Girls soccer teams eye league titles

September 15, 2009

Cassidy Nangle (12), Liberty sophomore forward, kicks the ball away from Sarah Leland, Issaquah freshman defender, in the first half of a Sept. 8 soccer match at Liberty. By Greg Farrar

Cassidy Nangle (12), Liberty sophomore forward, kicks the ball away from Sarah Leland, Issaquah freshman defender, in the first half of a Sept. 8 soccer match at Liberty. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah School District over the years has been known for fielding girls soccer powerhouse teams.

Certainly, that was the case last fall, when Skyline High School won the 4A state title and when Issaquah High School captured 3A state titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Liberty High School has also been a soccer power, winning 3A KingCo Conference titles in 2000 and 2001, plus finishing third at state three times.

The aspirations for these teams have not changed for the 2009 season. All three are expected to be among the top teams in their respective leagues. Read more

Governor lauds community service efforts at Issaquah stop

September 15, 2009

Gov. Chris Gregoire addresses the Sept. 8 annual joint luncheon meeting of the Issaquah Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Gov. Chris Gregoire addresses the Sept. 8 annual joint luncheon meeting of the Issaquah Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

In Issaquah last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire said service groups and volunteers would be crucial as Washington state and the nation recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

During a lunchtime address Sept. 8 to a pair of Issaquah community groups, the governor praised service efforts by the local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs to provide food for the hungry and school supplies to needy children. Gregoire lauded the groups when she touched on a central theme of her speech: partnerships between community groups, nonprofits and government.

“We can stand alone and do one thing, but when we partner, we multiply not by two, but by much more than that,” she said.

The governor pointed to groups working to connect farmers with food banks to ensure surplus crops are used.

“Whatever it may be, it’s that kind of partnership that makes this state the state it is and allows us to be able to recover,” Gregoire continued. Read more

Mount Si stuns Issaquah 24-21

September 15, 2009


Ryan Bergman, Issaquah senior quarterback, throws an incomplete pass in the first quarter under pressure by Mount Si senior linebacker Eric Murphy. By Greg Farrar

Ryan Bergman, Issaquah senior quarterback, throws an incomplete pass in the first quarter under pressure by Mount Si senior linebacker Eric Murphy. By Greg Farrar

After a tough loss to Bothell, the Issaquah Eagles suffered another difficult loss Sept. 11 in an upset to Mount Si, 24-21.

The Eagles matched the Wildcats touchdown for touchdown. But in the end, a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter put the Wildcats ahead.

Issaquah jumped on the board first, but lost the lead to Mount Si for good in the fourth quarter.

Despite returning a strong core of starters this year, the Eagles’ season is off to a tough start. But despite the loss, there were bright signs.

Issaquah’s new quarterback Ryan Bergman continued to improve on the field. The senior led the offense to 218 passing yards with three touchdown passes.

However, the Eagles’ rushing game was almost nonexistent, managing only 32 yards for a combined 250 offensive yards. Star running back Grant Gellatly’s absence due to a hamstring injury was felt in the Eagles’ running game.

“Grant Gellatly’s worth two or three touchdowns a game,” Wildcats head coach Charlie Kinnune said. Read more

Ovarian cancer becoming less of a ‘silent killer’

September 15, 2009

Lisa Thompson (center, with sash, wig and sunglasses) was this year’s Miss Ovarian Cancer 2009 when she joined 3,500 others in the 15th Annual Swedish SummeRun July 26. The event raised $550,000 for the Seattle Marsha Rivkin Center For Ovarian Cancer Research. Contributed

Lisa Thompson (center, with sash, wig and sunglasses) was this year’s Miss Ovarian Cancer 2009 when she joined 3,500 others in the 15th Annual Swedish SummeRun July 26. The event raised $550,000 for the Seattle Marsha Rivkin Center For Ovarian Cancer Research. Contributed

Lisa Thompson always considered herself rather healthy. Then, three years ago, the 40-year-old’s world was turned upside down when she learned the results of her exam after complaining about what seemed innocuous discomfort symptoms — stage three ovarian cancer.

“I was in complete shock and disbelief,” she said.

Historically, ovarian cancer has been called the “silent killer,” because symptoms were thought to develop too late in time for there to be a chance for a cure.

However, according to the Women’s Cancer Network, recent studies are dispelling that myth. Thompson’s own case involved symptoms that could have been anything, but she sought medical attention instead of ignoring them.

“I was experiencing fatigue and constipation and abdominal distending that I thought was bloating,” Thompson said. “For as thin as I am, I thought that was a little strange.” Read more

Volunteers lend their VOICE to mentor program

September 15, 2009

Volunteer mentor Denise Jarvis (left) works with student Hailey Morrison in June at Clark Elementary School as part of the district’s Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education program. By Christopher Huber

Volunteer mentor Denise Jarvis (left) works with student Hailey Morrison in June at Clark Elementary School as part of the district’s Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education program. By Christopher Huber

If you walk through the halls of almost any school in the Issaquah School District this year, you might see your neighbor working with a student on his or her math homework, or helping him or her write a book report.

You might wonder why the student is not in class during the school day, but he or she is just getting a little extra help from a mentor with the VOICE program.

With funding from the Issaquah Schools Foundation and the school district, Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education is entering its seventh year of helping struggling students get back on track.

“It’s one of the most rewarding things anyone can do,” said Wendie Rosenberg, a mentor at Cascade Ridge Elementary School. “Parents love it, because it’s one-on-one time with their kids.” Read more

Community calendar

September 15, 2009

Events

It’s Music in the Courtyard Day at the Issaquah Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Staytuned Blue Grass Band performs at 11 a.m. Call 837-3300. Read more

Officials mull Timberlake Park dog suggestions after meeting

September 15, 2009

Robert Hook, a seven-year Montreux neighborhood resident, who takes his Newfoundland dog, Zeus, to Timberlake Park about once a month, raises his concern about the opinions of the audience being heard by the city at the Sept. 9 Timberlake Park pet rules open house meeting. By Greg Farrar

Robert Hook, a seven-year Montreux neighborhood resident, who takes his Newfoundland dog, Zeus, to Timberlake Park about once a month, raises his concern about the opinions of the audience being heard by the city at the Sept. 9 Timberlake Park pet rules open house meeting. By Greg Farrar

City officials are weighing options for future pet rules at Timberlake Park, where the city banned dogs in July.

First, parks staffers will glean suggestions from a stack of index cards filled out by residents last week. Officials hosted ban proponents and opponents at a Sept. 9 meeting; input from the meeting will be used as city officials consider changes to the ban or measures like citizen patrols to monitor the park.

About 70 people turned out for the Tibbetts Manor meeting. Officials organized the event after parks staffers and Mayor Ava Frisinger received a torrent of comments about the ban after it was implemented.

Officials banned dogs at the park after a series of reports of dogs knocking down children, grabbing food from picnic tables and running from park property into the lawns of adjacent homes. Read more

Theater marks 30th season with new musical

September 15, 2009

Tanesha Ross (left) stars as Nicolette and Matthew Kacergis is Aucassin in the Village Theatre production of ‘Chasing Nicolette.’ By John Pai / Property of Village Theatre

Tanesha Ross (left) stars as Nicolette and Matthew Kacergis is Aucassin in the Village Theatre production of ‘Chasing Nicolette.’ By John Pai / Property of Village Theatre

Village Theatre’s new musical, “Chasing Nicolette,” debuts Sept. 16 and promises to light up the stage as summer comes to a close.

“It is particularly exciting for me to open our 30th anniversary season with a wonderful new musical,” said Robb Hunt, executive director of Village Theatre. “Since I’ve been here all 30 years, I can say that it feels like quite an accomplishment to be established nationally as one of the few organizations which develops and nurtures new musicals that achieve national exposure. It is a key part of our mission and after 30 years, we are really doing it with two new musicals in the season.”

The year is 1224. War, hatred and prejudice fill the lands between Europe and the Middle East, but despite these obstacles, two young lovers — Christian nobleman Aucassin, played by Matthew John Kacergis, and a Muslim princess, played by Tanesha Ross — find a place for love. Read more

Arts calendar

September 15, 2009

SEPTEMBER

16th

The Sammamish Arts Commission presents “The Art of the Sari + A Photo Journey of Indian Artists and Textiles” through Dec. 4 in the Sammamish City Hall Commons Gallery, 228th Ave. S.E. and S.E. Eighth Street. An opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. Read more

Sammamish explores taking over Klahanie Park

September 15, 2009

Sammamish City Councilwoman Kathy Huckabay has suggested that Sammamish take over Klahanie Park. Read more

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