Maizy Brewer, Blake Hallauer lead Skyline cross country to wins

September 23, 2014

It has been three years since the Skyline High School boys cross country program sent a team to the state championships, and senior Blake Hallauer is hoping to do something about it.

By Neil Pierson The Skyline High School boys cross country team pours forth from the starting line during a Sept. 17 meet against KingCo Conference opponents Bothell and Woodinville.

By Neil Pierson
The Skyline High School boys cross country team pours forth from the starting line during a Sept. 17 meet against KingCo Conference opponents Bothell and Woodinville.

“I think it would mean a lot,” Hallauer said of reaching state. “That’s always been our goal, and we felt like we were robbed last year just because of a few bad runs at the district meet.”

No one on this year’s Skyline squad was part of the 2011 lineup that finished 12th at the Class 4A meet in Pasco — the seniors were freshmen then — but Hallauer is the most experienced returning runner for a group that is hungry to achieve something big.

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Eastlake golfers fend off Inglemoor’s tough test

September 23, 2014

The Eastlake High School boys golf team isn’t used to losing, dropping only two conference dual matches in the past four seasons, which makes the start to the 2014 season a bit surprising.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School’s Gabe Lysen drives the ball off the tee during a Sept. 18 conference golf match with Inglemoor. Lysen shot 41 as the Wolves defeated the Vikings, 208-210.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School’s Gabe Lysen drives the ball off the tee during a Sept. 18 conference golf match with Inglemoor. Lysen shot 41 as the Wolves defeated the Vikings, 208-210.

The Wolves lost two of their first three Class 4A KingCo Conference outings — to Redmond and Issaquah — but rebounded to even their record with a 208-210 victory over the Inglemoor Vikings Sept. 18 at the Sahalee Country Club’s par-36 south course.

In some ways, Eastlake has had to start from scratch this fall. Four-time state qualifier Spencer Weiss graduated, and the Wolves now feature four freshmen among their top-10 players.

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Skyline soccer roughs up Jackson Timberwolves, 4-0

September 15, 2014

Don Braman likes to use the nonleague schedule to discover which players work best in certain positions, and the coach may have tougher decisions to make based on the Skyline Spartans’ first three soccer matches. Read more

Lightning-fast start carries Eastlake football to first win

September 15, 2014

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By Greg Farrar Jeffrey Feinglas, Eastlake High School wide receiver, pushes aside Inglemoor sophomore defensive back Kyle Malsam (83) at the 30 yard line and eluded Alex Zamudio at the 10, on the way to a 40-yard touchdown run during the first quarter. A minute and 40 seconds later Feinglas got past the same two players on a catch-and-run for 69 yards and another touchdown.

Four touchdowns on 18 offensive plays, 208 yards of total offense, no first downs allowed on defense and a 27-0 lead. Read more

Skyline smashes Issaquah, 48-21, in season opener

September 9, 2014

If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School junior running back Rashaad Boddie (28) explodes en route to an 81-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage as Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo (5), Mikey Giannopulos (22) and Andy Co give chase.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School junior running back Rashaad Boddie (28) explodes en route to an 81-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage as Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo (5), Mikey Giannopulos (22) and Andy Co give chase.

Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.

Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.

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Setter’s return could ignite Eastlake’s offensive attack

September 9, 2014

Caroline DeStefano had every reason to be pumped about her junior season of volleyball at Eastlake High School.

Then, she sustained a high ankle sprain and had to sit out the entire 2013 season.

It was a blow, for her and the Wolves, who reached the Class 4A KingCo tournament but fell short of a state-tournament berth after losses to Skyline and Bothell.

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Senior-laden Spartans shoot for another state volleyball berth

September 9, 2014

The Skyline High School volleyball team has reached the state tournament in three straight seasons, and heading into the 2014 campaign, the attitude inside the Spartans’ gym is one of quiet determination and confidence.

To put it plainly, reaching November’s Class 4A state tournament is the bare minimum head coach Callie Wesson and her players are striving for.

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State park offers bicycle, orienteering racing events Sept. 7 and 9

September 6, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 6, 2014

The Washington State Parks offers two racing events for outdoor enthusiasts at the Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road:

MFG Cyclocross — An all-day bicycle event Sept. 7 on Sunset and Tibbetts beaches. Learn more here.

Krank Adventure Race — All-day orienteering event Sept. 9 where groups have to find 15 survey markers using a map, compass and GPS device.  Learn more here.

Skyline football looking to avenge last year’s early exit

September 2, 2014

When Skyline kicks off the 2014 football season this week against rival Issaquah, it will mark the culmination of a nine-month process for the Spartans as they try to return to the elite echelon of Class 4A programs.

By Greg Farrar Skyline opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 at Issaquah. The Spartans’ top athletes include, from left, junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie; senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville; senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher; senior lineman Riley Griffiths; senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong; junior quarterback Blake Gregory; and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 at Issaquah. The Spartans’ top athletes include, from left, junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie; senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville; senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher; senior lineman Riley Griffiths; senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong; junior quarterback Blake Gregory; and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

Skyline’s players indicate they haven’t forgotten their 26-20 loss to Federal Way in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs, and it has served as motivation for this season.

The Spartans won’t be able to reap most of the rewards from their offseason work until late fall, but they know wins usually come from the sweat equity they poured out in the spring and summer months.

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Eastlake football relishing opening test with Bothell

September 2, 2014

Bothell High School might have one of the premier football teams in the state this season, but the Cougars’ first opponent likes its chances to shock the preseason prognosticators.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 against Bothell. The Wolves’ top athletes include, from left, senior quarterback Blue Thomas; senior lineman Ivan Jimenez; senior defensive back Michael Nelson; senior running back/linebacker Justin McOmber; senior wide receiver/defensive back Jeffrey Feinglas; and senior wide receiver/defensive back Eric Uhlar.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 against Bothell. The Wolves’ top athletes include, from left, senior quarterback Blue Thomas; senior lineman Ivan Jimenez; senior defensive back Michael Nelson; senior running back/linebacker Justin McOmber; senior wide receiver/defensive back Jeffrey Feinglas; and senior wide receiver/defensive back Eric Uhlar.

Eastlake has its sights set on a repeat performance of 2013, when it advanced to the Class 4A state quarterfinals and finished 9-3 under new coach Don Bartel. For the Wolves, their success comes with accolades, but also with the knowledge that they’re no longer going to sneak up on anyone.

Jeffrey Feinglas, a senior wide receiver and defensive back, believes this season is less about what outsiders think, and more about how the Wolves perceive themselves.

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