Liberty cross-country teams make school history

November 11, 2014

Mike Smith’s Liberty High School cross-country team wasn’t taking any chances.

By Mike Smith Tyra Christopherson, Liberty High School junior, with a lifetime-best run of 19 minutes, 33.46 seconds, good for 16th overall, leads her teammates on the 3.1-mile course at Pasco to a third-place team trophy in the state 2A girls cross country championship.

By Mike Smith
Tyra Christopherson, Liberty High School junior, with a lifetime-best run of 19 minutes, 33.46 seconds, good for 16th overall, leads her teammates on the 3.1-mile course at Pasco to a third-place team trophy in the state 2A girls cross country championship.

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.

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Eagles cap special season with second place

November 11, 2014

The 2014 Issaquah girls cross-country team was special.

By Lawrie G. Robertson Issaquah High School cross country runners sprint from the starting line at the WIAA state 4A championships Nov. 8 in Pasco. They were (in neon green jerseys from left) Kenna Clawson, Ellie Clawson (hidden behind her), Sami Corman, Cayla Seligman, Larissa Kolasinski, Abby Wilson (partly hidden) and Ellie Hendrickson. The Eagles’ team alternate was Sarah Smiley.

By Lawrie G. Robertson
Issaquah High School cross country runners sprint from the starting line at the WIAA state 4A championships Nov. 8 in Pasco. They were (in neon green jerseys from left) Kenna Clawson, Ellie Clawson (hidden behind her), Sami Corman, Cayla Seligman, Larissa Kolasinski, Abby Wilson (partly hidden) and Ellie Hendrickson. The Eagles’ team alternate was Sarah Smiley.

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.

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Skyline girls lock up fourth straight state volleyball berth

November 11, 2014

When Callie Wesson arrived at Skyline High School prior to the 2011 season, her goal was to build the volleyball program into a perennial power.

By Greg Farrar Chloe Epker (right), Skyline High School senior outside hitter, wins point for the second set, 25-23, against Katie McCreadie and Liz Larson, of Mount Si, in the first round of the KingCo 4A Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 5.

By Greg Farrar
Chloe Epker (right), Skyline High School senior outside hitter, wins point for the second set, 25-23, against Katie McCreadie and Liz Larson, of Mount Si, in the first round of the KingCo 4A Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 5.

There are plenty of signs to indicate Wesson has accomplished that goal. The Spartans clinched their fourth straight trip to the Class 4A state tournament, beating rival Eastlake 3-1 in the championship match of the KingCo Conference tournament Nov. 6 at Skyline.

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Eagles playoff run ends

November 11, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sarah Ratcliffe (center), Issaquah High School junior middle blocker, wins match point with a block while senior setter McKenzie Bostic looks on as the Eagles win, 25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 29-27 against Redmond in the second round of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament Nov. 5. After a first-round loss to Mount Si, the Eagles’ season ended with a third-round loss to Newport. Bostic was named to KingCo all-league first team and Rachel Baker and Daniela Jaramillo were named to second team.

By Greg Farrar
Sarah Ratcliffe (center), Issaquah High School junior middle blocker, wins match point with a block while senior setter McKenzie Bostic looks on as the Eagles win, 25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 29-27 against Redmond in the second round of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament Nov. 5. After a first-round loss to Mount Si, the Eagles’ season ended with a third-round loss to Newport. Bostic was named to KingCo all-league first team and Rachel Baker and Daniela Jaramillo were named to second team.

Issaquah High School’s Jackson Suh captures KingCo tennis title

November 4, 2014

The Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis tournament was supposed to last three days, but heavy rain stretched it to five.

By Greg Farrar Jackson Suh, Issaquah High School sophomore, hits the ball back to his opponent while winning an exhibition match Sept. 12 against Bellevue.

By Greg Farrar
Jackson Suh, Issaquah High School sophomore, hits the ball back to his opponent while winning an exhibition match Sept. 12 against Bellevue.

The weather delays didn’t seem to bother Issaquah High School sophomore Jackson Suh, who outlasted all of his competitors to win the singles bracket Nov. 1 at Skyline High School.

Suh, the runner-up at last season’s state tournament, cruised through his four matches en route to the KingCo title, and will now have several months to rest up and hone his game before the state event in May.

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Wildcats pound Patriots, 35-17

November 4, 2014

The Liberty High School football team fell to the Mount Si Wildcats, 35-17, in a game that dropped Liberty’s season record to 6-3. The game on Halloween, Oct. 31, was the final game of the regular season before Liberty heads into the playoffs to face Fife on Nov. 7.

By Gary Babcock/www.garysactionphotography.com Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, bursts through a hole in the Mount Si defensive line created by Quinn Magendanz (55) and James Workman (86) during the Patriots’ 35-17 nonleague loss Oct. 31 to the Wildcats.

By Gary Babcock/www.garysactionphotography.com
Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, bursts through a hole in the Mount Si defensive line created by Quinn Magendanz (55) and James Workman (86) during the Patriots’ 35-17 nonleague loss Oct. 31 to the Wildcats.

“It’s disappointing because it felt like we were in the game and we could win,” head coach Steve Valach said.

The Patriots scored first blood against the Wildcats with a touchdown run from junior running back Joe Cunningham in the first quarter. The touchdown came after an interception thrown by Mount Si quarterback Jonathan Hillel.

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Skyline routs Eastlake, 40-10

November 4, 2014

Head coach Mat Taylor preached resiliency to his Skyline High School football players after they suffered a 56-0 blowout loss Oct. 17 at the hands of top-ranked Bothell.

By Greg Farrar Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

The Spartans proved they had thick skin in the next two games. They rolled past Inglemoor on Oct. 24, and then walloped rival Eastlake, 40-10, Oct. 31 to clinch second place in the KingCo Conference and a home playoff game this week.

“After Week 7, we just said it was going to have to be a thing of the past,” Taylor said. “This is the beset possible outcome we could’ve had after losing to Bothell.”

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Eagles win top-five tussle

October 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Kelli Sullivan, Skyline High School senior midfielder co-captain, after an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tries to make lightning strike twice with another offensive display before time expires.

By Greg Farrar
Kelli Sullivan, Skyline High School senior midfielder co-captain, after an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tries to make lightning strike twice with another offensive display before time expires. See more photos from the game in this week’s Issaquah Press.

Skyline nets quick win over Issaquah

October 28, 2014

Bragging rights are always at stake when the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans meet, and that was the case again in an Oct. 23 volleyball match.

First-place Skyline earned the bragging rights, starting fast and building momentum on its way to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 victory over visiting Issaquah in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

“We focused and we remained really steady through the whole entire match,” said Skyline’s Kate Richardson, a junior outside hitter. “It was really fun to see everyone try really hard to beat Issaquah.”

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Patriots spike Kangs in three straight sets

October 28, 2014

The Liberty High School volleyball team sent its seniors off in style, securing a convincing victory over Lake Washington Oct. 22, as the Patriots played their regular season finale.

By Greg Farrar Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

By Greg Farrar
Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

Liberty took the match in three sets behind a dominating attack from senior Shea O’Brien, who on her senior night recorded 13 kills, including one that secured a set-clinching point.

The Patriots won the first set, 25-22; the second set, 25-23; and the third set 25-23. Despite those scores, Liberty wasn’t truly challenged until the third set, when the Patriots came from behind late to win.

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