Where in the world is Our Gang Racing?

January 24, 2012

The Miss Red Dot, driven by Kip Brown, prepares for racing in the Oryx Cup World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in November. By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited

Local hydroplane team competes in the Middle East

There’s nothing quite like watching an unlimited hydroplane race.

The sleek boats travel at speeds of about 200 mph, kicking up massive walls of water (called rooster tails) in their wake, all while majestically skipping across the surface waves.

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Eagles’ swim team is eager to return to the pool after winter storms

January 24, 2012

Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter probably had the best idea about getting away from Old Man Winter. Halter and her family spent last weekend playing golf in Phoenix.

With the high school and the Julius Boehm Pool both shut down last week, Issaquah swimmers, like other winter sport athletes, were unable to get practice time.

“I can’t wait to get the team back in the pool and get things organized,” said Halter, who is preparing the Eagles for the Jan. 27 KingCo Conference Invitational at the University of Washington. The meet starts at 4 p.m. and is made up of swimmers from KingCo 4A, 3A and 2A schools.

Issaquah enters the meet with the state’s fastest 4A times in the 200-yard medley relay (1:41.14) and 400 freestyle relay (3:21.28). The Eagles are also second in the state in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.34).

Halter said the rankings are nice but might not be a true indication.

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Pondering perch in local waterways

January 24, 2012

What’s in the lake? Perch.

Dallas Cross

Why not perch? A good question for Eastside fishers to ponder, because both Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish are rife with yellow perch. The number of perch you may catch is virtually limitless according to state fishing regulations.

Although perch are mostly small, averaging about 10 inches and weighing a half-pound, some can get up to 2 pounds in weight. Perch have flaky white meat with a very pleasant and mild flavor. As for eating, if you ask a multispecies fisherman how these fish fare gastronomically you will find them rated far more desirable than trout and bass.

I have caught perch in both of the above urban lakes. However, my most unique experience was during a goose hunting trip to the Potholes Reservoir region of Eastern Washington. Bill Arndt, a longtime Issaquah resident, asked me to accompany him and we drove to Othello for a hunt the next morning. Being winter, there were very few areas of ice-free water in the Potholes area, so we hunted the early morning from a blind near where the geese flew in to feed.

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Logan Briggs reaches another milestone

January 24, 2012

Logan Briggs, Liberty senior, cuts through the water during his 200-yard freestyle race Dec. 1 against Interlake. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School’s Logan Briggs entered the school record book again Jan. 5 when he set a new mark in the 200 individual medley. Briggs won the race in a state-qualifying time of 1:56.65 to help the Patriots defeat Sammamish, 114-68.

Briggs holds five individual school records. He has the fastest times in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. He has also been a member of record-setting 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Teammate Raymond Ha also set a school record earlier this season by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.76.

Tight races in girls basketball

January 24, 2012

When we last had basketball, there were some tight races going on in KingCo Conference girls basketball.

In the KingCo 4A Crest Division, Skyline was in first place with a 6-2 record with Eastlake and Issaquah tied for second at 5-3.

Skyline’s Megan Wiedeman entered this week ninth among KingCo 4A scoring leaders, averaging 13 points a game. However, what makes the Spartans tough to defend is opponents never know who else will step up and have the hot hand. Eight Spartans have scored in double figures this season.

On Jan. 11, when Skyline defeated Garfield 69-59, Wiedeman scored a season-high 21 points, but Allie Wyszynski had 17 points, and Morgan Farrar and Lacy Nicholson each had 10 points. It was the first time this season that Farrar and Nicholson scored in double figures.

Haley Smith, Rachel Shim, Shelby Kassuba and Susie Tinker are other Skyline players who have scored 10 or more points in a game.

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Issaquah grad drafted by Atlanta Beat

January 24, 2012

University of Washington midfielder Kate Deines, a former Issaquah High School standout, was drafted Jan. 13 by the Atlanta Beat in the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer League draft.

Deines was taken with the final pick, the 23rd overall in the fourth round.

Deines had an outstanding four-year career for the Huskies, being named first-team All- Pacific Region and second-team All-Pacific Conference 12 as a senior.

Alyssa Shoji still knocking down 3s

January 24, 2012

Santa Clara University guard Alyssa Shoji, a former Issaquah High School basketball standout, continues to rank among the nation’s top 3-point shooters.

Shoji, a senior, averages 3.6 3s per game, third in the country. She also ranks third in 3-point shooting percentage for the season at 48.8.

For the season, Shoji is averaging 15.6 points per game.

On Jan. 20, she hit five treys and scored 17 points but Santa Clara lost to Gonzaga, 81-68, in West Coast Conference action. Shoji also hit five treys Jan. 6 when Santa Clara defeated the University of Portland, 78-63.

Local swimmers going strong for Whitworth

January 24, 2012

Marit Borth, an Issaquah High School graduate, and Nicole Lecoq, a Liberty High School graduate, have been performing well for the Whitworth University women’s swimming team.

Borth finished first in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.98 seconds and Lecoq placed second in the 400 individual medley in 4:53.18 when Whitworth defeated Linfield, 141-64, Jan. 14. Lecoq also anchored Whitworth’s winning 200 freestyle relay and Borth placed fourth in the 200 freestyle.

On Jan. 13, Borth won the 100 freestyle in 57.24 and Lecoq was first in the 200 backstroke in 2:13.03 as they led Whitworth past Willamette, 150-38. Borth and Lecoq both swam as members of the winning 400 freestyle relay team.

Skyline grad Yina Moe-Lange skiing for Middlebury

January 24, 2012

Skyline High School graduate Yina Moe-Lange is competing for the Middlebury College ski team.

Middlebury, in Vermont, recently competed in a two-day meet that was hosted by Maine’s Bates College. Moe-Lange finished 30th in the slalom.

Skyline grad signs with Bellingham Bells

January 24, 2012

Seattle University catcher Ryan Somers, a former Skyline High School baseball standout, has signed with the Bellingham Bells for the 2012 season.

The Bells are a summer, wood-bat, collegiate baseball team that plays in the West Coast League.

Somers is currently a redshirt sophomore at Seattle University. He redshirted for the Redhawks in 2010 before becoming a regular in 2011, when he played in 40 games, starting 27 of them. During the summer of 2011 with the Bells, he played in 10 games and hit .280 with a double and two RBIs.

Bellingham pitching coach Jim Clem is looking forward to another summer with Somers on the team.

“Ryan joined us late last summer and played well during the short time he was with us. We think highly of Ryan and are pleased to have him back on our roster. He’s an athletic kid that gives us a lot of flexibility due to his ability to play multiple positions,” Clem said.

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