Issaquah High School boys swimming team nips Newport

December 7, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys swimming team captured the final event of the meet Tuesday as the Eagles defeated host Newport 89-87 at Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool.

Willy Matsuda, Spencer McCulloh, Austin Melody and Brian Ruggles composed the 400 freestyle relay for Issaquah as the Eagles won a thrilling race in a state-qualifying time of 3 minutes, 25.44 seconds. The Eagles just edged Newport for first in the event. Newport was a close second in a state-qualifying time of 3:25.85.

Issaquah also took first place in the other two relays.

Matsuda, Melody, Gabe Florsheim and David Nam won the opening race of the meet, the 200 medley relay, in a state-qualifying time of 1:44.33. McCulloh, Florsheim, Nam and Ruggles composed Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay, which took first in 1:34.63.

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Seniors spark Liberty to season-opening victory

December 6, 2011

The Liberty High School boys swimming team, aiming for another top 10 finish at the 3A state meet in February, gave an early indication Dec. 1 why the Patriots have reasons to be optimistic this season.

Seniors Logan Briggs, Luke Duschl and Kevin Hays each won two events and swam as members of two winning relay teams as they sparked the Liberty to a 108-71 KingCo Conference 3A/2A season-opening victory against visiting Interlake at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Briggs, Duschl and Hays helped the Patriots finish seventh at last year’s Class 3A state meet. The Patriots were the second-highest placing KingCo Conference 3A team at the meet. State champion Mercer Island was the highest. Liberty also finished seventh at state in 2006. The Patriots are hoping for an even higher finish this year.

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State titles elude 4A swimmers

February 22, 2011

There were no individual championships for Issaquah School District boys swimmers at the 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

But Issaquah High’s Brian Ruggles certainly spent a lot of time on the podium as he placed among the state’s top five in two events and also swam on two relays that ranked among the top eight.

Ruggles finished third in the 100 freestyle in 48.38 seconds, which was a respectable time in most meets. However, Eastlake freshman phenom Edward Kim won the event in an all-America qualifying time of 45.56 and Kentridge’s Chase Bublitz was second in 47.54.

Kim and Bublitz also went one-two in the 50 freestyle where Ruggles ended up fifth in 22.14.

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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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Swimmers shine in conference finals

February 8, 2011

Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools’ swim teams took to the KingCo Conference Championship meet at the University of Washington Feb. 4 and 5, taking fifth, seventh and eighth place, respectively. However, Liberty’s Logan Briggs and other individual swimmers rocked their personal events.

The Issaquah boys team also took the sportsmanship award for the season. The girls team won the same award in the fall.

Issaquah district swimmers will now take to their respective district championships Feb. 11 and 12.

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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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Eagles swim past Ballard

January 25, 2011

Brian Ruggles won two events in state-qualifying times and anchored a winning relay that had a state-qualifying time Jan. 20 as the Issaquah High School boys swimming team trounced Ballard 123-57 in a 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Ruggles won the 50 freestyle in 22.66 seconds. He captured the 100 freestyle in 49.55 to beat out teammate Willy Matsuda, who was second in a state-qualifying time of 50.23.

Both Ruggles and Matsuda were on Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay team, which took first place in a time of 1:32.81. Gentry Gevers and Skyler Kersten were other members of the relay team.

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Liberty girls basketball team holds off Mount Si

January 13, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team moved into a three-way tie for second place in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference standings Wednesday when the Patriots defeated visiting Mount Si 39-36.

Mount Si, which has been in second place before the game, dropped to 5-2 in league play and into a tie with Liberty and Lake Washington.

Aspen Winegar, of Liberty, scored a game-high 12 points. Teammate Danni Sjolander added nine points. Jori Braun and Kassidy Maddux each had nine points to lead Mount Si.

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Issaquah swimmers soak Skyline, Bothell

December 21, 2010

Willy Matsuda, Issaquah High School sophomore, swims the 100-yard butterfly against Skyline and Bothell Dec. 16 in a state-qualifying time of 54.85 seconds. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter doesn’t want her swimmers to get bored racing the same event meet after meet, especially early in the season. So, Halter mixed up the lineup a bit Dec. 16 and as a result, the Eagles beat two teams at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah defeated rival Skyline 103-74 and Bothell 135-39 in the 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Issaquah and Skyline were scheduled to compete against each other earlier this month, but the meet was postponed because neither team was prepared since the snowstorm in late November had wiped out a week of practices.

Issaquah already had Bothell, which has a small squad this year, on the schedule and invited Skyline to make it a three-team event.

Issaquah swimmers were ready for a big meet.

“When it’s Skyline, everyone wants to step up,” Halter said. “The team really did.”

Halter made a few alterations in the lineup.

“Early in the season, I want to make sure our swimmers, especially the more experienced ones, swim a variety of events,” Halter said. “I wanted to mix it up a little bit. It worked out pretty well. What was fun was all our boys swam so well.”

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Issaquah High School swimmers clinch events

December 17, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 2010

The Issaquah High School boys swimming team picked up two 4A KingCo Conference victories Thursday when the Eagles defeated Skyline and Bothell in Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah defeated Skyline 103-73 and beat Bothell 135-39.

Willy Matsuda, Skyler Kersten and Brian Ruggles each won two individual events for Issaquah.

Matsuda won the 100-yard butterfly with a state-qualifying time of 54.85 seconds. He captured the 200 freestyle in 1:54.33. Matsuda also swam on Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

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