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October 16, 2013


Gable leads attack as Skyline soccer punishes Bothell By Neil Pierson

It’s unusual for the Skyline Spartans girls soccer team to be held without a goal in any game, and when it happens twice in a four-match span, it’s definitely a cause for concern. Skyline lost 1-0 at Woodinville on Sept. 24 and managed a scoreless draw at Inglemoor on Oct. 3. When the team returned to Spartan Stadium to play the Bothell Cougars on Oct. 8, they were hungry to light up the scoreboard. Thanks to a pair of goals from senior Aleisha Gable, and two assists from senior Jordan Branch, the Spartans did exactly that in thrashing Bothell 5-0 in Class 4A KingCo Conference action. “We have two hard games next week,” said Gable, referring to dates against Garfield and Eastlake. “We needed this comeback and to get our energy back up.” The Spartans put the pedal to the metal from the opening whistle, and the final statistics backed up their take-no-prisoners attitude. Skyline took 21 shots to

Photo by Neil Påierson

Skyline’s Aleisha Gable celebrates her opening goal of the game as the Spartans routed the Bothell Cougars 5-0 on Oct. 8. Bothell’s one, had an 11-0 edge in utes – focusing from the work we Skyline’s first scoring chance shots on goal, and won the vast did in warm-ups and transferring came in the seventh minute. On majority of loose-ball duels. it over into the game, and just a corner kick, Abbie Litka sent “It was really the first five min- winning every ball,” Branch said. a short pass to Brooke Holland,

who was free to drive the ball toward the goal. Gable was in perfect position to head the ball past Cougars goalkeeper Sara Christensen. “It was actually funny,” Gable explained. “I wear a headband, and I went over and grabbed it from my coach, and he told me to go score a header goal. And not two minutes later, I did.” The Spartans threatened to double their lead over the next 20 minutes, with Lindsey Fujiwara hitting the post on one occasion, and the Cougars clearing a Branch shot off the goal line. The second goal came in the 27th minute as Branch collected the ball in the middle of the field and fed Fujiwara, who shook free from a defender and blasted a right-footed shot past Christensen from 18 yards. Three minutes later, the lead grew to 3-0. Christensen stopped Holland’s long-range shot, but the rebound fell right to Gable, who chested the ball into the net. “Right place, right time,” Gable said of the goal. “Skyline always crashes the box. That’s what See SOCCER, Page 7

In battle of golf heavyweights, Skyline earns win over Eastlake By Neil Pierson

Photo by Neil Pierson

Eastlake’s RP McCoy drives the ball off the tee during the Wolves’ golf match with rival Skyline on Oct. 8 at The Plateau Club.

There aren’t a lot of secrets on the golf course when Skyline High’s Brian Mogg and Ryan Johnson get together with Eastlake’s Spencer Weiss and RP McCoy. The four players, who star for the two schools just a mile apart on the Sammamish Plateau, can often be found together on the links no matter what time of year it is. “We’re all pretty good friends, and we play all the time in the offseason, hang out together, and it’s just a lot of fun,” said Mogg, a senior. “It’s just like a really friendly rivalry, but we all want to beat each other really bad.” Weiss and McCoy – members of last year’s Class 4A state championship team – had only lost one dual match during their Eastlake careers, but they knew they were going to have a fight on their hands when the Wolves met Skyline Oct. 8 at The Plateau Club with the KingCo Conference regular-season title on the line. Nothing was settled in the battle between the squads’ top-

two players as Johnson, Mogg, Weiss and McCoy all finished with 3-over par 39s. But Skyline’s depth came through as the Spartans edged the Wolves, 194199. Skyline can clinch the outright league crown this week with victories at Inglemoor and Woodinville. Wet and nippy conditions at The Plateau Club caused some difficulty for the players. The lead foursome ended their ninehole round without a birdie between them. “It was just a little wet out there – pretty hard to make solid contact,” said Johnson, a junior. “I managed to get a few up-anddowns to keep my round going, limit the damage a little bit. I had a good look at birdie there on the last hole, and I didn’t capitalize.” On a day when no one wanted to make a big mistake, the Spartans did a slightly better job. Kelley Sullivan, a junior, shared medalist honors with Eastlake’s Scott Nielsen and Colby Stirrat at 2-over. In the end, the differencemaker might have been junior Adam Nutt, who was listed as

Skyline’s No. 7 player but shot 3-over to tie for second place and round out his team’s five scorers. Conversely, Eastlake’s fifth scorer, sophomore Gabe Lysen, struggled en route to a 9-over 45. Johnson wasn’t at his physical peak for the final two holes after injuring his back, yet he managed a par on the 433-yard, par-5 eighth hole, and would’ve had birdie on No. 9 if he hadn’t missed an eight-foot putt. “The seventh hole, I had an uphill lie and just chunked it,” he said of his injury. “I’ve been having back problems all year, and it kind of hurt a little bit.” McCoy said the slow greens were particularly challenging for him. The Eastlake senior said he was able to persist and put together a decent round. “I was really looking forward to this match just because we don’t usually get this kind of challenge,” McCoy said, “and we’re all really excited for having really strong games, and we did our best to prepare for it.” Weiss, who has given a verbal commitment to continue his golf See GOLF, Page 7



October 16, 2013



Foot power is powerful stuff for Blackwell students By Neil Pierson

Casey Engstrom has been helping her sons, Josh and Luke, get to and from Blackwell Elementary School for the better part of the last six years. For Engstrom, the Oct. 9 International Walk to School event at the Lake Washington district school was the proverbial icing on her cake. She has helped organize a “walking school bus” for her Sammamish neighborhood in which parents lead children on their morning journey to the school, and back to their homes in the afternoon. “In our little neighborhood, our little cul-de-sac, we’ve got seven families and a total of 13 kids,” Engstrom said. “The kids all love it because they get to talk to their friends as they walk to school, and then they’re safe because there’s a parent there as well.” In 2011, the last available year for data, millions of children in 42 countries participated in International Walk to School Day. Blackwell has been part of the event since 2008, and Engstrom’s walking bus is now one of several at the school, said Karen Santini,

the parent of a fifth-grader. “More people are seeing how it really helps out to work together to get the children to school,” Santini said, “and then the children love it, because they all chat and get to know each other and see each other in the morning.” Walking to school each day has many other benefits, proponents said. It’s good exercise and helps promote healthy habits from a young age. It promotes interaction between children and adults, creating safer, more connected communities. It also reduces traffic congestion and air pollution, and it saves money for parents on their gasoline bills. At Blackwell, students have been given calendars for October. Their challenge is to mark when they’ve walked or taken their bike to school, and when they’ve walked to their school bus route. Blackwell’s PTA has partnered with several local businesses to provide prizes to choice students who return their completed calendars in November. The demographics of Blackwell’s population may have something to do with the successSee FOOT, Page 9

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Blackwell Elementary School physical education teacher Graham Hutchison, left, passes out stickers to students Sophia Miller, Regina Guest and Sam Guest on Oct. 9 during the school’s International Walk to School Day event.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake celebrates 10 years of terror By Neil Pierson

The people behind the annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake always have a few tricks up their sleeves. For the 10th anniversary event, for example, the haunted house at the end of a dark, terrorizing walk through the woods has a special surprise awaiting guests. However, the secret is closely guarded and won’t be revealed until the Oct. 18 opening, said Dana Young, of Scare Productions, the group responsible for bringing in more than 100 actors, makeup artists, costume designers and stage hands to make the show happen. Nightmare at Beaver Lake has been Sammamish’s most wellattended Halloween event since its inception in 2004, and even its organizers have been amazed by its popularity. “We hoped to have 200 people (the first year), and we ended up with almost 4,000 in four nights,” Young said. “This is our 10th year, and we’re expecting in excess of 12,000 people to go through this year,” said Norm Bottenberg, of the Rotary Club of Sammamish, which helps distribute the event’s

Nightmare at Beaver Lake

When: Oct. 18-31 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) Where: Beaver Lake Park, Sammamish Times: “Family Scare” for younger audiences, 7-7:45 p.m. nightly; “Full Scare” for all ages, 8-10 p.m. nightly (8-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) Cost: $10 for Family Scare; $16 for Full Scare. Visitors who bring non-perishable food items receive $1 off admission. Tickets can be purchased at the park, or online at

Photo by Neil Pierson

Dana Young of Scare Productions, which helps create the annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake event, stands next to a terrifying clown on set. profits to various charities. “It depends a lot on the weather. It’s a very unique haunt, because it takes up the entire park.” Planning for the event – which includes 30 sets in nine buildings along a trail that’s three-quarters of a mile long – practically starts

the day after the previous year’s haunt ends. Scare Productions starts collecting new ideas in February, Young said, and the construction of new sets begins in March and goes all the way until the end of September. Scare Production doesn’t want

guests to be bored by the same experience year after year, so it changes 90 percent of its sets for Nightmare at Beaver Lake. Even for returning sets like a 20-footlong spinning vortex, the interior and exterior décors have been updated.

Young recommends families with children under 10 stick to the 45-minute “Family Scare,” a shorter version of the “Full Scare” that follows. However, it’s up to parents to choose what’s appropriate for their children, and Young said many younger children have done fine with the scarier, gorier version, while some adults have been escorted from the set because of their See NABL, Page 9



October 16, 2013



The sound of star-crossed lovers


The annual ski and sport swap, sponsored by the Sammamish Kiwinis, is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. Bring items to sell (or donate) from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18 or 8-9 a.m. Oct. 19.


Creative Characters, a free event for Sammamish students with special needs, is set for1-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Sammamish Teen Center. Visit events/Default.aspx?ID=3023.


The Spice of Life, learn about the historical importance and value of the spice trade from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Sammamish Library. Help maintain Evans Creek Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26. Visit aspx?ID=2936.

To submit items for the Community Calendar, email to Items will be edited and must be received by the Wednesday before publication.

focus on faith Mars Hill Students is made up of sixth-12th grade students in Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah and surrounding areas. It meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. for a time of life music, teaching, food and connection. Visit MarsHillStudentsSAM. Grief Share Support Group meeting from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

Sammamish Walks will take a tour of Beaver Lake Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19. Visit aspx?ID=2854. Star Wars Reads Day, a national celebration of Star Wars and books will feature costumed members of Alpha Base, a chapter of the Rebel Legion and Garrison Titan of the 501st Legion for photos during the first hour of each event. Please bring your own camera. Lego 4 Kidz will have Lego stations for building your own creations. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Sammamish Library.


Wednesday night youth group will have games, worship and fun for students in grades six-12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. The Sammamish Symphony will perform Romeo and Juliet at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Eastlake High School. Visit

volunteer opportunities Providence Marianwood seeks volunteers to work with the senior citizens who live there. They are particularly looking for people to assist with group activities, work in the gift nook or make new friends. Call 391-2897.

four-day training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and attend selected monthly meetings. Contact Cheryl Kakalia at 206-694-6827.

Visit residents in nursing homes. Friend to Friend matches volunteers with residents in Sammamish nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers are asked to visit residents a couple times a month for a year. Orientation will be provided. Background check required. Call 1-888-3837818.

Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. 10 a.m. to noon, the third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847.

Evergreen Healthcare is seeking volunteers to help serve patients throughout King County. Volunteers, who will be assigned to help people in their own neighborhoods, provide companionship, run errands, do light household work, or give a break to primary caregivers. Volunteers will be supported by hospital staff. Call 899-1040 or visit The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program needs certified long-term care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a

LINKS, Looking Into the Needs of Kids in Schools, places community volunteers in the schools of the Lake Washington School District. Opportunities include tutoring, classroom assistance and lunch buddy. Email or visit Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Visit Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with the King County Library

System’s Traveling Library Center program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 369-3235. Sammamish Citizen Corps Council needs volunteers to help support the Community Emergency Response Team and other groups. Email info@, visit or attend the meeting from 7-8 p.m. first Wednesday of every month at Fire Station 82. Volunteer drivers are needed for the Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program. Flexible hours, mileage, parking reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206448-5740. Guide Dogs for the Blind Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. Email sjbonsib@aol. com. Volunteer Chore Services links volunteers with seniors or individuals who are disabled and are living on a limited income. Call 425-284-2240.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) allows mothers of young children time to make friends share stories and grow spiritually while their children are in childcare. There are multiple groups in Sammamish. One group generally meets twice a month on Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Another group meets on Wednesdays at Pine Lake Covenant Church at 9:30 a.m. Another meets Fridays at 9:15 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church Visit A Toast to the Lord, a faith-based Toastmasters club, meets at 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Eastridge Church Jamin Café. They offer job interviewing skill development for those seeking employment or a career change; motivational and inspirational speaking training. Call 427-9682 or email toasttothelord@gmail. com. Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church youth groups are for children in sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grades. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Call the church at 3911178, ext. 129. Healing Prayer Service is for those who desire to experience God’s love through worship, prayer and healing. The fourth Tuesday of every month except November and December, 7 p.m., at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Email healingprayer@ Celebrate Recovery, a Christcentered program offering support. Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Pine Lake Covenant Church. Visit, or call 3928636.

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