Patriots send five wrestlers to state

February 18, 2014

As the winter sports season comes to a close, five Liberty High School wrestlers aren’t ready to hang up their singlets just yet.

They have a date at the Tacoma Dome, where they will compete at the state tournament Feb. 21-22.

Joanna Moreira, Kyle Armstrong, Conner Small, Romney Noel and Quinn Magendanz will all compete among the state’s best at the 26th edition of the Mat Classic.

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Spirit of an Eagle

February 11, 2014

Autistic swimmer inspires teammates

By Greg Farrar Trevor VanOrman, Issaquah High School sophomore, springs from the starting block for the second lap of his four-man team’s 200-yard freestyle relay race in January against Liberty High School at the Julius Boehm Pool.

By Greg Farrar
Trevor VanOrman, Issaquah High School sophomore, springs from the starting block for the second lap of his four-man team’s 200-yard freestyle relay race in January against Liberty High School at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Trevor VanOrman is arguably one of the most dedicated members of the Issaquah High School swim team.

He’s not on varsity, but that doesn’t stop him from watching hours of video every day. Nor does it or make him any less enthusiastic when he hits the pool.

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Eagles scorch nets, Wolves in KingCo hoops

February 11, 2014

For fans of the jump shot, the first half of Issaquah High School’s Feb. 5 basketball game at Eastlake was a beautiful thing to witness.

The Eagles were on fire from 3-point range, sinking seven shots, and were just as good from other parts of the court, shooting 78 percent overall in the first half. They closed the game on a similar hot streak, and wrapped up a 78-59 victory against the Wolves in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

By Greg Farrar Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

Issaquah had already sewed up a home game in the first round of the KingCo tournament Feb. 12, but it added a convincing win over an Eastlake squad that has been ranked among the state’s top 10 most of the season.

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Liberty athletes prepare for the next level

February 11, 2014

No Liberty High School athletes signed national letters of intent on signing day Feb. 5 to his knowledge, said Stark Porter, the school’s athletic director.

There are a handful of athletes, however, who plan to continue their careers at the next level.

Aaron Bowe, who led the boys cross-country team to its first state appearance this year, will compete at Gonzaga University.

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Two much eagles

February 4, 2014

Senior guard duo rallies Issaquah girls past Skyline

By Greg FaRRAR Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg had been held in check most of the game, but they made their presence felt when the Issaquah Eagles reached crunch time.

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Patriots hit a wall with pair of losses as regular season comes to a close

February 4, 2014

It’s been nothing but smooth sailing this season for the 14-5 Liberty girls basketball team, but things got a little rocky just a week before the end of the season.

It began with a 53-45 loss to Mercer Island on Jan. 29, and continued with a 55-36 defeat at the hands of a determined Bellevue team Jan. 31. The Islanders and the Wolverines were both teams the Patriots beat earlier in the season

By Christina Corrales-Toy Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

“Hopefully, we’ve got this rough stretch out of the way,” Liberty coach Curtis Terry said. “I’d rather get it out now than in the playoffs, when it’s do or die.”

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Newport out-tumbles issaquah, skyline

February 4, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar

Photos by Greg Farrar

Newport won a tri-meet Jan. 30 in the Eagles’ Pat Hatmaker Gymnasium with 166.90 points. Issaquah was second with 156.25 and Skyline was third with 151.85 points. At right, Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School junior, performs a twist on her dismount from the vault. Bugge led Issaquah with 8.45 points, third-best, and was seventh in the all-around of vault, bars, beam and floor with 30.80 points. At far right, Rikki Uhrich, Skyline High School gymnast, does a flip to land on the end of the balance beam, before doing a backward somersault dismount for a third-place 8.0 points on the apparatus. She went on to lead the Spartans with second-overall 33.3 points.

 

 

 

Young Liberty team falls to Mount Si

January 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

With just one upperclassman on the Liberty gymnastic team’s 21-person roster, it’d be an understatement to say the program is experiencing a youth movement.

The team is riddled with freshmen and sophomores, some of whom have never even played the sport.

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Duel meet two-fer

January 28, 2014

Keith and Ben Nussbaum don’t usually swim against each other in high school meets, but an exception was made Jan. 23, when the Issaquah High School seniors competed for the final time at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Even though Keith got the best of Ben in their sibling rivalry, winning two individual events and beating his brother head-to-head in the 500-yard freestyle, the duo helped Issaquah topple the Skyline, 116-69, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet.

By Greg Farrar Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

“We usually never race in the same events for high school, so it was really interesting to finally race him in my last home meet of my high school career,” Keith said. “And it felt good to beat him for once.”

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Soccer players named to all-state

January 28, 2014

After a year in which all three Issaquah School District girls soccer teams made it to state, it’s no surprise that several local athletes dot the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association’s All-State teams.

Liberty High School’s second-year coach Tami Nguyen was named the 3A Coach of the Year for leading the Patriots to their first state girls soccer title.

Patriots’ forward Jacquelyn Anderson was also named to the All-State second team in the 3A classification.

Issaquah High School juniors Devan Talley and Lyrik Fryer made the 4A first team, joined by Skyline High School’s Jordan Branch and Abbey Porter.

The Eagles’ Rachel Wheeler and Annie Hoffman were named to the second team, along with the Spartans’ Kelli Sullivan and Abbie Litka. Skyline junior Amanda Johnston made honorable mention.

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