Patriots improving — Liberty has outstanding performances in meet against Juanita

April 28, 2015

By Greg Farrar Siri Christopherson (center), Liberty High School freshman, has help running her first-ever 3,200-meter race with pacing from juniors Carlyn Schmidgall (left) and Tyra Christopherson, as they work together to set up for the end of the season. Siri got the win, but they all finished in 12 minutes, 59 seconds, just fractions of a second apart.

By Greg Farrar
Siri Christopherson (center), Liberty High School freshman, has help running her first-ever 3,200-meter race with pacing from juniors Carlyn Schmidgall (left) and Tyra Christopherson, as they work together to set up for the end of the season. Siri got the win, but they all finished in 12 minutes, 59 seconds, just fractions of a second apart.

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Issaquah track teams continue push toward postseason

April 28, 2015

Track and field athletes know the maxim well — it’s not how you start the season, but how you finish that truly matters.

By Greg Farrar Nikki Stephens, Issaquah High School sophomore, clears the high jump bar at 4 feet, 8 inches in the rain during the Eagles’ track and field meet April 23 against Eastlake and Inglemoor.

By Greg Farrar
Nikki Stephens, Issaquah High School sophomore, clears the high jump bar at 4 feet, 8 inches in the rain during the Eagles’ track and field meet April 23 against Eastlake and Inglemoor.

A couple of Issaquah High School’s top athletes are going through that process this season. During an April 23 home meet against Class 4A KingCo Conference opponents Eastlake and Inglemoor, seniors Ellie Clawson and Ray Littles each sought improvements after slow starts to the season.

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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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Fastest foursome

June 3, 2014

Skyline’s 1,600 relay state title anchors fourth-place team trophy

By Greg Farrar Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4x400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4×400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

The Skyline High School girls track and field team capped a solid 2014 season last weekend at the Class 4A state championships by winning the fourth-place trophy.

Skyline scored 35 points to finish behind Richland (37), Camas (48) and Federal Way (72), which successfully defended its state championship at Star Track XXXII, held May 29-31 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

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Liberty track athletes excel at KingCo championships

May 27, 2014

Liberty High School junior Cherelle Demps continued a stellar track season with four wins at the KingCo 3A/2A Championship.

Demps won the 100 and 200 meter races and was a part of both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relay teams that took home gold. The 4×100 relay team lowered their two-week old school record to 49.39 seconds.

Danielle Demps won the triple jump. Kelli Anderson won the high jump. Kelley Johnson broke a 1995 school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.64, and also won the 100 hurdles.

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Liberty track bests Interlake

April 29, 2014

As the Liberty High School track and field teams’ seniors gathered for a picture in what was the last home meet of their careers April 24, Patriots coach Mike Smith couldn’t believe how small the group was.

“It was kind of like, ‘Wow, that’s all we’ve got?’” he said. “But that’s pretty typical.”

The Patriots are indeed young this year, Smith said, but their youth didn’t hinder them as the boys and girls defeated Interlake April 24.

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Liberty senior will run for the Redhawks

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson, of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

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Eagles fly out of the gate

April 1, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior, tries to clear 5 feet, 2 inches. Wieburg won the event easily at 5 feet even and would love to clear      5-feet-6 at state.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior, tries to clear 5 feet, 2 inches. Wieburg won the event easily at 5 feet even and would love to clear 5-feet-6 at state.

Above, Jason Crandall, Issaquah High School sophomore, makes this leap of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches, good for the victory in the long jump.

Jason Crandall, Issaquah High School sophomore, makes this leap of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches, good for the victory in the long jump.

Cayla Seligman, Issaquah High School junior, sometimes closing her eyes in thought, speeds around the track far ahead of the pack to win the 1,600 meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds

Cayla Seligman, Issaquah High School junior, sometimes closing her eyes in thought, speeds around the track far ahead of the pack to win the 1,600 meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds

In Issaquah High School’s first track and field meet of the season March 27 against Ballard, the boys squad won, 71-57, and the girls also   easily won, 82-59. At right, Roddy Jensen, Issaquah High School sophomore, wins the discus event with this throw of 104 feet. Below, Cayla Seligman, Issaquah High School junior, sometimes closing her eyes in thought, speeds around the track far ahead of the pack to win the 1,600 meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds

In Issaquah High School’s first track and field meet of the season March 27 against Ballard, the boys squad won, 71-57, and the girls also easily won, 82-59.
Roddy Jensen, Issaquah High School sophomore, wins the discus event with this throw of 104 feet.

Skyline sprinters have big plans for senior seasons, beyond

March 4, 2014

There might not be a better situation for Dorie Dalzell to land in at the collegiate level, even though the school she chose wasn’t the one she thought she would.

Dalzell’s father and grandfather are University of Kansas alumni, and her boyfriend is currently attending the Division I athletics powerhouse in Lawrence, Kan. It was those factors that had her heavily leaning toward Washington, Arizona and Columbia for her running career at the next level, simply because she wanted a change of scenery.

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season. By Neil Pierson

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season.
By Neil Pierson

Kansas was the last school Dalzell visited, and a motivational video she watched with the coaches cinched her decision.

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Crossed routes

September 24, 2013

Kennan Schrag, Issaquah High School sophomore, has his own cheering section, including football players from practice, lining the track Sept. 18 as he wins the boys’ race in a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds during the Eagles’ cross country meet against Redmond and Ballard. Photos By Greg Farrar

Kennan Schrag, Issaquah High School sophomore, has his own cheering section, including football players from practice, lining the track Sept. 18 as he wins the boys’ race in a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds during the Eagles’ cross country meet against Redmond and Ballard.
Photos By Greg Farrar

Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, arrives at the finish chute of the girls’ race to finish third on the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds during Issaquah’s Sept. 18 meet against Redmond and Ballard.

Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, arrives at the finish chute of the girls’ race to finish third on the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds during Issaquah’s Sept. 18 meet against Redmond and Ballard. Photo By Greg Farrar

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