Bear Creek’s girls cross-country team, from left, Olivia Markezich, Tiffany Cowman, Andrea Markezich, Lucy Caile and Jennifer Buckley (not pictured: Meagan Mulligan). Courtesy of Alice Detwiler

Bear Creek, Overlake athletes shine in league tournaments

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The Bear Creek girls cross-country team took second at the Emerald City League championship meet on Oct. 20. Andrea Markezich won the girls race in 18:54.60 and earned an individual league title. Her twin sister Olivia placed fourth in 19:27.70.

In the boys race, Bear Creek placed fifth, led by Alex Finan in sixth in 17:21.70.

The Grizzly boys golf team took second place at the league championship tournament on Oct. 17. Winner Seattle Academy finished four points ahead of the Grizzlies.

Bear Creek’s John Hayes earned medalist honors and an individual league title with a two-under score of 69. Oliver Nordberg shot a six-over 77 and finished in fourth place, and Jon Campbell and Will Lutz finished 11th and 17th, respectively. Bi-districts are in the spring.


Overlake School junior soccer player Sofia Beachman recently earned WIAA 1A female athlete of the week honors.

She had the game-winning goal and three assists in the Owls’ 6-1 win against Annie Wright on Oct. 10 and had two goals and two assists in the Owls’ 4-0 win over Bellevue Christian on Oct. 12.

Beachman suffered an ACL injury playing soccer in January 2016, had reconstructive surgery and returned to the pitch during last year’s high school season.

The defending 1A state champs were 12-1-1 in the Emerald City League at press time and ranked fourth in the state.

For Overlake boys golf, Trent Gardner, Conrad Im, Rish Rathinam and Justin Pong qualified for the bi-district tournament in the spring.

On the cross-country front, the Owl boys are ranked 10th in the state and are gunning to qualify for the state meet. The boys finished second at the league meet and were led by Spencer Arons (third, 16:53), Zach Foster (fourth, 17:18.80) and Alan Ngouenet (seventh, 17:22.20).

The Owl volleyball squad was 11-1 and ranked 10th in the state at press time. At deadline, the team was two wins away from clinching its second-ever trip to state.

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