December 31, 2014
It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.
Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.
Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:
November 11, 2014
Mike Smith’s Liberty High School cross-country team wasn’t taking any chances.
After consecutive state meet appearances where something always went wrong on the day of the race, particularly for the girls, the Patriots’ superstitions were on high alert Nov. 8 at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course.
November 11, 2014
The 2014 Issaquah girls cross-country team was special.
So special, in fact, that longtime head coach Gwen Robertson had to go all the way back to the ‘80s to find a comparable Eagle squad.
Even then, she said, the 2014 team stood out among the rest.
October 28, 2014
The Issaquah High School girls cross-country team continued its magical season Oct. 25, winning the KingCo 4A League championship for the first time in 21 years.
The Eagles had four runners in the top eight, led by Issaquah’s top finisher, Cayla Seligman. The Issaquah senior took third place overall, running the 3.1-mile course at Lake Sammamish State Park in 18 minutes, 7.32 seconds.
October 14, 2014
Patriots, Eagles do well at invitational
The Liberty High School cross-country team swept the competition, defeating both Lake Washington and Sammamish in an Oct. 8 meet at Bellevue’s Robinswood Park.
The Patriots’ boys and girls squads each scored 22 points on the way to the win. Senior Trevor Sytsma was the top finisher for the boys, navigating the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 54 seconds. Teammate Andrew Cooper was right behind him, finishing second with a time of 18:14.
September 30, 2014
September 23, 2014
It has been three years since the Skyline High School boys cross country program sent a team to the state championships, and senior Blake Hallauer is hoping to do something about it.
“I think it would mean a lot,” Hallauer said of reaching state. “That’s always been our goal, and we felt like we were robbed last year just because of a few bad runs at the district meet.”
No one on this year’s Skyline squad was part of the 2011 lineup that finished 12th at the Class 4A meet in Pasco — the seniors were freshmen then — but Hallauer is the most experienced returning runner for a group that is hungry to achieve something big.
January 7, 2014
Liberty’s fall sports underclassmen take the stage
Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.
Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.
November 12, 2013
Brigette Takeuchi places fourth overall
It says something about the strength of a program when its athletes and coaches are disappointed, even after a weekend in which the team posted its best performance ever at the state competition.
That’s what it means to be a Liberty High School cross-country participant, where the expectations are high, but certainly attainable, Patriots coach Mike Smith said.
The Liberty girls cross-country team was determined to finish in the top four at the 2013 state competition in Pasco Nov. 9. The Patriots had a good chance, too, given they were ranked third in the state coming into the meet.
November 12, 2013
The Skyline High School girls cross country team capped its 2013 season with a 10th-place finish Nov. 9 at the Class 4A state championships.
Skyline’s girls were making their first state appearance in eight seasons. They scored 245 to place 10th out of 16 teams in attendance. Bellarmine Prep was the 4A girls champion, followed by Camas, Tahoma and Central Valley.
Skyline sophomore Maizy Brewer paced her team with a medal-winning time of 18 minutes, 27.9 seconds, good for 11th place among individuals. Senior teammate Alex Daugherty, who hadn’t competed in cross country prior to the season, finished 27th in 19:03.71.