Liberty girls basketball team advances to district

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.

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Liberty girls basketball team finishes third in KingCo

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.

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Skyline boys basketball team wraps up Crest Division title

February 1, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Feb. 1, 2012 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team wrapped up the KingCo Conference 4A regular season Crest Division title Tuesday when the Spartans defeated visiting Issaquah 46-39.

Skyline, which has two games left to play, boosted its league record to 11-1. The Spartans have a three-game lead on second-place Redmond.

Issaquah, 5-7, remained in a tie with Newport for third place in the Crest Division. Skyline, Issaquah and Newport all advance to next week’s KingCo 4A tournament.

Skyline shot to a 13-9 first quarter lead but Issaquah rallied in the second period to hold a 21-16 halftime advantage. The Spartans outscored Issaquah 16-5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

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Liberty topples Mercer Island, 59-50

January 31, 2012

Delane Agnew, Liberty High School junior forward, lofts two of her 14 points against Mercer Island over sophomore guard Ari Moscatel during the third quarter. The Patriots won the Jan. 25 contest, 59-50. By Greg Farrar

As Liberty High School Patriots girls basketball coach Randy Leifer looks to wrap up the regular season, he’s sure this year’s past and future success hinges on how deep his bench is.

As the Patriots took on KingCo Conference 3A/2A opponent Mercer Island the evening of Jan. 25, all but two players on the roster scored for the team.

“I think we really have a lot of depth on our team, and we shot the ball well tonight,” Leifer said after the 59-50 victory over the host Islanders. “We didn’t rebound as well as we should have been, though, and we’ll work on that.”

Starting junior forward Delane Agnew had a team-high 14 points for Liberty — eight of which came in the first quarter to give Liberty a hot start in the contest.

Starting sophomore guard Sierra Carlson contributed 12 points and four rebounds, while senior guard Stephanie Yea knocked down two 3-point shots in the first half and ended the game with eight total points.

The score was 29-14 at the half.

While Liberty senior center Aspen Winegar, averaging 13.9 points per game, only came up with four points against the Islanders, she contributed eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks on the night.

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Liberty basketball teams fall to Lake Washington

January 31, 2012

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Jan. 31, 2012 

The Liberty High School girls basketball team’s bid for a regular-season KingCo Conference 3A/2A title took a big hit Monday when the Patriots lost to host Lake Washington 55-46.

With the loss, Liberty dropped out of three-way tie for first place and into second. The Patriots are 9-3 entering tonight’s home game with Juanita. Lake Washington and Juanita are tied for first at 10-2. The Patriots conclude the regular season Feb. 2 at home against Mount Si.

Liberty lost for the second time this season to Lake Washington. The Kangaroos shot to an 18-8 first quarter lead. However, Liberty fought back to lead 36-35 after three quarters. Lake Washington outscored Liberty 20-10 in the final period to win the game.

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Skyline girls basketball team keeps Crest lead

January 27, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2012 

The Skyline High School girls basketball team shot to a 16-9 first quarter lead and went into cruise control the rest of the way Wednesday as the Spartans defeated Redmond 56-37 in KingCo Conference 4A action.

With the victory, Skyline went to 7-2 in league play and kept a one-game lead over Eastlake and Issaquah in the Crest Division standings.

Megan Wiedeman, of Skyline, scored a game-high 17 points. Teammates Morgan Farrar and Allie Wyszynski each had 10 points. Susie Tinker added eight points.

The Spartans have two of their toughest games coming up next week, hosting Issaquah Jan. 31 and playing at Eastlake on Feb. 1.

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Tight races in girls basketball

January 24, 2012

When we last had basketball, there were some tight races going on in KingCo Conference girls basketball.

In the KingCo 4A Crest Division, Skyline was in first place with a 6-2 record with Eastlake and Issaquah tied for second at 5-3.

Skyline’s Megan Wiedeman entered this week ninth among KingCo 4A scoring leaders, averaging 13 points a game. However, what makes the Spartans tough to defend is opponents never know who else will step up and have the hot hand. Eight Spartans have scored in double figures this season.

On Jan. 11, when Skyline defeated Garfield 69-59, Wiedeman scored a season-high 21 points, but Allie Wyszynski had 17 points, and Morgan Farrar and Lacy Nicholson each had 10 points. It was the first time this season that Farrar and Nicholson scored in double figures.

Haley Smith, Rachel Shim, Shelby Kassuba and Susie Tinker are other Skyline players who have scored 10 or more points in a game.

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Liberty girls basketball team tops Mount Si, Sammamish

January 17, 2012

The Liberty High School girls basketball team won a pair of games last week to remain in a tie for first place in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A standings.

Liberty spotted host Mount Si an early lead Jan. 11 before rallying in the second quarter en route to an eventual 45-37 victory.

Mount Si led 9-8 at the end of the first period. The Patriots outscored Mount Si 15-11 in the second quarter to take the lead. Liberty pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring the Wildcats, 14-6.

Aspen Winegar, of Liberty, topped all players with 16 points. Sierra Carlson added seven points.

Molly Sellers had nine points to lead Mount Si.

On Jan. 13, Sammamish startled Liberty by shooting to a 14-5 first-quarter lead, but the host Patriots rallied in the second quarter en route to a 50-37 victory.

Winegar again led Liberty in scoring with 14 points. Delane Agnew contributed 13 points and Carlson seven points as Liberty went to 7-1 in league play. The Patriots are tied with Juanita for first place. The two teams meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Liberty.

Issaquah wrestlers entertain alumni with two wins

January 12, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Jan. 12, 2012

The Issaquah High School wrestling program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, gave its alumni a lot to cheer about Jan. 11 when the Eagles defeated two visiting teams in KingCo Conference 4A action.

On Alumni Night, Issaquah overwhelmed Garfield 66-12 and downed Woodinville 54-24.

In the Garfield match, Torre Eaton (106), Jordan Hamilton (113), Louden Ivey (120), Max Tickman (126), Almen Thorpe (132), Jerdon Helgeson (138), Joe Tonnemaker (145), and Tucker Brumley (170) all had pins for Issaquah.

In the Woodinville match, Spencer Tickman (106), Thorpe, Taylor Evans (152), Andrew Ramirez (170) and Matt Solusod (220) registered pins for the Eagles. Tonnemaker won his match by a technical fall and Helgeson won with a major decision.

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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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