Preston resident heads to Haiti

February 2, 2010

The call came a day before the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake — Mark Bowers was going to Haiti Jan. 30 for a medical mission. Read more

Off The Press

February 2, 2010

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

I remember meeting my first celebrity several years ago. The occasion was in Al & Ernie’s Grocery Store, which had just gone through a massive remodeling. To celebrate the renovation, the owners, Mssrs. Al and Ernie, held a grand opening.

In hopes of attracting customers, the owners hired Kirby Grant, known to television viewers in the 1950s and 1960s as Sky King, to sign autographs.

The problem Al and Ernie soon discovered was that Grant was no longer a big attraction, even in the small southwest Washington community of Battle Ground. Families were flocking to the store but not to Sky King. Read more

Skyline edges Eastlake 65-62

February 2, 2010

Skyline’s Connor Gacek goes up for a shot as Eastlake’s Chad Marxen defends. By Christopher Huber

From the way Skyline High School’s boys basketball team came out of the gates against Eastlake Jan. 29, it could have been over by the end of the first half.

But that wasn’t the case as the Wolves adjusted early on, contained Skyline’s offense and nearly outlasted the Crest Division-leading Spartans.

After two straight league-game losses, Skyline spent its practice that week refocusing, said head coach J. Jay Davis. It paid off.

Skyline beat Eastlake 65-62 at a packed Eastlake High School gym. The Spartans (13-3 overall, 9-3) remain tied with Garfield for first in the 4A KingCo Crest Division. Eastlake (11-5, 8-4) is in third.

“That’s a game men win,” Davis told his players in the locker room after the game.

It was all Skyline in the first half, but Eastlake honed its defense against the 6-foot-9 Cory Hutsen and leaping Kasen Williams. Skyline led 9-0 to start the game, but Eastlake junior guard Conner Iraola scored eight straight points, including two 3-pointers, to make it 9-8. The Spartans led 13-8 going into the second quarter.

“I really liked the way we came out … with energy and focus,” Davis said. “Our focus was good from the jump.”

As focused and energetic as Skyline was throughout the game, Eastlake pulled ahead to lead 29-28 at halftime. It relied on successful perimeter shooting from Iraola and guard Dillon Pericin. Senor forward Michael Russo showed composure in the paint and shooting from the outside.

“They shoot that well. They’re very difficult,” Davis said. “Eastlake is a very good basketball team.”

Eastlake shot 49 percent from the field. Iraola finished with four 3-pointers and Pericin had 14 points, making five of seven free throws. Russo had 19 points and four rebounds.

“We played good enough to win,” Russo said after the game. “We never gave up.”

Eastlake continued its rally in the third quarter, at one point leading 41-36.

After Eastlake led 46-45 to end the third quarter, Skyline came roaring back in the final period. The Spartans strung together a quick bout of scoring in the final five minutes of the game to go up 59-57 and managed to hold Eastlake off down the stretch.

Skyline senior forward Miles Edwards played aggressive defense in the paint all night and also hit shots at crucial points in the game, including to break the 18-18 tie in the second quarter and to put the Spartans up 47-46 in the fourth.

“It was important to establish (ourselves) as king of the conference this game,” said Skyline’s Miles Edwards. “It was good to establish confidence going into the playoffs.”

Edwards made four of four free throw attempts.

“I guess I played with a chip on my shoulder,” Edwards said.

Russo said he was disappointed but confident that the two teams would meet again.

“We’ll see ‘em in the post season,” he said.

Vikings top Spartans

Skyline lost to host Inglemoor 49-45 Jan. 26 despite a big second-half comeback.

The Vikings shot to a 20-6 first quarter lead and were ahead by 13 points at halftime. Skyline outscored Inglemoor 18-9 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the Vikings.

Hutsen had 18 points to lead Skyline.

Eagles drop two

Issaquah dropped two 4A KingCo contests last week.

The Eagles lost to Woodinville 59-50 Jan. 26, despite 20 points from Nick Price. Issaquah also lost to Garfield 62-53 Jan. 29. The Eagles mounted a strong comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 22-12.

Price and Derek Quan each had 12 points for Issaquah.

Going gaga at the dance

February 2, 2010

Middle school students (clockwise from left) Marissa Arruda, Beaver Lake; Elizabeth Schoeneman, Issaquah; Mina Parsons, Issaquah; and Katlyn Bain, Maywood, dance and sing to the music, rainbow disco balls and strobe lights Jan. 22 during the districtwide middle school dance sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Issaquah Community Center.

James H. Farnsworth

February 2, 2010

James Farnsworth

James H. Farnsworth, of Providence Point, Issaquah, died Jan. 20, 2010. He was 88. Read more

New state senator reaches out to Issaquah constituents

February 2, 2010

Randy Gordon (left) takes office as state senator as state Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander administers the oath at the Temple of Justice in Olympia. Contributed

A new lawmaker represents southwest Issaquah and Talus residents in Olympia: Democrat Randy Gordon, whom the King County Council chose to succeed former state Sen. Fred Jarrett.

Gordon, a Bellevue attorney and Seattle University law professor, will serve until November, when 41st District voters will choose a senator to fill the seat until 2012, when the term ends. Besides Issaquah, the district includes Bellevue, Mercer Island and Newcastle. Jarrett left the post after County Executive Dow Constantine appointed him to the No. 2 spot in King County government. Gordon intends to seek the seat in the November election. Read more

Burke Archaelology Collections shares a look at C. M. Sheafe’s flat-top maul

February 2, 2010

In planning the exhibit In This Valley, Issaquah History Museums’ staff members aimed to interpret the history of American Indians in the Issaquah area. Unfortunately, they had very few authentic American Indian artifacts in their collection. Museum Director Erica Maniez contacted the Burke Museum in Seattle to inquire about borrowing artifacts for the exhibit.

In a review of archaeological artifacts found in the Issaquah area, Burke Archaeology Collections Manager Laura Phillips located a hand maul. Hand mauls look like large pestles. They were carved from stone, and used like hammers.

As an archaeological artifact, the maul was not impressive. It had a large chunk chipped from the bottom, and remnants of very old glue on the surface. In one area, there were remnants of inked paper, suggesting that a collector had created a homemade label for the maul. Read more

Spartans overcome Eastlake in final seconds, win 49-47

February 2, 2010

Skyline freshman guard Haley Smith, yanks the ball from the reach of Eastlake sophomore forward Lauren Files in the fourth quarter Jan. 29 at Eastlake High School. By Christopher Huber

It was the Eastlake High School girls basketball team’s game to lose and Skyline took it at the last moment.

The Skyline girls improved to 6-6 in 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division play after sophomore Morgan Farrar made a hectic lay-in with 17 seconds remaining Jan. 29.

In front of a packed and noisy crowd at Eastlake High School, Skyline beat Eastlake 49-47.

“I was afraid I would miss,” Farrar said as she left the court after the game. “I finally just finished.”

Eastlake went to 5-7 in league and 9-7 overall for the season. The win gives Skyline some confidence as the season comes to a close, and it may give them a fighting chance for the playoffs, Farrar said.

“We had to win this,” she said. Read more

Scoreboard

February 2, 2010

Prep boys basketball

4A KingCo Conference

CREST DIVISION Read more

College News

February 2, 2010

Joel Abrahams named to Hofstra University’s dean’s list Read more

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