Spartans rack up wrestling wins

January 10, 2012

Conner Small, Liberty High School freshman, puts the shoulders of Redmond's Bryan Lapierre on the mat for a pin during the Liberty Wrestling Invitational Jan. 7. Small went on to win the 138-pound division. By Greg Farrar

Local high school wrestlers were plenty busy last week with Skyline and Issaquah both competing in league matches and invitational tournaments, and Liberty hosting its annual invitational.

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Skyline, Issaquah wrestling teams open season with wins

December 20, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah high school wrestling teams opened their KingCo Conference 4A seasons Dec. 8 with victories.

Skyline hosted Ballard and Roosevelt in a double dual. The Spartans crushed Ballard, 66-15, and topped Roosevelt, 46-36.

Issaquah overwhelmed visiting Redmond, 60-18.

In the Skyline-Ballard match, Griffin Howlett (113), Jerred Kiss (126), Tyler White (138), Tyler Aguirre (145), Ian Crouch (152), Michael Mecham (160) and Douglas Lawson (170) recorded pins for the Spartans.

In the Skyline-Roosevelt match, Nathan Swanson (106), Howlett, Tristan Steciw (120), White, Crouch, Lawson and Cyrus Sarkosh (182) had pins for the Spartans.

Louden Ivey (120), Joseph Tonnemaker (145) and Matt Solusod (220) had pins for Issaquah in the Eagles victory against Redmond.

On Dec. 10, Tonnemaker finished first at the Battle of the Border Tournament at Blaine. He defeated Ryan Meggison, of Lynden, 4-1 in the title match.

Liberty’s Hamilton Noel took first place in the 160-pound division. He defeated Jordan Watts, of Mount Vernon, 4-0 in the title match.

Skyline, Issaquah wrestling teams open season with wins

December 9, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Dec. 9, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah High School wrestling teams opened their KingCo Conference 4A seasons Thursday with victories.

Skyline hosted Ballard and Roosevelt in a double dual. The Spartans crushed Ballard 66-15 and topped Roosevelt 46-36.

Issaquah overwhelmed visiting Redmond 60-18.

In the Skyline-Ballard match, Griffin Howlett (113), Jerred Kiss (126), Tyler White (138), Tyler Aguirre (145), Ian Crouch (152), Michael Mecham (160) and Douglas Lawson (170) recorded pins for the Spartans.

In the Skyline-Roosevelt match, Nathan Swanson (106), Howlett, Tristan Steciw (120), White, Crouch, Lawson and Cyrus Sarkosh (182) had pins for the Spartans.

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Patriot repeats as state’s No. 2

February 22, 2011

Hamilton Noel reached the finals at the Mat Classic for the second straight year. This time, the Liberty High wrestler reached the 152-pound finals of the 3A state competition Feb. 19 in the Tacoma Dome.

But, once again, Noel came up a bit short.

Noel lost to Enumclaw’s Josh Musick 6-2, after opening the match with a 2-0 lead.

Hamilton Noel, Liberty junior, has the better position on Enumclaw’s Josh Musick early in their 152-pound state 3A championship match Feb. 19 at the Tacoma Dome. By Sebastian Moraga

A disappointed Noel blamed himself for the loss.

“I knew it was going to be a good match; I came out, I scored on him, thought I had him, but I didn’t finish strong enough,” he said. “I’m just glad there’s next year.”

As it turned out, Noel was just one of two 3A KingCo Conference wrestlers to reach the finals.

Noel pledged to work on his conditioning for his senior season.

“I was a little gassed,” he said. “More than I should have been.”

Noel’s road to the finals began with a pin of Bishop Blanchet’s Myles Hollowed in the second period, a pin of Yelm’s Anthony Allred in the third, and a 4-2 decision over Mount Spokane’s Austin Pea.

Liberty coach Manny Brown praised his wrestler and the new champion.

“He gives us his all in practices and matches, everything,” Brown said of Noel. “Congratulations to Josh, who had a good match.”

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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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Prep Roundup

February 1, 2011

Skyline moves into first place

The Skyline High School boys basketball team won two games last week and moved into first place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings.

Skyline battled back from an early deficit Jan. 25 and defeated host Redmond, 49-42. Skyline knocked Redmond out of first place.

Skyline’s Kasen Williams scored a game-high 16 points. Max Browne, Lucas Shannon and Teran Togia each had 10 points for the Spartans.

The Spartans followed up the victory against Redmond by beating Newport, 59-44, Jan. 28. Williams had 21 points and Shannon added 16 points. Togia tossed in 11 points.

In a showdown of division leaders Jan. 29, Skyline lost to host Garfield, 69-57. After a close first half, Garfield, the Crown Division leader, pulled away in the third quarter. Shannon paced Skyline with 18 points. Williams had 13 points and Jonah Eastern had 10.

Skyline, which began this week with an 8-4 league record, was to finish the regular season at home at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 against Eastlake.

In other 4A action last week, Issaquah High School lost two tough contests. The Eagles fell to host Eastlake, 76-70, Jan. 28 despite 31 points by Nick Price. Steven Rael and Fletcher Martin added 10 points for the Eagles. On Jan. 29, Issaquah lost to host Bothell, 77-73, in two overtimes. Price led the Eagles with 27 points. Martin had 16 points and Nik Landdeck 10 points.

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Skyline boys top Redmond, move into first place

January 27, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 27, 2011

The Skyline High School boys basketball team battled back from an early deficit Tuesday and defeated host Redmond 49-42 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

With the victory, Skyline took over first place in the Crest Division standings with a 7-3 league record.

Redmond, which had moved into first place last week, dropped to second place with a 7-4 record. The Mustangs held a 13-8 first-quarter lead, but Skyline rallied in the second period to lead 20-19 at halftime.

Skyline’s Kasen Williams scored a game-high 16 points. Max Browne, Lucas Shannon and Teran Togia each had 10 points for the Spartans. Jason Harrington topped Redmond with 12 points.

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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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