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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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

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