The Hardwood Classic provided many moments that were exactly that for the Issaquah and Eastside Catholic boys squads, as both finished historically successful seasons, and also brought the end of the winter prep sports season.
With spring already underway as of March 3, teams around the area are set to hit the field Saturday in jamborees and season opening contests.
Skyline, Eastside Catholic and Issaquah will be at Bob Albo Field for the annual jamboree and pancake breakfast. The first game begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and a $5 breakfast precedes in the Newport High School cafeteria.
The Crusaders will take on Eastlake in boys lacrosse Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field in Sammamish, with a barbecue to raise money for The American Cancer Society and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The JV game starts at 4:30 and the varsity game is slated for 6:30, and the pre-game events will include food and drinks for $5.
Here’s a quick look back at the 2013 spring season, and glance at what’s on tap for the coming months in Issaquah-Sammamish prep sports.
Head coach Chris Tamminen and the Spartans won the 4A KingCo Crown Division last year during the regular season. But Skyline was unable to get out of the conference tournament, and ended the season with a 6-2 loss to rival Issaquah in the third place game.
Tamminen lost nine seniors from last year’s team, including pitchers Drew Lunde, Corbin Powers, Arthur Stromquist, Nate Gibson and Jacob Gleichman, as well as captain Matt Sinatro.
The Wolves finished second in the Crest division, and beat Garfield in the first round of the 4A KingCo tournament before dropping back-to-back games to Bothell and Issaquah to end the season.
The Eagles surged down the stretch, and finished 14-10 and third in the conference tournament.
Cascade ended Issaquah’s season in the crossover game one win shy of the state tournament.
Outfielder Derek Chapman and third baseman Jack Gellatly lead a team that lost five members of last year’s pitching staff.
The Crusaders, which made the 3A state title game for the first time in 2012, looked to have another 3A state tournament spot locked up when they beat rival O’Dea in the Metro League tournament semi finals last year.
But a pitching rules violation sent EC to the loser’s bracket, and a loss to West Seattle in the next game ended their season in devastating fashion.
Head coach Kyle Larsen lost 10 seniors from that squad, including first team All-Metro selections Joe Boyce, Alex Foley, Jeff Kepple and Hayden Meier, as well as a pair of second team honorees in Travis Ulvestad and TJ Murphy.
Track and field
Keegan Symmes is gone after a host of state placings last season, as is sixth place javelin thrower Garett Corlis.
Kansas commit Dorie Dalzell, who was fourth in the girls 400 meters last year, will lead the way for the Spartans along with fellow returning state competitors Alexis Daugherty and Samantha Krahling.
Troy Lewis is the lone returning state competitor for the Wolves on the boys side, after finishing fifth in the 200 meters last season.
Ellie Woerner will try and better her funner up finish in the 100 hurdles and eighth place finish in the 300 meter hurdles as a junior this season.
Woerner and five others will return from last year’s sixth place 800 meter relay team, as well.
Senior Gabrielle Gevers takes her final run as a prep after a sixth place finish in the 100 meter dash at the 2013 state track and field meet.
The Eagles girls should also be a threat for a state title in the relays, as they lose only Grace Englund from their 800 and 1,600 meter relay squads.
Amanda Chalfant, Gevers, Juliana da Cruz, Mack Wieburg, Cayla Seligman, Alia Sugarman and Colette Lerkantitham were part of last year’s state contingent.
The Crusaders made the semi finals of the Division I state tournament, after capturing the conference title during the regular season.
Maryland signee Colin MacIlvennie, a multiple time All-State selection, will be the focal point for opposing squads trying to keep EC from a third straight trip to the state’s final four.
A 13-11 loss to King’s Way in the first round of the playoffs ended the season for the Spartans.
The Wolves made the state tournament before falling to Bellevue, which has now won the past two titles, 15-5 in the first round.
Mercer Island ended the Eagles’ season in the second round at the Division I state tournament in a game that was tied into the final minutes.
None of the local prep squads reached the state tournament in 2013, as Skyline and Issaquah lost both games in the 4A KingCo fastpitch tournament to end the season.
Eastlake was not in the field of eight for the 4A KingCo tournament.