Liberty High School girls basketball team stuns Juanita
February 9, 2011
By Bob Taylor
NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011
The Liberty High School girls basketball team got one of its biggest victories of the season Tuesday when the Patriots topped Juanita 53-44 in the semifinals of the 3A KingCo Conference tournament at Bellevue College.
Juanita, the regular-season champion, had defeated Liberty twice during the season. However, the Patriots took control in tournament contest by shooting to a 19-12 first-quarter lead. Liberty held a commanding 32-21 lead at halftime.
Danni Sjolander and Aspen Winegar each scored 15 points to lead the Patriots.
Liberty plays Mount Si at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in the tournament title game. Mount Si defeated Mercer Island 61-49 in the other semifinal.
The top four KingCo teams and the top eight from the Metro League advance to the Sea-King District Tournament, which begins Saturday.
Skyline boys win tournament opener
The Skyline High School boys basketball team held off a late charge by visiting Inglemoor on Tuesday to post a 48-42 victory in the first round of the 4A KingCo Conference tournament.
Skyline shot to a 13-5 first-quarter lead and stayed in front for good. The Spartans led 40-28 going into the final quarter.
Will Parker, returning to the lineup after missing some games because of an injury, led the Spartans with 14 points. Lucas Shannon and Kasen Williams each scored 12 points.
Skyline plays Ballard at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Juanita High School. Ballard defeated Eastlake 71-57 in a first-round contest. Top-ranked Garfield meets Newport at 8:15 p.m. in the other semifinal. Garfield downed Redmond 77-65 in a first-round game.
Issaquah’s Roeder earns All-America honors
Issaquah High School’s Rachel Roeder was one of four Washington volleyball players named to the 2010 PrepVolleyball.com All-America list.
Roeder earlier was named the state player of the year after leading the Eagles to the Class 4A state championship match.
Leigh-Ann Haataja, of Jackson, Gabby Bird-Vogel, of Seattle Prep, and Shelby Cheslek, of Pullman, were other Washington players selected for All-America honors.
Issaquah boys finish with wins
First-year Issaquah High School boys basketball coach Jason Griffith hoped his team would finish the season with meaningful victories. The Eagles did that last week with wins against Skyline and Redmond.
Despite the two wins, Issaquah fell short of qualifying for the 4A KingCo Conference tournament, which began Tuesday. The Eagles ended league play with a 5-9 mark and in fifth place of the Crest Division.
Nevertheless, the victories were special for the Eagles, who had lost to Skyline and Redmond earlier this season.
Issaquah defeated Crest Division-leading Skyline, 59-56, in overtime Feb. 1. The Eagles trailed by 10 points at halftime, but fought back in the second half. Issaquah outscored Skyline 11-8 in overtime.
Nick Price led Issaquah with 18 points. Nik Landdeck and Fletcher Martin each had 11 points. Max Browne topped Skyline with 18 points and Lucas Shannon had 11 points.
Price had 15 points Feb. 4 to lead Issaquah past Redmond, 60-55. Martin added 12 points and Landdeck 10.
Issaquah ended the regular season with an 8-12 record.
After the game, the mood of the Issaquah team resembled one having won a title. When the coaches entered the locker room, they were showered with water as players celebrated the win and the season.
“This was such a great feeling as that is an example of the type of characteristics we want to build at Issaquah,” Griffith said. “The wins will come, but the memories that last a lifetime are what high school sports are about.”
Liberty boys basketball season ends
The Liberty High School boys basketball season came to an end Feb. 5 when the Patriots lost to Mount Si, 53-47, in a first-round, loser-out 3A KingCo Conference tournament game.
Chandler Jenkins scored 19 points for the Patriots, who finished the season 5-14.
It was the second loss by Liberty to Mount Si last week. In a regular season game Feb. 3, Mount Si defeated the Patriots, 74-55. Jenkins scored a season-high 31 points for the Patriots.
Skyline takes second, Issaquah third at 4A KingCo wrestling
The Skyline High School wrestling team finished second Feb. 5 at the 4A KingCo Conference tournament at Juanita High School. The Spartans had 178 points. Issaquah was third with 166.5. Inglemoor, which went undefeated during the regular season, took the tournament title with 253 points.
Issaquah had individual champions in Max Tickman and David White. Tickman won the 112-pound class by pinning Shane Merrill, of Inglemoor. White captured the 145-pound class with a 10-4 decision against Brandon Davidson, of Bothell.
Skyline’s Jordan McCaslin won the 152-pound class by defeating teammate Ian Crouch, 9-6.
Issaquah gymnasts place fifth
The Issaquah High School gymnastics team placed fifth Feb. 5 at the 4A KingCo Conference championships at Ballard High School.
The Eagles had 1602.2 points. Newport won the team title with 174.95 points.
Issaquah’s Olivia Goree tied Newport’s Malie Fujii for sixth place in the all-around category with a 35.25. A.J. Bowers, of Issaquah, was ninth with a 33.9.
Bowers placed third on the vault with a 9.3.
In the 3A KingCo championships at Lake Washington, Liberty finished third with 143.65 points. Mount Si took the team title with 155.025 points.
Liberty’s Tia Riley was second on the vault with an 8.525. Shawna Farrett, of Liberty, was third on the balance beam with a 8.2.
Local athletes sign letters of intent
Last week was a busy time for several local high school athletes, who signed national letters of intent.
Issaquah High School had a special ceremony to recognize athletes who signed national letters of intent Feb. 2 or had previously signed letters with colleges.
Among the Issaquah athletes headed for the college ranks are Rachel Roeder (volleyball) with Western Washington, Sarah Hanna (volleyball) with Princeton, Jay Deines (football) with Eastern Washington, Blaire Brady (women’s basketball) with Idaho State, Maddey Pflaumer (women’s basketball) with Seattle Pacific, and Haley Jacobson (track and field) with Washington. Nik Landdeck, a four-year starter in football, announced that he will walk on at Idaho.
Among the Skyline athletes who signed national letters of intent were Connor Cree (football) and Kasen Williams (football) with Washington, Michael Ford (football) with American International College, Madi Barney (women’s soccer) with Central Florida, Brittanee Randle (women’s soccer) with Missouri, Kyle Olmstead (men’s soccer) with Eckered College, and Braxton Griffin (men’s soccer) and Jake Bechtel (men’s soccer) with Humboldt State. Jordan Simone (football) will walk on at Washington State.
Liberty’s Chandler Jenkins (football) has signed with the Air Force Academy and Jake Bainton (football) signed a letter of intent with Central Washington.
Issaquah grad signs with North Dakota
When he played junior football in Issaquah, Joey Bradley like a lot of his grade-school chums dreamed of playing NCAA Division I football one day. Bradley’s dream has come true.
The Issaquah High School graduate, who starred at quarterback for Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., last fall, has transferred to the University of North Dakota, which recently moved up to the Division I ranks.
Bradley had a sensational season in 2010. He led the California Community College Association in passing with 3,636 yards and 33 touchdowns. He led the nation in yards per game while directing the Vikings to an 8-2 record.
The former Eagle standout will enroll at North Dakota for the spring semester.
Issaquah eighth grade boys take two
The Issaquah eighth grade select boys basketball team won two games last week to remain in first place in the Eastside Travel League.
Issaquah defeated Mount Si, 77-39. Sam Brakken and Chase Perkins each scored 13 points to lead Issaquah. Brakken had 19 points and Stetson Kalilikane had 18 points as Issaquah defeated Liberty, 67-41.
Issaquah is 26-2 overall and 13-0 in league play.
Issaquah eighth grade girls edge Bothell
The Issaquah Eagles eighth grade select girls basketball team edged Bothell, 51-50, Jan. 29 in a Puget Sound Traveling League contest.
Devan Talley topped Issaquah with 12 points and eight steals. Annie Hoffman, Sophie Foreman and Emily Winterstein each had nine points.