Skyline gymnast wins at state

February 24, 2015

Skyline High School gymnast Anna Olsen took the top spot on the beam at the 2015 4A state championship Feb. 21.

Olsen won the state title with a score of 9.325.

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Patriots prepare for postseason

February 10, 2015

As the 2015 winter high-school postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

By Greg Farrar Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

By Greg Farrar
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

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Mount Si edges Issaquah gymnasts in season finale

February 3, 2015

The Issaquah Eagles gymnastics team had its wings clipped, 168.7-156.75, Jan. 29 by Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

By Greg Farrar Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School senior team captain, performs the second of her two jumps on the vault during the Eagles’ Jan. 29 meet against Mount Si, scoring 8.3 for best on her team and fourth place on the apparatus.

By Greg Farrar
Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School senior team captain, performs the second of her two jumps on the vault during the Eagles’ Jan. 29 meet against Mount Si, scoring 8.3 for best on her team and fourth place on the apparatus.

It was the final match of regular 4A KingCo season for both schools.

“It was a good meet,” said Ryan Fleisher, Issaquah’s head coach for the last 15 years.  “I’m pleased with where we ended.”

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Young Patriots can’t stick landing against Sammamish

December 23, 2014

The Liberty High School gymnastics team just couldn’t find its balance at a Dec. 18 home meet against Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar Lauren Coate, Liberty High School junior, performs her balance beam routine for a team-high 6.55 points. Coate finished in the top 10 on the beam and floor and in the top 10 all-around.

By Greg Farrar
Lauren Coate, Liberty High School junior, performs her balance beam routine for a team-high 6.55 points. Coate finished in the top 10 on the beam and floor and in the top 10 all-around.

In what was the Patriots’ second, and final, home meet of the season, Liberty fell to the Totems, 159.3-112.3.

Sammamish dominated the top 10 results in all events, including the all-around. The highest placement in any category for the struggling Liberty squad was sixth.

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Local gymnasts medal at state

March 4, 2014

Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.

Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

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Newport out-tumbles issaquah, skyline

February 4, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar

Photos by Greg Farrar

Newport won a tri-meet Jan. 30 in the Eagles’ Pat Hatmaker Gymnasium with 166.90 points. Issaquah was second with 156.25 and Skyline was third with 151.85 points. At right, Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School junior, performs a twist on her dismount from the vault. Bugge led Issaquah with 8.45 points, third-best, and was seventh in the all-around of vault, bars, beam and floor with 30.80 points. At far right, Rikki Uhrich, Skyline High School gymnast, does a flip to land on the end of the balance beam, before doing a backward somersault dismount for a third-place 8.0 points on the apparatus. She went on to lead the Spartans with second-overall 33.3 points.

 

 

 

Young Liberty team falls to Mount Si

January 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

With just one upperclassman on the Liberty gymnastic team’s 21-person roster, it’d be an understatement to say the program is experiencing a youth movement.

The team is riddled with freshmen and sophomores, some of whom have never even played the sport.

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Allison Northey wins Pac-12 gymnastics award two weeks in row

March 26, 2013

Allison Northey, a 2012 Skyline High School graduate, has been named Pac-12 Gymnastics Newcomer of the Week two weeks in a row.

Northey, a freshman on the University of Washington gymnastics team, first earned the honor for the week of Feb. 11-17. Her first time competing in the all-around as a collegiate athlete, she finished third overall with a 39.075 that week, helping her team tie No. 6 Utah for the second time in school history.

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Saving the best for last

February 19, 2013

Tia Riley closed her gymnastics career on a major upswing, competing in three disciplines and setting personal bests in two.

The Liberty High School senior’s scores in floor and vault at the state meet in Tacoma surpassed all her marks in prep gymnastics, she said.

She did not qualify for finals, but nobody could call her final meet a failure, not her coach who said that two minor mistakes kept Riley from the floor finals, nor Riley herself.

By Greg Farrar Tia Riley, Liberty High School senior, leaps during her floor routine at the 3A state gymnastics championships in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Tia Riley, Liberty High School senior, leaps during her floor routine at the 3A state gymnastics championships in Tacoma.

“I’m happy,” she said. “I’m glad I competed so well in my last meet.”

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Skyline High School gymnasts earn No. 2 spot at meet

February 5, 2013

The Skyline High School Spartans faced off against Eastlake, Garfield and Newport in their second-to-last league gymnastics meet Jan. 24, where they eventually took second place with 130.77 points.

Even with a few of their top performers missing Jan. 24, the Spartans had 10 girls in each event.

“They did great. I thought they did fantastic tonight,” Skyline coach Michelle McCombs said. “We were trying to reach 145, but because we were down a couple of our key players, we knew that it wasn’t going to happen. But we still got close to 130, which is good.”

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