Preschoolers go to hatchery, come out Super Salmon Sleuths

April 27, 2010

“Where’s the sharks?” Payton Stokesbury, age 3, asked. “I want to see sharks!”

Payton was part of a preschool visit to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery’s spring program April 12. Alas, sharks were in short supply, but Payton got to be part of Super Salmon Sleuths, a program for preschoolers educating them on the salmon life cycle.

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery puts on Super Salmon Sleuths as one of its many educational programs for children in the area. FISH Education Coordinator Celina Steiger describes the program as a way to get youngsters excited about their Northwest surroundings.

“We like to expose them to a lot, hopefully getting them interested and curious to learn not just about salmon, but about nature,” she said.

Steiger said she was pleased with a good turnout for the program that day, and the attendees likewise appeared pleased with their experience. Meitel Gazit and her 5-year-old son, Dean, came from Snoqualmie to participate.

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Issaquah High School seniors leave collective mark in artEAST show

April 27, 2010

While students at Issaquah High School gear up to move into new quarters next fall, 26 seniors are ensuring they leave their mark that will last past the school’s demolition.

Thirteen artists will display their interpretation of the lives of 13 of the school’s most influential and interesting seniors. The art will be displayed in the Issaquah High School Collective Memory show at the Up Front gallery May 7-29.

The project is mirrored after artEAST’s Collective Memory project, which asks artists to interpret, through a variety of art media, the lives of influential citizens.

IHS artists have taken on that challenge in their own forum, said Tasha Feng, a student artist and project coordinator.

Feng said the idea came to her after attending the first artEAST Collective Memory show with her mother, an artist, and from the group’s members.

After seeing the projects and how deeply they delved into their subjects, she said she knew she wanted to create something similar.

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Skyline grad going strong after first Formula series win

April 27, 2010

When David Cheng, of Sammamish, won his first Pacific Formula 2000 race March 6 in Fontana, Calif., his operations manager, Dan Gulickson, cried for hours.

Emotions ran high as Cheng, 20, and his crew had to adapt to last-minute monsoon-like conditions and drive intelligently to beat out the competition. In the final lap, he had a 20-second lead, but the flagger had not put out the white flag to signal the last lap, Cheng said. He slowed down a bit, confused and trying to stay ahead. With no windshield, water sprayed in his face at up to 160 miles per hour. But he still managed to cross the finish line first.

“I’m not losing this … I’m not losing this,” Cheng told himself in the car’s cockpit. “You need incredible mental concentration.”

After meeting at Chrysalis School in Woodinville, Cheng and Gulickson, his former teacher, teamed up to pursue both of their passions: speed.

“With racing, I always loved it,” said Cheng, a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, who found an interest in racing at age 6.

Gulickson, a Klahanie resident, helped Cheng rise through the racing-circuit ranks and eventually go pro in 2009.

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Pole vaulter Eva Perry leads Eagles to new heights in win over Patriots

April 27, 2010

Liberty boys return the favor

Eva Perry, Issaquah sophomore, breaks out in a big smile as she clears the pole vault bar April 22 to set a new school record of 11 feet, 4 inches. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls track team had a record-setting performance from pole vaulter Eva Perry April 22 as the Eagles defeated Liberty 94-52 in a KingCo Conference meet at Issaquah. The boys meet was won by Liberty as the Patriots nipped Issaquah 73-72.

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Pair of wins gives Issaquah share of division lead

April 27, 2010

There is getting to be a traffic jam for the top spot in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division baseball standings.

Issaquah, winning two games last week, improved its league record to 9-3 and moved into a tie with Redmond for first place. Newport is close behind at 8-3.

The Eagles, who play at Skyline High School on April 28, meet the other two top contenders in their last games of the season. Issaquah plays at Newport at 4 p.m. April 30 and concludes its regular season at home against Redmond at 3:45 p.m. May 4.

Last week, Issaquah defeated host Woodinville 5-1 April 20 and downed visiting Garfield 8-2 April 23.

In the contest with Woodinville, Issaquah scored a run in the top of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie and added three more runs in the sixth inning. Winning pitcher Shane Yarnell struck out six as he went to 6-0 on the season. Jake Bakamus had two hits and Devin O’Donnell had two RBIs for Issaquah.

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Skyline outlasts Eastlake tennis in mental battle

April 27, 2010

Coaches Bettina Gehle and Bud Peterson were both a bit nervous April 22 as the Skyline and Eastlake high school girls KingCo Conference tennis match came down to the No. 1 doubles competition.

The other six matches had finished by about 5:30 p.m. and the contest, at the Skyline tennis courts, was tied at three each.

Skyline doubles pair Molly Knutson and Alyson Opitz faced Eastlake’s Sara Marien and Tasnim Klessih. Knutson and Opitz had come back from a 6-0 first-set loss to win a tiebreaker in the second, and it came down to a drawn-out third set to determine the winner.

“The team who had better fight will win,” said Gehle as she watched the final match. “It’s all about the mental.”

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April 27, 2010

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Issaquah leapfrogs Skyline into conference lead

April 27, 2010

They are playing leapfrog in the 4A KingCo Conference soccer standings.

Two weeks ago Skyline jumped into first place and knocked out Roosevelt, the previous leader. Last week Skyline fell out of first place because of two losses.

Bothell, the hottest team in the league, took over first place with two victories. The Cougars, who have won five straight games entering this week, have a 6-2 record, good for 18 points.

Issaquah and Garfield, both 5-2-1, jumped past Skyline and into second place with 16 points. The Spartans, 5-3-0, dropped to fourth place and Roosevelt, 4-2-2, is tied with Eastlake for fifth place.

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Prep Roundup

April 27, 2010

Spartans fastpitch wins two of three last week

The Skyline High School fastpitch won two of three 4A KingCo Conference games last week to take over first place in the Crest Division standings.

Skyline belted Lake Washington 13-4 April 19, held off Redmond 11-9 April 22 and lost to Bothell 4-1 April 23.

In the victory against Lake Washington, Skyline pitcher Lauren Richards had nine strikeouts. Anna Kanyer had four hits and Jillian Windsor two hits for the Spartans.

Against Redmond, Skyline scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to pull away to an 11-8 lead. Lindsey Nicholson had four hits and Kanyer had three hits and three RBIs. Mickey Dunn-Blad contributed three hits and four RBIs for Skyline. Richards picked up the victory, raising her record to 6-0.

One of the best pitching performances of the week came from Issaquah senior Mikenzie Voves, who blanked Roosevelt 2-0 April 19. Voves had 15 strikeouts and held Roosevelt to four hits.

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Teen Talk: How do you think the health care law will affect you?

April 27, 2010

Liberty High School

“It is a good thing for young people, because it assists them by helping them acquire health insurance.”

— Nick Antonio, senior

“It is going to force me to pay for something I don’t want.”

— Jason Murray, freshman

Issaquah High School

“I don’t really know much about this bill at all.”

— Neel Rijhwani, sophomore

“I think it’s great that the bill has passed. I can stay under my parents’ plan until I am 26 now.”

— Sawyer Mittelstaedt, sophomore

Skyline High School

“I personally don’t know much about the health care reform, but seeing how the teens in my community are equally unaware, I don’t think that I will be affected much.”

— Warren Chang, sophomore

“With government regulating health care, they’re setting up a new socialist at the same time. I don’t know if I’ll be affected much, because the reform isn’t specifically targeted towards us.”

— Kevin Purdy, junior

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