Energetic Eastlake volleyball team rolls past winless Woodinville

October 21, 2014

After sustaining consecutive losses to Skyline and Bothell, the Eastlake High School volleyball team got back on the right track last week by sweeping two matches in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

Eastlake (9-3 overall, 3-2 KingCo) has put itself in the hunt for a top-four seed to the conference tournament alongside Skyline, Mount Si and Bothell. An important match against Mount Si (8-2, 2-2) looms Oct. 23, and two wins last week against Redmond and Woodinville helped the Wolves restore confidence.

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Swim teams think pink

October 21, 2014

Contributed The Eastlake and Redmond high school girls swim and dive teams competed Oct. 14 at Redmond Pool, where they recognized their senior athletes and raised awareness for breast cancer. Both teams wore pink T-shirts to school that day, and donned bright pink swim caps during the meet. The teams also honored Eastlake assistant coach Shelby Ruge, a breast cancer survivor.

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The Eastlake and Redmond high school girls swim and dive teams competed Oct. 14 at Redmond Pool, where they recognized their senior athletes and raised awareness for breast cancer. Both teams wore pink T-shirts to school that day, and donned bright pink swim caps during the meet. The teams also honored Eastlake assistant coach Shelby Ruge, a breast cancer survivor.

Eastlake assistant baseball coach earns state award

October 21, 2014

Mark Hawksworth, an assistant baseball coach at Eastlake High School, was recently chosen as the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year.

Hawksworth, who runs the Eastlake program’s pitching staff, has lived in Sammamish for more than 25 years and has three children who’ve graduated from the school. His son, Blake, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and played for them and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Dinner, auction benefits Eastlake High School girls basketball

October 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 19, 2014

The Eastlake High School girls basketball program is hosting its ninth annual Howlfest Nov. 1, a dinner and auction to raise money for the program’s operations costs.

The event will be at the Pine Lake Community Center, 21333 S.E. 20th St., Sammamish. Reserve a seat here.

Those who can’t attend the fundraiser can still support the basketball program by purchasing raffle tickets, making tax-deductible donations or by donating an auction item.

Learn more by calling Julia Anderson at 836-2538, or email lisa.c.mccabe@comcast.net.

Eastlake volleyball supports breast cancer with ‘Dig Pink’ event Thursday

October 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 15, 2014

The Eastlake High School volleyball program will raise money for breast cancer research during its annual “Dig Pink” event.

The event takes place during Eastlake’s match with Woodinville at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. The public is invited to purchase baked goods and learn more about the disease through an awareness campaign.

The game is at the school, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.

All proceeds from the event go to the Side Out Foundation, which awards grants toward medical research, as well as organizations that support breast cancer patients and their families.

Eastlake tennis team blisters Woodinville Falcons

October 14, 2014

This year’s Eastlake High School boys tennis team is versatile — so versatile, in fact, the Wolves’ top singles player may turn to doubles in the postseason.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School’s Thiago Bandeira focuses on a return shot against Woodinville’s Max Wing during an Oct. 7 KingCo Conference boys tennis match. Bandeira, a junior, was a 6-4, 6-1 winner.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School’s Thiago Bandeira focuses on a return shot against Woodinville’s Max Wing during an Oct. 7 KingCo Conference boys tennis match. Bandeira, a junior, was a 6-4, 6-1 winner.

Thiago Bandeira continued his strong junior season Oct. 7 when host Eastlake claimed a 7-0 victory over the Woodinville Falcons in Class 4A KingCo Conference play.

Bandeira used an arsenal of cross-court winners, accurate serving and occasional forays to the net to dispatch Max Wing, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 1 singles match.

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Eastlake volleyball rally falls short

October 7, 2014

After the first two sets, Janna Tonahill gathered her players together and delivered a succinct message that seemed to resonate.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School junior outside hitter Jordan Dahl (13) puts the ball over Bellevue’s Katie Griffin as the Wolves mounted a comeback to win the third set of their Sept. 30 match. Bellevue went on to win the match in five sets.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School junior outside hitter Jordan Dahl (13) puts the ball over Bellevue’s Katie Griffin as the Wolves mounted a comeback to win the third set of their Sept. 30 match. Bellevue went on to win the match in five sets.

“We need to play our game,” Tonahill said. “This isn’t the Eastlake volleyball team that’s been showing up every day.

“Let’s show ourselves we can do this. Let’s show Bellevue who Eastlake really is.”

Trailing 2-0, the Wolves took their coach’s words to heart and nearly carved out a comeback of epic proportions. But after sending the match to a fifth set, they fell short against Bellevue in a nonconference battle of undefeated teams Sept. 30 at Eastlake High School.

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Cross country: Eastlake boys set lofty goals

September 30, 2014

The stars are aligning at the right time for the Eastlake High School boys cross country program in its attempt to have an historic season.

By Neil Pierson Several Eastlake High School boys, including eventual winner Nathan Pixler, center, set the pace against Skyline and Newport during a Sept. 24 cross country meet at Beaver Lake Park.

By Neil Pierson
Several Eastlake High School boys, including eventual winner Nathan Pixler, center, set the pace against Skyline and Newport during a Sept. 24 cross country meet at Beaver Lake Park.

First, the Wolves have talent and depth. Three runners have returned from last year’s ninth-place finishers at the state meet, joining with several others who have high potential. Seven of coach Troy Anderson’s boys have already broken 17 minutes, 30 seconds over 5 kilometers.

Second, everyone is happy and healthy, although those things can change over the course of a grueling nine-week season.

“They’ve been working really hard and they’ve bought into the belief that they can be a great team,” Anderson said. “It’s not just about making state. They’ve made state the last two years, and now we want to build on that.”

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Skyline takes down Eastlake in KingCo soccer opener

September 30, 2014

The Eastlake Wolves girls soccer team had a solid nonconference run, going undefeated and outscoring their five opponents, 17-1.

But things got much tougher when Eastlake had to turn its attention to matches that matter, including Class 4A perennial powerhouse Skyline in the KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline got goals from Ke’ala Louie, Candace Hunter and Gabby Hart, and wore down Eastlake with speed at both ends of the field in a 3-1 victory Sept. 25 at Spartan Stadium.

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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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