Sammamish running store hosts fundraising Turkey Trot

November 22, 2014

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Local runners and walkers can get their Thanksgiving festivities off to a healthy starts at the third annual Plateau Runner Turkey Trot.

Proceeds from the run benefit Eastlake High School’s Marty O’Connor Scholarship Fund for student athletes.

The 4-mile, family friendly run starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 29. The flat route begins and ends at Plateau Runner, the locally owned and operated specialty running store on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Eastlake drama has plenty of laughs planned for soap opera-based show

November 18, 2014

Anyone unfamiliar with the soap opera-based play, “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” might be thrown off by the title. It’s not strictly a murder mystery — it’s also a comedy that pokes fun at day-time television programs.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

The Eastlake High School drama club has spent most of the fall learning the complex performance written by Don Zolidis. First-time director Rick Eames, who has experience as a semiprofessional actor, said he likes the play’s mix of humor and intrigue. It might best be described as a cross between the movies “Soapdish” and “Clue,” he said.

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KJ Eames goes through hell and back to write first novel

November 4, 2014

It wasn’t all sunshine and daisies for KJ Eames in her first attempt to become a published author, and she’s starkly honest about what truly drove her down that path.

Contributed KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

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KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

Eames, 21, graduated from Eastlake High School in 2012, in the midst of what she calls “an emotionally abusive and manipulative relationship.” It took her another year to physically remove herself from the situation, and the better part of the past year was spent in psychological recovery, a process that included the penning of her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner.”

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Eastlake assistant baseball coach earns state award

October 21, 2014

Mark Hawksworth, an assistant baseball coach at Eastlake High School, was recently chosen as the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year.

Hawksworth, who runs the Eastlake program’s pitching staff, has lived in Sammamish for more than 25 years and has three children who’ve graduated from the school. His son, Blake, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and played for them and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Local students chosen as National Merit semifinalists

October 7, 2014

Fifteen Sammamish residents were named as 2015 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists last month, part of a group of 16,000 academically talented seniors nationwide.

The local nominees include four Eastlake High School students — Akanksha Bawa, Ashwathy Goutham, Gabriel See and Cheng Shan. Eastside Catholic’s Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando were also selected.

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Eastlake sophomore finds inspiration at space camp

September 16, 2014

Lucas Timmerman has spent much of life learning about various math and science concepts, and he took a big step over the summer toward a career in those fields.

By Neil Pierson Lucas Timmerman, an Eastlake High School sophomore, took his math and science inclinations to a new level over the summer at Camp KAOS, an astronaut and space training program.

By Neil Pierson
Lucas Timmerman, an Eastlake High School sophomore, took his math and science inclinations to a new level over the summer at Camp KAOS, an astronaut and space training program.

Timmerman, a sophomore at Eastlake High School, attended Camp KAOS, a weeklong astronaut and space training program in June at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The camp’s education program features five levels for students entering seventh through 12th grades. Timmerman participated in the second level, Space 201, which focuses on advanced lessons in space shuttle systems, space science, physiology and microgravity science.

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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

Local teens wear T-shirts Sept. 10 to support suicide prevention

September 9, 2014

Teenagers in Issaquah and Sammamish will wear special T-shirts to their schools Sept. 10 as part of National Suicide Prevention Day efforts.

Students from youth groups at five area churches will wear white-and-yellow shirts with the phrase “You Matter” emblazoned on the front. The participating groups are Faith United Methodist Church in Issaquah, and four Sammamish churches — Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Pine Lake Covenant Church, Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church and Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

Amy Wisegarver, a sophomore at Eastlake High School, produced a video about the “You Matter” campaign. The 16-year-old attends a youth group at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, and said she began doing a weekly Bible study session last year that touches on current issues such as suicide.

“It was very eye-opening to get to discuss those types of issues with the other people in my confirmation group, and compare our views,” Wisegarver said in an email.

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Setter’s return could ignite Eastlake’s offensive attack

September 9, 2014

Caroline DeStefano had every reason to be pumped about her junior season of volleyball at Eastlake High School.

Then, she sustained a high ankle sprain and had to sit out the entire 2013 season.

It was a blow, for her and the Wolves, who reached the Class 4A KingCo tournament but fell short of a state-tournament berth after losses to Skyline and Bothell.

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Eastlake football relishing opening test with Bothell

September 2, 2014

Bothell High School might have one of the premier football teams in the state this season, but the Cougars’ first opponent likes its chances to shock the preseason prognosticators.

By Greg Farrar Eastlake opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 against Bothell. The Wolves’ top athletes include, from left, senior quarterback Blue Thomas; senior lineman Ivan Jimenez; senior defensive back Michael Nelson; senior running back/linebacker Justin McOmber; senior wide receiver/defensive back Jeffrey Feinglas; and senior wide receiver/defensive back Eric Uhlar.

By Greg Farrar
Eastlake opens its 2014 football season Sept. 5 against Bothell. The Wolves’ top athletes include, from left, senior quarterback Blue Thomas; senior lineman Ivan Jimenez; senior defensive back Michael Nelson; senior running back/linebacker Justin McOmber; senior wide receiver/defensive back Jeffrey Feinglas; and senior wide receiver/defensive back Eric Uhlar.

Eastlake has its sights set on a repeat performance of 2013, when it advanced to the Class 4A state quarterfinals and finished 9-3 under new coach Don Bartel. For the Wolves, their success comes with accolades, but also with the knowledge that they’re no longer going to sneak up on anyone.

Jeffrey Feinglas, a senior wide receiver and defensive back, believes this season is less about what outsiders think, and more about how the Wolves perceive themselves.

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