Teens send national ‘you matter’ suicide prevention message

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:42 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

According to the Washington State Department of Health, between two and three youths ages 15-24 commit suicide every week in Washington state.

“The last three years have been some of the hardest years of my ministry when we saw several young people take their lives,” Nick Pringle, pastor of student ministries at Pine Lake Covenant Church for nearly 10 years, says in a Facebook video. “Each year in America, there are over 1 million attempts of suicide, and that’s too many.”

For the second year, teens from Issaquah and Sammamish will join the national movement for National Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 and wear “You Matter” T-shirts to school that day.

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Skyline moves another home game due to construction

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:09 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

The Skyline High School football team will have to move another home game due to construction on its new stadium stands.

The school announced Aug. 29 that the Spartans will play their Sept. 18 game against Mount Si at Eastlake High School.

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Sammamish Symphony announces 2015/2016 concert season

August 21, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 24th concert season with a musical romp across the world.

“Expanding Horizons,” the first in the group’s nine-concert lineup, features music crafted in celebration of countries other than the writers’ own homelands.

The program includes George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” which the orchestra describes as “musical picture-postcards of their composers’ travels.”

Audiences have two chances to catch “Expanding Horizons,” which is also set to feature a guest appearance by regionally renowned violinist Jae-In Shin. Read more

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Indian classical music is pianist’s gift, passion

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 29, 2015

Seated at the piano in the living room of her Sammamish home, Ananya Goparaju’s fingers fly across the keys, creating chords and melodies that evoke feelings of a walk through the Himalayan countryside or the busy streets of Bombay.

Contributed Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

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Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

Goparaju, 12, has taken piano lessons for nearly seven years. She’s not only proficient but is also an emerging prodigy in the world of Indian classical music. She recorded her first album last year and next week, she’ll be the opening act for one of the genre’s most recognized artists at his concert in Bellevue.

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Bulldogs football fills a niche for players without a program

June 25, 2015

It’s a warm evening at Bellevue High School’s stadium, and a couple dozen players have donned pads, helmets and jerseys to practice tackling and blocking, and running offensive and defensive schemes.

By Neil Pierson Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

By Neil Pierson
Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

They’re not members of Bellevue High’s nationally renowned program, which has captured 11 of the past 14 state championships. They’re young men who, for various reasons, aren’t playing college football but are looking to attract attention from coaches at that level.

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Skyline selects George Crowder as athletics director

June 25, 2015

Skyline High School has hired George Crowder as its new athletics director, a June 10 news release stated.

Crowder comes to Skyline after five years as A.D. at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.

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Off The Press — Sports coverage gets a much-needed boost

June 17, 2015

Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
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Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.

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Youth rowers headed to nationals

June 10, 2015

Skyline High School students Isaac Beeman and Adam Rockett qualified for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships, held June 12-14 in Sarasota, Florida.

Contributed The Sammamish Rowing Association’s Varsity Men’s +8 was one of two championship boats at May’s Northwest regional meet that included local athletes. Pictured above (from left to right): Head coach Steven Freygang, Josh Warnick, Nathan Lewis, Chris Tzekov, Christian Rouhana, Madison Mariani, Elijah Maesner, Tennyson Federspiel, Sam Halbert, Peter Arata and assistant coach Dennis Ferrer.

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The Sammamish Rowing Association’s Varsity Men’s +8 was one of two championship boats at May’s Northwest regional meet that included local athletes. Pictured above (from left to right): Head coach Steven Freygang, Josh Warnick, Nathan Lewis, Chris Tzekov, Christian Rouhana, Madison Mariani, Elijah Maesner, Tennyson Federspiel, Sam Halbert, Peter Arata and assistant coach Dennis Ferrer.

Beeman and Rockett were part of a team that won the gold medal during U.S. Rowing’s Northwest Regional Youth Championships, May 15-17 in Vancouver, Washington.

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State Track and Field Championships

June 2, 2015

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Students promote coffee for cancer research fundraiser

March 25, 2015

For nearly three years, Ryan Lentz has tried to get others to embrace a simple concept — do something for others while doing an everyday activity.

There are about 210 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., Lentz said, and he’s aiming to land 50,000 of them as monthly subscribers to Callie’s Coffee, named for his 10-year-old daughter who created the business.

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