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.

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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.


• 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.