February 26, 2013
Skyline dance team named Academic State Champs
The Skyline High School dance team has been named the 4A Academic State Champions by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association. The team earned the honor by having a team grade point average of 3.6.
Skyline is set to compete in districts at 1 p.m. March 2 at Eastlake High School. The state competition is scheduled for March 23 in Yakima.
Issaquah softball assistant steps down
After spending the past 10 years volunteering his time as an assistant coach with the Issaquah High School fastpitch team, George Bray has announced that he is stepping down.
Bray cited his current work schedule as the reason for the resignation. He also plans to spend time watching his daughter Brielle play the sport at Bellevue College.
In the past decade, the Issaquah assistant compiled a 5-2 record as the head coach when filling in for coach Jim Magnuson.
Through the years, Bray was able to coach all three of his daughters, Brenda, Brianna and Brielle, through the Issaquah High School softball program.
“Thank you to all the current and former fastpitch players at Issaquah High School who allowed me to teach and coach a sport that I really cared deeply about,” he said in a statement. “I will miss them all.”
Evan McAuley wins silver at junior curling nationals
Skyline High School junior Evan McAuley, a member of the junior men’s curling team for Granite Curling Club of Seattle, represented Washington state earlier this month at nationals, where he and his team won the silver medal.
The team went 8 for 6 at the USA Curling Junior National Championships, held in Wayland, Mass., Jan. 26 to Feb. 2. For McAuley and his team members, Jake Vukich and Nicholas Connoly, of Seattle, and Luc Violette, of Granite Falls, this was their first appearance in the gold-medal game. To get there, they staged a comeback in the second half of the semifinal game to beat out Pennsylvania. Washington eventually lost to Korey Dropkin’s High Performance Team and took second place.
To qualify for nationals, the Granite Curling Club team won the Washington State Championships, held Dec. 27-30.
Issaquah grad sees first collegiate tennis action
Former Issaquah High School tennis star Dayna Bennett saw her first collegiate action when the Seattle University women’s tennis team took on Lewis-Clark State on Feb. 15.
Bennett, a freshman, fell to Lewis-Clark State’s Florencia Martina in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
Seattle University, however, emerged with a 5-2 team win over Lewis-Clark State.
The 2012 Issaquah graduate spent four years on the Eagles’ varsity tennis squad, leading the team to a KingCo championship her senior year, earning all-league honors along the way.
Bennett is majoring in sociology at Seattle University and is planning a career in criminal justice.