Spartans look to solidify around star senior duo

March 11, 2014

Chris Tamminen has a lot of questions to answer heading into the 2014 baseball season, but he’s got at least two known quantities to work with.

The Skyline High School coach expects big things from ace pitcher Drew Lunde, a senior lefthander who has committed to play at Washington State University. Offensively, Tamminen isn’t sure what his batting order will look like, except for the fact that senior third baseman Jason Santiago will hit third and be expected to drive in plenty of runs.

Lunde will need to be good this year after Skyline lost three workhorses to graduation — Corbin Powers, Arthur Stromquist and Jacob Gleichman combined to throw about two-thirds of the innings for the Spartans in 2013.

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Jason Jones hired as Skyline athletic director

March 11, 2014

Skyline High School hired Jason Jones as its new athletic director March 1, replacing outgoing Ryan Gilbert, who left to take a position with a youth camp in Bellevue.

Jones was an interim athletic director at Cleveland High School in Seattle during the 2006-07 school year. He has since coached in Sammamish as part of the Skyline Select seventh-grade boys feeder program.

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Recreation league crowns its champs

March 11, 2014

The Warriors are winners of the championship title in the Issaquah Parks & Recreation boys ninth- and 10th-grade basketball league, the department announced Feb. 28.

The players — Austin Beeks, Luc Gelle, Kartik Mahajan, Dane Petterson, Jack Simpson, Matthew Swanson, Kosuke Terada, Keanu Wong, Oliver Young and Erik Ke — under the leadership of coaches Rob Young and Eric Swanson racked up a solid 8-2 record before advancing to the championship game.

The Warriors won in sudden-death double overtime in a semifinal game to advance to the championship to defend their crown. The team then went on to defeat the Timberwolves for the title.

 

Issaquah, Garfield high schools are working to ensure safe environment for tonight’s game after racially charged social media messages

March 7, 2014

NEW — 6:25 p.m. March 7, 2014

TACOMA — Issaquah and Garfield have been working together to ensure a safe environment when the schools face each other in tonight’s Class 4A boys semifinal basketball game.

The extra effort comes after racially charged messages appeared on social media following the schools’ matchup Feb. 21.

Garfield’s school resource officer reached out to the WIAA to inform it of the situation. The WIAA decided additional security for tonight’s game is not necessary. Issaquah will have more school administrators on site than usual to provide extra security.

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Issaquah beats Jackson, 56-44

March 7, 2014

NEW — Noon March 7, 2014

Issaquah jumped out to an early 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and the Eagles never looked back after that.

Issaquah (19-6) led by at least six the rest of the way after Brian Watson’s 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead. Watson double-clutched on the shot and got it off just before the buzzer blasted.

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Tacoma tuneup

March 4, 2014

Eagles draw tough bracket after 64-48 rebound win over Bellarmine Prep

By Greg Farrar Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, has the ball batted out of bounds by Bellarmine Prep’s Rex Bodoia late in the fourth quarter. The Eagles retained possession as they wound down their 4A state regional 64-46 victory over the Lions.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, has the ball batted out of bounds by Bellarmine Prep’s Rex Bodoia late in the fourth quarter. The Eagles retained possession as they wound down their 4A state regional 64-46 victory over the Lions.

Avoiding a letdown after the stinging defeat to Garfield in the KingCo 4A championship game, Issaquah used its state qualifier Feb. 28 against Bellarmine Prep as a tuneup heading into the Hardwood Classic.

The Eagles pulled away from the Lions after a back-and-forth first-quarter to win, 64-46, at the regional matchup played at Puyallup High School.

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Liberty’s season ends at regionals

March 4, 2014

Patriots fall to top-ranked Cleveland, 48-35

If anyone had any questions about the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s season goal, they need only to look at the players’ forearms as they stepped on the Bellevue College court for a March 1 loser-out, winner-to-state game.

By Greg Farrar Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

By Greg Farrar
Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

Scrawled in black, capital letters was the acronym DIFD — Do it for the Dome, the Tacoma Dome, that is.

The Patriots’ road to the state tournament, held at the Tacoma Dome, came to an end March 1, after a 48-35 loss to top-ranked Cleveland.

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Skyline sprinters have big plans for senior seasons, beyond

March 4, 2014

There might not be a better situation for Dorie Dalzell to land in at the collegiate level, even though the school she chose wasn’t the one she thought she would.

Dalzell’s father and grandfather are University of Kansas alumni, and her boyfriend is currently attending the Division I athletics powerhouse in Lawrence, Kan. It was those factors that had her heavily leaning toward Washington, Arizona and Columbia for her running career at the next level, simply because she wanted a change of scenery.

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season. By Neil Pierson

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season.
By Neil Pierson

Kansas was the last school Dalzell visited, and a motivational video she watched with the coaches cinched her decision.

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Local gymnasts medal at state

March 4, 2014

Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.

Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

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Eagles soar to record heights

February 25, 2014

Issaquah takes second at state swim meet behind win in 200-relay

By Greg Farrar The Issaquah High School swim team, including coach Laura Halter (center) jumps, claps and yells as the team is given second place in state 3A with a score of 171 points.

By Greg Farrar
The Issaquah High School swim team, including coach Laura Halter (center) jumps, claps and yells as the team is given second place in state 3A with a score of 171 points.

Four members of the Issaquah High School swim team approached coach Laura Halter at the beginning of the season and told her they were going to do something special this year.

Gabe Florsheim, Ben Nussbaum, Henry Pratt and Jason Klein informed her that they would win the state’s 200-yard medley relay, and they’d do it in dramatic fashion.

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