Skyview stands in way of Skyline’s sixth title

November 29, 2011

The Sky is definitely the limit.

Two high schools, both with “Sky” in their names, who opened the same year (1997), collide at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 for the 4A state football championship in the Tacoma Dome.

Skyline’s Spartans (10-3) will be seeking a sixth state title. The Spartans have won a state title four times in the past five years. The Tacoma Dome has been like a second home field for the Spartans, who have won nine of their last 10 games in the stadium.

Skyview (11-2), located down in Vancouver, Wash., is making its first title appearance. The closest the Storm has ever come to the finals was in 2009 when it lost to Ferris, 46-41, in the semifinals.

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Press Editorial

November 29, 2011

Shorter school year saves, makes sense

Gov. Christine Gregoire has floated a couple of ideas to deal with the state’s budget crisis. One of those is a half-penny-per-dollar increase to the sales tax, to go before voters in March. First, legislators would have to approve the ballot measure. The new revenue would be targeted for education.

Another idea to help local school districts deal with looming budget cuts would be for the state to reduce the required number of school days per year. We like the idea, although we acknowledge that it would be a burden for working parents who have to pay for more child care — or would it?

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Family keeps up the fight against ‘silent killer,’ cystic fibrosis

November 29, 2011

Molly Hamilton

Erin Hamilton remembers the day “life stopped.” She was on Exit 13, on her way home from Seattle Children’s, her 10-day old daughter strapped snuggly in her car seat, her husband by her side.

“Molly has cystic fibrosis,” the doctor told her.

Hamilton doesn’t remember much after that.

“Those two words were like hearing a death sentence,” she said.

That moment was the beginning of a journey full of tears, pain and frustration, as Hamilton and her husband Bill sought to educate themselves and those around them about a disease little understood, but one where significant advancements have been occurring to extend the life of those afflicted.

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Humble and respected, Liberty’s Josh Gordon is a quiet success

November 29, 2011

Liberty High School senior Josh Gordon, a leading receiver for the Patriots in 3A KingCo football, is being recruited by the University of Washington and Brigham Young University. Contributed

Josh Gordon, a standout athlete in track and football, Eagle Scout, honor student and brother, identified himself as a competitor at a young age.

Gordon and his father were attending a University of Washington football game and Josh pointed to the field.

“Someday, I’m going to make a touchdown there,” Josh told his father.

Now 17 and attending his final year at Liberty High School, Gordon is working hard to make good on that promise. He’s the leading receiver for KingCo in 3A football, and if football doesn’t work out, Gordon will look to track and field. As a junior, he won first place at state in the long jump and 1,600 relay, adding to the second-place medal he earned as a sophomore.

One would think his success might change his personality, or make him susceptible to the culture of boastful talking.

Not Gordon.

“Josh is the most humble kid you will meet,” said Mike Smith, the boys coach for track and field at Liberty. “He wants to be on the relay, not just individual sports, and if someone needs help, he’s the first one to jump in, taking time out of his own practice.”

It’s a trait that has won him the respect and admiration of his teammates on both fields of play, said Steve Valach, Liberty football coach.

“When we were down 21 and four in with Juanita, we had seconds on the clock. Josh caught the ball and ran it back for the game-winning touchdown,” Valach said

No jumping up and down. No grandstanding.

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MOHAI honors Newcastle Elementary School’s Liza Rickey as Teacher of the Year

November 29, 2011

Newcastle Elementary instructor Liza Rickey, recently named the MOHAI Teacher of the Year for 2011, presides over her fourth grade class, leading them through a math lesson. Photos By Tom Corrigan

Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Liza Rickey leaves no doubt that part of her teaching philosophy is to challenge her students as much as possible. Read more

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Issaquah’s Audrey Thomas named 4A KingCo most valuable player

November 29, 2011

Several athletes make all-league soccer team

Audrey Thomas (left), Issaquah junior midfielder, and Brooke Bofto, Skyline sophomore midfielder, battle during the Oct. 18 soccer match. By Greg Farrar

One of the smallest players in KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer had a mighty big impact this season.

Audrey Thomas, just 4-feet-11, was a dynamo on the pitch for Issaquah High School. The junior midfielder led the conference in scoring and sparked the Eagles to the 4A state tournament.

She was also selected the league’s most valuable player.

“She won it by a landslide,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said. “She was just so dynamic.”

Although on the small side, Thomas commanded respect from every team she played against.

Thomas scored a league-leading 10 goals and had 11 assists to tally a league-leading 31 points.

“She is extremely quick and she can jump like nobody’s business,” Bunnell said. “She has the whole package. She has a great knowledge of the game and very good vision. Teams would come up with plans trying to stop her, and she always would find a way to avoid that plan. She is tough physically and can take a hit.”

Thomas was joined on the all-KingCo first team by teammate Lyrik Fryer, a freshman defender.

“Lyrik is fantastic,” Bunnell said. “She really took to the position. She had a great freshman season.”

Fryer’s speed made her a force on defense.

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Off the Press

November 29, 2011

Getting carried away is a sign of season

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Is it too early for a holiday column? I don’t think so and I hope not because, well, here goes…

… And let’s start at the beginning. In search of inspiration with which to fill this space, I started looking through old columns written years ago for another paper in another state, basically in a previous life. I came across a Christmas column that, embarrassingly, got slapped with a special disclaimer:

“Perhaps Ebenezer Scrooge himself paid Corrigan a visit as he penned this piece, which certainly is a departure from the typical warm and fuzzy seasonal column.”

Of course, I was specifically aiming for a departure from the typical warm and fuzzy seasonal column. I love the idea of Christmas; I fully admit some of the realities bug me. Commercials advertising this or that escape from the joys of the season prove that I’m hardly alone.

Call it a hunch if you want, but I believe the flourish with which I ended that long-ago piece was the problem, an ending I am not about to put in print again. I admit I got carried away. Allow me to submit, however, that getting carried away in one form or another is a symptom of the season.

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(Txt n Dstract)

November 29, 2011

Hall Monitor By Jasmine Shen Issaquah High School

With a rising number of social networking sites online, the importance of friendship and sociality increases at an incessant rate for teens. Most cellphone users, teenagers especially, use text messages to communicate and interact, a normal occurrence that everyone has come to recognize and understand.

But the seemingly harmless tapping of fingers on the keyboard is the also same reason for a high degree of fatalities during driving, raised to an extent where insurance companies ask for nearly double a price for younger people. Studies have shown that texting and driving impairs a driver’s abilities and is very dangerous. Yet a high number of students have few qualms regarding this, choosing to put a little too high a certainty in their abilities.

When used sparingly and in moderation, texting is not a quandary at all, and can be beneficial and entertaining. However, when teenagers are often sleep-deprived and running low on energy, it is doubtless that texting is a good method to distract oneself manually, visually and cognitively when behind the wheel, significantly heightening the risk of crashing. This is part of the reason why adults view high school students stereotypically as negligent and technology addicted.

Texting has worked its way into the daily activities of teenagers. It’s safe when one chooses it to be so. Every teen should keep in mind that the next time he or she is about to step on that gas pedal, he or she should rub his or her eyes and remind himself or herself to be focused on the task at hand.

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Dump post-feast grease to protect pipes from damage

November 29, 2011

Holiday grease is notorious for causing slippery situations in local sewer systems.

Grease can cause the same problems in municipal sewer systems as in human arteries. The goop sticks to the inside of sewer pipes, leads to blockages and, maybe, expensive cleanups.

Seattle-based General Biodiesel and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks joined to offer residents a safe way to toss cooking oil and grease. The material is then recycled, and does not end up in drains or landfills.

General Biodiesel is offering 10 locations countywide to dump leftover cooking fats and grease. The closest 24/7 drop-off location is Safeway, 630 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish. The tank is located behind the store.

Officials recommend putting cooled cooking fats and grease into a sealed container for transport to the drop-off locations. Then, slowly pour the grease into the collection container to avoid splatters. Close the community lid tank and take containers home.

In May, City Council members adopted regulations for grease and other oily discharges from Issaquah businesses. Supporters said cutting out the fat could lead to reduced maintenance costs from clogged and damaged pipes.

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Wanted: Issaquah-area residents’ Pearl Harbor memories

November 29, 2011

The attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, propelled the United States’ entry into World War II and reshaped history.

In addition to the tragedies in Hawaii, the attack left indelible memories for people across the nation, including in Issaquah.

Now, as the attacks’ 70th anniversary approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking Pearl Harbor memories from local residents about how the events impacted them for upcoming coverage of the milestone.

Email your contact information to by Dec. 2, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

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