Freshman firepower fuels Skyline swim win over Issaquah

September 18, 2015

NEW – 11:20 a.m., Sept. 18, 2015

Immediately after watching her team match up with its main rival, Issaquah High School girls swim coach Laura Halter was blunt in her assessment of the Skyline Spartans. Read more

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Youth swimmers land spots on prestigious squad

August 14, 2015

NEW – 1:55 p.m., Aug. 14, 2015

Three members of the Issaquah Swim Team were selected to compete in a high-quality competition earlier this month when they traveled to Maui, Hawaii.  Read more

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Condition of aging Julius Boehm Pool could shape park bond measure

September 18, 2012

Come summertime, about 1,000 people each day slip into the 84-degree water at Julius Boehm Pool, a fixture in downtown Issaquah for decades.

The crowd is diverse in age and activity — early-morning lap swimmers, senior citizens in water-exercise classes, children for swimming lessons and more. Summer is the busiest time of year for the pool.

The pool is 40 years old — 15 years older than designers intended for the facility — and visitors and employees often encounter signs of age.

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Who’s News

August 21, 2012

Scouts earn Eagle rank

Two Boy Scouts from Bellevue Troop 626 —    David Adams and Kevin Hays — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a recent court of honor ceremony at the Bellevue Community Center.

David Adams and Kevin Hays

For his Eagle service project, David designed and led the construction of a wheelchair-accessible gardening table for mentally handicapped clients of the Tavon Center. On the road to Eagle, David earned 22 merit badges, spent many weekends camping and provided countless hours of community service. David was very involved in troop leadership, taking on roles such as historian, troop guide, patrol leader and ultimately senior patrol leader.

Throughout his years in the troop he experienced the outdoors in the usual campouts, such as Camporee and summer camp, but also had the pleasure to experience the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada through his 95-mile, five-day high adventure canoeing trip, Northern Tier.

David graduated from Liberty High School, where he participated in the service-oriented groups Key Club, Honor Society and the Liberty Welcome Crew. He swam as a member of the Liberty swim team, the Issaquah Swim Team and is currently on the Maple Hills Swim Team. He is an avid Rubik’s Cube speed-cuber, enjoys online games and works at the Newcastle YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall to study engineering.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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Local swimmer comes in second at Western Zone championships

August 16, 2011

Stephanie Young, who competes for the Issaquah Swim Team during the year, finished second in the girls 10-and-under 100-meter backstroke at the Western Zone Age Group Championships at Clovis, Calif.

The meet was Aug. 9-13.

Young, representing the Pacific Northwest Swimming Association, finished the 100 backstroke in 4 minutes, 14.03 seconds.

She also took fifth in the 100 backstroke in 37.09 and eighth in the 200 individual medley in 2;51.77.

Ivan Graham, of the Issaquah Swim Team, also represented the Pacific Northwest Swimming Association at the meet and competed in the boys 11-12 division.

Six times he finished 11th in the preliminary heats to just miss qualifying for the finals.

Prior to that meet, Graham competed in the North American Challenge Cup in Puerto Vallarto, Mexico. There, Graham finished ninth in the 200 breaststroke, ninth in the 200 backstroke, ninth in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley.

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Katie Kinnear places third at nationals

August 16, 2011

Skyline High School swimmer Katie Kinnear, competing for the Issaquah Swim Team, finished third in the 100-meter butterfly Aug. 10 at the Speedo Junior National Championships at Stanford University.

Kinnear finished the race in 1 minute, 00.94 seconds. Her time met the Olympic Trials standard.

In the 200 backstroke, Kinnear finished 27th in 2:18.87 but met the standard for the national championships.

Kinnear also placed 13th in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.43 and 15th in the 50 freestyle in 26.59.

The meet ran Aug. 8-12.

Prior to the Junior Nationals, the Conoco Phillips National Championships were held Aug. 2-6 at Stanford. Skyline graduate Andie Taylor, who swims for Stanford, finished fifth in the 400 individual medley in 4:44.28.

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Parade of swimmers head to medal podium

August 9, 2011

Several members of the Issaquah Swim Team wrapped up their summer season with spectacular performances at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Long Course Championships July 28-31 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Among the highlights was a record-setting effort by the Issaquah Swim Team 11-12 boys 200 medley relay. The team of Ryan Kinnear, Ivan Graham, Jacob Leahy and Brandon Leu finished first in 2 minutes, 8.4 seconds. The time was also the fifth fastest in the nation this year. The four swimmers also won three other relays in their age division.

Kinnear, whose sister Katie captured three 4A state titles for Skyline High School last winter, showed he is a force in the pool, too. He was the big winner for the Issaquah Swim Team with seven first places. Kinnear won three individual races and swam on four winning relays. His first-places came in the 200 individual medley (2:32.02), 400 individual medley (5:28.07) and 200 backstroke (2:29.00).

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Katie Kinnear helps Issaquah dominate Senior Seattle Open

July 26, 2011

Skyline High School’s Katie Kinnear, who swims for the Issaquah Swim Team throughout the year, looks like she is headed for another successful high-school season this fall.

Kinnear, who won two events and sparked Skyline to the girls 4A state title last fall, had a dominating performance at the Senior Seattle Open July 7-9 at Seattle’s Colman Pool. In fact, she is one of many Issaquah Swim Team members who have had spectacular performances in recent weeks.

At the Senior Seattle Open, Kinnear finished first in three individual events and swam as a member of two winning relay teams. She won the 100-meter freestyle in 1 minute, .32 seconds, captured the 400 individual medley in 5:13.07 and took the 1,500 freestyle in 18:20.59. Kinnear also placed third in the 400 freestyle in 4:42.53.

The Issaquah Swim Team’s 200 freestyle relay team of Kara Beauchamp, Kinnear, Kayla Flaten and Nicole Lecoq finished first in 1:58.78. Lecoq, Flaten, Kinnear and Beauchamp composed the winning 200 medley relay team, clocked at 2:13.39.

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Lakeside Recovery hosts sub-regional tourney

July 19, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team plays the Tacoma Cobras at 4 p.m. July 20 in the opening round of the four-team AAA sub-regional tournament at Bannerwood Park.

The Kennewick Bandits and an entry from Spokane round out the field of teams. Those two teams meet at noon July 20.

The losers of the first two games meet at 7:30 p.m. in a loser-out game. The tournament resumes July 21 with the top two teams advancing to the AAA state tournament July 26 in Selah.

Lakeside Recovery, 20-21, finished its regular season with a pair of victories. On July 16, Lakeside Recovery downed Bellevue Legion, 5-1. Ethan Kalin and Andrew Kemmerer, both of Issaquah High School, hit home runs for Lakeside Recovery. Pitcher Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, picked up his fifth victory of the season. He struck out seven and allowed just one walk.

On July 14, Lakeside Recovery snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery, shut out in two of its three previous games, hit three home runs off Honda pitching. Kalin, Sandefur and Issaquah graduate Mike Paulson all smashed home runs for Lakeside in a five-run second inning. Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one walk.

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