Pearl I. Beach

February 9, 2009

Pearl I. Beach, an 18-year Issaquah resident, died Feb. 8, 2009. She was 84.

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From basement band to Bumbershoot headliner?

February 9, 2009

Schoolboy Gutbuster (from left) Kevin Atkins, 17, Jeff Stillwell, 17, and Bryan King, 16, rehearse in the utility room of Atkins’ Preston home. By Greg Farrar

Schoolboy Gutbuster (from left) Kevin Atkins, 17, Jeff Stillwell, 17, and Bryan King, 16, rehearse in the utility room of Atkins’ Preston home. By Greg Farrar

Deep within the bowels of Kevin Atkins’ Preston home is a small, cramped space housing the water heater and the furnace. There’s just enough room left over in this 10-foot by-10 foot room to fit a drum kit, a couple of amps and two mic stands. 

It’s the perfect spot for Atkins and friends Bryan King and Jeff Stillwell to rehearse songs for their band, Schoolboy Gutbuster. And what cosmic power brought these lifelong buddies from three different Issaquah School District high schools into one musical group?

“We have a whole group of friends who’ve been into music,” Atkins said. “All the others have been with bands.”

“Yeah, we were the only ones not in a band yet,” Stillwell added. Read more

Aegis hosts two-actor play, ‘Love Letters’

February 9, 2009

Whidbey Island actors Ed Cornachio and Martha Murphy star in the two actor play ‘Love Letters’ Feb. 14 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. Contributed

Whidbey Island actors Ed Cornachio and Martha Murphy star in the two actor play ‘Love Letters’ Feb. 14 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. Contributed

Aegis Living of Issaquah, ever seeking to incorporate their residents into more community activities, is hosting “Love Letters,” a two-actor play.

Activities director Sommer Albertson said this is the perfect activity for the holiday.

“It’s a love story on Valentine’s Day,” she said. “What a great way to spend the afternoon.”

Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, the tale centers on characters Melissa Garner and Andrew Makepiece, as they explore during the World War II era the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats they have passed between them throughout their separate lives. Read more

Arts Calendar

February 9, 2009

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Museo Art Academy & Gallery is hosting a special exhibition of painted hearts by local artists through the end of the month. Museo will donate $10 from each heart purchase to Art With Heart, a nonprofit organization helping children through art. Prices are $75 each or $65 each for two or more. Go to www.museoart.com/current_exhibition.htm or call 391-0244. Read more

Issaquah girls cling to division lead after 48-45 loss to Eastlake

February 9, 2009

Dayna Talley, Issaquah sophomore guard (right), commits an offensive push foul on Eastlake’s Jena Boyle on a drive to the basket in the second quarter. By Greg Farrar

Dayna Talley, Issaquah sophomore guard (right), commits an offensive push foul on Eastlake’s Jena Boyle on a drive to the basket in the second quarter. By Greg Farrar

It was pretty straightforward: The Issaquah girls basketball team had to hold off division-rival Eastlake if it wanted to remain atop the KingCo Crest Division standings.

The Eagles had beaten the Wolves two weeks ago at Issaquah and needed to assert their dominance on the road.

“We wanted revenge from them from last time,” Eastlake senior Alyssa Charlston said. “We lost big to them last time and got embarrassed.” Read more

Eagle tumblers take third at KingCo

February 9, 2009

Olivia Goree performs her floor routine during the 4A KingCo Championships, tying for first in the event with 9.45 points. By Ryan Piersol

Olivia Goree performs her floor routine during the 4A KingCo Championships, tying for first in the event with 9.45 points. By Ryan Piersol

A pair of top-10 all-around performances weren’t enough to keep the Issaquah High School gymnastics team from stopping a Woodinville squad intent on dominating the newly revamped KingCo 4A championships.

Issaquah, which competed in 3A last season, picked up top-10 all-around finishes from both Olivia Goree and Risa Fukuda on Feb. 7 at Ballard High School. That push helped the Eagles finish with 172.7 points, good enough for third place. Woodinville was first with 181.6, while Bothell was runner-up with 177.

It was the first time this season for Issaquah to face Woodinville and Bothell in a 4A league that has four new teams.

The top three teams qualified for this weekend’s district meet.

“We went in knowing there would be six teams vying for three spots. And we knew that Woodinville would be the given and Bothell would be right behind them, so there were going to be a lot of teams going after that third spot,” Eagles coach Ryan Fleisher said. “We’re happy. It was a pretty good weekend.”

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Swimmers see huge improvements at KingCo meet

February 9, 2009

Liberty freshman Logan Briggs finishes the 200-yard freestyle race at the Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. By Christopher HuberLiberty freshman Logan Briggs finishes the 200-yard freestyle race at the Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School freshman Ashton Powell had a great swim Feb. 7. 

Though he placed 16th overall in the 500-yard freestyle race at the KingCo Class 3A/4A league swim meet at Mary Wayte Pool, he shaved 14 seconds off of his previous best time. He swam it in 5 minutes, 35.86 seconds, qualifying for districts this week at Juanita. Read more

Area wrestlers advance to regionals

February 9, 2009

John White (top) and Jacob Borin, Issaquah senior teammates who have wrestled together since fifth grade, meet in the 160-pound title bout. By Scott Morton

John White (top) and Jacob Borin, Issaquah senior teammates who have wrestled together since fifth grade, meet in the 160-pound title bout. By Scott Morton

While wrestlers from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools didn’t win any KingCo tournament team titles Feb. 7, each school sent several grapplers to regionals.

Issaquah posted three championship match winners: Dalton Fennell (112 pounds), Ben Tickman (130 pounds) and Jon White (160 pounds) at the KingCo 4A tournament at Juanita High School. 

Wrestlers who finished in the top 5 at the tournament also advance to the next round. Read more

Families that play together, stay fit together

February 9, 2009

Victoria Evans and her daughter, Leah Evans, 9, turn the jump rope for Vibhuti Kacholia, 9, at family fitness night Jan. 27 at Cougar Ridge Elementary School. By Chantelle LusebrinkVictoria Evans and her daughter, Leah Evans, 9, turn the jump rope for Vibhuti Kacholia, 9, at family fitness night Jan. 27 at Cougar Ridge Elementary School. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Tennis, rock climbing and badminton in January? 

It isn’t spring in Issaquah yet, but families at Cougar Ridge Elementary School are making the most of the school’s equipment and staying fit.

The school’s physical education department and the PTSA hosted two family fitness nights to get the school community moving during the dark winter months. 

“It is a way to get kids more involved with doing physical exercise with their parents,” said Lisa Patton, the school’s physical education specialist. “It also draws people to the school in a unique setting.” Read more

Lucky to be one of a million at Obama’s inauguration

February 9, 2009

Hall Monitor Stacy Buell Skyline High School

Hall Monitor Stacy Buell Skyline High School

A few short weeks ago, I was waiting in a crowd so close, movement was not an option. I wasn’t waiting to see the latest band or be first to get the newest electronic gadget. I was waiting to witness history. 

As a high school junior, I saw Barack Hussein Obama be sworn in as president of the United States, and I heard him address the 1.8 million people standing before him. 

On Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, I couldn’t sleep a wink. Before leaving, I checked to make sure I had my most prized possession: my inaugural ticket. Read more

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