The Interlake Saints girls tennis team earned the Class 3A state championship on May 26 in Kennewick. The Saints, who compiled 41 team points, dominated the entire tournament. Seattle Prep earned second place with 20 team points. Photo courtesy of Matthew Perlman

The Interlake Saints girls tennis team earned the Class 3A state championship on May 26 in Kennewick. The Saints, who compiled 41 team points, dominated the entire tournament. Seattle Prep earned second place with 20 team points. Photo courtesy of Matthew Perlman

2018: The year in sports in the Bellevue region

Bellevue athletes/teams dominate in 2018.

JANUARY

“Love seals victory with clutch three-pointer”: Bellevue Wolverines junior basketball player Jalen Love hits three-pointer with 5.6 seconds left in regulation, sealing his team’s 61-57 victory against the Mercer Island Islanders on Jan. 3.

FEBRUARY

“Baumann earns third place at the Mat Classic”: Newport Knights senior grappler Charlie Baumann earned third place in the Mat Classic Class 4A state wrestling tournament in the 285-pound weight division. Baumann had an overall record of 4-1 at the tourney.

MARCH

“Landes resigns coaching position”: After two seasons leading the Bellevue Wolverines football program, Bellevue head coach Mark Landes resigned his coaching position on March 12. Landes had an overall record of 16-3 during his two-year tenure leading the team.

APRIL

“Newport softball team earns 12th win”: The Newport Knights softball team registered a 10-7 victory against the Mount Si Wildcats on April 25 in Snoqualmie. Knights’ pitcher Hanako Hirai pitched a complete game for her team in the win.

MAY

Interlake girls tennis team wins a Class 3A state title”: The Interlake Saints girls tennis team won the Class 3A state tennis tournament, compiling 41 team points en route to a state title on May 26.

JUNE

“Hartline to lead Saints football program”: Interlake new head football coach Shawn Hartline conducted the first spring practices of his coaching tenure with the Saints football program in June.

JULY

“Sportswriter goes through workout with Bellevue Christian football team”: Sound Publishing sportswriter Shaun Scott went through an off-season workout with the Bellevue Christian Vikings football team on July 19. The workout session consisted of weightlifting and football specific drills.

AUGUST

“Knights overpower Saints in season opener”: The Newport Knights, who had six rushing touchdowns, cruised to a 42-7 victory against the Interlake Saints in the 2018 season opener on the gridiron for both teams on Aug. 31.

SEPTEMBER

“Wolverines remain undefeated”: The Bellevue Wolverines football team improved its overall record to 5-0 courtesy of a 7-0 victory against the Lake Washington Kangaroos on Sept. 29.

OCTOBER

“Wolverines volleyball team sweeps Lake Washington on senior night”: Bellevue won its fifth consecutive match courtesy of a 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-22) victory on senior night against the Lake Washington Kangaroos on Oct. 18 at Bellevue High School. The Wolverines improved their overall record to 14-1 with the win.

NOVEMBER

“Guerrero earns a coveted honor”: Eduardo Guerrero landed 2A/3A KingCo volleyball coach of the year award for the 2018 season. The Saints, who captured second place at the 3A KingCo tournament, finished the 2018 season with a respectable 10-7 overall record.

DECEMBER

“Wolverines conquer Saints in basketball battle”: The Bellevue Wolverines boys basketball team earned a 44-37 victory against the Interlake Saints in a 3A KingCo basketball matchup on Dec. 7 at Interlake High School in Bellevue.

Bellevue Wolverines head football coach Mark Landes announced his resignation in early March after leading the program for the past two seasons. Landes had an overall record of 16-3 during his two-year tenure. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Landes

Bellevue Wolverines head football coach Mark Landes announced his resignation in early March after leading the program for the past two seasons. Landes had an overall record of 16-3 during his two-year tenure. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Landes

Interlake Saints volleyball head coach Eduardo Guerrero earned the KingCo 3A/2A coach of the year award for the 2018 season. Interlake finished the 2018 season with a 10-7 overall record and advanced to the district playoffs for the second consecutive season. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Interlake Saints volleyball head coach Eduardo Guerrero earned the KingCo 3A/2A coach of the year award for the 2018 season. Interlake finished the 2018 season with a 10-7 overall record and advanced to the district playoffs for the second consecutive season. Shaun Scott/staff photo

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