Super sophomore Logan Briggs has busy state meet

February 23, 2010

Luke Duschl (bottom), Liberty sophomore, finishes the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay consolation heat final, as Austin Briggs (left) and brother Logan wait to swim their legs. By Greg Farrar

There weren’t many swimmers busier than Liberty High School’s Logan Briggs at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18-19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the final day, Briggs competed in five events. He didn’t come in first, but did grab a third place in the 500-yard freestyle to cap a super sophomore season.

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Liberty swimmer sets two personal records at Sea-King district meet

February 16, 2010

Austin Briggs, Liberty senior (left) and brother Logan, sophomore, talk about their school’s showing Feb. 13 at the 3A Sea-King District swim meet. By Greg Farrar

Sophomore Logan Briggs qualifies in seven events for state

Although Logan Briggs is just a sophomore at Liberty High School, he’s already making a splash in the world of high school swimming. He qualified in seven events for this year’s 3A state championship meet, and set personal and school records at the 3A Sea-King District meet Feb. 13 in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Liberty finished sixth in the team standings at the Sea-King District meet. The Patriots had 121 points. Mercer Island cruised to the team title, compiling 345.5 points. Lakeside, of Seattle, was second with 176.

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Issaquah swimmers dominate Skyline

January 19, 2010

Brian Ruggles, of Issaquah, swims to his 200-yard freestyle victory Jan. 14. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter, playing against her team’s usual strengths, altered her lineup for the Eagles’ Jan. 14 meet with rival Skyline at the Julius Boehm Pool.

The changes didn’t matter as the Eagles swam away with a 106-77 KingCo Conference victory.

Halter wanted to give some of her swimmers a chance to compete in different events. For instance, Skyler Kersten, who usually competes in distance events, competed in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Kersten did well in both events. He placed second to teammate Jack Taylor in the 100 butterfly and took first place in the 100 backstroke.

Taylor won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.46 and Kersten was second in 1:04.34. Kersten captured the 100 backstroke in 1:01.25.

Halter said having her swimmers compete in other events also gave them a chance at qualifying for district in a variety of events. Read more

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NEW — Friday sports update

December 18, 2009

NEW — 11:04 a.m. Dec. 18, 2009

Eagles stroke by Eastlake

Skyler Kersten won two events and swam on a victorious relay Dec. 17 to spark the Issaquah High School boys swimming team to a 111-74 KingCo Conference victory against Eastlake.

Kersten won the 100 freestyle in 52.74 seconds, and captured the 100 backstroke in 1;01.31. He also swam on the Eagles’ winning 400 freestyle relay that had a time of 3:36.28. Willy Matsuda, Jack Taylor and Brian Ruggles were other members of the relay team.

The Eagles also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.97. Ben Halter, Spencer McCulloh, Austin Melody and Ruggles composed the relay team.

Other Issaquah first places came from McCulloh in the 200 freestyle, Taylor in the 50 freestyle, Brandon Pomeroy in diving and Matuda in the 500 freestyle.

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NEW — Friday sports update

December 4, 2009

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Dec. 4, 2009
Quarterbacks  set for big duel
Two of the state’s top high school quarterbacks will be dueling Dec. 5 when Jake Heaps, of Skyline, and Connor Halliday, of Spokane’s Joel Ferris, meet in the Class 4A state championship game at 7:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome.
Heaps was the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division offensive player of the year. He was also named this week as the 2009-10 Gatorade Washington Player of the Year. Heaps is a two-time recipient of the award. He is also in the running for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
The Skyline quarterback is attempting to lead the Spartans to a third straight state title. Skyline defeated Issaquah 20-15 for the 4A title last year, and rallied for a 42-35 victory against O’Dea in 2007 to win the 3A championship. Heaps, who is headed for Brigham Young University, has a 39-2 record as a starter. This season he has thrown for 2, 936 yards and 41 touchdowns.
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NEW — Monday sports update

November 9, 2009

UPDATED — 1:35 p.m. Nov. 9, 2009

Local teams reach state tournaments

This is a busy week for several local high school sports teams as they enter state tournaments.

The Issaquah High School girls soccer team, which won the 4A KingCo Conference tournament last week, entertains Bellarmine Prep at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the first round of the 4A state tournament.

Skyline, the defending state 4A champions, also plays Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. against Tahoma at Tahoma.

The Issaquah volleyball team plays Kentwood Nov. 12 in the first round of the 4A state tournament in Kennewick’s Toyota Center. The tournament continues through Nov. 13.

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