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C~ • WEDNESDA¥~ MARCH 25, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Prep baseball 4A KlngCo Conference CREST DIVISION Skyline Eastlake Issaquah Newport Redmond Garfield CROWN DMSION Bothell Roosevelt Lake Washington Woodinville Inglemoer Bellard NONUEAGUE GAMES Mamh 21 Games Skyline 7, O'Dea 6 (8 innings) Eastlake 4, Curtis 3 Newport 12, Port Angeles 1 Roosevelt 2, Lake Stevens 1 Bothell 12, Madner 2 March 18 Game Eastlake 11, Kenthdgo 9 March 17 Games Lake Washington 12, Uberty 11 ~k)odinville 5, Monroe 4 Ingraham 7, Garfield 5 Bothell 5, Curtis 0 Eastside Catholic 3, Newport 0 Skyline 9, Auburn 4 ~ape Season ~L W-L 0-0 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-2 0-0 3-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 SKYLINE 7, O'DEA 6 (8 Innings) O'Dea 030 000 30 - 6 12 3 Skyline 002 030 11 - 7 6 1 Skyline pitchers: Addan Sampson, Peyten Harrod (2), Jared Lemke (4), Blake Fulghum (5), William Chandler (7). 2B: Ryan Seiners (S), R/an Gilchdst (B). HR: Chandler (S). Skyline highlights: WP Chandler 2-4, 4 RBIs; Somers 1-2, 3B; Anthony Beattie 1-3. SKYUNE 9, AUBURN 4 Auburn 000 220 0 - 4 4 1 Skyline 314 100 x - 9 9 2 W: Blake Fulghum, L: Jacob Carson. Skyline high- lights: Jake Knecht 3-4, 3 runs; Ryan Somers 1-3, 2B, 2 RBLS. F.~E 11, KENTRI~E 9 Eastlake 220401 02 - 11 5 0 Kentndgo 500 010 30 - 9 10 1 W: Johnson, L: Koopmans. HR: Rockey (E), Russo (E), lan Anderson (K), Shawn Tinney (K). Eaetlake high- lights: Rockey 1-4, 2 RBIs; Russo 2-2, 6 RBIs. F./~E 4, CUR~S 3 Curtis 000 003 0 - 3 9 3 Eastlake 012 000 1 - 4 8 1 Easlfake highlights: Smith 2-3, Rockey GW RBI. 3A/2A KlngCo Conference Leagse Season W-L W-L Uberty 2-0 3-1 Bellevue 2-0 2-0 Sammamish 0-0 1- t Juanita 0-2 Mount Si 0-2 Interlake 0-0 Memer Island 0-0 March 20 Games Uberty 6, Juanita 4 Bellevue 8, Mount Si 3 March 19 Game Uberty 2, Juanita 1 March 18 Game Bellevue 4, Mount Si 2 Mamh 17 Games Seattle Prep 17, Interlake 10 Lake Washington 12, UberLy 11 March 16 Game Semmamish 11, Hazen 0 1-2 0-2 0-1 0-0 UBERTY 2, JUANITA 1 Juanlta 001 000 0 - 1 3 1 Uberty 010 000 1 - 2 5 2 Kyrfess, Bmndon (6) and Kirbach; John McLeod and Cameron Talley. W: McLeod, I~ Brandon. 2B: Keegan Bennett (L). Uberty highlights: McLeod GW hit with 2 outs in seventh. MBERIY 6, JUANITA 4 Uberty 020 001 3 - 6 3 0 Juanita 003 010 0 - 4 5 2 Conner Sjolander, Troy Colyer (5) and Cameron Talley; Ryan, Rusch (3), Skinner (7), Otterholt (7) and" Kirbach. W: Colyer, L: Skinner. Uberty highlights: Eric Peterson 2-4, 2 RBIs, GW RBI. LAKIE WASHIN610N 12, UBERIY 11 Uberty 422 030 0 - 11 8 2 Lake Washington 243 102 x - 12 12 3 Uberty highlights: McLood 2-4, 2 RBIs; Colyer 2-4, 2B, 2 runs, 3 SBs. Prep softball 4A KingCe Conference NONLEA6UE GAMES Mamh 20 Game Redmond 17, Edmonds-Woodway 0 Mamh 17 Games Woodieville 7, Monroe 1 Inglemoor 12, Uberty 0 Juanita 5, Bethell 0 Mamh 16 Game Kentwood 10, Skyline4) 3A,/2A KlngCo Conference NONLEAGUE GAMES March 21 Game Sammamish 15, Seattle Prep 0 March 17 Games Bellevue 9, Seattle Prep 0 Prep boys soccer 4A KlngCo Conference CREST DMalON Lea~Je Season W-L-T Pts. GF GA W-L-T Issaquah 1-0-03 2 1 3-0-0 Eastlake 1-0-03 3 1 1-1-0 Redmond 1-0-03 1 0 1-1-1 Newport 0-1-00 1 3 Garfield 0-1-00 0 3 Skyline 0-1-00 1 2 CROWN DMSION Woodieville 2-1-06 Roosevelt 1-0-14 Bothell 1-1-14 Inglemoor 1-1-03 Lake Washington 1-1-0 3 Ballard 0-2-00 1 Mamh 21 Mercer Island 3, Newport 1 March 20 Games Issaquah 2, Skyline 1 (Of) Eastlake 3, Newport 1 Bothell 2, Inglemoor 0 Redmond 1, Lake Washington, O Roosevelt 2, Ballard 0 Woodinville 3, Garfield 0 March 17 Games Bellevue 2, Newport 0 Redmond 1, Sammamish 1 March 16 Games Issaquah 3,West Seattle 0 Memer Island 4, Skyline 1 Woodinville 1, Bothell 0 Lake Washington 2, Mount Si 1 4 2 3 1 3 2 2 3 2 2 4 1-4-0 Uberty 5, Olympic 0 0-1-0 Interiake 6, Klahowya 0 0-2-0 Mamh 17 Games Uberty 2, Bishop Blanchet 1 2-1-1 Bellevue 2, Newport 0 2-0-1 Sammamish 1. Redmond 1 2-1-1 March 16 Games 2-1-0 Mercer Island 4. Skyline 1 2-2-0 Lake Washington 2. Mount Si 1 1-2-0 ISSAOUAH 2, SKYLINE 1 (OT) Skyline 1 0 0 0 - 1 Issaquah 0 1 1 0 - 2 First half goal: 1, Miola (A),Twaddle assist, 13:00. Second haft goal: 2, MoreLs (I), Quinn Grisham assist, 79:00. Overtime goal: 3, Larry Schneider (I), unassisted, 84:00. I,~,~M~UAH 3, WEST SF~lmJE O West Seethe 0 0 - 0 Issaquah 1 2 - 3 First half goals: 1, Quinn Grisham (I), Manuel Bruggor assist, 8:00. Second haft goals: 2, Larry Schneider (I), Gdsham assist, 60:00; 3, Michael Axelson (I), Grisham assist, 61:00. Issaquah goalkeeper: Stephen Jacebson. EASlnLAKE 3, NEWPORT 1 Newport O 1 - 1 Eastlake 2 1 - 3 First haft goals: 1, Klauer (E), Rudella assist, 6:00; 2, Shabaneh (E), Rudella assist, 24:00. Second haft goals: 3, Staples (N), Whitney assist, 60:00; 4, Bandiera (E), Yagi assist, 64:00. MERCER ISLAND 4, SKYLINE 1 Mercer Island 1 3 - 4 Skyline 1 0 - 1 First haft goals: 1, Evan Kamber (S),TravLS Strewn assist, 9:00; 2, Matt Johnson (MI), Oiego Corvalan assist, 19:00. Second haft goals: 3, Corvalan (MI), James Kashima assist, 59:00; 4, Danny Strome (MI), Keshima assist, 65:00; 5, Kashima (MIO, unassisted, 73:00. Goalkeepers: Memer Island, Fonest Marowitz (3 saves); Skyline, Kenzie S6ka (4 saves). Shots on goah Skyline 8, Mercer Island 4. 3A/2A KIngCo Conference League Season W-L-T Pts. GF GA W-L-T Uberty 0-0-0 0 0 0 4-0-0 Memer Island 0-0-0 0 0 0 3-0-0 Interlake 0-0-0 0 0 0 2-0-1 Bellevue 0-0-0 0 0 0 1-0-0 Sammamish 0-0-0 0 0 0 1-1-1 Mount Si 0-0-0 0 0 0 1-2-0 Juanita 0-0-0 0 0 0 0-2-0 March 21 Game Mercer Island 3, Newport 1 March 20 Games SammamLsh 7, West Seattle 1 UBERTY 5, OLYMPIC 0 Uberty 3 2 - 5 Olympic 0 0 - 0 First half goals: 1, Blake Kessler (L), Justin Noonan assist, 17:00; 2, Dakota McKay (L), unassisted, 19:00; 3, Cod'/Sertebe~g (L), McKay assist. 20:00. Second half goals: 4, McKay (L), Serteberg, Alex Woehlbrandt assists, 52:00; 5, Kessler (L), unassisted, 66:00• Goalkeepers: Uberty. Woehlbmndt: Olympic, l~omas Bryan. UBEI~Y 2, BISHOP BLANCHE1' 1 Bishop Blanchet 1 0 - 1 Uberty 0 2 - 2 First half goal: 1, Keegon McChesney (B), unassist- ed, 17:00. Second half goals: 2, Dean Byron (L), penal- ty kick. 50:00; 3. Cody Sertetierg (L), Byron assist, 74:00. Goalkeepers: Uberty, Alex Weehlbmndt~ Blancher, Gooff Bloom. Prep boys trac &field Nonleague CHUCK RANDALL RELAYS At Arlington Team scorin¢ 1, Arlington 85.9; 2, Burlington-Edison 83.91; 3, Rogors-Puyallup 77.94; 4, Issaquah 65.93; 5, Mount Vernon 59.93; 6, Cascade 46.95; 7 Glacier Peak 44.97; 8, Mountlake Terrace 39.95; 9, Sedro-Woolley 25.99. 100 meters: 1, ~.sley McCann (Rogersl 11.46; 6, Alexander Farmer (Iss) 12.17. 1,600: 1, Sean Gregory (Arlington) 4:33.77; 2, Chns Brasino (Iss) 4:35.90; 16, Jason Yakabu (Iss) 5:17.80; 19, Elliot Rockow (Iss) 5:20.20; 21, Dennis Leigh (Iss) 5:23.90; 22, Spencer Adult ~ Issaquah, 4 p.m., Skyline at Newport; luaquah ~Mps ~ Club March 28, 1 p.m., Eestside Ca~ic at ~, March 27, 9:30 a.m., Utile Si, 3~ Skyline; Ma~ 30, 3:45 p.m,, issaquah miles, 600- to 900`foot elevation gain. at Skyline, 4 p.m, Mount Si at Uberty: Call 206-322-0990 .. March 28, 9:30 Apri 1, 6 p.m, Skyline at Redmond; 7 a,m, Squak Mountain LOOp, 8-9 miles, p,m, ~quah at Newport (BannS). 2,0004oot elevation gain. Call 206- Fastpltch softball 545-2829 _. March 29, noon, T~ger ~ Marc~ 25, 4:30 p.m., Sky~ne at Mountain's Tradition Plateau, 5-6 miles, Juanita, issaquah at Uberty; March 27, 4 6004oot elevation gain. Call 392-3571. p.m. Mount Si at issaquah; March 30, 4 Cycling p.m., Newport at Issaquah,4:30 p.m., March 26, 6:45p,m,, Cascade Hazen at LtberLy, 6:30 p.m., S~ine at Woodinvifle; April 1,4 p.m., Issaquah at ...................... 20-30 miles, from Marymoor Park Tennis Court. ~ine, 4:30 p.m., Kennedy at Uberty; Call 392-1347. April 2,4 p.m.,Juanita at Issaquah. Girls ~ls Youth ~ March 26,3:45 p.m., ~uah at Parent-Tot classes - call ~ avail- Inglemoor, Skyline at Woodtnville, Mercer Island at Ube~; Apd131, 3:45 p.m, ability. Makeups for ki~ergaKners and older:. Saturday night open gym make- Bot~ell at Skyline, Bellevue at Uberty; ups am from 6:30-7:30 ~.m. or 7:30- April 2, 3:45 p.m., Issaquah at Ube~ 8:30 p.m., on~ for first grade and up ~ne at Sammamish. I~ Swim lessons at Julius Boehm Pool Girls • . ^.. .... ..^ .^ , ^. ~. ~ March 26, 3 p m, Skyline at tntedake Register onhne, at U~e poo or oy " " o 3 " (Tam O'Shanter) ph ne at 8 7-3350 ~th a Visa or _ " Mastarcard, Monday- from 8 a.m. ~ mr 9 Saturday ~m n~n Knm I~ Ma~ 27, 7"30 p m, Garfield at Cla~s ~;;; ~=n- ' saquah, Skyline at 1~3ke Weshin~n, Hilde (Iss) 5:24.20. 110 hurdles: 1. Jeff Adams C~led due to low enrollme~ and/or Me~ Island at Uberty; March 28, 6 (Burlington-Ed.) 15.23; 5, Ryan Tieman (Iss) 16.73; 6, Josh Martyn (Iss) 16.91; 8, Farmer (Iss) 17.79. 400 inStrUCtOr availability, p.m., Eastside Catholic atIssaquah; relay: 1, Rogers 45.17: 3. Issaquah (Kyle Hanson. Alex 11, 12U Dmgane baseball Wouts -The March 31, 7:30 p.m., issaquah at Pearl, Kyle Yee, Tieman) 45.41.4x400 relay: 1, Rogers Dragons 12 and ~ ~11 leaa'ue is Newport, Bothell at Skyline, Uberty at 3:30,59;2, Lssaquahk(KevinLemond, Tiernan,Yee, ~ r~ ~ Juanita'Apdll 7"30pro Skylineat Pead) 3:34.43; 6, Issaquah B (Rory Montgomery, Alien ~ ' pe p~. pre- ~l~ ' " " "' Su, Alvan Song, Jeff Hjort) 3:48.14. Spdet medley relay: mier ~ team co~ in league and _~ . ~"_ . _ 1, Rogers 1:38.73; 9, Issaquah A (Adam Dondoyano, a~ " ^ II ^ " "67" ]re~K ~ lle14 Keegan Nagasawu, Martyn, WilsonYeh) 1:45.34; 12. toum ! p~y.~ z~-~ i I. M~ 26,3 45 pm, F~ke at Issaquah B (Drew Shimizo, Song, Su, Blake Wedekind) k Ei~ annuat Spdng Break ~mp, ' ~ " " 1:51.96. Distance medley relay: 1, Burlington-Edison 10:51.16; 2. Issoquah A (Lemond. Yee. 1on Wallis. Hjort) 11:18.39; 5, Issaquah B (Montgomery, Turner Wiley, Andrew Meigs, Isaac Robinson) 11:31.38. Shot put: 1. AJ Mecum (Cascade) 46-7.25: 7, Dillon Reagan (Iss) 41-6.75; 18,Yeh (Issl 37-7.75; 29. Michael Beba (Iss) 33-2.50; 31, Owen Fritz (Iss] 31-7; 36, Robert TsanaklidLs (Iss) 28-10; 37, Petfick Meagher (Iss) 28-1. Discus: 1. John Finland (Glacier Peak) 141- 1; 24,Yeh (Iss) 92-10: 25. Reagan (Iss) 92-8; 35, Tsanaklidis (Iss) 67-5; 37, Meagher (Iss) 65-7. Javelin: 1, Blake McPherso~ (Arlington) 162-0; 10, Meigs (Iss) 118-9; 15. Beba (Issl 107-9; 30.. Jason Hollaway (Iss) 90-2. High jump: 1, Maxim Bryson (Arlington) 6-7: 12. Wedekind (Iss) 5-0. Pole vault: 1. Dalton Moody (Sedm- Woolley) 12-6: Mitchell Malaya (Sedm-Woolley) 12-6; 3, Hollaway (Iss) 10-0; 7, Aaron Escamilla (Iss) 8-6. Triple jump: 1. Achilles Lynn (Burlington-Ed.) 41-9.50: 7, Hansen (Iss) 36-4; 15, Meigs (Iss) 34-2. Long jump: 1, Devin KLSer (Rogers) 21-1; 2, Hansen (Iss) 20-3; 4, Su (Iss) 19-9.75; 7, Dondayano (Iss) 18-11: 27. Ala~ Trinh (Iss) 5-9; 31, Christian Osgood (Iss} 15-6. base running. Call 222-6020 or ga to www.#eldofchamps.com. Issaquah at Kent-Meddian Invitational; Wrestling program - Plateau Pack Apnl 2, 3:45 p.m., Uberty at Bell~ue, 4 Wrestling Club !~open to boys and girls p.m., ~quah at Sammamish, Skyline at Mount Si. K-12 at Eastside Catho iC High 1(-6 is _ . I144 ~ lacrosse 6-7 p.m. and 7-I2 7-8 p.m. Ca ~ __ _ 1389. ~ March 26, 8 p.m., Is~aquah at Puyallup; March 27, 8 p.m., Bellevue at High sports Skyline; MarCh 31, 8 p.m., ~ore at Issaquah; Apdl 2,8 p.m., Seattle ~at ~ubatl Skyline. I, March 25 4 p.m. Bel~ at U~Girls la~resse March27,4 p,m.,U~at Mount Si;• U~n'~,~')7 Rnm l~k~eb~ ~t 'March 26 3:45 p,m,, ~ake at ~L"~" FROM PAGE C1 bation level, as they take their schoolwork very seriously," Gawler said• "We have several girls who are honor students." Ddll Is expensive Each girl pays roughly $1,000 for uniforms, accessories and travel expenses each year. This is on top of the thousands of dollars they earn through fundraisers throughout the year. One of Gawler's goals is to establish scholarship funds for parents who may not be able to afford the cost. "I don't want drill to be an activ- ity for only the wealthier girls," she said. Eleven months ago, Gawler's niece, Kate Borgnes, a junior on the drill team, haft-jokingly asked her aunt if she would be interested in coaching the drill team. "She was a drill captain in high school and we said it would be fun to have her as coach," Borgnes said. "Then, everything fell into place." Borgnes said she doesn't get any preferential treatment with her aunt, who participated in drill at Interlake High School in the early 1980s and is a humanities teacher at Beaver Lake Middle School• "We're all happy she's here," Borgnes said. "Drill gives me a place to fit in." Brittany Weaver, a senior and four-year member of the team, serves as captain. She's all too fa- miliar with the 12-month regimen that begins with new member try- outs in April, two-hour practices, three days per week learning rou- tines for summer camp and train- ing 10 hours a day with choreog- raphers at a July camp at the Uni- versity of Puget Sound. That's all before school starts in September, where the team per- forms at football halftime events, followed by more practices leading up to district and state competition. "I'm ending my career on a good note," Weaver said. "I just want to leave a good legacy be- hind by setting a good example." In pursuit of perfection Stephanie Jones, a sophomore and two-year veteran of the team, said drill is often misunderstood. "People think we're cheerleaders and that we're a bunch of plastic Barhies," she said. "Well, I'm here to say that's certainly not the case." Team members have twisted an- ]des, pulled muscles and absorbed countless bruises in pursuit of per- fecting their routines. "Five, six, seven, eight. And one and two and three and four," Gawler repeats with the gusto of a Marine sergeant. Her pay is about $3,000 annu- ally. The payoff comes in getting the opportunity to work with amazing young women who are in the beginning stages of figuring out who they want to be in the world, she said. Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or ffeehan@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press.com. FROM PAGE C1 the evening, I noticed that Crill had another curious metal button on the crown of his fishing hat. I remarked that they seemed to in- crease in number each year. Wayne informed me they were Field and Stream Magazine an- nual awards for catching the largest cutthroat trout in the state. The next February, I caged a fishing trip on Lake Washington with Crill and his son in their boat. Crill's method was to use a very small fly-rod flatfish with trout coloration and troll 20 feet deep at a speed where there was moderate pulsing action from the size 00 dodger flasher hooked about 24 inches in front of the fiat- fish• We caught some nice cutts while Crill regaled us with stories of oc- casional hook ups to something big in the lake that just kept on running until break off. I have fished Lake Washington since then, catching a large cutt or two on occasion• Curiously, none reached the size with which Crill won his awards, but he may not have told me everything. He can no longer fish, but his generosity of angling experience and of fel- lowship, is alive in others, as it should be. Reach Dallas Cross at Fis Mournal@aol. com. Correction A March 18 story about the Our Gang Racing team con- tained an error. Nate Brown was the 1991 Rookie of the Year. FROM PAGE C1 four years•" Eagles off to winning start Issaquah has already matched its victory total of last season, when the Eagles finished seventh in the 3A KingCo with a 3-10-3 mark. The Eagles figure to be better this season because of the return of three-year starters Grisham, a midfielder, Morais, a forward, and Schneider, a midfielder. Other returning starters include mid- fielders Junpei Tsuji, Michael Ax- elson and Tommi Koho; and de- fenders Andrew Schubert, Grayson Gillin and Stephen Her- togs. Connor Gerrity, a midfielder and defender, and Conner Holmes, a defender who started three games last season after moving up from the junior varsity team, are also back. In addition to the victory against Skyline, Issaquah blanked West Seattle 3-0 March 15. Gr- isham scored a goal and assisted on goals by Schneider and Axel- son. Spartans face adversity This is the year for Skyline to overcome adversity, Braman said. With a couple of key players out due to injury already, the team will spend the early part of the season finding its leaders, he added. "We're looking forward to quickly getting things together," he said. Riding a seven-year wave of playoff appearances and high school spirit from the girls state title win, the defending 3A KingCo champions hope to remain a presence in the league. This year, it's at the 4A level• Among the team's top returning players, senior forward Josh Twaddle looks to rise to the top as a team leader• Twaddle was 3A All-KingCo honorable mention in 2008. "I expect him to step up and as- sume a lot of the leadership that would have been provided by Edgar (Esquivel)," Braman said. Esquivel is out for the season af- ter an injury playing club soccer. Returning players Travis Strawn (midfielder) and Schwartz will also add to the arsenal as Skyline battles tough 4A competi- tors like Eastlake. "We're hopeful," Braman said. "We have a lot of very skilled players and guys that have played at a high level for their club teams. I hope they can come to- gether and perform." Patriots sizzling Darren Tremblay, who has coached soccer at Liberty for 10 years, has the Patriots off to one of their best starts in recent years• The Patriots won two more nonleague games last week to raise their record to 4-0. Liberty won just five games all last sea- son. Midfielder Cody Sorteberg's goal at the 74th minute lifted the Patriots to a 2-1 victory against Bishop Blanchet March 17. Lib- erty trailed 1-0 at halftime, but Dean Byron scored on a penalty kick at the 50th minute to tie the score for the Patriots. Bryon, a defender, also assisted on Sorte- berg's goal. The Patriots blew out Olympic 5-0 March 20. Blake Kessler, who plays forward and at midfield, and Dakota McKay, a midfielder, each scored two goals for Liberty. McKay also had an assist on a goal by Sorteberg. Liberty goal- keeper Alex Woehlbrandt recorded the shutout and also had an assist on Sorteberg's goal. McKay, Byron, Sorteberg and Woehlbrandt all played on the varsity team last year. Other top returning players are midfielders Blake Bergam and Jay Haberman, forwards Kevin Barretto and Mark Loreen, and defender Matt Filer. Top newcomers include Kessler, defenders Hayden Carlson, Matt Johnson, Tony Kubeja and Jordan Warlick, and midfielders Justin Noonan and Brandon Werner. The Patriots open 3A/2A KingCo competition this week. The Patriots played at Interlake March 24 (after The Press' dead- line), then host unbeaten Mercer Island March 27. Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Bob Taylor con- tributed to this report. Reach him at ext. 236 or bobtaylor@isspress.com. FROM PAGE C1 build the Libe y program, and now I plan on matching that en- ergy with my coaching to honor the Liberty tradition," she said. "It does feel like a dream come true, to be doing what I love on the field that holds so many of my proudest moments." Johnson played as a member of two successful Liberty teams, one that finished second in 2000 and the other that took third at the state tournament in 1999. "My most important memory was from my sophomore year, when we took third in state. It was a much better feeling than second in state. It was a year that we weren't predicted to win much, but we did," she said. The Patriots, 18-4 last year, fig- ure to be among the 2A/3A KingCo Conference title favorites, because stellar players are re- turning in shortstop Montessa Califano, third baseman Alexis Court, center fielder Kate Faoro, outfielder Shawna Lynch and cen- ter fielder Aris Califano. Faoro earned second-team all-league honors last spring and Califano was an honorable mention. Among the promising newcomers are sophomore third baseman Jennifer Rucker, freshman pitcher Denise Blohowiak and freshmen outfielder Ana Faoro. Liberty has been to the state tournament for 12 straight years. Johnson said she believes the Pa- triots can keep the streak going. However, the Patriots haven't placed at state since 2000• That's something she wants to change. "We plan on not only getting to state, but placing there," she said. "There is an art to coaching, where you need to guide your players to fight for the wins and peak at the right time, which is in May, right around state tourna- ment time. My coaching staff and I are looking long term and getting to state isn't good enough. We need to win when we get there." Eagles are optimistic Issaquah comes off a 22-2 sea- son where the Eagles captured the 3A KingCo and Sea-King Dis- trict championships, and reached the state tournament for the third straight year. The Eagles will see the return of a strong group of seniors who include first baseman/designated hitter Kenna Olsen, second base- man Sarah Sekijima, teft fielder Kim Sekijima, center fielder Kelly Richards, pitcher Brianna Bray, third baseman Tanika Ladd and catcher Molly Nelson. Nelson, a four-year starter, was the KingCo co-most valuable player last season, earning re- spect from coaches and her peers for defense and handling pitchers. Not surprising, pitching and catching are expected to be Is- saquah's strengths again. Return- ing on the mound for the Eagles are junior Mikenzie Voves, an all- leaguer last season, and Bray. To- gether, they were overpowering at the 3A level last spring. Joining the duo is Bray's younger sister Brielle, a freshman. Olsen, another returning all- league selection, was one of the top power hitters in 3A KingCo last year. She has signed a letter of intent to play for North Dakota State University. Richards is a strong defensive player and hitter, earning all- KingCo second team honors last year. Amanda Marques and Sarah Sekijima are filling voids at sec- ond and shortstop left by gradua- tion losses. Key newcomers include junior right fielder Chelsea eearth and junior utility fielder Martina Young. Skyline rebuilds The Lady Spartans are coming offa 17-11 overall record in 2008. Their season ended with a 4-1 loss to Liberty in the Sea-King 3A District tournament play-in last year. This time, they are looking to rebuild with six returning starters. New head coach Duane Witter, along with longtime assistant coach Jeff Johnson, is looking for- ward to using some newfound speed on the base path and in the outfield. Sophomore returning player Brittnee Randle will utilize her quickness in center field. "She's not just fast," Johnson said, "she's greased lightening fast." Her sister, Dominique, a fresh- man, will provide some backup in the outfield, as well. "She's as fast as her sister," John- son said. "Those two will wreak havoc on the base path this year." Among the top returning play- ers are sophomore Lindsey Nicholson at shortstop, who earned second-team All-KingCo 3A last year, and pitchers Lauren Richards (a junior), Elizabeth Stromquist (a junior} and Ashlee Smiley (a senior). "We don't have an ace, we have a staff," Johnson said. In addition to Dominique Ran- die, Skyline brings on power-hit- ting Amy Ziegler, a junior, at first base and sophomore catcher Amanda Nemoroff. Although the team is young this year, Johnson and.Witter said they are confident the girls will be a presence in a league filled with tough competition, like Newport, Redmond and Issaquah. "It's going to be a meat grinder," Johnson said.