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Sports updates from around the Issaquah and Sammamish areas.
Listed below are the all-league selections for spring team sports for Issaquah, Skyline and Eastlake high schools.
A select group of Issaquah and Skyline senior baseball players ended their high school careers with a bang May 30, earning a pair of wins in the annual 3A-4A KingCo All-Star Feeder game at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.
More than 1,100 participants swarmed the shores and waters of Lake Sammamish Saturday for the eighth annual Issaquah Triathlon, 5K and Kids Tri — the largest turnout in the history of the event.
They may have wanted more, but when it was said and done the Issaquah baseball team was all smiles Saturday after defeating Meadowdale 7-2 for third place in the class 3A state tournament at Safeco Field.
The Eastlake soccer team turned a tough 4A state semifinal loss on Friday into strong end to the season on Saturday. Less than 24 hours after losing a shootout to Bellarmine Prep — a team ranked No. 9 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America — the Wolves battled back to beat Todd Beamer of Federal Way, 2-1, for third place.
Issaquah senior Brittany Tallman’s attempt at a third state golf championship came up just shy at Bellingham’s Shuksan Golf Course on May 21.
The Issaquah fastpitch team, which was a perfect 4-0 against rival Newport this season, lost to the Knights last Friday during the class 3A state tournament at Tacoma’s SERA Fields. Issaquah fell 5-2 to Newport in the second round of the consolation bracket, ending the Eagles’ season and hopes of advancing to day two and placing.
Issaquah head track and field coach Gwen Robertson knew she had a strong contingent of girls headed to last weekend’s class 3A state meet in Pasco, but even she wasn’t prepared for the end result. The Eagle girls earned 49 points for second place, finishing only behind Eastmont’s 51. The accomplishment matched second place finishes in the 4A classification in 1984, 1976 and 1973, and nearly provided the Issaquah girls their first-ever state title.
The challenge might have seemed insurmountable to some, but not the Eastlake fastpitch team. Facing Spokane’s Shadle Park, a 28-0 team, ranked No. 8 in the country by USA Today, the Wolves pulled off arguably one of the largest upsets in any high school championship in the state this season.
Pads, helmets, sticks were launched into the air as the Issaquah High School club lacrosse team swarmed the 40-yard line of Seattle’s Memorial Stadium to form a massive human pile. The Eagles explosive celebration was a much deserved one, as they nabbed their first ever Division I state championship Saturday afternoon by knocking off rival Bainbridge, 11-8.
The Issaquah Tigers, a 9-10-year-old Coast League fastpitch team, brought their big bats out May 1 for a 14-3 win over the Sammamish Heat, following it up May 3 with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over the Eastlake Huskies.
Issaquah’s Brittany Tallman, who won medalist honors in every regular-season golf match and took the KingCo tournament title last week, continued her streak of victories Monday.
Tradition held strong for the Skyline track and field teams at last Friday’s KingCo 3A championships.
Jim Magnuson might have lost a bet, but he was all smiles last Friday — purple hair and all.
Andy Salmeri knows a thing or two about big hits.
A pair of Skyline and Issaquah doubles teams have lived to play another day.
One strike is all that separated the Eastlake baseball team from a KingCo 4A playoff berth last Friday.
Photos by Mark Lowry