Liberty boys place fifth at Surf ‘N Slam

January 7, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team traveled to sunny San Diego during winter break to compete in the annual Surf ‘N Slam high school basketball tournament.

The Patriots went 1-2 in the three-day competition, good for fifth place in its eight-team bracket featuring schools from Washington, California and Utah.

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Issaquah boys go 1-3 in national tournament

January 7, 2014

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team spent a portion of its winter break competing in the prestigious, invitation-only MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Eagles went 1-3 in the four-day tournament, featuring top teams from across the country.

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Spartans produce solid results at holiday tournament

January 7, 2014

Basketball teams that shoot 11 of 31 at the free-throw line don’t typically win, but the Skyline High School girls managed to do it during their most recent outing.

In the championship game of the Emerald Division at the West Coast Jamboree in Dublin, Calif., Skyline shot 35 percent at the charity stripe. Yet the Spartans managed to outlast host Valley Christian, 57-54, on Dec. 30.

Contributed The Skyline High School girls basketball team celebrated Dec. 30 with a division championship at the West Coast Jamboree in California. The Spartans upped their record to 6-3 with three wins at the tournament.

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The Skyline High School girls basketball team celebrated Dec. 30 with a division championship at the West Coast Jamboree in California. The Spartans upped their record to 6-3 with three wins at the tournament.

The Spartans (6-3 overall) built a 45-35 lead after three quarters, but had to fend off a late challenge from a Valley Christian team sporting a 9-0 record and playing in front of its home fans.

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Liberty basketball rallies for heart health

December 17, 2013

During the month of December, Liberty High School Associated Student Body students will focus their efforts to support the American Heart Association’s “Rock the Beat” program.

Students, players, staff and fans of the basketball teams are encouraged to wear black “We Are the Beat” T-shirts for both the girls varsity and boys varsity games Dec. 20.

T-shirts will be on sale during lunch Dec. 16-20, and at the game for a $10 donation.

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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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