NEW — Wednesday sports update

December 9, 2009

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 3:55 p.m. Dec. 9, 2009
Liberty coach honored
Liberty High School’s Steve Valach was recently honored as the Seattle Seahawks’  High School Coach of the Year.
Valach received an award and a check for $2,0000 for the Liberty football program at halftime of the Seahawks’  Dec. 6 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
This fall Valach guided the Patriots to a 12-2 record and a second-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament. It was the first time since 1988 that the Patriots played in the state title game. The Patriots lost to Bellevue 23-17 in the title game.
Liberty swimmers top Issaquah
Austin Briggs, Logan Briggs and Luke Duschl each won two events Dec. 8 as they propelled the Liberty Patriots to a 95-88 victory against rival Issaquah in a KingCo Conference boys swimming meet at Boehm Pool.
Austin Briggs won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle. Logan Briggs captured the 200 freestyle and won the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 4:55.53. Duschl won the 200 individual medley and took the 100 backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 57.84.
All three swimmers were also members of two winning relays. Duschl, Shunya Asano, Austin Briggs and Logan Briggs composed the winning 200 medley relay. Austin Brriggs, Kevin Hays, Duschl and Logan Briggs composed the winning 400 freestyle relay.
Asano also won the 100 breaststroke for Liberty.
Issaquah took first place in just two events. Brandon Pomeroy won the diving and the Eagles captured the 200 freestyle relay. Ben Halter, Spencer McCulloh, Skyler Kersten and Brian Ruggles composed the relay team.
Skyline wrestlers nip Bothell
The Skyline High School wrestling team defeated Bothell Dec. 8 on a tie-breaker to capture a KingCo Conference match. The teams were tied 34-all after the final match of the evening. However, Skyline won the tie-breaker 8-6 to take the match.
Skyline’s Ryan Adamson won the 189-pound match with a pin, and Christian Caldwell captured the 130-pound match with a major decision.
Issaquah boys fall to Redmond
The Issaquah High School boys basketball team dropped its 4A KingCo Conference opener Dec. 8 to host Redmond 71-45.
Issaquah entered the game having won two straight nonleague contests. However, Redmond jumped on Issaquah early to go ahead by seven points. The Mustangs blew out the Eagles 24-8 in the third quarter.
Nick Price topped Issaquah with 20 points.
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