Joel Willits

Anissa Bryant-Swift

Sammamish pair’s friendship leads to laughs, state title between the lines | Tennis

Things weren't looking good for Sammamish's Anissa Bryant-Swift and Malia Lum. Sure, they'd won the first set of the district finals against Bainbridge's Grace Porter and Kate Jameson 6-4. But now they were sitting in a big hole in the second set, which they eventually lost. Bryant-Swift, a senior, was down. She felt nervous, uncomfortable. That's when her doubles partner Lum, a junior, threw a few words at her. "I said 'Maria Sharapova is the best because she has the worst memory'," Lum recounted Tuesday. "Even though that was completely cheesy, it was just funny and made her laugh and think about something else."

Anissa Bryant-Swift

Bellevue looks to continue late-season run | State Softball

When Heather Tracy speaks to her Bellevue softball team about playing in the state softball tournament, she preaches from experience. Tracy, in her sixth season as Wolverines head coach, was an assistant at Shorecrest in 2001, when the Highlanders won the 4A state title. So when she tells her players about the need to live the moment, but not let it overwhelm them - well, she has the state ring to back it up.

Newport girls third, Interlake boys second at state golf

The Newport girls golf team finished third in the Class 4A state tournament, held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The Knights scored 78.50 team points, coming up short to Lewis and Clark (80.00) and champion Bellarmine Prep (85.50).

Interlake sweeps districts; area athletes head to state

Interlake swept the boys and girls team titles last Saturday at the West Central 2A district meet at Mount Tahoma High School, as the Saints… Continue reading

Fred Funk hopes to defend his U.S. Senior Open title when the event comes to the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish July 29.

Fred Funk hopes to defend U.S. Senior Open title at Sahalee

Fred Funk remembers his initial thought when he stepped on to the tee box for the first time at Sahalee. Trees. Trees everywhere. There were lots and lots of unavoidable trees. "I really don't think any other golf course has the trees that Sahalee has," Funk said last week. "You almost feel claustrophobic on some of the holes. It's intimidating."

Fred Funk hopes to defend his U.S. Senior Open title when the event comes to the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish July 29.

Bellevue boys win track title | KingCo Track and Field Championship

Bellevue captured the the boys 3A KingCo title with 189 points as the KingCo league meet wrapped up Friday at Eastlake High School. Bellevue topped Liberty, which scored 167 points. Mount Si won the girls title with 177 points.

Bellevue’s Brett Mennella earns All-America honors | Lacrosse

Bellevue's Brett Mennella has been named to the 2010 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America team. Mennella, a senior attacker, leads Bellevue with 43 goals and 16 assists. His 43 goals are fourth in the state.

Bellevue College women’s tennis wins sixth-straight NWAACC championship

BC women's tennis earns sixth-straight NWAACC championship The Bellevue College women's tennis team earned their sixth consecutive NWAACC championship with a nine point victory over second-place Green River, the closest margin in any of BC's titles. Sophomore Vanessa Estes beat Mona Tefesh of Green River 6-3, 6-3 to earn the No.6 singles championship, while Kendra Maeser and Nicole Smith earned the No.2 doubles title. Erica Leong's third place finish in the No.1 singles gave Bellevue enough points to pass Green River in the team title hunt.

Rick Teegarden

Sammamish’s wild ride ends with loss to O’Dea | Baseball

One of the spring's most incredible stories came to a close Tuesday night. In one of the most unlikely postseason runs in recent KingCo history, the Sammamish baseball team finally came back to earth with a 6-1 loss to O'Dea in a winner-to-state game in White Center. The Totems simply ran into a team just a bit hotter than they were in the Irish. O'Dea had scored 54 runs in their previous three games. The loss, however, didn't overshadow what Sammamish had accomplished in the last week. The Totems entered the KingCo tournament as the lowest seed with an overall record of just 3-16. "It was as simple as we had nothing to lose," said second-year Sammamish coach Tim Ahern. "Nobody expected anything from us. A lot of other teams press and they get uncomfortable - for our guys it was easy, we were supposed to lose the first game."

Rick Teegarden

Bellevue grapplers to wrestle in college

Bellevue wrestling coach Tom Ovens announced Tuesday that Jin Hong Park and Erik Ovens will wrestle collegiately next season. Hong Park will attend Johns Hopkins University and will wrestle for the Blue Jays, while Erik Ovens will wrestle for the Orediggers at the Colorado School of Mines.

Golf Fore Red set for July 24 at Newcastle

The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge will host the third annual Golf Fore Red "healthy heart" women's tournament on July 24. The event - an all-volunteer endeavor to promote heart-healthy lifestyles - was the brainchild of Shelley French and Bellevue resident Mary Robinson, who both lost their mothers to heart disease.

All-KingCo 3A soccer teams

2010 All-KingCo TeamsPlayer of the Year: Ryan Herman, Mount SiCoach of the Year: Darren Brown, Mount SiTeam of the Year: SammamishAll-KingCo First TeamMidfielders - Brett… Continue reading

Scratch that off the bucket list | From the Sidelines

Well, scratch that one off the bucket list. Sunday morning I woke up bright and early and made my way down to Juanita Beach State Park, ready and eager to run the Kirkland Half-Marathon. As I've written here the last few months, it's been a challenge to prepare for a 13.1 mile race around the city of Kirkland. Prior to training for this run, I'd never run over five miles before.

Knights capture District 2 title, send five to state tournament | Girl’s Golf

Before the KingCo 4A golf season began, the Newport girls team had one big goal - to snap the four-year long winning streak of the Redmond Mustangs. Instead, the Knights lost a heartbreaker by just one stroke when they hosted Redmond late last month. Wednesday, they got a taste of revenge. Nicole Lomax shot a two-day score of 161 to finish first and help Newport capture the team title at the 4A District 2 Tournament, held at Snohomish Golf Course last night.

Sammamish defender Kittredge Hawkins (16) and Islanders David Yount battle for a ball during the KingCo title game at Mercer Island on Wednesday.

Totems fall to Mercer Island 3-1 in title game | KingCo 3A soccer

Darryl Gonyea was sure about one thing Wednesday night: his Sammamish Totems boys soccer team didn't come ready to play on the most important night of the season. The Totems fell behind Mercer Island early and couldn't right the ship, falling to the Islanders 3-1 in the KingCo 3A Tournament championship game.

Sammamish defender Kittredge Hawkins (16) and Islanders David Yount battle for a ball during the KingCo title game at Mercer Island on Wednesday.

Bellevue-area golfers move on to districts | KingCo 3A/2A golf

Several area golfers will move on to the district tournament after strong showings at the KingCo 3A/2A medalist tournament at Snohomish Golf Course.

Sammamish goes to the brink to beat Bellevue | KingCo 3A soccer tournament

Sammamish's Taylor Backous scored in the 85th minute to send the game to overtime where the Totems eventually beat Bellevue in penalty kicks to score… Continue reading

Bellevue defender James Seely works on Puyallup's Reese Herber in Tuesday's 15-4 win for the Wolverines.

Mennella’s six goals helps Bellevue rout Puyallup 15-4 | Boys Lacrosse

When Brett Mennella broke his leg last year, he missed not only the entire 2009 lacrosse season, but also his shot to impress Division I… Continue reading

Bellevue defender James Seely works on Puyallup's Reese Herber in Tuesday's 15-4 win for the Wolverines.
Ellen Cooksley of Bellevue pocketed $500 for her ninth place finish at AMF's national tournament in Las Vegas.

Ellen Cooksley takes ninth in Vegas national bowling tournament

It'd been a while since Ellen Cooksley had been down to Sin City. Thirty three years had passed since the last time the nearly life-long Bellevue resident had traveled to Las Vegas to see Elvis Presley perform in what would be the final year of his life. So when she finally made the trek again earlier this month, things were a bit different. "Just a few things had changed," Cooksley said with a laugh. Instead of pining to see the King of Rock and Roll, this time she was aiming to be the queen of the lanes. Cooksley, 51, was one of 108 national finalists to make it to Las Vegas for a four-division bowling tournament sponsored by AMF with a grand prize of $50,000.

Ellen Cooksley of Bellevue pocketed $500 for her ninth place finish at AMF's national tournament in Las Vegas.
Sammamish's Mitchell Rock is knocked down by Mercer Island defender Ari Langman during Tuesday's game.

Gray’s stoppage time goal lifts Sammamish over Mercer Island | Boys Soccer

On Monday night, Joshua Gray passed the time by watching highlight goals from Lionel Messi, the dynamic Argentine footballer who makes a living with his sizzling play for Barcelona. Tuesday night, it was Gray who used inspiration from the 22-year-old dynamo to help his Sammamish soccer club to a stunning victory over KingCo 3A/2A's No. 1 team.

Sammamish's Mitchell Rock is knocked down by Mercer Island defender Ari Langman during Tuesday's game.