Liberty boys swimmers stroke to season-opening win

December 2, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 2011 

Seniors Logan Briggs, Luke Duschl and Kevin Hays each won two events and swam on two winning relays Thursday as they sparked the Liberty High School boys swimming team to a 108-71 season-opening victory against visiting Interlake at 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.

Because of Briggs, Duschl and Hays along with some other key returnees and promising freshman Nick Klatt, the Patriots are optimistic about this season.

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Local teams to play in preseason tournaments

November 29, 2011

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 29, 2011

Issaquah and Skyline high school basketball teams will be playing in preseason tournaments this week.

The Issaquah girls enter the Northwest Invitational at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore., Thursday.

The Eagles meet Central Catholic, of Portland, Ore., at 6:45 p.m. in the first round. The tournament runs through Saturday.

The Skyline boys and girls teams play Saturday in the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic at Auburn Riverside High.

The Skyline girls play Kentlake at 11 a.m. and the Skyline boys meet Auburn Mountainview at 12:30 p.m. The Issaquah boys team plays Kent-Meridian at 4 p.m.

Maddey Pflaumer is named 4A KingCo Player of the Year

March 1, 2011

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, scores two of her game-high 20 points Jan. 28 against Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

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.”

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Seasons end for Issaquah School District basketball teams

February 25, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

The basketball seasons for the Skyline High School boys basketball team, the girls teams for Issaquah and Liberty came to an end last week when all three were eliminated in post-season tournaments.

The Skyline boys fell to Newport 53-46 Feb. 17 in a loser-out game in the 4A KingCo tournament at Juanita.

It looked too easy for Skyline early in the game when the Spartans shot to an 8-0 lead and held an 18-6 advantage going into the second quarter. However, Newport tightened its defense and fought back. The Knights went ahead 31-26 in the third quarter.

Kasen Williams topped Skyline with 10 points and seven rebounds. He sat out most of the second half because of foul trouble. Hunter Cikatz, Will Parker and Lucas Shannon each had eight points for the Spartans.

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Season ends for Skyline boys, Issaquah girls

February 18, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 18, 2011

The basketball seasons for the Skyline High School boys basketball team and the Issaquah girls team came to an end Thursday when both were eliminated in their respective 4A KingCo Conference tournaments at Juanita High School.

Skyline fell to Newport 53-46 in a loser-out game. Newport, 16-8, advances to a Feb. 22 playoff game against Lake Stevens or Arlington of the Western Conference. The winner of that game advances to the state tournament.

It looked too easy for Skyline early in the game when the Spartans shot to an 8-0 lead and held an 18-6 advantage going into the second quarter. However, Newport tightened its defense and fought back. The Knights went ahead 31-26 in the third quarter.

Kasen Williams topped Skyline with 10 points and seven rebounds. He sat out most of the second half because of foul trouble. Hunter Cikatz, Will Parker and Lucas Shannon each had eight points for the Spartans. Skyline, which tied for the Crest Division title this season, finished with a 14-10 record.

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Issaquah girls basketball team stays alive in tournament

February 16, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 16, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team kept alive its hopes of landing a Class 4A State Tournament berth Tuesday with a 59-54 victory against Garfield in a loser-out game at the KingCo Tournament at Juanita High School.

Issaquah, 17-6, still needs to win two more games to earn a state tournament berth. The Eagles play Eastlake, 20-3, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita in a game that determines the league’s No. 3 seed. The No. 3 seed plays a Western Conference team Feb. 22 for a berth in the state tournament.

The Eagles, smarting from a 58-55 overtime loss to rival Skyline Feb. 7, took control of their game with Garfield in the first quarter. Issaquah shot to an 18-8 lead and held a commanding 30-19 lead at halftime.

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Spartans upset Eagles in OT, 58-55

February 15, 2011

Issaquah must now win three straight to reach state playoffs

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, walks off the court as Skyline players celebrate in the background at the KingCo 4A basketball tournament with their 58-55 overtime win and a trip to state. By Christopher Huber

Morgan Farrar’s two shots could not have come at better times for the Skyline High School Spartans girls basketball team.

The junior guard’s only field goals — she went 5 for 5 from the free-throw line — and one of those free throws accounted for tying the game at 50 apiece against the favored Issaquah Eagles, and then putting the game away for good.

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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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Issaquah girls basketball team takes tourney opener

February 10, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 10, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team grabbed an early lead and pulled away to defeat visiting Roosevelt 58-50 Wednesday in the opening round of the 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

Sabrina Norton led Issaquah with 15 points. Brooke Miller contributed 11 points and Dayna Talley had 10 points. Roosevelt’s Catherine Killian led all players with 16 points.

Issaquah plays Skyline at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Juanita High in the semifinals.

Skyline won its tournament opener 53-46 against host Inglemoor. Megan Wiedeman topped Skyline with 18 points. Michelle Bretl and Haley Smith each tossed in 11 points. Skyline broke open the game by outscoring Inglemoor 19-9 in the third quarter. Taylor Peacocke, of Inglemoor, scored a game-high 20 points.

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Liberty High School girls basketball team stuns Juanita

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.

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