Parade of swimmers head to medal podium

August 9, 2011

Several members of the Issaquah Swim Team wrapped up their summer season with spectacular performances at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Long Course Championships July 28-31 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Among the highlights was a record-setting effort by the Issaquah Swim Team 11-12 boys 200 medley relay. The team of Ryan Kinnear, Ivan Graham, Jacob Leahy and Brandon Leu finished first in 2 minutes, 8.4 seconds. The time was also the fifth fastest in the nation this year. The four swimmers also won three other relays in their age division.

Kinnear, whose sister Katie captured three 4A state titles for Skyline High School last winter, showed he is a force in the pool, too. He was the big winner for the Issaquah Swim Team with seven first places. Kinnear won three individual races and swam on four winning relays. His first-places came in the 200 individual medley (2:32.02), 400 individual medley (5:28.07) and 200 backstroke (2:29.00).

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Lakeside Recovery hosts sub-regional tourney

July 19, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team plays the Tacoma Cobras at 4 p.m. July 20 in the opening round of the four-team AAA sub-regional tournament at Bannerwood Park.

The Kennewick Bandits and an entry from Spokane round out the field of teams. Those two teams meet at noon July 20.

The losers of the first two games meet at 7:30 p.m. in a loser-out game. The tournament resumes July 21 with the top two teams advancing to the AAA state tournament July 26 in Selah.

Lakeside Recovery, 20-21, finished its regular season with a pair of victories. On July 16, Lakeside Recovery downed Bellevue Legion, 5-1. Ethan Kalin and Andrew Kemmerer, both of Issaquah High School, hit home runs for Lakeside Recovery. Pitcher Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, picked up his fifth victory of the season. He struck out seven and allowed just one walk.

On July 14, Lakeside Recovery snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery, shut out in two of its three previous games, hit three home runs off Honda pitching. Kalin, Sandefur and Issaquah graduate Mike Paulson all smashed home runs for Lakeside in a five-run second inning. Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one walk.

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State titles elude 4A swimmers

February 22, 2011

There were no individual championships for Issaquah School District boys swimmers at the 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

But Issaquah High’s Brian Ruggles certainly spent a lot of time on the podium as he placed among the state’s top five in two events and also swam on two relays that ranked among the top eight.

Ruggles finished third in the 100 freestyle in 48.38 seconds, which was a respectable time in most meets. However, Eastlake freshman phenom Edward Kim won the event in an all-America qualifying time of 45.56 and Kentridge’s Chase Bublitz was second in 47.54.

Kim and Bublitz also went one-two in the 50 freestyle where Ruggles ended up fifth in 22.14.

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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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Swimmers shine in conference finals

February 8, 2011

Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools’ swim teams took to the KingCo Conference Championship meet at the University of Washington Feb. 4 and 5, taking fifth, seventh and eighth place, respectively. However, Liberty’s Logan Briggs and other individual swimmers rocked their personal events.

The Issaquah boys team also took the sportsmanship award for the season. The girls team won the same award in the fall.

Issaquah district swimmers will now take to their respective district championships Feb. 11 and 12.

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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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Former gymnast leads Spartan swimmers to win over Mustangs

January 25, 2011

Skyline High School sophomore Max Levy quit club gymnastics and picked up diving just five months ago. By mid-season, he had qualified for the state diving meet and has thus far broken the school record three times, according to coaches and teammates.

“He’s going to do real well,” said Skyline head coach Susan Simpkins.

David Jett takes a breath in the 100-yard freestyle event Jan. 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool. By Christopher Huber

Levy scored six points for the Spartans swim and dive team when he beat Redmond’s Phillip Klassen 205.4 to 204.2. Skyline ultimately won 115.5 to 69.5, improving to 5-4 in dual meets on the season. Although it was a low-key meet, numerous Spartan swimmers shaved time off of their previous bests and a couple set KingCo- and district-qualifying times in their respective races.

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Issaquah swimmers soak Skyline, Bothell

December 21, 2010

Willy Matsuda, Issaquah High School sophomore, swims the 100-yard butterfly against Skyline and Bothell Dec. 16 in a state-qualifying time of 54.85 seconds. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter doesn’t want her swimmers to get bored racing the same event meet after meet, especially early in the season. So, Halter mixed up the lineup a bit Dec. 16 and as a result, the Eagles beat two teams at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah defeated rival Skyline 103-74 and Bothell 135-39 in the 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Issaquah and Skyline were scheduled to compete against each other earlier this month, but the meet was postponed because neither team was prepared since the snowstorm in late November had wiped out a week of practices.

Issaquah already had Bothell, which has a small squad this year, on the schedule and invited Skyline to make it a three-team event.

Issaquah swimmers were ready for a big meet.

“When it’s Skyline, everyone wants to step up,” Halter said. “The team really did.”

Halter made a few alterations in the lineup.

“Early in the season, I want to make sure our swimmers, especially the more experienced ones, swim a variety of events,” Halter said. “I wanted to mix it up a little bit. It worked out pretty well. What was fun was all our boys swam so well.”

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Issaquah High School swimmers clinch events

December 17, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 2010

The Issaquah High School boys swimming team picked up two 4A KingCo Conference victories Thursday when the Eagles defeated Skyline and Bothell in Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah defeated Skyline 103-73 and beat Bothell 135-39.

Willy Matsuda, Skyler Kersten and Brian Ruggles each won two individual events for Issaquah.

Matsuda won the 100-yard butterfly with a state-qualifying time of 54.85 seconds. He captured the 200 freestyle in 1:54.33. Matsuda also swam on Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

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Liberty swimmers sprint past Lake Washington team

December 15, 2010

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 2010

Logan Briggs and Kevin Hays each won two individual races and swam on two winning relays as the Liberty High School boys swimming team cruised by Lake Washington 130-49 Tuesday in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Julius Boehm Pool.

Briggs captured the 100-yard butterfly in 56.68 seconds and took the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.83. He swam on the Patriots’ winning 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

Hays won the 200 freestyle in 2:03.51 and the 500 freestyle in 5:38.30. He also swam on the Patriots’ winning 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Connor Biehl, of Liberty, won the 200 individual medley. He also swam on all three winning relays.

Raymond Ha and Luke Duschl won individual events and swam on winning relays, too.

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