Editorial

September 24, 2013

State park proposals have merits, limits

Washington State Parks needs to seek specific Requests for Proposals for improvements to Lake Sammamish State Park, the jewel at the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

Earlier this month, State Parks and the city of Issaquah received only three proposals in response to its call for RFPs. The two agencies were trying to get outside-the-box ideas that would add to Lake Sammamish park’s bottom line as well as help the city’s economic development.

The three each have merits.

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Three proposals arrive to invigorate state park

September 17, 2013

Three project proposals for Lake Sammamish State Park, including one to totally remake the park with a hotel/convention center, came to the city’s Economic Development Department by the deadline Sept. 9.

In a joint effort with Washington State Parks, the city released a request for proposals in August, asking for project ideas to reinvigorate and make use of the park under the redevelopment and restoration plan adopted in 2007.

Economic Development Director Keith Niven said the three full project outlines are markedly different, but he found positive aspects across the board.

By Issaquah Soccer Club Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

By Issaquah Soccer Club
Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

“I see all of these to be viable choices for the park,” he said. “I think they can all fit. I don’t think there is anything on the table that can’t be mitigated.”

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Issaquah Soccer Club teams travel to London

June 26, 2012

Kristof Hefty (left), of the Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U11 team, faces off in a match against a member of Arsenal Academy during the local team’s recent tour in London. By Zheng Li

Four Issaquah Soccer Club teams traveled to London recently for a 10-day soccer tour to learn how the English play the game.

Jimmy Ball, the club’s director of football and coach of four Issaquah premier teams, used to play and coach in England. He said his connections, along with a company called XLTravel that organized airfare, hotel and transportation and coordinated with the academies, allowed the young players to experience English soccer at its best.

“Just watching those premier league games was a great experience for them,” Ball said. “To see live matches — pros playing, the speed of their play and … how they kept the ball so well — was one thing that I was hoping they would learn, and they did.”]

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Issaquah Soccer Club debuts Women’s Premier Soccer League teams

June 12, 2012

The Issaquah Soccer Club is promoting two new Women’s Premier Soccer League teams.

One team is playing while the other is provisional but still practices with the club.

The club is off to a promising start of the season, winning two of its first games.

The team premiered with a home game win May 25, 3-0, against Eugene Metro.

The team enjoyed its latest victory June 1 against the Portland Rain, 2-0, at Skyline High School.

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Issaquah youth kicks rare form of epilepsy

January 17, 2012

At its worst, epilepsy with myoclonic absences caused 1,000 seizures a day

Gabe Uribe, 10, a proficient soccer player, shows his prowess by kicking the ball held by his sister Ava, 7, and his mother Cindy. By Greg Farrar

Cindy Uribe can remember when her 10-year-old son was just 16 months old, turning heads on the soccer pitch.

“We’d gone to the Seattle University’s soccer field for a pickup game. Gabe had an infant’s soccer ball and was dribbling it up and down the sideline,” she recalled. “The adults were amazed by Gabe showing such control at such a young age.”

However, Gabe is just now regaining those promising soccer skills. At age 3, something happened. A bout with a rare form of epilepsy sidetracked all of his motor skills.

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Youth soccer club holds toy collection at Issaquah High School

December 8, 2011

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Dec. 8, 2011

The Issaquah Soccer Club is holding a toy drive to benefit Seattle Children’s.

For the last day of the drive, the group will collect new, unwrapped toys from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The drive was the brainchild of two club players, Jaden Humbyrd and Brooke Mayes. Both are 8 years old and play for the ISC Gunners.

“The girls are very excited about giving the toys to the kids and hope for a great last day of donations,” said Jaden’s mother, Sherida Humbyrd.

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Pumas win District II championship

November 29, 2011

The Pumas, the Issaquah Soccer Club’s U-12 girls recreational team, defeated the Lake Washington-Kirkland Mambas, 1-0, Nov. 20 to win the District II State Recreational Cup Championship.

Forward Emily Klosterman scored the goal with 9:45 left in the first period. She was assisted by Madison Schroeder.

During the six-week, four-game tournament, the Pumas went 4-0 and outscored opponents 8-1.

The Pumas play in the District IV Championship on Dec. 3.

Pumas win District II championship

November 22, 2011

The Pumas, the Issaquah Soccer Club’s U-12 girls recreational team, defeated the Lake Washington-Kirkland Mambas, 1-0, Nov. 20 to win the District II State Recreational Cup Championship.

Forward Emily Klosterman scored the goal with 9:45 left in the first period. She was assisted by Madison Schroeder.

During the six-week, four-game tournament, the Pumas went 4-0 and outscored opponents 8-1.

The Pumas play in the District IV Championship on Dec. 3.

Issaquah Soccer Club raises $3,500 for Seattle Children’s

November 21, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2011

Issaquah Soccer Club members donated $3,500 to Seattle Children’s to honor a player treated at the hospital and to help other children.

Soon after Gabriel Uribe turned 3, doctors diagnosed him with a severe form of epilepsy. Gabriel, barely able to walk or talk, Gabriel suffered more than 1,000 epileptic seizures per day during the worst period. Doctors told his parents he had only a 50 percent chance of surviving to adulthood, until he started treatment at Seattle Children’s.

Nowadays, Gabriel is a healthy 10-year-old and a member of the Issaquah Soccer Club’s Gunners premier squad.

Gabriel accompanied Issaquah Soccer Club President and Bret Knutson and Jimmy Ball, director of coaching, to present the $3,500 check to Seattle Children’s.

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City smoothes once-bumpy Central Park entrance

November 1, 2011

The cratered parking lot at Central Park’s popular artificial turf fields is gone, replaced by a special — and smoother — pavement to allow rainwater to percolate through the lot and into the ground.

Crews completed the 163-stall parking lot in late summer, and city officials gathered to open the space Sept. 26.

The parking lot upgrade is the latest addition to the area, called Pad 3. The city installed artificial turf, using a donation from the Issaquah Soccer Club and a state grant, and lights, using dollars left over from the turf installation, at the site in earlier phases.

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