Eastlake’s attack overpowers Ballard in KingCo baseball

April 15, 2014

Photo by Neil Pierson Eastlake senior pitcher Mick Vorhof shut out Ballard on April 9, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six in a 10-0 win.

Photo by Neil Pierson
Eastlake senior pitcher Mick Vorhof shut out Ballard on April 9, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six in a 10-0 win.

A solid start to Class 4A KingCo Conference play is setting up the Eastlake High School baseball team for a deep playoff run.

Eastlake overwhelmed visiting Ballard on April 9, posting 14 hits and getting a solid outing from starting pitcher Mick Vorhof to win 10-0 in five innings.

With eight games remaining in conference play, the Wolves sit at 4-2, good for second place in the Crest Division, and may have a chance to catch division-leading Bothell when the teams play April 28.

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Appel saves the day as Skyline soccer tops Roosevelt

April 15, 2014

Don Braman has a conundrum most soccer coaches would love to have – three quality goalkeepers and only one starting spot.

Senior Jack O’Keefe and junior Brice Escobar are the most experienced players fighting for time, but sophomore Alex Appel has been just as good during the Skyline Spartans’ 10-game unbeaten streak to start the season.

Appel came in for the second half and made three crucial saves in the last 15 minutes, helping Skyline beat the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders 1-0 in Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer action on April 7.

Photo by Neil Pierson Skyline’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win over the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

Photo by Neil Pierson
Skyline’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win over the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

His final save might have been his best as he climbed the ladder to get his fingertips on a drive from Roosevelt’s Jack Kussick, deflecting it over the goal just seconds before the final whistle.

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Bowman, Skyline subdue Issaquah in fastpitch rivalry

April 8, 2014

The fastpitch rivalry between the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans always has intensity, and last week’s clash to open Class 4A KingCo Conference play was no different.

Facing off against former teammates Winter Ridgeway and Tia Hedman, the Spartans used a fourth-inning surge and rallied past the Eagles, 5-3, on April 1 at Skyline High School.

Caroline Bowman, Skyline High School freshman, retires three Issaquah batters in the seventh inning to round out her complete-game pitching effort April 1 in the Spartans’ 5-3 victory.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Caroline Bowman, Skyline High School freshman, retires three Issaquah batters in the seventh inning to round out her complete-game pitching effort April 1 in the Spartans’ 5-3 victory. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Eastlake’s momentum falls flat in last-minute loss

April 8, 2014

Crawling into a defensive shell against a talented opponent usually isn’t a great recipe for success in the game of soccer.

It was a lesson learned the hard way last week for the Eastlake Wolves, who held a one-goal lead against the visiting Garfield Bulldogs with less than 10 minutes to play. Read more

Lawrence pitches Spartans past Bulldogs

April 1, 2014

After starting the season with three losses, the Skyline High School baseball team was hungry for a win, and the Spartans satisfied their appetites March 26.

Skyline got a dominating performance from starting pitcher Sam Lawrence, and Jason Santiago drove in a pair of runs at the plate as the host Spartans earned a 4-0 victory over the Garfield Bulldogs in a Class 4A KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline second baseman Diego Graterol scoops up a ground ball during the Spartans’ 4-0 win over visiting Garfield in March 26 KingCo Conference baseball action.  Photo by Chuck Blackburn

Skyline second baseman Diego Graterol scoops up a ground ball during the Spartans’ 4-0 win over visiting Garfield in March 26 KingCo Conference baseball action. Photo by Chuck Blackburn

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Eastlake track teams open season with strong marks

April 1, 2014

Kyle Suver’s victory in the 1,600 meters against Newport March 27 was an even bigger achievement than it appeared at first glance.

The Eastlake High School senior broke away on the last lap and won the one-mile race in 4 minutes, 42 seconds during the season’s first Class 4A KingCo Conference meet at Eastlake.

Eastlake’s Brandon Naluai cruised to a victory in the 110-meter high hurdles during a March 27 KingCo Conference track and field meet against Newport.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Eastlake’s Brandon Naluai cruised to a victory in the 110-meter high hurdles during a March 27 KingCo Conference track and field meet against Newport. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Richardson, Twaddle score in Skyline soccer victory

March 27, 2014

Matthew Richardson isn’t tall, but he might have been the biggest player on the field for the Skyline Spartans last week.

Richardson scored the Spartans’ first goal, then assisted on Jason Twaddle’s tally midway through the second half as Skyline held off the Wenatchee Panthers, 2-1, in a March 18 nonleague boys soccer match at Spartan Stadium.

Several Skyline soccer players form a wall and defend a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Several Skyline soccer players form a wall and defend a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Wolves devour Bellevue on the baseball diamond

March 27, 2014

Mark Whitley’s varsity debut on the mound for the Eastlake Wolves couldn’t have gone much better.

The sophomore right-hander dominated the visiting Bellevue Wolverines on March 19, throwing shutout ball over five innings as the Wolves won 8-1 in a nonleague baseball game.

Eastlake’s Mick Vorhof zeroes in on a pitch during the Wolves’ 8-1 victory over Bellevue in a March 19 nonleague baseball game.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Eastlake’s Mick Vorhof zeroes in on a pitch during the Wolves’ 8-1 victory over Bellevue in a March 19 nonleague baseball game. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Fastpitch previews: Eastlake looking hungry to improve

March 17, 2014

For a proud program that captured a state title only six seasons ago, the 2013 campaign was a big disappointment for the Eastlake Wolves fastpitch team. Read more

Soccer previews: Spartans plugging in new pieces, but hopes remain high

March 17, 2014

It might not be realistic for the Skyline High School boys soccer team to repeat its success of 2013, when the program went undefeated in conference play for the first time. Read more

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