Eagles win 4A KingCo championship

November 10, 2009

Rachel Roeder (left) and Alyssa Schultz drop to their knees screaming and Riley Sorenson leaps in the air as Issaquah scores their 4A KingCo conference championship-winning point Nov. 5 against Woodinville. By Greg Farrar

Rachel Roeder (left) and Alyssa Schultz drop to their knees screaming and Riley Sorenson leaps in the air as Issaquah scores their 4A KingCo conference championship-winning point Nov. 5 against Woodinville. By Greg Farrar

Entering the high school volleyball season, Issaquah coach Todd Parsons believed he had one of the top Class 4A teams in the state.

However, the Eagles didn’t get off to a promising start this season, losing their first three matches. But, as coaches often remind their players, it’s not how you start, but how you finish that really counts.

The Eagles are finishing well. Issaquah captured the 4A KingCo Conference tournament championship Nov. 5 with a 3-0 victory against Woodinville, the league’s regular-season champion, at Bothell High School.

With the victory, Issaquah advances to the 4A state tournament Nov. 12-13 as the District 2 No. 1 entry. The event is held in the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Issaquah meets Kentwood in the first round.

The Eagles lost to Kentwood 3-0 in their season opener. Issaquah then fell to Curtis, the West Central District champion, and to Mount Si, the regular-season 3A KingCo champion.

However, the Eagles were not at full strength when the season began. Junior Riley Sorenson, the Eagles’ setter the previous two years, was sidelined with an injury. Read more

Issaquah traveler hopes to thaw Sunndal sister city relationship

November 10, 2009


Joan Probala

Joan Probala

The dormant relationship between Issaquah and Sunndal, Norway — the first sister city partnership forged by Issaquah leaders — could be rekindled next week when longtime Issaquah resident Joan Probala travels to the far-flung corner of Scandinavia.

Issaquah and Sunndal became sister cities in 1991, but the relationship faded and the pact failed to produce more than a handful of visits between the cities’ residents. In the meantime, Issaquah established a second sister city relationship with Chefchaouen, Morocco, in early 2007.

Probala, a member of the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, hopes her trip to Norway can reinvigorate the partnership with Sunndal. She departed Nov. 9 for Norway and the distant sister city. She plans to spend three weeks in Norway, where her daughter lives. The trip to Sunndal will be a high-profile side trip. Read more

Students learn about cancer research at ‘Hutch High’

November 10, 2009

Sara Kirschbaum, a lab technician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (left), shows Issaquah High School sophomores Valeria Zamano, Christina Abercrombie, Maria Dalzell and Anna Magidson (clockwise), how to use micropipetting machines to take and place samples in test tubes. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Sara Kirschbaum, a lab technician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (left), shows Issaquah High School sophomores Valeria Zamano, Christina Abercrombie, Maria Dalzell and Anna Magidson (clockwise), how to use micropipetting machines to take and place samples in test tubes. By Chantelle Lusebrink

These students spooling strawberry DNA, micropipetting samples into mystifying test tubes and discussing the effects of sickle cell anemia are mad about science.

Nearly 250 high school students from 23 of the state’s high schools, including students from Issaquah and Liberty high schools, descended on the research laboratories of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle for a day of science in action Nov. 5.

“I wanted to come to learn more about science and cancer,” said David Adams, one of seven Liberty sophomores at the event. “How science develops is exciting.”

Coming from as far away as Yakima, Arlington and Chelan, the students used their science know-how to conduct their own experiments, and listened to researchers speak about their careers and work.

“Science is not just something done in a lab downtown. It applies to everyday life,” said Issaquah teacher Lena Jones, who took 10 students. “We are here because it is an opportunity for some of our students to see real live scientists work right here in our own community.” Read more

Park Pointe developer files for bankruptcy

November 10, 2009

Long-planned development is stalled again

The developer behind the troubled Park Pointe project filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, just before the Tiger Mountain land where the development would rise headed to a foreclosure auction. Read more

Alice A. Hegna

November 10, 2009

Alice Hegna

Alice Hegna

Alice A. Hegna, of Newcastle, died Nov. 4, 2009, at home. She was 67. Read more

Issaquah tops Skyline for soccer title

November 10, 2009

Skyline junior midfielder Madi Barney (left), heads the ball away from Issaquah’s Dana Talley (right) and another player in the second half of their KingCo 4A championship soccer game Nov. 3. By Christopher Huber

Skyline junior midfielder Madi Barney (left), heads the ball away from Issaquah’s Dana Talley (right) and another player in the second half of their KingCo 4A championship soccer game Nov. 3. By Christopher Huber

As the Issaquah High School girls soccer team celebrated on the field with mobbing fans Nov. 3, head coach Tom Bunnell reflected on the moment. Among all the big games he and the Eagles had won, this was possibly the greatest.

“They’re just fighters,” he said. “No matter what, we’re gonna pressure and fight.”

The Eagles beat the Skyline Spartans 3-1 at Issaquah Stadium to take the 2009 4A KingCo Conference tournament title. With the victory, Issaquah, which also won the regular-season title, earned the league’s No. 1 berth to the state tournament. The Eagles hosted Bellarmine Prep Nov. 10 in the first round, after The Press’ deadline.

The match was a true Issaquah-Skyline rivalry battle that proved to be a test of endurance and alertness. Read more

Issaquah takes third at cross country state

November 10, 2009

The Issaquah High School cross country team, including (from left to right) Dennis Leigh, Chris Brasino, Isaac Robinson, Jon Wallis, Turner Wiley, Kevin LeMond (hidden) and Spencer Hildie (outside frame) gather and talk in the finish line area following their race in the 4A state cross country championship meet Nov. 7 in Pasco. The team finished third. By Gordon King/Yakima Herald-Republic

The Issaquah High School cross country team, including (from left to right) Dennis Leigh, Chris Brasino, Isaac Robinson, Jon Wallis, Turner Wiley, Kevin LeMond (hidden) and Spencer Hildie (outside frame) gather and talk in the finish line area following their race in the 4A state cross country championship meet Nov. 7 in Pasco. The team finished third. By Gordon King/Yakima Herald-Republic

Call it a perfect season for the Issaquah High School boys cross country team. The Eagles achieved all of their pre-season goals.

One of Issaquah’s goals was to finish third at the 4A state championship meet. The Eagles did just that, taking third Nov. 7 at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Tournament. Issaquah finished behind champion Ferris, which had 68 points, and Jackson, which had 100 points. The Eagles had 150.

Prior to the state meet, Issaquah won the 4A KingCo Conference and District 2 Championships.

“The kids just had an incredible year,” Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said. “They reached every one of their team goals. Then, they told me before the season they were going for the KingCo, district and third at state. I said, ‘Sounds good to me.’” Read more

Library’s use grows with recession

November 10, 2009

If the Issaquah Library feels a bit more crowded than it used to, that’s because it is. Read more

Garden club hosts annual auction

November 10, 2009

Get ready to bid Wednesday. Read more

Voters decide city, schools races

November 10, 2009

Issaquah voters elected a pair of political newcomers — including the first Issaquah Highlands representative — to the City Council last week, and returned Maureen McCarry to the council with a landslide victory. Read more

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