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C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004 More siY0ffS/-3 Schools/C4 4> SI:, ajor start Patriots junior pitches Liberty to in Kingco baseball opener TA-LOR sure. He had a great curveball. He was grinning as baseball a baseball the 'wig probably at home and was the game victory Liberty 3A was award the the over the cats on out six and game," r said. good compo- did a pre' good job of getting ahead of the batters. For his first start in Kingco, he did a super job." Major had been waiting a long time for this start. A year ago he was on Liberty's junior-varsity squad because the Patriots were stacked in pitching on the varsity team with Tim Lincecum, Seen Webster and Paul Routos. The trio, all currently playing college base- ball, helped Liberty win the 3A state championship. With their graduation, pitching seemed to be a major concern for the Patriots this season. However, after the way Major performed last week, see PATRIOTS, page C3 Breaks Courtdght, Liberty's shortstop, flips the ball to second baseman Matt Koziol for a force out of Mount Si's Brandon Sales. BY GIRE(} IAHI{AR i ...... i , ........ ! I ,! .... Issaquah girls track team unleashes its young tigers against Islanders BY GRE(; ]["ARRAII Pulls away from Issaquah teammate KJm Harding in at last Thursday's Kingco gids track mee.t. Frosh, seniors sparkle in Eagles" league opener BY BOB TAYLOR lssaquah High track coach Gwen Robertson has a real tiger, er, make that "Tygerr" on the prowl this spring. Lauren "Tygerr" Maris is one of the promising members of a talented freshman class on the Eagles' girls squad this season. Like many of her classmates, they have yet to make a name for them- selves, although in Maris' case, her name won't easily be forgotten. "I came up with (the nickname) when I was little," said Maris, who prefers "Tygerr" to Lauren. Based on last Thursday's 3A Kingco Conference season-opening meet, Issaquah has some other tigers on its girls team. The Eagles, dominating almost every event, overwhelmed Mercer island 116- 30. Although freshmen contributed heavily in the victory, it was sen- iors who really led the Eagles. Courmey Lavigne won the 100 meters in 12.8 and the 200 in 27.7. She also ran on Issaquah's winning 400 and 800 relays. =Courmey has really been run- ning strong. I think she's going to have quite a season," Robert.son said. Gail Butler, Amy Meyer and Elizabeth Thompson joined Lavigne on the 400 relay. Butler, Thompson and Jenna Suttmeier joined Lavigne on the 800 relay. Suttmeier, another freshman, won the 400 in 1:03.6 and was second in the 100. Marts won the 1,600 in 5:25.4. She bolted into an early lead and pulled away from teammate Kim Harding. With 200 meters left, Marts fell behind Mercer Island's Sarah McFadden, an experienced distance runner. Last fall McFadden finished 13th at state. With less that 100 meters left, McFadden held a small lead before Marls sprinted past her to win the race. "Tygerr has a very good kick. There are still some things she needs to learn about this event, like not getting off to too large of a lead," Robertson said. =But consid- ering this was the first time she had ever run the mile, she did quite well. The one thing she has is a lot of confidence." Although she fell into second place briefly, MarLs said "there was no way she (McFadden) was going to beat me. When she passed me, I knew I would beat her at the end." Last fall Maris played soccer rather than run on the girls cross country team. "I like soccer players because they are so competitive. They have that extra drive," Robertson said. MarLs and Suttmeier also joined Madeline Miller and Carly Atkins on an all-frosh 1,600 relay that fin- ished first in 4:28.4. "They still have a great deal to see  page C3 BY OltE(J PAltltAlt Joe Harding of Issaquah was eager for the start of the boys 1,600-rneter race as he leaps in the air. Harding finished third. come up short but find answers team opens league TAYLOR Week of the boys 3A Soccer season, the didn't muster a vic- Braman believes with some ideas and Newport, r to start off the sea- Wish we could have :I'm not disappointed kyline battled Valley Division champions, to I-1 tie. Skyline scored eary, getting a goal by Mark Hanan off an assist by Warren Creech at the seventh minute. However, Sammamish tied the score just before halflime on an own goal. Last Friday at Newport, the Spartans held their own with the Knights, the defending Kingco and 3A state champions. However, Newport, getting a goal at the 62nd minute, prevailed 1-0. "I'm really proud of the way our guys played. Everyone gave 100 percent," Braman said. =It was a tough game to lose but we learned what it's going to take to beat a team like Newport." The Spartans played strong defense throughout the game. They were able to effectively mark Mirza Memic and Kohei Suwabe, Newport's top returning scorers. Goalkeeper Nick Watson also came up with some dazzling saves to keep the Knights off the scoreboard in the first half. Although Skyline concentrated its efforts on defense in the first half, the Spartans also had some chances. Creech barely missed scoring at the fourth minute when his shot went just over the bar. In the second half, Newport had five cor- nerkicks and capitalized on one of them for its goal. Shingo Yamazaki's cornerkick was partially deflected by Watson but the ball went right to Kyle Taro, who was left undefended. Tatro headed the ball into the net for the game's lone goal. Skyline stepped up its attack in the final minutes and had three shots on goal. Newport goalkeeper Yongkyu Kim, however, made three saves to get the shutout. One of the saves came follow- ing a throw in when Skyline had three see , page C3 ar ohio Fa Mark HuN (2) and Scott Parsons (14) of Skyline battle a Samrnamish player for the  last Tuesday's game. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.