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.

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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

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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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College News

November 9, 2010

Anna Molosky receives $3,000 to attend university

The ESA Foundation has selected Anna Molosky, of Issaquah, as a 2010 ESA Foundation scholarship recipient.

Molosky is one of 30 women and minority students across the nation who received a $3,000 scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. The scholarship will go toward Molosky’s education at Carnegie Mellon University as she pursues a career in computer and video game development.

Bree Blackhorse receives law school scholarship

Bree Blackhorse, a 2007 graduate of Issaquah High School and Seattle Pacific University in June, was named the Native Law Scholar for Seattle University School of Law, class of 2013.

The award is a full tuition scholarship for all three years of the J.D. program, totaling just under $120,000.

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10 local students place on talented youth test

November 9, 2010

Ten students in the Issaquah School District received recognition from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth at an Oct. 9 awards ceremony at Seattle Pacific University.

For the past 30 years, the Center for Talented Youth has conducted national and international talent searches to find the best and brightest students, according to the program website. During the search, students take a test designed for students much older than they are. How the high-performing students score helps the organization identify their gifted academic areas. Read more

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Issaquah teacher wins new physics award

November 2, 2010

Issaquah High School students are not the only ones who hold physics teacher Tom Haff in their high esteem. The Washington chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers awarded Haff with an Outstanding High School Teacher Award Oct. 9 at its state meeting.

This is the first time the chapter has given the award, and it will now be called the Tom Haff award, in honor of its first recipient.

Issaquah High School physics teacher Tom Haff holds the first Outstanding High School Teacher Award given by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Issaquah School District Executive Director of Secondary Education Patrick Murphy (left) and Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele (right) honored Haff in his classroom. By Sara Niegowski

“I was really overwhelmed by it,” Haff said. “It’s nice to be able to be recognized by your colleagues.”

Haff, a native New Yorker, has studied physics since his undergraduate years at the University of Washington. In his 35 years as an educator, he worked at Bishop Blanchet High School and Everett High School before he came to Issaquah High School in 1996.

Even as a teacher, Haff continues to take classes at universities. In 1988, he did the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton University and in 1990-91, he spent the school year in Japan, representing Washington for the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Independent streak defines Eastside voters

October 26, 2010

The sprint — or slog — to Election Day has a familiar storyline: The angry electorate is poised to rebuke Democrats for a far-reaching agenda and choose a roster of penny-pinching Republicans to slash spending.

The reality is more nuanced — and more complicated.

“There’s always talk about the angry voter and how everybody’s really mad and they’ve got their torches and pitchforks out,” Seattle independent pollster Stuart Elway said. “We’re really not seeing that here, at least statewide.”

Eastside residents from Newcastle to North Bend exhibited different shades of the national mood — in the form of fired-up Republicans and dispirited Democrats — but experts said the local electorate could not be pigeonholed. Read more

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Students learn the simple things while volunteering in Indonesia

September 14, 2010

Tia Strombeck, Chrissy Hughes, Hannah Sherwood and Bria Dawkins (from left, with two children) wear traditional Malayo outfits during a farewell ceremony in Bulung, at the end of a volunteer mission to Indonesia.

The world recently got a lot larger for two Seattle Pacific University juniors.

Issaquah residents Hannah Sherwood and Chrissy Hughes recently returned from a volunteer mission to Indonesia, where they helped with community projects as locals prepared for Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.

“I wanted to give back,” Hughes said. “The motto at SPU is ‘engaging the culture and changing the world,’ so I wanted to do that on a big scale.” Read more

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Former college runners set records

August 10, 2010

Brett Withers, a former Gonzaga University runner, and Edward Strickler, a former Seattle Pacific University, runner set course records Aug. 7 at the Grand Ridge Trail Run at Issaquah’s Grand Ridge Park.

Withers, a Woodinville High School graduate, took first place in the 5-mile run in a course-record time of 35 minutes, 58 seconds. Karen Demgimi, who was the first-place woman, set a new mark for women with a time of 45:43.

Strickler, a Seattle resident, set a new mark in the half-marathon with a time of 1:42:30. Rebecca Buchanan, who finished third overall and was the first-place woman, set a record for women with a time of 1:44:28.

Kyle McCoy won the 50K race with a course-record time of 5:03:46. Sarah Crosby-Helms was first for the women with a record time of 5:48:50.

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College News

July 27, 2010

Local student participates in national leadership program

Jay Chakravarty, a senior at Liberty High School, has been selected to participate in the Economics for Leaders program at the University of Washington from July 18-25.

Chakravarty is one of 32 students from the country to be honored by being accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ Seattle program. All of the students have been selected because they have demonstrated excellent leadership potential.

Local students make Pepperdine dean’s list

Sarah Goodman, of Issaquah, and Emily Chu and Kathryn Malone, of Sammamish, were recently named to the Seaver College dean’s list for the 2010 spring semester at Pepperdine University. To qualify, students must be in the upper 10 percent of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average.

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