May 26, 2015
NEW — 3:40 p.m. May 26, 2015
Something special is brewing on the Liberty baseball diamond.
The Patriots are in the state’s final four, after a weekend in which they eliminated Tumwater and then North Kitsap at Centralia’s Wheeler Field May 23.
Nate Steffens threw a complete game shutout, while Torey Anderson collected three hits to propel the Patriots to a 3-0 win over Tumwater. The Thunderbirds came into the contest with a 16-6 record and consistently found themselves in the top 10 of state rankings.
Liberty continued to stun spectators with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over North Kitsap. Read more
April 7, 2015
District foes Liberty and Issaquah met on Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course for a nonleague contest April 2, and it was the Patriots who emerged victorious.
Liberty defeated Issaquah, 238-259, on a day when both teams were missing key players, Eagles coach Tom Bakamus said in an email.
February 10, 2015
Four Liberty High School students will officially continue their athletic careers at the next level.
Soccer players Morgan Childs, Kelley Johnson, Michael Duvall, and golfer Dexter Simonds all made their commitments official on signing day Feb. 4.
December 31, 2014
It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.
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:
November 26, 2014
KingCo Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.
Defensive MVP: Cameron Saffle, Skyline
October 21, 2014
The Issaquah High School golf team wrapped up its regular season in dominating fashion, winning both the KingCo League tournament and the district tournament at the Snohomish Golf Course last week.
The Eagles edged out Skyline, the only team they lost to during the regular season, head coach Tom Bakamus said.
September 23, 2014
The Issaquah High School golf team emerged victorious in a preseason match against district foe Liberty; but it was a promising Patriot, not an Eagle, who earned the best score Sept. 17 at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course.
Issaquah out-stroked Liberty, 181-189. Liberty sophomore Ben Graham was the match medalist, though, notching five birdies on the way to shooting a four-under par 32.
It’s been a successful few weeks for Graham. He won the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Athlete of the Week after accumulating 10 birdies in three matches. He’s the first Liberty athlete to receive the honor this school year.
July 8, 2014
Zack Overstreet, an Issaquah High School junior in the fall, has qualified for the Junior World Golf Championships.
The prestigious tournament, which Tiger Woods won five times as an amateur in his youth, is July 14-18 at Torrey Pines South Course, in San Diego, Calf.
October 15, 2013
The Issaquah High School boys golf team finished the season securely in third place, behind rivals Skyline and Eastlake, at 6-3.
Coach Tom Bakamus said that although the final match of the regular season against Bothell didn’t affect the team’s league standing in either direction, it was still a disappointing loss. The Eagles’ only other two losses came against league powerhouses first-place Spartans and second-place Wolves.
“We probably shouldn’t have lost against Bothell,” Bakamus said. “They’ve only got two wins this year. But they had one kid who shot a career round.”
July 23, 2013
When the physical education teachers working with the greater Seattle chapter of First Tee interact with kids, they are not just handing off golf clubs and sports advice. They dole out life lessons, too, on par with situations that youths encounter in life.
The nationwide First Tee School Golf Program meshes golf and character lessons in the classroom. Since its introduction to the Issaquah School District this past year, it has become a hit in local schools. Fifteen of the district’s physical education teachers participate in the school program, teaching students the First Tee curriculum in a monthlong rotation.
The pioneer behind the program coming to Issaquah schools was Kris Coleman, the physical education specialist at Creekside Elementary School. He first heard about it at a P.E. conference a couple of years ago, and introduced the idea of writing a grant request in one of his monthly meetings with other P.E. teachers in the district.