bandeira, a junior, was a 6-4, 6-1 winner.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School’s Thiago Bandeira focuses on a return shot against Woodinville’s Max Wing during an Oct. 7 KingCo Conference boys tennis match. Bandeira, a junior, was a 6-4, 6-1 winner.

Thiago Bandeira continued his strong junior season Oct. 7 when host Eastlake claimed a 7-0 victory over the Woodinville Falcons in Class 4A KingCo Conference play.

Bandeira used an arsenal of cross-court winners, accurate serving and occasional forays to the net to dispatch Max Wing, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 1 singles match.

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Skyline soccer wins without one of its best players

October 14, 2014

The Skyline Spartans have been without one of their top offensive players, and while they haven’t been playing their best soccer, they’ve found ways to win.

Lauren Carson scored the first two goals, and Ke’ala Louie added an insurance goal late in the second half as the visiting Spartans broke away for a 3-0 victory over the Redmond Mustangs Oct. 9 in a Class 4A KingCo Conference match.

In wins over Newport and Redmond last week, the Spartans had to find ways to compensate for the loss of senior forward Amanda Johnston, a University of Washington commit who was injured in a Sept. 30 match at Mount Si.

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She can fly

October 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School junior Kathy Lin glides through the water to a winning time of 58.15 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly race during an Oct. 9 girls swim and dive meet against Interlake and Mount Si. Lin also prevailed in the 50-yard freestyle (25.29 seconds), helping Skyline win the meet.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School junior Kathy Lin glides through the water to a winning time of 58.15 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly race during an Oct. 9 girls swim and dive meet against Interlake and Mount Si. Lin also prevailed in the 50-yard freestyle (25.29 seconds), helping Skyline win the meet.

Eastlake volleyball rally falls short

October 7, 2014

After the first two sets, Janna Tonahill gathered her players together and delivered a succinct message that seemed to resonate.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School junior outside hitter Jordan Dahl (13) puts the ball over Bellevue’s Katie Griffin as the Wolves mounted a comeback to win the third set of their Sept. 30 match. Bellevue went on to win the match in five sets.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School junior outside hitter Jordan Dahl (13) puts the ball over Bellevue’s Katie Griffin as the Wolves mounted a comeback to win the third set of their Sept. 30 match. Bellevue went on to win the match in five sets.

“We need to play our game,” Tonahill said. “This isn’t the Eastlake volleyball team that’s been showing up every day.

“Let’s show ourselves we can do this. Let’s show Bellevue who Eastlake really is.”

Trailing 2-0, the Wolves took their coach’s words to heart and nearly carved out a comeback of epic proportions. But after sending the match to a fifth set, they fell short against Bellevue in a nonconference battle of undefeated teams Sept. 30 at Eastlake High School.

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Skyline tennis team sweeps aside Mount Si

October 7, 2014

When you’re clearly more talented than your opponent, it’s often difficult for a tennis player to stay mentally sharp.

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Nikita Moroz had little trouble taking care of Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin in an Oct. 1 tennis match, winning 6-0, 6-0 as the Spartans went on to a 7-0 team victory.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Nikita Moroz had little trouble taking care of Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin in an Oct. 1 tennis match, winning 6-0, 6-0 as the Spartans went on to a 7-0 team victory.

It’s a phenomenon Skyline High School junior Nikita Moroz experienced in his match with Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin. Moroz was belting serves and cross-court forehands, and his opponent was struggling to get the ball back over the net.

Moroz didn’t get complacent, and he finished off a 6-0, 6-0 triumph in the No. 1 singles slot to lead Skyline past visiting Mount Si, 7-0, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis match Oct. 1.

“Sometimes you sort of drift off, and you don’t really feel like you’re in the match,” Moroz said of winning easily.

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Sign up now for the 38th annual Run with the Fishes

October 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 2, 2014

Sign up for the Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes, a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Dash for charity.

Kick off Salmon Days with the 5K that begins at 9 a.m., and the Kid’s Dash at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

The race course is flat and winds through Issaquah. Miles are clearly marked and water stations are available along the course.

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Cross country: Eastlake boys set lofty goals

September 30, 2014

The stars are aligning at the right time for the Eastlake High School boys cross country program in its attempt to have an historic season.

By Neil Pierson Several Eastlake High School boys, including eventual winner Nathan Pixler, center, set the pace against Skyline and Newport during a Sept. 24 cross country meet at Beaver Lake Park.

By Neil Pierson
Several Eastlake High School boys, including eventual winner Nathan Pixler, center, set the pace against Skyline and Newport during a Sept. 24 cross country meet at Beaver Lake Park.

First, the Wolves have talent and depth. Three runners have returned from last year’s ninth-place finishers at the state meet, joining with several others who have high potential. Seven of coach Troy Anderson’s boys have already broken 17 minutes, 30 seconds over 5 kilometers.

Second, everyone is happy and healthy, although those things can change over the course of a grueling nine-week season.

“They’ve been working really hard and they’ve bought into the belief that they can be a great team,” Anderson said. “It’s not just about making state. They’ve made state the last two years, and now we want to build on that.”

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Skyline takes down Eastlake in KingCo soccer opener

September 30, 2014

The Eastlake Wolves girls soccer team had a solid nonconference run, going undefeated and outscoring their five opponents, 17-1.

But things got much tougher when Eastlake had to turn its attention to matches that matter, including Class 4A perennial powerhouse Skyline in the KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline got goals from Ke’ala Louie, Candace Hunter and Gabby Hart, and wore down Eastlake with speed at both ends of the field in a 3-1 victory Sept. 25 at Spartan Stadium.

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