Eagles win season opener

December 9, 2014

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Maya Witherspoon (left), Issaquah High School freshman guard, goes up for the layup in the Eagles’ season opening 57-19 win over Mount Rainier on Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Maya Witherspoon (left), Issaquah High School freshman guard, goes up for the layup in the Eagles’ season opening 57-19 win over Mount Rainier on Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography Issaquah High School junior center Hope Dahlquist battles a Mount Rainier defender for the ball in the Eagles’ 57-19 win over the Rams Dec. 3.

By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Issaquah High School junior center Hope Dahlquist battles a Mount Rainier defender for the ball in the Eagles’ 57-19 win over the Rams Dec. 3.

Powerful Inglemoor steamrolls Skyline girls

December 9, 2014

The deck was stacked against the Skyline High School girls basketball team in its first game of the 2014-15 season.

By Greg Farrar Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

By Greg Farrar
Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

Not only were the Spartans making their debut under new head coach Joe Fithian, but they also were facing a solid Inglemoor Vikings squad that placed fourth in the state last season. Throw in the experience factor — the Vikings are a senior-laden team, while the Spartans feature six freshmen and sophomores — and the chances for an upset were slim.

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Patriots preview: Liberty strives to be ‘tough’ and ‘together’ in 2015

December 9, 2014

Change is inevitable in high school athletics.

By Greg Farrar Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

By Greg Farrar
Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

Graduation means that every four years, new players filter in, while the now-seasoned seniors depart.

In 2014, the Liberty High School basketball team lost a big one, as guard Kellen Birdsall earned his diploma, taking his talents, and the Patriots’ main scoring threat, to the California Lutheran University basketball team.

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Liberty High School hires new girls basketball coach

October 7, 2014

Carly Fromdahl has been tapped as Liberty High School’s new girls basketball coach, replacing Curtis Terry.

Fromdahl was an assistant on Terry’s staff last year, helping lead a team that was one of the best in the KingCo 2A/3A Conference.

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Skyline coach looks to make basketball more competitive

June 17, 2014

The Skyline High School boys basketball program has reached the state tournament twice in its 17 seasons of existence, something Bill McIntyre will be looking to change as he takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 season.

McIntyre was hired this spring after former coach Maui Borden’s contract wasn’t renewed. Borden had a 13-24 overall record in two seasons, including 8-22 in conference games.

Bill McIntyre

Bill McIntyre

McIntyre has strong ties to the Skyline community, having coached at the youth level for the Skyline Select program from 1998-2011. For the past two seasons, he served as an assistant under head coach Omar Parker at Liberty High School.

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Liberty basketball team stays busy

June 10, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team played its final minute of the season in February, but the work never stops for the Patriots, who have a busy summer on tap.

Liberty’s long list of summer events began May 30 with its first golf fundraiser at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course. More than 130 people attended the golf tournament, which also included a banquet and silent auction.

Assistant coach Steve Kelley, a former Seattle Times columnist, was the banquet’s master of ceremonies, while former Seahawks Mack Strong and Paul Moyer were special guest speakers.

By Caryn Frey Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

By Caryn Frey
Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

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Patriots host golf fundraiser

May 27, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team will hold a golf fundraiser May 30, featuring special guest speaker Mack Strong.

Festivities begin with a 1 p.m. golf tournament at Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Participants can win a new car, or a dream vacation, in one of three hole-in-one contests. The team is also hosting a banquet and silent auction.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1jEKPbn.

Pelicans, Huskies win youth basketball tourneys

March 25, 2014

Congratulations to the Pelicans, winners of the seventh- and eighth-grade tournament and the Huskies, winners of the sixth-grade tournament in the Issaquah Parks & Recreation boys league.

On the Pelicans roster are Rashon Evans, Bryce Smith, Lucien Berche, Duncan McCulloh, Calvin Jensen, Jarrett Chang-Lam, Connor Rooney, Evan Sanders and Noah Holst. Coaches are Derek Smith and Brian Rooney.

The Pelicans, which completed the season with an 8-2 record, finished the regular season as the fifth seed before heading into the playoffs, where they won three consecutive games to clinch the title.

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Eagles’ wings clipped

March 11, 2014

Issaquah suffers third loss to eventual state champ Garfield, settles for third

By Greg Farrar Jake Henke (24), Issaquah High School senior forward, is called for a foul after Garfield sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto releases a three-point attempt at the end of their game March 7 at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Watson (10) watches the play. Agosto’s two-for-three points from the stripe gave the Bulldogs their 61-59 win. See more photos at www.issaquahpress.com.

By Greg Farrar
Jake Henke (24), Issaquah High School senior forward, is called for a foul after Garfield sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto releases a three-point attempt at the end of their game March 7 at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Watson (10) watches the play. Agosto’s two-for-three points from the stripe gave the Bulldogs their 61-59 win. See more photos at www.issaquahpress.com.

With the game on the line, the ball got into the right player’s hands, but the result didn’t go the way the Issaquah Eagles envisioned it.

Brian Watson’s contested shot from deep in the corner didn’t find its mark, and Garfield escaped with a 61-59 victory in the semifinals of the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament March 7 at the Tacoma Dome.

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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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