March 6, 2012
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.
February 28, 2012
Liberty senior Aspen Winegar, who helped lead her team to the KingCo 3A/2A title game the past two years, was named to the league’s all-league first-team.
Winegar averaged 12.5 points for the Patriots, who reached the 3A Sea-King District Tournament.
Teammates Sierra Carlson, Ashlan Applegate and Delane Agnew earned honorable mention.
Liberty guard Tynan Gilmore was selected to the KingCo 3A/2A All-league second team. Gilmore, a 5-8 junior, ranked third in league scoring with a 14.8 average.
February 21, 2012
Local girls basketball fans always know it will be a battle down to the wire when the Skyline and Issaquah High School teams meet.
And, the third meeting of the season between the rivals was no exception. After an intense first half, Skyline pulled away in the final quarter Feb. 16 to beat Issaquah 47-41 in a loser-out game in the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Juanita High School.
With the victory, Skyline captured the KingCo No. 3 berth. The Spartans, 17-7, played at Stanwood, the Western Conference No. 3 entry, Feb. 21 in a playoff for a Class 4A Regional berth. The winner of the game advances to the regional at Auburn Feb. 25 and plays a team from District 3 or District 4 at 4 p.m.
In the first contest on Jan. 6 between Issaquah and Skyline, the Eagles held on for a 52-51 victory. In the Jan. 31 rematch, Skyline rallied in the second half to win 37-32.
In the third meeting, Issaquah held a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The teams were deadlocked at 20-all at halftime. The contest stayed close through the third quarter. In the final period, Skyline outscored Issaquah 15-11 to win the contest.
Rachel Shim and Megan Wiedeman each had nine points to lead the Spartans. Morgan Farrar and Allie Wyszynski each contributed eight points.
Issaquah’s Sabrina Norton led all players with 15 points. Mandie Hill added nine points and Monica Landdeck eight points for Issaquah, which ended the season at 17-7.
February 15, 2012
NEW — 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012
The Issaquah and Skyline High School girls basketball teams will meet once again and this time the stakes are even bigger. This time the outcome determines which team’s season continues.
Issaquah and Skyline meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita High School to determine the KingCo Conference No. 3 berth. The winner of the loser-out game plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Western Conference No. 3 team for a berth in the Class 4A state regionals.
Both rivals stayed alive in the KingCo 4A Tournament Tuesday with victories at Juanita. Issaquah edged Inglemoor 66-65 while Skyline raced by Newport 50-32.
Issaquah fell behind by six points in the first quarter but fought back to earn a 31-31 halftime tie. The Eagles pulled ahead in the third quarter and held off Inglemoor in the final period to win the game.
February 14, 2012
Liberty High School girls basketball coach Randy Leifer admits his team had an abysmal first half as they battled in the KingCo Conference 3A championship game Feb. 9 at Bellevue College.
It certainly didn’t help that the Bellevue Wolverines came out strong at both ends of the court, solidifying a 54-36 win over the Patriots.
“They were putting a lot of pressure on us, on our defense,” he said. “We didn’t take very good care of the basketball, and we settled for quick offensive shots.”
The Wolverines came into the tournament in the No. 4 slot and managed to overtake the Patriots with an 11-5 first-quarter lead. Bellevue boasted a 22-7 lead at halftime.
“They were able to get to the hoop a lot more than we did, and when they did, they shot the ball really well,” Leifer said.
The Wolverines’ defense held Liberty’s top scorers, Aspen Winegar and Sierra Carlson, to a combined 11 points. No Patriot scored in double figures — a situation the Patriots haven’t faced since the last time they took on Bellevue. Liberty dropped that game, 47-27, on Jan. 28.
Liberty only had four offensive rebounds for the night.
February 10, 2012
NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 10, 2012
The Liberty High School girls basketball team fell into a hole early Thursday and never climbed out as the Patriots lost to Bellevue 54-36 in the KingCo Conference 3A title game at Bellevue College.
Bellevue, which entered the tournament seeded No. 4, shot to a 11-5 first-quarter lead and stretched its advantage to 15 points by halftime.
The Wolverines’ defense held Liberty’s top scorers Aspen Winegar and Sierra Carlson to 11 points. No Patriot scored in double figures. Megan Tsutakawa led Liberty with eight points. Winegar had six points and Carlson five points.
Bellevue’s Katie Savard led all players with 13 points.
Liberty, 16-7, will advance to the 3A Sea-King District Tournament.
February 8, 2012
NEW — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012
Aspen Winegar and Sierra Carlson hit clutch fourth-quarter shots Tuesday as they led the Liberty High School girls basketball team to a 42-41 upset victory against second-seeded Lake Washington in the KingCo Conference 3A tournament semifinals at Bellevue College.
Liberty, 16-6, will meet Bellevue at 8:15 p.m. Thursday for the KingCo title at Bellevue College. Bellevue surprised Juanita, the regular-season league champion, 52-50 in overtime in the other semifinal.
The Patriots had lost twice to Lake Washington during the regular season. Although Liberty got off to a promising start in the third meeting by shooting to a 17-10 first-quarter lead, the Patriots had to battle from behind to pull out the upset.
Lake Washington led 23-22 at halftime and held 32-26 lead going into the final quarter. Liberty outscored Lake Washington 16-9 in the final period.
February 7, 2012
As the four senior members of the Liberty High School girls basketball team suited up for their Feb. 2 game against conference foe Mount Si, they knew it would be their last regular season game on their home court.
After never trailing during the contest, the Patriots clearly wanted to go out with a bang on Senior Night with their 57-46 win over the Wildcats.
Liberty took control of the game early, running up the score to 14-3 at one point during the first quarter. With senior center Aspen Winegar leading with the way with a game-high 17 points — as well as 11 rebounds, one block and two assists — they never looked back.
The co-captain had a standout regular season for the Patriots, averaging 13.1 points, 2.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 7.1 rebounds per game.
February 7, 2012
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Feb. 7, 2012
The Liberty High School girls basketball team earned a berth in the Class 3A Sea-King District Tournament on Monday when the Patriots defeated visiting Mercer Island 60-40 in a first-round, loser-out KingCo Conference contest.
Liberty, which had close games with Mercer Island earlier this season, made sure this game would never be in doubt. The Patriots bolted to a 20-7 first-quarter lead and kept pulling away. The Patriots led 42-18 at halftime.
Aspen Winegar led the Patriots with 16 points. Sierra Carlson chipped in 13 points, and Morgan Safley and Megan Tsutakawa each had eight points.
February 3, 2012
NEW — 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 2012
The Liberty High School girls basketball team bounced back from two tough losses earlier this week to defeat visiting Mount Si 57-46 Thursday in the Patriots’ final regular-season contest.
Liberty finished third in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A standings with a 10-4 record. The Patriots, 14-6 overall, host Mercer Island at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the opening round of the league tournament.
The Patriots, who lost to co-leaders Lake Washington and Juanita earlier in the week, shot to a 17-12 first-quarter lead against Mount Si and never looked back. Liberty held a commanding 27-17 halftime lead on Senior Night.
Appropriately for the Patriots, seniors played a major part in the victory. Senior Aspen Winegar scored a game-high 17 points. Seniors Stephanie Year, Megan Tsutakawa and Morgan Safley contributed nine, seven and three points respectively. Sophomore Sierra Carlson added 16 points.