Cancer taps out

January 20, 2015

Patriots wrestling team tops Hazen, loses to Highline in fundraiser tourney

By Greg Farrar Romney Noel, Liberty High School senior, looks at the referee while working to get Highline’s Connor Shea into a pin during their 182-pound wrestling bout Jan. 16. Noel got the fall at 1:47.

By Greg Farrar
Romney Noel, Liberty High School senior, looks at the referee while working to get Highline’s Connor Shea into a pin during their 182-pound wrestling bout Jan. 16. Noel got the fall at 1:47.

When the Liberty High School wrestling team hit the mats last Friday, they were tackling more than their opponents. Read more

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

‘Best game ever’

January 13, 2015

Rivalry lives up to the hype as  Skyline wins thriller over Issaquah

A lot of hyperbole can emerge from a contest between two big rivals. But the Jan. 9 matchup between Issaquah and Skyline high schools lived up to the hype.

By Greg Farrar Trevon Ary-Turner (left), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, tries to score as Skyline junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer steals in desperation time for both teams, tied 63-all with four minutes remaining. After being tied again at 68-all with 2:33 remaining, Skyline pulled ahead for good and won, 76-73.

By Greg Farrar
Trevon Ary-Turner (left), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, tries to score as Skyline junior forward Braden Ahlemeyer steals in desperation time for both teams, tied 63-all with four minutes remaining. After being tied again at 68-all with 2:33 remaining, Skyline pulled ahead for good and won, 76-73.

A packed house at the Eagles home court witnessed a seesaw battle with the Spartans emerging victorious, 76-73, giving second-ranked Issaquah its first league loss of the season. Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith credited the Spartans with playing a truly memorable game.

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Patriots cruise to win over Kangs

January 13, 2015

Demps twins lead in 63-52 victory over Lake Washington

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School girls basketball team has many strengths.

By Greg Farrar Danielle Demps (right), Liberty High School senior guard, bats a rebound out of the clutches of Lake Washington junior forward Georigia Romaine-Black during the first quarter of their Jan. 7 basketball game. Demps was team-high scorer with 18, one more than twin sister Cherelle.

By Greg Farrar
Danielle Demps (right), Liberty High School senior guard, bats a rebound out of the clutches of Lake Washington junior forward Georigia Romaine-Black during the first quarter of their Jan. 7 basketball game. Demps was team-high scorer with 18, one more than twin sister Cherelle.

Quickness, athleticism and a familiarity built through a core of players that have played together since fifth grade, are among them.

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Eastlake wins battle of shorthanded squads over Skyline

January 13, 2015

Head coach Dexter Beckstead was honest about his feelings after the Eastlake Wolves walked away with a 39-27 victory over plateau rival Skyline HIgh School in a Jan. 8 wrestling meet.

By Greg Farrar Adrian Abraham (left), Skyline High School senior, and Eastlake senior James Jensen struggle early for a takedown early in their 160-pound bout, as a foretaste of an evenly fought match with near-falls for both. It was won by Abraham, 20-13.

By Greg Farrar
Adrian Abraham (left), Skyline High School senior, and Eastlake senior James Jensen struggle early for a takedown early in their 160-pound bout, as a foretaste of an evenly fought match with near-falls for both. It was won by Abraham, 20-13.

“It’s one of those situations where you win, but you don’t have a sense of accomplishment because there’s so many forfeits,” Beckstead said.

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Issaquah High School boys basketball team beats Newport, 56-47

January 6, 2015

By Greg Farrar Jason Crandall (20), Issaquah High School junior guard, scores and is fouled by Jace Goforth, of Newport, during the third quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Jason Crandall (20), Issaquah High School junior guard, scores and is fouled by Jace Goforth, of Newport, during the third quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar Tanner Davis, Issaquah High School sophomore forward, takes an off-balance shot at the basket and scores during the fourth quarter in the Eagles’ Jan. 3 game against Newport. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Tanner Davis, Issaquah High School sophomore forward, takes an off-balance shot at the basket and scores during the fourth quarter in the Eagles’ Jan. 3 game against Newport. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar Scott Kellum (23), Issaquah High School junior guard, lifts the basketball up to the net while being defended by Newport’s Calvin Throckmorton (left) and Cole Ruud Johnson during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Scott Kellum (23), Issaquah High School junior guard, lifts the basketball up to the net while being defended by Newport’s Calvin Throckmorton (left) and Cole Ruud Johnson during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar Tyler Gibson (3), Issaquah High School senior guard, takes aim at the hoop as he is defended by Newport senior Ryan Kingma during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Gibson (3), Issaquah High School senior guard, takes aim at the hoop as he is defended by Newport senior Ryan Kingma during the fourth quarter of their Jan. 3 basketball game. Issaquah won, 56-47.

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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Young Patriots can’t stick landing against Sammamish

December 23, 2014

The Liberty High School gymnastics team just couldn’t find its balance at a Dec. 18 home meet against Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar Lauren Coate, Liberty High School junior, performs her balance beam routine for a team-high 6.55 points. Coate finished in the top 10 on the beam and floor and in the top 10 all-around.

By Greg Farrar
Lauren Coate, Liberty High School junior, performs her balance beam routine for a team-high 6.55 points. Coate finished in the top 10 on the beam and floor and in the top 10 all-around.

In what was the Patriots’ second, and final, home meet of the season, Liberty fell to the Totems, 159.3-112.3.

Sammamish dominated the top 10 results in all events, including the all-around. The highest placement in any category for the struggling Liberty squad was sixth.

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Skyline rallies against Newport for season’s first win

December 23, 2014

With a 44-38 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Skyline Spartans needed to make some game-changing plays, and they did it by going back to their original game plan.

By Greg Farrar Braden Ahlemeyer, Skyline High School junior forward, battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

By Greg Farrar
Braden Ahlemeyer, Skyline High School junior forward, battles three Newport players, including Ryan Kingma (right), for an offensive rebound Dec. 16 during the heated fourth quarter of the Spartans’ 57-49 win over the Knights.

“One of our keys is offensive rebounds, both us preventing them and then us getting them,” coach Bill McIntyre said.

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