Skyline girls basketball team moves into tie for first place

January 5, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 2:20 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012 

The Skyline High School girls basketball team raced off to a 20-10 first-quarter lead Wednesday and coasted to a KingCo Conference 4A 65-42 victory against host Ballard. With the victory, Skyline moved into a tie for first place with Eastlake in the Crest Division.

Susie Tinker scored a season-high 20 points to lead Skyline and all players. Megan Wiedeman and Allie Wyszynski each had 10 points for the Spartans, who are 4-1 in league play and 7-4 overall.

Skyline led 30-19 at halftime and steadily pulled away from Ballard. Cailey Beckett topped Ballard with 15 points.

In other KingCo 4A action, Issaquah lost to host Garfield 58-55. Garfield led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and the contest remained close the rest of the way. Garfield’s Nyashu Sarju scored a game-high 29 points.

Mandie Hill led Issaquah with 17 points. Mackenzie Wieburg contributed 11 points and Ngozi Monu 9 points for the Eagles, who dropped to 2-3 in league play and 7-4 on the season. Issaquah hosts Skyline at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6.

In other games, Crown Division-leading Woodinville defeated Eastlake 64-57, and it was Newport 53, Bothell 32; and Roosevelt 45, Redmond 41.

Liberty girls drop into tie for first place

The Liberty High School girls basketball team dropped into a three-way tie for first place in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A Jan. 4 when the Patriots fell to visiting Lake Washington 42-41 in overtime.

Liberty, which has been in first place all season, suffered its first league defeat. The Patriots, 4-1, are tied for first place with Juanita and Lake Washington. The teams are just one game ahead of fourth-place Mount Si, 3-2.

The Patriots led 13-10 after the first quarter and seemed to have control of things when they were ahead 22-15 at halftime. However, Lake Washington rallied in the third quarter to go ahead 33-31. The teams were deadlocked at 39 at the end of the fourth quarter.

Hunter Hopkins, of Lake Washington, led all players with 14 points. Aspen Winegar topped Liberty with 10 points. The Patriots host Interlake at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6.

In other KingCo 3A/2A action, it was Mount Si 47, Bellevue 44; Juanita 65, Sammamish 18; and Interlake 56, Mercer Island 52.

Issaquah wrestlers win final match to edge Skyline

The Issaquah High School wrestling team pulled out a dramatic 35-34 victory Thursday when Andrew Ramirez won the 170-pound match as the Eagles defeated host Skyline in KingCo Conference 4A action.

Ramirez scored a major decision by beating Skyline’s Douglas Lawson 10-2.

Issaquah got pins from Spencer Tickman (106), Louden Ivey (120) and Jonathan Norris (285). Joseph Tonnemaker (145) also won his match with a major decision.

Ian Crouch (152) and Cyrus Sarkosh (182) had pins for Skyline. Justin Manapis (113), of Skyline, won his match with a major decision.

Liberty swimmers pull out exciting win

The Liberty High School boys swimming team won the 400 freestyle relay, the final race of the meet, Tuesday and defeated host Hazen 97-86 in a thrilling nonleague meet at the Hazen Pool.

Luke Duschl, Connor Biehl, Nick Klatt and Logan Briggs composed Liberty’s 400 freestyle relay, which won the race in a state-qualifying time of 3 minutes, 27.37 seconds.

The Patriots opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in a state-qualifying time of 1:42.0. Duschl, Raymond Ha, Kevin Hays and Klatt composed the relay.

Liberty also won the 200 freestyle relay. Hays, Ha, Biehl and Briggs composed the relay, which had a winning time of 1:34.47.

Briggs won two other races in state-qualifying times. He captured the 50 freestyle in 22.74 and the 100 freestyle in 49.01.

Klatt, Ha and Duschl each had two first places, too.

Klatt won the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 5:00.40 and captured the 200 freestyle in 1:52.81.

Ha took first in the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:00.76 and won the 100 butterfly in 56.76.

Duschl captured the 100 backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 56.55 and won the 200 individual medley in 2:04.65.

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