Issaquah Eagles fly over Summit at Holiday Classic

January 3, 2012

Matt Campbell scores two points against Zac Kolterman, Hazen High School senior center, to get the Patriots back into a tie as the third quarter begins Dec. 22. By Greg Farrar

Senior guard Nick Price continued his torrid scoring and freshman guard Ty Gibson provided additional offense Dec. 29 as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team overcame host Summit, 71-61, in the Summit Holiday Classic in Bend, Ore.

The victory was the second in the tournament for the Eagles, who boosted their season record to 8-1.

Price scored 15 points to share game-high honors with Summit’s Brad Laubacher and Austin Peters.

Issaquah jumped out early, taking a 19-10 lead in the first quarter. The Eagles stretched their lead to 42-23 at halftime.

Gibson scored a season-high 11 points. It was the second time this season he had scored double figures. Gibson scored 10 points in Issaquah’s season-opening 76-36 victory against Mount Si Nov. 29.

Senior forward Fletcher Martin also had 11 points for the Eagles. Cory Nevin and Ryan Sexton each had eight points. Sexton and Gibson each hit two 3-pointers in the game.

Price scored 17 points and Martin had 14 points Dec. 28 as Issaquah defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33, in the opening round of the tournament.

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Eagles’ boys basketball team wins tournament opener

December 29, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 

Nick Price scored 17 points and Fletcher Martin added 14 points as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33 Wednesday in the opening round of the Oregon Les Schwab Holiday Tournament in Bend, Ore.

Issaquah shot to a 15-6 first-quarter lead and held a commanding 47-17 advantage at halftime.

Jake Henke contributed eight points and Drew Danner seven points for Issaquah, which is 7-1 on the season.

In other holiday action, Skyline ran into Lincoln, of New York, one of the nation’s traditional powers, and lost 48-39 at the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Skyline almost caught Lincoln in the fourth quarter.

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Issaquah High School boys basketball guard hits for 41

December 21, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Dec. 21, 2011

Issaquah High School senior guard Nick Price practically got overlooked by almost all the KingCo Conference Crest Division boys basketball coaches when it came to picking last year’s all-league teams. He did manage to get honorable mention despite leading his division in scoring.

But that was last year. The way he has been hitting lately, Price should have no problem attaining higher honors.

Price scored a season-high 41 points Tuesday as he sparked the Eagles to a 86-78 KingCo 4A victory against host Inglemoor.

Last Friday Price scored 30 points when the Eagles lost to Eastlake. Against Inglemoor, he connected on 16 of 23 shots, including 4 of 8 from the three-point range.

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Eastlake snaps Issaquah win streak

December 20, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Dec. 16 when the Eagles fell to host Eastlake, 68-61, in a KingCo Conference 4A contest.

Although senior guard Nick Price scored a season-high 30 points for the Eagles, Issaquah had its coldest shooting game of the season. The Eagles hit just 23 of 71 field goal attempts, and were zero for 23 in the 3-point range.

Fletcher Martin added nine points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for Issaquah, which is 5-1 for the season and 2-1 in league play.

The Eagles led 15-14 after the first quarter, but Eastlake shot ahead in the second period to lead 30-27 at halftime. The Wolves held off Issaquah in the final quarter by outscoring the Eagles, 22-18.

Connor Perry topped Eastlake with 16 points. Five players in all scored in double figures for Eastlake, which is 1-2 in league play and 2-4 for the season.

The holiday spirit is alive and well

December 20, 2011

Hall Monitor By Madison Callan Issaquah High School

The week starts off with a bang — the entire school dressed in white, with the Issaquah High School boys basketball team winning its first home game against Newport, continuing its streak with a record of 5-0.

But before the game, a different kind of spirit was called into action. Closing the school day on Friday, Dec. 9, the student body gathered in an assembly to ignite spirit for Winter Fest Week — the annual spirit week preceding winter break — as well as to raise spirit for an important cause.

Much like for homecoming week, Issaquah is spending this year’s spirit week collecting gifts for Seattle Children’s to donate to the often-forgotten teenagers who are forced to spend the winter holidays in the confines of a hospital. These children are often left out of the standard donations to the hospital, which usually focus on gifts for infants and the elderly.

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Issaquah Eagles fly out to fast 5-0 start in league play

December 13, 2011

Nick Price, Issaquah High School senior guard, draws a technical foul and gets benched for doing a pull-up on the rim in the first quarter against Newport High School Dec. 9, while scoring two of his game-high 18 points on a breakaway jam. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team might need to adopt the old Willie Nelson tune “On the Road Again” as its team song. The Eagles, after winning their only home game of the month Dec. 9, finish December on the road.

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Liberty boys swimming team battles Mercer Island

December 7, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2011

For many years, when the Liberty High School boys swimming team met perennial power Mercer Island, the latter team yawned and used the meet almost like a warmup.

But that was not the case Tuesday when the Patriots grabbed first place in nine of 12 events and almost upset the defending 3A state champions. Mercer Island prevailed 95-90 but the Islanders got one tough battle from the Patriots in Boehm Pool.

Mercer Island’s depth was the difference in the meet. While Liberty grabbed the most first places, the Islanders captured the majority of the runnerup places.

Liberty had nine state-qualifying times in the meet. Senior Logan Briggs and freshman Nick Klatt each won two events in state-qualifying times.

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Issaquah boys basketball starts with two wins

December 6, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team got its season off to a promising start last week with a pair of nonleague victories.

Issaquah opened its season Nov. 29 with a 76-36 victory against host Mount Si.

After a close first quarter that saw Issaquah lead 10-7, the Eagles blew out Mount Si, 26-9, in the second quarter and raced to the victory. Issaquah senior guard Nick Price hit eight of 15 shots and finished the night with a game-high 18 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and had three assists.

Freshman guard Ty Gibson contributed 10 points for the Eagles. Jake Henke added nine points. Ryan Sexton and Grant Bair, who each hit a pair of 3-point field goals, each had eight points.

Anthony McLaughlin led Mount Si with 11 points.

On April 3, Issaquah defeated Kent-Meridian, 59-55, in the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic at Auburn Riverside. Issaquah held a three-point lead at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter. The Eagles held off a late charge by Kent-Meridian in the fourth quarter.

Price, who led the KingCo Conference 4A in scoring last year, led the Eagles with 19 points. He also had 10 rebounds and three assists. Fletcher Martin, a senior forward, added nine points and nine rebounds. Drew Danner contributed four points, four steals and six assists. Gibson had six points, three steals and three assists.

Eagles, Patriots basketball teams win season openers

November 30, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 30, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team and the Liberty girls squad both opened their seasons Tuesday with nonleague victories.

The Issaquah boys cruised by host Mount Si 76-36. After a close first quarter that saw Issaquah lead 10-7, the Eagles blew out Mount Si 26-9 in the second quarter and raced away to the victory.

Issaquah senior guard Nick Price hit 8 of 15 shots and finished the night with a game-high 18 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and had three assists.

Ty Gibson contributed 10 points for the Eagles. Jake Henke added nine points. Ryan Sexton and Grant Bair, who each hit a pair of three-point field goals, each had eight points.

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Lakeside hurlers toss no-hitter

June 14, 2011

Connor Gilchrist, Aaron Sandefur and Andrew Kemmerer combined on a no-hitter June 11 as Lakeside Recovery’s Senior American Legion team blanked Garfield, 7-0, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Lakeside Recovery, 7-1 in league play and 7-4 overall, also won the opener, 11-1.

In the second game, Gilchrist was the starting pitcher and picked up his first victory of the season. The Skyline High School player worked the first three innings before getting relieved by Sandefur, of Newport. Sandefur pitched the next three innings. Kemmerer, of Issaquah, worked the seventh inning.

Nate Anderson, a Newport High School player, had three hits, one a home run, and knocked in three runs for Lakeside. Kemmerer had two hits and two RBIs.

In the opener, Lakeside scored 11 times in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a two-game losing streak. Dan Altchech, a Newport graduate, had two hits and three RBIs to lead Lakeside.

Altchech capped the fifth inning with a home run. Wes Blackburn, of Skyline, had two hits and drove in a run. Winning pitcher Brandon Lundeberg, of Skyline, tossed a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out nine batters.

Lakeside Recovery dropped a tough nonleague game June 8 to Chaffey, 4-3, at the Husky Ballpark. Lakeside got a strong effort from pitcher Travis Snider, of Skyline, but poor defensive play cost the club, which made five errors.

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