Issaquah swimmers capture fourth

February 24, 2015

The Issaquah High School boys swim and dive team didn’t win a single event at the 2015 4A state swimming championship Feb. 20-21.

By Greg Farrar Henry Pratt bends down from the podium to hug Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter as she gives him and teammates (standing, from left) Jason Klein, Gabe Florsheim and Brandon Leu their state 4A second place medals, for swimming the 4-by-100-yard freestyle relay in a school-record time of 3 minutes, 10.65 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Henry Pratt bends down from the podium to hug Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter as she gives him and teammates (standing, from left) Jason Klein, Gabe Florsheim and Brandon Leu their state 4A second place medals, for swimming the 4-by-100-yard freestyle relay in a school-record time of 3 minutes, 10.65 seconds.

Yet, the Eagles’ top-to-bottom depth ensured the team had a spot on the podium when the meet came to a close Feb. 21 at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center.

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Patriots prepare for postseason

February 10, 2015

As the 2015 winter high-school postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

By Greg Farrar Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

By Greg Farrar
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

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Patriots patrol the pool

February 3, 2015

Joel Tinseth, Liberty High School senior, spreads his arms as he swims the butterfly leg of his 200-yard individual medley race during the Patriots’ meet against Bellevue on Jan. 29.

By Greg Farrar
Joel Tinseth, Liberty High School senior, spreads his arms as he swims the butterfly leg of his 200-yard individual medley race during the Patriots’ meet against Bellevue on Jan. 29.

 

 

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Spartans lose meet, gain state-qualifying times

January 20, 2015

The Skyline High School boys swimming and diving team missed out on a dual-meet victory against Redmond by the slimmest of margins.

However, the Spartans’ consolation prize might have been more valuable.

By Greg Farrar William O’Daffer, Skyline High School freshman, swims the breaststroke leg of his his 200-yard individual medley race, finishing second in a time of 2 minutes, 3.51 seconds, within 31-hundredths of getting a state berth.

By Greg Farrar
William O’Daffer, Skyline High School freshman, swims the breaststroke leg of his his 200-yard individual medley race, finishing second in a time of 2 minutes, 3.51 seconds, within 31-hundredths of getting a state berth.

The result of the Jan. 13 KingCo Conference dual at Redmond Pool hinged on the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, and the Mustangs edged the Spartans for first place by 12 one-hundredths of a second, giving them the points they needed for a 95-90 victory. Read more

Eagles learn from loss as tuneup for rival Knights

January 20, 2015

The Issaquah boys swim and dive team may have lost their dual meet Jan. 15 to Bellevue, but head coach Laura Halter still sees the results in a positive light.

By Greg Farrar Brandon Leu, Issaquah High School freshman, races to a second place in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds against Bellevue Jan. 15 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Brandon Leu, Issaquah High School freshman, races to a second place in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds against Bellevue Jan. 15 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

“Bellevue is one of the top teams in KingCo 3A and doesn’t count toward the standing,” she said of the 4A Eagles. “But they are good competition for us. I think they’ll be one of the top contenders at 3A.” Read more

Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

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 at the King County Aquatic Center, 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 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Issaquah sinks Skyline swimmers at Mercer Island

December 16, 2014

In a meet featuring two teams of equal skill levels, the Issaquah Eagles boys swim team had a little more fuel in its tank than the Skyline Spartans.

By Greg Farrar Henry Pratt, Issaquah High School senior, touches the bulkhead in the turn on the first lap of his winning 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1 minute, 6.10 seconds, against Skyline Dec. 11 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

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Henry Pratt, Issaquah High School senior, touches the bulkhead in the turn on the first lap of his winning 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1 minute, 6.10 seconds, against Skyline Dec. 11 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

Issaquah won all three relay events, propelling itself to a 96-87 victory over Class 4A KingCo Conference rival Skyline in a Dec. 11 dual meet at Mary Wayte Pool in Mercer Island.

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Liberty athletes make all-conference team

December 9, 2014

KingCo 2A/3A Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2014 fall season.

Listed below are some of the selections from Liberty High School. Read more

Signs of future times

November 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

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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