Patriots improving — Liberty has outstanding performances in meet against Juanita

April 28, 2015

By Greg Farrar Siri Christopherson (center), Liberty High School freshman, has help running her first-ever 3,200-meter race with pacing from juniors Carlyn Schmidgall (left) and Tyra Christopherson, as they work together to set up for the end of the season. Siri got the win, but they all finished in 12 minutes, 59 seconds, just fractions of a second apart.

By Greg Farrar
Siri Christopherson (center), Liberty High School freshman, has help running her first-ever 3,200-meter race with pacing from juniors Carlyn Schmidgall (left) and Tyra Christopherson, as they work together to set up for the end of the season. Siri got the win, but they all finished in 12 minutes, 59 seconds, just fractions of a second apart.

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Matthew Richardson’s hat trick leads Spartans’ 5-0 rout of Falcons

April 28, 2015

Lopsided victories don’t happen very often for Class 4A KingCo Conference boys soccer teams, so Skyline High School’s blowout of Woodinville on April 21 was a cause for celebration for the Spartans.

By Greg Farrar Sean Curtis (left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, celebrates his goal with senior team captain Nick Morgan at the end of the first period against Woodinville.

By Greg Farrar
Sean Curtis (left), Skyline High School senior midfielder, celebrates his goal with senior team captain Nick Morgan at the end of the first period against Woodinville.

Junior forward Matthew Richardson collected his first career hat trick, scoring in the 12th, 24th and 78th minutes as Skyline powered past the visiting Falcons, 5-0.

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Issaquah track teams continue push toward postseason

April 28, 2015

Track and field athletes know the maxim well — it’s not how you start the season, but how you finish that truly matters.

By Greg Farrar Nikki Stephens, Issaquah High School sophomore, clears the high jump bar at 4 feet, 8 inches in the rain during the Eagles’ track and field meet April 23 against Eastlake and Inglemoor.

By Greg Farrar
Nikki Stephens, Issaquah High School sophomore, clears the high jump bar at 4 feet, 8 inches in the rain during the Eagles’ track and field meet April 23 against Eastlake and Inglemoor.

A couple of Issaquah High School’s top athletes are going through that process this season. During an April 23 home meet against Class 4A KingCo Conference opponents Eastlake and Inglemoor, seniors Ellie Clawson and Ray Littles each sought improvements after slow starts to the season.

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Hot-hitting Issaquah tops Skyline in fastpitch rivalry

April 21, 2015

Winter Ridgeway said it’s not unusual for Issaquah High School’s offense to start slowly, but given time, the Eagles can be very productive hitters.

Trailing by two runs after three innings, Issaquah put together three big innings at the plate and overwhelmed rival Skyline, 12-4, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch game on April 15 in Sammamish.

The Eagles (7-2 overall, 4-2 KingCo) grabbed the lead with four runs in the fourth inning, added two more in the fifth, and slammed the door on Skyline’s hopes with a six-run sixth.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

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Jake Lindahl wins it in OT as Issaquah lacrosse drops Skyline

April 21, 2015

Jake Lindahl delivered the game winner for Issaquah to give the Eagles a 4-3 defeat over Skyline on April 17.

Issaquah led 2-1 after the first. Following a scoreless second, Skyline knotted the contest at 2-2 when a cutting Charlie Kurtenbach converted a Tyler Johnston pass for the equalizer.

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Eagles beat rival Spartans, 8-3

April 14, 2015

Both Issaquah and Skyline high school head baseball coaches are looking for signs of improvement in their young squads.

So for each, picking a win over their arch rival in KingCo Conference competition April 10 would be just what the doctor ordered.

It was the Eagles who completed their first two-game winning streak in conference action, culminating with an 8-3 win.

By Greg Farrar Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School junior pitcher, strikes out two Skyline batters and gets the third to ground out during the third inning April 10 at the Skyline High School field.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School junior pitcher, strikes out two Skyline batters and gets the third to ground out during the third inning April 10 at the Skyline High School field.

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Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off field

April 14, 2015

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle.

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Patriots softball team off to quick start

April 14, 2015

As the Liberty High School softball team nears its halfway point, the Patriots are nearly perfect.

Two narrow losses to defending 2A state champion Lake Washington are the only things that kept Liberty from a 9-0 start. Despite near perfection, first-year head coach Jon Kinsley said the team is pleased, but not satisfied.

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Issaquah lacrosse sweeps Arizona high schools on spring break road swing

April 14, 2015

Issaquah broke the game open with 10 goals in the second and third on the way to a two-game sweep over Arizona high schools with a 14-6 boys lacrosse defeat of Gilbert High, April 8, in Gilbert, Arizona.

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Liberty’s Ethan Diaz is WIAA Athlete of the Week

April 14, 2015

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recognized Liberty High School soccer player Ethan Diaz as an Athlete of the Week for his play the week of March 23.

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