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.
May 28, 2013
The Skyline High School boys golf team placed third at the 4A state golf championships May 21 and 22.
The team came in third 65.5 team points. Its leader, Brian Mogg, also took third, shooting 149.
Finishing the first round with a pair of birdies and coming back to birdie three of the four final holes on the second day, Skyline’s Kelley Sullivan ended in a six-way tie for 12th place with 154 strokes.
May 14, 2013
The two-day District 2 Tournament, at the par 72 Coyote Creek at Willows Run golf course May 7, was a success for both Issaquah and Skyline high school golfers.
Going into the 18th hole the second day, Issaquah High School sophomore Mersadie Tallman was leading by one stroke, before a double bogey bumped her final score to 157 for third place and a ticket to the girls golf 4A State Championship.
“It was good. I’m not disappointed, but I would have liked to have done better on the last hole,” Tallman said. “I had a great time, and it was nice out here and I got to miss school.”
May 14, 2013
The boys golf state championships may not kick off until May 21, but Skyline High School junior Brian Mogg has already bested Washington’s top 116 players.
Mogg shot a 73-73 May 3 to win the invite-only Bill Egbers Memorial Golf Tournament, which featured the state’s top 116 boys 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A high school golfers.