Issaquah boys basketball team shoots down Bothell

January 11, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Jan 11, 2012

Point guard Brian Watson, often overshadowed by his high-scoring teammate Nick Price, had his best game of the season Jan. 10 when the Issaquah High School boys basketball team whipped visiting Bothell 79-68 in a Kingco Conference 4A contest.

Watson scored 19 points, which included hitting 3 of 3 3-point field goal shots and going 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also had three assists, three steals and six rebounds to pretty much fill out the stat sheet.

Price, Issaquah’s leading scorer on the season, led the Eagles with 23 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and had two assists. Fletcher Martin added 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for Issaquah.

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More honors for Skyline quarterback Max Browne

January 10, 2012

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne continues to collect accolades. Most recently, he was selected as one of 20 juniors for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that showcases top players from across the nation.

In addition, he earned honorable mention on SI.com’s 2011 High School All-America team, and was named the Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, and the Associated Press Player of the Year for all classifications. Browne has been rated by Rivals.com as one of the first five-star recruits in the 2013 recruiting class.

Browne threw for 4,034 yards and 45 touchdowns last season and helped Skyline to an 11-3 record and the 4A state title.

According to Rivals.com, Browne has received scholarship offers from California, Clemson, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Skyline High School wrestlers take down two opponents

January 6, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Jan. 6, 2012

The Skyline High School wrestling team took down two KingCo Conference 4A opponents Thursday when the Spartans overwhelmed Garfield 72-6 and walloped Redmond 64-9.

In the Garfield match, Skyline got pins from Amrit Puri (106), Justin Manipis (113), Jonathan Jo (120), Tyler White (130), Christian Caldwell (145), Ian Crouch (152), Douglas Lawson (170), Cyrus Sarkosh (182) and Sean McAlhaney (195).

Manipis, Sarkosh and Kyle Nardon (195) had pins for the Spartans against Redmond. Caldwell also recorded a major decision in the Redmond match.

In other action, Issaquah whipped Ballard 70-9.

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Liberty swimmers battle Mercer Island

December 13, 2011

For many years, when the Liberty High School boys swimming team met perennial power Mercer Island, the latter team yawned and used the meet almost like a warmup.

But that was not the case Dec. 6, when the Patriots grabbed first place in nine of 12 events and almost upset the defending 3A state champions. Mercer Island prevailed, 95-90, but the Islanders got one tough battle from the Patriots in the Julius Boehm Pool.

Mercer Island’s depth was the difference in the meet. While Liberty grabbed the most first places, the Islanders captured the majority of the runnerup places.

Liberty had nine state-qualifying times in the meet. Senior Logan Briggs and freshman Nick Klatt each won two events in state-qualifying times.

Briggs captured the 50-yard freestyle in 22.40 seconds and won the 100 freestyle in 48.32. He also swam as a member of two winning relays that had state-qualifying times. Klatt won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.75 and the 500 freestyle in 4:59.44. He also swam as a member of a winning relay team that had a state-qualifying time.

Luke Duschl, of Liberty, had two first places. He won the 100 individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 2:04.32 and captured the 100 backstroke in 57.98.

Liberty’s Raymond Ha won the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:01.90. He finished second in the 100 butterfly in 56.58, just missing the state standard of 56.0.

Kevin Hays, of Liberty, was second in the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:03.08.

Liberty showed Mercer Island it was for real by winning the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay. Duschl, Ha, Briggs and Hays made up the relay team, which had a state-qualifying time of 1:41.76. It was a fast race as Mercer Island’s A and B teams finished second and third, respectively, with state-qualifying times.

The Patriots closed out the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in a state-qualifying time of 3:22.50. Briggs, Connor Biehl, Klatt and Duschl made up the relay team.

The loss evened Liberty’s KingCo Conference 3A/2A record at 1-1.

Liberty boys swimming team battles Mercer Island

December 7, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2011

For many years, when the Liberty High School boys swimming team met perennial power Mercer Island, the latter team yawned and used the meet almost like a warmup.

But that was not the case Tuesday when the Patriots grabbed first place in nine of 12 events and almost upset the defending 3A state champions. Mercer Island prevailed 95-90 but the Islanders got one tough battle from the Patriots in Boehm Pool.

Mercer Island’s depth was the difference in the meet. While Liberty grabbed the most first places, the Islanders captured the majority of the runnerup places.

Liberty had nine state-qualifying times in the meet. Senior Logan Briggs and freshman Nick Klatt each won two events in state-qualifying times.

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A challenge to change the status quo

December 6, 2011

Hall Monitor Dawson Solly Liberty High School

Fall sports have just ended and the start to a new season has begun for winter high school sports such as basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.

For teams that moved into the playoffs and continued to the state championships, like the Skyline High School football team, it is an experience of a lifetime, but one thing missing from the playoffs is fan support. I think we need fan support from the district student body as a whole.

I know our district high schools have been rivals in the past and compete against each other, but times have changed as Skyline and Issaquah left 3A and moved on to 4A competition; the fan support should change, too. Instead of Liberty seeing Issaquah and Skyline as a rival in the playoffs we need to realize we are all part of the same district and that we all have an effect on our reputation as a whole.

Many may think that if this were to happen there would be a lot of conflict between schools, but think of how much our reputation as a district and community would improve. Districts across the state would think of our district as a trendsetter and a start to a new legacy.

Being an athlete at Liberty, I would see it as a positive, getting more support and gaining confidence because of it. Other athletes at Liberty agree — the more fans the better — particularly in sports such as wrestling, swimming/dive, gymnastics, tennis, and track and field, where individuals are on “the stage” alone.

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Seniors spark Liberty to season-opening victory

December 6, 2011

The Liberty High School boys swimming team, aiming for another top 10 finish at the 3A state meet in February, gave an early indication Dec. 1 why the Patriots have reasons to be optimistic this season.

Seniors Logan Briggs, Luke Duschl and Kevin Hays each won two events and swam as members of two winning relay teams as they sparked the Liberty to a 108-71 KingCo Conference 3A/2A season-opening victory against visiting Interlake at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Briggs, Duschl and Hays helped the Patriots finish seventh at last year’s Class 3A state meet. The Patriots were the second-highest placing KingCo Conference 3A team at the meet. State champion Mercer Island was the highest. Liberty also finished seventh at state in 2006. The Patriots are hoping for an even higher finish this year.

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Liberty boys swimmers stroke to season-opening win

December 2, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 2011 

Seniors Logan Briggs, Luke Duschl and Kevin Hays each won two events and swam on two winning relays Thursday as they sparked the Liberty High School boys swimming team to a 108-71 season-opening victory against visiting Interlake at Julius Boehm Pool.

Briggs, Duschl and Hays helped the Patriots finish seventh at last year’s Class 3A state meet. The Patriots were the second-highest placing KingCo Conference 3A team at the meet. State champion Mercer Island was the highest.

Because of Briggs, Duschl and Hays along with some other key returnees and promising freshman Nick Klatt, the Patriots are optimistic about this season.

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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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