2000s were a decade for local championships
January 5, 2010
By Bob Taylor
When it comes to local high school sports, the new decade faces quite a challenge.When Skyline won the 4A state football title Dec. 5, the Spartans capped a championship decade for the Issaquah School District. Teams from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty combined to win 20 state titles in Washington Interscholastic Activities Association-sanctioned sports from 2000-2009. Skyline won 10 state titles and Issaquah captured nine titles.
Skyline dominated football, winning five championships, three at the 4A level and two at the 3A level. The Spartans also won two girls soccer titles, and one title each in girls track and field, girls swimming and girls cross country.
Issaquah captured three 3A titles each in baseball, gymnastics and girls soccer.
Liberty’s title came in baseball. However, the Patriots hold the distinction of developing the only district player to reach the Major Leagues — pitcher Tim Lincecum. The San Francisco Giants pitcher has been sensational, winning two National League Cy Young Awards and pitching in an all-star game.
Liberty also had a football player play in the professional ranks. Mkristo Bruce, after a stellar career at Washington State University, has played on National Football League and Arena Football League teams.
In addition to WIAA sports, the Issaquah Lacrosse Club won three Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association state titles.
There were some near misses, too. The Issaquah boys basketball team took second in the 3A state tournament to Rainier Beach in 2003 and the girls basketball team came up second to Chief Sealth in 2006. However, Chief Sealth later had to forfeit its title, because of a variety on infractions.
The Liberty football team took second to Bellevue last December. The Issaquah football team finished second to rival Skyline in the 2008 4A title game, and the Issaquah girls soccer team ended up second to Skyline in the 2009 4A championship game.
The Issaquah boys cross country team was second at state in 2002, and the girls track and field team placed second in 2008. Liberty’s fastpitch team was second in 2000.
Besides team titles, the decade had many individual state champions.
Heading the list was Skyline’s Andie Taylor, who won seven state girls swimming titles. Skyline’s Peter Wicklund was almost as dazzling, winning five boys swimming titles.
Other boys state champion swimmers were Brian Davis, of Issaquah; Will Antisdale, of Skyline; and James Schuyleman, of Liberty. Davis won three championships.
Other girls state champion swimmers were Alissa Hollowell, of Liberty; Lauren Hill, Helen Liu and Jessie Snowden, of Issaquah; and Maria Volodkevich, of Skyline. Snowden won her title in diving. Issaquah’s Allison Vance, Sarah Davis, Jill Minehan and Sarah Shannon made up a winning 200 medley relay team.
Skyline, which won the girls 4A state swimming title last fall, had two winning relays. The 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams were Nina Zook, Meghan O’Keefe, Volodkevich and Taylor.
There were several state champions in track and field. Liberty’s Kara Bennett was the only local athlete to win two titles, capturing the girls high jump title in 2004 and the triple jump in 2005. Other girls state champions included Jamie Corwin, of Liberty; Christina Tupper, of Skyline; and Lauren Maris, of Issaquah.
Issaquah had two state championship 1,600 relays in track and field. Lauren Baba, Jenna Suttmeier, Mary Wuest and Abigail Richert took first in 2006, and Kim Varney, Bonnie Young, Haida Ikeda and Kaley Allison took first in 2008.
Skyline had three state champion relays. Heather Bromberg, Teresa Lee, Jazmin Dickey and Tupper took first in the 400 relay in 2003. Shea O’Donnell, Kaylyn Berry, Lauren Matthews and Tiffany Tibbot were first in the 400 relay in 2007. O’Donnell, Berry, Danielle Matthews and Tibbot also took first in the 800 relay in 2007. Kiara Williams, Rachel Butenko, O’Donnell and Berry finished first in the 400 relay in 2008.
Boys state champions in track included Jon Harding, of Issaquah; Justin Ireland, Jeff Skiba and Kasen Williams, of Skyline; and the Liberty 1,600 relay team of Kaebee Burns, Reid Christensen, Mitchell Byron and Ian Smith.
In girls golf, Issaquah’s Brittany Tallman won 3A state titles in 2005 and 2007. There was also one state champion wrestler, Liberty’s B.J. Ward, who captured the 140-pound title in 2003.
Overall, it was quite a decade. Hopefully, the new one will measure up.
Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.