Liberty graduate Chrissy Hughes inspires girls through GoGirlGo! program

November 22, 2011

Chrissy Hughes, Liberty High School graduate and Seattle Pacific University senior, visits a GoGirlGo! session in Redmond last week, where she interned over the summer as part of her exercise science major. By Greg Farrar

The Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! program has supported more than 3,000 girls in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties in becoming active, healthy and confident since January 2010, according to Seattle Director Sherri Gazzit.

The Seattle office is one of four branches in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

Nationally, the program has set its sights on getting 1 million girls healthy, active and confident. The 2-year-old Seattle office is already contributing significantly to the effort.

GoGirlGo! encourages girls to get active by providing volunteers with a free curriculum that enables them to lead groups of girls in activities and discussions about physical, mental and emotional health.

“It’s a free curriculum that gets girls talking abut issues that are a barrier to getting involved in activity or that come up as they get older in our society,” said Issaquah resident Chrissy Hughes, a student at Seattle Pacific University and GoGirlGo! intern.

The program is designed so each session begins with a famous female athlete’s story regarding the session’s theme. Topics include body image, movement, physical activity, drugs and alcohol, nutrition and bullying.

Stories are followed by discussions, and then relevant activities. Sessions conclude with some sort of physical activity that allows the group to try a new form of exercise every week.

Hughes, who graduated from Liberty High School three years ago, talked about the ways girls in Issaquah may benefit from GoGirlGo!

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College News

August 2, 2011

Local students honored

Laura Blauman and Daniel James, of Bellevue, and Christopher Scott, of Sammamish, were recently named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art Design for the spring quarter 2011. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Matthew Smith, a senior from Issaquah, is on the spring 2011 honor roll in the School of Business at the University of Kansas. He is the son of Matthew and Karen Smith, of Issaquah, and is a graduate of Skyline High School.

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Lakeside Senior American Legion baseball wins opener

June 1, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. June 1, 2011

Catcher Jimmy Sinatro drove in six runs Tuesday as he led the Lakeside Senior American Legion baseball team to a season-opening 9-3 victory against host Bellevue Legion at Interlake High School.

Sinatro, who attends Skyline, had three hits for the game. Connor Gilchrist, also from Skyline, had three hits.

Christopher Weik, who attends Liberty, had three hits for Bellevue. Teammate Jason Hubbard, another Liberty player, had two hits.

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College News

March 8, 2011

MSU student honored

Kyle Fenn, a 2007 graduate from Liberty High School, earned a place on the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Montana State University as one of the top students in the liberal studies program.

Last spring, Fenn earned an AAS degree in aviation from MSU’s College of Technology and is currently an instructor pilot while working toward his bachelor of arts degree.

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Maddey Pflaumer is named 4A KingCo Player of the Year

March 1, 2011

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, scores two of her game-high 20 points Jan. 28 against Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team could always count on Maddey Pflaumer this season. Whether she played forward or point guard, the 5-foot-11 senior always gave the Eagles her best.

Pflaumer’s efforts were noticed by other 4A KingCo Conference coaches, too. When the league’s coaches got together to select the all-conference team, Pflaumer was chosen as the 4A KingCo’s Player of The Year.

“She did a fantastic job for us this year,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. “When I called her to tell her she was selected as MVP, she was surprised.”

The fact Pflaumer was selected to the all-league team wasn’t a huge surprise to others; she was regarded as one of KingCo’s top returning players when the season began. Pflaumer was selected to the all-league first team as a junior, and prior to this season, signed a national letter of intent to play for Seattle Pacific University.

But Pflaumer was given new responsibilities at mid-season when senior point guard Blaire Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Pflaumer was switched to point guard.

“Maddey really stepped up and carried us. She wasn’t a true point guard, but she did what we needed her to do. She really rose to the occasion,” Gibson said. “Other coaches in the league recognized her performance.”

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Skyline grad is picked for U.S. swim team

February 25, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

Former Skyline High School swimming star Andie Taylor has been named to a field of 47 swimmers that will represent Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

The swimming competition takes place Aug. 14-19.

Taylor, who now competes for Stanford University, is scheduled to compete in the 400-meter individual medley and the 200 butterfly.

Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation.

Taylor, a freshman, ranked sixth in the nation in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:06.12, which ranks fourth all-time at Stanford. She has moved into fifth all-time in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200 butterfly.

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Two local wrestlers grab regional titles

February 15, 2011

David White, of Issaquah High School, and Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Feb. 12 in their respective regional wrestling tournaments.

White captured the 145-pound class at the Region II Tournament at Skyline. He defeated Austin Henderson, of Bethel, 7-2 in the final. White was the only 4A KingCo Conference wrestler to win a regional title.

He opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory against Bothell’s Dustin Rhode and defeated Inglemoor’s Brian Trabun 13-2 in the semifinals.

Issaquah teammate Max Tickman placed third in the 112-pound class after defeating Brett Dykman, of Beamer, 10-4. Almen Thorpe, of Issaquah, took fifth in the 135-pound class with a 7-0 victory against Redmond’s Brandon Long. Sean Novak, of Issaquah, placed fifth in the 140-pound class after pinning Eastlake’s Nykolai Peterson in 2:26.

Issaquah finished ninth in the tournament with 56 points. Graham-Kapowsin took first place with 194 points.

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Liberty girls basketball team finishes second in tournament

February 11, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. Feb. 11, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team fell behind early and could never overcome the deficit Thursday as the Patriots fell to Mount Si 39-32 in the title game of the 3A KingCo Tournament at Bellevue College.

Danni Sjolander topped Liberty with 15 points. Mount Si’s Jori Braun scored a game-high 18 points.

Both teams advance to the 3A Sea-King District Tournament that starts Saturday. Liberty hosts Bishop Blanchet at 7 p.m. in a first-round game. Mount Si, by winning the tournament, earned a first-round bye. The Wildcats play Nathan Hale or Seattle Prep at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Bellevue College.

Juanita took third in the KingCo tournament by beating Mercer Island 69-60. Juanita entertains Franklin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the district tournament while Mercer Island plays at noon at Bainbridge.

Skyline High School grad reaches 600

Maddie Maloney, a former Skyline High School standout, scored 10 points Thursday to help the Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball team defeat Northwest Nazarene 65-62 in a Northwest Athletic Conference game at Brougham Pavilion.

Maloney scored six of the last eight points for the Falcons. She now has 600 career points.

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

Issaquah Eagles basketball opens with victory

December 1, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 1, 2010

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team, under new coach Jason Griffith, opened its season Tuesday with a 60-27 nonleague victory against visiting Bellevue Christian.

Issaquah jumped to an 18-7 first quarter lead and cruised to a 13-point halftime advantage.

Veteran players Nik Landdeck and Nick Price paced Issaquah. Landdeck scored a game-high 18 points and Price, who earned 4A All-KingCo third team honors last season, had 17 points.

Jake Vandenbrink topped Bellevue Christian with 10 points.

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