Skyline High School downs Garfield in soccer battle

March 30, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. March 30, 2011

The Skyline High School boys soccer team won an early showdown with host Garfield on Tuesday when the Spartans posted a 4-2 victory in Memorial Stadium.

Last year the two teams tied for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference and later met in league tournament championship game, which was won by Garfield.

Kyle Olmstead and Travis Strawn each had a goal and an assist for Skyline, which handed Garfield its first loss of the season.

Braxton Griffin and Jason Twaddle scored Skyline’s other goals.

With the victory, Skyline went to 2-0-1 in league play and moved into first place in the league standings. The Spartans are 5-0-2 overall. Garfield went to 1-1-0 in league and 5-1-0 for the season.

In other action, Issaquah suffered its first loss of the season when the Eagles lost to host Inglemoor 3-1.

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Issaquah Eagles battle Skyline Spartans to 1-1 draw

March 29, 2011

Zach Lawless, Issaquah High School sophomore midfielder (left), gets an elbow on the neck of Woodinville junior defender Nick Norton during the first period of their March 24 soccer match. By Greg Farrar

When the Issaquah and Skyline boys high school soccer teams get together, it is usually a battle down to the final second.

On March 26, the two Issaquah district teams had another spirited battle that ended in a 1-1 draw in Gary Moore Stadium.

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Issaquah baseball team edges Eastlake

March 25, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. March 25, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team earned its first victory of the season Thursday when the Eagles edged visiting Eastlake 3-2 in a 4A KingCo Conferencee contest.

Issaquah pitcher Andrew Kemmerer held Eastlake to three hits over 6.1 innings and struck out four to earn his first varsity win. Cole Westover, who relieved Kemmerer in the seventh inning, earned his first varsity save.

Kemmerer also drove in a run as Issaquah snapped a four-game losing streak.

In other action, Redmond topped Skyline 5-3. Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

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Skyline soccer team tunes up for league opener

March 22, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 22, 2011

The Skyline High School boys soccer team, one of the preseason favorites for the 4A KingCo Conference title, tuned up for its league opener Monday with a 5-1 victory against visiting Auburn Mountainview.

James Molyneux-Elliott scored two goals for Skyline. Pedro Miola contributed a goal and an assist for the Spartans, 3-0-1 on the season.

In other action, Issaquah and Highline fought to a 1-1 tie in a nonleague game in Highline Stadium. Alex Shane, assisted by Drew Tacher, scored Issaquah’s goal at the 68th minute. Shane’s goal also tied the game. Issaquah’s overall record went to 3-0-2.

Both Skyline and Issaquah enter 4A KingCo play March 24. Skyline plays at Newport and Issaquah entertains Woodinville. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Issaquah also hosts Skyline at 7:30 p.m. March 26.

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4A KingCo soccer teams ready for another jam

March 15, 2011

Issaquah, Skyline hope to challenge for first place

The 4A KingCo Conference boys season could be headed for another traffic jam. Last year, the league was bumper to bumper, just like Issaquah’s Front Street on a Friday afternoon.

When the regular season ended, just two points separated the first-place team from the sixth-place team. Three teams tied for first place and two were just one point behind the leaders.

Issaquah High School coach Jason Lichtenberger said he believes it could be another close race.

“From top to bottom, I believe KingCo is the toughest league in the state. I fully expect another close race,” Lichtenberger said. “I think there are some quality teams in the league again. There are two or three teams that could be a bit stronger than the rest, but almost every team has a player who can change a game.”

Lichtenberger said he believes Skyline, one of last year’s tri-champions, and Eastlake and Newport, both with experienced teams, could be the frontrunners. Garfield, one of the tri-champions last spring, might be another contender.

Issaquah has aspirations of continuing its success from the past two seasons. However, the Eagles lost eight starters from last season’s team that finished just one point out of first place. Lichtenberger pointed out that the Eagles have talent and the potential to be among the top teams.

In 3A KingCo, Liberty had a disappointing season in 2010, but has some outstanding players returning who have hopes of moving the Patriots in the standings.

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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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Local graduates earn academic honors

November 11, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Lauren Maris and Nick Rocco, two former standout athletes from the Issaquah School District, have received academic honors this fall.

Maris, an Issaquah High School soccer star who plays for the University of San Francisco, was selected to the COSIDA Academic All-America District III women’s soccer team. A senior, Maris has a 3.83 grade point average and is majoring in exercise and sports science.

San Francisco coach Mark Carr said Maris is a “great leader on the pitch and in the classroom.”

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Multisport skills puts athlete on Air Force’s radar

June 22, 2010

Mitchell Kim participated in 12 of 12 possible sports seasons at Skyline High School. He was a football wide receiver, a varsity swimmer and an outside midfielder in soccer. By Christopher Huber

Mitchell Kim has always managed to participate in as many school and club sports as possible. He played varsity football, swam for Skyline High School’s swim and dive team, starred on the Spartans and Eastside FC soccer teams and, at times throughout his life, played basketball and baseball. In one year as a middle-schooler, Mitchell said he remembers playing on seven different sports teams. Read more

Junpei Tsuji’s leadership earns player of the year honors

June 1, 2010

A soccer player doesn’t always have to score a ton of goals to get noticed by opposing players and coaches.

Junpei Tsuji

Sometimes, just his leadership qualities on the field are enough to earn praise. Certainly, 4A KingCo Conference coaches were impressed by Issaquah High School senior Junpei Tsuji’s inspired efforts this spring.

While Tsuji was a scoring threat, it was his leadership that led to his selection as the league’s Player of the Year.

“When you consider all the outstanding players in the league, this was a great honor for Junpei and great recognition for our program,” said Issaquah coach Jason Lichtenberger. “I think he was probably surprised by the honor.

“Yet, when coaches talked about a player who played hard in every game, Junpei was the guy they talked about,” he added. “They said what a great leader he was on the field. Junpei was always encouraging his teammates.”

Tsuji, a midfielder, helped the Eagles be a contender for the league title this season. Issaquah finished just one point out of first place.

“He is a talented player. He makes a lot of things happen. He does a good job of getting the ball to his teammates. More than anything, he just worked his tail off for 80 minutes in every game,”

Lichtenberger said.

In practice, teammates always compared their shirts to see who worked the hardest.

“Junpei always had the sweatiest shirt,” Lichtenberger said.

Tsuji is bound for Whitman College, where he will play soccer with Issaquah teammate Mike Axelson next year.

Issaquah, with back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in several years, has had the league’s MVP the last two years. Quinn Grisham, a senior, was selected as the league MVP last year. Grisham, despite missing some games this season because of injuries and illness, joined Tsuji on the all-KingCo first team. Read more

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