Patriots make history, win district playoff basketball game

February 17, 2015

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School boys basketball team did something Feb. 14 that no past Patriots squad has ever done.

By Greg Farrar Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

By Greg Farrar
Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

Liberty won a district playoff game for the first time in the boys’ program history, and thus, kept the dream of a state playoff berth alive.

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Issaquah wrestlers win KingCo title with a little home cooking

February 10, 2015

The Issaquah High School wrestling team made the most of hosting the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament, scoring 243.5 points to win the championship at the Feb. 6-7 event.

Six Issaquah wrestlers reached the finals of their respective weight classes, and four won titles, to propel the Eagles to victory over second-place Mount Si (203.5 points). Issaquah had a conference-best 14 qualifiers for the Region 2 tournament, Feb. 14 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The top five wrestlers in each weight advanced to regionals.

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Patriots prepare for postseason

February 10, 2015

As the 2015 winter high-school postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

By Greg Farrar Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

By Greg Farrar
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

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Red-hot Taylor McKerlich leads Skyline girls to win

February 10, 2015

As a sophomore, Taylor McKerlich was mostly successful on offense when she got good position under the basket.

By Greg Farrar Jade Loville, Skyline High School freshman wing, is double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Jade Loville, Skyline High School freshman wing, is double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

A year later, after diligently working on her jump shot, she has proven to be an even more valuable commodity for the Skyline High School girls basketball team.

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Four Patriots sign on National Letter of Intent day

February 10, 2015

Four Liberty High School students will officially continue their athletic careers at the next level.

Soccer players Morgan Childs, Kelley Johnson, Michael Duvall, and golfer Dexter Simonds all made their commitments official on signing day Feb. 4.

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Mount Si edges Issaquah gymnasts in season finale

February 3, 2015

The Issaquah Eagles gymnastics team had its wings clipped, 168.7-156.75, Jan. 29 by Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

By Greg Farrar Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School senior team captain, performs the second of her two jumps on the vault during the Eagles’ Jan. 29 meet against Mount Si, scoring 8.3 for best on her team and fourth place on the apparatus.

By Greg Farrar
Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School senior team captain, performs the second of her two jumps on the vault during the Eagles’ Jan. 29 meet against Mount Si, scoring 8.3 for best on her team and fourth place on the apparatus.

It was the final match of regular 4A KingCo season for both schools.

“It was a good meet,” said Ryan Fleisher, Issaquah’s head coach for the last 15 years.  “I’m pleased with where we ended.”

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Patriots patrol the pool

February 3, 2015

Joel Tinseth, Liberty High School senior, spreads his arms as he swims the butterfly leg of his 200-yard individual medley race during the Patriots’ meet against Bellevue on Jan. 29.

By Greg Farrar
Joel Tinseth, Liberty High School senior, spreads his arms as he swims the butterfly leg of his 200-yard individual medley race during the Patriots’ meet against Bellevue on Jan. 29.

 

 

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Skyline girls use balanced attack to beat Eastlake

February 3, 2015

When sharpshooter Cassidy Daugherty gets going, it’s even tougher for opponents to defend a Skyline High School team filled with offensive weapons.

By Greg Farrar Cassidy Daugherty, Skyline High School junior wing, puts up one of her four 3-point goals in the game during the fourth quarter Jan. 28 in the Spartans’ 62-50 win over Eastlake.

By Greg Farrar
Cassidy Daugherty, Skyline High School junior wing, puts up one of her four 3-point goals in the game during the fourth quarter Jan. 28 in the Spartans’ 62-50 win over Eastlake.

Daugherty had her game working Jan. 28 during a visit to Eastlake, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 14 points as the Spartans earned a 62-50 victory in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

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Issaquah boys claim KingCo title with win over Redmond

February 3, 2015

The state’s top-ranked Issaquah High School boys basketball team locked up a KingCo 4A title with its 57-37 win over Redmond Jan. 30.

The Eagles’ defensive ball pressure made the night difficult for Redmond from the start. The Mustangs were held to 37 total points, 11 of which were in the first half.

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Liberty starts new youth football program

February 3, 2015

If you’ve ever been to a Liberty High School football game, you know what “We are one” means.

It’s the chant that, without fail, win or lose, emanates from the packed Liberty home bleachers, showcasing the pride and camaraderie that comes with being a Patriot.

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