‘Best game ever’

January 13, 2015

Rivalry lives up to the hype as  Skyline wins thriller over Issaquah

A lot of hyperbole can emerge from a contest between two big rivals. But the Jan. 9 matchup between Issaquah and Skyline high schools lived up to the hype.

By Greg Farrar Trevon Ary-Turner (left), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, tries to score as Skyline junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer steals in desperation time for both teams, tied 63-all with four minutes remaining. After being tied again at 68-all with 2:33 remaining, Skyline pulled ahead for good and won, 76-73.

By Greg Farrar
Trevon Ary-Turner (left), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, tries to score as Skyline junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer steals in desperation time for both teams, tied 63-all with four minutes remaining. After being tied again at 68-all with 2:33 remaining, Skyline pulled ahead for good and won, 76-73.

A packed house at the Eagles home court witnessed a seesaw battle with the Spartans emerging victorious, 76-73, giving second-ranked Issaquah its first league loss of the season. Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith credited the Spartans with playing a truly memorable game.

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Patriots cruise to win over Kangs

January 13, 2015

Demps twins lead in 63-52 victory over Lake Washington

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School girls basketball team has many strengths.

By Greg Farrar Danielle Demps (right), Liberty High School senior guard, bats a rebound out of the clutches of Lake Washington junior forward Georigia Romaine-Black during the first quarter of their Jan. 7 basketball game. Demps was team-high scorer with 18, one more than twin sister Cherelle.

By Greg Farrar
Danielle Demps (right), Liberty High School senior guard, bats a rebound out of the clutches of Lake Washington junior forward Georigia Romaine-Black during the first quarter of their Jan. 7 basketball game. Demps was team-high scorer with 18, one more than twin sister Cherelle.

Quickness, athleticism and a familiarity built through a core of players that have played together since fifth grade, are among them.

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Issaquah High School boys basketball team beats Newport, 56-47

January 6, 2015

By Greg Farrar Jason Crandall (20), Issaquah High School junior guard, scores and is fouled by Jace Goforth, of Newport, during the third quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Jason Crandall (20), Issaquah High School junior guard, scores and is fouled by Jace Goforth, of Newport, during the third quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar Tanner Davis, Issaquah High School sophomore forward, takes an off-balance shot at the basket and scores during the fourth quarter in the Eagles’ Jan. 3 game against Newport. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Tanner Davis, Issaquah High School sophomore forward, takes an off-balance shot at the basket and scores during the fourth quarter in the Eagles’ Jan. 3 game against Newport. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar Scott Kellum (23), Issaquah High School junior guard, lifts the basketball up to the net while being defended by Newport’s Calvin Throckmorton (left) and Cole Ruud Johnson during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Scott Kellum (23), Issaquah High School junior guard, lifts the basketball up to the net while being defended by Newport’s Calvin Throckmorton (left) and Cole Ruud Johnson during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar Tyler Gibson (3), Issaquah High School senior guard, takes aim at the hoop as he is defended by Newport senior Ryan Kingma during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Gibson (3), Issaquah High School senior guard, takes aim at the hoop as he is defended by Newport senior Ryan Kingma during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Skyline rallies against Newport for season’s first win

December 23, 2014

With a 44-38 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Skyline Spartans needed to make some game-changing plays, and they did it by going back to their original game plan.

By Greg Farrar Braden Ahlemeyer, Skyline High School junior forward, battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

By Greg Farrar
Braden Ahlemeyer, Skyline High School junior forward, battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

“One of our keys is offensive rebounds, both us preventing them and then us getting them,” coach Bill McIntyre said.

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Eagles keep Wildcats winless

December 23, 2014

by Greg Farrar Maya Witherspoon, Issaquah High School freshman guard, is fouled in the second quarter while driving between Mount Si’s Mady Privatsky (left) and Camryn Buck. Witherspoon sunk one of her free throw shots, contributing to the Eagles’ 62-47 victory.

by Greg Farrar
Maya Witherspoon, Issaquah High School freshman guard, is fouled in the second quarter while driving between Mount Si’s Mady Privatsky (left) and Camryn Buck. Witherspoon sunk one of her free throw shots, contributing to the Eagles’ 62-47 victory.


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Eagles win season opener

December 9, 2014

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Maya Witherspoon (left), Issaquah High School freshman guard, goes up for the layup in the Eagles’ season opening 57-19 win over Mount Rainier on Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Maya Witherspoon (left), Issaquah High School freshman guard, goes up for the layup in the Eagles’ season opening 57-19 win over Mount Rainier on Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Issaquah High School junior center Hope Dahlquist battles a Mount Rainier defender for the ball in the Eagles’ 57-19 win over the Rams Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Issaquah High School junior center Hope Dahlquist battles a Mount Rainier defender for the ball in the Eagles’ 57-19 win over the Rams Dec. 3.

Powerful Inglemoor steamrolls Skyline girls

December 9, 2014

The deck was stacked against the Skyline High School girls basketball team in its first game of the 2014-15 season.

By Greg Farrar Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

By Greg Farrar
Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

Not only were the Spartans making their debut under new head coach Joe Fithian, but they also were facing a solid Inglemoor Vikings squad that placed fourth in the state last season. Throw in the experience factor — the Vikings are a senior-laden team, while the Spartans feature six freshmen and sophomores — and the chances for an upset were slim.

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Patriots preview: Liberty strives to be ‘tough’ and ‘together’ in 2015

December 9, 2014

Change is inevitable in high school athletics.

By Greg Farrar Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

By Greg Farrar
Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

Graduation means that every four years, new players filter in, while the now-seasoned seniors depart.

In 2014, the Liberty High School basketball team lost a big one, as guard Kellen Birdsall earned his diploma, taking his talents, and the Patriots’ main scoring threat, to the California Lutheran University basketball team.

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Liberty High School hires new girls basketball coach

October 7, 2014

Carly Fromdahl has been tapped as Liberty High School’s new girls basketball coach, replacing Curtis Terry.

Fromdahl was an assistant on Terry’s staff last year, helping lead a team that was one of the best in the KingCo 2A/3A Conference.

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