Kings of the gridiron

December 16, 2014

Eastside Catholic High School football team captains (above, from left) Cody Baker, Matt Kvech, Deion Fetui, Alex Neale and Harley Kirsch thank the school’s boisterous student body during a Dec. 10 assembly celebrating the school’s Class 3A state championship, which culminated in a 35-13 victory over Bellevue. A student-made poster (below) hangs on the wall and is reflected in the gymnasium floor in front of the assembled student body.

Eastside Catholic High School football team captains (above, from left) Cody Baker, Matt Kvech, Deion Fetui, Alex Neale and Harley Kirsch thank the school’s boisterous student body during a Dec. 10 assembly celebrating the school’s Class 3A state championship, which culminated in a 35-13 victory over Bellevue.
A student-made poster (at right) hangs on the wall and is reflected in the gymnasium floor in front of the assembled student body.

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Issaquah swimmers hold off rival Skyline, 96-87

December 16, 2014

In a meet featuring two teams of equal skill levels, the Issaquah Eagles boys swim team had a little more fuel in its tank than the Skyline Spartans.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School freshman William O’Daffer swims the breaststroke leg on his way to winning the 200-yard individual medley race in 2 minutes, 4.49 seconds Dec. 11 against Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School freshman William O’Daffer swims the breaststroke leg on his way to winning the 200-yard individual medley race in 2 minutes, 4.49 seconds Dec. 11 against Issaquah.

Issaquah won all three relay events, propelling itself to a 96-87 victory over Class 4A KingCo Conference rival Skyline in a Dec. 11 dual meet at Mary Wayte Pool in Mercer Island.

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Eastlake falls to Mount Si in KingCo wrestling action

December 16, 2014

The Eastlake High School wrestling team doesn’t have any margin for error in dual meets, and the Wolves have dropped two KingCo Conference meets to start the season largely because they’re missing several starters.

After the Wolves lost, 46-24, to visiting Mount Si on Dec. 11, coach Dexter Beckstead said it’s been a little frustrating not having his full complement of wrestlers.

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Eastside Catholic’s Brandon Wellington wins WIAA Athlete of the Week

December 16, 2014

Brandon Wellington, a junior at Eastside Catholic High School, was selected as one of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Athletes of the Week for the final week of the fall sports season.

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Eastside Catholic snaps Bellevue’s 67-game win streak to capture Class 3A football title

December 9, 2014

It started with a promise.

Four years ago at an end-of-season banquet, first-year Eastside Catholic football coach Jeremy Thielbahr promised a room full of freshmen a state title.

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Kangaroos leap past Eastlake boys, 57-49

December 9, 2014

After replacing most of last season’s lineup and instituting a new system of basketball, coach Steve Kramer said he anticipated some bumps in the road for the Eastlake High School boys basketball team.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School senior point guard Jordan Lester finds a lot of interference in the key from Sahil Basra (left) and Abi Kameric, of Lake Washington, during the second quarter of a Dec. 2 basketball game. Lester led all scorers with 29 points in Eastlake’s 57-49 loss.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School senior point guard Jordan Lester finds a lot of interference in the key from Sahil Basra (left) and Abi Kameric, of Lake Washington, during the second quarter of a Dec. 2 basketball game. Lester led all scorers with 29 points in Eastlake’s 57-49 loss.

The Wolves found that first pothole in their Dec. 2 season opener, dropping a 57-49 decision to visiting Lake Washington in a nonleague outing.

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Powerful Inglemoor steamrolls Skyline girls hoops team

December 9, 2014

The deck was stacked against the Skyline High School girls basketball team in its first game of the 2014-15 season.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School senior guard Alicia Shim watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter of a Dec. 5 loss at Inglemoor.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School senior guard Alicia Shim watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter of a Dec. 5 loss at Inglemoor.

Not only were the Spartans making their debut under new head coach Joe Fithian, but they also were facing a solid Inglemoor Vikings squad that placed fourth in the state last season. Throw in the experience factor — the Vikings are a senior-laden team, while the Spartans feature six freshmen and sophomores — and the chances for an upset were slim.

But not even Fithian could predict the blowout that ensued as Inglemoor rolled to a 70-17 victory in KingCo Conference action Dec. 5 in Kenmore.

“I expected us to struggle,” Fithian admitted. “I didn’t expect us to struggle like this.”

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Eastlake hoops teams rebuild behind returning stars

December 3, 2014

With talented post players Marijke Vanderschaaf and Maggie Douglas leading the way, the Eastlake High School girls basketball team had a reliable game plan against every opponent last season.

Eastlake High School point guard Jordan Lester, right, led the Class 4A KingCo Conference in assists last season, and will look to lead the Wolves back to the playoffs again as senior.

Eastlake High School point guard Jordan Lester, right, led the Class 4A KingCo Conference in assists last season, and will look to lead the Wolves back to the playoffs again as senior.

Vanderschaaf and Douglas were two of the eight seniors that graduated from a squad that finished 18-6, one win shy of a Class 4A regional playoff berth. Without their size under the basket, Eastlake will be looking to win in different ways as it starts the 2014-15 season this week, coach Sara Goldie said.

“Without really putting too much out there, I think our style is going to change a little bit,” she said. “We’re making some adjustments, and the adjustments are looking really good.”

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Skyline High School basketball squads learn under new leadership

December 3, 2014

Bill McIntyre has a simple philosophy when it comes to the fast pace he expects his Skyline High School boys basketball team to play this season.

“We’ve got a lot of athletes, and we’ve got a lot of depth, so if you don’t take advantage of your depth by pushing it, then the other team can just play their five,” said McIntyre, the Spartans’ first-year head coach.

“How is depth an advantage if you don’t (play fast)?’”

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Skyline soccer shows heart in capturing third place

November 25, 2014

Recovering from a heartbreaking loss isn’t something the Skyline Spartans wanted to do at the Class 4A state soccer tournament, but they did it successfully last weekend.

By Paul Gibian Skyline High School’s Lindsey Fujiwara (23) controls the ball through the middle of the field as Gig Harbor’s Kaysie Bruce (14) and Mia Ostergren (20) defend during the Class 4A state soccer tournament in Puyallup Nov. 22. Fujiwara scored the final goal as the Spartans secured third place with a 3-1 victory.

By Paul Gibian
Skyline High School’s Lindsey Fujiwara (23) controls the ball through the middle of the field as Gig Harbor’s Kaysie Bruce (14) and Mia Ostergren (20) defend during the Class 4A state soccer tournament in Puyallup Nov. 22. Fujiwara scored the final goal as the Spartans secured third place with a 3-1 victory.

Skyline got goals from three of its top offensive players — Lindsey Fujiwara, Amanda Johnston and Kelli Sullivan — to earn a 3-1 win over the Gig Harbor Tides in the match for third and fourth places Nov. 22 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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