Paddling Festival is May 1

May 7, 2013

Lake Sammamish hosts the third annual Northwest Paddling Festival this weekend.

Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders will descend on Issaquah to celebrate all-things paddle sports, with a daylong festival May 11.

The event will feature paddling industry vendors, product demonstrations, kayak tours, stand-up paddleboarding lessons and a 6-mile paddle-craft race.

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Issaquah hosts third annual Northwest Paddling Festival

April 23, 2013

For a single day in May, Lake Sammamish will become the elite destination for the region’s paddle-sports enthusiasts when it hosts the third annual Northwest Paddling Festival.

Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders will descend on Issaquah to celebrate all-things paddle sports, with a daylong festival May 11.

The event will feature paddling industry vendors, product demonstrations, kayak tours, stand-up paddleboarding lessons and a 6-mile paddle-craft race.

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Skyline hangs on for win over Woodinville

April 9, 2013

WOODINVILLE – Cannon Gardner tallied four goals as Skyline pulled away in the third for a 13-11 boys high school lacrosse win over Woodinville on April 4 at Woodinville High School.

The win was the fourth of the spring for the Spartans.

Woodinville took a one-goal lead in the first-quarter, and then gave up five in the second to trail Skyline 7-4 at the half. In the third, the Spartans kept scoring, netting six goals to Woodinville’s three.

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Eagle dancers bust a move

March 26, 2013

For a young team, every advance in competition becomes a first, and so the Issaquah High School Dance Team celebrated its first win in district competition, to be followed by a trip to state at the Sun Dome in Yakima on March 23 in hopes of winning a trophy at state for the first time.

However, that trophy was not to be.

Team Captain Raché Strand said the team performs and competes in the hip-hop category. Hip-hop is a style of dancing that finds it roots in street dancing in the 1970s.

Contributed The Issaquah High School Dance Team poses March 2 at Eastlake High School with their Sea-King District 4A trophy in the hip-hop/military category before heading to Yakima for state competition March 23.

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The Issaquah High School Dance Team poses March 2 at Eastlake High School with their Sea-King District 4A trophy in the hip-hop/military category before heading to Yakima for state competition March 23.

“Hip-hop is like thug or gangsta,” Strand said. “It is more like street dancing or like dance crew, lots of getting low and kind of aggressive dancing. We dance to popular music, like stuff you would hear on the radio for dancing party music.”

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Liberty athlete gets patriotic for USA rugby

March 5, 2013

Ian Wright has Olympic aspirations

Liberty rugby player Ian Wright is used to donning the blue-and-green uniform of the Liberty Rugby Football Club.

The Liberty High School senior temporarily traded in the Patriots’ colors, though, for the familiar red, white and blue of USA Rugby, when he represented the country at an international competition in February.

Contributed Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

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Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans. Only 24 athletes were chosen to fill two teams that competed at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens Tournament, going up against squads from Canada.

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Explore state, national parks for free

March 5, 2013

Throughout the year, Lake Sammamish State Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest, plus national forests and parks, waive entry fees.

On such days, visitors do not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain.

Mount Rainier National Park waives entrance fees to the 235,625-acre park on holidays and special occasions. So does nearby Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

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Fish and Wildlife trolls for opinions on new ‘Fish Washington’ logo

February 26, 2013

Anglers and others can help the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife select a new graphic theme for its “Fish Washington” campaign.

People can help choose a pair of new logos that will identify Fish Washington on the Web and in other applications at www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington. Voting will be open through February.

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Kip Brown wins heat at world championships

February 12, 2013

The familiar red, yellow and blue of the Miss Red Dot hydroplane was not present at the 2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar, but that doesn’t mean that local crew, Our Gang Racing, wasn’t properly represented at the event.

Our Gang Racing, including driver Kip Brown, of Preston, competed as the 95 Spirit of Qatar team, donning the white-and-maroon colors of the Qatari flag.

Brown captured his first ever heat win for the Spirit of Qatar team, delighting the home crowd with a convincing performance, on Feb. 9.

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Skyline High School cheerleaders claim top score, state title

February 5, 2013

The Skyline High School green cheerleading team topped off its award-winning routine Jan. 26 with a pyramid. Contributed

The Skyline High School green cheerleading team topped off its award-winning routine Jan. 26 with a pyramid. Contributed

For the third time in three years, the Skyline High School green cheer team walked away from the Cheerleading State Championships on Jan. 26 with the state title.

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Runner races for charity after storm cancels New York City Marathon

November 6, 2012

Sabina Honig, Becki Chandler and Amir Feinsilber (from left) come west on East Sunset Way as they near the two-mile mark of a 26.2-mile run — a substitute for Honig’s canceled New York City Marathon and as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. By Greg Farrar

In Issaquah, native New Yorker Sabina Honig awaited word from family and friends as Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast.

The prospective New York City Marathon runner also listened closely for information about the race scheduled to occur less than a week after the Oct. 29 superstorm.

Lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy led organizers to cancel the New York City Marathon, but Honig did not let the setback interrupt her race. Instead, she set out from home in the Issaquah Highlands on race day, Nov. 4, and logged 26.2 miles on local streets.

No medal awaited Honig at the finish line, but she used the race to raise money for relief efforts along the Eastern Seaboard.

Honig, 44, raised more than $2,000 by Nov. 5, as the fundraising cutoff deadline approached. The public can continue to donate online to Honig’s cause.

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