Two local wrestlers grab regional titles
February 15, 2011
David White, of Issaquah High School, and Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Feb. 12 in their respective regional wrestling tournaments.
White captured the 145-pound class at the Region II Tournament at Skyline. He defeated Austin Henderson, of Bethel, 7-2 in the final. White was the only 4A KingCo Conference wrestler to win a regional title.
He opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory against Bothell’s Dustin Rhode and defeated Inglemoor’s Brian Trabun 13-2 in the semifinals.
Issaquah teammate Max Tickman placed third in the 112-pound class after defeating Brett Dykman, of Beamer, 10-4. Almen Thorpe, of Issaquah, took fifth in the 135-pound class with a 7-0 victory against Redmond’s Brandon Long. Sean Novak, of Issaquah, placed fifth in the 140-pound class after pinning Eastlake’s Nykolai Peterson in 2:26.
Issaquah finished ninth in the tournament with 56 points. Graham-Kapowsin took first place with 194 points.
All four Issaquah wrestlers advance to the Mat Classic, Feb. 18-19 in the Tacoma Dome.
Skyline’s Jordan McCaslin took third in the 152-pound class by defeating teammate Ian Crouch 7-4 in the final. The Spartans had two wrestlers place in the 103-pound class, with Griffin Howlett taking fourth and Joseph DeMatteo taking fifth. All four Skyline wrestlers will compete in the Mat Classic, the state championship tournament for wrestlers.
Noel, who took second at state last year in the 145-pound class, finished first in the 152-pound class at the Region I Tournament at Glacier Peak. He defeated Adolph Rivas, of Mount Vernon, 9-3.
Noel won his first two matches easily. He scored a 21-5 technical fall against Drew Arbanasin, of Shorecrest, in the first round, and followed that up with a 23-8 technical fall against Colin Small, of Bellevue, in the semifinals.
Liberty teammate Jay Chakravarty placed third in the 160-pound class after dominating Mount Si’s AJ Brevick, 11-0.
Both Noel and Chakravarty will compete in the Mat Classic.
Two Issaquah High School gymnasts place at district meet
Olivia Goree, of Issaquah High School, placed fifth in the all-around category Feb. 12 at the 4A District II gymnastics championships at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.
Goree scored a 35.175. She took fourth in the uneven parallel bars with an 8.425 and fourth on the balance beam with a 9.175.
A.J. Bowers, of Issaquah, took third on the vault with a 9.075.
Goree and Bowers will both compete in the state championships Feb. 18-19 at the Tacoma Dome.
Eagles finish third in swimming
The Issaquah High School boys swimming team didn’t capture any first places, but the Eagles had plenty of high places Feb. 12 as they finished third in the 4A Sea-King District Championships at the University of Washington.
Issaquah had 196.5 points to barely finish behind first-place Roosevelt, which had 208 points; and second-place Newport, which had 198. Skyline was seventh with 104.5 points.
Austin Melody, Brian Ruggles and Willy Matsuda each had second places and swam as members of two relay teams that took second.
Melody had a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, .04 seconds finishing behind Garfield’s Andrew Nemeth, who took first in 1:59.54, in the 200 individual medley. In addition, Melody placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:03.20.
Ruggles took second in the 50 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 22.32. Eastlake’s Edward Kim won the race with a district-record time of 21.97. Ruggles also took third in the 100 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 49.23. Kim again took first with another district-record time of 41.32.
Matsuda had a state-qualifying time of 54.93 in taking second in the 100 butterfly. Newport’s Dehlan Gwo beat him with 54.57. Gentry Gevers, of Issaquah, took third in the race. Matsuda was third in the 100 backstroke.
Issaquah took second in the 200 medley relay with a state-qualifying time of 1:42.82. Gevers, Melody, Matsuda and Ruggles made up the relay team. Eastlake took first in the race in 1:40.20. The Eagles were second in the 400 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 3:20.77. Matsuda, Skyler Kersten, Melody and Ruggles made up the relay team.
Patriots come in sixth at district
The Liberty High School boys swimming team placed sixth in the 3A Sea-King District Championships at Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool Feb. 12.
The Patriots had 107 points.
Logan Briggs, of Liberty, placed third in the 200 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 43.68 seconds. Eastside Catholic’s Ethan Hallowell won the event with an All-America time of 1:39.28.
Briggs also placed second in the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 4:39.17. He anchored the Patriots’ 200 medley relay team, which placed fifth in a state-qualifying time of 1:43.76. Luke Duschl, Raymond Ha and Kevin Hays were other members of the relay team.
Ha took second in the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:20.49.
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 Feb. 8. 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 scored 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 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.
Athletes sign letters of intent
Several local high school athletes have 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.
Eighth-grade girls win twice
The Issaquah Eagles eighth-grade girls select basketball team won two Puget Sound Traveling League games last weekend.
Issaquah defeated Lake Washington, 42-22, Feb. 12. Annie Hoffman led Issaquah with 16 points. Devan Talley contributed 12 points and eight steals. Maggie Ciszewski was Issaquah’s leading rebounder with seven.
Talley had 12 points Feb. 13 when Issaquah downed Liberty, 31-22. Hoffman added seven points and Ciszewski yanked down seven rebounds.
The week before, Issaquah edged Bothell, 51-50, Jan. 29. Talley topped Issaquah with 12 points and eight steals. Hoffman, Sophie Foreman and Emily Winsterstein each had nine points.
Eighth-grade boys win tournament
The Issaquah eighth-grade boys select basketball team captured the Oregon Seaside Tournament last weekend.
The team decided to get Mohawk haircuts, which apparently worked as Issaquah scored 114 points in its first tournament game. Issaquah defeated Toledo, 60-35, in the title game.
Issaquah is 30-2 overall and 13-0 in the Eastside Travel League.
The week before, Issaquah defeated Mount Si, 77-39. Sam Brakken and Chase Perkins each had 13 points to lead Issaquah. Brakken had 19 points and Stetson Kalilikane had 18 points when Issaquah topped Liberty, 67-41.
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.
Skyline grad reaches 600
Maddie Maloney, a former Skyline High School standout, scored 10 points Feb. 10 to help the Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball team defeat Northwest Nazarene, 65-62, in a Northwest Athletic Conference game at Brougham Pavilion.
Maloney scored six of the last eight points for the Falcons. She now has 600 career points.