Area athletes chosen as all-conference picks

November 26, 2014

KingCo Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

KINGCO 4A

FOOTBALL

Defensive MVP: Cameron Saffle, Skyline

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Eagles, Patriots make early exits in state soccer tourneys

November 26, 2014

Both Liberty and Issaquah girls soccer teams made early exits from the 2014 state 2A and 4A soccer tournaments.

Issaquah was sent packing after a second round loss to Gig Harbor on Nov. 15, while Liberty’s season ended with a 4-3 loss to Shorecrest on Nov. 15.

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Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins Athlete of the Week

November 26, 2014

After finishing her high-school swimming career on the highest of notes, Liberty High School senior Mackenna Briggs was named a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week.

Mackenna Briggs

Mackenna Briggs

Briggs swept the 50 free in 23.78 seconds and the 100 fly in a meet record 55.65 to lead the Patriots to their first 2A state team title with a record 348 points Nov. 15.

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Patriots win first state swim title

November 18, 2014

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

Patriot powerhouse — Brilliant Mackenna Briggs leads Liberty to 2A state swim title

November 18, 2014

Skyline’s Kathy Lin/relays medal and Issaquah’s Jenifer Matsuda picks up two

Just three days before the last state swim final of her career, Liberty High School star Mackenna Briggs was calm and determined.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

Briggs signed her name to papers Nov. 12 solidifying her commitment to swim for the University of San Diego.

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Spartans qualify for state 4A soccer semifinals

November 18, 2014

The Olympia Bears started their state quarterfinal match perfectly. Within five minutes, they held a 1-0 lead against the Skyline Spartans, scoring on a Sophie Wood goal.

That lead lasted all of three minutes before the Spartans tied the game, which held for the rest of the first half.

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Skyline volleyball comes up short of state-tourney trophy

November 18, 2014

There was an abundance of motivation for the Skyline Spartans to win a trophy at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament for the third time in four seasons.

By Greg Farrar Dana Weatherby (right), Skyline High School senior, saves the volley with a dig as senior libero Kathleen Bui shouts encouragement, as the Spartans win point for the third set, 25-9, during their Nov. 14 match against Olympia in the state 4A volleyball tournament.

By Greg Farrar
Dana Weatherby (right), Skyline High School senior, saves the volley with a dig as senior libero Kathleen Bui shouts encouragement, as the Spartans win point for the third set, 25-9, during their Nov. 14 match against Olympia in the state 4A volleyball tournament.

The incentives were there for the Spartans and their nine seniors, but the opposition proved too challenging as Skyline finished the Nov. 14-15 event in Lacey with a 1-2 record. The second loss, a 3-1 setback to Central Valley, kept Skyline from coming home with any hardware.

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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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