Liberty wrestlers take down two KingCo opponents

January 13, 2012

NEW — 4:45 p.m Jan. 13, 2012

The Liberty High School wrestling team posted two easy KingCo Conference 3A/2A victories Jan. 12 when the Patriots walloped Juanita 53-21 and crushed Sammamish 48-18.

In the Juanita match, Conner Small (138) and Austin Whitely (152) had pins for Liberty. Hamilton Noel (160) won his match with a technical fall.

In the Sammamish match, Small and Noel Brandon (195) had pins for the Patriots.

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Issaquah High School student experiences strong allergic reaction to kiwi at school

January 13, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2012

A school official said the district is following the rules in the aftermath of an incident in which a student had a strong reaction to kiwi in the Issaquah High School cafeteria.

“I can confirm an incident did happen this week,” said Sara Niegowski, district executive director of communications.

According to Niegowski, the student called her parents and a family member eventually administered an Epinephrine pen to the girl. Niegowski declined to give any details on the girl’s present condition and would not say whether or not she had returned to school on Jan. 13.

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Issaquah wrestlers entertain alumni with two wins

January 12, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Jan. 12, 2012

The Issaquah High School wrestling program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, gave its alumni a lot to cheer about Jan. 11 when the Eagles defeated two visiting teams in KingCo Conference 4A action.

On Alumni Night, Issaquah overwhelmed Garfield 66-12 and downed Woodinville 54-24.

In the Garfield match, Torre Eaton (106), Jordan Hamilton (113), Louden Ivey (120), Max Tickman (126), Almen Thorpe (132), Jerdon Helgeson (138), Joe Tonnemaker (145), and Tucker Brumley (170) all had pins for Issaquah.

In the Woodinville match, Spencer Tickman (106), Thorpe, Taylor Evans (152), Andrew Ramirez (170) and Matt Solusod (220) registered pins for the Eagles. Tonnemaker won his match by a technical fall and Helgeson won with a major decision.

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Third-ranked Skyline edges No. 4 Garfield, 51-49

January 11, 2012

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Jan.11, 2012

With the score tied and the clock ticking toward zero, the ball was right where Will Parker wanted it — in his hands.

The Skyline High School senior point guard buried a jumper with less than a minute to play Jan. 10, pushing the third-ranked and host Spartans past fourth-ranked Garfield 51-49 in a showdown of KingCo Conference 4A division leaders.

“I’m excited to have the ball in my hands,” said Parker, who scored 14 points. “I want to win it for my team. When I get down in those crunch situations, I just focus up. I’ve got to knock it down.”

It was close throughout, a back-and-forth matchup of talented teams. Skyline’s largest lead was eight.

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KingCo 4A shuffling Crown/Crest alignment

January 11, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2012

The KingCo Conference 4A will have a new look next season after the league’s two divisions — the Crest and the Crown — were recently shuffled.

The Northshore and Lake Washington school districts have been paired in the Crown Division, while the schools in the Issaquah School District and Seattle Public Schools were placed together in the Crest Division.
Newport, the league’s only member out of the Bellevue School District, was placed into the Crest.
In the new alignment, the Crest Division consists of Skyline, Issaquah, Newport, Garfield, Roosevelt and Ballard. The Crown Divisions consists of Bothell, Woodinville, Inglemoor, Redmond and Eastlake.
Skyline and Eastlake — longtime rivals located down the street from one another — will no longer meet in football every year.

Issaquah boys basketball team shoots down Bothell

January 11, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Jan 11, 2012

Point guard Brian Watson, often overshadowed by his high-scoring teammate Nick Price, had his best game of the season Jan. 10 when the Issaquah High School boys basketball team whipped visiting Bothell 79-68 in a Kingco Conference 4A contest.

Watson scored 19 points, which included hitting 3 of 3 3-point field goal shots and going 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also had three assists, three steals and six rebounds to pretty much fill out the stat sheet.

Price, Issaquah’s leading scorer on the season, led the Eagles with 23 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and had two assists. Fletcher Martin added 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for Issaquah.

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Friends: Rick Nelson was a good officer, death was a shock

January 10, 2012

People who were close to Rick Nelson say the information given out by the Seattle Police Department doesn’t match the loyal, dependable and intelligent man they know and loved.

Richard F. Nelson

Friends described Nelson, 50, of Issaquah, as a devoted husband to his wife Cathi and a loving father to his teenage daughters Kristine and Kelly.

“He was a hero to all of us. He would never think twice about dropping everything to help anyone at any time. He was that kind of a guy,” Michael Hatzakis, a close friend of Nelson’s for the past five years, said.

Nelson was a passionate police officer who spent 21 years with the department, most of them training a large number of officers in the South Seattle precinct.

“He dedicated his entire 21 years to making the Rainier Valley a better, cleaner place,” said another friend, Charles Merrin, who had known him for about five years.

“He was focused on keeping the kids in the neighborhood out of trouble,” he added. “He was very intense, had very strong opinions, was extremely loyal and extremely dedicated.”

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Issaquah School Board President Chad Magendanz eyes Glenn Anderson’s House seat

January 10, 2012

In a campaign announcement focused on dollars for education, Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Jan. 5 to represent Issaquah and rural East King County in the Legislature.

Magendanz, a Tiger Mountain resident in Issaquah, launched the local campaign season days after state leaders offered a re-contoured legislative district for the Issaquah area and a little more than a week after the longtime incumbent, GOP state Rep. Glenn Anderson, opted against running for the seat in 2012.

Chad Magendanz

“Much of the policy that affects our kids is not made in the district, it’s made down in Olympia. That’s where the funding for the most part is, and that’s where the major decisions are made as far as the future of education,” Magendanz said to business and education leaders gathered at the King County Library System headquarters in Issaquah.

“If we’re going to enact meaningful education reform, we need to have a voice down there in Olympia,” he added.

The kickoff reflected on Magendanz’s experience on the school board, and state and national education organizations. The former United States Navy nuclear submarine officer highlighted the Issaquah School District’s accomplishments in the campaign announcement.

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Police identify Seattle officer in drug case as Issaquah resident

January 10, 2012

Officials said a Seattle police officer arrested in a drug investigation early Jan. 5 died at a Seattle hospital hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seattle police said Richard F. Nelson, 50, of Issaquah, was suspected of using crack cocaine, possibly drugs stolen from case evidence. Nelson died at Harborview Medical Center late the afternoon of Jan. 5.

Police booked Nelson into the King County Jail just after 4 a.m. that day and released on him on personal recognizance about 30 minutes later — a normal procedure for first-time drug offenders in King County.

At about 11 a.m., as Seattle Police Chief John Diaz prepared to address journalists about the case, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound near a North Bend-area trailhead.

Crews responded to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and rushed the man to Seattle for treatment.

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Join state planning for forest recreation from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si

January 10, 2012

Eastside residents and outdoor recreation enthusiasts can offer input Jan. 18 as the state Department of Natural Resources starts collecting feedback for the forested lands stretching from Tiger Mountain to Mount Si.

The state agency is readying for future recreation opportunities on 53,000 acres in natural areas along the so-called Snoqualmie corridor in East King County. The open house is meant to continue the public planning process.

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