Eastlake swimmers clinch division title

October 28, 2014

There’s a talented mix of all ages on this year’s Eastlake High School girls swim and dive team, and the results could hardly have been better for coach Kate Agnew and her athletes.

Eastlake wrapped up the KingCo Conference Crown Division title Oct. 23 with a convincing win over Bothell, and the Wolves had a chance to capture the outright KingCo title during an Oct. 28 meet against defending Class 4A state champion Newport, results that came after press time.

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Eastlake baseball coach Kevin Agnew’s contract not renewed

October 28, 2014

The Eastlake High School baseball program had its most successful season in a decade this year, but it will be under the direction of a new head coach next year.

Kevin Agnew led the Wolves to their first KingCo Conference title in 2014, and their first trip to the state tournament since 2003, but he won’t return next year after school administrators elected this month to not renew his contract.

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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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