December 4, 2012
New Patriots coach hopes to bring ‘spark’ to program
Only 3 miles, or less than 10 minutes, separate Liberty and Hazen high schools.
So it was a short drive for the Patriot boys basketball team, which traveled to Hazen to take on the Highlanders on Dec. 1.
It may have been a nonleague game, but it had all the intensity of a playoff match, as the Renton rivals battled it out.
Liberty won the rivalry game last year, but this year, Hazen held off a second-half surge by the Patriots to win, 50-44.
Liberty’s first-year coach Omar Parker said he was pleased with his team’s determination, especially in the second half, despite the loss.
“You know this is their kind of battle on the hill, the king-of-the-hill game, and so I think it brought something out of our guys to really compete, and I was proud of them,” Parker said.
September 11, 2012
Liberty Select Basketball will hold tryouts Sept. 16 and 23 for boys and girls in third through eighth grades.
Times and locations for the tryouts can be found on the program’s website at www.libertyselectbasketball.com.
Players must register online prior to tryouts. Registration can be found by clicking the “Register Now” icon on the home page.
The Liberty Select Basketball program is a competitive program focused on providing future Liberty High School basketball players a fun, constructive and rewarding basketball experience.
The Liberty Select Basketball vision includes bringing together competitive players with strong basketball skills to participate in youth basketball at the highest level.
August 14, 2012
He knows how to play basketball. He knows how to play coy.
Nate Robinson, point guard for the Chicago Bulls, demurred when he was asked to specify where in Issaquah he lives during the offseason.
“Just put around Issaquah, in the city,” he said by phone from the Windy City, his fifth NBA stop in a seven-year career.
Robinson will direct an Elite Youth basketball clinic in his offseason hometown this summer. The camp will occur at the Issaquah Community Center Aug. 18 and 19.
July 17, 2012
Eastridge Church will be filled with hoop dreams next month as it holds this summer’s JAMFEST Aug. 11.
JAMFEST will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a kid’s bicycle show and other family activities.
“We’re just wanting to create a fun family event with a great cause attached to it,” Executive Team Pastor Steve Jamison said. “And our plan is to kind of create a fun festival feel with a lot of different activities going on during the day.”
The main event of the day will be the basketball tournament, which will have brackets ages 9 and older, along with brackets for different skill levels, including Top Gun, Competitive, Recreational, Older Than Dirt and Below the Net.
July 10, 2012
A pride of lionesses roared in the desert.
The EBI Lioness team, composed of teenage players all over the Eastside, earned first place at the Reno Jam On It Championship’s seventh-grade division in Reno, Nev., in May.
The team, part of AAU competition, “were determined to win it for their coach” Felicia Johnson, an email from one of the team’s parents stated.
Johnson fainted while at the tourney, so the team had to play on its own the first two games.
“I don’t even remember even having to call a timeout,” Johnson said.
Lioness center/forward Kadi Cooke, from Issaquah, agreed.
“It was stressful at first but then all of our teamwork paid off for the team and it was fun at the end,” she said.
The team spent a lot of time together off the court, shooting guard Bailey Haner said.
“We went go-karting together, we went on roller-coasters, we ate ice cream a lot,” she said. “It was really fun.”
All the fun stuff makes the team more cohesive, she added.
The level of competition was all over the place, Johnson said, but it got tough once they reached the semifinals.
July 3, 2012
Skyline High School announced the hiring of new boys basketball coach Maui Borden.
For the past four years, Borden was an assistant basketball coach for Eastlake High School and also spent time as a member of the football staff.
“Coach Borden has a thorough understanding of the role of athletics in the lives of our students and how to push them to get the most out of the student-athlete experience,” Skyline Athletic Director Ryan Gilbert said in a press release.
Borden works in the Xbox division of Microsoft and is a national speaker with Proactive Coaching.
Liberty High School has hired Omar Parker as the boys basketball coach.
A graduate of Mercer Island, Parker played on a state championship team, and later was a member of the Mercer Island coaching staff for two more championships. Most recently, Parker was the director of player development at the University of Missouri.
“I’m excited to coach at Liberty High School and be the face of Patriot basketball for Liberty and the community,” Parker said in a statement.
June 12, 2012
For Issaquah High School grad and soon-to-be University of Washington grad Gillian Pennington, there is no such thing as a lack of enthusiasm.
Her approach to everything in life seems to be one where going full speed is not fast enough, and there’s never a time where fun will be sacrificed.
This work hard, play hard attitude has brought her — and business partners Josh Brewer and Elaina Tursi — great success recently, as their start up company SWAG (also known as Sweet Washington Athletic Gear) has become what seems like an overnight success.
But like success, there were plenty of bumps in the road.
Pennington is a senior at the UW and as an entrepreneurship major, one of the final classes she must take is the two-quarter course Creating a Company. Within the first two weeks the students must assign themselves groups, come up with a company idea and start the process of getting it off the ground.
June 12, 2012
Liberty High School girl’s basketball player Aspen Winegar signed her letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Montana Western.
Winegar earned four varsity letters in basketball and was named a captain along with the most valuable player at Liberty. She rose through the rankings of the all-league teams in her time at Liberty, making honorable mention in 2010, second team all-league in 2011, and first team all-conference and all-state in 2012.
“Aspen Winegar was a positive force on the Liberty girls basketball team for four years,” Liberty head coach Randy Leifer said in a press release. “She is an outstanding player that can play with her back to the basket in the post or move outside where she led the league in three-point shooting percentage. Aspen is not only an excellent player, she is also a great teammate who set a good example for others, worked hard, was very coachable and kept teammates smiling.”
The University of Montana Western competes in the Frontier Conference of the National Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
May 8, 2012
Issaquah High School senior Nick Price has signed with Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
Price averaged 19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Eagles.
“Nick led us back to the final 16 for the first time in six years,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “His overall game really improved his senior year and that resulted in our team experiencing some success.”
Azusa Pacific University is a private Christian university that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
March 13, 2012
Skyline High School senior guard Will Parker has been selected to participate in the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association All-State games March 10 at Curtis High School.
Parker will represent Skyline on the 2012 4A All-State roster and will play at 6 p.m.
Past players in the tournament include former and current NBA players Brandon Roy, Luke Ridnour, Jason Terry and Nate Robinson.