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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Liberty hires new girls basketball coach

May 14, 2013

Liberty High School has hired Curtis Terry as the girls basketball coach.

Terry comes to Liberty after serving as an assistant at Auburn Riverside. He played basketball at UNLV and spent time in the NBA Developmental League. He also played for teams overseas.

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Road warriors rematch

March 5, 2013

Vikings prove too much for Spartans at state tourney

Two weeks after a third-quarter run gave the Inglemoor Vikings what they needed to swipe the KingCo crown from the Skyline High School Spartans, history repeated itself at the 4A Girls Basketball State Tournament.

By Greg Farrar Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

Once again March 1, the Vikings pulled away from the Spartans in the third quarter, this time beating them 44-34, knocking Skyline out of the state tournament before going on to finish in sixth place.

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Spartans blast past Yelm into quarterfinals

February 26, 2013

The last time the Skyline High School girls basketball team reached the state quarterfinals, Rachel Shim was a spectator as a sixth-grader.

The past three seasons, she was hampered by knee injuries, missing most of her sophomore year and playing with a brace as a junior.

This time, she made a difference.

By Greg Farrar Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

Shim helped fuel a second-half rally to propel the eighth-ranked Spartans past No. 10 Yelm, 61-48, in the Class 4A regionals Feb. 22 at Rogers High School.

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Spartans roar into postseason with 76-44 win over Bothell

February 12, 2013

By Lillian O’Rorke Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior, drives the ball down the court during the Feb. 6 KingCo playoff game against Bothell.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior, drives the ball down the court during the Feb. 6 KingCo playoff game against Bothell.

The postseason started with a bang for the Skyline High School girls basketball team Feb. 6 when it blasted Bothell, 76-44, in the first round of the KingCo 4A Championships.

Seeded No. 1 in the Crown division, the Skyline Spartans came out with a strong defense. Senior guards Rachel Shim and Lacey Nicholson were glued to two of the Bothell Cougars top scorers, Randi Dixon and Erin Burns, and together with their teammates held the Cougars’ offense to only two points during regular play in the first quarter.

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Local athletes sign with colleges

February 12, 2013

Two Issaquah and four Liberty high school seniors will officially take their athletic talents to the collegiate level, signing letters of intent to play for universities across the country.

Liberty soccer players Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty made their college commitments official in a special signing day ceremony at the school Feb. 6. The Patriots soccer team placed fourth in state this year.

Both Marlow and Johnson will play for Washington State University, while Noonan will play for Southeastern Louisiana University and Hafferty will suit up for Seattle Pacific University.

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Liberty boys, girls basketball squads fall to Bellevue

February 5, 2013

Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School sophomore guard, drives between Elisa Park (left) and Kate Holmes, of Bellevue, during the second quarter of their Jan. 31 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School sophomore guard, drives between Elisa Park (left) and Kate Holmes, of Bellevue, during the second quarter of their Jan. 31 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School gymnasium was awash in a sea of red on Jan. 31, when the Patriots boys and girls basketball teams hosted Bellevue in the final regular games of the season.

Parents, students, staff members and basketball coaches donned red in honor of heart health awareness, after the school spent the week rallying and raising funds for cardiovascular disease.

During the games, students collected donations for the American Heart Association and educated attendees about heart disease prevention and warning signs. The effort raised about $7,000, and the school will continue to raise funds through Feb. 14.

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Issaquah Eagles avenge loss to Newport Knights, 54-51

February 5, 2013

Cory Nevin (right), Issaquah High School junior wing, trying to put back a rebound from his first shot, is fouled by Newport senior forward Isaac Dotson during the first quarter of their Feb. 1 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Cory Nevin (right), Issaquah High School junior wing, trying to put back a rebound from his first shot, is fouled by Newport senior forward Isaac Dotson during the first quarter of their Feb. 1 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

In the early stages of the season, Issaquah High School boys basketball coach Jason Griffith predicted that it may take a while for his young squad to jell, but when it did, the product that the Eagles put on the parquet would be entertaining.

On Feb. 1, when the Newport hoopsters hit the hardwood at the Eagles Nest, Issaquah did not disappoint in that regard, as it eventually found the chink in the Knight’s armor and was able to win, 54-51.

Issaquah was seeking vengeance for a 48-47 loss to Newport on Jan. 11, when the Eagles experienced a middle-quarter sag, a problem they have been struggling to remedy all season.

The Eagles bolted out of the gate quickly in that game, outscoring the home team 16-7 in the initial frame. In the second and third quarters, Issaquah scored only 14 points.

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