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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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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Football cedes spotlight as other sports reach milestones, memories

December 28, 2010

Skyline High School swimmers Nina Zook, Katie Kinnear, Jessie Dart and Maria Volodkevich (from left) celebrate their 200-yard medley relay team state 4A swim championship victory Nov. 13 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Football often dominates the sports scene at Skyline High School, with good reason. The Spartans have won five state football championships in 10 years. Read more

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Who’s News

December 28, 2010

Elks Poker League

Elks donate to Compassion House

On Dec. 18, Elks Poker League Directors David Hayes (left) and Jeff Wood (right) help and Dave Wallbom, chairman of the Elks board of directors, present checks of $1,147, from tournament donations, and $1,000, from members’ Friday night poker donations, to Rick McCarty, president of Compassion House, and Bonnie Karmouch, of Compassion House.

Sarah Hanna named scholar athlete of the month

Sarah Hanna

Sarah Hanna, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the month for November.

Hanna was a four-year starter on the IHS volleyball team. In 2010, she earned a First Team All KingCo award, and helped lead the girl’s volleyball team through the state tournament three out of the past four years, placing second at state in 2010.

In addition to excelling in athletics, Hanna has a 3.9 grade point average. She is a member of the Honor Society and tutors students at IHS. Her exceptional SAT scores earned her a position as a National Merit Scholar finalist.

Kiwanis Club coat drive

Kiwanis collects hundreds of coats for food bank

The Kiwanis Club’s community coat and shoe drive collected several hundred coats and about 150 pairs of shoes for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Community members dropped off their donations at The Issaquah Press, US Bank, Foot Zone, KeyBank (Issaquah and Snoqualmie Ridge branches), Eastside Audiology, Hilton Garden Inn, Eastridge Church and Starbucks during the month of November.

Kiwanis Club volunteers then collected the donations for delivery to the clothing bank, where the items will be distributed to needy individuals and families.

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Eagles dominate volleyball team

November 23, 2010

The Issaquah High School volleyball team, which had its best season ever, swept the top individual honors and dominated the 4A KingCo Conference all-league team.

Issaquah senior Rachel Roeder, an outside hitter, was selected as the league’s most valuable player. Senior libero Alexa Batiquin was chosen as the league’s top defensive player. Todd Parsons, who led Issaquah to the league title and a second place finish at the state tournament, was picked as the league’s coach of the year. Issaquah was 10-0 in league competition.

The all-KingCo first team also included Issaquah outside hitter Sarah Hanna and setter Riley Sorenson. Rounding out the all-league team were outside hitter Ali Forde and setter Carmen Vasilatos, of Woodinville; outside hitter Gwen Gillies, of Newport; and outside hitter Sarah O’Connor, of Roosevelt.

Earning honorable mention were Samantha Rogers and Maddy Emerson of Issaquah, and Jocelyn Reynolds and Andrea Chon, of Skyline.

Aspen Winegar, of Liberty, was selected to the 3A/2A All-KingCo first team. Teammates Sarah Hewitt and Megan Tsutakawa received honorable mention.

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Eagles see growth in girls volleyball program in second-place finish at state

November 16, 2010

Issaquah High School volleyball coach Todd Parsons won’t forget this season or this year’s team. That’s because the Eagles established some new highs for the program and also showed what hard work can accomplish.

The season didn’t have a perfect ending, but Parsons was definitely satisfied with the Eagles’ second-place finish Nov. 12 at the 4A State Tournament in Kennewick’s Toyota Center.

The Jackson Timberwolves took the title by beating Issaquah 25-13, 25-22, 25-12 in the championship match.

“Jackson was simply the best team in the state,” Parsons said. “They were the most talented, most powerful and most complete volleyball team. They pretty much had no weaknesses.

“We gave our best, but they just had so much talent and power, we could not get pressure on them for very long at a time.”

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Issaquah Eagles volleyball team plays for state title

November 12, 2010

UPDATED — 4 p.m. Nov. 12, 2010

The Issaquah High School volleyball team lays Jackson at 6 p.m. for the state championship in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament at Kennewick’s Toyota Center.

Issaquah carried a 26-2 record into the semifinal match while Olympia is 31-3. In the other semifinal, Jackson, 27-3, mets defending state champion Mead, 24-2. Issaquah and Jackson play at 6 p.m. for the state title.

The Eagles defeated Curtis 3-0 in yesterday’s first round. Issaquah won the games 25-20, 25-23, 25-21. Seniors Rachel Roeder, Sarah Hanna, Alexia Batiquin and Riley Sorenson led the way for Issaquah. Roeder had 27 kills, three blocks and 16 digs. Hanna contributed 15 kills and Batiquin had 22 digs. Sorenson, Issaquah’s setter, had 47 assists.

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Eagles win volleyball tournament title

November 9, 2010

Issaquah volleyball team celebrates its KingCo 4A Tournament Championship trophy Nov. 4 after its win over Newport. By Greg Farrar The

With Newport threatening to steal the second game of the 4A KingCo Conference tournament title match Nov. 4, Issaquah High School senior Rachel Roeder thought about a season’s worth of grueling volleyball practices.

She also thought about how coach Todd Parsons reminds his players of the need to be warriors on the floor. With those things in mind and with plenty of help from fellow senior Sarah Hanna, the Eagles won the game and went on to take the match, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15. Read more

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Issaquah tops Newport in 4A KingCo volleyball final

November 5, 2010

NEW — 9:10 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

With Newport threatening to steal the second game of Thursday night’s 4A KingCo Conference tournament title match, Issaquah senior Rachel Roeder thought about a season’s worth of grueling volleyball practices.

She also thought about how coach Todd Parsons reminds his players of the need to be warriors on the floor. With those things in mind and with plenty of help from fellow senior Sarah Hanna, the Eagles won the game and went on to take the match, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15.

“When we’re down we have to take the team on our backs,” said Roeder, the KingCo MVP who finished with 21 kills. “Sarah really stepped up and took it upon herself with serving that she was just going to go after it. I always try to put it away for the team.”

Both teams advance to next week’s state tournament in Kennewick. In an earlier match, Woodinville beat Garfield 25-22, 25-21, 27-25 in a loser-out matchup. The Falcons will host the No. 3 WesCo team at 2 p.m. Saturday for a state trip.

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Issaquah volleyball team heads to state

November 3, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, 2010

The Issaquah High School volleyball team defeated Inglemoor 3-0 Tuesday in the semifinals of the 4A KingCo Conference tournament and qualified to the upcoming state tournament.

Issaquah, which was the league’s regular-season champion, won the games 25-21, 25-17, 25-12. Rachel Roeder led the Eagles with a dominating effort as she had 17 kills, three blocks, 10 digs and three aces. She was complemented by the efforts of Sarah Hanna, Alexa Batiquin, Riley Sorenson and Jenna Pang. Hanna had 13 kills, Batiquin had 12 digs and four aces, Sorenson had 34 assists and 10 digs, and Pang had three blocks.

The Eagles play Newport in the tournament title match at 3 p.m. at Bothell High School. Newport, which finished second in the regular season standings, defeated Woodinville 3-1 in the semifinals. By winning their semifinal matches, both Issaquah and Newport qualified for the state tournament Nov. 11-12 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

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