Graduating gymnast continues to captivate with power, grace

February 1, 2011

Olivia Goree, Issaquah senior, works her balance beam routine to earn a score of 9.05 Jan. 13 against Eastlake, Roosevelt and Bothell. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School senior Olivia Goree has been competing in gymnastics since she was 6. But it’s been in the past four years, during her time on the high school team, that she developed a true passion for the sport.

Goree, who decided to leave her competitive club team upon entering high school, said, “Coming to high school is more of a team aspect. Club is more individual.”

She said she found club to be much more stressful.

“I was kind of a perfectionist, but I think high school gymnastics has allowed me to let go of all of that stress and really enjoy the sport for what it is,” she said.

Goree has furthered her talents and gained recognition for her success. Last year, she finished seventh in all-around competition and third on the balance beam at the 4A state championships. This year, The Seattle Times mentioned her in its “Gymnastics preview: 5 Things to Watch” under the category of “Who looks strong individually in 4A.”

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Eagles swim past Ballard

January 25, 2011

Brian Ruggles won two events in state-qualifying times and anchored a winning relay that had a state-qualifying time Jan. 20 as the Issaquah High School boys swimming team trounced Ballard 123-57 in a 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Ruggles won the 50 freestyle in 22.66 seconds. He captured the 100 freestyle in 49.55 to beat out teammate Willy Matsuda, who was second in a state-qualifying time of 50.23.

Both Ruggles and Matsuda were on Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay team, which took first place in a time of 1:32.81. Gentry Gevers and Skyler Kersten were other members of the relay team.

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Skyline Spartans earn all-state soccer honors

January 21, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2011

Three members of the Skyline High School girls soccer team were voted to the Washington State Coaches all-state Class 4A first team.

Forward Michelle Bretl, midfielder Maddie Christ and goalkeeper Tina Vargas were on the first team. Three other Spartans were honored, too. Midfielder Madi Barney was voted to the second team. Defenders Jackie Wilson and Dom Randle earned honorable mention.

Forward Jaclyn Softli, of Eastlake, also received first-team honors.

Forward Kimi Fry, of Liberty, was named to the Class 3A first team. Cassidy Nangle, of Liberty, made the second team.

The all-state teams were based on voting by state high school soccer coaches.

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Eagles finally return to home floor

January 18, 2011

Olivia Goree leads Issaquah to second-place on senior night

 Olivia Goree, Issaquah High School senior, is way high and upside down while earning 9.8 on her floor routine Jan. 13 as teammates look on. By Greg Farrar

Olivia Goree capped off Issaquah High School’s first home gymnastics meet in a couple of years Jan. 13 by winning the floor competition.

Not only did her score of 9.8 help her garner a fourth-place finish in the all around rankings, but it put a nice little highlight on the team’s senior night of recognition, coach Ryan Fleisher said.

“It was a nice little neat and tidy bow at the end of the meet,” Fleisher said.

Bothell won the meet with 168.4 points, Issaquah took second with 167.85, Roosevelt scored 160.55 and Eastlake was fourth with its highest score of the year at 135.1. Read more

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Issaquah looks to re-assume the mantle of gymnastics powerhouse

December 14, 2010

Olivia Goree performs to a third-place finish at state on the balance beam in February during the 4A Gymnastics Championships in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Center. By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography/

The Issaquah High School girls team took on two perennial powers Dec. 8 as the Eagles opened their 4A KingCo Conference season.

Issaquah placed third in the meet against longtime heavyweights Newport and Woodinville, both who have ranked among the state’s top teams over the years. Newport won 3A state titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 before moving up to the 4A level. Woodinville entered this season having won four straight 4A state titles.

Thus, the Eagles were not competing against Sisters of the Poor.

Newport won the meet with 168.65 points to just edge out Woodinville, which was second with 165.2. Issaquah, which won 3A state titles from 2002-04, was third with a respectable total of 161.6 points. Read more

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Issaquah, Liberty gymnasts come up short in openers

December 10, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 10, 2010

The Issaquah High School and Liberty gymnastics teams took on some perennial powers Thursday as they opened their KingCo Conference seasons.

Issaquah placed third in a 4A KingCo meet with heavyweights Newport and Woodinville, both who usually rank among the state’s top teams. Newport, which won 3A state titles 2008,2007 and 2006 before moving to the 4A level, finished first in the meet with 168.65 points. The Knights just edged out Woodinville, which has won the last four 4A state titles.The Falcons were second with 165.2 points. Issaquah, the 3A state champion from 2002-04, was third with 161.6 points.

“We did better than we expected. We opened the season with our toughest meet of the season. I was really pleased with the way our team performed,” Issaquah coach Ryan Fleisher said.

Olivia Goree, of Issaquah, took third all-around with a 34.8. She also placed first on the balance beam with a 9.5. Teammate AJ Bowers took first on the vault with a 9.0.

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Issaquah sends three gymnasts to state

February 16, 2010

Risa Fukuda, of Issaquah vaults to a state-qualifying 9.2 during the 4A Sea-King District gymnastics meet at Sammamish High School, under a ‘Girls Gymnastics’ banner hanging from the ceiling. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School gymnastics team has something to cheer about. Three of its standout gymnasts are headed to state after strong performances at the Class 4A Sea-King District 1 and 2 Gymnastics Championships Feb. 13 at Sammamish High School.

Olivia Goree took fourth place in the all-around competition, qualifying for state with a total score of 36.25 points. She scored an 8.65 on bars, 9.125 on vault, 9.225 on beam and 9.25 on the floor routine, according to coach Ryan Fleisher.

Teammate Risa Fukuda qualified for state in the vault and floor events, placing fifth and eighth, respectively.

Eva Perry also heads to state Feb. 19-20 after she tied for 11th in the floor event, according to Fleisher.

Skyline sent a pair of athletes to the district meet, but neither will move on to state. Read more

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Liberty swimmer sets meet record

February 9, 2010

Prep Roundup

Logan Briggs, of Liberty, at the Julius Boehm Pool Jan. 26, set a meet record at the KingCo Conference Championships. By Christopher Huber

Liberty High School swimmer Logan Briggs has already had quite a season to date. However, it got even better Feb. 6, when the Patriot sophomore set a meet record at the KingCo Conference Championships at Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool.

Briggs won the 200-yard individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 58.81 seconds. He finished far ahead of Garfield’s Reid Walker, who was second in 2:00.52. The winning time was a good drop for Briggs, who had the fastest preliminary time of 2:00.55.

Briggs also placed sixth in the 100 butterfly in 56.38. Read more

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Short-handed gymnasts tumble to second behind Mount Si

January 19, 2010

Olivia Goree, Issaquah junior, sticks a solid dismount somersault from the balance beam Jan. 14 during a meet against host Mount Si, Newport and Olympia, earning 9.8 on the apparatus. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School gymnastics team came up just short against Mount Si on Jan. 14, but beat Newport and Olympia in a four-team meet.

It didn’t help that Issaquah’s best gymnast, Risa Fukuda, was out sick and another top performer, Taryn Chin, was competing with a minor injury.

“It was a little bit of a rough meet,” Issaquah coach Ryan Fleisher said.

Still, the Eagles finished only a few points behind the Wildcats, 164.9-161.75.

Issaquah has a younger team this year, with Chin being the only senior on the varsity squad. Last year, the team had four seniors on the squad it sent to the Class 4A state tournament.

Younger and competing in all road meets while the high school undergoes renovations, the Eagles face a difficult road to get back to state.

“This year, we’re not as deep as we’ve been,” Fleisher said. Read more

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NEW — Friday sports update

December 11, 2009

NEW — 9:52 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009

Issaquah gymnasts leap past Skyline

Risa Fukuda captured all-around honors and the Issaquah HIgh School gymnastics won its second straight KingCo Conference meet Dec. 10 as the Eagles defeated rival Skyline 159.2-136.6 at Ballard High School.

Fukuda scored a 35.2 to take all-around honors. Skyline’s Amy Bearman was second at 32.0 and Issaquah’s Anna Fairhart was third at 29.5.

Fukuda took first place on the balance beam with a 8.9, first in the floor exercise with a 9.2 and first on the vault with a 8.9. Teammate Olivia Goree was first on the uneven parallel bars with a 8.25. Fukuda was second on the bars with a 8.2.

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