Issaquah schools high schools keep same classifications

January 24, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 24, 2012

Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools will all remain at their current classification levels for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board approved the classification enrollment figures to the next two schools years at its Monday meeting.

According to the figures, Skyline (1,443.57 students) and Issaquah (1,396.47) both were clearly in the 4A classification. Liberty (870.64) opted up to remain at Class 3A.

When the new classification system was implemented for the 2010-12, the goal was to balance the number of schools in each class so they would have equal post-season opportunities, or as close to it as possible. Currently, there are 66 schools in 4A, 67 in 3A, 64 in 2A, 65 in 1A, 62 in 2B and 62 in 1B.

Mike Colbrese, WIAA executive director, said the Executive Board members were mindful of the severe drop in 2B schools. He said a committee is being commissioned to review the entire classification system, including how often schools should be reclassified and how many classifications there should be.

Local players earn all-state soccer honors

Three members of the Skyline High School girls soccer team that won the Class 4A state title last fall were selected to the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. In addition, Skyline’s Don Braman was named Class 4A coach of the year.

Cassidy Nangle, who helped spark Liberty to the Class 3A title game, was selected as the state 3A player of the year.

Association members and other high school coaches selected the all-state teams.

Earning first-team Class 4A honors from Skyline were midfielder Maddie Christ, defender Jackie Wilson and goalkeeper Tina Vargas. Issaquah midfielder Audrey Thomas, who was the KingCo Conference 4A player of the year, was also selected to the first team. Issaquah defender Lyrik Fryer earned honorable mention.

Joining Nangle on the 3A all-state first team was Liberty teammate Kimi Fry, a midfielder. Kiana Hafferty, of Liberty, was named to the second team.

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