Patriots win first state swim title

November 18, 2014

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

Patriot powerhouse — Brilliant Mackenna Briggs leads Liberty to 2A state swim title

November 18, 2014

Skyline’s Kathy Lin/relays medal and Issaquah’s Jenifer Matsuda picks up two

Just three days before the last state swim final of her career, Liberty High School star Mackenna Briggs was calm and determined.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

Briggs signed her name to papers Nov. 12 solidifying her commitment to swim for the University of San Diego.

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Spartans qualify for state 4A soccer semifinals

November 18, 2014

The Olympia Bears started their state quarterfinal match perfectly. Within five minutes, they held a 1-0 lead against the Skyline Spartans, scoring on a Sophie Wood goal.

That lead lasted all of three minutes before the Spartans tied the game, which held for the rest of the first half.

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Skyline volleyball comes up short of state-tourney trophy

November 18, 2014

There was an abundance of motivation for the Skyline Spartans to win a trophy at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament for the third time in four seasons.

By Greg Farrar Dana Weatherby (right), Skyline High School senior, saves the volley with a dig as senior libero Kathleen Bui shouts encouragement, as the Spartans win point for the third set, 25-9, during their Nov. 14 match against Olympia in the state 4A volleyball tournament.

By Greg Farrar
Dana Weatherby (right), Skyline High School senior, saves the volley with a dig as senior libero Kathleen Bui shouts encouragement, as the Spartans win point for the third set, 25-9, during their Nov. 14 match against Olympia in the state 4A volleyball tournament.

The incentives were there for the Spartans and their nine seniors, but the opposition proved too challenging as Skyline finished the Nov. 14-15 event in Lacey with a 1-2 record. The second loss, a 3-1 setback to Central Valley, kept Skyline from coming home with any hardware.

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Liberty cross-country teams make school history

November 11, 2014

Mike Smith’s Liberty High School cross-country team wasn’t taking any chances.

By Mike Smith Tyra Christopherson, Liberty High School junior, with a lifetime-best run of 19 minutes, 33.46 seconds, good for 16th overall, leads her teammates on the 3.1-mile course at Pasco to a third-place team trophy in the state 2A girls cross country championship.

By Mike Smith
Tyra Christopherson, Liberty High School junior, with a lifetime-best run of 19 minutes, 33.46 seconds, good for 16th overall, leads her teammates on the 3.1-mile course at Pasco to a third-place team trophy in the state 2A girls cross country championship.

After consecutive state meet appearances where something always went wrong on the day of the race, particularly for the girls, the Patriots’ superstitions were on high alert Nov. 8 at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course.

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Eagles cap special season with second place

November 11, 2014

The 2014 Issaquah girls cross-country team was special.

By Lawrie G. Robertson Issaquah High School cross country runners sprint from the starting line at the WIAA state 4A championships Nov. 8 in Pasco. They were (in neon green jerseys from left) Kenna Clawson, Ellie Clawson (hidden behind her), Sami Corman, Cayla Seligman, Larissa Kolasinski, Abby Wilson (partly hidden) and Ellie Hendrickson. The Eagles’ team alternate was Sarah Smiley.

By Lawrie G. Robertson
Issaquah High School cross country runners sprint from the starting line at the WIAA state 4A championships Nov. 8 in Pasco. They were (in neon green jerseys from left) Kenna Clawson, Ellie Clawson (hidden behind her), Sami Corman, Cayla Seligman, Larissa Kolasinski, Abby Wilson (partly hidden) and Ellie Hendrickson. The Eagles’ team alternate was Sarah Smiley.

So special, in fact, that longtime head coach Gwen Robertson had to go all the way back to the ‘80s to find a comparable Eagle squad.

Even then, she said, the 2014 team stood out among the rest.

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Skyline girls lock up fourth straight state volleyball berth

November 11, 2014

When Callie Wesson arrived at Skyline High School prior to the 2011 season, her goal was to build the volleyball program into a perennial power.

By Greg Farrar Chloe Epker (right), Skyline High School senior outside hitter, wins point for the second set, 25-23, against Katie McCreadie and Liz Larson, of Mount Si, in the first round of the KingCo 4A Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 5.

By Greg Farrar
Chloe Epker (right), Skyline High School senior outside hitter, wins point for the second set, 25-23, against Katie McCreadie and Liz Larson, of Mount Si, in the first round of the KingCo 4A Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 5.

There are plenty of signs to indicate Wesson has accomplished that goal. The Spartans clinched their fourth straight trip to the Class 4A state tournament, beating rival Eastlake 3-1 in the championship match of the KingCo Conference tournament Nov. 6 at Skyline.

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Eagles playoff run ends

November 11, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sarah Ratcliffe (center), Issaquah High School junior middle blocker, wins match point with a block while senior setter McKenzie Bostic looks on as the Eagles win, 25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 29-27 against Redmond in the second round of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament Nov. 5. After a first-round loss to Mount Si, the Eagles’ season ended with a third-round loss to Newport. Bostic was named to KingCo all-league first team and Rachel Baker and Daniela Jaramillo were named to second team.

By Greg Farrar
Sarah Ratcliffe (center), Issaquah High School junior middle blocker, wins match point with a block while senior setter McKenzie Bostic looks on as the Eagles win, 25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 29-27 against Redmond in the second round of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament Nov. 5. After a first-round loss to Mount Si, the Eagles’ season ended with a third-round loss to Newport. Bostic was named to KingCo all-league first team and Rachel Baker and Daniela Jaramillo were named to second team.

Winning Little Leaguers

November 11, 2014

Contributed The Issaquah Reds won the Field of Champions 11U fall baseball league championship Oct. 20 with a come-from-behind, 8-6 win, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull ahead and capture the title. The team made up of predominantly players from the Issaquah Little League went 10-2 during the fall season. The players were (front row left to right) Ben Heigel, Blake Tefft, Liam Meyer, Stefan Gellos, Brendan Weideran,  Spencer Haas, Ben Taylor and Spencer Hawk. Standing (back row) are Cade Lockwood, Jon Mehr, Peter Coleman, Michael Hansen and Jeremy Dondoyano. The team was coached by Glenn Meyer, Don Tefft and Chris Gellos.

Contributed
The Issaquah Reds won the Field of Champions 11U fall baseball league championship Oct. 20 with a come-from-behind, 8-6 win, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull ahead and capture the title. The team made up of predominantly players from the Issaquah Little League went 10-2 during the fall season. The players were (front row left to right) Ben Heigel, Blake Tefft, Liam Meyer, Stefan Gellos, Brendan Weideran, Spencer Haas, Ben Taylor and Spencer Hawk. Standing (back row) are Cade Lockwood, Jon Mehr, Peter Coleman, Michael Hansen and Jeremy Dondoyano. The team was coached by Glenn Meyer, Don Tefft and Chris Gellos.

Sorting out Liberty’s 2A postseason

November 11, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2014

As the 2014 fall high-school postseason continues, most Liberty sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

Liberty’s regular season remained unchanged. They still played a competitive schedule in the tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference.

But now that the school is in 2A, the road through the playoffs has a slightly different look to it. Read more

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