Appel saves the day as Skyline soccer tops Roosevelt

April 15, 2014

Don Braman has a conundrum most soccer coaches would love to have – three quality goalkeepers and only one starting spot.

Senior Jack O’Keefe and junior Brice Escobar are the most experienced players fighting for time, but sophomore Alex Appel has been just as good during the Skyline Spartans’ 10-game unbeaten streak to start the season.

Appel came in for the second half and made three crucial saves in the last 15 minutes, helping Skyline beat the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders 1-0 in Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer action on April 7.

Photo by Neil Pierson Skyline’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win over the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

Photo by Neil Pierson
Skyline’s Nate Hardwick boots the ball out of danger during the first half of the Spartans’ 1-0 win over the visiting Roosevelt Roughriders on April 7.

His final save might have been his best as he climbed the ladder to get his fingertips on a drive from Roosevelt’s Jack Kussick, deflecting it over the goal just seconds before the final whistle.

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Bowman, Skyline subdue Issaquah in fastpitch rivalry

April 8, 2014

The fastpitch rivalry between the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans always has intensity, and last week’s clash to open Class 4A KingCo Conference play was no different.

Facing off against former teammates Winter Ridgeway and Tia Hedman, the Spartans used a fourth-inning surge and rallied past the Eagles, 5-3, on April 1 at Skyline High School.

Caroline Bowman, Skyline High School freshman, retires three Issaquah batters in the seventh inning to round out her complete-game pitching effort April 1 in the Spartans’ 5-3 victory.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Caroline Bowman, Skyline High School freshman, retires three Issaquah batters in the seventh inning to round out her complete-game pitching effort April 1 in the Spartans’ 5-3 victory. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Lawrence pitches Spartans past Bulldogs

April 1, 2014

After starting the season with three losses, the Skyline High School baseball team was hungry for a win, and the Spartans satisfied their appetites March 26.

Skyline got a dominating performance from starting pitcher Sam Lawrence, and Jason Santiago drove in a pair of runs at the plate as the host Spartans earned a 4-0 victory over the Garfield Bulldogs in a Class 4A KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline second baseman Diego Graterol scoops up a ground ball during the Spartans’ 4-0 win over visiting Garfield in March 26 KingCo Conference baseball action.  Photo by Chuck Blackburn

Skyline second baseman Diego Graterol scoops up a ground ball during the Spartans’ 4-0 win over visiting Garfield in March 26 KingCo Conference baseball action. Photo by Chuck Blackburn

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Richardson, Twaddle score in Skyline soccer victory

March 27, 2014

Matthew Richardson isn’t tall, but he might have been the biggest player on the field for the Skyline Spartans last week.

Richardson scored the Spartans’ first goal, then assisted on Jason Twaddle’s tally midway through the second half as Skyline held off the Wenatchee Panthers, 2-1, in a March 18 nonleague boys soccer match at Spartan Stadium.

Several Skyline soccer players form a wall and defend a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1.  Photo by Neil Pierson

Several Skyline soccer players form a wall and defend a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1. Photo by Neil Pierson

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Fastpitch previews: Eastlake looking hungry to improve

March 17, 2014

For a proud program that captured a state title only six seasons ago, the 2013 campaign was a big disappointment for the Eastlake Wolves fastpitch team. Read more

Soccer previews: Spartans plugging in new pieces, but hopes remain high

March 17, 2014

It might not be realistic for the Skyline High School boys soccer team to repeat its success of 2013, when the program went undefeated in conference play for the first time. Read more

Spartans look to solidify around stars Santiago, Lunde

March 11, 2014

Chris Tamminen has a lot of questions to answer heading into the 2014 baseball season, but he’s got at least two known quantities to work with. Read more

Skyline sprinters have big plans for senior seasons, beyond

March 4, 2014

There might not be a better situation for Dorie Dalzell to land in at the collegiate level, even though the school she chose wasn’t the one she thought she would. Read more

Skyline wrestlers Steciw, Mejia garner state medals

February 26, 2014

Six Skyline High School wrestlers reached the state championships, but only two left the Tacoma Dome with medals hanging from their necks.

Senior Tristan Steciw earned the eighth-place medal at 132 pounds in Class 4A, and freshman Addie Mejia took eighth in the girls’ 118-pound division, leading the Spartans’ contingency at Mat Classic XXVI, held Feb. 21-22.

Skyline’s Tristan Steciw (in gray) battles Todd Link, of Tahaoma. Steciw won the match on the way to an eighth-place finish.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Skyline’s Tristan Steciw (in gray) battles Todd Link, of Tahaoma. Steciw won the match on the way to an eighth-place finish. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Skyline, Eastlake grapplers heading for Mat Classic

February 18, 2014

Joseph DeMatteo is no stranger to the unique pressures of Mat Classic, and he’ll be one of the most experienced wrestlers on the Tacoma Dome floor this weekend. Read more

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