ONE TWO-PUNCH

January 21, 2014

Liberty teams sweep Sammamish

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

If you scoured the 3A state girls basketball rankings at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t find Liberty High School mentioned on any lists.

The Patriots weren’t even considered in the same class as KingCo 3A/2A league foes Juanita and Bellevue. It’s understandable — this group, with virtually the same roster, went 13-11 last year, good for fourth in the conference.

The Patriots girls basketball team is quickly turning heads across the state, though, with big wins over ranked opponents Everett, Bellevue and previously unbeaten Juanita.

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Spartans boys lose to Wolves on ‘Money’ shot

January 21, 2014

The play is called “Money,” and Davis Woerner made sure it was worth every cent.

Needing a clutch shot late in regulation, Eastlake High School boys basketball coach Brian Dailey drew up a play for Woerner, the Wolves’ 6-foot-6 senior forward, who has exceptional range for a player of his size.

Woerner sank a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying the score late in the fourth quarter, and visiting Eastlake went on to defeat rival Skyline, 81-76, in overtime in a Jan. 14 Class 4A KingCo Conference contest.

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Eastlake engineers second-half surge to down Skyline girls

January 21, 2014

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

With her team trailing by three points at halftime, and facing the possibility of their first loss in conference play, Eastlake High School coach Sara Goldie implored her team to get back to the basics.

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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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