Patriots stay perfect

September 30, 2014

Four weeks into the high school football season, only one Issaquah School District team remains undefeated — and it’s likely not the team you expected.

By Greg Farrar Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

By Greg Farrar
Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

The Liberty Patriots improved to 4-0 after a 28-0 road victory over the Lake Washington Kangs on Sept. 26, following wins against Lakewood, Hazen and Interlake.

“It’s amazing. It’s everything I wanted of my senior year,” Liberty running back and linebacker Drew Hall said of the Patriots’ start. “But we still need to keep in mind that it’s 1-0 every week, and we’re on to our next opponent.”

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Cross country capers

September 30, 2014

By Greg Farrar The Issaquah High School boys cross country team sets out at the start of the 5-kilometer race Sept. 24 against Inglemoor and Bothell at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The Issaquah High School boys cross country team sets out at the start of the 5-kilometer race Sept. 24 against Inglemoor and Bothell at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore.

Luke George (right), Issaquah High School freshman, kicks to the finish line just ahead of junior teammate Jacob Brueckman, as they finish third and fourth in the Sept. 24 cross country meet against Bothell and Inglemoor.

Luke George (right), Issaquah High School freshman, kicks to the finish line just ahead of junior teammate Jacob Brueckman, as they finish third and fourth in the Sept. 24 cross country meet against Bothell and Inglemoor.

Cayla Seligman (left), Issaquah High School senior, freshman Kenna Clawson and her sister, senior Ellie Clawson, cheer the Issaquah boys during their cross country race Sept. 24 against Bothell and Inglemoor. Seligman had just won the girls 5-kilometer race in a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds, while Kenna and Ellie finished fourth and fifth. Their teammate Sami Corman had also finished third, helping the girls win the meet with 22 points and an undefeated season so far.

Cayla Seligman (left), Issaquah High School senior, freshman Kenna Clawson and her sister, senior Ellie Clawson, cheer the Issaquah boys during their cross country race Sept. 24 against Bothell and Inglemoor. Seligman had just won the girls 5-kilometer race in a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds, while Kenna and Ellie finished fourth and fifth. Their teammate Sami Corman had also finished third, helping the girls win the meet with 22 points and an undefeated season so far.

Skyline downs Eastlake in KingCo soccer opener

September 30, 2014

The Eastlake Wolves girls soccer team had a solid nonconference run, going undefeated and outscoring their five opponents, 17-1.

But things got much tougher when Eastlake had to turn its attention to matches that matter, including Class 4A perennial powerhouse Skyline in the KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline got goals from Ke’ala Louie, Candace Hunter and Gabby Hart, and wore down Eastlake with speed at both ends of the field in a 3-1 victory Sept. 25 at Spartan Stadium.

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Liberty High School’s Quinn Magendanz wins award

September 30, 2014

Liberty High School senior Quinn Magendanz won the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Athlete of the Week Award. Magendanz, a three-sport athlete currently starring on the football team, won the award based on his dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership and athletic performance.

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Issaquah edges Liberty on the golf course

September 23, 2014

The Issaquah High School golf team emerged victorious in a preseason match against district foe Liberty; but it was a promising Patriot, not an Eagle, who earned the best score Sept. 17 at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course.

By Greg Farrar Zack Overstreet, Issaquah High School junior, hits his eighth-hole tee shot on the way to scoring a 2-under par 34 over nine holes.

By Greg Farrar
Zack Overstreet, Issaquah High School junior, hits his eighth-hole tee shot on the way to scoring a 2-under par 34 over nine holes.

Issaquah out-stroked Liberty, 181-189. Liberty sophomore Ben Graham was the match medalist, though, notching five birdies on the way to shooting a four-under par 32.

It’s been a successful few weeks for Graham. He won the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Athlete of the Week after accumulating 10 birdies in three matches. He’s the first Liberty athlete to receive the honor this school year.

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Skyline duo leads Spartans to KingCo cross country victories

September 23, 2014

It has been three years since the Skyline High School boys cross country program sent a team to the state championships, and senior Blake Hallauer is hoping to do something about it.

By Neil Pierson   Skyline High School junior Kosay Hartmann sprints toward the finish line of a Sept. 17 cross country race at Klahanie Park for a fifth place finish in 17 minutes, 29 seconds.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School junior Kosay Hartmann sprints toward the finish line of a Sept. 17 cross country race at Klahanie Park for a fifth place finish in 17 minutes, 29 seconds.

“I think it would mean a lot,” Hallauer said of reaching state. “That’s always been our goal, and we felt like we were robbed last year just because of a few bad runs at the district meet.”

No one on this year’s Skyline squad was part of the 2011 lineup that finished 12th at the Class 4A meet in Pasco — the seniors were freshmen then — but Hallauer is the most experienced returning runner for a group that is hungry to achieve something big.

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Issaquah plays No. 1 Maria Carrillo to 1-1 overtime draw

September 23, 2014

The Issaquah High School Eagles (3-1-1) secured a 1-1 tie against the top-ranked team in the country, Maria Carrillo, of Santa Rose, California, on the road Sept. 20 on the Pumas’ home field.

Maria Carrillo (7-0-1), ranked No. 1 in the Top Drawer Soccer Fab 50 and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America co-No. 1, entered having outscored opponents 38-1 prior to the match against Issaquah, ranked No. 25 in the Fab 50 poll.

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Issaquah girls soccer team takes on nation’s No. 1 team Saturday

September 19, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 19, 2014

Clearly, Tom Bunnell like challenges.

The Issaquah High School girls soccer coach has put the biggest challenge he possibly could in front of his three-time state champion program.

The Eagles, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A in Washington state, plays the match of a lifetime at 4 p.m. Saturday when they travel to face the nation’s top-ranked team, Mario Carrillo, of Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Fan frenzy for football

September 16, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (above) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (below) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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Patriots overpower Highlanders, 7-0

September 16, 2014

If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads.

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

But Liberty and Hazen were not playing football that pleasant Tuesday evening; they were playing soccer. So, instead, that rare 7-0 score engineered by the Patriots told the opposite story — one that ends with an overpowering offensive performance courtesy of the defending 3A state champions, now playing at 2A.

“It’s so much fun when you’re scoring — and then you just keep scoring,” said junior captain Jordan Hemmen, who accounted for two of Liberty’s seven scores.

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