Local high schools’ fall sports teams wrap up

November 22, 2011

Girls cross country finally makes state

Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School’s girls cross country team made a triumphant return to the state championships earlier this month, finishing 10th overall and placing 21st out of 72 teams.

The 2011 season commemorated the team’s first return to state in 13 years after succeeding in various invitationals, finishing second at the KingCo Conference and placing fifth at districts.

Notable runners include senior Rachel Osgood, who placed 32nd overall at state; freshmen Ellie Clawson, Cayla Seligman, Abby Wilson and Ellie Hendrickson; and sophomore Amanda Chalfant, all of who participated at state.

“Everyone improved drastically,” captain Madison Callan said. “The team worked really hard this year, and we ended up holding a season record of 9-1.”

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Issaquah, Liberty runners place in top 10 at state

November 8, 2011

Sarah Bleisner (520), Liberty High School freshman, comes in just ahead of sophomore teammate Megan Larson, helping the Patriots to an eighth-place finish at the 3A state cross country championship Nov. 5 in Pasco. By Don Borin/www.donborin.con

Talented and young, the Issaquah and Liberty high school girls cross country teams showed great promise for the future when they finished among the top 10 teams at the state championships Nov. 5 in Pasco.

Issaquah, in the state meet for the first time in 13 years, finished 10th among the Class 4A teams.

Liberty, in the state meet for the second straight year, finished eighth among the Class 3A teams.

Issaquah, which had five freshmen on its team, finished the 4A meet with 274 points. The Eagles had the second-highest finish for a KingCo Conference 4A team. Redmond was third with 100 points. Tahoma won the state title with 88 points and Bellarmine Prep came in second with 99 points.

“We finished just about where I thought we should have been,” Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said. “I was hoping for a top 10 finish and that’s where we were. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The weather was perfect. The girls all performed very well.”

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Issaquah cross country team qualifies for first state meet in 13 years

November 1, 2011

Some people maintain 13 is an unlucky number. However, they would have trouble convincing this fall’s Issaquah High School girls cross country team of that fact.

By placing fourth Oct. 29 at the Wes-King Bi-District 4A meet at West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, the Eagles qualified for a state meet for the first time in 13 years.

To put it into a different perspective, some current members of the team were just 2 years old when the Eagles last sent a girls team to the state championship meet.

Issaquah will race in the Class 4A state meet Nov. 5 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

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Liberty High School girls soccer team nets conference title

October 21, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team, already bound for the Class 3A state playoffs, wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Thursday with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier this week. This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

Kaliana Johnson had a hat trick to lead Liberty in its victory against Juanita.

Liberty got a battle from Juanita, which has just one league victory this season. Juanita took the lead three times in the game but Liberty always answered with a tying goal.

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Cross country teams tune up for league championship meets

October 18, 2011

Issaquah School District teams wrapped up their regular seasons last week in a final tuneup for the Oct. 20 KingCo Conference Championship meets.

The Issaquah and Skyline high school teams will enter the KingCo 4A meet at Seattle’s Lincoln Park. The boys varsity race starts at 2:45 p.m. and the girls varsity race is set for 3:15 p.m. The top eight teams and 40 individuals advance to a bi-district meet Oct. 29 at Lincoln Park.

Liberty High School competes in the KingCo 3A meet at Lake Sammamish State Park. The girls varsity race begins at 2:45 p.m. and the boys varsity race starts at 3:15 p.m. The top four teams and 20 individuals advance to the Sea-King District 2 meet Oct. 27 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Liberty High School boys capture cross country finale

October 13, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011

Nick Knoblich and Aaron Bowe, finished first and second Wednesday, as they led the Liberty High School boys cross country team to victories against Mount Si and Liberty at Mount Si High School.

Liberty finished with 37 points to top Mount Si, which was second with 40 points. Mercer Island was third with 47 points.

Knoblich finished first in 17 minutes, 28 seconds. Bowe was second in 17:30. Mason Goodman, of Liberty, also cracked the top 10 by placing ninth in 18:06. Hiron Redman was 11th and Jason Murray 14th for the Patriots, who ended the regular season with a 6-3 record.

In the girls meet, Liberty finished second to Mercer Island. The Islanders had 27 points and Liberty had 39 points. Mount Si was third with 70. Allie Wood was Liberty’s top placer, taking third in 20:15. Amy Broska and Sarah Bliesner were sixth and seventh respectively for Liberty. Megan Larson placed 11th and Aimee Christensen 12th to round out Liberty’s top five runners.

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Eastlake girls glide to easy victory over Skyline

October 4, 2011

Keegan Symmes, Skyline High School junior, approaches the finish line in 15:41, well before the rest of the field Sept. 28 during the Spartans’ cross country meet against Eastlake at Klahanie Park. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School junior cross country runner Keegan Symmes continued his dominance in the KingCo Conference 4A Sept. 28 at Klahanie Park.

Against Eastlake and Inglemoor, he finished in 15 minutes, 41 seconds. Symmes finished 46 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Michael Flindt, of Eastlake.

With Symmes leading the pack, Skyline eked out a win with 31 points to Eastlake’s 32. Inglemoor took third with 62.

“I just ran with the team,” Symmes said after the race.

Symmes and his coach, Brendan Hyland, said most runners took it a little easier at Klahanie, as both Eastlake and Skyline were preparing for the Oct. 1 Tomahawk Twilight Invitational in Marysville. Still, Symmes’ time was near the course record.

“It’s coming together,” he said. “The season hasn’t been as fast as I’d like, but hopefully I’ll get better later.”

Symmes ended up having a busy weekend. At the Tomahawk Twilight Invitational, on the Cedarcrest Golf Course, he finished first in the 3.1-mile race in 15:54. Then, on Oct. 2, Symmes finished second in the 10K race at the Issaquah Rotary Run. He completed the race in 33:27.

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Issaquah cross country team races by Ballard

September 29, 2011

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team remained unbeaten Wednesday when the Eagles flew by visiting Ballard 17-44 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet.

Issaquah, 5-0, captured five of the top six places and put eight runners into the top 10.

Freshman Ellie Hendrickson paced the Eagles by finishing first in the 3-mile race in 19 minutes, 24 seconds. It was her first varsity win. Issaquah’s Ellie Clawson and Rachel Osgood tied for second, each finishing in 19:27. Abby Wilson and Emily Winterstein, of Issaquah, were fifth and sixth. Amanda Chalfant, Nikita Sirohi and Abby Irwin went eighth, ninth and 10th respectively for Issaquah.

In the boys meet, Ballard defeated Issaquah 18-41. Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top runner, finishing third in 16:40.

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Issaquah girls cross country continues strong start

September 27, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team improved their record to 4-0 when they defeated Woodinville and Roosevelt Sept. 21 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet at Redmond’s Marymoor Park.

Issaquah had a first-place total of 26 points. Woodinville was second with 45 and Roosevelt was third with 60. Ellie Clawson was Issaquah’s top runner, taking second on the 3.1-mile course in 20:02. Ellie Hendrickson and Abby Wilson captured the fourth and fifth places for Issaquah. Rachel Osgood, Emily Winterstein and Cayla Seligman went seven, eighth and nine, respectively.

The Eagles are off to their best start since 2005.

In the boys meet, Roosevelt took first place with 19 points. Issaquah was second with 43 and Woodinville was third with 75. Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top runner, taking second in 17:21.

Both Skyline teams defeated Newport Sept. 21 at Klahanie Park. The Skyline boys won 21-45 and the girls won 26-33.

In the boys race, Skyline’s Keegan Symmes finished first in 15:41. Teammates Kevin Tidball and Joey Nakao took second and third.

In the girls race, Samantha Krahling was Skyline’s top runner, taking second in 20:25.


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Issaquah girls nip Skyline in cross country meet

September 20, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team, sparked by freshmen Ellie Clawson and Ellie Hendrickson, beat Skyline for the first time in six years Sept. 14 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet at Issaquah.

Issaquah edged Skyline, 27-28, in the three-team meet. Bothell was a distance third with 83 points.

Clawson finished first in the 3-mile race in 19 minutes, 22 seconds. Hendrickson was third in 19:56. Three other Eagles cracked the top 10. Senior Rachel Osgood was sixth, and freshmen Abby Wilson and Emily Winterstein were eighth and ninth, respectively.

Sam Krahling was Skyline’s top finisher, placing third.

In the boys meet, Skyline clearly dominated Issaquah and Bothell. The Spartans, placing seven runners among the top 10 finishers, finished first with 18 points. Issaquah was second with 57 and Bothell came in third with 68.

Keegan Symmes, of Skyline, finished first in the 3-mile race in 16:14. Teammate Kevin Tidball was second in 16:31. Grant Uselman was fourth and was followed by Brandon Long, Joey Nakao, and Joseph DeMatteo, who went fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Jay Bowlby was ninth for Skyline.

Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top placer, taking eighth. Aidan Heninger, of Issaquah, was 10th.

On Sept. 17, the Skyline teams competed at the Sundodger Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington. The boys finished eighth and the girls were fourth.


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