Shaun Scott, staff photo Bellevue Wolverines players celebrate after defeating the Eastside Catholic Crusaders 7-6 in the Washington Lacrosse boys Division 1 championship game on May 28 in Tukwila. It was the Wolverines fourth lacrosse state title in the past five seasons.

2016: The year in the sports world on the Eastside

JANUARY

Saints win KingCo 3A wrestling title

A league championship title was on the line in a matchup between the Interlake Saints and Mercer Island Islanders in the final regular season match of the 2015-16 season. The Saints clinched the KingCo 3A regular season league title with a 36-32 win against Mercer Island on Jan. 28. Interlake 220-pound grappler Saul Bobadilla pinned Mercer Island’s Russell Asmus in the final match of the night to clinch the title.

FEBRUARY

Bellevue swim team earns district championship

The Bellevue Wolverines boys swim team won the Class 3A Sea-King district championship, compiling 273 total team points on Feb. 13. Bainbridge Island finished in second place with 263 team points.

Newport swim squad captures state title

A “three-peat” was attained in the pool for the Newport Knights boys swim team at the Class 4A state swim and dive championships. The Knights earned first place for the third year in a row compiling 234 total team points on Feb. 20 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Newport head swim coach Eric Bartelson was thrilled with the title.

“It’s been kind of a special senior class. The guys came in as freshman and I knew I had a bunch of special guys on the team,” Bartelson said. “It’s going to be tough to replace that group but there are some nice memories with three years worth of state titles.”

Bellevue swim nabs 3A title

The Bellevue Wolverines boys swim team won the Class 3A state championship for the second year in a row, compiling 349.5 team points on Feb. 20. Bainbridge Island finished in second place with 288 team points.

MARCH

Bellevue captures state title

A perfect season was unveiled by the Bellevue Wolverines girls basketball team during the 2015-16 campaign. The Wolverines cruised to a 69-40 win against the Arlington Eagles in the Class 3A state championship game on March 5 at the Tacoma Dome. The Wolverines finished the season with an overall record of 29-0. Bellevue head coach Leah Krautter was thrilled her team’s memorable season culminated with a state title.

“We talked in the locker room before the game about where else would you rather be than here. Money can buy you trips to Tahiti but it can’t buy you a state championship. They earned this one,” Krautter said.

APRIL

Davis tosses perfect game against Bellevue

Interlake Saints softball pitcher Shaefer Davis attained the rare “perfect game” for the first time in her life in a 10-0 victory in five innings against the Bellevue Wolverines on April 4.

“Getting a perfect game is a team thing,” Davis said. “The defense made the plays they needed to make. I had a great defense behind me.”

MAY

Le nabs individual championship

Interlake Saints freshman tennis player Angel Le captured first place at the KingCo 3A singles girls tennis tournament on May 11 at Mercer Island High School.

Wolverines lacrosse squad wins championship

The Bellevue Wolverines boys lacrosse team registered a 7-6 victory against the Eastside Catholic Crusaders to win the Washington Lacrosse boys Division 1 championship game on May 28 at StarFire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Bellevue player Augie Fratt scored the go-ahead goal with 6:19 left in regulation.

Back-to-back state champs

For the second consecutive season, the Interlake Saints boys soccer team was crowned Class 3A state champions.

The Saints earned a 1-0 win against the Mercer Island Islanders in the Class 3A state championship game on May 28 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Mercer Island had won its previous three matchups against Interlake but the Saints reigned supreme in the contest that counted most.

“It always feels great to beat them,” Saints senior Daniel Pratt said of Mercer Island. “It feels like redemption to get this win.”

JUNE

Block gets drafted by Chicago Cubs organization

Newport Knights 2016 graduate AJ Block was selected by the Chicago Cubs organization in the 39th round (1184th) overall in the Major League Baseball draft on June 11. Despite being chosen by the Cubs organization, Block honored his commitment to play baseball for Washington State University.

JULY

Bellevue College pitcher commits to Division-1 program on the diamond

Bellevue College pitcher Dominic DeMiero, who went 7-2 with an earned run average of 2.74 in 13 starts on the hill in 2016, committed to the University of Hawaii baseball program in early July after visiting the campus in late June.

SEPTEMBER

Interlake wins Crossroads Cup in rivalry showdown

The Interlake Saints football team captured a 40-7 win against the Sammamish Totems in a battle between gridiron rivals on Sept. 9 in Bellevue.

“We wanted to get off to a good start and now we want to keep rolling from now on out. We’re trying to get a nice winning record and make the playoffs this year,” Interlake senior Naoki Harmer said following the game.

OCTOBER

Wolverines girls soccer team defeats Mercer Island

In a showdown between rival programs, the Bellevue Wolverines girls soccer team came up with a clutch goal in the 75th minute to conquer the rival Mercer Island Islanders. Wolverines’ midfielder Kiley Suter scored in the 75th minute, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 victory.

Saints Cross Country team wins KingCo title

The Interlake Saints boys Cross Country squad captured the KingCo 3A Cross Country championship, compiling 41 total team points on Oct. 20 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

NOVEMBER

Wolverines water polo nabs second place at state tourney

The Bellevue Wolverines boys water polo team suffered a 11-6 loss to the Curtis Vikings in the Puget Sound water polo state championship game on Nov. 12 at the Curtis Aquatic Center in University Place.

DECEMBER

Newport girls basketball team defeats Mount Si

A strong fourth quarter sealed a victory for the Newport Knights girls basketball team against the Mount Si Wildcats in a KingCo 4A matchup.

The Knights outscored the Wildcats 18-11 in the final eight minutes of regulation, earning a 48-38 win against the Wildcats on Dec. 19 at Newport High School.

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