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Boasting a perfect 6-0 record, the Juanita Lady Rebels high school summer league team won the prestigious “End Of The Trail” tournament in Oregon City, Ore., over the weekend of June 20-22.
The accolades just keep rolling in for Juanita senior Tyler Bjork. Already recognized as the KingCo 4A player of the year after leading the Rebels boys soccer team to a league championship and a state tournament appearance this spring, Bjork was last week named to the class 4A all-state first team. The team was selected by a vote of statewide media and coordinated by the Tri-City Herald.
A new era in Juanita High School basketball began last week when the school hired Jeff Patrick as its head boys basketball coach.
I’ve seen enough baseball in my lifetime to know what it’s all about. Or so I thought.
You might have missed the memo, but Kirkland is home to a world champion. Track cyclist Jennie Reed can now say something not many can: She is the best in the world at her sport. Reed grew up with her family in Kirkland and attended Issaquah High School. She got into competitive biking when she was 16 on the urging of her sister and father. Now, 14 years later, she’s finally reached the pinnacle of track cycling. Reed won her first world championship in Keirin on March 30 at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, England. Keirin is a 2,000-meter sprint on a wooden track, contested among six to nine riders.
Like so many Little Leaguers, Jim Murphy chased big-league dreams on his trips around the bases as a kid. Now through college, Murphy’s still running. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Murphy, a former Juanita High School star who went on to play at Washington State University, in the 17th round of the first-year player draft on June 6.
A listing of recreational activities and events happening in Kirkland.
Cathrine Kraayeveld’s basketball career boils down to an opportunity. Or, more specifically, making the most of that opportunity. The Lake Washington High School alum (Class of 2000) has gone from leading the Kangs through state tournaments to becoming a leader of the WNBA’s New York Liberty -- and she’s cherishing every moment.
If making it to the 4A state tennis tournament wasn’t motivation enough, Juanita junior James Russell only need look at his bracket for reason to stay sharp between the end of the high school boys tennis season last fall and the start of the tournament in May. If everything fell just right, the Juanita junior was in line to match up with an old nemesis, Puyallup’s Scott Sullivan.
Standout performances, state runs and successful seasons -- especially at Juanita -- marked the spring season in Kirkland. Whether it was Lake Washington’s Chris Viltz putting up ridiculous numbers at the plate or Juanita’s Robby Ryan doing the same from the mound, it was a good year for Kirkland baseball. Both teams finished near the top of the league and are stocked with young talent.
Juanita senior Brianna “Breezy” Rinehart-Young, a KingCo 4A second team selection, has committed to play basketball next year at George Fox College in Oregon.
Lake Washington senior Amanda Juarez has committed to play basketball at Division III Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. The 5-foot-6-inch senior guard was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points per game last season, including a season-high 20 against Eastlake on Dec. 4. Juarez, who played in every game, opened the season scoring in double figures in 12 of the first 13 contests for the Kangs, who finished the season 5-9 and 11-11 overall. Juarez was also a top tennis player with the Kangs this season.
Top King County athletes for 2008 spring sports.
Zeke Bambolo has resigned as head basketball coach of Juanita High School.
Matt Hanson had a modest goal entering the track season: simply stay healthy.
At a family reunion in Arizona more than a decade ago, a then 6-year-old Coco Bator noticed a bunch of family members just hitting the tennis ball around. She decided to pick up a racket and just try hitting a couple.
With an inexperienced group of golfers, the Lake Washington girls golf team could use a seasoned coach to lead it to success.