Eastlake track teams split meet with Mount Si

March 25, 2015

Eastlake High School’s track and field teams opened the Class 4A KingCo Conference dual-meet season March 19 by splitting results against visiting Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School junior Nathan Pixler leads teammate Adamson Bryant as they outpace the field in the 3,200-meter run March 19 during the Wolves’ meet against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School junior Nathan Pixler leads teammate Adamson Bryant as they outpace the field in the 3,200-meter run March 19 during the Wolves’ meet against Mount Si.

The Eastlake boys, who won a fourth-place trophy at last season’s state meet, earned a 79-66 victory over the Wildcats, while the Mount Si girls won in their first KingCo 4A meet, 80-68.

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Spartans, Wolves have high hopes in fastpitch

March 17, 2015

With freshmen filling six of their nine starting positions last year, few KingCo Conference fastpitch followers gave Skyline High School much chance of a winning season.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School pitcher Caroline Bowman tags out Issaquah’s Morgan Bevell while covering home plate during their 4A KingCo fastpitch tournament game last May.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School pitcher Caroline Bowman tags out Issaquah’s Morgan Bevell while covering home plate during their 4A KingCo fastpitch tournament game last May.

The Spartans surprised everyone by finishing with a 15-8 record, and only a 6-5 loss to Newport at the KingCo tournament kept them from reaching the state championships for the first time in a decade.

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Baseball: Senior-laden Crusaders have confidence, big bats

March 17, 2015

Last year’s Eastside Catholic High School baseball team finished with a losing record, but it wasn’t a lack of talent that held back the Crusaders.

By Greg Farrar Mark Whitley, of Eastlake High School, reaches home on a hit by senior Mick Vorhof in the second inning during the Wolves’ 4A KingCo tournament championship 3-1 victory last year against Woodinville.

By Greg Farrar
Mark Whitley, of Eastlake High School, reaches home on a hit by senior Mick Vorhof in the second inning during the Wolves’ 4A KingCo tournament championship 3-1 victory last year against Woodinville.

Coach Kyle Larsen had only one returning starter — center fielder Addison Hull — on the field last season, and the inexperience at nearly every position proved to be the team’s undoing.

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Coaches announce all-league boys, girls basketball teams

March 10, 2015

KingCo Conference and Metro League basketball coaches recently announced their selections for the 2014-15 all-league teams. Local selections are listed below.

KingCo 4A boys

First team: Jordan Lester, Eastlake; Robert Biegaj, Skyline

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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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