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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Lightning-fast start carries Eastlake football to first win

September 15, 2014

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By Greg Farrar Jeffrey Feinglas, Eastlake High School wide receiver, pushes aside Inglemoor sophomore defensive back Kyle Malsam (83) at the 30 yard line and eluded Alex Zamudio at the 10, on the way to a 40-yard touchdown run during the first quarter. A minute and 40 seconds later Feinglas got past the same two players on a catch-and-run for 69 yards and another touchdown.

Four touchdowns on 18 offensive plays, 208 yards of total offense, no first downs allowed on defense and a 27-0 lead. Read more

Triple threat: Eastlake’s Woerner thrives as a versatile athlete

August 23, 2014

Anyone who attended an Eastlake High School girls sporting event in the past year likely saw Ellie Woerner in action.
During her junior year, Woerner was a three-sport standout for Eastlake. Last fall, she earned All-KingCo Conference second-team volleyball honors as a middle hitter. Over the winter, she averaged 11 points, three rebounds and two assists per game to help the Lady Wolves basketball squad win 18 games. And in the spring, she starred on the track by winning state medals in the 100-meter hurdles and 4×100 relay.

Eastlake High School senior Ellie Woerner, pictured with the tools of her trades in the back yard of her Sammamish home, has her sights set on a college basketball career, and says volleyball and track are helping her in that quest.  Photo by Niel Pierson

Eastlake High School senior Ellie Woerner, pictured with the tools of her trades in the back yard of her Sammamish home, has her sights set on a college basketball career, and says volleyball and track are helping her in that quest. Photo by Niel Pierson

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What to watch for as prep football season nears its start

August 19, 2014

High-school football practices open Aug. 25, and the first games of the 2014 season will follow on the weekend after Labor Day.
The Class 4A KingCo Conference could be a more difficult gauntlet than ever for the Eastlake Wolves and Skyline Spartans. The conference has whittled down from 11 teams to nine – Ballard, Garfield and Roosevelt were reclassified as 3A schools, and Mount Si moves up to join the 4A schools.
Here are five things to watch for when the new season opens Sept. 5: Read more

Summer training making Wolves a more cohesive unit

August 5, 2014

Rules prohibit high-school girls soccer coaches from having contact with their players during the majority of August, so what teams do in July can often be some of their most important work of the year.
Eastlake High School’s girls worked right up until the no-contact deadline, holding a three-day training camp July 29-31 to give returning players a chance to interact with newcomers.

Eastlake High School soccer players Sam Wile, left, and Shannon McCarron battle for possession of the ball during a July 31 training session. About 15 new players showed up to participate in the Eastlake program’s three-day camp.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Eastlake High School soccer players Sam Wile, left, and Shannon McCarron battle for possession of the ball during a July 31 training session. About 15 new players showed up to participate in the Eastlake program’s three-day camp. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Eastlake eliminated at Legion AA state tournament

August 5, 2014

The Eastlake Baseball Club saw its dreams of an American Legion state championship dashed July 30, as it lost to Asotin County for the second time in five days.
Asotin County defeated Eastlake 7-1 in a loser-out game of the Double-A Legion tournament in Spokane. Asotin also beat Eastlake, 7-4, in the first round of the six-day tourney. Read more

Eastlake, Skyline hoops programs moving forward with new leadership

July 25, 2014

The Skyline High School boys basketball program has reached the state tournament twice in its 17 seasons of existence, something Bill McIntyre will be looking to change as he takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 season. Read more

Wolves’ football success translating into youth camp growth

July 25, 2014

The old cliché that success breeds success couldn’t be more true for Eastlake High School’s football program and head coach Don Bartel. Read more

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