Issaquah boys team looks to avenge last year’s bitter end

December 3, 2013

By Don Borin / Stop Action Photography Ty Gibson, Issaquah High School guard, knocks down a Skyline basketball player while driving to the basket in a game last December.

By Don Borin / Stop Action Photography
Ty Gibson, Issaquah High School guard, knocks down a Skyline basketball player while driving to the basket in a game last December.

The way last season ended for the Issaquah High School boys basketball team was a bitter pill that was hard to swallow for third-year coach Jason Griffith.

“We were basically one bucket away from making it back to state,” Griffith said.

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Liberty girls welcome new coach

December 3, 2013

After only one senior graduating, the Liberty High School girls basketball roster is largely identical to last year’s. The only difference is the man leading the squad.

First-year coach Curtis Terry will lead the Patriots, and he’ll rely on his returning nucleus of players to make the transition easy.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

“We have juniors and seniors on the team. Everybody played varsity last year, so I think we have a great starting point,” he said.

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Boys must replace nine seniors

December 3, 2013

There is not much experience across the Liberty boys basketball 15-man roster, especially after nine seniors from the team graduated last year.

But what the team lacks in game minutes, it makes up for with a deeper understanding of second-year Liberty coach Omar Parker’s philosophy.

“We have a huge advantage on last year in that we have a culture and we understand some of the program language now,” Parker said.

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Skyline girls look to replace trio of star graduates

December 3, 2013

Greg Bruns has developed a culture of high expectations for his Skyline High School girls basketball program, and that could spell the difference for the Spartans as they try to minimize the loss of three star graduates.

Last season’s top three scorers — Haley Smith, Lacey Nicholson and Rachel Shim — are now playing college basketball. It’ll be a tough task to create new leaders, but the program has done it before, said Bruns, the Spartans’ sixth-year head coach.

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School seniors (from left) Bryn deVita, Alex Daugherty and Shelby Kassuba form the core of what the Spartans hope will be another state-tournament qualifying team.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School seniors (from left) Bryn deVita, Alex Daugherty and Shelby Kassuba form the core of what the Spartans hope will be another state-tournament qualifying team.

“It’s going to be incredibly difficult to replace them, but somehow, some way, somebody steps up and finds a way to fill the void,” Bruns said.

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Registration deadline approaching for youth, teen basketball

November 26, 2013

The registration deadline is quickly approaching for the city of Issaquah Parks & Recreation youth and teen basketball program.

Dec. 2 is the last day to register your young basketball player for the upcoming season.

Spots are open for girls in grades kindergarten through eight and boys in grades kindergarten through third and grades six through eighth. Register by calling 837-3300 or go to issaquahwa.gov/register.

City offices are closed Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 

Coach Kathy Gibson takes ‘a break’

September 3, 2013

Kathy Gibson, Issaquah girls basketball coach, consoles senior Melissa Richardson after the Eagles’ supposed 3A state championship loss to the Chief Sealth Seahawks in 2006. Sealth was later stripped of its title. By Greg Farrar

Kathy Gibson, Issaquah girls basketball coach, consoles senior Melissa Richardson after the Eagles’ supposed 3A state championship loss to the Chief Sealth Seahawks in 2006. Sealth was later stripped of its title. By Greg Farrar

In one breath, she called it one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make.

In another, she called it a “no-brainer.”

So, for now, Kathy Gibson has stepped down as head girls basketball coach at Issaquah after 15 seasons.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be back someday,” she said. “Right now, this is what I’m going to do. I don’t think my career is over by any means, but I’ve got to take a break.”

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Liberty hosts 3-on-3 basketball tourney

July 2, 2013

The Liberty High School boys basketball team hosts its first 3-on-3 tournament in the school’s gymnasium June 22. Contributed

The Liberty High School boys basketball team hosts its first 3-on-3 tournament in the school’s gymnasium June 22. Contributed

A week before what is described as the biggest 3-on-3 basketball competition on earth, Spokane Hoopfest, local teams had the chance for a tune-up with the inaugural Liberty High School tournament.

Liberty Select Basketball and the Liberty boys basketball team hosted more than 120 participants from across the state June 22. Boys and girls from grades three through nine competed.

Liberty boys basketball coach Omar Parker and his staff offered a one-hour clinic discussing 3-on-3 play and strategy prior to the games. The Liberty staff also worked to organize the brackets and supervise play.

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Liberty hires new girls basketball coach

May 14, 2013

Liberty High School has hired Curtis Terry as the girls basketball coach.

Terry comes to Liberty after serving as an assistant at Auburn Riverside. He played basketball at UNLV and spent time in the NBA Developmental League. He also played for teams overseas.

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Road warriors rematch

March 5, 2013

Vikings prove too much for Spartans at state tourney

Two weeks after a third-quarter run gave the Inglemoor Vikings what they needed to swipe the KingCo crown from the Skyline High School Spartans, history repeated itself at the 4A Girls Basketball State Tournament.

By Greg Farrar Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

Once again March 1, the Vikings pulled away from the Spartans in the third quarter, this time beating them 44-34, knocking Skyline out of the state tournament before going on to finish in sixth place.

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Spartans blast past Yelm into quarterfinals

February 26, 2013

The last time the Skyline High School girls basketball team reached the state quarterfinals, Rachel Shim was a spectator as a sixth-grader.

The past three seasons, she was hampered by knee injuries, missing most of her sophomore year and playing with a brace as a junior.

This time, she made a difference.

By Greg Farrar Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

Shim helped fuel a second-half rally to propel the eighth-ranked Spartans past No. 10 Yelm, 61-48, in the Class 4A regionals Feb. 22 at Rogers High School.

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