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

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Super sophomore Logan Briggs has busy state meet

February 23, 2010

Luke Duschl (bottom), Liberty sophomore, finishes the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay consolation heat final, as Austin Briggs (left) and brother Logan wait to swim their legs. By Greg Farrar

There weren’t many swimmers busier than Liberty High School’s Logan Briggs at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18-19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the final day, Briggs competed in five events. He didn’t come in first, but did grab a third place in the 500-yard freestyle to cap a super sophomore season.

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Liberty swimmer sets two personal records at Sea-King district meet

February 16, 2010

Austin Briggs, Liberty senior (left) and brother Logan, sophomore, talk about their school’s showing Feb. 13 at the 3A Sea-King District swim meet. By Greg Farrar

Sophomore Logan Briggs qualifies in seven events for state

Although Logan Briggs is just a sophomore at Liberty High School, he’s already making a splash in the world of high school swimming. He qualified in seven events for this year’s 3A state championship meet, and set personal and school records at the 3A Sea-King District meet Feb. 13 in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Liberty finished sixth in the team standings at the Sea-King District meet. The Patriots had 121 points. Mercer Island cruised to the team title, compiling 345.5 points. Lakeside, of Seattle, was second with 176.

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Patriots top Spartan swimmers

February 2, 2010

Jarrett Brown, of Liberty, swims in the 500-yard freestyle race against Skyline Jan. 26 at Julius Boehm Pool. By Christopher Huber

Going into the Jan. 26 meet with Skyline High School, Liberty standout Logan Briggs needed just one more stellar performance to qualify for all eight individual events at state.

He knew he could win the 100-yard butterfly — he had previously swum it as fast as 56.23 seconds. The problem was, he had run up a mountain over the weekend during a workout. He was a bit sore and not quite sure what to expect in terms of hitting the state mark, he said. Read more

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Issaquah swimmers dominate Skyline

January 19, 2010

Brian Ruggles, of Issaquah, swims to his 200-yard freestyle victory Jan. 14. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter, playing against her team’s usual strengths, altered her lineup for the Eagles’ Jan. 14 meet with rival Skyline at the Julius Boehm Pool.

The changes didn’t matter as the Eagles swam away with a 106-77 KingCo Conference victory.

Halter wanted to give some of her swimmers a chance to compete in different events. For instance, Skyler Kersten, who usually competes in distance events, competed in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Kersten did well in both events. He placed second to teammate Jack Taylor in the 100 butterfly and took first place in the 100 backstroke.

Taylor won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.46 and Kersten was second in 1:04.34. Kersten captured the 100 backstroke in 1:01.25.

Halter said having her swimmers compete in other events also gave them a chance at qualifying for district in a variety of events. Read more

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NEW — Monday sports update

November 9, 2009

UPDATED — 1:35 p.m. Nov. 9, 2009

Local teams reach state tournaments

This is a busy week for several local high school sports teams as they enter state tournaments.

The Issaquah High School girls soccer team, which won the 4A KingCo Conference tournament last week, entertains Bellarmine Prep at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the first round of the 4A state tournament.

Skyline, the defending state 4A champions, also plays Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. against Tahoma at Tahoma.

The Issaquah volleyball team plays Kentwood Nov. 12 in the first round of the 4A state tournament in Kennewick’s Toyota Center. The tournament continues through Nov. 13.

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