The Bellevue School Board this week approved an $860,000 project to construct a softball field and improve the baseball field at Bellevue High School. The new field, which will...

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The Bellevue School Board this week approved an $860,000 project to construct a softball field and improve the baseball field at Bellevue High School.

The new field, which will be carved out of what is now a wooded slope between the baseball field and Wolverine Way on the Northwest end of campus, is expected to be ready by mid-spring of 2006. Construction is scheduled to start this summer, according to Bellevue athletic director Chris Hoffman.

Hoffman said Bellevue has never had an on-campus softball field. The Wolverines play home games at Hidden Valley Sports Park, nearly 2 miles from the high school. The past two seasons, they have walked to the fields at nearby Surrey Downs for practice.

Workers will slice about 40 feet from what is now left field of the baseball diamond, level the slope behind the baseball field with fill, and build a 13-foot retaining wall between the two fields. Batting cages for the softball field and new fences for the baseball field also are planned.

The new field will have a dirt infield and grass outfield.


Enumclaw wrestling team

keeps SPSL North streak alive


KENT — Enumclaw won its 49th consecutive dual wrestling meet against South Puget Sound League North Division opponents with a 40-27 victory at Kentlake last night.

Coach Lee Reichert’s Hornets are pursuing their seventh straight unbeaten season after going 8-0 against SPSL North teams last season. Enumclaw wrestles tonight at Kentwood.

Notes


• Bellevue still is looking for a softball coach after the resignation of Bruce Zimmer last summer. Zimmer coached the Wolverines for two seasons, guiding them to a 23-25 overall record, including a 13-11 mark last season.

• The Bellevue boys basketball team has postponed its first two KingCo 3A Conference games — originally scheduled for this week — to allow players who participated in football to become eligible. The Wolverines (0-2) will make up Tuesday’s scheduled game with Newport on Jan. 19, and move tonight’s game at Sammamish to Jan. 31.

Patrick Scott, a graduate of Northwest School in Seattle, is a starting junior defender on the UC-Santa Barbara soccer team (20-2-1) that faces Duke (18-5) tomorrow in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in Carson, Calif. Maryland (18-5-1) plays Indiana (17-4-1) in the other semifinal.

Growing up in Wallingford, Scott played club soccer for Emerald City Football Club (ECFC).

Scott is an all-conference selection for the top-ranked Gauchos. Although his main responsibility is defense, he scored the winning goal in UCSB’s 2-1 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the second round of the tournament.

• De La Salle of Concord, Calif., won its 13th consecutive sectional football title last week, 41-0 over Amador Valley of Pleasanton, Calif., in the North Coast Section 4A East Bay championship game.

The Spartans started the season 1-3-1, including a season-opening 39-20 loss to Bellevue at Qwest Field that snapped their record 151-game win streak. But they won seven of their final eight games to post an 8-3-2 overall record.

Seattle Times staff reporter Craig Smith

contributed to this notebook.