Skyline soccer shows heart in capturing third

November 26, 2014

Recovering from a heartbreaking loss isn’t something the Skyline Spartans wanted to do at the Class 4A state soccer tournament, but they did it successfully last weekend.

By Paul Gibian Skyline High School’s Lindsey Fujiwara (23) controls the ball through the middle of the field as Gig Harbor’s Kaysie Bruce (14) and Mia Ostergren (20) defend during the Class 4A state soccer tournament in Puyallup Nov. 22.

By Paul Gibian
Skyline High School’s Lindsey Fujiwara (23) controls the ball through the middle of the field as Gig Harbor’s Kaysie Bruce (14) and Mia Ostergren (20) defend during the Class 4A state soccer tournament in Puyallup Nov. 22.

Skyline got goals from three of its top offensive players — Lindsey Fujiwara, Amanda Johnston and Kelli Sullivan — to earn a 3-1 win over the Gig Harbor Tides in the match for third and fourth places Nov. 22 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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Liberty places eighth at state

November 26, 2014

In a fall sports season filled with firsts for the Liberty High School athletic department, the Patriots’ volleyball team made sure it got in on the action, too.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School volleyball team at the school’s first state tournament appearance is cheerful after a well-fought first set as the Patriots break from the huddle for the second set of their Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School volleyball team at the school’s first state tournament appearance is cheerful after a well-fought first set as the Patriots break from the huddle for the second set of their Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

Liberty made its first state volleyball appearance in school history Nov. 14-15 and proceeded to pick up the program’s first state trophy, with an eighth-place finish.

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Signs of future times

November 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

Area athletes chosen as all-conference picks

November 26, 2014

KingCo Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

KINGCO 4A

FOOTBALL

Defensive MVP: Cameron Saffle, Skyline

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Eagles, Patriots make early exits in state soccer tourneys

November 26, 2014

Both Liberty and Issaquah girls soccer teams made early exits from the 2014 state 2A and 4A soccer tournaments.

Issaquah was sent packing after a second round loss to Gig Harbor on Nov. 15, while Liberty’s season ended with a 4-3 loss to Shorecrest on Nov. 15.

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Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins Athlete of the Week

November 26, 2014

After finishing her high-school swimming career on the highest of notes, Liberty High School senior Mackenna Briggs was named a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week.

Mackenna Briggs

Mackenna Briggs

Briggs swept the 50 free in 23.78 seconds and the 100 fly in a meet record 55.65 to lead the Patriots to their first 2A state team title with a record 348 points Nov. 15.

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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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