Run with the Kokanee Oct. 18

October 14, 2014

Trout Unlimited will host its third annual Run with the Kokanee, a run through Lake Sammamish State Park benefitting the group’s work to protect kokanee salmon, on Oct. 18.

The flat course starts on paved park paths and finishes on wide, grassy trails. Runners can choose to do a 5K or 10K.

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Local academy fencer wins national title

June 24, 2014

An athlete from Issaquah’s Washington Fencing Academy is now a national champion, after a dominant performance at the 10-day USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Matthew Comes, a 15-year-old sophomore from Bothell High School, earned the gold medal in the Men’s Division III Epee competition. He was the last one standing in a field of 125 of the country’s best fencers.

By Serge Timacheff Matthew Comes celebrates victory on the way to a national title at the USA Fencing National Championships in Ohio.

By Serge Timacheff
Matthew Comes celebrates victory on the way to a national title at the USA Fencing National Championships in Ohio.

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Liberty sends two on New Zealand rugby exchange

June 17, 2014

By Scott Wright Noah Wright, a Maywood Middle School student on the Liberty Rugby Football Club, carries the ball across the pitch. He’s spending the summer in New Zealand on an exchange trip to immerse himself in the sport.

By Scott Wright
Noah Wright, a Maywood Middle School student on the Liberty Rugby Football Club, carries the ball across the pitch. He’s spending the summer in New Zealand on an exchange trip to immerse himself in the sport.

The Liberty Rugby Football Club has done a more than solid job of building a local following for the international sport, but try as it might, the enthusiasm pales in comparison to that seen in New Zealand.

That’s why the club is sending two of its players on an once-in-a-lifetime exchange to the country that literally lives and breathes rugby.

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Second Cougar Mountain run is Saturday

June 10, 2014

The second Cougar Mountain Trail Run is at 9 a.m. June 14.

This second event in the series features 8- and 13-mile options in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, through lush forest, fern-lined single-track, over hills and along marshes.

The series has raised more than $126,000 for King County Parks and contributed many hundreds of hours of trail work. The Seattle Running Club and Northwest Trail Runs is working to make this 12th annual event bigger and better.

The series runs the second Saturday of each month through the summer. The next races are July 12 and Aug. 9.

Register at www.seattlerunningclub.org.

Duthie Hill Park hosts Mountain Bike Festival

June 3, 2014

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 at Duthie Hill Park.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bikes available to test ride from all the top brands, jump jam demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for kids, food and beverages concessions, raffles and more. Families are encouraged to attend.

The festival is free and open to the public. For $10 (Evergreen members) or $20 (nonmembers) festival-goers can demo bikes all day, join skills clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in the pump track challenge and baby fatty obstacle race.

In 2013, approximately 1,800 people attended the festival, which celebrates the sport of mountain biking and offers new enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mountain biking experiences around. The festival is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to support its work — protecting, building and maintaining trails statewide.

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Anglers can fish for free June 7-8

June 3, 2014

Go fish — legally — without a license. Free Fishing Weekend is June 7-8.

During those days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state.

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Issaquah snowboarder impresses at nationals

April 15, 2014

Isabella Gomez, a 12-year-old Issaquah resident, earned second place overall at the United States of America Snowboard Association 25th Annual Nationals Tournament.

The competition, held March 29 through April 4 in Copper Mountain, Colo., brings the country’s best snowboarders together. Isabella competed in the Breaker Girls (12-13) age division.

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Liberty sports will move to 2A next season

January 14, 2014

Liberty High School sports teams will compete in the 2A classification for a two-year period beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released enrollment numbers showing that Liberty, at 891.8, is the size of a 2A school. Schools with less than 990.8 students, but more than 472, are considered 2A.

In the recent past, the Patriots have opted up to the 3A level, despite its stature as one of the state’s smallest 3A schools, but this time around administrators have decided to test the 2A waters.

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Top sports stories of the year

December 31, 2013

Issaquah athletes take top state honors

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.

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Early registration for Issaquah Little League ends Jan. 7

December 31, 2013

Enrollment fees for Issaquah Little League will increase by $25 after Jan. 7, the end of the early registration period.

The league offers T-Ball through major baseball for boys and T-Ball through junior fast-pitch softball for girls.

The growing program has more than 800 players, 150 coaches and 58 teams playing on local fields, including the newly turfed Dodd Field.

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