Skyline boys hold off Redmond in KingCo 4A thriller

January 26, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. Jan. 26, 2012

Skyline High School senior guard Will Parker hit four free throws in the final 22 seconds Tuesday as the No. 3-ranked Spartans held off No. 4 Redmond 60-56 in a KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division boys basketball showdown.

The host Spartans boosted their division-leading record to 8-1 while Redmond dropped to 6-3 and remained in second place.

Skyline got off to a hot start and led by seven points after the first quarter. The Spartans held the lead at halftime. However, Redmond rallied in the third quarter to take a brief lead. Jason Harrington, of Redmond, scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter to spark the Mustangs.

Skyline regained the lead in the final quarter and stayed in front down the stretch.

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Cory Hutsen is a hot scorer for Seattle Pacific University

January 24, 2012

Skyline High School grad Cory Hutsen, a redshirt freshman, has been a hot scorer for the Seattle Pacific University men’s team lately.

Entering this week, he had scored in double figures in five straight games. On Jan. 21, Hutsen scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, but Seattle Pacific lost to Montana State-Billings, 86-77. He scored 13 points Jan. 12 when the Falcons downed Central Washington, 76-49.

For the season, Hutsen is averaging 6.8 points. Although he has not been a starter, Hutsen has played in all of Seattle Pacific’s 18 games.

Skyline High School boys basketball is No. 3

January 24, 2012

The Skyline High School boys basketball team was ranked No. 3 in the most recent Seattle Times Class 4A poll.

Skyline entered this week with a 12-3 record. The Spartans lead the Crest Division with a 7-1 record. Redmond is second at 6-2.

The Spartans have received solid performances from seniors Will Parker and Lucas Shannon. Parker ranks 11th in KingCo scoring with a 15.1 average. Shannon is averaging 12 points a game.

“Skyline really has a strong team. They have big guys who just wear you down,” Griffith said.

Skyline is too resilient for rival Eastlake’s pressure defense

January 17, 2012

Skyline High School defenders (from left) Hunter Cikatz, Nick Kassuba and Lucas Shannon swarm Eastlake High School’s Kyle Laubscher under the Wolves’ hoop with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter Jan. 13. By Christopher Huber

If Eastlake High School’s boys basketball team could have figured out a way to get Michael Hwang and Brandon Lester the ball in the second half Jan. 13, the Wolves could have ridden a comfortable lead to victory over host Skyline.

But the Spartans figured out a way to contain the two hot shooters and get past the Eastlake defense down the stretch.

Skyline guard Will Parker gave his team its first lead of the night with an arching 3-pointer with 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter. And that shot gave the Spartans the momentum to outlast Eastlake, 70-61, in overtime.

Eastlake went to 2-6 in KingCo play and 4-10 overall. At 7-1 KingCo and 12-3 overall, Skyline remains atop the Crest Division standings, in front of Redmond (6-2).

“It took the first half for us to do what the coaches wanted us to do in the first place,” said Lucas Shannon, a Skyline senior forward who scored 21 points. “We didn’t really change much.”

But the Spartans still got beat handily in the first half on defense. Skyline’s focus was to contain Lester and Hwang, who are dangerous from beyond the 3-point arc and are all-around weapons for the Wolves. The pair combined for 27 of Eastlake’s 31 first-half points, including five 3-pointers.

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Third-ranked Skyline edges No. 4 Garfield, 51-49

January 11, 2012

NEW — 2:35 p.m. Jan.11, 2012

With the score tied and the clock ticking toward zero, the ball was right where Will Parker wanted it — in his hands.

The Skyline High School senior point guard buried a jumper with less than a minute to play Jan. 10, pushing the third-ranked and host Spartans past fourth-ranked Garfield 51-49 in a showdown of KingCo Conference 4A division leaders.

“I’m excited to have the ball in my hands,” said Parker, who scored 14 points. “I want to win it for my team. When I get down in those crunch situations, I just focus up. I’ve got to knock it down.”

It was close throughout, a back-and-forth matchup of talented teams. Skyline’s largest lead was eight.

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Skyline win keeps team atop Crest Division

January 10, 2012

The Skyline High School boys basketball team kept its hold on first place in the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division standings Jan. 6 when the Spartans defeated the host Issaquah Eagles, 64-53.

Skyline improved its league record to 4-1 and season mark to 9-3. Issaquah dropped to 3-3 in the Crest Division and 9-3 overall. The Eagles entered this week in third place behind Redmond, which was 4-2.

The Eagles led 11-10 going into the second quarter, but Skyline sped ahead and came out on top, 26-21, at halftime.

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Skyline High School boys suffer first league hoop defeat

January 4, 2012

NEW — 10:20 p.m. Jan. 4, 2012 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team got outscored 34-20 in the second half by visiting Ballard on Tuesday and lost 56-47 in a KingCo Conference 4A contest. The loss was the first in league play for Skyline, which had won its previous three KingCo contests and was first in the Crest Division.

Skyline led 27-22 at halftime. However, Ballard blew out the Spartans 18-8 in the third quarter to go ahead for good.

Seth Berger, a 6-foot-7 junior, led Ballard with 14 points. John Verduin, a 6-4 junior guard, added 12 points for the Beavers, who are 5-1 in league play and 7-4 overall.

Lucas Shannon, a 6-7 senior, topped Skyline with 14 points. Senior guard Will Parker had 10 points. Skyline went to 8-3 on the season.

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Issaquah Eagles fly over Summit at Holiday Classic

January 3, 2012

Matt Campbell scores two points against Zac Kolterman, Hazen High School senior center, to get the Patriots back into a tie as the third quarter begins Dec. 22. By Greg Farrar

Senior guard Nick Price continued his torrid scoring and freshman guard Ty Gibson provided additional offense Dec. 29 as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team overcame host Summit, 71-61, in the Summit Holiday Classic in Bend, Ore.

The victory was the second in the tournament for the Eagles, who boosted their season record to 8-1.

Price scored 15 points to share game-high honors with Summit’s Brad Laubacher and Austin Peters.

Issaquah jumped out early, taking a 19-10 lead in the first quarter. The Eagles stretched their lead to 42-23 at halftime.

Gibson scored a season-high 11 points. It was the second time this season he had scored double figures. Gibson scored 10 points in Issaquah’s season-opening 76-36 victory against Mount Si Nov. 29.

Senior forward Fletcher Martin also had 11 points for the Eagles. Cory Nevin and Ryan Sexton each had eight points. Sexton and Gibson each hit two 3-pointers in the game.

Price scored 17 points and Martin had 14 points Dec. 28 as Issaquah defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33, in the opening round of the tournament.

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Eagles’ boys basketball team wins tournament opener

December 29, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 

Nick Price scored 17 points and Fletcher Martin added 14 points as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33 Wednesday in the opening round of the Oregon Les Schwab Holiday Tournament in Bend, Ore.

Issaquah shot to a 15-6 first-quarter lead and held a commanding 47-17 advantage at halftime.

Jake Henke contributed eight points and Drew Danner seven points for Issaquah, which is 7-1 on the season.

In other holiday action, Skyline ran into Lincoln, of New York, one of the nation’s traditional powers, and lost 48-39 at the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Skyline almost caught Lincoln in the fourth quarter.

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Issaquah High School boys basketball guard hits for 41

December 21, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Dec. 21, 2011

Issaquah High School senior guard Nick Price practically got overlooked by almost all the KingCo Conference Crest Division boys basketball coaches when it came to picking last year’s all-league teams. He did manage to get honorable mention despite leading his division in scoring.

But that was last year. The way he has been hitting lately, Price should have no problem attaining higher honors.

Price scored a season-high 41 points Tuesday as he sparked the Eagles to a 86-78 KingCo 4A victory against host Inglemoor.

Last Friday Price scored 30 points when the Eagles lost to Eastlake. Against Inglemoor, he connected on 16 of 23 shots, including 4 of 8 from the three-point range.

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