Former Spartan helps Eastern win national title

January 11, 2011

Tyler Washburn, a former Skyline High School football standout, started at middle linebacker for Eastern Washington University on Jan. 7 and helped the Eagles defeat Delaware 20-19 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas.

Washburn was one of the key defensive players in Eastern Washington’s run to the title. He scored a key touchdown on a fumble recovery Dec. 17 to help Eastern Washington defeat Villanova 41-31 in a semifinal at Cheney.

The former Spartan had 10 tackles Dec. 11, when the Eagles defeated North Dakota State 38-31 in overtime in the quarterfinals.

Senior tight end Jason Harris, and freshmen Jase Butorac and Evan Day are other former Spartans on the Eastern roster. Read more

Liberty High School swimmers sprint past Sammamish

January 7, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Jan. 7, 2011

The Liberty High School boys swimming team swept the three relays Thursday and cruised by visiting Sammamish 118-64 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Julius Boehm Pool.

Logan Briggs, who won the 100 butterfly, anchored the winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. He also swam on the Patriots’ winning 200 medley relay.

Kevin Hays, Raymond Ha and Luke Duschl also swam with Briggs on the three winning relays.

Other Liberty first places came from Connor Biehl in the 200 individual medley, Matt Shepardson in the 50 freestyle, Jesse Herrild in diving and Thomas Hughes in the 500 freestyle.

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Skyline boys basketball team tops Ballard in OT

January 5, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

The Skyline High School boys basketball team outscored host Ballard 14-6 in overtime Tuesday en route to a 68-60 4A KingCo Conference victory.

Skyline, 3-1 in KingCo play and 6-3 overall, trailed by eight points entering the third period but outscored the Beavers 18-10 to sent the game into overtime.

Bryan Cikatz and Will Parker each scored 21 points for Skyline, which hosts Issaquah at 8 p.m. Friday.

Salim Gloyd, of Ballard (3-2, 6-4), led all players with 29 points.

In other 4A KingCo action, Issaquah fell to host Garfield 89-55. Garfield, 5-0 in KingCo and 8-1 overall, shot to a 17-9 first-quarter lead and steadily pulled away.

Nick Price topped Issaquah (1-4, 4-7) with 22 points. Steven Rael added eight points. Garfield’s Tony Wroten led all players with 29 points.

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Issaquah grapplers showing promise

December 14, 2010

Max Tickman (right), an Issaquah High School junior, keeps Skyline junior Jo Tono from getting out of a hold during the third period of their 112-pound match Dec. 8, won by Tickman 10-1. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School wrestling coach Kirk Hyatt has a young squad this season, but despite their inexperience, the Eagles are off to a good start in 4A KingCo Conference competition.

Issaquah won a pair of league matches last week. The Eagles defeated rival Skyline, 32-28, Dec. 8 and edged Redmond Dec. 9. The match with Redmond ended 39-39, but the Eagles won the tie-breaker to earn the victory.

“We’ve got a young crew this year. We missed three days because of snow and that didn’t help our skill level at all, or help our conditioning,” Hyatt said.

But he said he saw a lot of promise from some wrestler in the two league matches.

Against Skyline, Caleb Pearson, a 125-pounder, and Almen Thorpe, a 140-pounder, each had pins. Pearson, who had two older brothers who wrestled at Issaquah, pinned Jerred Kiss. Thorpe, currently wrestling at 140 but who will later move down to 135, pinned Christian Caldwell. Read more

Skyline High School soccer coach honored

December 7, 2010

Skyline High School girls soccer coach Don Braman has been selected as the Washington large school coach of the year for 2010 by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

The nominees will be honored at the annual National Soccer Coaches convention Jan. 12-16 in Baltimore.

Braman led the Spartans to the 4A KingCo Conference title and a third place at the state tournament. The Spartans were ranked No. 1 in the nation entering the semifinals. Read more

Liberty, Skyline wrestlers take second at state

February 23, 2010

Liberty’s Hamilton Noel faces off against Olympic’s Brandon Yeik in the 3A 145-pound finals. Noel lost the match 13-7 and took second place in the weight class. By Tim Pfarr

Wrestlers Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, and Alexis Willcher, of Skyline High School, took second place in their divisions at the Mat Classic XXII state tournament Feb. 20 in the Tacoma Dome.

Noel, a sophomore, and Willcher, a senior, both wrestled in the 145-pound weight class; Noel competed in the 3A tournament while Willcher competed in the girls tournament.

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Patriots sending six to state tourney, Skyline grappler wins regional title

February 16, 2010

Brandon Studer, of Liberty, shown beating Tyler Volk of Issaquah Jan. 28, captured the 171-pound Class 3A Region I Tournament title Feb. 13 with two pins and a 7-0 decision in his three matches. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School’s wrestling team will send six competitors, including three regional champions, to the Mat Classic XXII state tournament Feb. 19-20 in the Tacoma Dome.

The six Patriots qualified for the state tournament after strong performances at the Class 3A Region I Tournament Feb. 13 at Liberty.

Wright Noel won the 140-pound regional title with a 6-1 decision against Eastside Catholic’s Jake Cowin. Noel began the tournament with two easy wins. He defeated Rico Munoz, of Chief Sealth, 18-1 in the first round and downed David Kahn, of Ingraham, 16-1 in the semifinals.

Hamilton Noel took the 145-pound class with a victory against Ingraham’s Michael Tran, who had to forfeit the final because of an injury. Hamilton dominated Weber Coryell, of Bainbridge, 15-0 in the first round and pinned Michael Przystupa, of Juanita, in 4:37 in the semifinals.

Brandon Studer captured the 171-pound title with a 7-0 decision against Juanita’s Logan McCallum. Studer pinned his first two opponents en route to the finals. He pinned Zachary Broten, of West Seattle, in 37 seconds in the opening round, and pinned Cole Johnson, of Mercer Island, in 2:14 in the semifinals. Read more

Patriots finish in third place in conference tourney

February 9, 2010

Wright Noel (right), Liberty senior, and Mount Si senior Trey Botten upend each other during their 140-pound KingCo 3A championship bout Feb. 6, won by Noel 14-2. By Tim Pfarr

The Liberty High School Patriots finished third in the 3A KingCo Conference Tournament Feb. 6 with a score of 148 points. In first and second place were Mercer Island and Bellevue, with scores of 202 and 157, respectively.

Four Liberty wrestlers won first place in their weight classes. Wright Noel took first in the 140-pound weight class; Hamilton Noel took first in the 145-pound weight class; Jay Chakravarty took first in the 160-pound weight class; and Brandon Studer took first in the 215-pound weight class.

Danny Velasquez took second in the 112-pound weight class; Nick Bezanson took third in the 189-pound weight class; Chris Harlin took third in the 215-pound weight class; and Jake Tierney took fourth in the 152-pound weight class. Read more

Liberty takes KingCo Crest title with wins over Issaquah, Skyline

February 2, 2010

Hamilton Noel, of Liberty (top), grimaces while pushing Issaquah’s Sean Novak down to the mat during their 145-pound bout, which Noel won by a pin. By Greg Farrar

Liberty, Issaquah and Skyline high school wrestling teams finished off the regular season Jan. 28 in a dual meet that featured the three schools as well as Mount Si.

Liberty defeated Issaquah 41-30, and also defeated Skyline 46-26. With these victories, the Patriots finished their regular season undefeated and took the 3A/4A KingCo Crest title.

“These guys have worked hard for it,” Liberty head coach Manny Brown said about Liberty’s seniors and their quest to win the division. “They’ve put the time in the last four years.”

Also at the meet, Skyline and Issaquah defeated Mount Si by scores of 45-33 and 48-33, respectively.

The match between Issaquah and Liberty kept those in attendance on the edges of their seats, as the Patriots had not beaten Issaquah in several years. Brown also used to be an assistant coach at Issaquah. Read more

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