Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sammamish Review Covers IYL Leadership Transition

This weeks Sammamish Review profiles Matthew Balkman and Scott Wiley's transition from IYL Founders & Co-Presidents to Emeritus status in this weeks issue.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Warmest Wishes for the Holidays!!

Warmest Wishes for the Holidays from Issaquah Youth Lacrosse!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

IYL and The Greater Eastside Lacrosse League

Directors from the leading Eastside lacrosse programs came together earlier this year and formed the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League (“GELL”).

GELL was formed to provide for greater flexibility in managing the Eastside region's boys youth programs in closer alignment with each other and with the affiliated high school programs in our area. Read MORE HERE for details on GELL’s formation and what it means to IYL and lacrosse in our region.
IYL's Girls youth programs remain affiliated with the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association.

Friday, December 4, 2009

IYL Co-Presidents Matthew Balkman & Scott Wiley Announce Leadership Transition

This week IYL Co-Presidents Matthew Balkman and Scott Wiley announced a transition in IYL leadership in a letter to friends of Issaquah Youth Lacrosse. Stepping into their new role as Co-Presidents Emeritus, Matthew and Scott set the stage for IYL's continued growth -

In their words [partial excerpt]:

When we assembled a group of a dozen middle-school boys for their first Lacrosse clinic six years ago, we had no idea how or even if Lacrosse could take root and grow in Issaquah. It wasn't until the next clinic – a couple of months later -- when nearly 100 kids attended that we knew Lacrosse was destined to be the next great thing in youth sports.

Issaquah Youth Lacrosse was born in 2004 to foster the growth and development of our youth through the fun and fellowship of a great team sport. IYL as an organization has experienced steady and exponential growth, we have had many IYL players go on to compete in HS State Championships, some go on to play at the collegiate level, and the overall awareness and love of the game expand tremendously in our community. It has been very exciting!

Now, as we look forward to our sixth full season having served nearly a thousand boys and girls, and grown a program which now feeds four boys HS programs (Liberty and Mt Si in ’10) and one girls HS program, it's time to turn to the next chapter for IYL.

With our registrations on track to deliver the largest group of participants ever in our Spring 2010 season and with a strong transitional leadership team in place, IYL will surely continue to be the leading youth Lacrosse program in the state. And with the vision and energy that the new leadership is bringing to their work, we expect IYL to go places we could never have dreamed of back in 2004 with those dozen 8th graders awkwardly picking up Lacrosse sticks for the first time.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement over these six wonderful years!

You can read the Full Letter on the IYL website. You can join in with our IYL Lacrosse family in thanking Matthew and Scott for everything they have done to make Issaquah Youth Lacrosse one of the most successful youth LAX programs in the western US.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Issaquah Highlands Central Park Turf Fields Nearing Completion!!

Great news for local laxers as the 2 new turf fields on Central Park Pad #3 in the Highlands near completion. This Spring Issaquah Youth Lacrosse will hold it's first regular season game on turf in the City of Issaquah!

In our 2009 season, IYL teams had an estimated 100+ games and practices impacted by grass field closures due to weather related field conditions. The addition of these new turf fields will really help mitigate what has been a huge annual headache for the IYL field operations team.

Next time you are passing through the Highlands take a quick detour and check them out!

The IYL Spirit Gear Store is Open!

The IYL Store is your place to preview and order Spirit Gear, Lacrosse Basics and Seasonal Gifts. All Spirit Gear items are currently available only on a pre-order/pre-pay basis as part of our member's seasonal group orders. Equipment items are generally in stock or offered in conjunction with our preferred community LAX retailers.

2010 Season Spirit Gear Pre-Order Dates:

2009 Holiday Orders - Cut-off for Spirit Gear orders w Holiday Delivery: Nov 30th, 2009
**Items available for p/u on weekend of Dec 19th/20th @ Location TBD.

2010 Regular Season Orders - Cut-off for Spirit Gear orders w Regular Season Delivery: Feb 5th, 2010.
**Items available for p/u at our first regular season games on Mar 6th, 2010.

Monday, November 16, 2009

IYL 2010 Spring Registration is Now Live!!!

Spring Registration is Open Now!

If you are ready for another great season playing the Fastest Game on Two Feet, it is time to reserve your spot on the 2010 league roster. IYL registration is a "First In/First On" model with returning players having priority until December 1st, 2009. If you are a returning player you need to beat the 12/1/2009 priority cutoff date to guarantee your spot on the field!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

2009 Space Needle Shootout LAX Tournament

IYL will have two Peak (select) teams entered in the Space Needle Shootout lacrosse tournament being held this December 4th – 6th at the Starfire Sports in Tukwila.

The teams are "U12" (12 years old or younger on December 4) and "U14" (14 years old or younger on December 4). Most 5 & 6th graders are U12, as are some 7th graders. The U14 bracket includes most IYL 8th graders and some 7th graders.

Coaching the U12 team will be Scott Johnston, Adam Kurtenbach and Gregg Harris
Coaching the U14 team will be Mark Greenhall, Jordan Bayly and Eric Bean

The teams will be selected by the coaches based on the following criteria:

1. Age qualifications
2. Commitment to attend all practices and games, if selected (see schedule below)
3. Positional mix
4. Skill and teamwork exhibited at clinics 11/21, 11/23 and 11/27
5. Skill and teamwork exhibited in Spring 2009 season and/or IYL Post-season "Peak" play

Cost: $50 to cover the cost of practice field rental and tournament fees

Number of players: 18-19 per team.
Interested? Check out the Tournament information page for the full skinny!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Critical Public Hearing on Beaver Lake Park Master Plan

The City of Sammamish is holding the 4th public hearing on the Beaver Lake Park Master Plan this Wednesday, 4 November. This is a critical meeting for our efforts to secure all-weather turf fields with field lighting. The last three public meetings have been dominated by the immediate neighbors who oppose fields and lights - we need the Sammamish & Issaquah youth sports community to turn out in force this Thursday and speak up for these critically needed field improvements!

On this Wednesday's agenda will be a presentation of the preferred Master Plan to seek public input. We need to have as many parents and community supports of youth athletics present and in seats as possible to balance the input given to the City Council member, Parks Commission members and City staff who will be present.

The public meeting on Thursday will be held at the Sammamish City Hall, Council Chambers, 801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, 98075 and runs from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Your participation is critical!! You can learn more on the Sammamish BLP Master Plan web page. Please take the time to attend and speak up for your child's future!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

IYL Fall Clinics Set for November 21st, 23rd and 27th!

The IYL Fall Clinics for 5th - 8th grade Boys are live on the calendar! If you are interested in improving your skills and getting back into playing form make sure one or more of the Fall Clinics are on your calendar. Need more motivation? Want more LAX? Two IYL select teams will be drawn from those players attending at least 2 of the Fall Clinics to play in the Space Needle Shoot-out Tournament this December! More info on this tourney below.

The Fall Clinics are FREE and they are for new and returning players. The first Clinic will be held on Saturday, 21 November at Skyline Community Fields, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. The additional Clinics will be held on Monday, 23rd November and Friday, 27 November - both additional clinics will end by 9:00 PM. If you have friends who are interested in trying Lacrosse before the regular Spring season begins This Is The Time!

Space Needle Shoot-out Tournament runs 4-6 December at the Starfire complex in Tukwila. The tournament team practices will be held the week of 30th November. IYL expects to field two competitive teams for this tournament drawing from IYL's best - one 12 years old and under, and one 14 and under. There will be a fee of approximately $50 to cover the tourney entry fees and practice field rental costs.

If you are interested in more information about the Space Needle Shoot-out and our selection process, please eMail Coach Bean at coach@thebeans.com. Be sure to include your Birthday (day/month/year) in your eMail.

Late Night LAX with Coach Greenhall

Late Night LAX with Coaching Director Mark Greenhall is coming this week to Robinswood Park in Bellevue!! LNL is Thursday, 5th November, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

This is a Free "all-comers" fun-filled boys clinic with skill drills and games for all Juniors (5/6 Grade) and Seniors (7/8 Grade) players of all experience levels. If you have a friend who is interested in Lacrosse but has not played before - bring him along! If you bring a friend who is new to IYL, both of you will be entered into a drawing for cool LAX stuff!

Cost is $0 - free! But you will need to bring your signed (by both parent & athlete) Concussion Awareness Form to play. Remember to dress appropriately and bring all your gear & water.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stealth Laxer Ben Hunt at Breakaway Sports Bellevue this Saturday!

Washington Stealth star Ben Hunt will be meeting players and signing autographs at Breakaway's Bellevue store this Saturday, 24th from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Stop by to meet one of your local stars and talk lax!
Ben is an '09 grad of Univ of North Carolina where he had an outstanding career for the Tar Heels and is now entering his 4th year as a professional player.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stealth Laxers Kyle Hartzell and Chris O'Dougherty @ Breakaway Saturday

Washington Stealth Players Kyle Hartzell and Chris O'Dougherty will be at Breakaway Sports this Saturday, 17th October signing autographs and modeling Stealth apparel. Come in and meet two of the exciting young players on your Pro team!

IYL, Skyline, Issaquah, Mt Si and Liberty players - remember this is IYL Discount Weekend. Be sure to get in and take advantage of a whopping 25% discount this Fri, Sat & Sun!!!!!

IYL, Skyline and Issaquah Players 25% Discount Weekend @ Breakaway!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (16th - 18th, October) are the big 25% IYL Discount Weekend Days at Breakaway Sports. If you need to upgrade or replace aging gear for the coming regular season this is the time to do it!! This special discount is for all IYL, Skyline, and Issaquah players. Mt. Si and Liberty players can also take advantage of this special offer - just make sure you mention your IYL affiliation.
Also - a reminder about the IYL Equipment Exchange - if you are retiring gear that is still playable be sure to list it on the IYL Exchange and help younger players get in the game!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Free Concussion & Sports Injury Lecture

On Saturday, October 3rd at 3:00 PM Dr. Thomas Jinguji of Seattle Children's Hospital Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team will be speaking about everything you need to know as a parent about heads and sports injuries. This free talk is being presented by the Sammamish Club in Issaquah and is FREE.

This is information you need to know and a great opportunity to meet with one of our regions experts on sports medicine. Did I say it is FREE!

Check out the Event Flyer for registration information and more details on the topics to be covered.
You can also call Dawn @ the Sammamish Club for more info: (425) 313-3131.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

LAX Alert: Beaver Lake Park Master Plan Public Meeting #3

The City of Sammamish is holding the 3rd public hearing on the Beaver Lake Park Master Plan this Thursday, 3rd September. This is a critical meeting for our efforts to secure all-weather turf fields with field lighting. The last two public meetings have been dominated by the immediate neighbors who oppose fields and lights - we need the Sammamish & Issaquah youth sports community to turn out in force this Thursday and speak up for these critically needed field improvements!

On this Thursday's agenda will be a presentation from the Master Plan Consultants on:

  • 1. Sports Field Lighting

  • 2. Synthetic Turf Considerations

  • 3. Field Booking Capacity and Statistics

  • 4. Shoreline/Beach Considerations
The public meeting on Thursday will be held at the Beaver Lake Lodge in Beaver Lake Park and starts at 6:30 PM.

Your participation is critical!! You can learn more on the Sammamish BLP Master Plan web page. Please take the time to attend and speak up for your child's future!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The IYL Equipment Exchange is Now Live!!!

Gear bag overflowing? Now is the time to sort through all the LAX gear that has been piling up in the garage and start planning for the 2010 regular season. Chances are you have items that your player has outgrown or is planning to upgrade that are still in great condition. Here is a "recycling" solution that can benefit our local Lacrosse community and make it easier for more kids to get into the game: The IYL Exchange is now live!

You can now list all that great gear and get it back on the field with the next generation of local Laxers while collecting a few dollars to apply on your players new gear. Your listing is free on the IYL Exchange and the exchange is between you and the hopeful new owner. IYL does not take a fee of any kind. We all recognize the costs that are part of raising active multi-sport kids in today's challenging economic times and the Exchange is all about our helping each other and our sporting community.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Registration for Fall 2009 Lacrosse is Live!!!

Registration for Fall 2009 Instructional League is now live on your Issaquah Youth Lacrosse homepage!! If you are a new player with less than one year experience and would like to have fun while learning more about Lacrosse then Fall ball is for you. If you have less than one year experience and would like to gain LAX experience before the Spring 2010 regular season this is your ticket.

Click over to the IYL homepage and check into Fall Lacrosse!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Action Requested for 2 All-Weather Turf Fields @ Eastgate

The City of Bellevue is now at a key point in their planning process for the Eastgate Area Properties and your input over the next few weeks can make a difference in the adoption of a 2-field or 1-field design for this important new park. There is a critical need for new all-weather turf fields for youth sports in our area and the planning efforts currently underway for the Bellevue Eastgate Properties, along with Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish, are two immediate opportunities to add field capacity.

Your input is important and makes a difference!! We need your support for Alternative A which provides for two all-weather turf fields.

You can learn more about the Eastgate Area Property by reviewing the Master Plan presentation given at the July 23rd Community Meeting and also be visiting the Park Planning website.

The City of Bellevue is taking additional public comment over the next 6 weeks and you do not have to be a Bellevue resident to speak up and make a difference for youth lacrosse. The message is simple:

  • Participation in youth sports programs is exploding regionally - especially Lacrosse!

  • Lacrosse season begins in February and is played in all weather conditions.

  • All-weather turf fields with lights are critically needed to meet growing demand.

  • Bellevue, Issaquah and Sammamish LAX programs are all part of the WA youth lacrosse East Region - and the teams play each other regularly.

  • Issaquah Youth Lacrosse is an active user of Robinswood and another Bellevue City Park like Robinswood would benefit both Bellevue residents and the larger regional sporting community.

YOU can send your comments to Pam Fehrman with the City of Bellevue. Indicate your support for Alternative A!

Make a difference!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Focus on Concussions in Youth Sports - The "Lystedt Law"

On July 26th, 2009 Washington State House Bill 1824also known as the Zackery Lystedt Law – went into effect. As a result youth sports organizations state-wide are focusing attention and educational resources on the risk of head injuries. This law directly affects Issaquah Youth Lacrosse, IYL head injury policies and our 2010 player registration processes.

All Washington lacrosse clubs and associations must now follow all steps outlined below to ensure they are compliant with the law. The two requirements that directly affect registration processes include:

1. Annually require all players and the parent(s)/guardian(s) of those players to sign and return an informed consent form relating to the nature and risk of concussion or head injury. This information sheet shall include the signs and symptoms of concussion/brain injury and will be provided at the time of registration.

2. Ensuring that all coaches (paid or volunteer) are educated in the nature and risk of concussion or head injury prior to the first practice/competition. This education shall include signs and symptoms of concussion/brain injury. Resources for this education are available in both English and Spanish in the Documents section on this site.

As an IYL parent or athlete, the information on head injuries we are providing on the IYL website [IYL>Documents] is important to review and understand. The new registration procedures are in effect for our 2010 season and are an important part of this effort. The risks of concussion or other brain injury have not suddenly increased but youth sports organizations, medical professionals and government policy-makers are making brain injury awareness and education a top priority for good reason. As parents we invest a lot into our young athletes and as athletes we invest a lot into our sports - knowing the symptoms of sports and recreation related brain injury is an important part of that investment.So dedicate 10 minutes to reviewing the Parents and Athletes Concussion Fact-sheets, print them out and tape on the fridge....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hydration - Critical to Athletes Health

Summer is in full swing and so are your players. Summer should be full of open gym practices, tournament teams, and camps, but not emergency room trips for dehydration. Remember that in any given practice or game your players will loose between 4-8 pounds of sweat that will drain their bodies of vital fluids, nutrients, and energy. To maximize your players' performance, injury prevention, and health in the hot summer games and practices; remember to talk with them about hydration and best practices.

General guidelines for how much athletes should be drinking:

  • Drink 12-20 oz 2-3 hours before exercise.

  • During exercise, drink 6-12 oz every 15-20 minutes.

  • After exercise, drink 24 oz of fluid for every lb. of weight lost through sweat (this can be measured by weighing themselves before and after practice)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer Laxin at the Overlake Summer League

Regular season rivals Skyline HS and Issaquah HS met this evening at the Overlake Summer League games for some third-season lacrosse. The Overlake match-ups draw players from rising Freshmen to Seniors and provide an opportunity to keep skills sharp and for rising Freshmen, a chance to see what the next regular season holds in store.

No scores are kept; everyone wins...

Issy City Council Approves Second Turf Field @ Central Park

Great news for local sports organizations from the Issaquah City Council last evening - the Council approved the addition of a second all-weather turf field to Central Park Pad 3! Now two new turf fields with lights will come on line in early 2010 - perhaps in time for this coming season's play.

It took a lot of work to make this happen and no small part of the thanks goes to local community members who took the time to write the Council and attend meetings - BUT - our community owes a big thank you to the dedicated leadership of the Issaquah Soccer Club whose board members were very active in this effort and also donated $100,000 to support the construction of the second field.

You can read more about the Central Park fields in this weeks edition of the Issaquah Press - check it out!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Action Requested for 2 All-Weather Turf Fields @ Highlands!

Immediate action requested for 2 All-Weather Turf fields in the Highlands.

Lacrosse is an all-weather sport!

Please Send an Email to the Issaquah City Council encouraging them to move forward with the 2nd turf field.

Detail of the situation are below, but here is the short story:

• Bids are in and they are ready to award Contracts!

• They are short approximately $166,000 for the 2nd field.

• They will be asking for the council to approve using monies from the Park Bond to make up the short fall. This is NOT the general fund. It is Park Bond money already set aside for parks

• Money for the 2nd Turf field comes from Grants and Donations, Including the Issaquah Soccer Club Pledge of $100,000 which will be presented on Monday night to council.

The Time is NOW, the opportunity is GREAT! Act Now!

City Council Meeting
Monday, July 20th at 7:30 p.m.
City Hall South Council Chambers (building across the street from the Police Station)

Located at 135 E. Sunset Way

More Info on this:

• Park Bond passed in 2005

• City Council Approved setting aside monies for the development of All Weather Sports Fields on Central Park Pad 3

• The original budgeting and planning came up with One artificial Turf Field and the ground work set for the second using Grants and donations

• The City Planned and put out to bid one artificial turf field with alternate pricing on the second field

• Bids were received and came in lower than expected putting us only $166,000 from a second Turf Field!!!

Mondays council meeting will be a chance for use to persuade the council into using additional monies for the 2005 Park Bond to cover this shortfallWe are so close to having 2 new fields in the city, and they are lighted turf that we can use year round! It is likely that prices will rise and the grant monies go away if we do not get this done NOW

You do not need to be a Issaquah resident to send this e-mail!!! The Issaquah School District has citizens involved in sports using fields in surrounding areas, these fields affect us all!

Please use this link Issaquah City Council and email the council now to let them know you support these fields.Pass this message onto your neighbors, Friends and fellow sports fanatics!

Your voice counts!! Thank you for your continued support of Issaquah & Sammamish Youth Sports!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Issy Reporter Covers IYL-WA Stealth Rabil Shooting Clinic

LAX super-star Paul Rabil autographs Josh Bean's Washington Stealth shirt sleeve during the Rabil shooting clinic hosted by Issaquah Youth Lacrosse this last Monday.

Issaquah Reporter editor Kevin Endejan covered the story - be sure to check out this week's edition on the stands now.

Prefer to click4news? Check out Endejan's coverage in the Reporter Online!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Washington U-15 Team Makes a Statement in Baltimore

"Has there ever been a more far-flug match-up of lacrosse All-Stars than in this US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship?" asks Lacrosse Magazine official blogger Matt DaSilva as he watched Washington's (The State!) U-15 team defeat Florida's Creeks Lacrosse all-stars 8-5.

By the end of the U-15 National Championship match most observers would agree - Team Washington came to play and proved that there is great lacrosse all over the country. Our U-15 entry had 3 Issy/Samm laxers on the squad - Goalie Brady Hahn, Defenseman Phoenix Abernathy and Midfielder Max Saffle. Together, with their WA teammates they powered through the pool play to be one of only two teams from west of the Appalachians to make the Championship bracket. Seeding then handed our team a challenge in the form of the #1 seeded team from Baltimore and the #2 seeded team from Virginia - while they lost to both top seeds they won the recognition of many that Washington state is the lax leader on the Left Coast.

Congratulations to all the players and coaches of Team Washington!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Paul Rabil Shooting Clinic

Paul Rabil drew a big crowd of laxers at Sammamish Community Field this evening and they were treated to a great evening with one of professional lacrosse's rising super-stars. Fans & players of all ages turned out to get a primer on shooting and a shot at Rabil autographs. The summary quote of everyone interviewed by the IYL webguy: Awesome!!

It has not taken long for the Washington Stealth professional lacrosse team to begin making a big impact on the Northwest lacrosse community and establishing themselves as a positive force supporting the nation's fastest growing sport in our region.

If you missed Paul Rabil @ Skyline you can catch him and his teammates in action at Comcast Arena in the upcomming NLL 2010 season. Check it out @ WA Stealth website!!

IYL Regular Season Photo Gallery is Live

The first sets of IYL regular season photography are now live on the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse Gallery. New photographs will be added to the gallery over the coming weeks. Check it out and check back!

All profits from the sale of PrintRoom products will go to support Issaquah Youth Lacrosse!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Battle of Bothell PrintRoom Gallery is Live

The IYL media team is digging out from a busy season and now has the Battle of Bothell 2009 Gallery live on Printroom. You can browse game action photos and order prints, photo products and file downloads.

All profits from the sale of PrintRoom products will go to support Issaquah Youth Lacrosse!
Check it out!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter Features the Sammamish Shoot-Out

Check out the great Sammamish Shoot-Out coverage by Reporter editor Kevin Endejan in this week's Issy-Samm Reporter! Catch ILC "Sonic" team member Jake Fritz going airborne and catching nothing but net on the Sonic's way to winning the boy's Grand Championship at this year's Shoot-Out.

Can't wait to get your copy? Click through to the Reporter's online edition for a quick preview before racing out to grab your own print edition suitable for framing.....

Netting the News - Issy Press Reporter Chris Huber

Issaquah Youth Lacrosse has received a lot of press this season. This has a lot to do with the incredible growth of the sport in the Northwest and especially in your IYL organization. It also has a lot to do with great reporting by local writers such as Kevin Endejan (Issy & Samm Reporter) and Christopher Huber ( Issy Press & Samm Review).

Your IYL webguy thought it would be interesting to interview the interviewers and take a peek behind the curtain and see what these journalists think about the explosion of LAX in their community and how they approach covering it.

I first caught up with Issy Press' Chris Huber at the Sammamish Shoot-Out where he was covering the Summers hottest cool LAX event - Chris was working the Boys HS Grand Championship match between the ILC's upperclassmen entry, the Issy2010, and underclassmen Sonic team. Check out the shot of Chris capturing the photo that became the lead image in Issaquah Press coverage alongside the featured shot (Photo courtesy of the Issaquah Press).

Chris has inked a lot of the local coverage of youth lacrosse this season and I asked him about increasing attention Issy Press is giving our favorite sport. Chris' response tells the story - "As a young sports reporter and photographer, I had not thought much about covering youth lacrosse as one of the mainstream sports, like football, baseball or track, but after making some connections within the local youth leagues, I began to appreciate the competitiveness, commitment and organization of lacrosse. " He goes on to comment on the explosive growth of lacrosse in the region - "As football and the other major school-sanctioned sports are something we've always covered and are such an integral part of the community, lacrosse quickly became one of the sports I payed more attention to, due to its increasing popularity here."

When asked about shooting lacrosse he responded, "As I learned more about the sport that helped me develop an eye for the action. I still have a tough time shooting lacrosse, partly because the IYL has reliable, more lacrosse-savvy photographers who provide the Review and Press with great images, and partly because it takes a lot of shooting to get good at such a fast-paced sport." Chris goes on to say "That's the fun of it, it poses a challenge that all sports photographers need and seek out: how to anticipate the next move, the decisive moment. Once I know lacrosse like football, I think it will be just as fun to shoot and report on."

Chris Huber concludes, " It's definitely a sport I and the papers I work for like to cover."

Music to our ears Chris!!!

You can see more of Christopher Huber's work on his personal website - check it out!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Issaquah Youth Lacrosse is hosting a **free** Washington Stealth Shooting Clinic featuring LAX super-star Paul Rabil with Stealth Transition stand-out Jason Bloom on Monday, 13th July at the Skyline Community Fields!

Paul Rabil Shooting Clinic

Monday, 13th July - 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Skyline Community Fields, Sammamish

Clinic Agenda: Rabil on shooting, shooting clinic, and autograph session
Bring: Stick, gloves, helmet and something you would like autographed

Who is Paul Rabil?

2010 USA National Team Top 40
2009 NLL All-Rookie Team
2008 NLL Entry Draft #2 overall selection
2008 MLL Collegiate Draft #1 overall selection
2008 and 2009 MLL All-Star
2008 John's Hopkins University Team Captain
2007 NCAA Midfielder of the Year
2006, 2007 and 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist
Four Time NCAA All American
Two Time NCAA National Champion
John's Hopkins University All-Time leader in goals, assists and points as Midfielder

Do not miss this opportunity to meet and learn from one of the rising super-stars of lacrosse!

This is also a great opportunity to welcome the Stealth to Washington, meet some of the Stealth organization management and the newest Stealth member - Jason Bloom, former Boston Blazer stand-out.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sammamish Shoot-Out 2009 Featured in Issaquah Press

The 2009 edition of Summer's hottest cool event - the Sammamish Shoot-Out - is featured in a great article by reporter Christopher Huber in this weeks Issaquah Press and the Sammamish Review. Turn off the tube, run out, and get your copy - check out what SSO Grand Champion Sonics team member Tyler Lucas has to say about Jake Fritz' around-the-world shot and what it takes to win it all at the SSO!

Prefer to click for your news? Check out the Issaquah Press online edition!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Issy Press Online Features Battle of Bothell Web Gallery

Issaquah Press online is featuring a great Battle of Bothell 2009 web gallery -
Check it out!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter Covers IYL @ Battle of Bothell

Grab a copy of this week's edition of your Sammamish-Issaquah Reporters and check out IYL 5/6 BoB champion Flames attackman Charlie Kurtenbach firing a scoring goal on Lincoln!

If you like to click for your IYL news check out Issy-Samm Reporters online edition and enjoy Flames attackman Cody Klansnic ripping a scoring shot on goal.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bothell Bloopers

The lighter side of lacrosse - images from the Battle of Bothell 2009 from photographers Charles Mauzy and Dave Block....

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Issaquah Teams Featured in Issaquah Press & Sammamish Review!

The Flames, 2009 Battle of Bothell 5/6 Champions and ILC Purple, the silver winner in the high school division are front page Sports in this weeks Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review.

Not a subscriber? Drop what you are doing and go get your copy now! Check out Nate Bean blasting past Harry Potter & Professor Snape, Jordan Greenhall ripping up the turf and the net, and Sam Britt being used as a human lightning rod....
Really prefer to click4news?- then check out the Issaquah Press Online sports edition and the Sammamish Review Online edition now...

The Flames Claim Gold in Battle of Bothell 5/6 Championship Match

IYL's Silver 5/6 team - The Flames - torched the competition in Bothell this weekend winning 5 games to get into the Championship final and then took a 7-3 victory over a tough Beaverton Select team to claim the gold.

The Flame scored 58 goals while only allowing 15 against over the 6 Battle of Bothell games. The path to gold included three pool wins: Flames 15, Northshore 3; Flames 13, Puyallup 1; Flames 8, Lincoln (OR) 3. Their playoff record: Quarter-final - Flames 7, Maple Valley 2; Semi-final - Flames 8, Sherwood (OR) 3; and the championship match - Flames 7, Beaverton (OR) 3.

The championship game scoring leader was Tyler Johnston with 3 goals, 2 assists and 2 ground balls. Standout attackman Jordan Greenhall had 1 goal, 2 assists and 4 ground balls. Other key match players - McKay Berndt with 2 goals, 2 ground balls and Charlie Kurtenbach with 1 goal. Stats aside this was a team win with great contributions across the roster but come the games final whistle it was goalie Sam Britt who was hoisted into the air by his teammates - Sam and his defense throttled some of the top scoring 5/6 teams at the Battle.

Congratulations to our Battle of Bothell champions...and The Flames organization....

The Stealth Professional Indoor LAX Team Comes to WA

Great news for Washington lacrosse fans! The Stealth professional lacrosse team is coming to Washington and will play at the Comcast Arena in Everett. The Stealth are moving from San Jose, California where they have played the past 6 seasons and reached the NLL playoffs in the last 3 seasons.

The Stealth feature some of the top athletes in the sport including All-Star Captain Colin Doyle, who led the NLL with 111 points in 2009; Rookie of the Year Rhys Duch, who set a new rookie scoring record with 89 points, two-time All-Star Jeff Zywicki and Paul Rabil, the former John Hopkins University standout.

Season ticket reservations are available now on the Stealth website - check it out! All NLL games are on the weekends and Everett is only a 30 minute cruise from the eastside...