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.
“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.
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.
September 3, 2013
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.”
July 2, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 2013
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.
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.
February 5, 2013
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.