Patriots win first state swim title

November 18, 2014

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. The title was 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. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

Patriot powerhouse — Brilliant Mackenna Briggs leads Liberty to 2A state swim title

November 18, 2014

Skyline’s Kathy Lin/relays medal and Issaquah’s Jenifer Matsuda picks up two

Just three days before the last state swim final of her career, Liberty High School star Mackenna Briggs was calm and determined.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

Briggs signed her name to papers Nov. 12 solidifying her commitment to swim for the University of San Diego.

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Spartans qualify for state 4A soccer semifinals

November 18, 2014

The Olympia Bears started their state quarterfinal match perfectly. Within five minutes, they held a 1-0 lead against the Skyline Spartans, scoring on a Sophie Wood goal.

That lead lasted all of three minutes before the Spartans tied the game, which held for the rest of the first half.

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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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Liberty cross-country teams make school history

November 11, 2014

Mike Smith’s Liberty High School cross-country team wasn’t taking any chances.

By Mike Smith Tyra Christopherson, Liberty High School junior, with a lifetime-best run of 19 minutes, 33.46 seconds, good for 16th overall, leads her teammates on the 3.1-mile course at Pasco to a third-place team trophy in the state 2A girls cross country championship.

By Mike Smith
Tyra Christopherson, Liberty High School junior, with a lifetime-best run of 19 minutes, 33.46 seconds, good for 16th overall, leads her teammates on the 3.1-mile course at Pasco to a third-place team trophy in the state 2A girls cross country championship.

After consecutive state meet appearances where something always went wrong on the day of the race, particularly for the girls, the Patriots’ superstitions were on high alert Nov. 8 at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course.

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Eagles cap special season with second place

November 11, 2014

The 2014 Issaquah girls cross-country team was special.

By Lawrie G. Robertson Issaquah High School cross country runners sprint from the starting line at the WIAA state 4A championships Nov. 8 in Pasco. They were (in neon green jerseys from left) Kenna Clawson, Ellie Clawson (hidden behind her), Sami Corman, Cayla Seligman, Larissa Kolasinski, Abby Wilson (partly hidden) and Ellie Hendrickson. The Eagles’ team alternate was Sarah Smiley.

By Lawrie G. Robertson
Issaquah High School cross country runners sprint from the starting line at the WIAA state 4A championships Nov. 8 in Pasco. They were (in neon green jerseys from left) Kenna Clawson, Ellie Clawson (hidden behind her), Sami Corman, Cayla Seligman, Larissa Kolasinski, Abby Wilson (partly hidden) and Ellie Hendrickson. The Eagles’ team alternate was Sarah Smiley.

So special, in fact, that longtime head coach Gwen Robertson had to go all the way back to the ‘80s to find a comparable Eagle squad.

Even then, she said, the 2014 team stood out among the rest.

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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.

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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.

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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Wildcats pound Patriots, 35-17

November 4, 2014

The Liberty High School football team fell to the Mount Si Wildcats, 35-17, in a game that dropped Liberty’s season record to 6-3. The game on Halloween, Oct. 31, was the final game of the regular season before Liberty heads into the playoffs to face Fife on Nov. 7.

By Gary Babcock/www.garysactionphotography.com Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, bursts through a hole in the Mount Si defensive line created by Quinn Magendanz (55) and James Workman (86) during the Patriots’ 35-17 nonleague loss Oct. 31 to the Wildcats.

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Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, bursts through a hole in the Mount Si defensive line created by Quinn Magendanz (55) and James Workman (86) during the Patriots’ 35-17 nonleague loss Oct. 31 to the Wildcats.

“It’s disappointing because it felt like we were in the game and we could win,” head coach Steve Valach said.

The Patriots scored first blood against the Wildcats with a touchdown run from junior running back Joe Cunningham in the first quarter. The touchdown came after an interception thrown by Mount Si quarterback Jonathan Hillel.

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