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February 16, 2009

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Vino Bella presents Jam Dawgs jam sessions Thursdays from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. Read more

Even flash mobs welcome at XXX car shows

February 16, 2009

A gorgeous Sunday morning at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is photographed for The Issaquah Press' amateur photo contest by Andrea S. Blustein. By Andrea S. Blustein

A gorgeous Sunday morning at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is photographed for The Issaquah Press' amateur photo contest by Andrea S. Blustein. By Andrea S. Blustein

Traditionally, classic car group leaders meet with XXX Rootbeer Restaurant owner Jose Enciso to schedule a show at his iconic landmark for the upcoming year. 

Lately, Enciso said he’s seeing a new trend — the flash mob. 

As defined by Wikipedia, a flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time and then quickly disperse. In this case, assemble on a whim at the XXX, compare cars, eat a quick burger and then hit the road.

“They’re using this new technology to e-mail each other and suddenly 200 car owners — Civics, Preludes, whatever — will show up without any notice,” Enciso said.

He said his staff has no problem accommodating so many car nuts on short notice. But he said he hopes this trend isn’t the wave of the future for organizing car shows.

“A lot of us classic car owners are old-timers. We’re pretty set in our ways. We like to have a set schedule to go by,” he said. Read more

Liberty loss leaves Patriots in second place

February 16, 2009

Katie Growden, Liberty senior guard, drives in the third quarter as Mercer Island sophomore guard Hailey Gullstad defends. By Greg Farrar

Katie Growden, Liberty senior guard, drives in the third quarter as Mercer Island sophomore guard Hailey Gullstad defends. By Greg Farrar

Early foul trouble for Liberty High School and Mercer Island’s ability to score from behind the 3-point arc buoyed the Islanders to a 56-50 victory against the Patriots Feb. 10. 

Mercer Island (10-2, 15-5 overall) won the KingCo 3A regular season title. Liberty finished second (9-3, 16-4).  

Liberty was one game behind Mercer Island in league standings going into the contest and had hopes to avenge its Jan. 16 65-58 loss at Mercer Island. At halftime, the teams were tied at 26. The Islanders exploded for 17 points in the quarter, while Liberty scored only two shots from the field (a Corinna Fuentes 2-pointer and a 3-point shot by Corinna Van Hurston). The Islanders took a 9-point lead into the fourth quarter. Read more

Middle schools to replace gymnastics with soccer programs

February 16, 2009

Beginning in September, girls soccer will replace gymnastics at all Issaquah School District middle schools. Operational, financial and participation considerations led the district to switch to soccer, said Ron Thiele, district associate superintendent.

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Seventeen grapplers heading to state

February 16, 2009

Anthony DeMatteo, of Skyline, throws Inglemoor’s Michael Lambert to the mat during their 189-pound match at the 4A Region 2 Championships. By Don Borin

Anthony DeMatteo, of Skyline, throws Inglemoor’s Michael Lambert to the mat during their 189-pound match at the 4A Region 2 Championships. By Don Borin

Seventeen Issaquah-area wrestlers are headed to state this week in Tacoma. They each finished in the top four in their respective weight classes Feb. 14. Another two will head to the Tacoma Dome as alternates for the Mat Classic.

Liberty High School met its goal of sending eight grapplers to the state tournament, head coach Manny Brown said Feb. 15. The Patriots finished third place overall with 146 points in the Class 3A Region 1 Championships at West Seattle High School. Read more

Jam-packed talent show

February 16, 2009

 

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More than 350 fans packed the Issaquah Valley Elementary School multipurpose room for the 2009 variety show, Camp Quah Final Jam. The show opened with 21 fifth-graders performing a group act to, “We Rock.” Contributed

Students go high tech with Science-Tech

February 16, 2009

Riley Bunch performs ‘Fabulous,’ from Disney’s ‘High School Musical 2’ during her class’ ‘American Idol’ project while several others film the audition. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Riley Bunch performs ‘Fabulous,’ from Disney’s ‘High School Musical 2’ during her class’ ‘American Idol’ project while several others film the audition. By Chantelle Lusebrink

What does “American Idol” have to do with education at Briarwood Elementary School? Everything. 

At Briarwood, the school’s Science-Technology Magnet Program allows students to study video production and technology in depth and apply them in their everyday studies, like math, writing, reading, social studies and art, according to Tina Wear and Wendy Marsh, the program’s two teachers.  

“There are different things to do every day and a wide variety of things to do,” fifth-grader Grant Thomas said. Read more

Issaquah denies Skyline playoff spot

February 16, 2009

Issaquah fans mob the players after the Eagles beat the Spartans 67-66 Feb. 13 at the Skyline High School gymnasium in the regular-season finale. By Christopher Huber

Issaquah fans mob the players after the Eagles beat the Spartans 67-66 Feb. 13 at the Skyline High School gymnasium in the regular-season finale. By Christopher Huber

Ahh, what it must feel like for Skyline High School fans to witness jubilant Issaquah fans storm their home court. 

There was a perceived sense of acceptance in the Skyline stands as the overtime buzzer sounded and the Eagles’ mob rushed to celebrate with the players who had earned redemption for Issaquah’s loss in the state football title game. 

Issaquah beat Skyline 67-66 Feb. 13 in the final game of the season for both teams. The loss was doubly painful for the Spartans. Not only did it give Issaquah bragging rights, but paired with Bothell’s win over Woodinville the same night, it knocked the Spartans out of contention for the playoffs. Read more

City to consider Seventh Avenue office proposal

February 16, 2009

An Issaquah-based company is seeking city approval to demolish a vacant Seventh Avenue house and replace the structure with a three-story office building.

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Do you know an outstanding young person?

February 15, 2009

UPDATED — 11:13 a.m. Feb. 15, 2008

For the past couple of months, we’ve been looking for big and small good deeds and accomplishments by the young people in the Issaquah School District.

You can always get bad news. But we want to tell good news, too. You can send info about someone in your own family or a neighbor’s, or just someone you’ve come into contact with or who helped you.

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