Issaquah swimmers capture fourth

February 24, 2015

The Issaquah High School boys swim and dive team didn’t win a single event at the 2015 4A state swimming championship Feb. 20-21.

By Greg Farrar Henry Pratt bends down from the podium to hug Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter as she gives him and teammates (standing, from left) Jason Klein, Gabe Florsheim and Brandon Leu their state 4A second place medals, for swimming the 4-by-100-yard freestyle relay in a school-record time of 3 minutes, 10.65 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Henry Pratt bends down from the podium to hug Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter as she gives him and teammates (standing, from left) Jason Klein, Gabe Florsheim and Brandon Leu their state 4A second place medals, for swimming the 4-by-100-yard freestyle relay in a school-record time of 3 minutes, 10.65 seconds.

Yet, the Eagles’ top-to-bottom depth ensured the team had a spot on the podium when the meet came to a close Feb. 21 at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center.

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Skyline gymnast wins at state

February 24, 2015

Skyline High School gymnast Anna Olsen took the top spot on the beam at the 2015 4A state championship Feb. 21.

Olsen won the state title with a score of 9.325.

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Grappling to state — Four Issaquah wrestlers head to Mat Classic XXVII championships

February 17, 2015

The Issaquah High School wrestling team qualified four participants for the Mat Classic XXVII state championships, and placed fourth overall on Feb. 14 at the Class 4A Region 2 championships at Inglemoor High in Kenmore.

By Greg Farrar William Tickman (left), Issaquah High School sophomore, takes control of South Kitsap sophomore Ashton Schessler on the way to an 11-8 win in their second-round 106-pound bout during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

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William Tickman (left), Issaquah High School sophomore, takes control of South Kitsap sophomore Ashton Schessler on the way to an 11-8 win in their second-round 106-pound bout during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

The Eagles sent 12 participants to the regional event, and scored 85 points to finish behind champion Yelm (283), South Kitsap (153.5) and Mount Si (107).

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Skyline High School’s Nathan Swanson captures regional wrestling title

February 17, 2015

Nathan Swanson has spent a lot of time honing his craft, and the Skyline High School senior wrestler saw his perseverance pay off during regionals.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Swanson (left), Skyline High School senior, sizes up Sebastian Robles from South Kitsap in a second-round 120-pound bout on the way to his win by fall at 5:44 during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

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Nathan Swanson (left), Skyline High School senior, sizes up Sebastian Robles from South Kitsap in a second-round 120-pound bout on the way to his win by fall at 5:44 during the Class 4A Region 2 tournament Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School.

Swanson won three consecutive matches and won the title in the 120-pound division, which will earn him a high seed and possibly a deeper path into Mat Classic.

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Liberty athlete earns scholar athlete award

February 17, 2015

Liberty High School senior Quinn Magendanz was one of eight area athletes honored at the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet Feb. 8.

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Patriots send three wrestlers to state

February 17, 2015

Three Liberty High School wrestlers will compete at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 20-21.

Conner Small (170), Romney Noel (182) and Joanna Moreira (135) each qualified for the Mat Classic XXVII.

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Patriots make history, win district playoff basketball game

February 17, 2015

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School boys basketball team did something Feb. 14 that no past Patriots squad has ever done.

By Greg Farrar Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

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Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

Liberty won a district playoff game for the first time in the boys’ program history, and thus, kept the dream of a state playoff berth alive.

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Issaquah wrestlers win KingCo title with a little home cooking

February 10, 2015

The Issaquah High School wrestling team made the most of hosting the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament, scoring 243.5 points to win the championship at the Feb. 6-7 event.

Six Issaquah wrestlers reached the finals of their respective weight classes, and four won titles, to propel the Eagles to victory over second-place Mount Si (203.5 points). Issaquah had a conference-best 14 qualifiers for the Region 2 tournament, Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The top five wrestlers in each weight advanced to regionals.

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Patriots prepare for postseason

February 10, 2015

As the 2015 winter high-school postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

By Greg Farrar Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

By Greg Farrar
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

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.

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Red-hot Taylor McKerlich leads Skyline girls to win

February 10, 2015

As a sophomore, Taylor McKerlich was mostly successful on offense when she got good position under the basket.

By Greg Farrar Jade Loville, Skyline High School freshman wing, is double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Jade Loville, Skyline High School freshman wing, is double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

A year later, after diligently working on her jump shot, she has proven to be an even more valuable commodity for the Skyline High School girls basketball team.

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