Issaquah squanders early lead to Mount Si

October 21, 2014

The Issaquah High School Eagles fell to the Mount Si Wildcats in an away game Oct. 17, bringing their season record to 2-5.

By Calder Productions Ray Littles (left), Issaquah High School senior defensive back, picks off a pass meant for Mount Si junior wide receiver Reid Lutz (6), returning it 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and a brief 7-3 lead. The Eagles lost by a final score of 20-14.

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Ray Littles (left), Issaquah High School senior defensive back, picks off a pass meant for Mount Si junior wide receiver Reid Lutz (6), returning it 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and a brief 7-3 lead. The Eagles lost by a final score of 20-14.

The Eagles pulled ahead early in the rainy matchup, but the Wildcats responded and Issaquah was ultimately unable to recover, losing 20-14.

“We had our chance,” head coach Buddy Bland said. “We just didn’t take care of business.”

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Patriots drop season finale to Interlake

October 21, 2014

The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

The Patriots dropped five of the seven matches against the Saints, but found a sliver of hope when two players who normally compete in singles teamed up to show impressive mettle in the No. 1 doubles match.

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao defeated Interlake’s Michael Kwong and Justin Lee in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

“Winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Interlake match was an amazing accomplishment for two singles players to achieve as a newly-formed doubles team,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.

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Eagles send four golfers to state

October 21, 2014

The Issaquah High School golf team wrapped up its regular season in dominating fashion, winning both the KingCo League tournament and the district tournament at the Snohomish Golf Course last week.

The Eagles edged out Skyline, the only team they lost to during the regular season, head coach Tom Bakamus said.

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Soccer teams host Down syndrome awareness night

October 21, 2014

On April 29, 2002, Melissa Wyman and husband Kevin won what she calls, “the ticket of a lifetime.”

It was the day the Liberty High School soccer coach welcomed her son, Campbell, now a sports-loving, determined 12-year-old that just happens to have Down syndrome.

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning. You don’t know what to expect,” Wyman said. “You hear people say he’s not going to be able do this or that, but I sure wasn’t about to let someone tell me what or who my son should be. He will be Campbell.”

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Liberty cross-country sweeps Lake Washington, Sammamish

October 14, 2014

Patriots, Eagles do well at invitational

The Liberty High School cross-country team swept the competition, defeating both Lake Washington and Sammamish in an Oct. 8 meet at Bellevue’s Robinswood Park.

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School athletes (from left) Sarah Bliesner, Tyra Christopherson, Kelsey Takeuchi and Carlyn Schmidgall run in the girls cross-country race Oct. 8 at Robinswood Park against Sammamish and Lake Washington as coach Mike Smith cheers them on.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School athletes (from left) Sarah Bliesner, Tyra Christopherson, Kelsey Takeuchi and Carlyn Schmidgall run in the girls cross-country race Oct. 8 at Robinswood Park against Sammamish and Lake Washington as coach Mike Smith cheers them on.

The Patriots’ boys and girls squads each scored 22 points on the way to the win. Senior Trevor Sytsma was the top finisher for the boys, navigating the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 54 seconds. Teammate Andrew Cooper was right behind him, finishing second with a time of 18:14.

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Hughes’ highlight

October 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar In one of the Eagles’ few highlights, Bryce Hughes (33), Issaquah High School sophomore running back, crosses the goal line standing up for a second-quarter Eagle touchdown Oct. 10. Newport senior defensive back Jordan Sanberg incurred an unnecessary roughness penalty by hauling Hughes down anyway. Newport proved too much for Issaquah, winning 42-14.

By Greg Farrar
In one of the Eagles’ few highlights, Bryce Hughes (33), Issaquah High School sophomore running back, crosses the goal line standing up for a second-quarter Eagle touchdown Oct. 10. Newport senior defensive back Jordan Sanberg incurred an unnecessary roughness penalty by hauling Hughes down anyway. Newport proved too much for Issaquah, winning 42-14.

Skyline swimmers succeed

October 14, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar Chase Raines, Skyline High School sophomore, swims the 100-yard backstroke to a winning time of 1 minute, 5.29 seconds during the Spartans’ Oct. 9 girls swim and dive meet against Interlake and Mount Si. Raines also prevailed in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:07.34 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

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Chase Raines, Skyline High School sophomore, swims the 100-yard backstroke to a winning time of 1 minute, 5.29 seconds during the Spartans’ Oct. 9 girls swim and dive meet against Interlake and Mount Si. Raines also prevailed in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:07.34 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

Madison Cooley, Skyline High School junior, wins the 500-yard freestyle race in a time of 6 minutes, 33.59 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

Madison Cooley, Skyline High School junior, wins the 500-yard freestyle race in a time of 6 minutes, 33.59 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

Kathy Lin, Skyline High School junior, wins the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.15 second.

Kathy Lin, Skyline High School junior, wins the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.15 second.

Charis Kim, Skyline High School freshman, wins the 100-yard freestyle race in a time of 1 minute, 0.91 seconds.

Charis Kim, Skyline High School freshman, wins the 100-yard freestyle race in a time of 1 minute, 0.91 seconds.

Run with the Kokanee Oct. 18

October 14, 2014

Trout Unlimited will host its third annual Run with the Kokanee, a run through Lake Sammamish State Park benefitting the group’s work to protect kokanee salmon, on Oct. 18.

The flat course starts on paved park paths and finishes on wide, grassy trails. Runners can choose to do a 5K or 10K.

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Skyline soccer wins without one of its best players

October 14, 2014

The Skyline Spartans have been without one of their top offensive players, and while they haven’t been playing their best soccer, they’ve found ways to win.

Lauren Carson scored the first two goals, and Ke’ala Louie added an insurance goal late in the second half as the visiting Spartans broke away for a 3-0 victory over the Redmond Mustangs Oct. 9 in a Class 4A KingCo Conference match.

In wins over Newport and Redmond last week, the Spartans had to find ways to compensate for the loss of senior forward Amanda Johnston, a University of Washington commit who was injured in a Sept. 30 match at Mount Si.

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Liberty’s Steve Valach is Seahawks Coach of the Week

October 14, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks honored Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach as its Coach of the Week for his team’s 49-42 win over Mercer Island Oct. 2.

The honor, presented by the Washington Army National Guard, comes with a $500 donation to the football program, a $225 Sports Authority gift card, a Seahawks jacket and a personalized football.

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By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach receives the Seahawks Coach of the Week Award from representatives of the Washington Army National Guard.

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