Tim Lincecum scheduled to face M’s June 16

June 12, 2012

If all goes according to plan, Tim Lincecum, former Liberty High School and University of Washington star and current San Francisco Giant, will face the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field for the first time in his career.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is having struggles this year, posting a 6.00 earned run average, along with a 2-7 record in his first 13 starts.

The Giants previously visited the Mariners at Safeco during May 2009, but Lincecum pitched the previous day, missing the Mariners series by one day.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. June 16.

John Martin is happy to take the helm of Liberty’s baseball squad

March 27, 2012

John Martin, the new Liberty High School baseball coach, works his team in the gym while it’s snowing outside March 13 on the Patriots’ baseball field. By Greg Farrar

While he always had an interest in the game, Liberty High School coach John Martin never anticipated he’d end up dedicating the past 20 or so years to coaching it.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

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.

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Lindzi Cox, Liberty High School graduate, is still in the hunt for ‘The Bachelor’

February 28, 2012

“The Bachelor” Ben Flajnik visited John and Margy Cox, parents of Lindzi Cox, at their home in Morriston, Fla., months ago, possibly right around Lindzi’s 27th birthday in late October. But the episode aired Feb. 20.

Previews of that episode showed Lindzi, of Issaquah, and Ben picnicking beneath a shady tree beside a horse pasture and driving a competition wagon with Ben on the back seat.

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TV’s ‘The Bachelor’ meets local contestant’s parents

February 20, 2012

Liberty High School alumna Lindzi Cox is vying for final rose

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 20, 2012

The Ocala area goes primetime Monday when “The Bachelor” Ben Flajnik visits the parents here of one of the four remaining women in the hunt for his heart.

Lindzi Cox

Actually, his visit with John and Margy Cox, parents of Lindzi Cox, at their home in Morriston, Fla., occurred months ago, possibly right around Lindzi’s 27th birthday in late October. But the episode is being aired at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.

Previews of Monday’s episode show Lindzi and Ben picnicking beneath a shady tree beside a horse pasture and driving a competition wagon with Ben on the back seat.

ABC’s media website offered advance photos of Ben’s dates this week with the other three women, but there were none available of the Ocala, Fla., trip — because of “production scheduling.”

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Top 10 news stories of 2009

December 29, 2009

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Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.

Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.

From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum repeats Cy Young

November 19, 2009

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 19, 2009

Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum repeated as the National League Cy Young Award winner in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

The San Francisco Giants right-hander collected 100 points to top Chris Carpenter, of the St. Louis Cardinals. Carpenter had 94 points. Lincecum received 11 first place votes and 12 second-place votes.

Lincecum became the first pitcher to win consecutive Cy Young Awards since Randy Johnson, won four straight for Arizona from 1999-2002.

This season Lincecum had a 15-7 record with a 2.48 earned run average and 261 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .206 off him, compared to .221 in 2008.