Liberty girls soccer keeps rolling

September 27, 2011

The Liberty High School girls soccer team won two games last week to maintain a share of the KingCo Conference 3A/2A lead.

Kailiana Johnson and Kiana Hafferty each scored two goals Sept. 20 as Liberty blasted visiting Sammamish, 6-0.

Kali Youngdahl also had a goal and two assists for Liberty.

Liberty goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded the shutout.

Hafferty’s goal at the 37th minute Sept. 22 proved to be the difference as Liberty edged host Lake Washington, 2-1.

Cassidy Nangle put Liberty ahead 1-0 on a goal at the eighth minute. Lake Washington tied the score at the 27th minute on a goal by Emily Bunnell.

Liberty improved its league record to 4-0 with the victory and remained in a tie with Interlake for first place.

The Patriots have won five straight games since losing their season opener to Skyline, 1-0, in a nonleague contest.

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Issaquah girls cross country continues strong start

September 27, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team improved their record to 4-0 when they defeated Woodinville and Roosevelt Sept. 21 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet at Redmond’s Marymoor Park.

Issaquah had a first-place total of 26 points. Woodinville was second with 45 and Roosevelt was third with 60. Ellie Clawson was Issaquah’s top runner, taking second on the 3.1-mile course in 20:02. Ellie Hendrickson and Abby Wilson captured the fourth and fifth places for Issaquah. Rachel Osgood, Emily Winterstein and Cayla Seligman went seven, eighth and nine, respectively.

The Eagles are off to their best start since 2005.

In the boys meet, Roosevelt took first place with 19 points. Issaquah was second with 43 and Woodinville was third with 75. Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top runner, taking second in 17:21.

Both Skyline teams defeated Newport Sept. 21 at Klahanie Park. The Skyline boys won 21-45 and the girls won 26-33.

In the boys race, Skyline’s Keegan Symmes finished first in 15:41. Teammates Kevin Tidball and Joey Nakao took second and third.

In the girls race, Samantha Krahling was Skyline’s top runner, taking second in 20:25.


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Issaquah golfers out-shoot Newport

September 27, 2011

Weston Mui and Bryan Jung each shot 1-over-par 37s Sept. 19 to lead the Issaquah High School boys golf team to a 190-200 victory against visiting Newport at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mui, Jung and Newport’s Kevin Zhao tied for medalist honors.

Aaron Tham shot a 38, Taylor Swingle and Danny Baumer had 39s for Issaquah.

“We did not play pretty well, but we played well enough to win the match,” Issaquah coach Tom Bakamus said.

It was the second straight match where Mui earned a share of the medalist honors.

“Weston has been playing real solid for us,” Bakamus said. “Tham and Swingle have been pretty solid, too.”

The KingCo Conference 4A victory was the third straight for Issaquah, which opened the season with a loss to powerful Redmond.

Issaquah entered the season with 14 players on the roster. Bakamus noted that this team has no star players.

“But we have pretty good golfers,” he said.

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Liberty swimmers drop close meet

September 27, 2011

The Liberty High School girls swimming team lost to Interlake, 97.5-82.5, Sept. 20 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A meet.

Mackenna Briggs, Cecilia Nelson and Elise Tinseth each won two events and swam as members of Liberty’s winning 400 freestyle relay team.

Briggs won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.74 and the 100 backstroke in 1:03.91. Nelson captured the 50 freestyle in 27.62 and the 100 freestyle in 1:00.48. Tinseth took the 200 individual medley in 2:18.68 and the 500 freestyle in 5:30.71.

Briggs, Nelson, Tinseth and Caitlin Duffner made up Liberty’s winning 400 freestyle relay team, which finished first in 4:03.38.

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Issaquah, Skyline win soccer league opener

September 27, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah high school girls soccer teams each won their KingCo Conference 4A openers Sept. 20 with shutouts.

Skyline, 5-0-1 overall, nipped host Newport, 1-0. Sydne Tingey, assisted by Brooke Bofto, scored Skyline’s goal at the 43rd minute.

Audrey Thomas and Lyrik Fryer each had a goal and an assist as they led Issaquah to a 4-0 victory against visiting Inglemoor. Jocelyn Eng and Annie Hoffman also scored goals for the Eagles. Goalkeeper Ashley Batistich recorded the shutout.

On Sept. 22, the Eagles and Roosevelt battled to a 2-2 draw. Delany Foreman and Annie Hoffman scored Issaquah’s goals.


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Sports Calendar

September 27, 2011

Adult sports

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

Oct. 7, 10 a.m., Dogs Welcome Hike, 4-6 miles, 800- to 1,000-foot elevation gain. Call 481-2341.

Cascade Bicycle Club

Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m., Marymoor-Issaquah-Beaver Lake, 33 miles from Marymoor Park east parking lot. Call 206-523-2205 … Oct. 1, 9 a.m., Lake Sammamish Coffee Break, 34 miles from Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. Call 681-1521.


Oct. 2, 7:30 a.m., Rotary Run at 1185 N.W. Gilman Blvd. There will be a 10K race, a 5K fun run/walk, and a 1K kids run. For information and to register, go to

Pickle ball

Issaquah Parks provides pickle ball at the community center from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8-10 a.m. Saturdays. Rackets and nets are provided. Call 837-3000.

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Arts Calendar

September 27, 2011



Village Theatre presents “Take Me America” through Oct. 23, 303 Front St. N., $22 to $62, available at the box office, 392-2202


Michael Gotz, 7-10 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424


An opening reception for “RecycleART: Reduce, Reuse, Rethink!” is from 6-9 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30.

Ventura Highway Revisited, 8:30-11 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550

James Howard Band, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella

David Lanz Trio, featuring Gary Stroutsos on flute and Walter Gray on cello, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., $30

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African choir performs at local church to promote aid for Uganda

September 27, 2011

Watoto Children’s Choir members perform. Contributed

Rescue a child. Raise a leader. Rebuild a nation.

That’s the slogan, and the hope, of Watoto, a Ugandan church and charity organization dedicated to helping that country’s struggling youth.

“You’re changing the country from the inside out” is how Watoto’s Sherry Hanson described the organization’s mission.

Hanson is the U.S. tour coordinator for the Watoto Children’s Choir. Consisting of youths served by Watoto, the choir will perform Oct. 1 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah.

Additionally, in a bit of a coup for the church, the two founders of Watoto will be guest speakers at Eastridge’s Sunday services, at 9 and 11 a.m. Oct. 2, said Eastridge’s Heather Retzlaff.

“It’s kind of cool, we didn’t expect it,” said Retzlaff, an executive assistant at the church.

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What’s new for 2011 at local high schools?

September 27, 2011

Classes debut at new Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

It is the beginning of another year at Issaquah High School, and the school’s construction is almost complete. The old building has been entirely torn down, and the new school is completely functional at last.

With the new building comes a set of new classes, as well as the return of a few old ones. The band director, Patrick Holen, is teaching “Movies and Music,” a class based on learning about and discussing the role and use of music in film.

In the new industrial arts wing will be a ceramics class, taught by Karin Walen, a course that has been absent for a few years due to the lack of a kiln. Drama, taught by Marty Kelly Peterson, will be taking advantage of the new theater, the first Issaquah High has had. For the first time this year, drama and ceramics will be offering a second level of the course.

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King County Library System adds Kindle e-books to collection

September 27, 2011

King County Library System users on the hunt for a popular title, like say, “I Don’t Know How She Does It” — a comic tale about a mother balancing children and a career — no longer need to head to the brick-and-mortar library for a paper-and-ink book.

The library system started offering e-books to Kindle e-reader users. The rollout came as Kindle maker started offering books for the device at libraries nationwide.

“With the increase in popularity of digital readers, at about last year’s holiday gift-giving season, we ramped up our digital collection significantly,” said Marsha Iverson, public relations specialist for the Issaquah-based library system. “We kind of saw of it coming and got a little bit ahead of the curve, so we do have a good selection of digital downloads.”

Before the announcement Sept. 21, the library system offered books only on other e-readers, but not the popular Kindle. The library uses e-book distributor OverDrive for digital titles.

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