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June 5, 2009 [9]



Kimi Pohlman


Kimi Pohlman, a member of Eastlake’s 2008 class 4A state championship softball team, scored two runs for the University of Washington Tuesday night, helping the Huskies beat Florida 3-2 for the National Softball Championship. The UW freshman, who hit No. 2 in the lineup, scored the eventual game-winning run in the third inning, racing home on a soft hit back to the circle that Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson couldn’t field. Pohlman had at least one hit in all of the Huskies’ six College World Series games.

Issaquah hangs on for state lacrosse title BY KEVIN ENDEJAN

Issaquah lacrosse coach Brandon Fortier experienced the longest second of his life Saturday night at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium — literally. “It felt like about 10 seconds to me,” Fortier said, smiling. “It (seriously) felt like at least 3.” Up by one goal, with one second left in the Division I state championship, Eagle goalkeeper Cameron Danforth came up with his biggest save of the season, blocking a blast off the stick of Mercer Island’s Doug Mahony. The deflection, which came after a penalty was called just yards from the Issaquah goal, preserved a 10-9 Issaquah victory, and marked the program’s second straight Division I title. “I was just sitting there thinking to myself, ‘Just do everything that you’re used to doing as goalie,’” Danforth said. The close ending contradicted most of the contest, which saw Issaquah maintain no less than a three-goal cushion through the first three quarters. The Eagles matched their largest lead of the game at the 8:45 mark of the fourth quarter when senior Jordan Goldstein blasted in his fourth goal of the game for a 10-5 lead. Things turned quickly, however. Mercer Island chipped away at the Issaquah lead,

Issaquah’s lacrosse team celebrates its second consecutive Division I state title Saturday night. JOHNATHAN YEE, For the Reporter before pulling to within with just over 2 minutes left one goal with 10 seconds in the first quarter. remaining via a score from “Our offense just got Matthew Shields. together and played good,” “I hate to sort of just Fritz said, of the quick start. hang on like Fritz scored that rather than “We proved that again in the openputting it away, we’re going to be ing minute of the here for a while but the botsecond quarter tom line is, the and hopefully we after an over-theeffort was good can just keep the shoulder, no-look enough, and tradition alive here pass from Goldwe did enough at Issaquah.” stein. early to deserve –Jake Director “I saw the ball the win,” Fortier coming to me said. in the middle, The Eagles, and I knew the who lost 6-4 to the Islanddefender was going to be ers in the regular season, coming straight at me, so hopped out to a 4-1 lead I didn’t want to try and after one quarter. Jake Dipass it through his stick,” rector had two first-quarter Goldstein said. “I knew goals, and Jake Fritz struck Jake (Fritz) was going to be for the first of his four goals there, so I just thought ...

why not?” The Eagles pushed their halftime lead out to 8-4, and led 8-5 after three quarters. The Issaquah offense stalled at the start of the third quarter when senior midfielder Riley Goodman injured his collarbone on the opening face-off, and was forced from the game. “I had to step up and try to face off,” senior Connor McClain said. “I didn’t do nearly as good of job as he did. He was going in and winning all the face-offs. It was a huge, huge loss for the ball possession when he went out.” Fritz, along with Goldstein, each punched in early fourth-quarter goals that proved the difference. Fritz

and Goldstein scored four goals apiece, and Director had two. Michael Black and Mahony led the Islanders with two goals apiece. The victory not only marked Issaquah’s second straight title, but the program’s second ever Division I crown — something that won’t soon be forgotten by the group of seven graduating seniors. “There’s no better feeling than going out on top, getting a repeat,” McClain said. “We did everything we could. All of us seniors here stepped up as much as possible. We pulled it out in the end and it feels great.” [ more LACROSSE page 10 ]

Williams earns 3 medals at state meet BY KEVIN ENDEJAN

Kasen Williams leaps 23 feet, 5 inches in the long jump finals Saturday, finishing third in state. KEVIN ENDEJAN, Reporter

The fix was simple for Skyline sophomore Kasen Williams — sprint harder on his approach to the high jump bar. “I changed my run-up in practice this week,” he said. “I adapted to that so I could get more speed. That was my problem before, I just didn’t have enough speed.” Williams’ new-found approach helped him clear a personal best 6-feet, 10 inches in the high jump last Friday, earning the 4A state title at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. His previous best was 6-6. “It felt good because there was two 7-foot jump-

ers going in, and I wasn’t one of the guys they were expecting to win, and I pulled it out,” Williams said. Williams also leapt to a personal best 47-10 in the triple jump on Friday, taking home second place behind Kentlake’s Zach Smith (48-1). Williams finished third Saturday in the long jump with another personal best 23-5. He led going into the final group of jumpers before Justin Veltung of Puyallup went 24-5. Smith went 23-8 on his final jump to edge Williams. “It still feels good to place and get third,” Williams said. “You can’t be mad at third place at state.” The Spartans also earned an eighth place finish from

senior Simon Sorensen in the 800 meters. He completed the race in 1 minute, 54.81 seconds. Skyline sprinter Alex Lee, who entered the state meet with the second fastest time in the 100, failed to make it out of the prelims in the 100 and 200. The 400 relay team also just missed the finals. Skyline finished eighth overall with 25 points. Mead of Spokane won with 49 points. The Skyline girls, who have finished first in 3A in 2007 and fourth in 3A in 2008, took fifth place overall at the 2009 4A meet with 29 team points. Bellarmine Prep won with 56. The Spartan girls didn’t have any state champions,

but had six top-eight finishes, including two second places. The 400 relay team of Kiara Williams, Shealee O’Donnell, Kaylyn Berry and Rachael Butenko finished in second place in 48.29 seconds. Bellarmine Prep won the race in 47.4 seconds. “We’re all really close with each other, and three of us are graduating this year, so it was our last race,” Butenko said. “We’re happy with what we did.” Berry also finished second in the long jump with a personal best 18-2 1/4 inches. Andrea Geubelle of Curtis won the event (19-4). [ more TRACK page 13 ]

[10] June 5, 2009 [ Lacrosse from page 9]

Eastside Catholic finishes second Eastside Catholic couldn’t overcome an early deficit Saturday evening, falling 17-11 to Overlake in the Division II state lacrosse championship at Memorial

Stadium. The Crusaders fell behind 2-0 after 1 minute of play, and were never able to recover. Overlake led 9-7 at halftime. David Carlton scored a goal 12 seconds into the second half, pulling Eastside to within 9-8, but Overlake broke off a 4-0 run

to close the third quarter. Carlton had seven goals, and Kyle Decker added two scores for the Crusaders. This was the first state title game for both schools. Eastside, which finished 14-2 overall, started its lacrosse program just three years ago.


Director, another senior, concurred. “We proved that we’re going to be here for a while, and hopefully we can just keep the tradition alive here at Issaquah,” he said. •

Eastside Catholic’s Kyle Decker, top, works against the Overlake defense Saturday in the Division II state lacrosse title game. Issaquah’s Jake Director, bottom, scored two goals in the first quarter to help the Eagles to their second straight state title. johnathan yee, For the Reporter



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