Sorting out Liberty’s 2A postseason

November 11, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2014

As the 2014 fall high-school postseason continues, most Liberty sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

Liberty’s regular season remained unchanged. They still played a competitive schedule in the tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference.

But now that the school is in 2A, the road through the playoffs has a slightly different look to it. Read more

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Eagles spike Patriots

September 24, 2013

By Greg Farrar Kenna Hanses (7) and Shea O’Brien, of Liberty High School, reject a shot by Nicole Ratcliffe (12), of Issaquah, during a point won by the Patriots in the first set of their Sept. 19 volleyball match.

By Greg Farrar
Kenna Hanses (7) and Shea O’Brien, of Liberty High School, reject a shot by Nicole Ratcliffe (12), of Issaquah, during a point won by the Patriots in the first set of their Sept. 19 volleyball match.

The Issaquah High School volleyball team found a multitude of ways to win during its three-set sweep of Liberty on Sept. 19.

In the first set, it was all about domination; in the second, the Eagles had to claw their way back from an early deficit; and in the third, Issaquah maintained its lead, despite a last minute surge by the Patriots.

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Skyline volleyball team inches a step closer to state

October 30, 2012

The Skyline High volleyball squad continued its reign of terror on the rest of KingCo 4A as the vaunted green and white six-pack darkened the door of the nearby Issaquah Eagles Nest and slapped the big birds aside, winning in four sets, 18-25, 27-25, 25-21 and 25-15. The first round KingCo tourney win lifted Skyline’s overall mark to 13-2 and got the Spartans one step closer to the big dance.

Skyline has only dropped matches to league-leading 9-1 Newport (three games to none) in the KingCo 4A and 13-0 undefeated perennial powerhouse and KingCo 2A/3A frontrunner Mercer Island (three games to one).

The visitors from Sammamish spotted the hosting Eagles the first set 25-18, as the Spartans were caught off guard by a feisty Issaquah group in the first round of the KingCo 4A playoffs.

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Issaquah Eagles struggle to keep up with league leaders

October 9, 2012

While Newport and Skyline appear to be running away with possible KingCo 4A volleyball titles, other teams like Issaquah are toiling just to contend and keep up.

“Newport is probably the most organized and well-drilled squad in this league, but Skyline most likely is the better team as far as sheer physical size,” Issaquah head coach Todd Parsons said recently. “Giants rule in the world of volleyball and we don’t have nearly as many six footers on our squad as the Knights (5-0 in league) and the Spartans (5-1 in league).

“But despite the recent absence of senior setter Nina Moore, who had her tonsils out two weeks ago, I think we are going to be all right,” he added. “Eight out of the 11 squads in this conference go to the playoffs, and despite our lack of real size, we are playing .500 volleyball right now.”

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Issaquah Eagles sweep Liberty Patriots in volleyball rivalry

September 18, 2012

Leanne Scott (left), Issaquah High School senior offensive hitter, puts the ball over the net for set and match point Sept. 12 as Melia Parilla jumps up to defend for Liberty. By Greg Farrar

With pounding music in the gymnasium as the setting, the cross-district rivalry was reignited as the Issaquah High School volleyball team swept Liberty High School, 3-0, Sept. 12.

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Issaquah, Skyline volleyball players earn all-league

November 22, 2011

Seniors Sam Rogers, of Issaquah High School, and Maddie Magee, of Skyline High School, were named to the KingCo Conference 4A all-league first team.

Rogers, an outside hitter, was one of three seniors on the young Issaquah team. The year before, she helped the Eagles finish second in the 4A state tournament. This year, Rogers sparked Issaquah to the KingCo tournament.

Magee, an outside hitter, had a spectacular year for the Spartans. She led them to the 4A state tournament where Skyline placed sixth. Magee, who has signed a national letter of intent with University of Oregon, was also selected to the all-tournament team.

Other members of the all-league first team were outside hitters Sarah O’Connor, of Roosevelt; Peircen Lundquist, of Bothell; Jazmine Johnson-McCoy, of Garfield; Ali Forde, of Woodinville; middle hitter Casey Schoenleim, of Newport; libero Sophia Black, of Garfield; and setter Maile Munro, of Roosevelt.

Outside hitter Hallie Erdahl and setter Madison Stoa, of Skyline, were named to the second team.

McKenzie Bostic and Lindsey Ferguson, of Issaquah; and Molly Mounsey, of Skyline, received honorable mention.

Outside hitter Aspen Winegar, of Liberty High School, was named to the KingCo 3A/2A second team. Megan Tsutakawa and Taylor Weik, of Liberty, received honorable mention.

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Skyline volleyball team earns KingCo No. 3 berth

November 4, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The Skyline High School volleyball team kept its hopes of earning a state tournament berth alive Thursday when the Spartans won two matches at the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Bothell. The two victories enabled Skyline, 15-4 overall, to win the KingCo No. 3 berth.

By winning the league’s No. 3 berth, Skyline meets the Western Conference No. 3 team Saturday in a match to determine a berth into next week’s Class 4A state tournament at St. Martin’s College.

Skyline twice fought back to win its matches after dropping the first set. In Skyline’s first match of the day, the Spartans stunned 10th-ranked Roosevelt 3-1.

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Mount Si volleyball team sweeps Liberty

October 18, 2011

The Mount Si High School volleyball team swept host Liberty, 3-0, Oct. 3 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A match. Mount Si won the games, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19.

Sarah McDonald had 13 kills and four aces to lead Mount Si. Aspen Winegar had nine aces to top Liberty.

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Issaquah Eagles golfers top Skyline Spartans

October 4, 2011

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 4, 2011

The top five Issaquah High School players, led by Weston Mui, shot in the 30s Monday as the Eagles defeated rival Skyline 186-189 in a KingCo Conference 4A golf match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mui shot a par 36 on Issaquah’s home course to share medalist honors with Skyline’s Brian Mogg and Kelly Sullivan.

Sid Raman, Bryan Jung and Brian Batt all shot 37s, and Fletcher Martin had a 39 to round out Issaquah’s top five scores. However, Taylor Swingle and Evan Ko also shot 39s. Danny Baumer just missed the group with a 40.

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Skyline High volleyball wins second straight match

September 8, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8, 2011

The Skyline High School girls volleyball team won its second straight match of the season Wednesday when the Spartans blanked visiting Lake Washington 3-0 in nonleague play.

Skyline won the matches 25-17, 25-17, 25-18. Madison Stoa had 13 assists and three aces to lead Skyline. Molly Mounsey contributed three blocks.

Skyline also defeated host Liberty 3-1 in a nonleague match.

Skyline won 25-14, 25-15, 16-25, 25-15. Stoa had six kills and 24 assists. Halle Erdhal had 15 kills, 12 digs and four aces for the Spartans. Taylor Weik had a big match for Liberty with 10 kills, three blocks and eight digs.

Megan Tsutakawa contributed five kills, 27 assists and three aces for the Patriots. In addition, Lindsey Linden had eight kills, nine digs and six aces and Delane Agnew eight kills and six blocks for Liberty.

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