Skyline not thrilled with effort in 59-51 win over Newport

December 20, 2011

Hunter Cikatz (23), Skyline High School sophomore guard, goes up for a shot as Calvin Throckmorton, Newport High School freshman center, defends during the third quarter Dec. 16. By Christopher Huber

Will Parker has career night, but feels he could have done more

It didn’t matter to Skyline High School guard Will Parker that he had scored a career-high 25 points Dec. 16. He knew it was mostly Newport’s mistakes that allowed his Spartans to win and for him to get so many scoring opportunities.

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Skyline boys basketball team wins KingCo hoop opener

December 14, 2011

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Dec. 14, 2011 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team won its KingCo Conference 4A opener Tuesday by defeating host Redmond 58-44.

Skyline broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter by outscoring Redmond 16-8.

Senior forward Lucas Shannon, of Skyline, led all players with 19 points.

Will Parker added 16 points and Nick Kassuba 15 for the Spartans. Conner Floan topped Redmond with 15 points.

In other league action, it was Roosevelt 67, Bothell 51; Garfield 79, Woodinville 44; and Ballard 56, Inglemoor 45.

Issaquah Eagles fly out to fast 5-0 start in league play

December 13, 2011

Nick Price, Issaquah High School senior guard, draws a technical foul and gets benched for doing a pull-up on the rim in the first quarter against Newport High School Dec. 9, while scoring two of his game-high 18 points on a breakaway jam. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team might need to adopt the old Willie Nelson tune “On the Road Again” as its team song. The Eagles, after winning their only home game of the month Dec. 9, finish December on the road.

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Skyline boys basketball team wins opener

December 6, 2011

The Skyline High School boys team, which is optimistic this season with four returning starters from last year’s third-place finish in the KingCo 4A tournament, opened the season Dec. 3 with a 63-44 triumph against Auburn Mountainview at the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic.

Senior forward Lucas Shannon, who has signed a letter of intent to play for Saint Martin’s College, scored a game-high 23 points. Senior point guard Will Parker, who has committed to Seattle Pacific University, added 14 points. Senior forward Brian Cikatz added nine points.

Skyline took command of the game early, shooting to a 23-3 first-quarter lead.

Local teams to play in preseason tournaments

November 29, 2011

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 29, 2011

Issaquah and Skyline high school basketball teams will be playing in preseason tournaments this week.

The Issaquah girls enter the Northwest Invitational at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore., Thursday.

The Eagles meet Central Catholic, of Portland, Ore., at 6:45 p.m. in the first round. The tournament runs through Saturday.

The Skyline boys and girls teams play Saturday in the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic at Auburn Riverside High.

The Skyline girls play Kentlake at 11 a.m. and the Skyline boys meet Auburn Mountainview at 12:30 p.m. The Issaquah boys team plays Kent-Meridian at 4 p.m.

Kasen Williams earns national male athlete of the year title

July 5, 2011

Kasen Williams, Skyline High School’s three-sport star, earned yet another honor last week when he was selected as MaxPreps.com’s 2010-11 National Male Athlete of the Year.

Williams, bound for the University of Washington on a football scholarship, had an amazing senior year. He won three titles at the Class 4A state track and field championships in May.

Williams set a record in the triple jump by going 50 feet, 9 1/4 inches. It was the third best mark in the nation this spring. He also won the long jump by going 24-5 1/4 and the high jump at 6-10.

During the winter, Williams earned all-KingCo Conference 4A first-team honors by leading the Spartans in scoring (12.3) and rebounding (9.3).

Last fall, the 6-foot-3 receiver hauled in 86 passes for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns. On defense, he added 89 tackles and four interceptions from his safety position. He earned first-team All-America honors from MaxPreps and was the Parade Magazine National Player of the Year.

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Kasen Williams named National Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. June 28, 2011

Another week, another honor for Skyline High School’s Kasen Williams. MaxPreps.com has named the remarkable three-sport standout its 2010-11 National Male Athlete of the Year.

In track and field this spring Williams captured three titles at the Class 4A state championships. He earned all-KingCo Conference honors in basketball during the winter, leading the Spartans in scoring (12.3), rebounding (9.5) and 3-point shooting.

In football, Williams responded with his finest season, hauling in 86 passes for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns for the 12-2 Spartans. On defense he added 89 tackles and four interceptions from his safety spot. He was an easy first-team All-American pick for MaxPreps.

Parade Magazine also made him its National Player of the Year.

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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Seasons end for Issaquah School District basketball teams

February 25, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

The basketball seasons for the Skyline High School boys basketball team, the girls teams for Issaquah and Liberty came to an end last week when all three were eliminated in post-season tournaments.

The Skyline boys fell to Newport 53-46 Feb. 17 in a loser-out game in the 4A KingCo tournament at Juanita.

It looked too easy for Skyline early in the game when the Spartans shot to an 8-0 lead and held an 18-6 advantage going into the second quarter. However, Newport tightened its defense and fought back. The Knights went ahead 31-26 in the third quarter.

Kasen Williams topped Skyline with 10 points and seven rebounds. He sat out most of the second half because of foul trouble. Hunter Cikatz, Will Parker and Lucas Shannon each had eight points for the Spartans.

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Season ends for Skyline boys, Issaquah girls

February 18, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 18, 2011

The basketball seasons for the Skyline High School boys basketball team and the Issaquah girls team came to an end Thursday when both were eliminated in their respective 4A KingCo Conference tournaments at Juanita High School.

Skyline fell to Newport 53-46 in a loser-out game. Newport, 16-8, advances to a Feb. 22 playoff game against Lake Stevens or Arlington of the Western Conference. The winner of that game advances to the state tournament.

It looked too easy for Skyline early in the game when the Spartans shot to an 8-0 lead and held an 18-6 advantage going into the second quarter. However, Newport tightened its defense and fought back. The Knights went ahead 31-26 in the third quarter.

Kasen Williams topped Skyline with 10 points and seven rebounds. He sat out most of the second half because of foul trouble. Hunter Cikatz, Will Parker and Lucas Shannon each had eight points for the Spartans. Skyline, which tied for the Crest Division title this season, finished with a 14-10 record.

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