Friendly fire — Football coaches build a chummy rivalry in the heart of Sammamish

April 16, 2015

Don Bartel and Mat Taylor coach rival football teams located only a mile apart, so that might give them reasons to not like each other.

By garpigs4/Youtube Eastlake High School football coach Don Bartel applauds on the sideline after a play by his team during a 2013  postseason victory over Union, of Camas.

By garpigs4/Youtube
Eastlake High School football coach Don Bartel applauds on the sideline after a play by his team during a 2013
postseason victory over Union, of Camas.

The truth is, Bartel and Taylor are close friends who live near each other in North Bend, talk on the phone nearly every day, and spend time together when they’re not busy with the year-round task of managing a high-school football program.

Taylor, who has won four state titles in his first seven seasons at Skyline High School, and Bartel, who’s entering his third season at Eastlake High School, have known each other for more than a decade, dating back to their time as assistants at Skyline under former coach Steve Gervais.

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Eastlake alum takes top honors

April 14, 2015

Contributed Sammy Naluai, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, was recently named a recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 award. The award aims to recognize the essence of being a student-athlete — men and women who reached the pinnacle of competition in their sport while also achieving high academic standards. Naluai, a member of women’s basketball team at George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon, won the award after helping the Bruins reach the Division III Final Four this season. She averaged 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as the Bruins finished with a 32-1 record. Naluai, a junior, is studying marketing and business management, maintains a 3.8 grade-point average and mentors girls through Young Life.

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Sammy Naluai, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, was recently named a recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 award. The award aims to recognize the essence of being a student-athlete — men and women who reached the pinnacle of competition in their sport while also achieving high academic standards. Naluai, a member of women’s basketball team at George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon, won the award after helping the Bruins reach the Division III Final Four this season. She averaged 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as the Bruins finished with a 32-1 record. Naluai, a junior, is studying marketing and business management, maintains a 3.8 grade-point average and mentors girls through Young Life.

Eastlake students win at Teen CEO competition

April 7, 2015

Eastlake High School students Riley Kendall and Anthony Humay won prizes at the recent Teen CEO competition through the Lake Washington School District.

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City buys former Mars Hill Church for $6.1 million

March 25, 2015

Three community colleges have asked to have until Sept. 15 to complete a viability study that could lead to the opening of a community or vocational college in the former Mars Hill Church building.

With a letter of interest from the schools in hand, the Sammamish City Council acted unanimously March 17 to authorize City Manager Ben Yazici to purchase the vacant two-story building at 120 228th Ave. N.E. for $6.1 million.

The schools involved are Cascadia and Bellevue colleges, along with the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

By Greg Farrar The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar
The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

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Students promote coffee for cancer research fundraiser

March 25, 2015

For nearly three years, Ryan Lentz has tried to get others to embrace a simple concept — do something for others while doing an everyday activity.

There are about 210 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., Lentz said, and he’s aiming to land 50,000 of them as monthly subscribers to Callie’s Coffee, named for his 10-year-old daughter who created the business.

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Two Sammamish residents travel to USA hockey championships

March 25, 2015

Sammamish residents Cameron Bowers and Kellen Hoke will represent Washington at the USA Hockey Youth National Championships, March 26-30 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bowers, who attends Eastlake High School, and Hoke, who attends Beaver Lake Middle School, play for the Junior Thunderbirds, a 14U bantam team with the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association.

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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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Career path focus helps Eastlake DECA club prosper

February 24, 2015

For many of the Eastlake High School students attending next month’s state DECA competition, the experience will be about much more than winning or losing.

One of the main purposes of the event, March 5-7 in Bellevue, is to make connections and spark a future in the business world, whether a student is interested in marketing, entrepreneurship or finance.

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Local Athletes at State Wrestling and Swimming

February 24, 2015

Eastlake High School students advance in art competition

January 13, 2015

Four Eastlake High School students have qualified for the Washington State PTA’s 2015 Reflections art competition.

The students are Jessica Birchfield (visual arts), Melissa Birchfield (literature), Heather Keyser (photography) and Liam Thrun (photography).

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