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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY JULY 15s 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4.5 Seattle runner wins Cougar Mountain Trail Run BY ADAM ESCHBACH Chds Charles, of Seattle, sprints the last 50 yards of the Cougar Mountain Trail Run July 11, coming in first with a time of I hour, 13 minutes and 18 seconds. BY RYAN PIERSOL It wasn't his attire, a certain technique or even his endurance that eventually allowed Chris Charles to best all of his peers July 11. It was all about staying on his feet. The Seattle runner crossed the finish line minutes ahead of every- one else in the third leg of the 2009 Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series. Afterward, Charles cred- ited his ability to complete the 10.3-mile course in 1:13.18 to his balance. "I was just trying not to fall," he said. "You get going on these switchbacks, and you come barrel- ing around them. You have to grab onto limbs at parts, so you don't twist an ankle or fall." Charles, who didn't compete in either of the first two legs of the series, finished this one nearly three minutes ahead of rnnner-up Greg Crowther. The run began at the Sky Coun- try trailhead on the west side of the mountain. The route for the 10.3-mile run changes every year, bringing a new round of chal- lenges to annual participants. Last year, winner Uli Steidl fin- ished the lO.3-mile course in 1:15.16. "You just get lost in the woods and it just goes by so quickly," Charles said of the run. Fellow participant Ben Haber had his own troubles with the winding trail. The Seattle runner made a turn a little too fast, hit a tree and took a tumble. He was covered with dirt on one side of his body, but still managed to place third with a time of 1:16.20, just 17 seconds back of runner-up Crowther. "I got going a little too quickly Nearly 200 run- nets take off at the start of the third of four Cougar Mountain Trail Runs in the series this sum- mer. This run is 10.3 miles and covers close to 2,000 feet of vertical elevation. BY ADAM ESCHBACH around one of the corners," Haber said. "I'm fine. I'm just a little dirty." Haber was the winner of each of the first two runs in the series. He finished the 5-mile jaunt in 32:10 to place first, and won the 7.6- mile run with a time of 53:20. He See TRAIL RUN, Page C3 High-profile coaches help hone techniques BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Like most high school athletes, Skyline High School wrestler An- thony DeMatteo loves competition. Knowing he could train harder, work out longer or play smarter helps him appreciate the work he puts in. DeMatteo, a three:sport athlete,- also appreciates the caliber of coaches who advised and taught him some new strategy and tech- nique recently at the annual Wres- tle with the Bull commuter camp at Skyline. The camp, in its sixth year hosted at Skyline, is one of just four summer wrestling camps in the country run by world-cham- pion wrestler and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Sammie Henson. Although Henson helps with various other wrestling camps or events throughout the year, the only other week-long camps he runs happen in St. Charles, Mo., and San Clemente and Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., according to his Web site. Henson wasn't the only high-pro- file wrestler who spent the week of June 29 - July 3 imparting skill techniques, mental strategies and conditioning methods on the mats in the Skyline gym. His former coach, Joe Seay, came to Sam- mamish to coach the final two days - of the camp, which included about 45 area youth wrestlers from ele- mentary to high school level. "I think it's good. It helps bring out the competition," DeMatteo said. "Both of them teach really well." Seay coached the 1996 USA Olympic team, as well as the 1993 and 1995 world-champion U.S. teams. He also is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. DeMatteo said Henson and Seay, with assistance from wrestlers from California Polytechnic State See WRESTLING, Page C3 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER World-champion coach Joe Seay (center) works with Skyline senior Anthony DeMatteo (left) and another wrestler on the mats July 3 at the weeklong 'Wrestle with the Bull' commuter camp. Fundraiser planned for Cory Mackay BY LAUREN MCIJAUGHLIN "May 7, after completing his last final at WSU, Cory was driv- ing home to Redmond when he nodded off and rolled his truck outside of Ritzville," begins the story of Eastlake High School graduate and former athletic star Cory Mackay's accident on his CaringBridge Web site. Mackay's back was fractured in two places and he has un- dergone surgery to fuse the broken vertebrae together, but "he is determined to overcome his injury," the site said. The accident, medical ex- penses and subsequent modifi- cations to make his house wheelchair accessible during his rehabilitation have added up. The Cory Mackay Fund was started in order to find a way to cover the expenses. Not only is his family get- ting involved in fundraising, but some of Mackay's friends See CORY, Page C3 District 9 Little Leaguers post mixed results pitcher Adam Nutt struck out 11 batters. Alec Baer had two hits, one a home run, and Nolan Be- nard had two hits for Sammamish National. Sammamish National walloped Bellevue Thunderbird 13-1 July 12. Winning pitcher Billy Dimlow had seven strikeouts. Sammamish National plays Kirkland National July 15 in the winners' bracket quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Eastlake plays Mercer Is- land in the other game at 6 p.m. The winners meet July 18 at 9.am. in the semifinals. Eastlake began the tournament with a 5-4 victory against Sno- qualmie Valley North and downed Redmond West 11-2 July 12. Sammamish American won its opener, routing Redmond North 13-0. Jacob McBride had three hits, one a home run, and Lucas Stratford hit two home runs for Sammamish American. However, Sammamish American dropped into the consolation bracket July The majority of local teams did- n't fare well in last week's District 9 Little League tournaments, al- though some did post exciting vic- tories. In the Major Tournament at Bellevue's Hidden Valley Park, Sammamish National stayed in the winners' bracket with victo- ries against Snoqualmie Valley and Bellevue Thunderbird. Sammamish National edged Snoqualmie Valley 3-2 in the July 11 opening round. Winning 12, when it fell to Mercer Island 16-1. Issaquah went out in two, los- ing to Bellevue Thunderbird 3-1 and to Snoqualmie 6-1. In the 10-11 tournament at Is- saquah's Dodd Fields, Redmond West eliminated Issaquah 18-0 July 9. That loss followed a dra- matic victory for Issaquah. On July 7, Issaquah edged Bellevue 7-6. Cody Baker singled in Alex Zentenborg with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh in- ning. Luke Watanabe had four hits and Jake eellinger scored three hits for Issaquah. Eastlake, which walloped Sno- qualmie Valley 17-4 July 11, played Redmond West July 13 in the title round. Connor McCabe, Mark Whitely and Ari Kothare each had three hits for Eastlake in its victory against Snoqualmie Valley. Redmond West knocked out Sammamish American 14-4 July 6. In the 9-10 tournament at Red- mond's Hartman Park, Bellevue West eliminated Issaquah 13-11 in a wild contest. Drew Feldman hit a home run for Issaquah, which also lost to Redmond West 6-3 July 8. Redmond North knocked out Sammamish American 13-5 July 7. Bradley Kim had two hits for Sammamish American. Iastlake and Mercer Island met BY GREG FARRAR Brendan Bayron, of Issaquah (fight), eludes a rundown attempt by Redmond West infielders July 8 at Hartman Park. See DISTRICT 9, Page C3 FILE Skyline grad Jared Lemke signed to pitch for Central Washington University. Jared Lemke to pitch for Central BY (HRISTOPHER HUBER Skyline High School graduate Jared Lemke spent most of his second term in school breathing a sigh of relief, While many of his friends pored over the tantalizing decision of which college to at- tend, Lemke knew he was headed for Central Washington University this fall. He recently signed his national letter of intent to play for the Wildcats. "I felt like it was the place for me," he said about the good feel- ing he had after a visit to Ellens- burg with his parents. "I really like it over there." Lemke, a 6-6, 230-pound pitcher for the Spartans, consid- ered playing for other colleges, like Washington State University and Western Oregon University. But Centrars athletic department helped him with his decision when it offered him a full-tuition scholarship to play for them, he said. "I've known for a while and I think it was really relieving on me," Lemke said. "All my friends were kind of freaking out saying, 'I don't know.'" He said he won't know his role as a freshman until the season be- gins, but for now, he has to con- centrate on playing summer ball for the Lakeside Senior American Legion team. "As far as I know, they might be looking for me to pitch this year," Lemke said in speculation. Lemke spent four years on the Spartan varsity roster and is in his third season for the American Legion club. He went 3-2 as a starter for Skyline in the spring and estimated his total record was 13-5 in high school. He said he is considering enter- ing the construction management program at Central. Reach Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chu- ber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. ....... A __J IJJA .... I I .......... II I II lll!!lU!llllli'llll" 'l  .I  I I'lL I '1 I ..... 1 I IIIJ!.IL:___ ' ,  , l 1 !  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