Issaquah grad earns Player of the Week

December 17, 2013

Northwest University’s Domi Mendezona was named the Red Lion Cascade Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her play against Pacific Lutheran University and Quest University.

Mendezona, a senior point guard from Issaquah, averaged 14.5 points per game, totaled 13 assists and averaged 5 steals per game to help lead the Eagles to two wins Dec. 13-14 and quadruple their total wins over last year’s two-win season.

The Eagles earned a 10-point win over Pacific Lutheran, 69-59, on Dec. 13 before cruising past Quest, 92-70, on Dec. 14.

 

Robert Biegaj leads Spartans past Bears

December 10, 2013

Robert Biegaj didn’t join the varsity roster until late last season, but he witnessed some of the reasons why the Skyline Spartans finished with a 7-13 overall record.

“Just from watching from the outside, I feel like people were being selfish and stuff, and we weren’t really a team,” Biegaj said. “But, this year, I feel like we’re really coming together, bonding and being selfless. That’s one of our main focuses and covenants. So, I think we can have a really good year as long as we stay together.”

By Greg Farrar Robert Biegaj, Skyline High School junior forward, finishes the Spartans’ scoring with an exclamation point, dunking the last of his game-high 15 points in the 48-35 win Dec. 4 against Olympia.

By Greg Farrar
Robert Biegaj, Skyline High School junior forward, finishes the Spartans’ scoring with an exclamation point, dunking the last of his game-high 15 points in the 48-35 win Dec. 4 against Olympia.

Biegaj played a huge part in the Spartans’ season opener Dec. 4, as they dominated defensively in a 48-35 win against the Olympia Bears in a nonleague boys basketball game at Skyline High School.

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Patriots fall to Newport, 48-46

December 10, 2013

Less than two weeks before Liberty basketball’s first game, senior forward Ashlan Applegate was in the midst of a euphoric celebration erupting at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.

Shortly after winning the state 3A soccer title alongside her teammates, however, Applegate made the annual transition to a different athletic arena — the basketball court.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, finds the basket for two of her 12 points in the Patriots’ 48-46 loss to Newport on Dec. 4.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, finds the basket for two of her 12 points in the Patriots’ 48-46 loss to Newport on Dec. 4.

She didn’t need much time to acclimate to the hardwood, as evidenced by her team-leading 12 points and 13 rebounds in Liberty’s 48-46 loss to Newport Dec. 4.

“I think Ashlan Applegate played a huge game for us,” first-year Liberty coach Curtis Terry said. “She definitely stepped up when we needed her today.”

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Issaquah boys team looks to avenge last year’s bitter end

December 3, 2013

By Don Borin / Stop Action Photography Ty Gibson, Issaquah High School guard, knocks down a Skyline basketball player while driving to the basket in a game last December.

By Don Borin / Stop Action Photography
Ty Gibson, Issaquah High School guard, knocks down a Skyline basketball player while driving to the basket in a game last December.

The way last season ended for the Issaquah High School boys basketball team was a bitter pill that was hard to swallow for third-year coach Jason Griffith.

“We were basically one bucket away from making it back to state,” Griffith said.

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Liberty girls welcome new coach

December 3, 2013

After only one senior graduating, the Liberty High School girls basketball roster is largely identical to last year’s. The only difference is the man leading the squad.

First-year coach Curtis Terry will lead the Patriots, and he’ll rely on his returning nucleus of players to make the transition easy.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

“We have juniors and seniors on the team. Everybody played varsity last year, so I think we have a great starting point,” he said.

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Boys must replace nine seniors

December 3, 2013

There is not much experience across the Liberty boys basketball 15-man roster, especially after nine seniors from the team graduated last year.

But what the team lacks in game minutes, it makes up for with a deeper understanding of second-year Liberty coach Omar Parker’s philosophy.

“We have a huge advantage on last year in that we have a culture and we understand some of the program language now,” Parker said.

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Skyline girls look to replace trio of star graduates

December 3, 2013

Greg Bruns has developed a culture of high expectations for his Skyline High School girls basketball program, and that could spell the difference for the Spartans as they try to minimize the loss of three star graduates.

Last season’s top three scorers — Haley Smith, Lacey Nicholson and Rachel Shim — are now playing college basketball. It’ll be a tough task to create new leaders, but the program has done it before, said Bruns, the Spartans’ sixth-year head coach.

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School seniors (from left) Bryn deVita, Alex Daugherty and Shelby Kassuba form the core of what the Spartans hope will be another state-tournament qualifying team.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School seniors (from left) Bryn deVita, Alex Daugherty and Shelby Kassuba form the core of what the Spartans hope will be another state-tournament qualifying team.

“It’s going to be incredibly difficult to replace them, but somehow, some way, somebody steps up and finds a way to fill the void,” Bruns said.

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Registration deadline approaching for youth, teen basketball

November 26, 2013

The registration deadline is quickly approaching for the city of Issaquah Parks & Recreation youth and teen basketball program.

Dec. 2 is the last day to register your young basketball player for the upcoming season.

Spots are open for girls in grades kindergarten through eight and boys in grades kindergarten through third and grades six through eighth. Register by calling 837-3300 or go to issaquahwa.gov/register.

City offices are closed Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 

Coach Kathy Gibson takes ‘a break’

September 3, 2013

Kathy Gibson, Issaquah girls basketball coach, consoles senior Melissa Richardson after the Eagles’ supposed 3A state championship loss to the Chief Sealth Seahawks in 2006. Sealth was later stripped of its title. By Greg Farrar

Kathy Gibson, Issaquah girls basketball coach, consoles senior Melissa Richardson after the Eagles’ supposed 3A state championship loss to the Chief Sealth Seahawks in 2006. Sealth was later stripped of its title. By Greg Farrar

In one breath, she called it one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make.

In another, she called it a “no-brainer.”

So, for now, Kathy Gibson has stepped down as head girls basketball coach at Issaquah after 15 seasons.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be back someday,” she said. “Right now, this is what I’m going to do. I don’t think my career is over by any means, but I’ve got to take a break.”

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Liberty hosts 3-on-3 basketball tourney

July 2, 2013

The Liberty High School boys basketball team hosts its first 3-on-3 tournament in the school’s gymnasium June 22. Contributed

The Liberty High School boys basketball team hosts its first 3-on-3 tournament in the school’s gymnasium June 22. Contributed

A week before what is described as the biggest 3-on-3 basketball competition on earth, Spokane Hoopfest, local teams had the chance for a tune-up with the inaugural Liberty High School tournament.

Liberty Select Basketball and the Liberty boys basketball team hosted more than 120 participants from across the state June 22. Boys and girls from grades three through nine competed.

Liberty boys basketball coach Omar Parker and his staff offered a one-hour clinic discussing 3-on-3 play and strategy prior to the games. The Liberty staff also worked to organize the brackets and supervise play.

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