Liberty gymnasts fall to Skyline

January 12, 2010

Hannah Bergam, Liberty sophomore, vaults Jan. 7 in a gymnastics meet against Skyline. She took third overall with 30.6 points and won second place on the balance beam. By Greg Farrar

Hannah Bergam, Liberty sophomore, vaults Jan. 7 in a gymnastics meet against Skyline. She took third overall with 30.6 points and won second place on the balance beam. By Greg Farrar

Although the Jan. 7 KingCo Conference gymnastics meet at Liberty High School marked Liberty’s senior night, the Patriots fell to the Skyline Spartans, 149.3 to 146.15.

Redmond also attended the meet, competing against Skyline, but Redmond racked up 162.2 points for the win.

Skyline’s Amy Bearman took first overall in the match against Liberty, scoring 33.8 points. She scored first on the floor, beam and bars, and second on the vault.

“I think we made a lot of progress over winter break learning new skills,” Bearman said. “We had a lot of positive energy tonight.”

Liberty’s Cortney Schirman took second overall with 31.1 points, and Hannah Bergam took third with 30.6 points. Bergam took second on beam, and Schirman took first on the vault and second on the floor.

Schirman said she particularly enjoyed performing her floor routine. Read more

Patriot gymnasts stumble against Mount Si Wildcats

December 22, 2009

Miranda Jones, Liberty senior gymnast, performs her routine on the uneven bars Dec. 17 during the Patriots’ meet against Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

Miranda Jones, Liberty senior gymnast, performs her routine on the uneven bars Dec. 17 during the Patriots’ meet against Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School gymnasts came home for their first home meet this season to face Mount Si, last year’s 3A KingCo Conference champion. With a young team and new assistant coach, the Patriots were overmatched by the Wildcats, who took the Dec. 17 meet 160.05-145.5.

Despite the loss, which dropped the Patriots record to 1-1, it was a good night for the program, said Shannon Van Selus, the team’s new assistant coach.

The Liberty team has a core of experienced older girls, but is mostly made up of girls with only a few years in competitive gymnastics. None of the new girls compete in club gymnastics during the off-season. But head coach Lori Copenhaver said she sees potential.

“For what they’re coming in with and their motivation to work, I feel really good about the program,” she said.

She and Van Selus have focused on building the girls’ fundamentals, while expanding their repertoire. Read more

Eagles fail to qualify for finals

February 23, 2009

Miranda Jones, of Liberty, performs her floor exercise routine Feb. 20 in 3A individual competition, collecting an 8.575 in the event. By Greg Farrar

Miranda Jones, of Liberty, performs her floor exercise routine Feb. 20 in 3A individual competition, collecting an 8.575 in the event. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah gymnastics team placed several athletes in the top 20, yet wasn’t able to advance anyone to the finals at the Class 4A championships Feb. 20 at the Tacoma Dome.

Several Eagles just missed moving on to the finals at the event, won by fellow KingCo foe Woodinville.

“I’m happy. I think they all did pretty well,” Issaquah head coach Ryan Fleisher said. “We had a couple of girls right there on the edge and they just missed qualifying. But everybody was in the top 20, so I’m pleased.”

Risa Fukuda and Olivia Goree were the Eagles who came closest to qualifying for the finals. Goree placed 12th on the bars with an 8.65, 1.25 off the last finals qualifying score. Fukuda placed 12th on the beam with a 9.125, less than a point off the last finals qualifying score.

Woodinville won the team competition with a score of 182.975. Kentlake’s Kayla Shira was the all-around champ, scoring a 38.05.

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Middle schools to replace gymnastics with soccer programs

February 16, 2009

Beginning in September, girls soccer will replace gymnastics at all Issaquah School District middle schools. Operational, financial and participation considerations led the district to switch to soccer, said Ron Thiele, district associate superintendent.

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Eagle tumblers take third at KingCo

February 9, 2009

Olivia Goree performs her floor routine during the 4A KingCo Championships, tying for first in the event with 9.45 points. By Ryan Piersol

Olivia Goree performs her floor routine during the 4A KingCo Championships, tying for first in the event with 9.45 points. By Ryan Piersol

A pair of top-10 all-around performances weren’t enough to keep the Issaquah High School gymnastics team from stopping a Woodinville squad intent on dominating the newly revamped KingCo 4A championships.

Issaquah, which competed in 3A last season, picked up top-10 all-around finishes from both Olivia Goree and Risa Fukuda on Feb. 7 at Ballard High School. That push helped the Eagles finish with 172.7 points, good enough for third place. Woodinville was first with 181.6, while Bothell was runner-up with 177.

It was the first time this season for Issaquah to face Woodinville and Bothell in a 4A league that has four new teams.

The top three teams qualified for this weekend’s district meet.

“We went in knowing there would be six teams vying for three spots. And we knew that Woodinville would be the given and Bothell would be right behind them, so there were going to be a lot of teams going after that third spot,” Eagles coach Ryan Fleisher said. “We’re happy. It was a pretty good weekend.”

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Eagle Olivia Goree leads Issaquah to win at gymnastics tri-meet

January 19, 2009

Olivia Goree, of Issaquah, works on her uneven bar routine for a 8.8 score and a win on the apparatus Jan. 15. By Greg Farrar

Olivia Goree, of Issaquah, works on her uneven bar routine for a 8.8 score and a win on the apparatus Jan. 15. By Greg Farrar

Thanks to a jumbled season, gymnastics coaches in the KingCo Crest League may have still been wondering exactly what to expect of Issaquah High School.

On Jan. 15, they received their answer.

Led by a phenomenal night from Olivia Goree, the Eagles toppled league foes Newport and Mount Si at a meet in Newport.
Issaquah won with 171.75 points, followed by Newport’s 167.5 and Mount Si’s 159.5.

The win was proof that the Eagles, who missed three weeks of competition due to weather complications at one point this season, may have a stranglehold on their division.

“Newport is our biggest rivalry, so it’s good to see us go out and perform well,” Issaquah head coach Ryan Fleisher said. “We’ve had a strange season, but the girls are doing great.”

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Issaquah, Skyline renew gymnastics rivalry in 4A

December 15, 2008

Eagles field seven of the top 10 gymnasts

Dani Cogswell, of Skyline, dismounts with a twist from the balance beam, winning the event with a score of 9.45. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Dani Cogswell, of Skyline, dismounts with a twist from the balance beam, winning the event with a score of 9.45. Photo by Greg Farrar.

The Skyline Spartans and Issaquah High School Eagles gymnastics teams met Dec. 11 at Skyline High School as new KingCo 4A opponents. The Eagles beat the Spartans 167.05-151.9.

The meet was Issaquah’s first of the season, and served as a reasonable gauge of how tough KingCo competition will be this winter, said Issaquah head coach Ryan Fleisher.
Despite the loss, Skyline head coach Debbie Gliner was happy with the results.“We had our best meet in two years. We made some really great strides,” she said. “It would have been nice to win, but we had a really nice meet for us.”

Gliner had good reason to be happy about Skyline’s performance.

Dani Cogswell took first place in the vault, bars and beam and was the meet’s all-around top finisher. But it wasn’t enough to come out on top.

The Lady Eagles had more gymnasts score higher in each event. And seven of the top 10 gymnasts at the meet were from Issaquah, which is to equal or best last year’s third-place finish at the state Class 3A championship meet.

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