Spartans upset Eagles in OT, 58-55

February 15, 2011

Issaquah must now win three straight to reach state playoffs

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, walks off the court as Skyline players celebrate in the background at the KingCo 4A basketball tournament with their 58-55 overtime win and a trip to state. By Christopher Huber

Morgan Farrar’s two shots could not have come at better times for the Skyline High School Spartans girls basketball team.

The junior guard’s only field goals — she went 5 for 5 from the free-throw line — and one of those free throws accounted for tying the game at 50 apiece against the favored Issaquah Eagles, and then putting the game away for good.

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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 High School girls basketball team stuns Juanita

February 9, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team got one of its biggest victories of the season Tuesday when the Patriots topped Juanita 53-44 in the semifinals of the 3A KingCo Conference tournament at Bellevue College.

Juanita, the regular-season champion, had defeated Liberty twice during the season. However, the Patriots took control in tournament contest by shooting to a 19-12 first-quarter lead. Liberty held a commanding 32-21 lead at halftime.

Danni Sjolander and Aspen Winegar each scored 15 points to lead the Patriots.

Liberty plays Mount Si at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in the tournament title game. Mount Si defeated Mercer Island 61-49 in the other semifinal.

The top four KingCo teams and the top eight from the Metro League advance to the Sea-King District Tournament, which begins Saturday.

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Wolves’ girls, boys take season finale from Spartans

February 8, 2011

Bella Zennan half-court shot ignites Eastlake comeback

The shot almost never goes in. But when it does, it can lift a team out of a rut.

Bella Zennan may have saved the final game of the regular season for the Eastlake Wolves when she hit a buzzer-beater from half court to end the third quarter Feb. 4 at Skyline High School.

With five seconds left, the junior guard drove the in-bounded ball down the court, stepped on the half-court line and lobbed up the hopeful shot. No backboard. Just the back of the rim, the net and in.

What sent the Eastlake fans cheering jubilantly may have stunned the Skyline bench enough to lose its momentum. Skyline led all game, but Eastlake staged a fourth-quarter comeback to win 53-45 to end the regular season 18-2 overall and 12-2 in KingCo. Skyline went to 14-7 overall and 8-6 in KingCo.

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Prep Roundup

February 1, 2011

Skyline moves into first place

The Skyline High School boys basketball team won two games last week and moved into first place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings.

Skyline battled back from an early deficit Jan. 25 and defeated host Redmond, 49-42. Skyline knocked Redmond out of first place.

Skyline’s Kasen Williams scored a game-high 16 points. Max Browne, Lucas Shannon and Teran Togia each had 10 points for the Spartans.

The Spartans followed up the victory against Redmond by beating Newport, 59-44, Jan. 28. Williams had 21 points and Shannon added 16 points. Togia tossed in 11 points.

In a showdown of division leaders Jan. 29, Skyline lost to host Garfield, 69-57. After a close first half, Garfield, the Crown Division leader, pulled away in the third quarter. Shannon paced Skyline with 18 points. Williams had 13 points and Jonah Eastern had 10.

Skyline, which began this week with an 8-4 league record, was to finish the regular season at home at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 against Eastlake.

In other 4A action last week, Issaquah High School lost two tough contests. The Eagles fell to host Eastlake, 76-70, Jan. 28 despite 31 points by Nick Price. Steven Rael and Fletcher Martin added 10 points for the Eagles. On Jan. 29, Issaquah lost to host Bothell, 77-73, in two overtimes. Price led the Eagles with 27 points. Martin had 16 points and Nik Landdeck 10 points.

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Skyline boys top Redmond, move into first place

January 27, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 27, 2011

The Skyline High School boys basketball team battled back from an early deficit Tuesday and defeated host Redmond 49-42 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

With the victory, Skyline took over first place in the Crest Division standings with a 7-3 league record.

Redmond, which had moved into first place last week, dropped to second place with a 7-4 record. The Mustangs held a 13-8 first-quarter lead, but Skyline rallied in the second period to lead 20-19 at halftime.

Skyline’s Kasen Williams scored a game-high 16 points. Max Browne, Lucas Shannon and Teran Togia each had 10 points for the Spartans. Jason Harrington topped Redmond with 12 points.

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JV additions spark Issaquah’s play

January 25, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys basketball needed a spark as it entered the New Year, especially if the Eagles were going to keep their post-season tournament hopes alive.

So, coach Jason Griffith elevated Fletcher Martin and Brian Watson to the varsity squad from junior varsity.

Steven Rael, Issaquah senior guard, beats Eastlake senior guard Abdu Elkugia for the ball during their Dec. 17 basketball game. By Christopher Huber

Martin, a junior, and Watson, a freshman, have given the Eagles a lift. Both were major contributors last week when Issaquah got two needed victories, defeating Roosevelt and Newport in 4A KingCo Conference play.

Issaquah got a big boost of confidence Jan. 18 when it defeated visiting Roosevelt 69-64 in overtime. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak.

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Eastlake gets surprise 54-50 win over Skyline

January 18, 2011

Just when it looked like the Skyline High School boys basketball team was headed for a share of the lead in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings, the Spartans ran into Sammamish Plateau rival Eastlake.

Eastlake, which had been in the cellar with Issaquah, surprised the Spartans 54-50 Jan. 14 and snapped the Spartans’ three-game winning streak. Read more

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Issaquah girls basketball team rallies past Inglemoor

January 18, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Jan. 18, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team rallied in the second half Monday to defeat visiting Inglemoor 47-39 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

Issaquah, playing without senior point guard Blaire Brady who was sidelined with an knee injury, started slowly against Inglemoor. The Eagles fell behind by eight points in the first quarter but fought back in the second quarter to trail by only two points at halftime.

The Eagles overtook Inglemoor in the third quarter by outscoring the Vikings 11-6. Issaquah then pulled away in the final quarter to remain unbeaten in league play.

Maddey Pflaumer topped Issaquah with a game-high 26 points. Sabrina Norton added seven points. Taylor Peacocke led Inglemoor with 11 points.

Issaquah, which leads the Crest Division, is 7-0 in league play and 9-4 on the season. The Eagles play at Roosevelt Wednesday and host Newport at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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Liberty High School swimmers sink Saints

January 14, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011

Luke Duschl won two events and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay Thursday as the Liberty High School boys swimming team topped visiting Interlake 91-89 in a thrilling 3A KingCo Conference meet at Julius Boehm Pool.

Duschl captured the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Logan Briggs, of Liberty, also won two events. Briggs won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

Liberty pulled out the victory in the 400 freestyle. Briggs led off the relay for the Patriots and Duschl anchored it. Connor Biehl and Kevin Hays were other members of the relay.

The Patriots also won the 200 medley relay. Duschl, Raymond Ha, Hays and Briggs composed the relay.

Other first places for Liberty came from Ha in the 100 breaststroke and Jesse Herrild in diving.

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