Woodinville bottles up Eagles’ top scorers

February 18, 2014

It was a simple but effective formula that wound up being the difference in Woodinville’s victory over Issaquah in a Feb. 12 girls basketball playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

Senior guards Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg supply the bulk of Issaquah’s offense, and visiting Woodinville was able to collar them for the vast majority of the teams’ first-round clash in the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

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Issaquah girls basketball team gives Skyline a scare, then loses

January 29, 2013

When two squads lock horns in an intense local rivalry, especially when the moon is as full as it was Jan. 25, hovering over Skyline High School like a spotlight, one should always expect the unexpected.

That was exactly the spectacle that those fans assembled in the Skyline gymnasium beheld recently when a feisty 10-4 Issaquah girls basketball bunch invaded the 12-2 Spartans’ fortress and nearly upset the vaunted Skyline cagers on the road, but instead succumbed to the pressure of being the visitor in hostile territory to and eventually lost 48-45.

“We definitely came into their house with a chip on our shoulder,” admitted Issaquah junior dynamo Mandie Hill, who leads the KingCo 4A in scoring, averaging a sweet 16 points per contest.

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Eagles girls basketball team falls to Roosevelt by one

January 8, 2013

It was parity Friday in KingCo 4A girls basketball Jan. 4 as Skyline visited Ballard and won a narrow 54-53 decision, while Issaquah traveled to Roosevelt and struggled against the Roughrider girls, losing 41-40 in regulation, to fall to 3-3 in league play.

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Issaquah girls basketball team bolts out to 5-0 start

December 11, 2012

Jozie Crisafulli, Issaquah junior forward, is double-fouled taking a shot during the first quarter by Garfield’s Aireonna Davis (right) and Cierra Levias. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls basketball squad has compiled a 5-0 overall record in its first five contests and is the frontrunner in the Crown Division of the KingCo 4A.

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Former Issaquah basketball star’s University of Washington Swagga looms large

June 12, 2012

Jon Brockman, former University of Washington basketball player, models the Swagga Suit, a onesie devleoped by Issaquah High School graduate Gillian Pennington. By Gillian Pennington/SWAG

For Issaquah High School grad and soon-to-be University of Washington grad Gillian Pennington, there is no such thing as a lack of enthusiasm.

Her approach to everything in life seems to be one where going full speed is not fast enough, and there’s never a time where fun will be sacrificed.

This work hard, play hard attitude has brought her — and business partners Josh Brewer and Elaina Tursi — great success recently, as their start up company SWAG (also known as Sweet Washington Athletic Gear) has become what seems like an overnight success.

But like success, there were plenty of bumps in the road.

Pennington is a senior at the UW and as an entrepreneurship major, one of the final classes she must take is the two-quarter course Creating a Company. Within the first two weeks the students must assign themselves groups, come up with a company idea and start the process of getting it off the ground.

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Skyline girls basketball team center earns first-team honors

February 28, 2012

Skyline center Megan Wiedeman, who led the Spartans to the KingCo 4A Crest Division title, was named to the all-league first team. Wiedeman, a senior, averaged 13.3 points a game and ranked sixth in league scoring.

Senior forward Allie Wyszynski, of Skyline; and Issaquah sophomore guards Mandie Hill, Monica Landdeck and Mackenzie Wieburg were named to the all-KingCo 4A second team. Hill, who transferred to Issaquah from California before the beginning of the season, averaged 12.4 points a game. She ranked eighth among the league’s top scorers.

Sabrina Norton and Aimee Brakken, of Issaquah, and Hayley Smith and Rachel Shim, of Skyline, earned honorable mention.

Woodinville’s Ali Forde was selected as the league’s most valuable player.

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Skyline girls top Issaquah, earn KingCo No. 3 seed

February 21, 2012

Ty Gibson, Issaquah freshman guard, is fouled by Garfield forward Trey Williams during a furious third-quarter comeback at the 4A KingCo championship. By Greg Farrar

Local girls basketball fans always know it will be a battle down to the wire when the Skyline and Issaquah High School teams meet.

And, the third meeting of the season between the rivals was no exception. After an intense first half, Skyline pulled away in the final quarter Feb. 16 to beat Issaquah 47-41 in a loser-out game in the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Juanita High School.

With the victory, Skyline captured the KingCo No. 3 berth. The Spartans, 17-7, played at Stanwood, the Western Conference No. 3 entry, Feb. 21 in a playoff for a Class 4A Regional berth. The winner of the game advances to the regional at Auburn Feb. 25 and plays a team from District 3 or District 4 at 4 p.m.

In the first contest on Jan. 6 between Issaquah and Skyline, the Eagles held on for a 52-51 victory. In the Jan. 31 rematch, Skyline rallied in the second half to win 37-32.

In the third meeting, Issaquah held a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The teams were deadlocked at 20-all at halftime. The contest stayed close through the third quarter. In the final period, Skyline outscored Issaquah 15-11 to win the contest.

Rachel Shim and Megan Wiedeman each had nine points to lead the Spartans. Morgan Farrar and Allie Wyszynski each contributed eight points.

Issaquah’s Sabrina Norton led all players with 15 points. Mandie Hill added nine points and Monica Landdeck eight points for Issaquah, which ended the season at 17-7.

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Issaquah, Skyline girls stay alive, meet for vital KingCo No. 3 berth

February 15, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012 

The Issaquah and Skyline High School girls basketball teams will meet once again and this time the stakes are even bigger. This time the outcome determines which team’s season continues.

Issaquah and Skyline meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita High School to determine the KingCo Conference No. 3 berth. The winner of the loser-out game plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Western Conference No. 3 team for a berth in the Class 4A state regionals.

Both rivals stayed alive in the KingCo 4A Tournament Tuesday with victories at Juanita. Issaquah edged Inglemoor 66-65 while Skyline raced by Newport 50-32.

Issaquah fell behind by six points in the first quarter but fought back to earn a 31-31 halftime tie. The Eagles pulled ahead in the third quarter and held off Inglemoor in the final period to win the game.

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Issaquah girls basketball team loses heartbreaker, 51-50

February 14, 2012

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team went cold at the most inopportune time Feb. 11 and it resulted in a heartbreaking 51-50 loss to Woodinville in the semifinals of the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Juanita High School.

Issaquah led by eight points with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining before Woodinville turned up its full-court pressure and rallied for the victory.

Kim Frost hit a 14-foot jump shot with 10.6 seconds remaining to win the game for Woodinville.

Woodinville plays Eastlake for the KingCo 4A title Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Juanita. Eastlake qualified for the championship game with a 54-49 victory against Skyline.

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Presidents Day Tournament showcases future prospects

February 14, 2012

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Feb. 14, 2012 

Some future high-school girls basketball stars could be on the hardwood at this year’s Eagle Eye Presidents Day Tournament.

The annual tournament, hosted by the Issaquah Girls Basketball Association, runs Feb. 17-20. Sixty teams are entered in the event with divisions in fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade and eighth grade. In the past many players from this tournament went on to become standouts for Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline High School programs.

Games will be played at Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School and Pacific Cascade Middle School.

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