Shorthanded Issaquah girls fall to seventh-ranked Bellarmine, 64-37

January 18, 2011

They wore her number on their arms and carried her spirit in their hearts.

The fourth-ranked Issaquah Eagles wanted nothing more than to win this game for their fallen leader, senior point guard Blaire Brady, who suffered a knee injury Jan. 14. But inspiration and intention weren’t enough against a multitalented Bellarmine Prep team in the Northwest All-Stars Assist for Live girls basketball event Jan. 15 at Steilacoom High School.

No. 7 Bellarmine, with three NCAA Division I players, rolled to a 64-37 victory. Read more

Eagles finally return to home floor

January 18, 2011

Olivia Goree leads Issaquah to second-place on senior night

 Olivia Goree, Issaquah High School senior, is way high and upside down while earning 9.8 on her floor routine Jan. 13 as teammates look on. By Greg Farrar

Olivia Goree capped off Issaquah High School’s first home gymnastics meet in a couple of years Jan. 13 by winning the floor competition.

Not only did her score of 9.8 help her garner a fourth-place finish in the all around rankings, but it put a nice little highlight on the team’s senior night of recognition, coach Ryan Fleisher said.

“It was a nice little neat and tidy bow at the end of the meet,” Fleisher said.

Bothell won the meet with 168.4 points, Issaquah took second with 167.85, Roosevelt scored 160.55 and Eastlake was fourth with its highest score of the year at 135.1. Read more

Wolves girls basketball team overcomes Spartans, wins 45-33

January 18, 2011

A scrum of Eastlake and Skyline basketball players wrestles for ball possession during the third quarter Jan. 14. As the game went on, both teams struggled to control the ball. By Christopher Huber

As the clock ran out in the Eastlake High School gymnasium, the Skyline High School defense tried to make something work. The Spartans had pressed hard all game and fought for the team’s fair share of turnovers. But Eastlake sent junior guard Caleigh McCabe to the line three times in the final 1 minute, 39 seconds. She made four of six and put the score out of reach.

It was a physical battle Jan. 14, but the Wolves won it with strong rebounding, while the shots just wouldn’t fall for Skyline. Read more

Students snap photos to strengthen sister-city ties

January 18, 2011

Sarah Cluff snapped a photo of ducks and a toddler for a sister cities photo contest. By Sarah Cluff

Students snapped photos of a mountain panorama, football practice and “Copper Clad” — the metal horse sculpture downtown — to showcase Issaquah in a recent sister-cities photo contest.

The inaugural photo contest included students in Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, in a transatlantic effort to foster cultural ties between students in both places. Read more

Eastlake gets surprise 54-50 win over Skyline

January 18, 2011

Just when it looked like the Skyline High School boys basketball team was headed for a share of the lead in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings, the Spartans ran into Sammamish Plateau rival Eastlake.

Eastlake, which had been in the cellar with Issaquah, surprised the Spartans 54-50 Jan. 14 and snapped the Spartans’ three-game winning streak. Read more

Press Editorial

January 18, 2011

Council is taking too long to fill vacancy

The race is on to fill the open seat on the City Council — but this time, instead of impressing voters, the successful candidate must charm four out of six council members to earn a coveted seat at the table.

We don’t see any reason why it should take nearly the length of an election season to choose a replacement for the seat left vacant by Maureen McCarry’s resignation.

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To the Editor

January 18, 2011

Trees

Cutting down problem trees solves powerline, woodstove supply issues

In the Dec. 22 issue of The Press, there were two articles that need to be addressed. There was one about trees knocking out the power to many residences. The other one was a letter to the editor addressing burning of wood.

Both seem to address the impact of the tree huggers’ policies on other people’s way of life. If the trees were cut out along the power lines, the many wind storms that transverse the area would not cause so much discomfort for so many people, each and every year. These tree cuttings could be used by those people with wood burning stoves and/or fireplaces as a source of heat energy that comes from a renewable source.

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For bountiful Italian options, that’s Amante

January 18, 2011

Since Amante Pizza and Pasta moved from its old location on Locust Street to its newer digs in downtown Issaquah, we felt it was an opportune time to revisit this Italian eatery.

Those who were fond of Amante’s quaint, Italian villa vibe may be disappointed in the new mix of faux-industrial Tuscan décor.

A dining companion astutely noted the sparse interior could have done with booths lining the walls. And individual lamps extending over the tables would add some much-needed intimacy. Read more

Organizers hope schoolwide 5K run inspires life fitness

January 18, 2011

Issaquah High School students try to stay warm during a 5K involving more than 600 students. By Laura Geggel

The temperature hovered in the mid 30s, but that didn’t stop 621 Issaquah High School students from lacing up their shoes and donning their purple sweatshirts for the first schoolwide 5K run Jan. 11.

Sophomore Madison Wernik admitted the course was challenging, but said, “I was kind of excited, actually. It just seems like a good idea. It unifies us.” Read more

Off the Press

January 18, 2011

Asking age does not warrant violence

Tim Pfarr Press reporter

Do you mind if I ask your age?

As a reporter, I occasionally have to ask this question. Although people are often happy to disclose their ages, there are always those who get a little too self-conscious about how long they’ve been kicking around.

But when does this feeling of old age begin? Is it at 40 years? Maybe 50? Perhaps as young as 30?! Then again, it might start when grandpa finds out you want to give him 90 spankings for his birthday. Read more

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