Liberty High School girls soccer team nets conference title

October 21, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team, already bound for the Class 3A state playoffs, wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Thursday with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier this week. This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

Kaliana Johnson had a hat trick to lead Liberty in its victory against Juanita.

Liberty got a battle from Juanita, which has just one league victory this season. Juanita took the lead three times in the game but Liberty always answered with a tying goal.

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Cross country teams tune up for league championship meets

October 18, 2011

Issaquah School District teams wrapped up their regular seasons last week in a final tuneup for the Oct. 20 KingCo Conference Championship meets.

The Issaquah and Skyline high school teams will enter the KingCo 4A meet at Seattle’s Lincoln Park. The boys varsity race starts at 2:45 p.m. and the girls varsity race is set for 3:15 p.m. The top eight teams and 40 individuals advance to a bi-district meet Oct. 29 at Lincoln Park.

Liberty High School competes in the KingCo 3A meet at Lake Sammamish State Park. The girls varsity race begins at 2:45 p.m. and the boys varsity race starts at 3:15 p.m. The top four teams and 20 individuals advance to the Sea-King District 2 meet Oct. 27 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Liberty High School boys capture cross country finale

October 13, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011

Nick Knoblich and Aaron Bowe, finished first and second Wednesday, as they led the Liberty High School boys cross country team to victories against Mount Si and Liberty at Mount Si High School.

Liberty finished with 37 points to top Mount Si, which was second with 40 points. Mercer Island was third with 47 points.

Knoblich finished first in 17 minutes, 28 seconds. Bowe was second in 17:30. Mason Goodman, of Liberty, also cracked the top 10 by placing ninth in 18:06. Hiron Redman was 11th and Jason Murray 14th for the Patriots, who ended the regular season with a 6-3 record.

In the girls meet, Liberty finished second to Mercer Island. The Islanders had 27 points and Liberty had 39 points. Mount Si was third with 70. Allie Wood was Liberty’s top placer, taking third in 20:15. Amy Broska and Sarah Bliesner were sixth and seventh respectively for Liberty. Megan Larson placed 11th and Aimee Christensen 12th to round out Liberty’s top five runners.

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Liberty girls run past Bellevue, Lake Washington

October 6, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

The Liberty High School girls cross country team ran as a pack Wednesday and raced by Bellevue and Lake Washington in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A meet at Liberty.

Liberty finished with 21 points. Bellevue was second with 47 and Lake Washington took third with 64.

Although Liberty did not have the first-place runner, the Patriots took the next four places, and had six runners in all in the top 10. Sophomore Amy Broska was Liberty’s top runner, finishing second in 21 minutes, 10 seconds on the 3-mile course.

Megan Chucka, Sarah Bliesner and Allie Wood were third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Rachel Shaw took seventh and Megan Larson was 10th.

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Liberty High School cross country team encounters gunman, assists detectives

October 4, 2011

Liberty High School cross country runners set off for a late-morning practice from Clark Elementary School on a muggy morning late last month and, as the sun inched upward in the sky, slurped Otter Pops and chatted in the parking lot.

Then, as members rested after a run along Tiger Mountain trails, a bang echoed across the campus. Maybe a firecracker, runners said later.

Instead, the noise came from a shot fired on the nearby Issaquah Middle School campus as gunman Ronald W. Ficker headed across downtown on a fatal trip to Clark Elementary.

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Eastlake girls glide to easy victory over Skyline

October 4, 2011

Keegan Symmes, Skyline High School junior, approaches the finish line in 15:41, well before the rest of the field Sept. 28 during the Spartans’ cross country meet against Eastlake at Klahanie Park. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School junior cross country runner Keegan Symmes continued his dominance in the KingCo Conference 4A Sept. 28 at Klahanie Park.

Against Eastlake and Inglemoor, he finished in 15 minutes, 41 seconds. Symmes finished 46 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Michael Flindt, of Eastlake.

With Symmes leading the pack, Skyline eked out a win with 31 points to Eastlake’s 32. Inglemoor took third with 62.

“I just ran with the team,” Symmes said after the race.

Symmes and his coach, Brendan Hyland, said most runners took it a little easier at Klahanie, as both Eastlake and Skyline were preparing for the Oct. 1 Tomahawk Twilight Invitational in Marysville. Still, Symmes’ time was near the course record.

“It’s coming together,” he said. “The season hasn’t been as fast as I’d like, but hopefully I’ll get better later.”

Symmes ended up having a busy weekend. At the Tomahawk Twilight Invitational, on the Cedarcrest Golf Course, he finished first in the 3.1-mile race in 15:54. Then, on Oct. 2, Symmes finished second in the 10K race at the Issaquah Rotary Run. He completed the race in 33:27.

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Issaquah cross country team races by Ballard

September 29, 2011

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team remained unbeaten Wednesday when the Eagles flew by visiting Ballard 17-44 in a KingCo Conference 4A meet.

Issaquah, 5-0, captured five of the top six places and put eight runners into the top 10.

Freshman Ellie Hendrickson paced the Eagles by finishing first in the 3-mile race in 19 minutes, 24 seconds. It was her first varsity win. Issaquah’s Ellie Clawson and Rachel Osgood tied for second, each finishing in 19:27. Abby Wilson and Emily Winterstein, of Issaquah, were fifth and sixth. Amanda Chalfant, Nikita Sirohi and Abby Irwin went eighth, ninth and 10th respectively for Issaquah.

In the boys meet, Ballard defeated Issaquah 18-41. Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top runner, finishing third in 16:40.

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Issaquah police encountered gunman in days, hours before shooting

September 28, 2011

King County Chief Deputy Steve Strachan points to a picture of the ditch on the east side of Clark Elementary from where Ronald W. Ficker fired at Issaquah police officers Sept. 24. By Greg Farrar

UPDATED — 5:15 p.m. Sept. 28, 2011

Issaquah police officers contacted the Sept. 24 gunman in the days and hours before the lethal shootout at Clark Elementary School, but did not have reason to detain Ronald W. Ficker before the incident.

In the days before the shootout, Ficker told people he had been “communicating with the devil” and said, “Something big is going to happen.”

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Liberty cross country teams still unbeaten

September 27, 2011

The Liberty High School boys and girls cross country teams remained unbeaten Sept. 21 after both won their KingCo Conference 3A/2A meet at St. Edwards State Park.

The Liberty boys had 26 points to beat out Mercer Island, which was second with 44, and Lake Washington, which was third with 46. Tyler Westenbroek was Liberty’s top runner, placing second in 17 minutes, 30 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Nick Knoblich, Aaron Bowe and Hiron Redmon went four, five and six, respectively, for Liberty.

In the girls race, Liberty placed eight runners in the top 10 places to easily beat Mercer Island and Lake Washington. The Patriots had 19 points with Mercer Island second with 48 and Lake Washington third with 76.

Liberty’s Amy Broska was first in 21 minutes. Megan Chucka, Sarah Bliesner, Allie Wood, Rachel Shaw, Megan Larson and Michaela Chucka, went three, four, five, six, seven and eight for Liberty. Aimee Christensen also took 10th place for the Patriots.

Both Liberty teams are 4-0.


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‘It was like being in a war zone’ amid shootout

September 27, 2011

Guardian One, the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter (above), takes off from the Issaquah Community Center lawn as law enforcement agencies respond to a gunman in downtown Issaquah. By Christina Lords

Investigation continues after police kill gunman at Issaquah school

Issaquah police stopped a gunman in a fusillade of gunfire Sept. 24, after he led officers on a circuitous chase through downtown Issaquah, prompting residents to scramble for cover inside homes, and athletes and spectators at a youth football game to duck beneath bleachers for protection.

Officers fatally shot the 51-year-old Maple Valley man on the Clark Elementary School campus, not far from a youth football game on nearby Issaquah High School fields.

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