Issaquah girls track team charges past Roosevelt

April 1, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. April 1, 2011

It’s getting to be an old routine for Issaquah High School’s Eva Perry.

She broke her own school record in the pole vault for the fourth time Thursday in a 4A KingCo Conference meet at Roosevelt. Perry went 12-feet, which currently ranks second in the state and first in the conference.

Issaquah’s McKenna Hogan came close to a school record in the long jump, leaping 17 feet, 3 1/2 inches. She came within 3/4 of an inch of the school record. It was also the longest jump by an Issaquah girl in 36 years.

Both Perry and Hogan finished first in the events. In addition, Haley Jacobson had a pair of first places as the Eagles ran past Roosevelt 89-52.

Jacobson won the 100 meters in 12.9 seconds and the 200 in 26.5. She anchored Issaquah’s winning 4×200 and 4×400 relays. Teammates Lauren Bruner and Katie Zhong each had two first places, too. Bruner won the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Zhong captured the discus and javelin.

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Skyline races to win first meet of the year

March 29, 2011

Skyline High School senior Kyle Branch didn’t even look like he was trying as he rounded the final curve on his way to a win in the 1,600-meter race against Woodinville.

Skyline High School’s Chase Premone (right) hands the baton off to Christian John during the boys 4x100 relay race March 24 at Skyline High School. By Christopher Huber

The standout distance runner finished way ahead of the competition, but afterward said he was actually trying to conserve energy for his next events, the 3,200 and the 4×400-meter relay.

“It was a nice, relaxed pace,” he said.

He finished in 4 minutes, 47.2 seconds.

His wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 (10:04.1) helped the Skyline boys to an 82-55 season-opening 4A KingCo Conference win March 24 against the Falcons. The Skyline girls also beat Woodinville, 88-62, despite lacking points from key returning players like high jumper Sydne Tingey, who was out with an injury.

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Issaquah baseball team edges Eastlake

March 25, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. March 25, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team earned its first victory of the season Thursday when the Eagles edged visiting Eastlake 3-2 in a 4A KingCo Conferencee contest.

Issaquah pitcher Andrew Kemmerer held Eastlake to three hits over 6.1 innings and struck out four to earn his first varsity win. Cole Westover, who relieved Kemmerer in the seventh inning, earned his first varsity save.

Kemmerer also drove in a run as Issaquah snapped a four-game losing streak.

In other action, Redmond topped Skyline 5-3. Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

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Track teams hope to follow 2010 title successes

March 22, 2011

The Skyline and Liberty high school track and field programs had banner seasons a year ago and both have high hopes for the 2011 season.

Kyle Branch, of Skyline, runs in last year’s KingCo 4A 3200-meter championship race. By Greg Farrar

Skyline, which has become one of the elite track and field programs in the state, had a very strong boys team last spring. The Spartans captured 4A KingCo Conference and district titles, and finished the year by taking second at state. It was most successful season ever for the Skyline boys.

Spartans coach Marc Hillestad said he is excited about the prospects for this season’s squad as many key athletes return.

Liberty’s boys team had a sensational season a year ago by winning the 3A Sea-King District title. The Patriots have some top talent returning from that team, but might not be strong enough to duplicate last year’s feat. However, the girls team looks stronger than ever and should contend for top honors in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference and Sea-King District.

The Issaquah High School program, which annually fields some of the stronger KingCo teams, will have competitive boys and girls squads this season, too.

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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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Issaquah alumni run July 17

July 13, 2010

The second annual Issaquah High School alumni mile is at 7 p.m. July 17 at the high school track.

The event gathers track and cross country runners who once competed for Issaquah.

Sports Roundup

June 29, 2010

Yankees call up Colin Curtis

Looking for a versatile left-handed bat in the Interleague stretch, the New York Yankees called up former Issaquah High School baseball star Colin Curtis from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre June 21.

Curtis, an outfielder, delivered in his second Major League game.

After making his debut June 21 and going out as a pinch hitter in the Yankees’ 10-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Curtis came through with a two-run double June 22 when New York prevailed 9-3.

Both games were played in Phoenix. Curtis’ parents and brother flew down to watch him play in the series.

Following the Arizona series, the Yankees traveled to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers. Curtis also played against the Dodgers.

Entering this week, Curtis had appeared in six games and collected two hits in six at bats with four runs batted in.

The first hit for Curtis had to be special, because he played college baseball at nearby Arizona State University. Curtis smashed a double off Arizona reliever Chad Qualls in the Yankees’ six-run eighth inning. When Curtis returned to the dugout, he got a hug from teammate Alex Rodgriguez.

Before getting called up, Curtis was hitting .280 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 35 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Arizona State product was a fourth-round draft selection in 2006. Curtis had been considered earlier in the season to be called up to New York, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in late April. Read more

Spartan boys take second at state

June 1, 2010

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, flings himself out of the sand pit after his final leap in the final round of the long jump. His longest distance of 24 feet, 1.25 inches came in second place. Williams won the triple jump and finished second in the high jump. By Greg Farrar

Junior Kasen Williams paces Skyline with two seconds, one first

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams is still chasing the 50-foot mark in the triple jump. However, he has plenty to be happy about after taking a first-place and two second-place medals home from the 2010 state 4A track-and-field meet. Read more

Skyline boys take 4A KingCo title

May 18, 2010

Issaquah falls back to fifth place, Liberty second in 3A meet

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, hits the sand on this triple jump at 49 feet, 3.75 inches to win the 4A KingCo championship May 14 at Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline boys track team is 2010 KingCo 4A champs after scoring 127 points in the league meet May 12 and 14 at Eastlake High School. The Issaquah boys placed fifth overall with 63.5 points.

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Skyline High School’s Kasen Williams wins two titles

May 13, 2010

NEW — 11:17 a.m. May 13, 2010

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams, one of the best all-around athletes in the state, captured two titles Wednesday in the first day of the 4A KIngCo Conference track and field championships at Eastlake.

Williams won the boys high jump by clearing 6 feet, 10 inches. He also captured the long jump by leaping 23-10.50.

Sparked by Williams’ efforts and those of his teammates, Skyline was in first place after the first day with 48 points. Bothell was second with 37.5 points.

Skyline took the top three places in the high jump with Blake Digiovanni finishing second and Jordon Coutts third.

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