Liberty athletes prepare for the next level

February 11, 2014

No Liberty High School athletes signed national letters of intent on signing day Feb. 5 to his knowledge, said Stark Porter, the school’s athletic director.

There are a handful of athletes, however, who plan to continue their careers at the next level.

Aaron Bowe, who led the boys cross-country team to its first state appearance this year, will compete at Gonzaga University.

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Two much eagles

February 4, 2014

Senior guard duo rallies Issaquah girls past Skyline

By Greg FaRRAR Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg had been held in check most of the game, but they made their presence felt when the Issaquah Eagles reached crunch time.

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Patriots hit a wall with pair of losses as regular season comes to a close

February 4, 2014

It’s been nothing but smooth sailing this season for the 14-5 Liberty girls basketball team, but things got a little rocky just a week before the end of the season.

It began with a 53-45 loss to Mercer Island on Jan. 29, and continued with a 55-36 defeat at the hands of a determined Bellevue team Jan. 31. The Islanders and the Wolverines were both teams the Patriots beat earlier in the season

By Christina Corrales-Toy Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

“Hopefully, we’ve got this rough stretch out of the way,” Liberty coach Curtis Terry said. “I’d rather get it out now than in the playoffs, when it’s do or die.”

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Newport out-tumbles issaquah, skyline

February 4, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar

Photos by Greg Farrar

Newport won a tri-meet Jan. 30 in the Eagles’ Pat Hatmaker Gymnasium with 166.90 points. Issaquah was second with 156.25 and Skyline was third with 151.85 points. At right, Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School junior, performs a twist on her dismount from the vault. Bugge led Issaquah with 8.45 points, third-best, and was seventh in the all-around of vault, bars, beam and floor with 30.80 points. At far right, Rikki Uhrich, Skyline High School gymnast, does a flip to land on the end of the balance beam, before doing a backward somersault dismount for a third-place 8.0 points on the apparatus. She went on to lead the Spartans with second-overall 33.3 points.

 

 

 

Young Liberty team falls to Mount Si

January 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

With just one upperclassman on the Liberty gymnastic team’s 21-person roster, it’d be an understatement to say the program is experiencing a youth movement.

The team is riddled with freshmen and sophomores, some of whom have never even played the sport.

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Duel meet two-fer

January 28, 2014

Keith and Ben Nussbaum don’t usually swim against each other in high school meets, but an exception was made Jan. 23, when the Issaquah High School seniors competed for the final time at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Even though Keith got the best of Ben in their sibling rivalry, winning two individual events and beating his brother head-to-head in the 500-yard freestyle, the duo helped Issaquah topple the Skyline, 116-69, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet.

By Greg Farrar Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

“We usually never race in the same events for high school, so it was really interesting to finally race him in my last home meet of my high school career,” Keith said. “And it felt good to beat him for once.”

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ONE TWO-PUNCH

January 21, 2014

Liberty teams sweep Sammamish

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

If you scoured the 3A state girls basketball rankings at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t find Liberty High School mentioned on any lists.

The Patriots weren’t even considered in the same class as KingCo 3A/2A league foes Juanita and Bellevue. It’s understandable — this group, with virtually the same roster, went 13-11 last year, good for fourth in the conference.

The Patriots girls basketball team is quickly turning heads across the state, though, with big wins over ranked opponents Everett, Bellevue and previously unbeaten Juanita.

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Spartans boys lose to Wolves on ‘Money’ shot

January 21, 2014

The play is called “Money,” and Davis Woerner made sure it was worth every cent.

Needing a clutch shot late in regulation, Eastlake High School boys basketball coach Brian Dailey drew up a play for Woerner, the Wolves’ 6-foot-6 senior forward, who has exceptional range for a player of his size.

Woerner sank a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying the score late in the fourth quarter, and visiting Eastlake went on to defeat rival Skyline, 81-76, in overtime in a Jan. 14 Class 4A KingCo Conference contest.

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Eastlake engineers second-half surge to down Skyline girls

January 21, 2014

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

With her team trailing by three points at halftime, and facing the possibility of their first loss in conference play, Eastlake High School coach Sara Goldie implored her team to get back to the basics.

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Eagles outgrapple Spartans

January 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

It wasn’t the ideal situation for Robert Steil to wrestle his first varsity match, but the Issaquah High School senior was up to the task.

With their regular 220-pound starter, Terrance Zaragoza, out of commission, the Eagles turned to Steil to pick up some points in their Class 4A KingCo Conference dual against rival Skyline.

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