Eagles spike Patriots

September 24, 2013

By Greg Farrar Kenna Hanses (7) and Shea O’Brien, of Liberty High School, reject a shot by Nicole Ratcliffe (12), of Issaquah, during a point won by the Patriots in the first set of their Sept. 19 volleyball match.

By Greg Farrar
Kenna Hanses (7) and Shea O’Brien, of Liberty High School, reject a shot by Nicole Ratcliffe (12), of Issaquah, during a point won by the Patriots in the first set of their Sept. 19 volleyball match.

The Issaquah High School volleyball team found a multitude of ways to win during its three-set sweep of Liberty on Sept. 19.

In the first set, it was all about domination; in the second, the Eagles had to claw their way back from an early deficit; and in the third, Issaquah maintained its lead, despite a last minute surge by the Patriots.

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Skyline volleyball team spiked from state playoffs

November 13, 2012

Despite playing what its coach called its best volleyball of the year in beating Newport 3-1 to claim the KingCo 4A hardware and then cruising through regional action, the Skyline High School Spartans’ momentum waned as they ultimately lost their way Nov. 9 and 10 at the state tournament held at St. Martin’s University.

The Spartans, who made their presence known in their 2011 state appearance, rallied back to take a solid sixth-place trophy back home to Sammamish. They seemed to get off on the wrong foot this time out of the gate and finished ninth out of 16 teams.

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Skyline High School eyes run at state volleyball title

November 6, 2012

When Skyline’s volleyball squad breaks camp to participate in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament in Lacey, the Spartans will be aspiring to carry over some of the momentum they recently gleaned by beating nearby nemesis Newport in the KingCo 4A championship match.

In beating the Knights in that championship battle Nov. 1 in Skyline’s gym, where this year’s KingCo 4A tourney was held, the Spartans avenged a setback that they absorbed in mid-September, in which the Knights embarrassed their visitors by getting out the broom on the Spartans, sweeping them three sets to none.

Not only that, but Skyline did not score more than 19 points in any of the three swiftly-moving sets, as a stingy Newport crew made the Spartans earn every stinking point they managed to sweat out on that miserable night.

Fortunately, Skyline’s coach has a very long memory and he did not allow his team to forget that agonizing, torturous evening at Newport.

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Skyline volleyball team inches a step closer to state

October 30, 2012

The Skyline High volleyball squad continued its reign of terror on the rest of KingCo 4A as the vaunted green and white six-pack darkened the door of the nearby Issaquah Eagles Nest and slapped the big birds aside, winning in four sets, 18-25, 27-25, 25-21 and 25-15. The first round KingCo tourney win lifted Skyline’s overall mark to 13-2 and got the Spartans one step closer to the big dance.

Skyline has only dropped matches to league-leading 9-1 Newport (three games to none) in the KingCo 4A and 13-0 undefeated perennial powerhouse and KingCo 2A/3A frontrunner Mercer Island (three games to one).

The visitors from Sammamish spotted the hosting Eagles the first set 25-18, as the Spartans were caught off guard by a feisty Issaquah group in the first round of the KingCo 4A playoffs.

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Issaquah Eagles struggle to keep up with league leaders

October 9, 2012

While Newport and Skyline appear to be running away with possible KingCo 4A volleyball titles, other teams like Issaquah are toiling just to contend and keep up.

“Newport is probably the most organized and well-drilled squad in this league, but Skyline most likely is the better team as far as sheer physical size,” Issaquah head coach Todd Parsons said recently. “Giants rule in the world of volleyball and we don’t have nearly as many six footers on our squad as the Knights (5-0 in league) and the Spartans (5-1 in league).

“But despite the recent absence of senior setter Nina Moore, who had her tonsils out two weeks ago, I think we are going to be all right,” he added. “Eight out of the 11 squads in this conference go to the playoffs, and despite our lack of real size, we are playing .500 volleyball right now.”

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Issaquah Eagles sweep Liberty Patriots in volleyball rivalry

September 18, 2012

Leanne Scott (left), Issaquah High School senior offensive hitter, puts the ball over the net for set and match point Sept. 12 as Melia Parilla jumps up to defend for Liberty. By Greg Farrar

With pounding music in the gymnasium as the setting, the cross-district rivalry was reignited as the Issaquah High School volleyball team swept Liberty High School, 3-0, Sept. 12.

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Issaquah, Skyline volleyball players earn all-league

November 22, 2011

Seniors Sam Rogers, of Issaquah High School, and Maddie Magee, of Skyline High School, were named to the KingCo Conference 4A all-league first team.

Rogers, an outside hitter, was one of three seniors on the young Issaquah team. The year before, she helped the Eagles finish second in the 4A state tournament. This year, Rogers sparked Issaquah to the KingCo tournament.

Magee, an outside hitter, had a spectacular year for the Spartans. She led them to the 4A state tournament where Skyline placed sixth. Magee, who has signed a national letter of intent with University of Oregon, was also selected to the all-tournament team.

Other members of the all-league first team were outside hitters Sarah O’Connor, of Roosevelt; Peircen Lundquist, of Bothell; Jazmine Johnson-McCoy, of Garfield; Ali Forde, of Woodinville; middle hitter Casey Schoenleim, of Newport; libero Sophia Black, of Garfield; and setter Maile Munro, of Roosevelt.

Outside hitter Hallie Erdahl and setter Madison Stoa, of Skyline, were named to the second team.

McKenzie Bostic and Lindsey Ferguson, of Issaquah; and Molly Mounsey, of Skyline, received honorable mention.

Outside hitter Aspen Winegar, of Liberty High School, was named to the KingCo 3A/2A second team. Megan Tsutakawa and Taylor Weik, of Liberty, received honorable mention.

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Skyline volleyball team ousts Issaquah in KingCo tournament

November 2, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Nov. 2, 2011

The Skyline High School volleyball team stayed alive in the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament on Tuesday when the Spartans eliminated rival Issaquah 3-1 at Newport High School.

Skyline won the first set 25-22 but Issaquah bounced back to win the second game 25-21. The Spartans took the next two games 25-15 and 25-15 to win the match.

The Spartans were led by Maddie Magee, who had 11 kills and 10 digs, and Madison Stoa, who had six kills and 39 assists. Kennedy Stoa and Emily Harris each had 13 digs for the Spartans.

Sam Rogers led Issaquah with 11 kills, three blocks, 10 digs and three aces. Mckenzie Bostic contributed 35 assists and five aces, and Lindsey Ferguson added 10 digs and three aces.

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Skyline volleyball team rallies to top Eastlake

October 25, 2011

Halle Erdahl, Skyline junior outside hitter, reaches as she spikes the ball over the net during the second set against Eastlake on Oct. 18. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School sophomore Emily Anne Owen was on a roll from the serving line Oct. 18 against Eastlake.

Serving on 12- and 11-point runs in the third and fourth sets, Owen, a libero and defensive specialist, helped the Skyline girls volleyball team improve to 6-2 in league play after beating the Eastlake Wolves, 3-1, in the second-to-last regular-season match.

“I felt pretty good. Everybody kept the ball in play,” Owen said. “It felt really good to pull through and get the win.”

The Spartans overcame a first-set loss — Eastlake won it 25-23 — and relied on steady serving from Owen and consistent combination strikes from outside hitters Maddie Magee, a senior, and Halle Erdahl, a junior. Even though it had its fair share of comebacks and streaks, Eastlake went to 3-5 in KingCo Conference 4A and 5-7 overall.

The Wolves got out to a hot start, beating the Spartans by two in the first. After Skyline got out to a quick 10-4 start in the second, Eastlake came back and tied it at 16 apiece, thanks in part to kills from junior Anna Gorman. Skyline scored quick points and started to get Eastlake playing on its heels. It won the second set, 25-20, and easily won the third set, 25-11.

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Liberty girls soccer team clinches state berth

October 19, 2011

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team clinched a Class 3A state tournament berth for the second straight year Tuesday when the Patriots defeated visiting Lake Washington 3-0 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty improved its league-leading record to 11-0 and captured the KingCo 3A Conference’s automatic Class 3A state playoff berth. As KingCo No. 1 the Patriots do not have to play in the league tournament for a state tournament berth.

The Patriots will enter the state tournament next month seeded as the District 2 No. 1 entry and will host a first-round game.

The Patriots, who have three games left to play in the regular season, stretched their lead to 11 points over Lake Washington, which entered the game tied with Interlake for second place.

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