Good as gold

July 16, 2013

Preston team’s Kip Brown wins Super Bowl of hydroplane racing

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited
The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

The National Football League has the Super Bowl; Major League Baseball has the World Series; but for hydroplane racing, it’s the Gold Cup that stands as the pinnacle of the sport’s achievements.

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Public invited to enjoy the outdoors in nature-walk series

July 16, 2013

The city of Sammamish is hosting a series of nature walks the third Saturday of each month from July through October.

The walks, free of charge, start at 10 a.m. and last 90-120 minutes. Below are dates, locations and details of the next four events. Register online at www.sammamishwalks.org.

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Mason Lake offers worthy payoff for strenuous hike

July 16, 2013

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness area covers 390,000 acres of pine-shrouded mountains dotted with lakes tucked away in bowl-shaped valleys in the North Cascades. While much of the area is difficult to access, Mason Lake is in King County, and reachable in a somewhat challenging day hike along the Ira Spring Trail.

The hike is about 3 miles each way, with an elevation gain of about 2,500 feet. It starts easily enough — a wide trail shaded by leafy trees and a fairly gradual incline.

By Susie Kim The first look at Mason Lake appears as hikers come up from just below the water level.

By Susie Kim
The first look at Mason Lake appears as hikers come up from just below the water level.

After the first half-mile or so, a small waterfall uphill creates a stream (which makes its way to the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River) that cuts across the trail.

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Swimming duo synchs up to a strenuous new sport

July 9, 2013

As first-time competitors at the national level, it was understandable for synchronized swimmers Leeza Polyakova and Meili Hobson to be a bit tense.

Polyakova and Hobson, who are both Sammamish residents, had to ignore their apprehension last month as part of the Seattle Synchronized Swim Team’s performance at the eSynchro Age Group Championships in Riverside, Calif.

It wasn’t an easy task. The girls are relatively new to the sport, having gotten involved within the past two years, and they were competing in front of several hundred people at the meet — easily the biggest crowd they’ve seen.

By Neil Pierson Sammamish residents Leeza Polyakova (left) and Meili Hobson enjoyed their time at a national synchronized swimming meet last month.

By Neil Pierson
Sammamish residents Leeza Polyakova (left) and Meili Hobson enjoyed their time at a national synchronized swimming meet last month.

Hobson, 11, who will enter the fifth grade this fall at Creekside Elementary School, felt a lot of nerves as she entered the pool at Riverside City College for the first time.

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Cougar Mountain Trail Run third race is July 13

July 9, 2013

The third in the four-run Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is July 13.

The event, co-presented by the Seattle Running Club and Northwest Trail Runs, has been a Pacific Northwest tradition for the past 11 years. This month’s race boasts multiple courses: a 10- and 20-mile path that loops through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails, as well as a 5K.

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Former pro mountain bikers coaching at clinic

July 2, 2013

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will host a skills clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13-14 at Duthie Hill Park.

Former professional mountain bike racers Kat Sweet, of Sweetlines, and Simon Lawton, of Fluidride, will join Evergreen’s certified instructors to lead the clinic.

The clinic, open to ages 14 and older, is designed for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Participants will spend the weekend learning and practicing skills and putting them to use on the park’s trails. The clinic will take place regardless of weather conditions.

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The race goes on

June 25, 2013

Local runner wins first race after Boston Marathon

Contributed Brian Maher, of Issaquah, leads the pack June 2 at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Maher won the overall crown in what was his first race after running in the Boston Marathon.

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Brian Maher, of Issaquah, leads the pack June 2 at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Maher won the overall crown in what was his first race after running in the Boston Marathon.

Issaquah’s Brian Maher would not call himself a survivor, a label that others tried to attach to him after he competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Yes, he and his wife Elizabeth were in Boston April 15, when two bombs exploded at the marathon’s finish line, but by the time that happened, Maher had already finished the race and the two were resting comfortably away from the chaos.

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Issaquah resident runs for Boston

June 25, 2013

Growing up in Massachusetts, it was always Issaquah resident Robyn Wilson’s dream to run in the Boston Marathon.

“I grew up watching the marathon,” she said. “It was always a goal of mine to run Boston, and I haven’t yet.”

She was not there April 15 when two bombs exploded at the marathon’s finish line, but she estimated that she knew about 40 runners and spectators that were in Boston.

Robyn Wilson

Robyn Wilson

“It was scary, but luckily everyone I knew was just fine,” she said.

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Athletes receive all-league honors

May 21, 2013

As the spring sports season comes to a close, local athletes are being honored for their athletic achievements with the unveiling of the all-league teams. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually.

Note: Only athletes from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline are listed.

Soccer

All KingCo 4A

  • Coach of Year — Don Braman, Skyline

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Brock O’Connor memorial scholarship awards $3,000

May 21, 2013

This year’s $1,000 recipients of the Brock O’Connor Memorial Scholarship are Corbin Powers, of Skyline High School, Garrett Hughes, of Liberty High School and Justin Vernia, of Issaquah High School, according to a press release.

The scholarship committee awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to three graduating senior baseball players; one from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty. The recipients of the award must have made a commitment to play baseball at the college level and demonstrated attributes that Brock exhibited during his short life, the release said.

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