Top sports stories of the year

December 31, 2013

Issaquah athletes take top state honors

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.

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After two devastating injuries, Issaquah junior Devan Talley has dream season

December 3, 2013

After her first serious knee injury at age 14, Devan Talley remained determined.

After her second one, on her opposite knee, Talley felt the universe was picking on her.

By Greg Farrar Devan Talley, Issaquah High School junior forward, plays in the state 4A girls soccer championship Nov. 23 in Puyallup, during which she scored for an early 1-0 lead against Central Valley.

By Greg Farrar
Devan Talley, Issaquah High School junior forward, plays in the state 4A girls soccer championship Nov. 23 in Puyallup, during which she scored for an early 1-0 lead against Central Valley.

But Talley, a junior forward playing her first season for the Issaquah High School girls soccer team, is now the leader of an Eagles team that finished second in the 4A state championship.

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Clash for the crown

November 5, 2013

Skyline blanks Issaquah to win 4A KincCo title

By Greg Farrar Amanda Johnston (left), Skyline junior forward, and senior midfielder Aleisha Gable, fight Issaquah freshman defender Kaylene Pang for the ball early in the first period.

By Greg Farrar
Amanda Johnston (left), Skyline junior forward, and senior midfielder Aleisha Gable, fight Issaquah freshman defender Kaylene Pang for the ball early in the first period.

Skyline High School has had a stellar defensive record all season, but in the span of seven days, it got even better against one of the state’s top teams.

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Editorial

December 4, 2012

Athletes’ triumphs create community pride

Skyline High School’s football and soccer teams just keep bringing home honors to the Issaquah School District. The Issaquah and Liberty high school teams have also added many awards to the virtual district trophy case.

Skyline girls soccer took first in state for the fourth time in five years. And the Dec. 1 state playoff football game gave Skyline the gridiron title again for the fifth time in eight years. Skyline’s 200-medley relay team won the state swim title last month.

Issaquah is a known winner among 4A KingCo teams. The Eagles came in second, to Skyline, for the state girls soccer championship. This year’s football team reached the playoffs. The school’s wrestlers won the district title in 2011 and sent six wrestlers to state.

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Skyline blanks Issaquah for girls state soccer championship

November 20, 2012

Bianca Saint (right) screams and leaps into the arms of Brooke Holland as the Skyline High School girls soccer team is awarded its state 4A championship trophy Nov. 17 at Carl Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, after beating cross-district rival and co-tournament finalist Issaquah, 1-0. By Greg Farrar

Sometimes, really good things come in small packages.

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Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline at girls soccer state finals / Nov. 17, 2012

November 20, 2012

Rivals Issaquah, Skyline on collision course for soccer title

November 13, 2012

After a couple of phenomenal post-season runs on the road, it is quite possible a tandem of KingCo 4A Crown Division rivals, Issaquah and Skyline, may be paired off in the girls state soccer championship showdown, in Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium at 4 p.m. Nov. 17.

Between Skyline and Issaquah, neither is an easy mark.

The last time they met was Oct. 23 when the two squads dueled to a scoreless tie.

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Issaquah School District soccer teams prep for state

November 6, 2012

The Issaquah School District will be well-represented in this week’s first round of the Class 3A and 4A state girls soccer tournaments, because Liberty, Issaquah and Skyline all made it to this year’s big dances in their respective classes.

Those critical initial clashes begin Nov. 7 for all three squads.

The only smudge on an otherwise perfect 12-0-1 league mark for Liberty was a 3-3 tie with pesky Mount Si in the Patriot kickers’ final league test of the regular season. The Patriots’ only losses overall came at the hands of Skyline (2-1), Issaquah (4-1) and Mercer Island (1-0).

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Liberty High School girls soccer team clinches playoff berth

October 30, 2012

Despite recording ties in their last regular season contests of 2012, a couple of local high school girls soccer squads essentially wrapped up titles in their respective KingCo classifications recently, as 4A Skyline went to 9-0-1 in league action after logging a scoreless tie with local nemesis Issaquah.

Issaquah, which may or may not be heading for state action, basically sent big sister on her way to the state tournament with a little reminder that it isn’t the only good team in KingCo 4A, and wait until next year.

Liberty meanwhile sewed up the KingCo 3A hardware, emerging as the clear-cut trophy winner in its division, winding down the regular season with a 12-1-1 league mark, after tying Mount Si, 3-3.

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Off the Press

March 6, 2012

Time flies when making a lifetime of memories 

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

Mr. Hune was a very insightful teacher. In my ninth-grade yearbook he wrote “to a future newspaper reporter.”

How did he know?

I do not believe Mr. Hune, who taught the newspaper class at my junior high school, realized I would later venture into an enjoyable career that would last 40 years.

Forty years — sometimes it does not seem I just started yesterday. In 1972, when my career started, “The Godfather” was playing at most cinemas. Regular gasoline cost just 36 cents a gallon and postage stamps were only 10 cents. Three Dog Night and Moody Blues were some of the hit bands.

And on a sunny June afternoon in 1972 I graduated from Western Washington University. I had no time for the congratulations from two aunts who came to the graduation ceremony, because I had to go to work. I had recently been hired by the Bellingham Metropolitan, a new, enterprising, weekly newspaper that expected to challenge the established Bellingham Herald for the reading audience. My assignment was to write a story about the graduation. With diploma in hand, I raced to the office to write my first professional story on a Royal typewriter.

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