Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

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 at the King County Aquatic Center, 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 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Young Patriots can’t stick landing against Sammamish

December 23, 2014

The Liberty High School gymnastics team just couldn’t find its balance at a Dec. 18 home meet against Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar Lauren Coate, Liberty High School junior, performs her balance beam routine for a team-high 6.55 points. Coate finished in the top 10 on the beam and floor and in the top 10 all-around.

By Greg Farrar
Lauren Coate, Liberty High School junior, performs her balance beam routine for a team-high 6.55 points. Coate finished in the top 10 on the beam and floor and in the top 10 all-around.

In what was the Patriots’ second, and final, home meet of the season, Liberty fell to the Totems, 159.3-112.3.

Sammamish dominated the top 10 results in all events, including the all-around. The highest placement in any category for the struggling Liberty squad was sixth.

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Skyline rallies against Newport for season’s first win

December 23, 2014

With a 44-38 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Skyline Spartans needed to make some game-changing plays, and they did it by going back to their original game plan.

By Greg Farrar Braden Ahlemeyer, Skyline High School junior forward, battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

By Greg Farrar
Braden Ahlemeyer, Skyline High School junior forward, battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

“One of our keys is offensive rebounds, both us preventing them and then us getting them,” coach Bill McIntyre said.

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Eagles keep Wildcats winless

December 23, 2014

by Greg Farrar Maya Witherspoon, Issaquah High School freshman guard, is fouled in the second quarter while driving between Mount Si’s Mady Privatsky (left) and Camryn Buck. Witherspoon sunk one of her free throw shots, contributing to the Eagles’ 62-47 victory.

by Greg Farrar
Maya Witherspoon, Issaquah High School freshman guard, is fouled in the second quarter while driving between Mount Si’s Mady Privatsky (left) and Camryn Buck. Witherspoon sunk one of her free throw shots, contributing to the Eagles’ 62-47 victory.


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Correction

December 23, 2014

An athlete was identified incorrectly and the results of another match were incorrect in a Dec. 17 wrestling story.

Liberty High School junior Cooper Antin wrestled at 195 pounds, pinning Benjamin Fines, of Juanita, in 1:58. State-ranked Liberty senior Romney Noel won his match at 182 pounds by forfeit.

Issaquah sinks Skyline swimmers at Mercer Island

December 16, 2014

In a meet featuring two teams of equal skill levels, the Issaquah Eagles boys swim team had a little more fuel in its tank than the Skyline Spartans.

By Greg Farrar Henry Pratt, Issaquah High School senior, touches the bulkhead in the turn on the first lap of his winning 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1 minute, 6.10 seconds, against Skyline Dec. 11 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Henry Pratt, Issaquah High School senior, touches the bulkhead in the turn on the first lap of his winning 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1 minute, 6.10 seconds, against Skyline Dec. 11 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

Issaquah won all three relay events, propelling itself to a 96-87 victory over Class 4A KingCo Conference rival Skyline in a Dec. 11 dual meet at Mary Wayte Pool in Mercer Island.

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Patriots win league opener, 39-33

December 16, 2014

The Liberty High School wrestling team’s Dec. 11 homecoming was a victorious one, complete with a league-opening win over Juanita, 39-33.

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (left), Liberty High School senior, drives Mason McDaniel, of Juanita, to the mat in the second period on the way to a 6-4 win in their 170-pound bout during the Patriots’ Dec. 11 wrestling meet against the Rebels.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (left), Liberty High School senior, drives Mason McDaniel, of Juanita, to the mat in the second period on the way to a 6-4 win in their 170-pound bout during the Patriots’ Dec. 11 wrestling meet against the Rebels.

The Patriots returned to its home court last Thursday, after construction forced the team to spend much of the past two years down the road at Maywood Middle School. Read more

Liberty grad has standout season for Cal Lutheran

December 16, 2014

Liberty High School graduate Kali Youngdahl wrapped up her freshman campaign on the California Lutheran University soccer team with a slew of honors.

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Eagles win season opener

December 9, 2014

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Maya Witherspoon (left), Issaquah High School freshman guard, goes up for the layup in the Eagles’ season opening 57-19 win over Mount Rainier on Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Maya Witherspoon (left), Issaquah High School freshman guard, goes up for the layup in the Eagles’ season opening 57-19 win over Mount Rainier on Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Issaquah High School junior center Hope Dahlquist battles a Mount Rainier defender for the ball in the Eagles’ 57-19 win over the Rams Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Issaquah High School junior center Hope Dahlquist battles a Mount Rainier defender for the ball in the Eagles’ 57-19 win over the Rams Dec. 3.

Powerful Inglemoor steamrolls Skyline girls

December 9, 2014

The deck was stacked against the Skyline High School girls basketball team in its first game of the 2014-15 season.

By Greg Farrar Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

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Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

Not only were the Spartans making their debut under new head coach Joe Fithian, but they also were facing a solid Inglemoor Vikings squad that placed fourth in the state last season. Throw in the experience factor — the Vikings are a senior-laden team, while the Spartans feature six freshmen and sophomores — and the chances for an upset were slim.

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