Crusaders win another heart-stopper to reach state

March 3, 2015

The Eastside Catholic High School boys basketball team has formed some good habits when it comes to late-game heroics.

The Crusaders are a perfect 5-0 this season in games decided by six points or less, and their 53-51 win over the Wilson Rams in a Feb. 28 regional playoff game at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma punched their ticket for another state-tournament berth.

By Greg Farrar Eastside Catholic’s Mandrell Worthy, pictured in a January game against Garfield, had a team-high 20 points last week against Wilson as the Crusaders earned a return to this week’s Class 3A state quarterfinals.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Catholic’s Mandrell Worthy, pictured in a January game against Garfield, had a team-high 20 points last week against Wilson as the Crusaders earned a return to this week’s Class 3A state quarterfinals.

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Softball programs team up to build new indoor facility

March 3, 2015

Each spring, the Eastlake High School softball program has dealt with the same dilemma: What do the players do when there’s too much rain to be outside?

Finding a solution has been years in the making. The Eastlake Little League softball program, which has multiple age groups practicing on the high-school field, has wanted a fix, too. But the costs to build an indoor facility meant the two entities struggled to get approval from the Lake Washington School Board.

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Matt Iwicki makes history for Eastside Catholic wrestling program

February 24, 2015

Matt Iwicki is no stranger to the pressures of the Mat Classic state wrestling tournament, and he knows both the highs and the lows the season-ending event can bring.

By Greg Farrar Eastside Catholic High School senior wrestler Matt Iwicki powered his way through the 145-pound bracket at the Mat Classic XXVII, winning his second Class 3A state championship in three seasons.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Catholic High School senior wrestler Matt Iwicki powered his way through the 145-pound bracket at the Mat Classic XXVII, winning his second Class 3A state championship in three seasons.

Two years ago, Iwicki was at the top, capturing a Class 3A state title at 120 pounds for Eastside Catholic High School. But last winter, he discovered how difficult it is to repeat, falling short with a third-place finish at 132 pounds.

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Eastlake’s Jackson Berman picks up slack in swimming; Skyline misses podium

February 24, 2015

The Eastlake High School boys swim and dive team did something Feb. 20-21 that it hadn’t done in four years.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School senior Jackson Berman is neck and neck with Tyler Jones, of Walla Walla, halfway through their 500-yard freestyle race Feb. 21 during the state 4A swim championship finals. Berman took second with a time of 4 minutes, 41.17 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School senior Jackson Berman is neck and neck with Tyler Jones, of Walla Walla, halfway through their 500-yard freestyle race Feb. 21 during the state 4A swim championship finals. Berman took second with a time of 4 minutes, 41.17 seconds.

It got into the King County Aquatic Center pool without All-American swimmer Ed Kim.

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Skyline’s Nathan Swanson captures regional wrestling title

February 17, 2015

Nathan Swanson has spent a lot of time honing his craft, and the Skyline High School senior wrestler saw his perseverance pay off during the Class 4A Region 2 championships Feb. 14.

Swanson won three consecutive matches and won the title in the 120-pound division, which will earn him a high seed and possibly a deeper path into the Mat Classic XXVII state tournament, Feb. 20-21 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Swanson (left), Skyline High School senior, sizes up Sebastian Robles from South Kitsap in a second-round 120-pound bout on the way to his win by fall at 5:44 during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Swanson (left), Skyline High School senior, sizes up Sebastian Robles from South Kitsap in a second-round 120-pound bout on the way to his win by fall at 5:44 during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

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Eastlake boys fall to Newport in regular-season finale

February 17, 2015

Six senior members of the Eastlake High School boys basketball program were playing on their home court for the final time Feb. 10, and they wanted to leave with one more victory.

But the visiting Newport Knights spoiled the Wolves’ senior night activities, using a fourth-quarter surge to pull away for a 56-46 victory in the final regular-season game of Class 4A KingCo Conference play.

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Skyline finishes fourth, Eastlake sixth at KingCo wrestling

February 10, 2015

The Skyline High School wrestling team finished fourth with 142 points at the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament, held Feb. 6-7 at Issaquah High School.

The Spartans won two individual championships, had four finalists, and will send nine qualifiers to the Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The top five wrestlers in each weight class advanced to regionals.

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Red-hot Taylor McKerlich leads Skyline girls to win

February 10, 2015

As a sophomore, Taylor McKerlich was mostly successful on offense when she got good position under the basket.

By Greg Farrar There are plenty of arms flying as Skyline High School freshman wing Jade Loville gets double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
There are plenty of arms flying as Skyline High School freshman wing Jade Loville gets double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

A year later, after diligently working on her jump shot, she has proven to be an even more valuable commodity for the Skyline High School girls basketball team.

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Issaquah boys rout Skyline, send message

February 10, 2015

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team won’t finish this season with an undefeated record in conference play because of a January home loss to Skyline.

Few people wearing purple and gold will remember that, however, after Issaquah avenged the loss with a dominating, 68-35 victory at Skyline on Feb. 5.

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Balanced attack leads Skyline girls past Eastlake

February 3, 2015

When sharpshooter Cassidy Daugherty gets going, it’s even tougher for opponents to defend a Skyline High School team filled with offensive weapons.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School freshman guard Cameron Edward drives past Skyline’s Kelli Sullivan for two of her 13 points during the second quarter of the teams’ Jan. 28 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School freshman guard Cameron Edward drives past Skyline’s Kelli Sullivan for two of her 13 points during the second quarter of the teams’ Jan. 28 basketball game.

Daugherty had her game working Jan. 28 during a visit to Eastlake, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 14 points as the Spartans earned a 62-50 victory in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

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