Lacrosse players named to USA Today all-state team

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2015

Four local players were named to the 2015 Washington boys lacrosse all-state team selected by USA Today High School Sports.

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Comeback Kid — How Sammamish resident Greg Ogata worked his way back from a 2012 stroke

April 16, 2015

If you’ve ever met Washington State Dental Association President Dr. Greg Ogata you won’t likely forget him.

By Anita Nowacka Washington State Dental Association President Dr. Greg Ogata

By Anita Nowacka
Washington State Dental Association President Dr. Greg Ogata

Ogata’s booming timbre often precedes him, reverberating well beyond the space he occupies. The former college lacrosse player seems to always be on the move, with boyish enthusiasm and a quick smile for all he encounters.

All of that makes it hard to believe that two years ago he suffered a stroke. It’s been a formidable journey, though some would argue that the cost was high — the Sammamish resident sold his Issaquah practice last year and is now on disability.

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Late Bellevue goal stuns Eastside Catholic lacrosse

June 3, 2014

After expending so much energy to get back in the game, the Eastside Catholic Crusaders’ perfect season ended on a perfect shot.
Bellevue’s Eric Haehl scored with 9 seconds to play, lifting the Wolverines over the Crusaders 8-7 in the semifinals of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I state tournament, May 28 at Eastside Catholic’s Acosta Field.
Two-time defending state champion Bellevue (19-2) benefited from a controversial foul in the final minute. Eastside goalkeeper Josh Matte saved a shot and picked up the ground ball, but a teammate was called for pushing, giving Bellevue possession and the chance to hold for a final shot.
Haehl made no mistake from about 20 yards away, firing a low shot past Matte for the game-winner. Read more

Local girls lacrosse making strides on national stage

August 8, 2013

For many years, Washington has been sending teams to the U.S. Lacrosse under-15 national championships, but never has a girls squad done as well as this year’s SuperStix Lacrosse Club.

SuperStix – which is mainly comprised of Sammamish and Issaquah residents – finished 13th out of 32 teams at the national tournament held July 23-25 at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The SuperStix Lacrosse Club is putting Washington girls lacrosse on the national map.  Contributed

The SuperStix Lacrosse Club is putting Washington girls lacrosse on the national map. Contributed

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Katie Bucy leads Washington to national lacrosse win

June 3, 2013

New: June 3, 1:23 p.m.

Some say the third time is the charm, and for Katie Bucy, it was.

The Skyline High School junior had already been to the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament twice before, but when she and her team outscored a New Hampshire/Vermont regional squad 9-6 to win the title May 26, it was a first.

Katie Bucy races down the field during one of the tournament games.  Contributed

Katie Bucy races down the field during one of the tournament games. Contributed

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A pair of plateau lacrosse players make All-American Academic Team

June 27, 2012

Lauren Breynaert and Jack Pruitt have been named to the 2012 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Academic Team.

Breynaert, a recent graduate of Eastside Catholic High School, was a midfielder for her school’s girls lacrosse team. Pruitt, also a midfielder, graduated from Skyline High School this month. Both athletes were among the 36 student-athletes from Washington that were honored for “exhibiting exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represent high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.”

Eastside Catholic lacrosse brings home silver at state

June 6, 2012

After a nearly flawless season, the Eastside Catholic boys Lacrosse team finished second overall in the state.

For the first time in school history, the Eastside Catholic Crusaders had worked their way to the top and landed in the May 26 Washington State championship game. On their way to a 11-3 season record, they had already defeated their opponent, Bellevue, 12-11 in March. However, history did not repeat itself. The Crusaders lost 13-4. Read more

Lacrosse rivals duke it out in the snow

March 21, 2012

Braving the snow and wind the Eastlake and Skyline lacrosse teams faced off Tuesday for a friendly plateau rivalry match that ended with Eastlake on top 8-7.

“On the plateau lacrosse is very competitive,” said Eastlake’s head coach Chris Panos. “In the past Eastlake has got no respect but part of my job is instilling confidence in those kids that they could play at that level.”

Skyline’s attack-man Michael Cowin, a sophomore, and Eastlake’s defender Ty Reifeis, a sophomore, do their best to ignore the snow and play on during Tuesday’s lacrosse game. Charles Mauzy / US Lacrosse

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Alex Foreman signs with USC lacrosse program

June 28, 2011

Alex Foreman, a 2011 Eastside Catholic graduate and Sammamish resident, signed her letter of intent June 20 to play lacrosse for the University of Southern California in the fall. As a junior, she helped the Crusaders win the state girls Div. II lacrosse championship. The midfielder will be the first Eastside Catholic student to play college Division I lacrosse.


2 Sammamish laxers earn All-America honors

June 14, 2011

Katie Mincin

Skyline senior Katie Mincin graduated an All-American, according to U.S. Lacrosse. The national governing body for youth and collegiate lacrosse announced she made the first team All-America for her standout performance in the 2011 lacrosse season.

Mincin finished her high school career — she played attack for the Issaquah girls club lacrosse team — with 206 goals and 72 assists. She will attend Gonzaga University in the fall and plans to play for the school’s club lacrosse team and study international business and marketing. Read more

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