Arts calendar

December 15, 2008

DECEMBER

17th

Comedian David Crowe performs at Comedy Night, 8 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. 

18th

The Jam Dawgs jam session is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Intermediate to advanced musicians are invited to join the band on stage. Bring your own instrument. Call 391-1424. Read more

Issaquah, Skyline renew gymnastics rivalry in 4A

December 15, 2008

Eagles field seven of the top 10 gymnasts

Dani Cogswell, of Skyline, dismounts with a twist from the balance beam, winning the event with a score of 9.45. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Dani Cogswell, of Skyline, dismounts with a twist from the balance beam, winning the event with a score of 9.45. Photo by Greg Farrar.

The Skyline Spartans and Issaquah High School Eagles gymnastics teams met Dec. 11 at Skyline High School as new KingCo 4A opponents. The Eagles beat the Spartans 167.05-151.9.

The meet was Issaquah’s first of the season, and served as a reasonable gauge of how tough KingCo competition will be this winter, said Issaquah head coach Ryan Fleisher.
Despite the loss, Skyline head coach Debbie Gliner was happy with the results.“We had our best meet in two years. We made some really great strides,” she said. “It would have been nice to win, but we had a really nice meet for us.”

Gliner had good reason to be happy about Skyline’s performance.

Dani Cogswell took first place in the vault, bars and beam and was the meet’s all-around top finisher. But it wasn’t enough to come out on top.

The Lady Eagles had more gymnasts score higher in each event. And seven of the top 10 gymnasts at the meet were from Issaquah, which is to equal or best last year’s third-place finish at the state Class 3A championship meet.

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Lady Spartans fall 58-37 to plateau counterpart Wolves

December 15, 2008

Coming into the Dec. 12 game against Eastlake, the Skyline girls basketball team knew it had to contain key shooters and be strong down low on defense.

Lindsey Perry, Skyline senior guard, puts up two points in the second quarter as Eastlake senior guard Jena Boyle defends. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Lindsey Perry, Skyline senior guard, puts up two points in the second quarter as Eastlake senior guard Jena Boyle defends. Photo by Greg Farrar.

That’s not quite how it played out for the Lady Spartans, as Eastlake produced late points from unexpected sources and found open lanes a little too often underneath the hoop. 

Eastlake beat Skyline 58-37 at the Wolves’ home gym. 

“The girls just went out and executed really nicely,” said Eastlake head coach Scott Sartorius. 

Senior point guard Laura Bachman was one of the unexpected sources of points late in the game.

Although she wasn’t the leading scorer, with 12 points, she hit four 3-pointers when it counted in the second half to help Eastlake pull out the win. 

The teams duked it out fairly evenly all game, as the score remained no more than five or six points apart throughout, said Skyline coach Greg Bruns. Skyline opened up down low and gave Eastlake’s Ellie Martinez ample scoring opportunities, especially in the fourth quarter, Bruns said. She finished the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds. 

“It was close the whole way and we felt we were still in it,” Bruns said.

Martinez also shot seven for eight free throws, which is much higher than her historic 50 percent shooting from the line, Sartorius said. Read more

Eagles win third straight at hoops challenge

December 15, 2008

To pick up a victory, the Issaquah High School girls basketball team first had to pick up the pace.

The Eagles did both Dec. 13 at the Les Schwab Hoops Challenge and, as a result, picked up some early-season momentum. Read more

Q&A

December 15, 2008

Steve Gervais

Steve Gervais

Steve Gervais

Former Skyline High School football head coach Steve Gervais was one of the numerous University of Washington assistant coaches let go when new football coach Steve Sarkisian took over earlier this month. 

Gervais was hired in spring to work with then-head coach Tyrone Willingham as the running back coach after 31 years coaching at the high school level. Read more

Liberty baseball player signs with Washington Huskies

December 15, 2008

Eric Peterson is safe at second with an RBI double during a baseball game in March, as Hazen shortstop Kevin Schwab covered the base. Peterson recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball with the University of Washington. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Eric Peterson is safe at second with an RBI double during a baseball game in March, as Hazen shortstop Kevin Schwab covered the base. Peterson recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball with the University of Washington. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Liberty High School senior Eric Peterson has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Washington. 

Peterson is the first Liberty High School player to sign with the Huskies since the UW signed Liberty graduate Tim Lincecum after he led the Patriots to the 3A 2003 state championship. Last month, Lincecum, now pitching for the San Francisco Giants, was named the National League Cy Young winner.

Peterson said he’s looking forward to taking his game to the college level.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play Division 1 baseball, and at the University of Washington I’ll also get a good education,” he said. Read more

Sports Calendar

December 15, 2008

Adult Sports 

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

Dec. 20, 9 a.m. — Tiger Mountain Loop hike from Trails Center to Plateau and Talus Caves, 6 miles. Call 392-6660.

Dec. 21, 9 a.m. — Tiger Mountain Lingering Loop, 4 miles. Call 392-8344.

Dec. 21, noon — Explore trail options on lower Squak & Tiger from downtown

5 miles. Call 392-3571. Read more

Soldiers receive letters from the heart

December 15, 2008

Tania Saxena, parent volunteer, helps Discovery Elementary School students Angie Culver, Evan Ritchie and Isabella Paxton (from left) write letters to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Chantelle LusebrinkTania Saxena, parent volunteer, helps Discovery Elementary School students Angie Culver, Evan Ritchie and Isabella Paxton (from left) write letters to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Chantelle Lusebrink

 

Discovery Elementary School students are doubling up on their letter writing this year — but they’re not sending both to Santa Claus.

Students in every grade are writing letters to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan this month. Read more

Student tech heads stay plugged in at school

December 15, 2008

Hall Monitor Stacy Buell Skyline High SchoolHall Monitor Stacy Buell Skyline High School

Teenagers are attached to the Internet, and are not disconnecting anytime soon. The average teen spends between five and eight hours per day on the computer, chatting with friends, surfing Wikipedia, doing homework and being bombarded with information. But the Internet has taken away valuable face-to-face time with people. 

Before the Internet, people used to use this thing called a library. From research on Google I have found the library was where students went to do research projects, read books and chat with friends — to connect in person. Read more

District changes elementary report cards

December 15, 2008

Elementary report cards may look a bit different then they have in the past.

For the past three years, school district officials have been asking parents and teachers what, if anything, they should change. 

If you’re new to having a child in school or recently moved from another district, the biggest change you’ll notice is the number-grading system Issaquah uses for elementary students, not the letter-grading system you may have known. Read more

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