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.

Caged Panthers

March 25, 2014

Matthew Richardson, Jason Twaddle score in Skyline soccer 2-1 win over Wenatchee

By Neil Pierson A Skyline High School wall of defenders successfully block a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1.

By Neil Pierson
A Skyline High School wall of defenders successfully block a first-half free kick during a March 18 game against the Wenatchee Panthers. Skyline won, 2-1.

Matthew Richardson isn’t tall, but he might have been the biggest player on the field for the Skyline High School last week.

Richardson scored the Spartans’ first goal, then assisted on Jason Twaddle’s tally midway through the second half as Skyline held off the Wenatchee Panthers, 2-1, in a March 18 nonleague boys soccer match at Spartan Stadium.

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Despite new pieces, hopes remain high

March 25, 2014

Boys soccer preview

It might not be realistic for the Skyline High School boys soccer team to repeat their success of 2013, when the Spartans, undefeated in conference, play for the first time.

After all, the Spartans will have to find replacements for several key seniors who graduated, including starting center backs Ryan Shim and Chris Sorenson, and all-state central midfielder Kaleb Strawn.

The Spartans finished 13-3 overall and reached the Class 4A state tournament last season, where they lost 1-0 to Camas in the first round. Head coach Don Braman acknowledges the challenge of finding new stars, but thinks the pieces are in place for similar levels of success.

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Pelicans, Huskies win youth basketball tourneys

March 25, 2014

Congratulations to the Pelicans, winners of the seventh- and eighth-grade tournament and the Huskies, winners of the sixth-grade tournament in the Issaquah Parks & Recreation boys league.

On the Pelicans roster are Rashon Evans, Bryce Smith, Lucien Berche, Duncan McCulloh, Calvin Jensen, Jarrett Chang-Lam, Connor Rooney, Evan Sanders and Noah Holst. Coaches are Derek Smith and Brian Rooney.

The Pelicans, which completed the season with an 8-2 record, finished the regular season as the fifth seed before heading into the playoffs, where they won three consecutive games to clinch the title.

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Eagles see return of solid contingent

March 18, 2014

File Ryan Peart, Issaquah High School senior, pitches a game last April during his junior year.

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Ryan Peart, Issaquah High School senior, pitches a game last April during his junior year.

Good luck to opposing hitters trying to reach Issaquah High School’s outfield this year.

Opponents will find little wiggle room in an Eagles outfield that can compete with the best in the state.

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Booster club honors spring scholar athletes

March 18, 2014

The Issaquah High School Booster Club and Issaquah’s Tutta Bella pizzeria recently announced their 2014 spring Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete awards.

The awards are given to senior athletes at Issaquah who maintain a 3.0 grade point average, show strong leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and are involved in school activities outside of sports. Student-athletes must be nominated by their coaches.

The six spring winners are Josh Bean (swimming), Louden Ivey (wrestling), Mandie Hill (basketball), Rebecca Chinn (gymnastics), Brian Watson (basketball) and Courtney Vu (dance).

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Liberty boys hope to recapture lighting in a bottle

March 18, 2014

The pressure is on for the Liberty High School boys soccer team.

After the school’s girls team brought home the state championship, the way junior captain Ryan Graham sees it, it’s the boys’ turn to collect some hardware.

“They have their trophy, now we want to have our trophy,” he said. “That would be fantastic for the school.”

By Greg Farrar Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

That’s the message behind this season’s team motto, “BTH,” which stands for “Bring This Home.”

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Six freshmen to start for Skyline fastpitch squad

March 18, 2014

There are definite disadvantages in having freshmen fill six of nine starting roles, but Skyline High School fastpitch coach Ken Brooks also believes there’s a bright side.

“No one knows anything about us,” Brooks said. “All they know is we’ve got a bunch of freshmen, and so we’re excited. Every year we get out here, it’s just a new group, and we only lose two seniors this year. Next year, we lose no seniors.”

The Spartans have struggled to recruit players for a few seasons — 14 turned out this spring, 12 the year before. But the team isn’t making excuses, and knows it can win if the chemistry is right and individuals meet expectations.

By Neil Pierson Riley Davidson, one of two seniors on the Skyline High School fastpitch team, figures to be an on-field leader and run producer for the Spartans.

By Neil Pierson
Riley Davidson, one of two seniors on the Skyline High School fastpitch team, figures to be an on-field leader and run producer for the Spartans.

And Brooks isn’t cutting the team any slack because of its youthfulness.

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City hosts swim meet

March 18, 2014

The city of Issaquah will host its first All-Comers Swim Meet March 21.

The meet is for all levels of swimmers ages 6 and older. All swimmers must be able to pass a deep-end swim test and be comfortable in deep water to participate.

The event is focused on fun and getting unofficial times for swim-team based events. All participants will receive ribbons; and the winner of each heat will receive a first-place medal.

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Local athletes named to preseason lacrosse lists

March 18, 2014

The following athletes from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools were name to the 2014 KingCo preseason All-Conference lacrosse teams.

 First Team

Mikey Giannopulos, junior, Issaquah; Michael Cowin, senior, Skyline; and Spencer Noonan, senior, Skyline.

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