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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Eastlake boys split two road contests

January 27, 2015

Visiting Eastlake held a halftime lead, but couldn’t hold on as Issaquah rallied for a 59-49 victory in Class 4A KingCo Conference boys basketball action Jan. 23.

Issaquah’s Trevon Ary-Turner led all scorers with 24 points, while Jason Crandall and Ty Gibson chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Eagles.

Senior guard Jordan Lester led the Wolves with 12 points, and Omar Chokr added 10.

Lester had a huge game Jan. 20, scoring 22 points as Eastlake went on the road for a 57-45 win over the Bothell Cougars. Read more

Wolves defeat Spartans in plateau swimming matchup

January 20, 2015

High-school swimming is typically a sport in which age doesn’t matter much, and Eastlake High School’s Brandon Yue is proving freshmen can compete on the same stage as their older peers.

By Greg Farrar Alex Elizarov, Eastlake High School freshman, charges through the water in the 100-yard butterfly race for second place in a time of 56.72 seconds Jan. 13 against Skyline and Redmond.

By Greg Farrar
Alex Elizarov, Eastlake High School freshman, charges through the water in the 100-yard butterfly race for second place in a time of 56.72 seconds Jan. 13 against Skyline and Redmond.

It only took Yue a few meets to earn two spots at February’s Class 4A state championships. He has recorded qualifying times in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, and with the Wolves headed to state in all three relay events, Yue is likely going to compete in the maximum four events as a ninth-grader. Read more

Lady Wolves throttle Newport for hoops victory

January 13, 2015

Coach Sara Goldie expected the Eastlake High School girls basketball team would have to navigate a bumpy road this season, and she was right.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School’s Sarah Priestley hoists up a shot as Newport’s Katelyn Jenkins (left) and Rachel Lundberg defend in the fourth quarter of their Jan. 7 game.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School’s Sarah Priestley hoists up a shot as Newport’s Katelyn Jenkins (left) and Rachel Lundberg defend in the fourth quarter of their Jan. 7 game.

The Lady Wolves lost three consecutive games in Class 4A KingCo Conference play, and were 2-4 heading into a Jan. 7 game at last-place Newport.

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Eastlake beats Skyline in battle of shorthanded wrestling teams

January 13, 2015

Head coach Dexter Beckstead was honest about his feelings after the Eastlake Wolves walked away with a 39-27 victory over plateau rival Skyline High School in a Jan. 8 wrestling meet.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School senior wrestler Miles Williams (top), gets Skyline senior Brennon Raphael in a difficult spot during the second period of their 182-pound bout shortly before winning by pin.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School senior wrestler Miles Williams (top), gets Skyline senior Brennon Raphael in a difficult spot during the second period of their 182-pound bout shortly before winning by pin.

“It’s one of those situations where you win, but you don’t have a sense of accomplishment because there’s so many forfeits,” Beckstead said.

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