Issaquah girls basketball team nets 57-47 win over Newport

December 13, 2011

Taryn Holmes (15), Issaquah High School senior guard, is defended by Newport High School senior wing Chanel Dotson during the first quarter Dec. 9, in a game won 57-47 by the Eagles. By Greg Farrar

As Issaquah High School’s leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game, sophomore point guard Mandie Hill knows the importance of a shored-up offense.

But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t recognize when her basketball team, which is 4-2 for the season, still has improvements to make on the other end of the court.

“We realize we need to play as a team,” Hill said. “We’re really focused on defense. Our offense … we’re getting it. But our defense, we’re really close to the help position, we’re so close that it ends up being a foul. We just have to work harder there, but we’re going to be good contenders.”

Hill, who had a season-high 23 points in Issaquah’s 57-47 KingCo Conference 4A win over the visiting Newport Knights on Dec. 9, said the team, which has only three seniors, is starting to come into its own.

“Our chemistry is getting there,” she said. “We’re a young team, I’m new here… and everyone has been so great. We love each other, we’re like sisters.”

Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson agreed that continued improvement defensively will be the key to the team’s success as it looks forward to conference play.

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Liberty girls basketball team wins fourth straight

December 13, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team overcame a nine-point halftime deficit Dec. 7 and rallied for a 50-47 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against host Bellevue.

Liberty, 2-0 in the 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.

On Dec. 5, Liberty built up a 16-point first half lead and rolled to a 63-54 nonleague victory against visiting Newport,

Liberty shot to a 17-13 first quarter lead, and then blew out Newport 14-2 in the second period.

Winegar paced the victorious Patriots with 19 points. Carlson and Stephanie Yea each tallied 14 points.

Spartans win KingCo 4A girls basketball opener

The Skyline High School girls basketball team broke open a tight game by outscoring visiting Roosevelt, 18-4, in the third quarter en route to a 53-36 victory in the KingCo Conference 4A opener for both teams.

Skyline led 22-19 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

Allie Wyszynski led Skyline with 14 points and Megan Wiedeman added 13 points. Rachel Shim and Haley Smith each had eight points for Skyline, 2-1 in the season.

Skyline players lead all-conference football honors

December 13, 2011

Max Browne and Peyton Pelluer, key players in Skyline High School’s Class 4A state championship football team, captured KingCo Conference 4A all-Crest Division top honors.

Browne, a 6-foot-5 junior quarterback, was selected as the division’s offensive player of the year. During the regular season, he led KingCo in passing with 2,701 yards and he tossed 29 touchdown passes.

“Browne was so impressive this season. He has great pocket presence. He is a great leader,” Issaquah High coach Chris Bennett said.

Pelluer, a 6-1, 210-pound junior linebacker who led the league in tackles, was selected as the division’s defensive player of the year.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah demand continues to grow

December 13, 2011

Sudden hardships can expose people reeling from the effects of a down economy to even more risk — financial ruin and, in extreme cases, homelessness.

Darryl Zewe experienced such a hardship earlier in the year, after relocating from Pennsylvania to Washington. Soon after the move, he turned to Issaquah Community Services for assistance as Puget Sound Energy prepared to shut down the electricity at Zewe’s Issaquah apartment.

“They were so kind and they went way out of their way to provide some money for me,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting that. I was expecting the worst.”

Issaquah Community Services President Marilyn Taylor said the organization started to experience increased demand for assistance after the economy weakened late in the past decade.

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Press Editorial

December 13, 2011

Kudos for medical marijuana rules

Bravo to the City Council, Planning Department, and medical marijuana advocates and patients for crafting a sensible solution to the debate about collective gardens in the city.

The ordinance adopted Dec. 5 reflects compassion and understanding on the part of city leaders. Moreover, the legislation adds commonsense regulations to collective gardens. Limiting the operations near schools, daycare centers and other public spaces is smart.

The decision is also a courageous act. Even as other Washington cities and the federal government fail to recognize marijuana’s medical merits, local leaders made a reaffirming stand for patients’ rights. In Washington, medical marijuana patients suffer from the most debilitating and painful conditions — AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and more.

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Issaquah’s Audrey Thomas earns top honors

December 13, 2011

Issaquah High School soccer standout Audrey Thomas hauled in some more honors last week. Thomas was selected the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Washington State High School Player of the Year.

In addition, she was selected to the association’s All-Far West Region Team and named an All-American.

Previously, Thomas was named the KingCo Conference 4A Most Valuable Player and was selected to all-league first team. She led KingCo in scoring this season with 31 points, which included a league-leading 10 goals.

“She had a pretty good year,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said.

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance seeks $15,000 in stolen tools

December 13, 2011

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance members need help to recover $15,000 worth of equipment and tools stolen from Duthie Hill Park near Issaquah.

Thieves broke into the nonprofit organization’s storage boxes and trailer late Nov. 29 or early Nov. 30, and then stole chainsaws and other trail building and maintenance equipment.

Mike Westra, project manager for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, learned about the incident Nov. 30, after another staffer called to report the gate to the equipment storage area had been left open overnight.

“He called me while he was driving down the access road to get into the central clearing where all of our stuff is to tell me, ‘Hey, somebody left the gate open last night,’” Westra said. “Immediately, alarm bells went off in my head, because he didn’t know it, but I was the last one out on the night before.”

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Teacher’s trek through rainforest blossoms in Liberty classrooms

December 13, 2011

Liberty High School biology teacher Erin Stephens spent a few days living with a modest farming family in this home in Costa Rica. Contributed

Probably somewhat predictably, her students wanted to know, among other things, what a Costa Rican McDonald’s looks like.

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In another shakeup, DownTown Issaquah Association leader resigns

December 13, 2011

The leader of the DownTown Issaquah Association resigned Dec. 6 — after only a few months on the job and less than a year after board members replaced the organization’s longtime executive director.

Executive Director Annique Bennett joined the organization as cultural events coordinator in early spring and then, months after another employee left the organization, board members promoted Bennett to the top spot.

“I have not been empowered by the DIA board to accomplish the goals they set for themselves or for me,” she said in a resignation emailed to association board members. “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 swim team sprints by Inglemoor

December 13, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys swimming team captured all three relays, winning two in state-qualifying times, as the Eagles cruised by visiting Inglemoor, 103-82, Dec. 8 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 43.62 seconds. Willy Matsuda, Brian Ruggles, Gabe Florsheim and Dave Nam made up the relay team.

Matsuda, Spencer McCulloh, Nam and Ruggles made up Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay team, which had a state-qualifying time of 1:33.21.

The Eagles closed out the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:30.81. McCulloh, Nam, Florsheim and Melody made up the relay team.

Ruggles won two other races. He captured the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:02.93 and finished first in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.40.

Other Issaquah first places came from Melody in the 200 freestyle, Florsheim in the 50 freestyle and Matsuda in the 100 freestyle.

On Dec. 6, Issaquah topped host Newport, 89-87, at Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool.

Matsuda, McCulloh, Melody and Ruggles made up the 400 freestyle relay team for Issaquah as the Eagles won a thrilling race in a state-qualifying time of 3:25.44. 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, Florsheim and 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 made up Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay team, which took first in 1:34.63.

Melody won the 500 freestyle in 5:13.58 and took the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.38.

Other Issaquah first places came from Matsuda in the 100 backstroke, Ruggles in the 200 freestyle and Spencer Gevers in diving.

The two victories boosted Issaquah’s KingCo Conference 4A record to 4-0.

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