Skyline routs Eastlake, 40-10

November 4, 2014

Head coach Mat Taylor preached resiliency to his Skyline High School football players after they suffered a 56-0 blowout loss Oct. 17 at the hands of top-ranked Bothell.

By Greg Farrar Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

The Spartans proved they had thick skin in the next two games. They rolled past Inglemoor on Oct. 24, and then walloped rival Eastlake, 40-10, Oct. 31 to clinch second place in the KingCo Conference and a home playoff game this week.

“After Week 7, we just said it was going to have to be a thing of the past,” Taylor said. “This is the beset possible outcome we could’ve had after losing to Bothell.”

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Beaver Lake will get 2,400 rainbow trout Wednesday

November 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 2, 2014

Anglers will have an opportunity to catch large trout this fall in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 2,400 hatchery rainbows averaging about three pounds each.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will release the fish Nov. 5. To facilitate that, the agency will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Nov. 4 and reopen the site at sunrise Nov. 6. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.

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Eagles win top-five tussle

October 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Kelli Sullivan, Skyline High School senior midfielder co-captain, after an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tries to make lightning strike twice with another offensive display before time expires.

By Greg Farrar
Kelli Sullivan, Skyline High School senior midfielder co-captain, after an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tries to make lightning strike twice with another offensive display before time expires. See more photos from the game in this week’s Issaquah Press.

Skyline nets quick win over Issaquah

October 28, 2014

Bragging rights are always at stake when the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans meet, and that was the case again in an Oct. 23 volleyball match.

First-place Skyline earned the bragging rights, starting fast and building momentum on its way to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 victory over visiting Issaquah in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

“We focused and we remained really steady through the whole entire match,” said Skyline’s Kate Richardson, a junior outside hitter. “It was really fun to see everyone try really hard to beat Issaquah.”

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Patriots spike Kangs in three straight sets

October 28, 2014

The Liberty High School volleyball team sent its seniors off in style, securing a convincing victory over Lake Washington Oct. 22, as the Patriots played their regular season finale.

By Greg Farrar Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

By Greg Farrar
Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

Liberty took the match in three sets behind a dominating attack from senior Shea O’Brien, who on her senior night recorded 13 kills, including one that secured a set-clinching point.

The Patriots won the first set, 25-22; the second set, 25-23; and the third set 25-23. Despite those scores, Liberty wasn’t truly challenged until the third set, when the Patriots came from behind late to win.

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Cross country teams win league titles

October 28, 2014

The Issaquah High School girls cross-country team continued its magical season Oct. 25, winning the KingCo 4A League championship for the first time in 21 years.

The Eagles had four runners in the top eight, led by Issaquah’s top finisher, Cayla Seligman. The Issaquah senior took third place overall, running the 3.1-mile course at Lake Sammamish State Park in 18 minutes, 7.32 seconds.

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Bothell Cougars humble Skyline Spartans, 56-0

October 21, 2014

If there were any doubts about Bothell’s ability to win a big football game on the road, the Cougars destroyed those theories in the opening minute of their Oct. 17 game at Skyline High School.

By Greg Farrar Sam McPherson (20), Bothell High School senior running back, gets a block from a teammate on Skyline junior defensive back Danny Sinatro, and scored from 13 yards out for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game.

By Greg Farrar
Sam McPherson (20), Bothell High School senior running back, gets a block from a teammate on Skyline junior defensive back Danny Sinatro, and scored from 13 yards out for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game.

Bothell, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, scored on its first two plays from scrimmage and went on to thoroughly dominate the Skyline Spartans, 56-0, clinching the KingCo Conference title in the process.

“We couldn’t ask for anything better — score on the first play, score on the second play of offense,” said senior Sam McPherson, the Cougars’ star running back and defensive back.

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Game On — Local athlete keeps the competitive edge at every level he plays lacrosse

October 21, 2014

Whether it’s coincidence, or a sign of some greater forces at work, the color yellow seems to follow Issaquah High School graduate Kevin Powers.

By Tor Jernudd Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

By Tor Jernudd
Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

Powers, 21, donned the navy blue and yellow of the Swedish National Lacrosse team at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in July. In high school, Powers was a standout player in the purple and gold of Issaquah. He continued his success in San Rafael, California, where he is in his senior year wearing the — once again — navy blue and yellow of Dominican University.

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Issaquah squanders early lead to Mount Si

October 21, 2014

The Issaquah High School Eagles fell to the Mount Si Wildcats in an away game Oct. 17, bringing their season record to 2-5.

By Calder Productions Ray Littles (left), Issaquah High School senior defensive back, picks off a pass meant for Mount Si junior wide receiver Reid Lutz (6), returning it 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and a brief 7-3 lead. The Eagles lost by a final score of 20-14.

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Ray Littles (left), Issaquah High School senior defensive back, picks off a pass meant for Mount Si junior wide receiver Reid Lutz (6), returning it 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and a brief 7-3 lead. The Eagles lost by a final score of 20-14.

The Eagles pulled ahead early in the rainy matchup, but the Wildcats responded and Issaquah was ultimately unable to recover, losing 20-14.

“We had our chance,” head coach Buddy Bland said. “We just didn’t take care of business.”

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Patriots drop season finale to Interlake

October 21, 2014

The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

The Patriots dropped five of the seven matches against the Saints, but found a sliver of hope when two players who normally compete in singles teamed up to show impressive mettle in the No. 1 doubles match.

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao defeated Interlake’s Michael Kwong and Justin Lee in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

“Winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Interlake match was an amazing accomplishment for two singles players to achieve as a newly-formed doubles team,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.

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