State titles elude local wrestlers

February 25, 2014

Eagle Torre Eaton’s third-place finish is top local medalist

For Issaquah High School senior Torre Eaton, his final trip to the Mat Classic state wrestling championships was an historic one.

By Greg Farrar Torre Eaton (right), Issaquah High School senior, lifts Yelm sophomore Thomas Munoz off the mat as he works to get control in his first-round, 113-pound match Feb. 21 in the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Eaton won the match, 5-2, and finished third at his weight in Mat Classic XXVI.

By Greg Farrar
Torre Eaton (right), Issaquah High School senior, lifts Yelm sophomore Thomas Munoz off the mat as he works to get control in his first-round, 113-pound match Feb. 21 in the 4A state wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Eaton won the match, 5-2, and finished third at his weight in Mat Classic XXVI.

Eaton had made two previous trips to the state tournament, but had yet to earn a medal as a top-eight finisher.

He flipped that script last weekend, earning the third-place medal at 113 pounds in Class 4A, and he wound up being the only medalist among Issaquah’s four qualifiers to Mat Classic XXVI, held Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.

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Garfield ‘tornado’ blows away Issaquah, 83-65

February 25, 2014

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team had hoped things would turn out differently than 2012, when they last played for the KingCo title against Garfield.

In front of a packed gym Feb. 21 at Juanita High School, KingCo’s two top squads were set to decide the rubber match.

Unfortunately, like two years ago, it was all Garfield from the opening tip.

By Greg Farrar Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, goes up to score two of his 17 points as Garfield senior guard Deeshawn Tucker defends, late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 65-83 KingCo 4A championship loss Feb. 21.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Gibson, Issaquah High School junior guard, goes up to score two of his 17 points as Garfield senior guard Deeshawn Tucker defends, late in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 65-83 KingCo 4A championship loss Feb. 21.

Garfield left little doubt about the outcome as it raced out to a double-digit lead before Issaquah was able to hit its second field goal, pulling away for an 83-65 win.

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Liberty girls advance to basketball regionals

February 25, 2014

The Liberty High School girls basketball team isn’t ready to head home just yet.

The Patriots’ season will continue after a Feb. 22 double-overtime win against Holy Names earned them a spot in the 16-team regional tournament.

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Eastlake eliminates Issaquah in girls hoops

February 25, 2014

A big first-half deficit proved too much for the Issaquah High School girls basketball team to overcome, and it ended the Eagles’ season Feb. 18.

Issaquah trailed 12-1 after one quarter, 29-10 at halftime, and a 24-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough as the Eagles lost to the Eastlake Wolves, 53-48, in the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball tournament at Juanita High School in Kirkland.

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Pinning down a title

February 18, 2014

Issaquah, Skyline grapplers heading for Mat Classic

By Greg Farrar Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

By Greg Farrar
Torre Eaton (top), Issaquah High School senior, proceeds to take down Isaiah Av, Evergreen sophomore, for the only points scored in their 113-pound title match Feb. 15 in his 2-0 victory for the 4A Region 2 wrestling championship.

Senior 113-pounder Torre Eaton may be the most promising chance for Issaquah High School’s wrestling medal hopes.

Eaton had an outstanding regular season, and won the regional crown by eking out a 2-0 decision over Evergreen (Vancouver) sophomore Isaiah Av at the Class 4A Region 2 championships, held Feb. 15 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.

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Liberty girls take third at KingCo tournament

February 18, 2014

The scoreboard painted a bleak picture after the first quarter of the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s Feb. 13 contest against Juanita.

The Patriots managed just two points in the first eight minutes of play, while the Rebels racked up 15.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

Shots just weren’t falling for Liberty in the first quarter of the game that determined third place in the KingCo tournament. It was a struggle, senior captain Sierra Carlson admitted, to remain resolute as the misses just accumulated.

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Woodinville bottles up Eagles’ top scorers

February 18, 2014

It was a simple but effective formula that wound up being the difference in Woodinville’s victory over Issaquah in a Feb. 12 girls basketball playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

Senior guards Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg supply the bulk of Issaquah’s offense, and visiting Woodinville was able to collar them for the vast majority of the teams’ first-round clash in the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

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Patriots send five wrestlers to state

February 18, 2014

As the winter sports season comes to a close, five Liberty High School wrestlers aren’t ready to hang up their singlets just yet.

They have a date at the Tacoma Dome, where they will compete at the state tournament Feb. 21-22.

Joanna Moreira, Kyle Armstrong, Conner Small, Romney Noel and Quinn Magendanz will all compete among the state’s best at the 26th edition of the Mat Classic.

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Spirit of an Eagle

February 11, 2014

Autistic swimmer inspires teammates

By Greg Farrar Trevor VanOrman, Issaquah High School sophomore, springs from the starting block for the second lap of his four-man team’s 200-yard freestyle relay race in January against Liberty High School at the Julius Boehm Pool.

By Greg Farrar
Trevor VanOrman, Issaquah High School sophomore, springs from the starting block for the second lap of his four-man team’s 200-yard freestyle relay race in January against Liberty High School at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Trevor VanOrman is arguably one of the most dedicated members of the Issaquah High School swim team.

He’s not on varsity, but that doesn’t stop him from watching hours of video every day. Nor does it or make him any less enthusiastic when he hits the pool.

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Eagles scorch nets, Wolves in KingCo hoops

February 11, 2014

For fans of the jump shot, the first half of Issaquah High School’s Feb. 5 basketball game at Eastlake was a beautiful thing to witness.

The Eagles were on fire from 3-point range, sinking seven shots, and were just as good from other parts of the court, shooting 78 percent overall in the first half. They closed the game on a similar hot streak, and wrapped up a 78-59 victory against the Wolves in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

By Greg Farrar Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

Issaquah had already sewed up a home game in the first round of the KingCo tournament Feb. 12, but it added a convincing win over an Eastlake squad that has been ranked among the state’s top 10 most of the season.

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