Liberty High School swimmers sink Saints

January 14, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011

Luke Duschl won two events and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay Thursday as the Liberty High School boys swimming team topped visiting Interlake 91-89 in a thrilling 3A KingCo Conference meet at Julius Boehm Pool.

Duschl captured the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Logan Briggs, of Liberty, also won two events. Briggs won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

Liberty pulled out the victory in the 400 freestyle. Briggs led off the relay for the Patriots and Duschl anchored it. Connor Biehl and Kevin Hays were other members of the relay.

The Patriots also won the 200 medley relay. Duschl, Raymond Ha, Hays and Briggs composed the relay.

Other first places for Liberty came from Ha in the 100 breaststroke and Jesse Herrild in diving.

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Liberty girls basketball team holds off Mount Si

January 13, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 13, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team moved into a three-way tie for second place in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference standings Wednesday when the Patriots defeated visiting Mount Si 39-36.

Mount Si, which has been in second place before the game, dropped to 5-2 in league play and into a tie with Liberty and Lake Washington.

Aspen Winegar, of Liberty, scored a game-high 12 points. Teammate Danni Sjolander added nine points. Jori Braun and Kassidy Maddux each had nine points to lead Mount Si.

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Former Spartan helps Eastern win national title

January 11, 2011

Tyler Washburn, a former Skyline High School football standout, started at middle linebacker for Eastern Washington University on Jan. 7 and helped the Eagles defeat Delaware 20-19 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas.

Washburn was one of the key defensive players in Eastern Washington’s run to the title. He scored a key touchdown on a fumble recovery Dec. 17 to help Eastern Washington defeat Villanova 41-31 in a semifinal at Cheney.

The former Spartan had 10 tackles Dec. 11, when the Eagles defeated North Dakota State 38-31 in overtime in the quarterfinals.

Senior tight end Jason Harris, and freshmen Jase Butorac and Evan Day are other former Spartans on the Eastern roster. Read more

Issaquah girls basketball team wins home opener

January 6, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team had to feel good Wednesday when the Eagles finally got the opportunity to play on their home court. The Eagles were feeling even better after the 4A KingCo Conference game as they defeated Garfield 64-57.

Prior to Wednesday night, Issaquah had played all its games this season on the road. In fact, with reconstruction going on the campus last year, this was the first home game at Issaquah for the girls’ team in almost two years.

Senior point guard Blaire Brady led Issaquah with 20 points. Senior forward Maddey Pflaumer contributed 19 points and junior forward Sabrina Norton added 14 points.

With the victory, Issaquah went to 3-0 in league play and took over first place in the Crest Division. The Eagles, 5-3 overall, play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Skyline, and then host Eastlake at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Issaquah grapplers showing promise

December 14, 2010

Max Tickman (right), an Issaquah High School junior, keeps Skyline junior Jo Tono from getting out of a hold during the third period of their 112-pound match Dec. 8, won by Tickman 10-1. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School wrestling coach Kirk Hyatt has a young squad this season, but despite their inexperience, the Eagles are off to a good start in 4A KingCo Conference competition.

Issaquah won a pair of league matches last week. The Eagles defeated rival Skyline, 32-28, Dec. 8 and edged Redmond Dec. 9. The match with Redmond ended 39-39, but the Eagles won the tie-breaker to earn the victory.

“We’ve got a young crew this year. We missed three days because of snow and that didn’t help our skill level at all, or help our conditioning,” Hyatt said.

But he said he saw a lot of promise from some wrestler in the two league matches.

Against Skyline, Caleb Pearson, a 125-pounder, and Almen Thorpe, a 140-pounder, each had pins. Pearson, who had two older brothers who wrestled at Issaquah, pinned Jerred Kiss. Thorpe, currently wrestling at 140 but who will later move down to 135, pinned Christian Caldwell. Read more

Issaquah girls overcome Woodinville in league opener

December 9, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Dec. 9, 2010

The veteran Issaquah High School girls basketball team, which has seven seniors on it, seemed to have some uncharacteristic jitters in the Eagles’ Wednesday 4A KingCo Conference opener at Woodinville. Issaquah had 10 turnovers in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half.

But the Eagles regained their composure in the second half and rallied for 70-56 victory.

Leading the way for Issaquah was newcomer Sabrina Norton, a 5-foot-10 junior. Norton, a transfer from Santa Monica, Calif., scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in her Issaquah debut.

Issaquah trailed 21-7 early in the second quarter but cut its deficit to five points by halftime after Taryn Holmes connected on a pair of 3-pointers.

Issaquah went on a 8-2 run early in the third quarter to surge ahead. The Eagles led by 11 at the end of the third period and never looked back.

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Powered by gravity, steered by fun

July 20, 2010

More than 50 special-needs children suit up for 13th annual Rotary challenge race

By Greg Farrar Mary Hartung (left), co-driver, waves at the crowds and Caitlin Gaylord, driver, prepares to pilot their gravity car

On July 17, Second Avenue Southeast was transformed into a racetrack as soapbox cars full of grinning children whooshed down the hill in lieu of the usual streams of weekend traffic.

The road was closed off for the 13th annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Gravity Car Race.

More than 50 special-needs children of all ages came to participate in the race as co-drivers. Each was accompanied by a driver, one- or two-dozen children ages 11-13 who were trained to operate the cars earlier in the day. Read more

Patriots sending six to state tourney, Skyline grappler wins regional title

February 16, 2010

Brandon Studer, of Liberty, shown beating Tyler Volk of Issaquah Jan. 28, captured the 171-pound Class 3A Region I Tournament title Feb. 13 with two pins and a 7-0 decision in his three matches. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School’s wrestling team will send six competitors, including three regional champions, to the Mat Classic XXII state tournament Feb. 19-20 in the Tacoma Dome.

The six Patriots qualified for the state tournament after strong performances at the Class 3A Region I Tournament Feb. 13 at Liberty.

Wright Noel won the 140-pound regional title with a 6-1 decision against Eastside Catholic’s Jake Cowin. Noel began the tournament with two easy wins. He defeated Rico Munoz, of Chief Sealth, 18-1 in the first round and downed David Kahn, of Ingraham, 16-1 in the semifinals.

Hamilton Noel took the 145-pound class with a victory against Ingraham’s Michael Tran, who had to forfeit the final because of an injury. Hamilton dominated Weber Coryell, of Bainbridge, 15-0 in the first round and pinned Michael Przystupa, of Juanita, in 4:37 in the semifinals.

Brandon Studer captured the 171-pound title with a 7-0 decision against Juanita’s Logan McCallum. Studer pinned his first two opponents en route to the finals. He pinned Zachary Broten, of West Seattle, in 37 seconds in the opening round, and pinned Cole Johnson, of Mercer Island, in 2:14 in the semifinals. Read more

Patriots finish in third place in conference tourney

February 9, 2010

Wright Noel (right), Liberty senior, and Mount Si senior Trey Botten upend each other during their 140-pound KingCo 3A championship bout Feb. 6, won by Noel 14-2. By Tim Pfarr

The Liberty High School Patriots finished third in the 3A KingCo Conference Tournament Feb. 6 with a score of 148 points. In first and second place were Mercer Island and Bellevue, with scores of 202 and 157, respectively.

Four Liberty wrestlers won first place in their weight classes. Wright Noel took first in the 140-pound weight class; Hamilton Noel took first in the 145-pound weight class; Jay Chakravarty took first in the 160-pound weight class; and Brandon Studer took first in the 215-pound weight class.

Danny Velasquez took second in the 112-pound weight class; Nick Bezanson took third in the 189-pound weight class; Chris Harlin took third in the 215-pound weight class; and Jake Tierney took fourth in the 152-pound weight class. Read more

Liberty takes KingCo Crest title with wins over Issaquah, Skyline

February 2, 2010

Hamilton Noel, of Liberty (top), grimaces while pushing Issaquah’s Sean Novak down to the mat during their 145-pound bout, which Noel won by a pin. By Greg Farrar

Liberty, Issaquah and Skyline high school wrestling teams finished off the regular season Jan. 28 in a dual meet that featured the three schools as well as Mount Si.

Liberty defeated Issaquah 41-30, and also defeated Skyline 46-26. With these victories, the Patriots finished their regular season undefeated and took the 3A/4A KingCo Crest title.

“These guys have worked hard for it,” Liberty head coach Manny Brown said about Liberty’s seniors and their quest to win the division. “They’ve put the time in the last four years.”

Also at the meet, Skyline and Issaquah defeated Mount Si by scores of 45-33 and 48-33, respectively.

The match between Issaquah and Liberty kept those in attendance on the edges of their seats, as the Patriots had not beaten Issaquah in several years. Brown also used to be an assistant coach at Issaquah. Read more

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