Liberty places eighth at state

November 26, 2014

In a fall sports season filled with firsts for the Liberty High School athletic department, the Patriots’ volleyball team made sure it got in on the action, too.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School volleyball team at the school’s first state tournament appearance is cheerful after a well-fought first set as the Patriots break from the huddle for the second set of their Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School volleyball team at the school’s first state tournament appearance is cheerful after a well-fought first set as the Patriots break from the huddle for the second set of their Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

Liberty made its first state volleyball appearance in school history Nov. 14-15 and proceeded to pick up the program’s first state trophy, with an eighth-place finish.

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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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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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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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Eagles playoff run ends

November 11, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sarah Ratcliffe (center), Issaquah High School junior middle blocker, wins match point with a block while senior setter McKenzie Bostic looks on as the Eagles win, 25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 29-27 against Redmond in the second round of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament Nov. 5. After a first-round loss to Mount Si, the Eagles’ season ended with a third-round loss to Newport. Bostic was named to KingCo all-league first team and Rachel Baker and Daniela Jaramillo were named to second team.

By Greg Farrar
Sarah Ratcliffe (center), Issaquah High School junior middle blocker, wins match point with a block while senior setter McKenzie Bostic looks on as the Eagles win, 25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 29-27 against Redmond in the second round of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament Nov. 5. After a first-round loss to Mount Si, the Eagles’ season ended with a third-round loss to Newport. Bostic was named to KingCo all-league first team and Rachel Baker and Daniela Jaramillo were named to second team.

Skyline nets quick win over Issaquah

October 28, 2014

Bragging rights are always at stake when the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans meet, and that was the case again in an Oct. 23 volleyball match.

First-place Skyline earned the bragging rights, starting fast and building momentum on its way to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 victory over visiting Issaquah in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

“We focused and we remained really steady through the whole entire match,” said Skyline’s Kate Richardson, a junior outside hitter. “It was really fun to see everyone try really hard to beat Issaquah.”

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Patriots spike Kangs in three straight sets

October 28, 2014

The Liberty High School volleyball team sent its seniors off in style, securing a convincing victory over Lake Washington Oct. 22, as the Patriots played their regular season finale.

By Greg Farrar Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

By Greg Farrar
Shea O’Brien (5), Liberty High School outside hitter, digs the ball up from the floor during a volley in the third set as junior libero Hayley Ho backs her up at an Oct. 22 match against Lake Washington.

Liberty took the match in three sets behind a dominating attack from senior Shea O’Brien, who on her senior night recorded 13 kills, including one that secured a set-clinching point.

The Patriots won the first set, 25-22; the second set, 25-23; and the third set 25-23. Despite those scores, Liberty wasn’t truly challenged until the third set, when the Patriots came from behind late to win.

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Skyline rallies for seventh at state

November 19, 2013

Neither team could have been entirely comfortable with the 9:45 a.m. start time at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, but it wasn’t the early start that got the Skyline Spartans in trouble.

By Greg Farrar Hanna Erdahl (6), Skyline High School junior outside hitter, and senior middle blocker Molly Mounsey (9) try to defend a hit by Emerald Ridge 6-foot, 1-inch junior outside hitter Jenna Mullen in the first set of their Nov. 15 state 4A tournament match. After the loss, Skyline persevered with three wins to take seventh in state while the Jaguars claimed third.

By Greg Farrar
Hanna Erdahl (6), Skyline High School junior outside hitter, and senior middle blocker Molly Mounsey (9) try to defend a hit by Emerald Ridge 6-foot, 1-inch junior outside hitter Jenna Mullen in the first set of their Nov. 15 state 4A tournament match. After the loss, Skyline persevered with three wins to take seventh in state while the Jaguars claimed third.

A veteran Skyline squad appeared jittery and unfocused when they opened the tourney Nov. 15 against the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. A slow start doomed the Spartans as they dropped a 25-11, 26-24, 25-20 decision in the opening match at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

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Spartans secure third state berth in a row

November 12, 2013

By Greg Farrar Brianna Hodges (left) and Crystal Anderson, Skyline High School seniors, return an Eastlake volley during the first set of their KingCo 4A volleyball tournament championship match Nov. 5 in the Spartan gymnasium. Skyline won, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.

By Greg Farrar
Molly Gallaher (left), Skyline High School sophomore, and senior Crystal Anderson return an Eastlake volley during the first set of their KingCo 4A volleyball tournament championship match Nov. 5 in the Spartan gymnasium. Skyline won, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.

When the Skyline and Eastlake volleyball teams met in a regular-season match Oct. 21, Skyline let down its guard and nearly let Eastlake back into contention.

When the rival programs met again Nov. 5 in the KingCo Conference tournament with a berth into the Class 4A state tournament at stake, the Spartans didn’t let history repeat itself.

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Spartans girls volleyball downs Wolves in four sets

October 29, 2013

Skyline High volleyball coach Callie Wesson is confident in her team’s ability to have a successful postseason run after the Spartans surged to 10 wins in their first 12 matches.

Skyline’s only losses have been to a pair of state-title contenders – 4A KingCo Conference rival Newport and 3A powerhouse Mercer Island – and the Spartans continued their run of good form on their home court on Oct. 21, downing the Eastlake Wolves 3-1.

Skyline Spartans setter Megan Wedeking gets the ball in a good position as teammate Emily Anne Owen looks on.  By Neil Pierson

Skyline Spartans setter Megan Wedeking gets the ball in a good position as teammate Emily Anne Owen looks on.
By Neil Pierson

With the KingCo championship tournament beginning Nov. 2, Skyline has a chance to knock Newport from its perch, but Wesson isn’t concerned about the opposition.

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