Five athletes compete for Gliders at Junior Olympics track and field

July 23, 2015

The Issaquah Gliders track and field club sent five athletes to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics Region 13 championships, July 8-12 at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon.

In the 17/18 men’s division, Jack Welch took fourth place in the 400 meters in 49.61 seconds. Welch, a 2015 Skyline High School graduate, is heading to the University of Portland this fall.

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Issaquah girls capture 4A state track and field title

June 3, 2015

The long-distance runners at Issaquah High School had already proven their value during a second-place finish at last fall’s state cross country championships.

By Greg Farrar Freshmen Elise Burdette and Sami Corman, with sophomores Nikki Stephens and Bella Foos (left to right), reunite at the finish line to celebrate their 4x400 relay 4A championship as they possibly look forward to two more in their prep career.

By Greg Farrar
Freshmen Elise Burdette and Sami Corman, with sophomores Nikki Stephens and Bella Foos (left to right), reunite at the finish line to celebrate their 4×400 relay 4A championship as they possibly look forward to two more in their prep career.

Last week, the program’s sprinters showed their abilities on the highest level, and the two groups combined to give the Eagles their first girls track and field title during the Class 4A state championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

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Liberty girls run to trophy finish at state track meet

June 3, 2015

Liberty High School’s girls track and field team made its mark at the Class 2A state championships last week, earning the fourth-place trophy with 42 points.

By Greg Farrar Carlyn Schmidgall (right), Liberty High School junior, races neck and neck in the final turn against Alexa Shindruk, of Lynden, in the 2A 3,200-meter championship May 30 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Carlyn Schmidgall (right), Liberty High School junior, races neck and neck in the final turn against Alexa Shindruk, of Lynden, in the 2A 3,200-meter championship May 30 in Tacoma.

The Patriots qualified in eight events for the May 28-30 meet at Mount Tahoma High School, and won a total of six individual medals and three relay medals to finish behind champion Shorewood (57 points), Sehome (55) and Pullman (44).

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Freshman Sami Corman outshines her elders at district track finals

May 27, 2015

Some ninth-graders have plenty of talent, but it isn’t until they start competing against opponents two and three years older that their potential starts to emerge.

By Neil Pierson Sami Corman, Issaquah High School freshman (center), battles with Woodinville’s Keagan Bolibol (left) and Jackson’s Brooke Kingma for control of the girls 1,600-meter run on May 20 at the District 2 championships.

By Neil Pierson
Sami Corman, Issaquah High School freshman (center), battles with Woodinville’s Keagan Bolibol (left) and Jackson’s Brooke Kingma for control of the girls 1,600-meter run on May 20 at the District 2 championships.

That could be the case for Issaquah High School freshman Sami Corman, who outlasted several juniors and seniors to win the girls’ 1,600 meters on May 20 at the Class 4A District 2 track and field championships in Lake Stevens.

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Liberty baseball team makes state’s final four and other notes

May 26, 2015

NEW — 3:40 p.m. May 26, 2015

Something special is brewing on the Liberty baseball diamond.

The Patriots are in the state’s final four, after a weekend in which they eliminated Tumwater and then North Kitsap at Centralia’s Wheeler Field May 23.

Nate Steffens threw a complete game shutout, while Torey Anderson collected three hits to propel the Patriots to a 3-0 win over Tumwater. The Thunderbirds came into the contest with a 16-6 record and consistently found themselves in the top 10 of state rankings.

Liberty continued to stun spectators with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over North Kitsap. Read more

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Issaquah grad helps Whitworth University win conference meet

May 12, 2015

Gabrielle Gevers, of Issaquah, competing for Whitworth University, recently ran in the Northwest Conference Championships at George Fox University, in Newberg, Oregon.

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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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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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Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Fastest foursome

June 3, 2014

Skyline’s 1,600 relay state title anchors fourth-place team trophy

By Greg Farrar Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4x400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4×400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

The Skyline High School girls track and field team capped a solid 2014 season last weekend at the Class 4A state championships by winning the fourth-place trophy.

Skyline scored 35 points to finish behind Richland (37), Camas (48) and Federal Way (72), which successfully defended its state championship at Star Track XXXII, held May 29-31 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

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