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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State titles elude local wrestlers

February 25, 2014

Eagle Torre Eaton’s third-place finish is top local medalist

For Issaquah High School senior Torre Eaton, his final trip to the Mat Classic state wrestling championships was an historic one.

By Greg Farrar Torre Eaton (right), Issaquah High School senior, lifts Yelm sophomore Thomas Munoz off the mat as he works to get control in his first-round, 113-pound match Feb. 21 in the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Eaton won the match, 5-2, and finished third at his weight in Mat Classic XXVI.

By Greg Farrar
Torre Eaton (right), Issaquah High School senior, lifts Yelm sophomore Thomas Munoz off the mat as he works to get control in his first-round, 113-pound match Feb. 21 in the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Eaton won the match, 5-2, and finished third at his weight in Mat Classic XXVI.

Eaton had made two previous trips to the state tournament, but had yet to earn a medal as a top-eight finisher.

He flipped that script last weekend, earning the third-place medal at 113 pounds in Class 4A, and he wound up being the only medalist among Issaquah’s four qualifiers to Mat Classic XXVI, held Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.

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Garfield ‘tornado’ blows away Issaquah, 83-65

February 25, 2014

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team had hoped things would turn out differently than 2012, when they last played for the KingCo title against Garfield.

In front of a packed gym Feb. 21 at Juanita High School, KingCo’s two top squads were set to decide the rubber match.

Unfortunately, like two years ago, it was all Garfield from the opening tip.

By Greg Farrar Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, goes up to score two of his 17 points as Garfield senior guard Deeshawn Tucker defends, late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 65-83 KingCo 4A championship loss Feb. 21.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, goes up to score two of his 17 points as Garfield senior guard Deeshawn Tucker defends, late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 65-83 KingCo 4A championship loss Feb. 21.

Garfield left little doubt about the outcome as it raced out to a double-digit lead before Issaquah was able to hit its second field goal, pulling away for an 83-65 win.

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Liberty girls advance to basketball regionals

February 25, 2014

The Liberty High School girls basketball team isn’t ready to head home just yet.

The Patriots’ season will continue after a Feb. 22 double-overtime win against Holy Names earned them a spot in the 16-team regional tournament.

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Eastlake eliminates Issaquah in girls hoops

February 25, 2014

A big first-half deficit proved too much for the Issaquah High School girls basketball team to overcome, and it ended the Eagles’ season Feb. 18.

Issaquah trailed 12-1 after one quarter, 29-10 at halftime, and a 24-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough as the Eagles lost to the Eastlake Wolves, 53-48, in the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball tournament at Juanita High School in Kirkland.

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Pinning down a title

February 18, 2014

Issaquah, Skyline grapplers heading for Mat Classic

By Greg Farrar Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

By Greg Farrar
Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

Senior 113-pounder Torre Eaton may be the most promising chance for Issaquah High School’s wrestling medal hopes.

Eaton had an outstanding regular season, and won the regional crown by eking out a 2-0 decision over Evergreen (Vancouver) sophomore Isaiah Av at the Class 4A Region 2 championships, held Feb. 15 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.

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Liberty girls take third at KingCo tournament

February 18, 2014

The scoreboard painted a bleak picture after the first quarter of the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s Feb. 13 contest against Juanita.

The Patriots managed just two points in the first eight minutes of play, while the Rebels racked up 15.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

Shots just weren’t falling for Liberty in the first quarter of the game that determined third place in the KingCo tournament. It was a struggle, senior captain Sierra Carlson admitted, to remain resolute as the misses just accumulated.

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Woodinville bottles up Eagles’ top scorers

February 18, 2014

It was a simple but effective formula that wound up being the difference in Woodinville’s victory over Issaquah in a Feb. 12 girls basketball playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

Senior guards Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg supply the bulk of Issaquah’s offense, and visiting Woodinville was able to collar them for the vast majority of the teams’ first-round clash in the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

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