Ballard Beavers scorch Skyline Spartans in boys basketball, 49-41

January 8, 2013

Skyline junior Blake O’Brien works his way around Ballard’s defense in the Jan. 4 KingCo 4A game. By Lillian O’Rorke

The Skyline boys basketball team came out ready to start the new year off with a victory Jan. 4 in its first league game following winter break. But Ballard thwarted their plans, running away with a fourth quarter win, 49-41.

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Eagles eke out victory over winless Spartans

December 18, 2012

Ty Gibson (5), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, collides with Skyline junior guard Jonah Eastern, who goes to the floor as Nels Thorsrud (left) looks on during their Dec. 14 matchup. By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Thousands of prep basketball fans jammed into Issaquah High School’s gymnasium Dec. 14 to witness the annual pre-holiday KingCo 4A hoopfest between winless Skyline and the 4-1 hosting Eagles, who pulled out a 49-48 nail-biter in regulation.

Skyline, seeking its initial victory, appeared to be well on its way to doing just that as the Spartans held a 24-19 advantage at intermission, behind the shooting of Jonah Eastern, who wound up being the leading scorer with 20 points.

“I told our guys in the locker room at the break, that if they wanted to win this game, they were going to have to earn it. It was apparent from the way that the Spartans were playing, that Skyline wasn’t going to just hand over the triumph to us. That is what this rivalry is all about, though. These battles with Skyline are almost always barnburners,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “Ty Gibson, Jake Henke and Cory Nevin, among others, all really stepped up tonight in the fourth quarter especially, doing a better job of executing our sets and attacking the basket.”

Gibson and Henke were the top point getters in the showdown, combining for 32 points.

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Skyline, Liberty high schools hire new basketball coaches

July 3, 2012

Skyline High School announced the hiring of new boys basketball coach Maui Borden.

For the past four years, Borden was an assistant basketball coach for Eastlake High School and also spent time as a member of the football staff.

“Coach Borden has a thorough understanding of the role of athletics in the lives of our students and how to push them to get the most out of the student-athlete experience,” Skyline Athletic Director Ryan Gilbert said in a press release.

Borden works in the Xbox division of Microsoft and is a national speaker with Proactive Coaching.

Liberty High School has hired Omar Parker as the boys basketball coach.

A graduate of Mercer Island, Parker played on a state championship team, and later was a member of the Mercer Island coaching staff for two more championships. Most recently, Parker was the director of player development at the University of Missouri.

“I’m excited to coach at Liberty High School and be the face of Patriot basketball for Liberty and the community,” Parker said in a statement.

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Will Parker is selected for All-State game

March 13, 2012

Skyline High School senior guard Will Parker has been selected to participate in the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association All-State games March 10 at Curtis High School.

Parker will represent Skyline on the 2012 4A All-State roster and will play at 6 p.m.

Past players in the tournament include former and current NBA players Brandon Roy, Luke Ridnour, Jason Terry and Nate Robinson.

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Win over Bothell propels Issaquah into KingCo title date with Garfield

February 14, 2012

Issaquah High School senior guard Nick Price is fouled by Bothell sophomore forward Kellen Webster during the second quarter of the KingCo 4A semifinal game. By Greg Farrar

The current and future generations of Issaquah High School basketball stars were in top form Feb. 10 at Juanita High School.

Senior Nick Price and freshman Ty Gibson torched Bothell for a combined 46 points as the Eagles won, 67-54, to advance to the Feb. 17 KingCo Conference 4A boys championship game against Garfield. Issaquah and Garfield, a 65-45 winner over Redmond, meet at 8:15 p.m. Both teams advance to the state regionals.

Price netted 17 of his 22 points in the first half, while Gibson knocked down six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points.

“That was a lot of fun,” Gibson said with a smile. “Once we hit a couple of shots we just let them fly. We’ve been hot lately and we have lots of confidence.”

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Liberty girls shock Lake Washington to reach KingCo title game

February 8, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012

Aspen Winegar and Sierra Carlson hit clutch fourth-quarter shots Tuesday as they led the Liberty High School girls basketball team to a 42-41 upset victory against second-seeded Lake Washington in the KingCo Conference 3A tournament semifinals at Bellevue College.

Liberty, 16-6, will meet Bellevue at 8:15 p.m. Thursday for the KingCo title at Bellevue College. Bellevue surprised Juanita, the regular-season league champion, 52-50 in overtime in the other semifinal.

The Patriots had lost twice to Lake Washington during the regular season. Although Liberty got off to a promising start in the third meeting by shooting to a 17-10 first-quarter lead, the Patriots had to battle from behind to pull out the upset.

Lake Washington led 23-22 at halftime and held 32-26 lead going into the final quarter. Liberty outscored Lake Washington 16-9 in the final period.

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No. 3 Skyline boys basketball team edges Bothell in OT, 65-61

February 7, 2012

There was a time not so long ago when Lucas Shannon’s Skyline High School basketball coaches almost forbid him from shooting.

Once known as a defensive stopper only, Shannon has ratcheted up his offensive game.

The 6-foot-7 senior had a career-high 27 points, including six in overtime, and added 13 rebounds as third-ranked Skyline beat visiting Bothell, 65-61, Feb. 3 in a KingCo Conference 4A boys basketball game.

“It’s been a long journey here from sixth or seventh grade, when I wasn’t supposed to shoot the ball much,” said Shannon, who will play at Saint Martin’s next year.

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Skyline girls basketball team clinches tie for division title

February 2, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 2012 

The Skyline High School girls basketball team clinched at least a tie for the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division title Wednesday when the Spartans defeated host Eastlake 55-44.

Skyline improved its division-leading record to 10-3. The Spartans can clinch the division title Friday with a victory against winless Bothell. Issaquah, which has two games left, is in second place with an 8-4 record.

Eastlake, third in the division with a 7-5 record, entertained hopes of getting a share of the division crown. However, Skyline put away the Wolves in the fourth quarter with a 21-11 run.

Skyline’s Megan Wiedeman scored a game-high 17 points. Lacey Nicholson added seven points as the Spartans knocked off their two toughest contenders on back-to-back nights. On Jan. 31, Skyline defeated Issaquah 37-32.

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Skyline boys basketball team wraps up Crest Division title

February 1, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Feb. 1, 2012 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team wrapped up the KingCo Conference 4A regular season Crest Division title Tuesday when the Spartans defeated visiting Issaquah 46-39.

Skyline, which has two games left to play, boosted its league record to 11-1. The Spartans have a three-game lead on second-place Redmond.

Issaquah, 5-7, remained in a tie with Newport for third place in the Crest Division. Skyline, Issaquah and Newport all advance to next week’s KingCo 4A tournament.

Skyline shot to a 13-9 first quarter lead but Issaquah rallied in the second period to hold a 21-16 halftime advantage. The Spartans outscored Issaquah 16-5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

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Skyline holds off Redmond in Crest thriller

January 31, 2012

When Will Parker stepped to the free-throw line early in the season, something didn’t feel right. The Skyline High School senior point guard couldn’t find the right routine.

But he kept shooting, kept working, and on Jan. 24 with the game on the line, he knocked them down. Parker hit four free throws in the final 22 seconds to help the third-ranked Spartans hold off No. 4 Redmond, 60-56, in a KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division showdown.

“I was shooting bad, like 50 percent,” Parker said. “Point guards can’t shoot like that. I’ve improved. Now I’m going up there with confidence, knocking them down for my team so we can get a win.”

Despite a weeklong layoff due to the snowstorm, Skyline started the game at a frenetic pace and led by seven points after one quarter.

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