Skyline, Issaquah wrestling teams open season with wins

December 9, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Dec. 9, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah High School wrestling teams opened their KingCo Conference 4A seasons Thursday with victories.

Skyline hosted Ballard and Roosevelt in a double dual. The Spartans crushed Ballard 66-15 and topped Roosevelt 46-36.

Issaquah overwhelmed visiting Redmond 60-18.

In the Skyline-Ballard match, Griffin Howlett (113), Jerred Kiss (126), Tyler White (138), Tyler Aguirre (145), Ian Crouch (152), Michael Mecham (160) and Douglas Lawson (170) recorded pins for the Spartans.

In the Skyline-Roosevelt match, Nathan Swanson (106), Howlett, Tristan Steciw (120), White, Crouch, Lawson and Cyrus Sarkosh (182) had pins for the Spartans.

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Issaquah-based Pomegranate Center earns sustainability honor

December 8, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 2011

Sustainable Seattle, a regional nonprofit organization focused on steps to measure sustainability, honored the Issaquah-based Pomegranate Center on Wednesday.

The organization honored the Pomegranate Center as a Leader in Sustainability in the Personal Environment category. (The other categories included Built Environment, Social Environment and Natural Environment.)

Milenko Matanovic, a community organizer and artist, founded the Pomegranate Center in 1986.

Each category featured a pair of honorees — one nominee recognized for leadership in sustainability and one nominee recognized for innovation in sustainability.

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Youth soccer club holds toy collection at Issaquah High School

December 8, 2011

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Dec. 8, 2011

The Issaquah Soccer Club is holding a toy drive to benefit Seattle Children’s.

For the last day of the drive, the group will collect new, unwrapped toys from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The drive was the brainchild of two club players, Jaden Humbyrd and Brooke Mayes. Both are 8 years old and play for the ISC Gunners.

“The girls are very excited about giving the toys to the kids and hope for a great last day of donations,” said Jaden’s mother, Sherida Humbyrd.

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University House holds pancake breakfast to aid Eastside Fire & Rescue

December 8, 2011

NEW— 11:50 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011

In support of Eastside Fire & Rescue, University House Issaquah is holding a pancake breakfast from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the retirement community.

University House is hoping to raise $1,500, enough to aid in the purchase of an Oceanid, a watercraft that helps with swift water and flood rescues, said University House’s Nicole Francois. Because of budget cuts, Eastside Fire & Rescue cannot afford to make the purchase themselves.

Pancake breakfast tickets are $5 per person. Visitors also can take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus for a $2 donation. Last year, about 250 people attended the pancake breakfast and raised $1,300. Read more

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Donate toys at Bartell Drugs for Salvation Army toy drive

December 8, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011

Bartell Drugs and the Salvation Army joined forces during the holiday season to provide gifts to children in need.

Bartell’s is collecting new, unwrapped toys during the eighth-annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive through Sunday. The drugstore chain is collecting toys at all 58 locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The local Bartell’s is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Bartell’s and the Salvation Army plan to distribute the toys to low-income children and adolescents the week before Christmas the Salvation Army’s toy warehouses.

Founded in Seattle in 1890, Bartell Drugs owns stores in Western Washington. The family-owned and operated drugstore chain is the nation’s oldest drugstore chain.

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Unbeaten Patriots basketball team overcomes Bellevue

December 8, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team overcame a nine-point halftime deficit Wednesday and rallied for a 50-47 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against host Bellevue.

Liberty, 2-0 in league and 4-0 overall, trailed 30-21 at halftime. However, the Patriots shot ahead in the third quarter by outscoring Bellevue 14-4.

Delane Agnew paced Liberty with 14 points. Aspen Winegar added 13 points and Sierra Carlson had six points for Liberty.

Bellevue’s Katie Savard led all players with 19 points.

In other league action, it was Mercer Island 48, Sammamish 36; Juanita 52, Lake Washington 40; and Mount Si 53, Interlake 37.

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Tent City 4 needs help to prepare, serve holiday season meals

December 7, 2011

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011

Tent City 4 organizers need a hand to prepare and serve meals at the homeless encampment.

Elizabeth Maupin, Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition coordinator and Tent City 4 organizer, asked for volunteers for Dec. 26 and 31.

Maupin and Earle Jones plan to coordinate the Dec. 31 meal. In order to complete the process, Maupin and Jones need a half dozen or so volunteers to help. Contact Maupin at to volunteer for either meal or to ask questions.

Organizers offer answers to frequently asked questions about serving meals at the campsite on the Tent City 4 website. The team also uses a frequently updated online calendar to track meals for Tent City 4.

Groups serving meals to Tent City 4 residents include faith organizations, families, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and more.

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DownTown Issaquah Association director resigns

December 7, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011

The leader of the DownTown Issaquah Association — the second person to hold the post since board members replaced the longtime executive director in February — resigned Tuesday, after only a few months on the job.

“I have not been empowered by the DIA Board to accomplish the goals they set for themselves or for me,” Executive Director Annique Bennett said in a message emailed to association board members Tuesday afternoon. “I have enjoyed working with each of you and wish you the best of luck on your community wine events and marketing.”

The announcement came a day before a major event on the DownTown Issaquah Association calendar, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the historic Hailstone Feed Store.

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Issaquah High School boys swimming team nips Newport

December 7, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys swimming team captured the final event of the meet Tuesday as the Eagles defeated host Newport 89-87 at Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool.

Willy Matsuda, Spencer McCulloh, Austin Melody and Brian Ruggles composed the 400 freestyle relay for Issaquah as the Eagles won a thrilling race in a state-qualifying time of 3 minutes, 25.44 seconds. The Eagles just edged Newport for first in the event. Newport was a close second in a state-qualifying time of 3:25.85.

Issaquah also took first place in the other two relays.

Matsuda, Melody, Gabe Florsheim and David Nam won the opening race of the meet, the 200 medley relay, in a state-qualifying time of 1:44.33. McCulloh, Florsheim, Nam and Ruggles composed Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay, which took first in 1:34.63.

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Liberty boys swimming team battles Mercer Island

December 7, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2011

For many years, when the Liberty High School boys swimming team met perennial power Mercer Island, the latter team yawned and used the meet almost like a warmup.

But that was not the case Tuesday when the Patriots grabbed first place in nine of 12 events and almost upset the defending 3A state champions. Mercer Island prevailed 95-90 but the Islanders got one tough battle from the Patriots in Boehm Pool.

Mercer Island’s depth was the difference in the meet. While Liberty grabbed the most first places, the Islanders captured the majority of the runnerup places.

Liberty had nine state-qualifying times in the meet. Senior Logan Briggs and freshman Nick Klatt each won two events in state-qualifying times.

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