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Mayor laments few options available to commuters at transportation summit BY LIZZ GIORDANO


Eirlys Vanderhoff, a member of the Sammamish Heritage Society, runs through a checklist documenting a historic house near Lake Sammamish as part of a survey to inventory historic buildings and structures in the city.

Giving history a home

Heritage Society keeps records of city’s historic houses


On a crisp fall morning, a long gravel driveway leads Ella Moore and Eirlys Vanderhoff to a craftsman-style house built in 1924, perched high on a hill overlooking Lake Sammamish. They get right to work filling out a survey, admiring the decorative beams and the original windows, making note of the type of siding and shingles on the house. From the porch overlooking Lake Sammamish, it’s easy to imagine a time, 90 years in the past, when the plateau was covered in chicken farms. Back then, lumber mills and resort villages dotted the shores of the lake. The house is one of many properties Moore and Vanderhoff have visited over the last year, part of an effort by the Sammamish Heritage Society to record the physical history of the city. About 150 structures built before 1941 are on the list to be inventoried. The group has visited small

farmhouses, once belonging to subsistence farmers, and lakeside resorts that were used to escape the hustle and bustle of Seattle. They’ve documented industries that once drove the region, chronicling the remnants of large poultry farms and sawmills. After photographing and detailing many of the properties, the list has been narrowed to about 40 buildings that members of the Society believe are landmark-eligible or could be officially recognized as a historic building or site. In many of these cases, enough of the original structure is intact, and any changes made to the building can be easily reversed. Only a few fragments of the Sammamish Plateau’s early settlers remain and, as growth continues to accelerate amid an economic boom, what’s left is disappearing fast. Development leaves little behind to remind current SEE HERITAGE, PAGE 3

HOW TO HELP The Sammamish Heritage Society is seeking information about historical properties in Sammamish. The group is looking for details about the construction of any of the older buildings in town (date, builder, construction type), the families who lived there and how the property was used — subsistence farming, commercial chicken farming, timber cutting. Contact the society at sammamish.heritage@ or call Ella Moore, board president, at 392-5545 with information.

Mayor Don Gerend told a panel of Eastside mayors substantial cuts to Metro Transit bus service hours have left commuters few options other than single-occupancy vehicles to get in and out of the city during a regional transportation summit on Nov. 22. Hosted by Issaquah, the summit brought together mayors and officials from various transportation agencies to discuss the impact of regional traffic on communities. Many Eastside cities are suffering from traffic congestion that often starts outside of their city limits. King County Executive Dow Constantine, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, Metro General Manager Rob Gannon and King County Councilmembers Kathy Lambert, Reagan Dunn and Claudia Balducci were among the officials present for the summit. Gerend said while other cities’ park-and-ride lots are filled to capacity, in Sammamish only about 50 percent of the spaces are occupied due to cuts in midday service and direct bus service to Seattle. Many Sammamish commuters instead use park-and-ride facilities in Issaquah. And for the 4,000 Microsoft employees in Sammamish trying to get to Redmond, commuters experience significant delays along State Route 202, Gerend said. The city wants to get people out of single-



occupancy vehicles earlier, but without the benefit of a highoccupancy vehicle lane along SR 202 there is little incentive for drivers to do so. “So there is no added advantage for going on transit or car pools or vanpools, you’re stuck with the (single-occupancy vehicles) trying to get to work,” Gerend said. Sammamish also experiences choke points to the north and south of the city, causing delays and congestion in the city and adding pressure to IssaquahHobart Road. During the summit, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler called Issaquah’s traffic congestion a crisis, saying pass-through vehicles are clogging up local streets and lengthening commute times. “Pass-through traffic heading to and from the IssaquahHobart Road is suffocating our local streets and city cross streets,” Butler said. Butler called the summit a turning point for addressing the problem, saying, “Finding regional solutions to addressing regional traffic flow is essential.” Constantine said with more than 260 people moving to the region each day, traffic congestion was an ongoing challenge. “And we have a limited ability to add appreciably to the road capacity,” Constantine said. Constantine said Sound Transit, Metro and other public transportation will help move people, but SEE SUMMIT, PAGE 5

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Symphony hosts ‘Christmas in Sammamish’ The Sammamish Symphony’s “Christmas in Sammamish” is at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. NE. Singers from Liberty High School, under the direction of Robin Wood, will accompany the symphony, which is led by conductor and music director Adam Stern. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 10 and

younger. This perennial favorite often sells out, so purchase tickets early at or by calling 206-517-7777. The volunteer ensemble is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season. Learn more at

Skyline Holiday Bazaar is Dec. 3

The 13th annual Skyline Holiday Bazaar goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the school, 1122 228th Ave. SE. The festive holiday shopping event features the works of local craft-

ers, as well as a senior class bake sale, musical performances by local students and a raffle drawing. Santa will also be on hand for photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more at

Very Merry program is Dec. 2

Sammamish Commons Plaza, 801 228th Ave. SE. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, live entertainment and treats. The event is free and open to the public. Food is available for purchase. A special guest will also be onsite to meet kids and for photo opportunities. Students from Blackwell, Challenger, Eastlake, Pine Lake, Carson, Beaver Lake and Redmond are expected to participate.

Join City of Sammamish officials and musicians from schools across the city to kick off a festive holiday season Dec. 2. Chamber hosts Very Merry Hope Festival Sammamish is from The Sammamish 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2 on the SANDY/LAURA F.FINAL.SR.CMYK.PDF 1122 LAM

SAMMAMISH REVIEW Chamber of Commerce presents The Hope Festival: Happier Sammamish from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Sammamish Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. NE. The event is a way to get to know a different perspective on everyday life through powerful stories told in the movie “Happy: What Really Makes People Happy?” A panel discussion follows featuring local leaders: n Son Michael Pham, a Vietnam refugee who now runs a local nonprofit and serves children locally

n Don Bartel, Eastlake High School head football coach and leadership teacher and Mt. Adams leadership camp counselor n Ed Sproull, ex felon, former gang member/ drug addict who now works at Microsoft n Jenni Butz, keynote speaker who inspires through her lessons on communication and relationships Refreshments will be available. Entry is free, although donations will be accepted. RSVP to





HERITAGE From Page 1

residents of the area’s past.


Surveying history The impending loss of the Eddy House prompted the volunteer crew to speed up work on the first-ever survey identifying historic structures and places in Sammamish. Creating an inventory of all properties built before 1941 is an important step in understanding the community’s existing historic resources. This massive undertaking would provide a means of comparing

older structures in the city, allowing planners to determine what is actually rare. Without such a comparative property list, it’s hard for any properties to achieve landmark status, Brooks said. The society received a grant from King County’s 4Culture agency to complete the survey, with the goal of creating a tool for the city to consider historic buildings and structures when planning future development projects. The preservation group wants decisions about historic structures to be made early on in project planning, rather than at the 11th hour when the developer is seeking approval, Brooks said. The group points to the Eddy House as the perfect example, saying that if talks about preserving the 1917 structure had happened during the planning process, it might have been possible to save the home. As they move on to the

research phase this winter, the group is soliciting the community’s help to fill in the gaps the group has identified. They hope to present their work to the public this spring. According to the society, a historic resource can be just about anything of significance.

Historic resources can range from a dairy barn and a shingle mill to a city park, railroad structure, family home or archaeological site. The group says it just wants to help, not tell homeowners living in a historic home, or with a significant structure sit-



ting on their land, what to do. They point to the benefits of landmarking historic structures, such as grants and tax cuts, as enticements to homeowners. “We don’t want to be the obstructionists,” Brooks said. “We are trying to be a resource.”

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Creating a sense of place “People are hungry for history, hungry for a sense of place,” said Eric Brooks, a member of the Sammamish Heritage Society. He said there is a desire “to save landscapes and structures that solidify the passage of time and the history.” Unhappy the city was losing a historical landmark, Ella Moore and her daughter Mary began working with the Sammamish Heritage Society to save the postand-beam Reard-Freed House, which dates to the early pioneer era, from a developer’s bulldozer. “I got involved when the city said it was going to use (the house) as fire practice and save some timber for a park bench,” said Ella Moore, now the president of the Sammamish Heritage Society. The Moores celebrated when the Reard-Freed House was moved to the town’s Lower Commons area, only to watch the Kampp Barn fall a few years later, making room for a subdivision along ever-changing 228th Avenue Southeast. Most recently, the group was surprised by a developer’s plans to construct 21 homes on land where the historic Eddy House resides. Unless more funds are raised in the next few months to move the house, another piece of Sammamish history — where members of three Native American

tribes lived — will be lost. “Feels a little like a race against time,” said Brooks. “When it’s gone, it’s gone.” Despite the history both structures represented, neither the Kampp Barn nor the Eddy House had been granted official landmark status. Currently, the ReardFreed House is the only site in Sammamish on King County’s list of registered landmarks, making the registry in 2011.








On Further Review

Sportsmanship overcomes racism on the gridiron


t’s fair to say a lot of people were disgusted when they read Sandy Ringer’s account of the LibertyEllensburg football game in The Seattle Times over the weekend. Unfortunately, not everyone was disgusted, or the story would’ve been written differently. In the fourth paragraph of the story, Ringer talked about the impact Liberty senior Isaiah Owens had on the game and the adversity he had to fight through after “he was hit in the mouth and was the target of a racial slur after making a tackle on the Ellensburg sideline late in the third quarter.” Owens, who is black, helped seal the Patriots’ 35-26 victory and a trip to this week’s Class 2A state championship with two fourth-quarter interceptions. As a wide receiver and defensive back, he has been an integral piece for a team that’s 12-0 and faces fellow unbeaten Archbishop Murphy for the title. But he had to control his temper after

the alleged incident as he was flagged for a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. “I know my team needs me and I Neil Pierson couldn’t cost my team,” Owens said. “I had to regain my composure and go out there and do what we prepared for.” It’s puzzling that the Ellensburg player or coach who incited Owens wasn’t penalized or ejected. The likely explanation seems to be that officials didn’t hear them. Another Liberty player backed up Owens’ account of what happened on the field. “Ellensburg is BY FAR the most disrespectful team we have ever played,” senior Dulin Hayden, who is also black, wrote on Twitter. “When you call the other team (the N-word) you need to rethink your program.”

It’s not just a shame that AfricanAmericans living in 21st-century America have to face such cruelty — it’s also sickening. But maybe it’s not so surprising considering the politics of Klickitat County, where Ellensburg is located. Our president-elect received 53.8 percent of the vote for president in Klickitat County. And I personally witnessed many campaign signs supporting him while driving through there prior to the election. One of the important lessons to be taken from this presidential election is that experts vastly underestimated the power of the rural voter. I won’t call them the silent majority because I don’t believe they are the majority — just look at the results of the popular vote. Voting for Donald Trump doesn’t mean someone is racist. But it shows that his countless offensive remarks about blacks, Latinos, Muslims and

gays weren’t a dealbreaker. And they should’ve been. It’s encouraging that 63 percent of voters under age 30 cast their ballots for someone other than Trump, a sign that our future leaders have differing attitudes. But the ugliness Owens and his Liberty teammates say they faced exists, and it’ll continue to be emboldened as the president-elect chooses people like Steve Bannon to influence his policies. The best thing we can do is teach our kids to reject that thinking. They’re listening to what we say. Email reporter Neil Pierson at Twitter : @eastside_neil On Further Review is a weekly column by members of the Sammamish Review news staff. The viewpoints expressed does not necessarily represent the editorial views of the newspaper.

Letters to the Editor Editor’s note: The Sammamish Review received these letters from four young writers on the same day in November. We thank them for participating in our community forum.

Kids are getting to school late because of traffic

I am writing to you about something I have noticed near my house. First off, I am a 15-year-old going to Eastlake High School, and getting to school is hard. This is caused by the humongous traffic jams originating from both Eastlake and Inglewood Middle School. One or two years ago, they tried to fix the problem by adding a new road behind Eastlake. We all thought that would fix it, but we were wrong. It lessened the effect for about half a year around Eastlake, however it returned in full force afterwards. It’s insane! Not to mention it has caused three accidents in the past year. Kids are getting to school late because of

this and something needs to be done. Nate Tyburski Sammamish

Rain is causing problems on the playground

I am a fifth-grader who goes to Samantha Smith Elementary School. I like to play football on the sand field. But, alas, sadly I usually don’t get to play often because of the bad weather we’ve been having. I don’t get to play because when it rains a lot, the sand doesn’t absorb the water so it just pools up and then the recess safety guards say we can’t play on it. Then, since the playground is off-limits, everybody plays on the blacktop, so it’s super-crowded. I’m writing this letter to you so people will know it’s a problem and will fix it when it’s in the newspaper. So please publish this. Thank you. Cameron Johnson Sammamish


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Second lane needed to accommodate traffic

A topic that concerns me is the high amount of traffic in the Eastlake and Inglewood roundabout area. It is a big issue for students and parents who live in the area. I think that this might be a bigger problem with all of the new

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houses being put in. I think this could be solved by putting in a second lane. It could also be solved by putting in effect a different start time for one of the schools. This is a big issue that needs to be solved. Samuel Daines Sammamish

Inglewood parking lot, pick-up area inefficient

I am an eighth-grader who attends Inglewood Middle School. I wanted to let you know that the traffic and streets around my school are a big problem. Also, the parking lot and pick-up area are too small and are not efficient. I am in band, and on concert nights, I always get there late. On two occasions, kids have been hit by cars. This clearly means there is a problem with the streets. Please alert people of this problem. Russell Johnson Sammamish

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that is not enough. “We really do need to address the road system,” he said. “We need to optimize, we need to maintain, we need to repair, we need to ensure we are getting the most value out of every stretch of highway, arterial and side street.” Constantine said the recently passed King County budget includes funding for more than 300,000 additional hours of Metro bus services, but money for the network of roads in the county has been decimated over the years. “Property and gas tax revenue provides about $100 million a year for county roads,” Constantine said. “That’s enough to address immediate safety issues, to do a little bit of repair and not much else. It would take about another $400 million a year to optimally restore and maintain our $40 billion investment in this roads network.” The King County Road Services Division attributes declining gas tax revenues, annexations and the passage of voter initiatives to the continued underfunding of the county road network. According to data presented by the Puget Sound Regional Council, travel times along Issaquah-Hobart Road have increased by about 10 minutes during the morning commute over the past two years. During the same period, travel times along State Route 18 between Interstate 5 and Interstate 90 have seen an increase of seven minutes during morning peak hours, with I-90 between Eastgate and SR 18 seeing a five-minute increase. Mayors were given five minutes to share the top transportation issues facing their respective cities. Butler said the majority of Issaquah’s congestion starts beyond the city borders as regional traffic passes through to reach I-90, SR 900, IssaquahHobart Road, SR 18 and Issaquah Fall-City Road, which is causing commute times to grow.

Newcastle Mayor Rich Crispo said between 20,000 and 30,000 drivers a day use local arterials in his city to avoid Interstate 405 or the interchange between I-90 and I-405. Some towns have to take matters into their own hands. Since incorporation in 1997, the City of Covington has been investing developer impact fees

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 and bond funding into State Route 516. This has resulted in over a mile of improvements to the corridor, according to Mayor Jeff Wagner. Covington residents have nicknamed congestion along SR 516 the “Covington crawl.” According to the mayor of Renton, a recent traffic study performed in his

city showed that up to 60 percent of morning and evening commute traffic on several key local arterial and collector streets is pass-through traffic with origins and destinations outside Renton. The transportation summit ended with a brainstorming session. Ideas such as tax increases to fund additional road

projects, allowing cities to loan money for projects and evaluating debt-tocash requirements, which could speed up project timelines, were suggested. No audience comments were allowed during the summit. Butler said the next step was to form smaller coalitions to further discuss the issues, and he plans to reconvene



participants in the spring. Constantine said we are all in this together, because congestion doesn’t stop at city boundaries. “As today’s summit shows, this is not a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction problem,” Constantine said. “We need a genuine solution to funding and that requires collaboration across governments and sectors.”






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5 Chamber Breakfast, featuring Mercer Island, Newcastle, Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie chambers, 7:30-9 a.m., University House Issaquah, 22975 SE Black Nugget Road, $20 for members/$35 for non members, Cougar Mountain Zoo presents its annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival, featuring Santa, his elves and his reindeer, 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 23, Youth Art Workshop Series, ages 7-16, three sessions 4-6 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 15, $85 for members/$90 for non members, 95 Front St. N., register at Very Merry Sammamish, featuring choral and orchestral performances from seven area schools, tree lighting ceremony, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, treats and more, 5 p.m., Sammamish Commons Plaza at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. SE, free Pizza & Picasso, ages 6-9 and 10 and up, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Museo Art Academy, 300 NE Gilman Blvd., Suite 100, $29, The Polar Express Pajama Storytime, with coloring and activities to follow including writing a Dear Santa letter, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1530 11th Ave., NW, Harmonious Funk, 7:3011:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., Troy Kline and The Medicated Trio with special guest Faith Beattie and an ugly sweater contest, 8-11 p.m., $5 cover charge, Pogacha, 120 NW Gilman Blvd., Village Theatre presents “Singin’ in the Rain,” 8 p.m., Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., tickets are $35-$78, available online at, at the box office or by calling 392-2202

Breakfast and photos with Santa, benefitting Eastside Fire & Rescue, $10 for adults/$5 for ages 6-12/ ages 5 and under are free, 8:30-10:30 a.m., University House Issaquah, 22975 SE Black Nugget Road, 557-4200 Home Depot Kids Workshop: Gingerbread Man Candy Dish, ages 5-12, free, 9 a.m., Home Depot, 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, register online at Skyline High School Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1122 228th Ave. SE, holidaybazaar “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” storytime, 9 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 1530 11th Ave. NW Fused Glass Workshops, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $45 for members/$50 for non members, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., register at Tradition Plateau Loop Hike, 10 a.m., easy, 6 miles, 500-ft. gain, meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., 206-245-3787 Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic: Christmas ornaments, ages 3 and older, 10 a.m., 1625 11th Ave. NW, register at Kids Club@ Michael’s: Sprout Stockings, ages 3 and older, $2 per child, 10 a.m. to noon, 1802 12th Ave. NW Suite A, register online at michaels. com/classes-and-events Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival, 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 23, Sensitive Santa Holiday Party at Springfree Trampoline, featuring an autism friendly visit with Santa, all ages, noon to 4 p.m., 1975 NW Poplar Way, free, 654-1306 Klahanie Association presents Santa Photos, all ages, noon, HOA office, 4210 244th Place

SE, free, events/1864219323806726 Make it Merry Gingerbread House at Michael’s, ages 3 and older, 1-3 p.m., 1802 12th Ave. NW Suite A, register online at michaels. com/classes-and-events Java Bytes: An Introduction to Java Programming, for grades 6-12, 1:30-3 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. SE, 392-3130 Village Theatre presents “Singin’ in the Rain,” 2 and 8 p.m., Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., tickets are $35-$78, available online at bit. ly/2doxN4y, at the box office or by calling 392-2202 Master Chorus Eastside presents Winter in the North Countree, 3 p.m., Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish, tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for seniors, students and veterans, purchase at CoderDojo, for ages 7-17, 3-4:30 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. SE, 392-3130 Meditation Session, for adults, 3-5 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. SE, 392-3130 Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park present Bonfire & Lighted Boat Parade, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tibbetts Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Road, if you are a boat owner and would like to participate contact Jimi Mackey at 449-0070 or jim. Happier Sammamish, featuring a showing a of “Happy” the movie, a panel discussion by local leaders, 6-9 p.m., Sammamish Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. NE, free, RSVP to Shaggy Sweet, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., Ricky Venture Review, ages 21 and older, 8-11 p.m., $5 cover charge, Pogacha, 120 NW Gilman Blvd.,

Sunday, Dec. 4 Cougar Mountain Hike with Steve Williams, 9:30 a.m., very easy, 4 miles, meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., 453-8997 Creating Holiday Memories with Santa Claus, featuring photos with Santa, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mail Post, 704 228th Ave. NE, Sammamish, $10 with proceeds benefitting Sammamish Friends, bit. ly/2g3MLxN 15th Annual Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots car show, 10 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 NE Gilman Blvd., Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival, 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 23, ACT or SAT: Which Test is Best for You?, for teens, 1:303 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. SE, 392-3130 Sammamish Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas in Sammamish, 2 p.m. Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. NE, Sammamish, featuring the Liberty High School Liberty Singers Choir, tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for seniors and students/$10 for children 10 and younger, purchase tickets online at or by calling 206-517-7777 Village Theatre’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” 2 and 7 p.m., Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., tickets are $35-$78, available online at bit. ly/2doxN4y, at the box office or by calling 392-2202

Monday, Dec. 5 Beginning English as a Second Language, for adults, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. SE, 392-3130 Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival, 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 23, Talk Time Class, for adults, 1-2:30 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. SE, 392-3130

Volunteer Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., City Hall at Sammamish Commons Council Chambers, 801 228th Ave. SE, 295-0580 Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Concert, 7:30-9 p.m., Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. SE, free

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Eastside Catholic seniors Hunter Bryant (1) and Chris Lefau (26) contemplate the outcome of their final high school football game, a 30-27 loss in the state 3A semifinal Nov. 26 against Kamiakin that ended the Crusaders’ bid for a third consecutive state championship.


Kamiakin ends Eastside Catholic’s drive for another state title, 30-27 BY NEIL PIERSON

As the sidelines emptied and the players shook hands, rain started to fall from the skies above Pop Keeney Stadium. Then the tears started to fall from the eyes of Eastside Catholic’s players. Underdog Kamiakin ended the Crusaders’ march toward a third straight state championship on Nov. 26 in Bothell, overcoming a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter for a 30-27 victory in the Class 3A football semifinals. The Crusaders (11-2) failed to reach the title game for the first time since 2011 while the Braves (11-2) advanced to the Tacoma Dome for a chance at their first title. They’ll play O’Dea at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. EC coach Jeremy Thielbahr

and senior wide receiver Hunter Bryant said their team came up short in the big moments but were quick to credit Kamiakin for making it tough. “I feel like they played better than us,” Thielbahr said. “Really, both games we’ve lost this year were because we had a hard time protecting on the offensive line and had a hard time stopping the run game.” The 6-foot-4 Bryant, who is orally committed to Washington, had six catches for 73 yards but didn’t find the end zone in his last high-school game. “They had Darreon Moore on me,” he said. “I play with him in the offseason so it was cool playing him today. He had a really good game and I just didn’t make plays like I usually make. Props out to him.” Both teams committed pen-


Eastside Catholic senior running back Chris Lefau (26) gets plenty of grief from Kamiakin junior defender Colten Chelin (2) but still takes in the pass and eludes Chelin’s tackle for a 62-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.

alties at crucial moments, but the game-changing flag came in the final minute of the third quarter after Kamiakin wideout Benson Smith hauled in

a 17-yard touchdown pass – a ball that was nearly intercepted before bouncing into Smith’s hands – to bring his team within three points, 27-24.

EC’s Chris Lefau returned the ensuing kickoff for a 90-yard TD but the play was nullified for holding. “I think that took a lot out of us,” Bryant remarked. The Crusaders didn’t make a first down on the next series and Kamiakin was back in the end zone six plays later as quarterback Zach Borisch hit a leaping Isaiah Brimmer for a 15-yard score. The Braves missed the extra point but led by three with 10:44 to go. EC had three more possessions in the final quarter. The first ended with a punt after Hayden Larson sacked Zach Lewis. The second ended with a Brimmer interception on a pass over the middle. The Crusaders used all of their timeouts and had a final SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE 11





Boys basketball preview

Skyline shifts styles as Fithian takes the reins


Skyline Spartans n 2016 record: 10-13 overall, 6-10 Class 4A KingCo Conference n Head coach: Joe Fithian, first season n Conference opener: 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6 at Bothell Joe Fithian was left scratching his head, puzzled at why the returning players from last year’s Skyline squad didn’t put up more impressive statistics. “I’m thinking, ‘How do you score one or two points a game? You’re a great shooter,’” said Fithian, who coached the Skyline girls for two years before taking over the boys’ program during the offseason. The explanation was simple: Last year’s lineup relied heavily on the post-up play of Braden Ahlemeyer and the 3-point shooting of Kellan Przybylski. The other players weren’t asked to score. “It took me a while to get them out of the mindset of, ‘Oh, I’m not supposed to shoot,” Fithian said. The Spartans were a streaky squad during the 2015-16 season, starting the KingCo 4A season with three losses, winning eight of their next 12, then losing five in row. Fithian hopes to smooth out the bumps and he’s planning to do it with an up-tempo style that

averaged 60-70 points during summer games. Skyline competed at Central Washington University, where it beat teams like O’Dea, Ferndale, Enumclaw and Bainbridge. It helps that Skyline’s personnel hasn’t changed much. Key players like Kellan Przybylski, Ryan D’Arcy and Ben Smith are back for their seniors seasons. And reserves like Ashish Manda, Freddy Jarvis and Bradley Kim seem poised to play more minutes than they did. Skyline won two playoff games last season under former coach Ben Williams and that was a confidence boost, said D’Arcy, who figures to shift from point guard to small forward. “I think we just gained a lot of experience, which is nice,” he said. “Just being able to play more together, getting our chemistry up, that’s the main thing that we gained.” Smith, who has orally committed to play baseball at Bucknell University, said he’s ready to fill whatever role Fithian asks. “By the end of (last) year, I played four of the five positions, so I think it’ll be kind of similar to that again this year – pretty versatile in what I’ll be,” he said. Przybylski has drawn praise as one of KingCo’s top shooters. He set Skyline’s single-game record with eight 3-pointers against Bothell last season. But he’s trying to be more well-rounded as his prep career

comes to a close. “Last year, I was pretty much just a 3-point shooter,” he said, “so I’ve tried in the offseason to develop the rest of the parts of my game.” Eastlake Wolves n 2016 record: 5-16 overall, 3-13 Class 4A KingCo Conference n Head coach: Steve Kramer, third season n Conference opener: 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6 at Inglemoor The Wolves aren’t going to pretend they’re something they’re not – a team with size that can lock down the interior or rely on half-court sets to milk the clock. “We’re not a big team,” Kramer said. “But we’re a fast team, so we have as much skill from one through 12 as we’ve had since I’ve been here, in my third year.” Senior guard Grant Henderson was even more blunt in his assessment. “Look at us – we have no size. We’ve just got wheels,” said Henderson, who was the team’s second-leading scorer last season behind outgoing senior Ethan Thompson. “We’ve played pretty good during fall ball and I just think we’re going to make a run. I think we’re going to have a lot of energy this year – we’re going to be running and gunning – and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”


Skyline coach Joe Fithian gives instructions to team captains Ryan D’Arcy (left) and Ben Smith at the start of a Nov. 21 practice.

Eastlake has three other seniors who will be critical for success: Point guard Parker Lester, small forward Reid Pierzchalski and power forward Carson Sutton. “We’re going to go as far as they take us,” Kramer said. Henderson will defer pointguard duties to Lester and returning junior Peter Chang, who has drawn praise for improved shooting and ballhandling. Freshman Ryan Sutter may also push for minutes at the position. Kramer is enthused about three newcomers – sophomores Cade Prinzivalli and Yousef Elkugia, and freshman Cal Kirchoff – who are each 6-foot4 and possess seemingly boundless energy.

Players like Jaxon Williams, Samir Chokr and Jacob Shalaby should provide added depth for a program that missed last year’s postseason after losing to Inglemoor in a tiebreaker game. “This is a very skilled group – a lot of guys who can handle the ball – so I think, for us, it’s going to be, how do we do on the boards?” Kramer said. “If we can compete on the glass, I like our chances.” Defensive breakdowns cost the Wolves last year as they allowed at least 70 points on seven occasions. “We do a few drills every day to help our defensive physicality,” Henderson noted. “I think that’s a big part of it and just SEE BOYS, PAGE 11

Girls basketball preview

Lady Wolves look to chase another deep playoff run


Eastlake Wolves n 2016 record: 17-8 overall, 11-5 Class 4A KingCo Conference n Head coach: Sara Goldie, seventh season n Conference opener: 7:15 p.m. Dec. 7 at Inglemoor The 2015-16 season saw the Eastlake girls qualify for the 4A regional round of 16 as the Lady Wolves’ sophomore core surprised many opponents.


Julia Morgan, a sophomore, practices running offensive sets during Eastside Catholic’s Nov. 21 practice.

A year later, Eastlake’s top players aren’t going to

sneak up on anyone, but they’re poised to do well

again because they’ve continued to improve, both physically and mentally. And they’ve set an example that their younger teammates can follow. “I think they just saw how hard we worked in practice, off the court and then in games,” said junior shooting guard Cameron Edward. “That’s why we were able to succeed.” Eastlake’s junior class, which also includes cerebral guard Elizabeth Chen, tenacious forward Stacie Keck and silkysmooth point guard Gina Marxen, one of the area’s top players, is ready for more. The Wolves lost to Beamer, 58-39, in last

year’s regional round but have the pieces to reach the state’s final eight for the first time since 2012. The team has only two seniors in 6-foot-2 center Alissa Acheson, who showed flashes of ability off the bench last season; and athletic guard Korbyn Stahl, a standout lacrosse player who chose to return to the basketball court. The junior class is bolstered by two sophomore guards – McKenzie Feinglas and Callie Lind – whom Edward complimented as strong defenders, and 6-3 freshman center Keeli Burton, who could be the immediate replacement for outgoing senior Sarah Priestley.

“She’s very experienced,” Edward said of Burton. “Her footwork in the post and her in-andout game, I think we’re going to look very good.” Marxen and Edward had a unique opportunity to better themselves over the summer at Nike Nationals, where their Seattle-based select team finished with a 5-2 record. With Acheson and Burton, the Wolves may have added the size they were lacking in playoff losses to Bothell and Beamer. Their guards figure to overwhelm many teams, with Marxen’s explosiveness and creativity often giving sharpSEE GIRLS, PAGE 11


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being quick on our feet. We’re doing a lot of quickness stuff. Being able to guard your guy one-onone and then being right there for help defense, that’s really important.” Eastlake’s KingCo opener is Dec. 6 at Inglemoor. Eastside Catholic Crusaders n 2016 record: 11-8 overall, 10-5 Class 3A Metro League n Head coach: Brent Merritt, second season n League opener: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Seattle Prep A year away from the postseason spotlight may give added motivation to the Crusaders, who appear loaded with talent, selflessness and potential. Due to rules violations under the previous coaching staff, Eastside Catholic was banned from last year’s playoffs. With the ban lifted, Merritt and his players have high hopes to play on the first weekend of March as one of eight state finalists. Junior guard Brock Mackenzie was the star of last year’s team. He had a tremendous offseason to improve his shooting and decision-making, Merritt said, but that’s not what has his coach giving him rave reviews. “This year, he wants to be the best defensive player on the team and he has turned his game up, so I’ve kind of had to give him his compliment,” Merritt said. “We had our retreat (last) weekend and I told him in front of the whole team, defensively, if you want to play like that, we can get to the (Tacoma) Dome.” Mackenzie will likely get plenty of help in the form of O’Landa Baker,

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play from their 25-yard line with 1 second left but Lewis’ pass sailed out of bounds. Lewis – forced into numerous hasty decisions and errant throws – finished the day 19 of 41 passing for 271 yards and a touchdown.

a senior transfer from Garfield, where Merritt coached him as an assistant under Ed Haskins. “He’s a slasher that can shoot,” Merritt said of Baker. “Defensively, he’s an animal. He’s going to beat you to the spot. He takes it personal. He doesn’t want anybody to score on him. Laterally, he’s the fastest guy in our program.” Jacob Dahlstrom, a standout baseball player, has sprouted to 6-foot-8 and may have another growth spurt to come, the coach said. The sophomore will miss the first few weeks of the season due to injury but figures to be a key inside presence for the Crusaders upon his return. Senior Hunter Bryant won’t play as he prepares for a college football career, but Merritt will have other multisport athletes at his disposal. Two freshmen, DJ Rogers and Silas Ticeson, have good size at 6-4 and should help with the dirty work of interior defense and rebounding. Malik Putney and Noah Springborn return to the squad and may battle for minutes at point guard. Senior Michael Clemens and junior Orlando Ashford also have the ability to crack the lineup, Merritt said. “We’re pretty deep this year,” he noted. “Last year, looking down the bench, I wasn’t sure who I was going to put in. This year, we’re probably about 17 deep. “… Only 12 can go to playoffs, so it’s a big competition to see who’s going to be those final 12. I’ve got nine or maybe 10 that I know are going to make it to the Dome, but those last two spots, I don’t know who it’s going to be.” “We had a hard time protecting against them,” Thielbahr said. “I think that was the biggest shocker. I thought we were going to be better on the offensive line.” Lefau, who switched from running back to wide receiver at the start of the season, had a huge day for the Crusaders, catching nine passes for 190 yards.


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shooter Edward open looks from 3-point range. Marxen led Eastlake last season with 17.2 points and 4.8 assists per game, while Edward averaged 11.9 points. In Edward’s mind, the biggest challenge for Eastlake is playing fearlessly against the state’s best teams. “I think it’s just basketball,” she said, “so although it’s a better team, we’ve just got to focus on executing our offense and doing the little things, and not stressing out about the fact it’s a better team.” Eastside Catholic Crusaders n 2016 record: 8-8 overall, 7-8 Class 3A Metro League n Co-coaches: Amber and Kwan Johnson, second season n League opener: 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Seattle Prep First-year coaches rarely get through the season without facing adversity and it was no different last winter at Eastside Catholic for the husbandand-wife duo of Amber and Kwan Johnson. The Crusaders started slowly and although they finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak, they were quickly eliminated at the Metro League tournament against Chief Sealth. As they prepare for their season opener at Seattle Prep and a second season under the Johnsons’ guidance, the Crusaders are facing more obstacles: They’ll be without three starters for at least a few weeks. Senior point guard He put EC ahead less than 90 seconds into the game, contorting his body to grab a ball over his shoulder, then breaking a tackle and finishing a 62-yard TD play. Kamiakin took a 17-10 lead to halftime as Borisch scored on runs of 6 and 15 yards, and Garrett Paxton kicked a 33-yard field goal after EC’s Malik Putney fum-

Bailey Haner, junior shooting guard Kat Blanton and sophomore forward Mae Bryant are on the shelf as the season begins. Haner tore ligaments in her ankle and was wearing a boot at the team’s Nov. 21 practice. “It’s a gift and curse,” Kwan Johnson said. “The curse is, unfortunately, they won’t be starting the season for us. The gift is, it gives the other girls opportunity to sharpen themselves … Those girls that may not have played that much varsity, now they get that time.” Haner’s shooting, ballhandling and distribution skills will be missed, but it’s her calming floor presence that will be most difficult to duplicate. “I just do my best to hold my leadership off the court because that was kind of my biggest role on the team,” she said. In Haner’s absence, sophomores Julia Morgan and Sarah Wurden are the No. 1 and No. 2 options at point guard. Kwan Johnson said Morgan has the ability to do well there. “She’s fiery,” the coach said. “She’s really a shooting guard, but we’re pushing her over to the one.” The Crusaders are a small team made smaller without the 5-10 Bryant, but they hope to get production inside the paint from senior forwards Natalie Gallant and Leilani White, and sophomore guard/forward Jill Martin. “I’m excited about the energy and just the chemistry that we all have with each other,” said Martin, whose nickname is “Rook” because she mimics the movements of the chess piece. “We’ve all been through bled on a kickoff return. EC responded in the third quarter as Lefau scored on a 2-yard run, then caught a 30-yard pass that set up Tyler Folkes’ 17-yard TD scamper through the middle. But two other trips into the red zone came up short as Scott Lees kicked field goals of 27 and 37 yards. Borisch had an outstanding day running

a lot, so I think it’s going to be a good season.” Martin is an undersized post player, but her length on the perimeter means she can be a mismatch against certain players, her coach said. “When she makes a pass and cut, we can post that (opposing) guard if they’re not a good-sized guard,” Kwan Johnson said. “We’re not so worried about Rook, but we want to get these other girls pushing themselves to the next level.”



Erfle, who teaches television production and web design at Skyline, is a first-time head coach. She was the JV coach last season under Joe Fithian, who took over the Skyline boys’ program, so administrators didn’t have to look far for his replacement. “I’m pretty new to the whole coaching aspect, but it’s been an easy transition with the girls just because we’ve had a prior relationship,” said Erfle, who played at Auburn Riverside High School. “Being in the school is pretty huge. I’m a firm believer in coaches being in the building. You see probably our two most successful programs here, which are football and soccer, and both of those guys and most of their staffs are in the school.” It also doesn’t hurt that Erfle has some naturally gifted players to work with. They include junior wing Jade Loville (teamhigh 14.2 points per game

last season) and senior wing Kailey Kassuba (10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds). The Spartans are adamant they’ll be a good transition team that creates lots of easy points while limiting the opponents’ ability to do the same. “We’re running a lot in practice,” Loville said. “We’re building up our stamina and we’re going to be pretty quick, so hopefully that’s how we’re going to get our wins this season. “… There’s a lot of teams that like to run and they’re also bigger than us, so if we can equal it out by being just as quick, I think it’ll help us a lot in the long run.” Skyline lost its standout post, Taylor McKerlich, to graduation but senior Gina Grossi, a defensive specialist who figures to get more shots, and senior Alexa Kirton, a soccer standout who returns to basketball after a year’s hiatus, could help bridge the gap. Erfle praised junior guard Julia Mitchell, who could be the team’s top perimeter shooter. She was among the best 3-point shooters on all the teams attending a summer camp at Oregon State University. “She has got one of the sweetest shots I think I’ve probably ever seen,” the coach said. Like Kirton, Mitchell is working back into basketball shape following Skyline’s lengthy run in the soccer playoffs. And she didn’t have an opportunity to work with Erfle until tryouts. “We’ve got a lot of new plays that we’re going to start running and then we’ve worked a lot on team bonding, so it’s just working together to get there,” Mitchell said.

Kamiakin’s read-option offense. He carried 23 times for 165 yards and two TDs, and was 11 of 23 passing for 168 yards and two more TDs. “Their quarterback is pretty exceptional,” Thielbahr said. “They put the game on his back, really.” As the tears and rain continued to flow, the coach reflected on a season

that surely created many long-term memories. “We were having a great journey and it gets stopped early,” Thielbahr said. “But that’s also a valuable lesson and I think these kids will learn that lesson. That’s what football is – you’re not going to win every single time and you’re not going to go to the state-title (game) every single time.”

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