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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 2009 Arts &amp; Entertainment/C3 Classifieds/C4-5 Police & Fire/C5 Schools/C6 <b BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Josh Twaddle, Skyline senior, controls the ball in the first half against Bellevue players. He scored once in the first half and twice in the second half for just the second hat thck in school history. Josh Twaddle's hat trick leads Skyline to win over Bellevue BY CHIISTOPHER HUBER Skyline senior captain Josh Twaddle gave his teammates much of the credit after pulling off his first hat trick against Bellevue April 1. The feat was only the second in the school's history. In 2003, then-freshman Scott Parsons had a hat trick in the first half against Bellevue, according to coach Don Braman. "It felt pretty good, but I think it was more of a team effort," Twaddle said after the game. "If I had gotten a hat trick and we lost, it would have been way worse. I just think winning was the first thing for us." Despite sloshing around in the pouring rain, with the tempera- ture hovering around 40 de- grees, Twaddle scored three goals and lead the Spartans to a 6-2 win at Bellevue High School's Memorial Stadium. Skyline im- proved to 2-2-0 in KingCo league play and 3-3-0 overall. "I told them in the locker room that we needed to keep the streak going, and we did," he said. "So, we have a two-game winning streak right now." Skyline took a while in the first half to warm up. Bellevue (0-3-0 KingCo 3A, 1-5-0 overall) threat- ened a couple of times in the first 20 minutes. But Twaddle led things off with a goal in the 13th minute on a penalty kick to the right side of the goal that easily got past a "If I had gotten a hat trick and we lost, it would have been way worse. I just think Winning was the first thing for us." - Josh Twaddle Spartans senior boys sower captain diving Bellevue goalkeeper. It didn't take long for the Spar- tans to build a lead. Less than three minutes later, senior mid- fielder Garrett Nordyke snuck the ball just inside the left post after a long throw-in. Mitchell Kim got the assist. "It was nice to see some execu- tion tonight, some quality goals tonight," Braman said. Skyline controlled the tempo all night with steady ball control and aggressive defense. The chilling rain seemed to inspire both teams to move quickly to stay warm. The Spartans sealed the deal in the 20th minute, wheh junior midfielder Cole Clearman scored goal number three on a Braxton Griffin corner kick. "Tonight, you saw what hap- pens when forwards work hard and take advautage of the oppor- tunities they helped create," Bra- man said. Bellevue scored its first goal of the night with just over six min- utes to go in the first half. Sky- See HAT TRICK, Page C2 Liberty shines at invitational BY BOB TAYLOR Michael Smith will take the sun any day. The warm weather and the first appearance of spring made the April 4 Liberty High Invitational a joy for the Patriots coach, his ath, letes and fans at the meet. Weather-wise, it was quite a con- trast from last year's meet, when Smith had to shovel snow off the track hours before the event began. "The sun felt pretty good. I think, overall, we had a fun meet. We had eight teams show up. We had hamburgers and hot dogs, the athletes got medals and the meet was over by 2 p.m. For me, that's a good meet," Smith said. The Liberty boys finished sec- ond in the team standings behind Everett. The Sea Gulls had 173 points and Liberty, with many ath- letes still exhausted from a gruel- ing 3A KingCo Conference meet at Bellevue two days before, was sec, ond with 163. Liberty defeated Bellevue 78.5-73.5. The Liberty girls were leag their team stangs in the t tional with 181 points. However, at press time, the Patriots still weren't declared winners, because some places from other teams had not been posted. Mariner was sec- ond with 170 points. While the Bellevue meet proba- bly hurt s.ome performances for the Liberty boys and girls, there were some outstanding efforts by the Patriots. In the boys meet, Eric Bice, after running a sub-par 800 meters for him, came back to win the 1,600 in four minutes, 35.7 seconds. Bice was fourth in the 800. "He really looked good in the 1,600," Smith said. Liberty went one-two in the 3,200 with Josiah Sherwood out- battling teammate Connor Mosely 3:34.5. Bice, Mitchell Byron, Devin Bennett and Troy Solly made up the relay team and dominated the race. Everett was second in 3:41.1 "The guys were really tired, but they stepped up and ran a real good race," Smith said. Peter Stacy had three second places, taking runner-up honors in the shot put, discus and javelin. In the girls meet, freshmen Kafly Davies and Emily Pesti-Dimmitt each took first places, as did junior Christina Huff and senior Hannah Robins. Davies captured the 1,600 in 5:43.4 and Pesti-Dimmitt was first in the 100 hurdles in 17 sec- onds. Huff won the javelin with a throw of 87 feet and Robins won the pole vault, going 8 feet. Liberty took first place in the for first. Sherwood finished first in: 800 and 1,6,00 relays, too. AlliAg- 10:27.8 and Mosely wasvery close new, Pesti-Dininiitt, Madison Bd, behind in 10:27.9 .... The 1,600 relay took first place with its best time of the season in Christina Huff, of Liberty (right), throws the shot put 29 feet, 5 inches. Below, Liberty junior Peter Stacy throws the shot put 42 feet to win second place. See LIBERTY, Page (:2 Eric Bice, Liberty High School jun- ior, extends his lead in the third lap of the 1600- meter race dur- ing the Liberty Invitational Track and Field meet. His winning time was 4:35.7. BY GREG FARRAR BY GREG FARRAR Above, Kelly Davles,Uberty freshmart,:egqds herl in the backstretch  a 5:43.4 w n in the 1600-meter run. Below, Chandler Jenkins, Liberty sopho- more, leaps 19 feet, 9.5 inches into the sand pit, good for second place. Devyn Butonko, Skyline freshman high jumper, attempts 4-6 at Mount Si High School. BY CIRISTOPHER HUBER Spartans drop dual meet to Mount Si BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Skyline sophomore sprinter and jumper Kasen Williams didn't have his best day April 2, but he still won two events at the dual meet against Mount Si High School. Williams, known for his leaping ability in the high jump and triple jump events, won the 200-meter sprint in 24.1 seconds after a sloppy start out of the blocks. "If he's in position to win at the end of the race, he's generally go- ing to find a way to do it," said Sky- line boys coach Nick Lombardo. With a handful of its strongest members out due to illness, injury and early spring break departure, the Skyline track team lost its sec- ond dual meet of the season 83-62 (boys) and 75-70 (girls). Before the 200, Williams had just finished the triple jump, which he won with a distance of 39 feet, 11 inches, and he had to sprint across the field to get set for the race. Even with no time to practice starts, Williams managed to eat up space around the curve and beat Mount Si's Kaleb Huerta by .24 seconds. "It felt good that I passed him at the last second," Williams said af- ter the race. "I didn't think I was going to get him. But 24.1, it's not my best time, but it's raining out, it's cold." It was a close margin for the girls, who have not lost a meet in recent memory, according to girls coach Dawn Geiser, who said a win isn't as important as main- taming individual results. She said the team was not as worried about losing this early in the season, but will hope to have some of its strongest girls back and healthy after the break this week. "We weren't going into this ... looking to have to win. This was just another opportunity for the girls to get out there,  Geiser said in a phone interview. "I was not surprised at all by the outcome of the meet." The Skyline girls did, however, sweep first place in the relays See DUAL MEET, Page C2