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Wednesday April 10, 2013

Overmatched Liberty falls to Interlake, 7-0 By Christina Corrales-Toy When Liberty High School tennis player Jenny Adams is at the top of her game, she can easily defeat an opponent in 30 to 40 minutes, she estimated. Her April 3 matchup against Interlake’s Isabelle Long took nearly two hours, though, and unfortunately for Adams, ended in defeat. “I had a lot of good shots, and I felt like I was playing aggressive, especially throughout the first set,” she said. “It was a long match and I think kind of toward the end, I got a little tired.” Adams won the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second set to Long. The two agreed to play a 10-point tiebreaker, since Long had to leave for a tutoring session and the match had already gone on for more than an hour. “I just said, ‘OK, you can play a 10-point tiebreaker,’” Adams said. “I wasn’t going to force her to play a third set.” Long went on to defeat

Adams, 10-7, but despite the loss, Liberty’s No. 1 singles player was proud of her performance. “I played against a really solid player and, overall, I had a lot of consistency,” she said. “I feel like it’s OK to lose once in a while as long as I’m continually getting better as a player.” Liberty coach Mike Salokas echoed Adams’ sentiments, adding that his junior captain is an “exceptional talent.” “It was a very close match,” he said. “Jenny played well, but Jenny has played well all season. The Interlake girl is a very strong player.” As a team, Liberty was defeated, 7-0, by a strong Interlake squad. In the other singles matches, Lina Larson bested Liberty co-captain Kristy Braunston, 6-1, 6-3; Grace Hsieh defeated the Patriots’ Sadie Demme, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4); and Interlake’s Shayna McDonald beat Noelle Rauschendorfer in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. In doubles, Melissa Long

and Setareh Rock defeated Liberty’s No. 1 duo, Alia Jaegar and Ana Guzman, 6-2, 6-1; the Interlake team of Julia Liu and Vickie Zlatinova beat Hannah Ho and Yen Lee, 6-0, 6-0; and Karya Magham and Shreya Singh beat Liberty’s team of Isabelle Ashraf and Felicia Chiang, 6-0. In recent years, Interlake has emerged as a power in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference, Salokas said. “Seven years ago, Interlake was a 2A school and when they competed in our league, we competed well with them,” he said. “However, something’s happened in the last two or three years, with the boys and girls tennis teams, where they have found very, very good talent.” Liberty, on the other hand, has struggled to find a sense of consistency, and construction at the school has not helped, Salokas said. “Not being on campus and not having tennis courts has really hurt the Liberty tennis program,”

Skyline hangs on for win over Woodinville WOODINVILLE – Cannon Gardner tallied four goals as Skyline pulled away in the third for a 13-11 boys high school lacrosse win over Woodinville on April 4 at Woodinville High School. The win was the fourth of the spring for the Spartans. Woodinville took a onegoal lead in the first-quarter, and then gave up five in the second to trail Skyline 7-4 at the half. In the third, the Spartans kept scoring, netting six goals to Woodinville’s three. Ryan Benz and Ian Anderson topped the leaderboard for Skyline with three goals each. BY GREG FARRAR

Jenny Adams, Liberty High School junior, volleys against Isabelle Long, of Interlake, during warmups for their April 3 match at Tibbetts Valley Park. he said. “The construction project has really set us back.” Once construction is finished, Salokas said he has plans to hold clinics for elementary and middle school students to help drum up enthusiasm for Liberty tennis and get kids

Skyline speeds past Roosevelt By Lillian O’Rorke ltucker@ The rain and wind didn’t let up April 4, and neither did the Skyline High School track and field team as it bested Roosevelt in both girls and boys events. The girls 800-meter relay team, composed of Alexis Daugherty, Dorie Dalzell, Kaylie Greninger and Brandy Hughes, started the Skyline Spartans with a win by edging out Roosevelt by a 2-second victory. The Spartans went on to win 10 of the 17 girls events, including the 100-meter dash, in which Skyline freshmen dominated the top three finishes. At the sound of the starter’s pistol, Stephanie Lunde took the lead over her ninth-grade cohorts. However, it was classmate Nicole Cox who crossed the finish line first with a time

of 13.5 seconds; two-tenths of a second behind her was Megan Namba, also a freshman at Skyline, and nipping at her heels was Lunde with a time of 14.2. Also taking first place on the track for Skyline was Daugherty with a 2:18.9 finish in the 800; Samantha Krahling in the 3,200 with a time of 11:54.7; and the 1,600 relay team (Mckenzie Deutsch, Daugherty, Greninger and Dalzell), which beat Roosevelt by 19 seconds with a time of 4:10.8. Krahling was on her way to grabbing another victory, this time in the 1,600, when Roosevelt’s Grace Hodge caught up with her on the fourth lap and steadily pulled ahead to take the race by 3 seconds. Except for the shot put, the Skyline girls won all of their field events. Kelly Garret won discus with a throw of 86 feet and 2 inches. Jennifer Uomoto


Nicole Cox (right), Skyline High School freshman, dashes to the 100-meter finish line for the win during the Spartans’ track meet April 4 against Roosevelt. Teammate and fellow freshman Stephanie Lunde (left) races close behind. threw the javelin 89-02, beating the closest competition by more than 20 feet. Marissa Fortier won the triple jump with a leap of 32-05. Roosevelt didn’t compete in the high jump, leaving senior Skyline captain Lindsay Coutts to beat three of her own teammates with a 4-10 jump. Coutts ended up taking second in the long jump after falling a half-inch shy of Skyline sophomore Geneva Ecola’s leap of 1503.5. On the boys side, Skyline racked up several wins, including two long-dis-

tance victories from senior Keegan Symmes. In the 1,600, Symmes floated across the finish line at 4:42. Later that evening, he won the 3,200 with a time of 9:55.5. Also winning for the Skyline boys team was Tyler Ma, taking first in the 200 with a time of 24.2; Blake Young won the 400 in 53.1; and Trevon Clark outran everyone in the 800 with a time of 2:02.7. Garret Corlis won the triple jump with a leap of 37-07 and Bryan Lee dominated with his javelin throw of 116-08, more than 20 feet

thinking about the sport early. “I just can’t wait for our courts to be finished so we can rebuild the momentum and get young people involved,” he said. “That’s what’s going to help Liberty High School tennis more than anything.”

farther than the secondplace throw. In the 1,600 relay, the Skyline team of Lorenzo Agogliati, Andrew Millett, Young and Clark finished 20 seconds ahead of the competition. Before that, Millet, Young and Clark teamed up with Justin Mach to win the 400 relay in 43.3. The main purpose of dual meets, Skyline’s girls track coach Dawn Geiser said, is to get experience and develop skills for the post season. “Dual meets aren’t the end all, be all,” she said, “but, if you can take a win away, then that’s great. The kids love it.” Dual meets also mean the teams can relax the nojewelry rule and allow the Skyline athletes to wear their blue wrist bands bearing the name of a teammate who committed suicide in December. The track team is dedicating its entire season to him. “It’s been tough,” Geiser said. “It’s a difficult and awkward thing to know what to do and what’s comfortable for some of the kids who have basically known him since grade school.”

L ACROSSE R OUNDUP Issaquah JV upends Mount Si in boys lacrosse SNOQUALMIE – Mount Si dropped a nonleague boys high school lacrosse contest to Issaquah High School’s JV squad, 19-4, April 3 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. After playing to a 2-2 tie in the first, Issaquah’s JV squad delivered back-toback five-goal quarters in the second and third for a 12-4 lead going into the final quarter. In the fourth, Issaquah again turned up the heat, scoring seven unanswered goals to close out the game. Zane Berhold, Beau Bachand, Brendan Pike and Jimmy Morris all scored for Mount Si. Bryce Crowed had five saves in goal.

Strong second lifts Lakeside past Issaquah SEATTLE - Rebecca Long scored a game-high four goals to lead Lakeside to a 12-9 girls high school lacrosse victory over Issaquah on April 3 at the Lakeside School in Seattle. Issaquah led the Lions 8-7 at halftime but were only able to net one score in the second half. Suzy Emerson led the Issaquah squad with two goals. Kamy Brandt also scored twice in the team’s first loss of the season. Issaquah (3-1-0) next faces Overlake (3-4-0) in a 4:30 p.m. matchup April 16 at Overlake School in Redmond. See LACROSSE, Page B5

Issaquah finishes 9 strokes short of Eastlake By Lillian O’Rorke The weather wasn’t fooling around April 1 when the sun gleamed above the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course as the Issaquah High School girls golf team hosted the Eastlake Wolves. “The season has been really good and the weather has been really good, too, which has helped,” Issaquah head coach Tom Bakamus said. “I am really proud of the girls. They shot really well today. I know they were a little scared of this team, but they knew what they were up against and they performed really well under pressure.” Issaquah’s No. 1, sophomore Mersadie Tallman, finished first that day with 37 strokes on the BY LILLIAN O’RORKE par 36. Eastlake’s top three golfers, all tying for second place Mersadie Tallman, Issaquah High with 39s across the board, howSchool sophomore, eyes her ninthhole drive during the April 1 match ever, countered her lead. The against Eastlake. Wolves won, 214-223.

The loss put the Issaquah Eagles, who have already beaten Woodinville, Ballard, Roosevelt and Inglemoor, at a 4-2 record. Their only other loss came from Newport, which is ranked first in the KingCo 4A league. Eastlake is second. “We lost to the two teams that were figured to be No. 1 and No. 2,” Bakamus said, adding that he was pleased that Issaquah closed on the Wolves by nine strokes. “It was a great match,” he said. “I knew home-court advantage would help us a little bit. Our girls shot the lowest they’ve shot this year. I’m really, really proud of them. Some of the young girls stood up and played really well today.” Two of those were freshmen Emily Chun, whose score of 45 was the third best on the team, and Onti Rosen, who shot a 50. Not only were those scores the season’s best for both girls, Bakamus said, but each was also

a four-stroke improvement over their previous record. Tallman’s winning 37 was about average for her, she said, and that is just fine. “I hit the ball pretty well. My putting was really good today. That was a big help,” Tallman said. “I have been playing pretty solid, pretty steadily, which is good, because last year, I was pretty inconsistent with my scores.” To fix that, she said she put a lot of practice in during the offseason, working to hit the ball better and trying to mature as a golfer. Her efforts appeared to be paying off on the fifth hole, a 364-yard par 5. After taking only two strokes to get on the green, Tallman was one putt away from scoring an eagle. She ended up taking two putts instead, and finished with a birdie — an improved two strokes over the last time she played that hole. “That was probably my best

hole,” she said. “That’s about 25 more yards than I usually hit driving.” Also connecting for a long drive that day was Tallman’s golfing partner, Hanna Choi, who plays No. 2 for Issaquah. Teeing off from the ninth and final hole, Choi launched her ball nearly 240 yards down the fairway. “I was, like, ‘Oh my God,” the high school junior said. “That usually never happens, I can tell you that … But, if I go straight, I have a good connection with it. I hit it solid, then it goes 220, 230ish.” After finishing the hole with a par and total of 43 strokes for the match, Choi threw her arms up in the air, raising the roof to celebrate. “Forty-three is, like, the best of my season so far, so I am pretty psyched,” Choi said afterward. “Our whole team is just amazing. Whenever we do really good, someone gets a birdie, we always hug. We always dance around.”

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