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.
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.
March 1, 2011
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 18, 2011
Just when it looked like the Skyline High School boys basketball team was headed for a share of the lead in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings, the Spartans ran into Sammamish Plateau rival Eastlake.
Eastlake, which had been in the cellar with Issaquah, surprised the Spartans 54-50 Jan. 14 and snapped the Spartans’ three-game winning streak. Read more