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NESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998 ‘ BALOCK REPORTER TACOMA— Joe Brosseau wanted to use bélckstretch to his advantage in the boys’ meter finals on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Bowl. She lssaquah High School senior did just Brosseau overtook Jared Christianson of i Valley (Yakima) 550 meters into the " then built a 25-meter lead and coasted VICtory in the 3A division of the WIAA Battery mates close another chapter Star Track XVI State Track and Field Championships. Brosseau finished tired, but elated to learn of a personal-best 1 minute, 52 seconds and 79 hundreths time. lssaquah sophomore Brady Jones, too, stood on the top step of the winner’s podi- um, as he received the first—place boys’ dis- cus medal. Jones’ winning mark of 161 feet, 8 inch- es came on his third throw of the trials. Jones brought the top district qualifying Press photos by Greg Farmr :“ pitcher Cherstin Johnson (left) strides toward .. 9f Brie Nyberg after a 1-0 loss to Capital (Olympia) l’ l i 01‘ six years. .‘ i 3h h I e 10 loss to the Olympia team. BRIEFLY .1111 place 2nd in softball i. e Sammamish Storm U-12 girls’ fast- usoftball team placed second in the “i. ah Classic over the weekend at (1:8 Valley Park. 3816 Litka’s two-out single drove in e-winning Storm run over Sam- Iheh Heat, 5—4, in the semifinal. Ladyhawks of Redmond got a no- ‘i from pitcher Caitlin Noble, who ". 9‘“ nine, in an 11-1 victory over the "1 the championship game. i (“er fares well in tourney silEaStside FC lost in a double-over- gi, 0Otout to Corvallis Reign for the U- ’ SOccer championship of the Rainier (iv 1)Ilyallup. Eastside won three con- ile e gfimes to reach the final. Lensrvely, Gina Crock led Eastside to record, with goalkeeper Haley .‘3A State fastpitch softball championship game on Flay in Tacoma. Johnson quickly distracted the dis- :j, med Nyberg and coaxed a smile out of her battery THE ISSAQUAH PRESS S POR TS mark into the meet, a PB of 163-1. That made him last thrower in the fourth flight of four throwers each. Jones opened with throws of 139-2 and 152-9. Brosseau and Jones accounted for all 20 lssaquah team points. The Indians were 11th. It was the first time in a decade that the Indians had a State champion, according to 13th-year lssaquah track coach Gwen Robertson. The Indians’ last State champ was discus thrower David Lavine in 1988. Olympia won the boys’ team title with 56 and Hanford was second with 48. On the girls’ Side, Liberty junior shot put- ter Shaya Orendorff was the lone local plac- er. Orendorff bettered her PB and school record by a foot and an inch with a throw of 37-2'/2. That placed her eighth. Holy Names vaulted past Mount Si with a victory in the meet’s final event, the 1,600- meter relay, to win the 3A girls’ state title, rosseau, Jones best on 3A track 62—60. Brosseau’s race “I know 1525 is the school record and that’s what I’m going for,” Brosseau said as he awaited official race results. “Even if I’m close, I’ll break down.” Brosseau held himself together during the awards ceremony, and tried to maintain his composure after qualifying first during See State track, page B3 Indians rise to challenge defending champiOn Capital (Olympia) Mdesignated hitter Allison Nickel beats the ball to Capital first base- : any Herrington for an infield single during the third inning of the 3A pionship fastpitch softball game. It was one of the lndians’ three Firm BALOCK PRESS REPORTER TACOMA— The lssaquah High School play- ers heard the rumors. The 3A State fastpitch soft- ball championship was Capital’s for the taking. The Olympia school entered the two—day tour- nament at the South End Recreation Area with a 20-1 record. The Cougars won state titles in 1997, 1995 and 1994. Capital’s senior pitcher, Bridget Wilcox, who compiled a 68-6 career record, is headed to the University of Washington fastpitch program. The Indians, meanwhile, were making their secorid State tournament appearance in school his- tory. They were the No. 3 seed from District 2. “I was really relaxed,” said lssaquah senior pitch- er Cherstin Johnson. “I wouldn’t say I was anxious. I’d heard so many things about this (Capital) team. “You can try too hard to throw strikes,” Johnson added. “It was a good game for everyone, very solid.” The Indians met the Cougars’ challenge late Saturday afternoon before an estimated 500 fans. The teams battled for 1/2 scoreless innings, before Capital rallied for a 1-0 decision in the bot- tom of the seventh. With one out, the Cougars were ignited by a double down the third base line by No. 9 hitter Sabrina Sandberg. It was the outfielder’s third hit of the game. Catcher Jessica Bork hit into a potential field— er’s choice, but lssaquah third baseman K.C. Thompson held the ball as she looked Sandberg back to the bag at second base. Wilcox bunted to advance the runnerS, and lssaquah catcher Brie Nyberg protested in .Vain that the ball bounced foul on home plate. That bunt loaded the bases for second baseman Molly McKinnon, whose sacrifice fly was caught by lssaquah center fielder Renee Russell. Her throw home was not in time for Nyberg to make a play on Sandberg. “It came’down to a girl earning it,” said first-year lssaquah softball coach Andrew Sage. “(The Cougars) are a great team. The way they played, they earned it. This is by far the best team we’ve played all season.” At the top The lanky, 6-foot-1 Wilcox, who pitches right- handed and bats left-handed, threw a three-hitter. She posted seven strikeouts, including the first four lssaquah batters. Johnson threw an eight—hitter, with two strike- outs and a walk. Capital left nine runners on base, and lssaquah stranded five, as both teams repeatedly made good defensive plays to support the pitchers. “I think as a team we’re proud we held an awe— some (Capital) team to no runs,” said Indians’ senior second baseman Tilyn Rebhuhn. “That in itself is an awesome thing.” Rebhuhn’s two-out, two-run triple to the left- field fence boosted lssaquah into the championship game. Her hit gave the Indians a 4- 0 lead over Olympia in the top of the sixth inning of the semifinal contest. lssaquah advanced with a 4—2 victory over the Bears, as Johnson pitched a five—hitter. “It felt really good,” Rebhuhn said of the triple. “It was good to do it for a team I love so much.” “Olympia is a good ballclub, too,” Sage said. “We had great pitching. We played solid defense, and our bats came through. We put it all together in one game.” Capital jumped on first-year Skyline early in its semifinal. The Cougars led 4-0 after three innings of the 5-1 victory. Two Capital runs scored off a right-field triple by shortstop Amy Herrington, the Cougars’ third Straight hit of the third inning. Capital got 10 hits off Spartans junior pitcher Rebecca Sanders. Skyline managed five hits off Wilcox, two coming in the bottom of the third inning, including an RBI infield Single by second baseman Missy Mordy. See IHS softball, page 82 E] The 15th annual Dad & Me Fun Run Sullivan recording 19 saves. Offensively, Eastside got a hat trick from Chelsea Beck in a 3-1 semifinal win over Blackhills PC of Oregon. lssaquah tops basketball An lssaquah girls’ basketball team placed first in the Bellevue Community College Spring league tournament last week. lssaquah defeated Lake Sammamish-Mount Si, 35-32, in the championship game on May 27. Rita Brown scored the game—winning basket with seven seconds left. Brown was fouled on the shot, but missed the free throw which was rebounded and converted into a basket by Alison Gangl. lssaquah was second in regular-season games, and defeated Skyline in a first-round tournament game. The lssaquah team fea- tured players in grades 8, 9 and 10. Horrocks stops Tigers The lssaquah Tigers won Six of seven games in a national CABA qualifying 14- year—old baseball tournament the past two weekends in Puyallup. Horrocks Brewers scored twice in the fifth inning of a 3-1 vic- tory over the Tigers in the championship ' game on Sunday. The Tigers, 22-4 overall, reached the final with a 7-0 victory over the Eastside Rays. Matt Kasser was the winning pitcher in a three-hit effort, with 11 strikeouts. C] During a Sandy Koufax League game with the Eastside Rays last Thursday, Tigers Danny Gronski stole the Show. Gronski bat- ted 4-for-4, including three home runs knocked over the outfield fence at Hart Field in Bellevue and seven RBIs. Lombard spurs IST Seven-event winner Jared Lombard Spurred the lssaquah Swim Team to a fourth-place showing at the 13-team Hyack Invitational on May 16'-18 in New Westminister, B.C. Island Swimming won the meet at the Canada Games Pool with 3,255.5 points. The host Hyack Swim Club was second with 3,162.5. ' IST tallied 1,405 points, some 384 less than third-placer pacific Sea Wolves. Lombard dominated the boys’ 9-10 age division. His wins came in the 50-, 100-, 200— and 400-meter freestyles; the 50 and 100 backstrokes; and the 200 individual medley. The IST got four firsts each from Brian Davis and Angela Hatfield among boys 13- 14 and girls 11-12. First-place IST points were scored by 9- 10-year-old girls Lulu Cao in the 50 free and Mariko Mettler in the 100 breaststroke. Fall City hosts fun run The 9th annual Fall City Days Fun Run will be at 9 am. on June 20. Race distances include 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles), along with a 5K walk. Race day registration starts at 7:30 am. at the Fall City Days Booth in Olive Taylor Quigley Park. Entry fees are $15 for adults and $10 for children. The race comse is flat and fast, winding run- ners through farmland along the Snoqualmie River. The ecurse is certified by the USA Track & Field Association. Pre-registration may be done at The Foot Zone in Issaquah. For information call (425) 222-6163. takes place at Marymoor Park in Redmond on June 20. Race distances include a 5K (3.1 miles) run and walk, a 11/2-mile run and a ‘/2-mile run. Entry fees are $14 for adults ($17 race day) and $9 ($12) for children, ages 12- under. Race day registration begins at 8 am. and races at 8:55 am. For information call (206) 506—4386. Junior golf program starts A free junior golf program is being offered at Jefferson Park Municipal Golf Course in Seattle for ages 7-17. Registration for the six-week program takes place at 10 am. on June 13 at the clubhouse, located at 3418 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. The program includes instruction, prac- tice and competitive play for beginner, intermediate and advanced golfers. Volunteer instructors also are sought for the junior program. Training will be provid— ed. For information call (206) 725-0688.