Tossing for a title

July 22, 2014

By Kerry Baker Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

By Kerry Baker
Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

Superintendent presents formal plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School

July 1, 2014

Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently

The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.

The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.

District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.

They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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Liberty’s Colton Ronk named All-State

July 1, 2014

The postseason accolades continue to pileup for Liberty High School soccer player Colton Ronk, even after the senior graduated in June.

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named him to its first-team All-State list in the 3A classification.

Colton Ronk

Colton Ronk

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‘The Freak’ throws another no-hitter

July 1, 2014

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw his second-career no-hitter June 25, defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-0.

Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate known as “The Freak” because of his unorthodox delivery, needed just 113 pitches to put away the Padres, compared to the 148 he used to no-hit the same team nearly a year ago.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

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All-KingCo baseball teams announced

July 1, 2014

The 2014 KingCo Conference baseball teams were announced after the season finished last month. Coaches made the selections.

Class 4A

First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline

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Orioles draft Liberty High product John McLeod

June 24, 2014

John McLeod, a 2010 Liberty High School graduate playing at Wake Forest University, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles June 7 in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

McLeod was chosen in the 21st round with the 631st overall pick. The redshirt junior, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 48 batters in 58 innings for Wake Forest in 2014.

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Issaquah School District Graduations / June 2014

June 18, 2014

Passionate for the past

June 3, 2014

History Day competitors make it to nationals

Contributed Liberty High School students (from left) Sally Rim, Lauryn Hepp and Carlyn Schmidgall accept an award for their project about the Vietnam draft at the regional History Day competition. The trio qualified for the national competition held at the University of Maryland in June.

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Liberty High School students (from left) Sally Rim, Lauryn Hepp and Carlyn Schmidgall accept an award for their project about the Vietnam draft at the regional History Day competition. The trio qualified for the national competition held at the University of Maryland in June.

 

Liberty High School student Lorrin Johnson is almost at a loss for words when asked to describe her love of history.

It’s not because she can’t find the words, it’s just that she has so many things to say about her favorite subject, it’s hard to whittle them down to a few coherent sentences.

“Don’t get me started,” she joked. “I’ve gone on rants about it before.”

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Local tennis players medal at state

June 3, 2014

For the second straight year, an Issaquah High School tennis player took second at the 4A state championships.

Last year, it was the doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson, but this year it was singles player Jack Suh who earned the second-place medal. Suh won three straight games before losing to Newport’s Jason Lui in the title match.

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams ended her career with another medal performance. A year after she teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second in the doubles tournament, she placed fourth in the singles state competition.

The Skyline High School doubles team of Jasmine Ye and Julia Lioubarski finished eighth in the 4A tournament.

Issaquah school board approves changes to Liberty modernization plan

June 3, 2014

The Issaquah School Board approved a pair of change order requests regarding Liberty High School’s modernization project at its May 28 meeting.

The first change added more than $116,000 to a contract with Babbit Neuman Construction Co. More than 20 changes were needed to comply with various project specifications and building codes, including some railings, ductwork, fire extinguishers and sprinklers.

The second change added nearly $9,000 to a contract with construction firm Kassel & Associates. Four minor upgrades were approved, including the addition of fire-retardant plywood on a wall assembly, and vent piping for a sink.

The additional money being spent is within the budgets of both projects.

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