Local athletes named to all-league teams for spring sports

June 10, 2015

Several spring sports have announced their 2015 all-league and all-conference selections following the completion of the regular season. League coaches select the teams.

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State tennis roundup — Patriots tennis duo medals at state

June 3, 2015

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao needed a little time to get warmed up, but once they did, opponents were on alert.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (right), Liberty High School senior, and Marek Pierepiekarz, junior, win their first-round 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (right), Liberty High School senior, and Marek Pierepiekarz, junior, win their first-round 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29.

The Liberty High School doubles team took second place at the Class 2A state boys tournament, held May 29-30 at the University of Washington, picking up where they left off in the fall when they became the first tennis players in school history to win a district championship.

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Skyline doubles team qualifies for 4A state tennis tourney

May 20, 2015

Julia Lioubarski and Jasmine Ye are going back to the place they wanted to be all season.

The Skyline High School doubles team qualified for the Class 4A state girls tennis tournament, placing second at the KingCo Conference tournament held May 11-15 at Skyline.

It’s the second straight year Lioubarski and Ye have reached state, and they’ll be aiming to improve upon their eighth-place finish of last season. The state tourney will be held May 29-30 in Richland.

By Greg Farrar Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline High School senior, and teammate Julia Lioubarski, junior, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah High School junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin on May 14 during the KingCo Conference 4A tennis tournament.

By Greg Farrar
Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline High School senior, and teammate Julia Lioubarski, junior, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah High School junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin on May 14 during the KingCo Conference 4A tennis tournament.

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Skyline outlasts Issaquah in girls KingCo tennis

May 12, 2015

Fans of the Skyline and Issaquah high school girls tennis teams couldn’t have asked for a much better match than what they witnessed when the rival schools got together in the Class 4A KingCo Conference regular-season finale.

Issaquah came out on top in a couple marathon singles matches, but visiting Skyline earned a 4-3 win May 6 by sweeping the three doubles matches.

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Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Local tennis players medal at state

June 3, 2014

For the second straight year, an Issaquah High School tennis player took second at the 4A state championships.

Last year, it was the doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson, but this year it was singles player Jack Suh who earned the second-place medal. Suh won three straight games before losing to Newport’s Jason Lui in the title match.

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams ended her career with another medal performance. A year after she teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second in the doubles tournament, she placed fourth in the singles state competition.

The Skyline High School doubles team of Jasmine Ye and Julia Lioubarski finished eighth in the 4A tournament.

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Girls tennis titles on the line at KingCo

May 20, 2014

Jasmine Ye (left) and Julia Lioubarski, Skyline High School doubles partners, are on the court May 13 having a successful run during the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships. By Neil Pierson

Jasmine Ye (left) and Julia Lioubarski, Skyline High School doubles partners, are on the court May 13 having a successful run during the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships. By Neil Pierson

The 28 singles players and 28 doubles teams that converged on the Skyline High School tennis courts last week knew they’d have to be on top of their games.

At the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships, only the two finalists in singles and doubles were guaranteed berths into the state tournament, while the third-place finisher had to win a crossover match with a Wesco Conference foe to get there.

As it turned out, the competition wasn’t the only thing that proved daunting over the course of the three-day event. Eighty-degree temperatures greeted the players in the afternoons, making fitness even more vital.

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Spartans wallop Wolves in KingCo girls tennis

April 29, 2014

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar lines up a forehand shot during her three-set victory over Eastlake’s Kayla Lee on April 22 in a KingCo Conference girls tennis match.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar lines up a forehand shot during her three-set victory over Eastlake’s Kayla Lee on April 22 in a KingCo Conference girls tennis match.

Tarika Sivakumar and Rianna Eduljee had never played together before, but the Skyline High School tennis duo looked like old pros when they hit the court last week.

Eduljee, a junior, and Sivakumar, a sophomore, were paired up in the No. 1 doubles slot when Skyline hosted Eastlake April 22 in a Class 4A KingCo Conference match.

Eduljee and Sivakumar had relatively little trouble beating Alison Tran and Angela Zou, winning 6-4, 6-0 to lead the Spartans to a 7-0 victory over the Wolves.

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