Eagles scorch nets, Wolves in KingCo hoops

February 11, 2014

For fans of the jump shot, the first half of Issaquah High School’s Feb. 5 basketball game at Eastlake was a beautiful thing to witness.

The Eagles were on fire from 3-point range, sinking seven shots, and were just as good from other parts of the court, shooting 78 percent overall in the first half. They closed the game on a similar hot streak, and wrapped up a 78-59 victory against the Wolves in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

By Greg Farrar Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

Issaquah had already sewed up a home game in the first round of the KingCo tournament Feb. 12, but it added a convincing win over an Eastlake squad that has been ranked among the state’s top 10 most of the season.

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Two much eagles

February 4, 2014

Senior guard duo rallies Issaquah girls past Skyline

By Greg FaRRAR Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg had been held in check most of the game, but they made their presence felt when the Issaquah Eagles reached crunch time.

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Patriots hit a wall with pair of losses as regular season comes to a close

February 4, 2014

It’s been nothing but smooth sailing this season for the 14-5 Liberty girls basketball team, but things got a little rocky just a week before the end of the season.

It began with a 53-45 loss to Mercer Island on Jan. 29, and continued with a 55-36 defeat at the hands of a determined Bellevue team Jan. 31. The Islanders and the Wolverines were both teams the Patriots beat earlier in the season

By Christina Corrales-Toy Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

“Hopefully, we’ve got this rough stretch out of the way,” Liberty coach Curtis Terry said. “I’d rather get it out now than in the playoffs, when it’s do or die.”

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ONE TWO-PUNCH

January 21, 2014

Liberty teams sweep Sammamish

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

If you scoured the 3A state girls basketball rankings at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t find Liberty High School mentioned on any lists.

The Patriots weren’t even considered in the same class as KingCo 3A/2A league foes Juanita and Bellevue. It’s understandable — this group, with virtually the same roster, went 13-11 last year, good for fourth in the conference.

The Patriots girls basketball team is quickly turning heads across the state, though, with big wins over ranked opponents Everett, Bellevue and previously unbeaten Juanita.

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Spartans boys lose to Wolves on ‘Money’ shot

January 21, 2014

The play is called “Money,” and Davis Woerner made sure it was worth every cent.

Needing a clutch shot late in regulation, Eastlake High School boys basketball coach Brian Dailey drew up a play for Woerner, the Wolves’ 6-foot-6 senior forward, who has exceptional range for a player of his size.

Woerner sank a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying the score late in the fourth quarter, and visiting Eastlake went on to defeat rival Skyline, 81-76, in overtime in a Jan. 14 Class 4A KingCo Conference contest.

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Eastlake engineers second-half surge to down Skyline girls

January 21, 2014

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

With her team trailing by three points at halftime, and facing the possibility of their first loss in conference play, Eastlake High School coach Sara Goldie implored her team to get back to the basics.

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Liberty boys place fifth at Surf ‘N Slam

January 7, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team traveled to sunny San Diego during winter break to compete in the annual Surf ‘N Slam high school basketball tournament.

The Patriots went 1-2 in the three-day competition, good for fifth place in its eight-team bracket featuring schools from Washington, California and Utah.

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Issaquah boys go 1-3 in national tournament

January 7, 2014

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team spent a portion of its winter break competing in the prestigious, invitation-only MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Eagles went 1-3 in the four-day tournament, featuring top teams from across the country.

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Spartans produce solid results at holiday tournament

January 7, 2014

Basketball teams that shoot 11 of 31 at the free-throw line don’t typically win, but the Skyline High School girls managed to do it during their most recent outing.

In the championship game of the Emerald Division at the West Coast Jamboree in Dublin, Calif., Skyline shot 35 percent at the charity stripe. Yet the Spartans managed to outlast host Valley Christian, 57-54, on Dec. 30.

Contributed The Skyline High School girls basketball team celebrated Dec. 30 with a division championship at the West Coast Jamboree in California. The Spartans upped their record to 6-3 with three wins at the tournament.

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The Skyline High School girls basketball team celebrated Dec. 30 with a division championship at the West Coast Jamboree in California. The Spartans upped their record to 6-3 with three wins at the tournament.

The Spartans (6-3 overall) built a 45-35 lead after three quarters, but had to fend off a late challenge from a Valley Christian team sporting a 9-0 record and playing in front of its home fans.

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Liberty basketball rallies for heart health

December 17, 2013

During the month of December, Liberty High School Associated Student Body students will focus their efforts to support the American Heart Association’s “Rock the Beat” program.

Students, players, staff and fans of the basketball teams are encouraged to wear black “We Are the Beat” T-shirts for both the girls varsity and boys varsity games Dec. 20.

T-shirts will be on sale during lunch Dec. 16-20, and at the game for a $10 donation.

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