Eagles tennis returns to action

March 25, 2015

By Greg Farrar Lucy Huffman, Issaquah High School senior, returns a volley to Liberty sophomore Sienna Rice in their top-seeded tennis match during a nonleague meeting between the two schools. Huffman won, 6-0, 6-2. Team match results were unavailable at press time.

By Greg Farrar
Lucy Huffman, Issaquah High School senior, returns a volley to Liberty sophomore Sienna Rice in their top-seeded tennis match during a nonleague meeting between the two schools. Huffman won, 6-0, 6-2. Team match results were unavailable at press time.

Pine Lake women’s tennis team triumphs

March 10, 2015

Contributed Pine Lake Evergreen Women’s Tennis Team won the Seattle Area Cup Division 2015. The team, which consists of 12 members, coached by Pine Lake Athletic Club tennis pro Tricia Diebner, has captured the No. 1 ranking for the 2014-2015 season after competing with 26 teams in the greater Seattle area. Team members shown are (from left to right) Sylvia Cascante, Susan McBride (captain), Tao Watson (captain), Bobbe Sitz, Ariel Hillen and Sunita Shastri.

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Pine Lake Evergreen Women’s Tennis Team won the Seattle Area Cup Division 2015. The team, which consists of 12 members, coached by Pine Lake Athletic Club tennis pro Tricia Diebner, has captured the No. 1 ranking for the 2014-2015 season after competing with 26 teams in the greater Seattle area. Team members shown are (from left to right) Sylvia Cascante, Susan McBride (captain), Tao Watson (captain), Bobbe Sitz, Ariel Hillen and Sunita Shastri.

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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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

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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Patriots drop season finale to Interlake

October 21, 2014

The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

The Patriots dropped five of the seven matches against the Saints, but found a sliver of hope when two players who normally compete in singles teamed up to show impressive mettle in the No. 1 doubles match.

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao defeated Interlake’s Michael Kwong and Justin Lee in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

“Winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Interlake match was an amazing accomplishment for two singles players to achieve as a newly-formed doubles team,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.

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Skyline boys tennis team sweeps aside Mount Si

October 7, 2014

When you’re clearly more talented than your opponent, it’s often difficult for a tennis player to stay mentally sharp.

By Neil Pierson Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

By Neil Pierson
Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

It’s a phenomenon Skyline High School junior Nikita Moroz experienced in his match with Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin. Moroz was belting serves and cross-court forehands, and his opponent was struggling to get the ball back over the net.

Moroz didn’t get complacent, and he finished off a 6-0, 6-0 triumph in the No. 1 singles slot to lead Skyline past visiting Mount Si, 7-0, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis match Oct. 1.

“Sometimes you sort of drift off, and you don’t really feel like you’re in the match,” Moroz said of winning easily.

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Eagles make a racket at tennis match

September 16, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

By Greg Farrar
Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

Local tennis players medal at state

June 3, 2014

For the second straight year, an Issaquah High School tennis player took second at the 4A state championships.

Last year, it was the doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson, but this year it was singles player Jack Suh who earned the second-place medal. Suh won three straight games before losing to Newport’s Jason Lui in the title match.

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams ended her career with another medal performance. A year after she teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second in the doubles tournament, she placed fourth in the singles state competition.

The Skyline High School doubles team of Jasmine Ye and Julia Lioubarski finished eighth in the 4A tournament.

Patriot powers through KingCo tourney

May 20, 2014

Jenny Adams takes second at KingCo tennis tournament

 

Jenny Adams, Liberty High School senior, volleys against Interlake’s Lina Larson during the first set of her 3A KingCo Championship tennis final May 15. By Greg Farrar

Jenny Adams, Liberty High School senior, volleys against Interlake’s Lina Larson during the first set of her 3A KingCo Championship tennis final May 15. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School tennis player Jenny Adams is going solo this year.

Almost a year after she took second place in the state’s doubles tournament alongside Kristy Braunston, Adams delved into the 2014 postseason as a singles player.

The switch came with a few nerves, Liberty tennis coach Mike Salokas said, but you wouldn’t know it after Adams earned second place in the KingCo 3A tennis tournament May 15.

“Jenny was a little uncomfortable going into the KingCo tournament,” Salokas said. “Last year, she and Kristy Braunston teamed in doubles and had great success in the postseason.”

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