Spartans take titles in baseball, soccer | Prep sports news

Skyline won a second-straight division crown on the baseball diamond while the soccer team finished off a perfect KingCo record and punched a ticket to the state tournament.

Skyline soccer unbeaten in KingCo, headed to state

A 4-3 overtime win over district rival Issaquah completed a perfect conference season for Skyline at 10-0-0, and sent the Spartans to the KingCo title game and 4A state tournament in two weeks.

Jack Fuchs put in a header from Armeen Bardi to give Skyline an early lead before the Eagles evened things on a Sean Ratcliffe goal.

Jason Twaddle put the Spartans back in front on a goal off a Danny Richardson assist in the 42nd minute, but again Issaquah answered in short order as Ryan Higgins connected three minutes later to knot things at two.

Kaleb Strawn found Ryan Shim to make it 3-2 before Michael Figg found the net in the 79th minute for Issaquah to send things to overtime, where Strawn picked up his second assist of the night and perhaps biggest of the year, finding Twaddle for the game-winner.

The conference title game will be at Skyline on May 7 against Inglemoor, which defeated Bothell 2-1 Tuesday.

Skyline took a 2-0 victory the only time the pair met this year.

Spartans wrap second straight division title on diamond

Skyline made it back-to-back division titles this week with a 6-1 win over Ballard that will send the Spartans to Saturday’s 4A KingCo tournament with a top seed.

Coach Chris Tamminen’s squad enters the postseason winners of five in a row (including a win over Newport, pictured above, Courtesy Charles A. Blackburn) and nine of their last ten and will meet Redmond at 4 p.m. Saturday at Woodinville High School.

“I always tell the kids they are a pretty special group as far as the character on the team,” Tamminen said Tuesday. “This team, as a unit, the character we have is pretty special.”

The Mustangs handed Skyline its only loss in April nearly three weeks ago in a 4-3 game.

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