Caged Panthers

March 25, 2014

Matthew Richardson, Jason Twaddle score in Skyline soccer 2-1 win over Wenatchee

By Neil Pierson A Skyline High School wall of defenders successfully block a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1.

By Neil Pierson
A Skyline High School wall of defenders successfully block a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1.

Matthew Richardson isn’t tall, but he might have been the biggest player on the field for the Skyline High School last week.

Richardson scored the Spartans’ first goal, then assisted on Jason Twaddle’s tally midway through the second half as Skyline held off the Wenatchee Panthers, 2-1, in a March 18 nonleague boys soccer match at Spartan Stadium.

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Despite new pieces, hopes remain high

March 25, 2014

Boys soccer preview

It might not be realistic for the Skyline High School boys soccer team to repeat their success of 2013, when the Spartans, undefeated in conference, play for the first time.

After all, the Spartans will have to find replacements for several key seniors who graduated, including starting center backs Ryan Shim and Chris Sorenson, and all-state central midfielder Kaleb Strawn.

The Spartans finished 13-3 overall and reached the Class 4A state tournament last season, where they lost 1-0 to Camas in the first round. Head coach Don Braman acknowledges the challenge of finding new stars, but thinks the pieces are in place for similar levels of success.

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Liberty boys hope to recapture lighting in a bottle

March 18, 2014

The pressure is on for the Liberty High School boys soccer team.

After the school’s girls team brought home the state championship, the way junior captain Ryan Graham sees it, it’s the boys’ turn to collect some hardware.

“They have their trophy, now we want to have our trophy,” he said. “That would be fantastic for the school.”

By Greg Farrar Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

That’s the message behind this season’s team motto, “BTH,” which stands for “Bring This Home.”

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Top sports stories of the year

December 31, 2013

Issaquah athletes take top state honors

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.

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Former Issaquah soccer star named All-American

December 31, 2013

Kristin Maris, a former Issaquah High School soccer star, was named a second-team 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Scholar All-American.

A behavioral neuroscience major and chemistry minor, Maris, a senior, maintains a 3.81 grade point average.

Earlier, she was named a second-team College Sports Information Directors of America Capital One Academic All-American, a first-team College Division District 8 Academic all-star and for the third straight year, a Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star.

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After two devastating injuries, Issaquah junior Devan Talley has dream season

December 3, 2013

After her first serious knee injury at age 14, Devan Talley remained determined.

After her second one, on her opposite knee, Talley felt the universe was picking on her.

By Greg Farrar Devan Talley, Issaquah High School junior forward, plays in the state 4A girls soccer championship Nov. 23 in Puyallup, during which she scored for an early 1-0 lead against Central Valley.

By Greg Farrar
Devan Talley, Issaquah High School junior forward, plays in the state 4A girls soccer championship Nov. 23 in Puyallup, during which she scored for an early 1-0 lead against Central Valley.

But Talley, a junior forward playing her first season for the Issaquah High School girls soccer team, is now the leader of an Eagles team that finished second in the 4A state championship.

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Issaquah’s Rachel Wheeler picked to play at nationals

December 3, 2013

Issaquah High School senior forward Rachel Wheeler, a University of Kentucky commit, was selected to play in the High School All-American Game for the best girls soccer players in the United States on Dec. 7 in Raleigh, N.C.

Wheeler, who helped the Eagles to runner-up Class 4A state finishes in 2012 and 2013, will suit up for the high-profile all-star game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C.

Issaquah senior Rachel Wheeler

Issaquah senior Rachel Wheeler

Wheeler suffered a pair of knee injuries in each of Issaquah’s last two fall seasons. Her left-knee ACL tear in the 4A state quarterfinal triumph over Central Valley of Spokane in 2012 ended her season before Issaquah fell to KingCo 4A rival Skyline, 1-0, in the 4A final.

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The thrill of victory

November 26, 2013

Patriots capture first girls state soccer title

The Liberty High School girls soccer team hugs and screams for joy after the 2-1 state 3A championship victory against Kamiakin on

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team hugs and screams for joy after the 2-1 state 3A championship victory against Kamiakin on Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

As time wound down and the Liberty High School girls soccer team secured a 2-1 victory over Kamiakin in the Nov. 23 3A state championship game, two things were certain.

First, the Patriots would capture their first state title in girls soccer. Second, the team, which had sworn off fast food this season, would feast on McDonald’s that night.

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The agony of defeat

November 26, 2013

Issaquah girls lose second straight finale heartbreaker

This was supposed to be their year.

After a painful loss to rival Skyline in last year’s state championship, the Issaquah High School girls soccer team was not about to let the sting of second place plague them again.

By Greg Farrar Anna Miller, Issaquah High School sophomore goalkeeper, and her tearful teammates congratulate the Central Valley Bears after coming in second in the state 4A girls soccer championship final Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
Anna Miller, Issaquah High School sophomore goalkeeper, and her tearful teammates congratulate the Central Valley Bears after coming in second in the state 4A girls soccer championship final Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

The Eagles were off to a great start in 2013, finally defeating the Spartans in a thrilling shootout victory in the state quarterfinals Nov. 16.

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Third time’s a charm

November 19, 2013

At left, Jaeden Chew (left), Skyline High School senior keeper, takes in the ball on a penalty kick as Issaquah’s Deval Talley, with Abbie Litka and Erin Schlosser, of Skyline, pursue the play in the second period.

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