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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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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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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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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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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