Volleyball camp’s popularity soars at Eastlake High School

July 23, 2015

Developing an enthusiastic group of incoming athletes is crucial for the success of most high-school programs, and the Eastlake High School volleyball program appears to be doing its job in that regard.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School volleyball player Lindsey Urh (left) helps Cassandra Casiero with her spiking technique July 15 at the school’s annual youth camp.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School volleyball player Lindsey Urh (left) helps Cassandra Casiero with her spiking technique July 15 at the school’s annual youth camp.

Ninety-five players entering grades three through eight signed up for the school’s annual youth volleyball camp, held July 13-15, working side by side with the Lady Wolves’ coaching staff, returning players and alumni.

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Eastlake girls OK with another second-place finish at state golf

June 10, 2015

Second place wasn’t what the Eastlake Wolves really wanted, but it almost felt like a victory.

Sure, Eastlake would’ve enjoyed dethroning five-time defending champion Bellarmine Prep at the Class 4A state girls golf tournament. But considering the long odds — Bellarmine qualified six players to Eastlake’s three for the May 27-28 event in Spokane — the Wolves weren’t about to beat themselves up.

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Hammer time

June 10, 2015

Contributed Eastlake High School senior Lukas Leitis came away with a second-place finish at the state high-school hammer throw championships, held May 31 at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley. Leitis set a personal record with his toss of 176 feet, 11 inches, which was bested by only Kamiak’s Tim Beard (181-9). Leitis finished his career for the Wolves with two state medals in the event after placing sixth last season at 151-6. He went on to break that mark nine times as a senior, including a victory at the May 17 Centralia Hammer Meet and a third-place at the April 18 Oregon Relays, which features competitors from around the West Coast.

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Eastlake High School senior Lukas Leitis came away with a second-place finish at the state high-school hammer throw championships, held May 31 at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley. Leitis set a personal record with his toss of 176 feet, 11 inches, which was bested by only Kamiak’s Tim Beard (181-9). Leitis finished his career for the Wolves with two state medals in the event after placing sixth last season at 151-6. He went on to break that mark nine times as a senior, including a victory at the May 17 Centralia Hammer Meet and a third-place at the April 18 Oregon Relays, which features competitors from around the West Coast.

Eastlake’s Nathan Pixler wins District 2 title

May 27, 2015

Eastlake High School junior Nathan Pixler has had a target on him since the start of the 2015 track and field season.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School junior Nathan Pixler (left) duels with Snohomish’s Brad Hodkinson during the 1,600-meter championship race at the District 2 meet on May 20. Pixler eventually pulled away to win in 4 minutes, 16.14 seconds, and Hodkinson was second in 4:17.84.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School junior Nathan Pixler (left) duels with Snohomish’s Brad Hodkinson during the 1,600-meter championship race at the District 2 meet on May 20. Pixler eventually pulled away to win in 4 minutes, 16.14 seconds, and Hodkinson was second in 4:17.84.

Coaches and opponents from the Class 4A KingCo Conference and surrounding leagues know what Pixler is capable of: He’s a three-time participant at the state cross country meet, and has twice qualified for the Star Track state championships in the 800 meters.

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Skyline qualifies a state doubles team

May 20, 2015

Julia Lioubarski and Jasmine Ye are going back to the place they wanted to be all season.

By Greg Farrar Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline senior, and teammate junior Julia Lioubarski, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin May 14.

By Greg Farrar
Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline senior, and teammate junior Julia Lioubarski, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin May 14.

The Skyline High School doubles team qualified for the Class 4A state girls tennis tournament, placing second at the KingCo Conference tournament May 11-15 at Skyline.

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Issaquah rallies to beat Eastlake, 7-4

May 20, 2015

Some teams might have pushed the panic button after blowing a four-run lead, but the Issaquah High School fastpitch team just shrugged and kept on smiling.

After host Eastlake put up a four-run fifth inning to tie the score, the Eagles responded with three runs in the top of sixth and held on for a 7-4 victory in the regular-season finale of Class 4A KingCo Conference play on May 14.

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Eastlake’s Jordan Lester signs with Robert Morris basketball

May 13, 2015

Jordan Lester is the definition of a gym rat.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School senior Jordan Lester (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Robert Morris University. Pictured with him (clockwise from back left) are coaches Duriell Jones, Doug Martenson, Wayne Mendezona, Pat Leahy, Steve Kramer and Todd Daugherty.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School senior Jordan Lester (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Robert Morris University. Pictured with him (clockwise from back left) are coaches Duriell Jones, Doug Martenson, Wayne Mendezona, Pat Leahy, Steve Kramer and Todd Daugherty.

It was common for Eastlake High School Athletics Director Pat Bangasser to arrive at the school at 6 a.m. and open the gymnasium so Lester could shoot. And it was equally common for Lester to keep coach Steve Kramer on the floor after practice, sometimes until midnight.

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Work ethic leads Eastlake tennis to winning season

May 5, 2015

With Class 4A KingCo Conference matches wrapping up this week, the Eastlake High School girls tennis team is poised to put a bow on what has been a beautiful regular season.

Heading into their May 5 match at Mount Si — results that came after press time — the Wolves were 8-3 overall, 5-2 in conference, and have been playing with the kind of fire and finesse that has coach Bud Peterson grinning from ear to ear.

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Skyline baseball sweeps season series with Eastlake

April 29, 2015

A four-game winning streak, including a second win of the season over city rival Eastlake, had the Skyline High School baseball team feeling very good last week.

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Eastlake track teams display depth vs. Redmond

April 21, 2015

With Eastlake High School’s top track and field athletes away at the Oregon Relays, the April 16 conference meet at Redmond was a chance for others to make a name for themselves.

By Neil Pierson Redmond High School’s Nadia Medvinsky leads the pack, with Eastlake’s Kirsten Flindt, second from left, and Olivia Latham on her heels during the girls’ 1,600-meter race at Redmond on April 16. Medvinsky won the race, with Flindt second and Latham third.

By Neil Pierson
Redmond High School’s Nadia Medvinsky leads the pack, with Eastlake’s Kirsten Flindt, second from left, and Olivia Latham on her heels during the girls’ 1,600-meter race at Redmond on April 16. Medvinsky won the race, with Flindt second and Latham third.

One of the Wolves who stepped into the spotlight was junior Eric Harvey, who recorded a winning time of 52.40 seconds in his first competitive try at the 400 meters.

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