Rotary Club honors athletes of the year

May 24, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its athletes of the year.

Madison Birdsall

-School: Liberty High School

-Parent: Polly Vaughn

-Sponsoring teacher: Mark Little

-Athletic achievements: second at state 4×4 relay 2009; fourth in state 4×2 relay; team captain in track; fourth in state 4×2 2010; broke school record in 400 individual

-Scholastic achievements: scholar athlete in ninth and 10th grades

-Scholastic interests: psychology, writing

-Hobbies: running, track, basketball, hiking, hanging with family and friends

-Outside school affiliations: volunteering at schools, physical education

-Future goals: University of Oregon; career in education/counseling

Jay Chakravarty

-School: Liberty High School

-Parents: Abhijit and Patricia Chakravarty

-Sponsoring teacher: Darren Tremblay

-Athletic achievements: three-time state wrestling qualifier; second team All League football

-Scholastic achievements: class valedictorian, National Merit scholar

-Activities: Eagle Scout, city of Newcastle Diamond Award for Community Service

-Scholastic interests: social studies, mathematics

-Hobbies: hiking, running

-Outside school affiliations: Boy Scouts, Athletes for Kids/mentoring of special-needs children

-Future goals: study economics or applied math; go into business or government

Lacee Crook

-School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

-Category of recognition: Outstanding senior

-Parents: Kimberly and Marc Hitz

-Achievements: Straight As this unit, working with special-needs students

-Scholastic interests: leadership, journalism, class fundraisers

-Hobbies: photography, drawing, movie buff

-Outside school affiliations: babysitting, working in kids’ room at Klahanie Fitness

-Future goals: go to college in California; become ultrasound tech

Haley Jacobson

-School: Issaquah High School

-Parent: Ross Jacobson

-Sponsoring teacher: Athletic Department

-Athletic achievements: state track meet for three years, KingCo champion, second in state soccer and gymnastics through 10th grade, running track at the University of Washington

-Scholastic achievements: 3.5 grade point average, three Advanced Placement classes

-Activities: LINK Crew, Athletes for Kids mentor

-Scholastic interests: government/politics

-Hobbies: track, hiking, boating, water sports

-Outside school affiliations: work at the YMCA

-Future goals: University of Washington, pursue law career

Nik Landdeck

-School: Issaquah High School

-Parents: Staci and David Landdeck

-Sponsoring teacher: Athletic Department

-Athletic achievements: three straight years as Defensive Player of the Year for football, second team all-league as sophomore, first team all-league past two years, runner up defensive league MVP, honorable mention in basketball, varsity letter for three years, played football and basketball for the varsity teams for four years

-Scholastic achievements: maintained 3.4 grade point average

-Scholastic interests: English, environmental science

-Hobbies: fishing; hiking; sports of any kind, but especially basketball and football

-Future goals: business major at University of Idaho; career in a business-related field

Taylor Ray

-School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

-Category of recognition: Outstanding senior

-Sponsoring teacher: Hilary Nelson

-Achievements: Straight A’s this unit

-Athletics: track and cross country

-Scholastic interests: Running Start at Bellevue College

-Hobbies: movies, roller skating

-Outside school affiliations: checker at Matthews Thriftway

-Future goals: Western Washington University, major in psychology, minor in teaching; become special-education teacher

Eagles senior leaves legacy of honor

March 8, 2011

When Nik Landdeck entered the Tacoma Dome for the first time, he was a bright-eyed, gleeful little fan, enraptured by the sweeping football glory.

Now, however, only 10 years later, when Landdeck graces the Dome, he does not hold a basket of hotdogs in the energized stands. Instead, he holds a grass-stained football in the open field, leading the Issaquah High School varsity football team.

Nik Landdeck holds the first Nik Landdeck Award, which was started by his basketball coach Jason Griffith. It will be given to a deserving Issaquah High School player annually. By Staci Landdeck

Landdeck, an 18-year-old senior, is a multitalented football and basketball powerhouse.

In his senior year, he lettered in varsity football and earned first-team 4A All KingCo honors as an inside linebacker and second team honors as a fullback. In basketball this winter, Landdeck averaged 9.1 points a game for the season (18 games) and had a total of 163 points. When the 4A all-KingCo team was selected, Landdeck earned honorable mention.

At the recent year-end banquet for baseball, he was given the first Nik Landdeck Award by head basketball coach Jason Griffith.

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Maddey Pflaumer is named 4A KingCo Player of the Year

March 1, 2011

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, scores two of her game-high 20 points Jan. 28 against Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team could always count on Maddey Pflaumer this season. Whether she played forward or point guard, the 5-foot-11 senior always gave the Eagles her best.

Pflaumer’s efforts were noticed by other 4A KingCo Conference coaches, too. When the league’s coaches got together to select the all-conference team, Pflaumer was chosen as the 4A KingCo’s Player of The Year.

“She did a fantastic job for us this year,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. “When I called her to tell her she was selected as MVP, she was surprised.”

The fact Pflaumer was selected to the all-league team wasn’t a huge surprise to others; she was regarded as one of KingCo’s top returning players when the season began. Pflaumer was selected to the all-league first team as a junior, and prior to this season, signed a national letter of intent to play for Seattle Pacific University.

But Pflaumer was given new responsibilities at mid-season when senior point guard Blaire Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Pflaumer was switched to point guard.

“Maddey really stepped up and carried us. She wasn’t a true point guard, but she did what we needed her to do. She really rose to the occasion,” Gibson said. “Other coaches in the league recognized her performance.”

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Who’s News

February 22, 2011

Together Center announces board of director changes

Barbara de Michele, of Issaquah, has been named chairwoman of the Together Center board of directors. She is the executive director of the Issaquah Community Network.

De Michelle takes over for longtime chairman John Spangenberg, of Kirkland, who has been named chair emeritus.

John Rittenhouse, a manager at Microsoft from Issaquah, is now vice chair.

Also joining the board of directors is Donna Batter, of Issaquah, a fundraising consultant.

Together Center is a nonprofit organization that helps the needy find food, shelter, medical and dental care, child care assistance, youth and family counseling, and more.

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Two local wrestlers grab regional titles

February 15, 2011

David White, of Issaquah High School, and Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Feb. 12 in their respective regional wrestling tournaments.

White captured the 145-pound class at the Region II Tournament at Skyline. He defeated Austin Henderson, of Bethel, 7-2 in the final. White was the only 4A KingCo Conference wrestler to win a regional title.

He opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory against Bothell’s Dustin Rhode and defeated Inglemoor’s Brian Trabun 13-2 in the semifinals.

Issaquah teammate Max Tickman placed third in the 112-pound class after defeating Brett Dykman, of Beamer, 10-4. Almen Thorpe, of Issaquah, took fifth in the 135-pound class with a 7-0 victory against Redmond’s Brandon Long. Sean Novak, of Issaquah, placed fifth in the 140-pound class after pinning Eastlake’s Nykolai Peterson in 2:26.

Issaquah finished ninth in the tournament with 56 points. Graham-Kapowsin took first place with 194 points.

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Liberty High School girls basketball team stuns Juanita

February 9, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team got one of its biggest victories of the season Tuesday when the Patriots topped Juanita 53-44 in the semifinals of the 3A KingCo Conference tournament at Bellevue College.

Juanita, the regular-season champion, had defeated Liberty twice during the season. However, the Patriots took control in tournament contest by shooting to a 19-12 first-quarter lead. Liberty held a commanding 32-21 lead at halftime.

Danni Sjolander and Aspen Winegar each scored 15 points to lead the Patriots.

Liberty plays Mount Si at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in the tournament title game. Mount Si defeated Mercer Island 61-49 in the other semifinal.

The top four KingCo teams and the top eight from the Metro League advance to the Sea-King District Tournament, which begins Saturday.

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Prep Roundup

February 1, 2011

Skyline moves into first place

The Skyline High School boys basketball team won two games last week and moved into first place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings.

Skyline battled back from an early deficit Jan. 25 and defeated host Redmond, 49-42. Skyline knocked Redmond out of first place.

Skyline’s Kasen Williams scored a game-high 16 points. Max Browne, Lucas Shannon and Teran Togia each had 10 points for the Spartans.

The Spartans followed up the victory against Redmond by beating Newport, 59-44, Jan. 28. Williams had 21 points and Shannon added 16 points. Togia tossed in 11 points.

In a showdown of division leaders Jan. 29, Skyline lost to host Garfield, 69-57. After a close first half, Garfield, the Crown Division leader, pulled away in the third quarter. Shannon paced Skyline with 18 points. Williams had 13 points and Jonah Eastern had 10.

Skyline, which began this week with an 8-4 league record, was to finish the regular season at home at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 against Eastlake.

In other 4A action last week, Issaquah High School lost two tough contests. The Eagles fell to host Eastlake, 76-70, Jan. 28 despite 31 points by Nick Price. Steven Rael and Fletcher Martin added 10 points for the Eagles. On Jan. 29, Issaquah lost to host Bothell, 77-73, in two overtimes. Price led the Eagles with 27 points. Martin had 16 points and Nik Landdeck 10 points.

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Skyline boys top Redmond, move into first place

January 27, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 27, 2011

The Skyline High School boys basketball team battled back from an early deficit Tuesday and defeated host Redmond 49-42 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

With the victory, Skyline took over first place in the Crest Division standings with a 7-3 league record.

Redmond, which had moved into first place last week, dropped to second place with a 7-4 record. The Mustangs held a 13-8 first-quarter lead, but Skyline rallied in the second period to lead 20-19 at halftime.

Skyline’s Kasen Williams scored a game-high 16 points. Max Browne, Lucas Shannon and Teran Togia each had 10 points for the Spartans. Jason Harrington topped Redmond with 12 points.

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JV additions spark Issaquah’s play

January 25, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys basketball needed a spark as it entered the New Year, especially if the Eagles were going to keep their post-season tournament hopes alive.

So, coach Jason Griffith elevated Fletcher Martin and Brian Watson to the varsity squad from junior varsity.

Steven Rael, Issaquah senior guard, beats Eastlake senior guard Abdu Elkugia for the ball during their Dec. 17 basketball game. By Christopher Huber

Martin, a junior, and Watson, a freshman, have given the Eagles a lift. Both were major contributors last week when Issaquah got two needed victories, defeating Roosevelt and Newport in 4A KingCo Conference play.

Issaquah got a big boost of confidence Jan. 18 when it defeated visiting Roosevelt 69-64 in overtime. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak.

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Issaquah boys basketball team snaps losing streak

January 19, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2011

Steven Rael scored a season-high 20 points Tuesday as he led the Issaquah High School boys basketball team to a 69-64 victory in overtime against visiting Roosevelt. The victory for the Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak.

Issaquah, 2-6 in 4A KingCo Conference play and 5-9 overall, made a tremendous fourth-quarter rally to send the game into overtime. The Eagles trailed by nine points after three quarters. However, Issaquah outscored Roosevelt 17-8 in the final period to send the game into overtime. The Eagles outscored Roosevelt 16-11 in overtime to win the game.

Counting Rael, five players in all scored in double figures for Issaquah. Nik Landdeck contributed 14 points. Fletcher Martin, Evan Peterson and Nick Price each had 11 points. Joe Knight had 15 points to lead Roosevelt, which is 2-7 in league play and 3-10 on the season.

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