Skyline soccer starts over on back line, still has scoring punch

August 31, 2015

NEW — 2:35 p.m., Aug. 31, 2015

The Skyline High School girls soccer team is very aware of the players who graduated after earning the third-place trophy at last season’s state tournament. Read more

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Liberty swimmers hit the pool with quest to defend state title

August 31, 2015

NEW — 2:13 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015

If Liberty High School swimmer Ellie Hohensinner learned anything after last year’s state-championship season, it’s that life at the top of the podium is pretty sweet.

“Being up there is an exciting thing,” she said. “It was probably the highlight of my year.”

By Greg Farrar Ellie Hohensinner, now a Liberty High School senior, swims in a neck-and-neck battle with Ella Van Trobla of Naches during the entire 500-yard freestyle, winning the state 2A swim championship by 2.43 seconds a time of 5 minutes, 8.36 seconds last year.

By Greg Farrar
Ellie Hohensinner, now a Liberty High School senior, swims in a neck-and-neck battle with Ella Van Trobla of Naches during the entire 500-yard freestyle, winning the state 2A swim championship by 2.43 seconds a time of 5 minutes, 8.36 seconds last year.

The 2014 Liberty girls swimming and diving team won the program’s first state championship in devastatingly dominant fashion, winning seven of the meet’s 12 events and leaving the King County Aquatic Center with a Class 2A record score of 348 points. Read more

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Inexperienced Patriots to rely on ‘grit’ in 2015

August 24, 2015

NEW — 2:48 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015

Just before the Liberty High School football team hit the locker rooms after a sun-soaked Aug. 21 practice, they gathered in an end zone and knelt on one knee.

“It’s time for ‘Spotlight on a Champion,’” Liberty coach Steve Valach announced. He asked for nominees and the players quickly identified a teammate. Once chosen, Valach ushered him to the front and put his arm around him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more

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With key pieces back, Skyline football tries to take next step

August 21, 2015

UPDATED — 7:14 p.m., Aug. 21, 2015

Midway through the third quarter, the Skyline Spartans had a three-touchdown lead and seemed to be cruising toward their eighth straight appearance in the Class 4A state football playoffs.

A victory that seemed well within their grasp never materialized as the Skyview Storm scored the last 24 points and capped a 34-31 win by stuffing Skyline running back Rashaad Boddie on a goal-line play in double overtime, ending the Spartans’ season in stunning fashion.

By Greg Farrar Rashaad Boddie (left), Skyline High School senior running back and linebacker, gets around an offensive lineman while working on defense drills during team practice Aug. 21 at Skyline Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Rashaad Boddie (left), Skyline High School senior running back and linebacker, gets around an offensive lineman while working on defense drills during team practice Aug. 21 at Skyline Stadium.

“Last season was very unique. I’ve never had the situation where one play call could determine the end of the season,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. “We’re fourth-and-1 on the 1 to win the game. We could’ve kicked the field goal to go to a third overtime, but we went for it, and I wouldn’t change the call.” Read more

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Issaquah football has higher hopes in coach’s second season

August 21, 2015

UPDATED — 7:17 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015

On paper, a 5-5 season for the Issaquah High School football team might look rather unremarkable, but the details surrounding the Eagles’ 2014 campaign are worth examining.

Issaquah began last season with new leadership as Buddy Bland – who led the program to two KingCo Conference titles as coach from 1999-2005 – returned for a second stint on the sidelines. It took time for his players to respond.

By Greg Farrar Connor Smith (left), Issaquah High School senior offensive and defensive lineman, holds a tackling pad as senior right tackle Jordan Minnix jumps out of a tackling cage during team practice Aug. 20 at Gary Moore Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Connor Smith (left), Issaquah High School senior offensive and defensive lineman, holds a tackling pad as senior right tackle Jordan Minnix jumps out of a tackling cage during team practice Aug. 20 at Gary Moore Stadium.

“It was just tough adjusting to the different style of coaching,” senior quarterback Cam Humphrey admitted, “but as we saw toward the end of the year, we were able to figure some stuff out and we’re kind of hoping to transition, follow what we were doing toward the end of the year and bring it back into this year.” Read more

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Cougar Mountain trail runs wrap up

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

The fourth and final event of this summer’s Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series was held Aug. 8 at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park near Issaquah.

Listed below are results in the men’s and women’s divisions at 3.12, 14.5 and 26.2 miles:

3.12 miles

Men’s division: 1. Alex Doran, Bellevue, 19:46.2; 2. Chris Fields, Auburn, 21:57.2; 3. Charly Martin, Issaquah, 23:01.1; 4. Rocky Jorgenson, Seattle, 23:32.1; 5. Jeff Hunter, Woodinville, 24:53.4.

Women’s division: 1. Katie Bates, Seattle, 22:01.7; 2. Lotte Steuten, Seattle, 25:06.0; 3. Marion Johnson, Bellevue, 26:02.8; 4. Alexa Severtsen, Seattle, 27:45.5; 5. Mira Liu, Yarrow Point, 28:31.4. Read more

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Construction forces venue change for Skyline football

August 17, 2015

NEW – 10:35 a.m., Aug. 17, 2015

Construction of the new home grandstands at Skyline High School’s stadium won’t be complete in time for the start of the football season, so the Spartans will open on the road instead. Read more

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Youth swimmers land spots on prestigious squad

August 14, 2015

NEW – 1:55 p.m., Aug. 14, 2015

Three members of the Issaquah Swim Team were selected to compete in a high-quality competition earlier this month when they traveled to Maui, Hawaii.  Read more

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AVP Seattle Open crowns champs

August 12, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015

The Association of Volleyball Professionals returned to Seattle for the first time in 25 years.

By Greg Farrar The Association of Volleyball Professionals’ four-day AVP Kingston Seattle Open, held Aug. 6-9 at Lake Sammamish State Park, brings one of the stops of the national 2015 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour back to the Seattle area for the first time in 25 years.

By Greg Farrar
The Association of Volleyball Professionals’ four-day AVP Kingston Seattle Open, held Aug. 6-9 at Lake Sammamish State Park, brings one of the stops of the national 2015 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour back to the Seattle area for the first time in 25 years.

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Lakeside Recovery falls short at Legion baseball regionals

August 11, 2015

NEW — 11:52 a.m., Aug. 11, 2015

Tyler Tennant hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Gillette Roughriders an 8-7 victory over Lakeside Recovery in an elimination game Aug. 9 at the Senior American Legion Northwest Regional baseball tournament in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Read more

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