Skyline soccer team opens season with scoreless tie

March 25, 2015

The scoreless tie that Skyline and Archbishop Murphy recorded in their season-opening boys soccer match March 19 wasn’t indicative of the level of play on the field.

Both teams had goal-scoring chances that weren’t converted, and while host Skyline was disappointed not to win, coach Don Braman and his players also knew they could’ve lost to a talented opponent that has made six straight state-playoff appearances.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School’s Ty Good (14) tangles for the ball with Matt Williams, of Archbishop Murphy, as Skyline’s Randy Hilleary backs up the action, during the second half of their March 17 soccer match.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School’s Ty Good (14) tangles for the ball with Matt Williams, of Archbishop Murphy, as Skyline’s Randy Hilleary backs up the action, during the second half of their March 17 soccer match.

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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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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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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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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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Red-hot Taylor McKerlich leads Skyline girls to win

February 10, 2015

As a sophomore, Taylor McKerlich was mostly successful on offense when she got good position under the basket.

By Greg Farrar There are plenty of arms flying as Skyline High School freshman wing Jade Loville gets double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
There are plenty of arms flying as Skyline High School freshman wing Jade Loville gets double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

A year later, after diligently working on her jump shot, she has proven to be an even more valuable commodity for the Skyline High School girls basketball team.

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Issaquah boys rout Skyline, send message

February 10, 2015

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team won’t finish this season with an undefeated record in conference play because of a January home loss to Skyline.

Few people wearing purple and gold will remember that, however, after Issaquah avenged the loss with a dominating, 68-35 victory at Skyline on Feb. 5.

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Balanced attack leads Skyline girls past Eastlake

February 3, 2015

When sharpshooter Cassidy Daugherty gets going, it’s even tougher for opponents to defend a Skyline High School team filled with offensive weapons.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake High School freshman guard Cameron Edward drives past Skyline’s Kelli Sullivan for two of her 13 points during the second quarter of the teams’ Jan. 28 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake High School freshman guard Cameron Edward drives past Skyline’s Kelli Sullivan for two of her 13 points during the second quarter of the teams’ Jan. 28 basketball game.

Daugherty had her game working Jan. 28 during a visit to Eastlake, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 14 points as the Spartans earned a 62-50 victory in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

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