Issaquah High School tennis team nets home opener

September 9, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Thursday and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches and Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory. Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gorn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

In other 4A KingCo Conference action, Skyline fell to Roosevelt 4-3. Roosevelt won all the singles. Brayden Hansen and Alex Wu, of Skyline, took the No. 1 doubles with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Mitchell Overton and Daniel Yang.

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High-energy Lindsey Nicholson was Skyline’s game-changer

June 21, 2011

When Skyline High School girls basketball players would come to pre-game warm-ups, they would find the colorful artwork of senior guard Lindsey Nicholson covering the whiteboard.

Skyline High School senior Lindsey Nicholson stood out as a leader on the basketball court and the softball field. She plans to play softball at Boise State University. By Christopher Huber

She often drew pet animals for each player. The silly antics were meant to keep the mood light among the team members before game time, head coach Greg Bruns said, but Nicholson got down to business when necessary.

“She always had the mentality of team before herself, which is hard to find, at least among high school athletes,” longtime teammate and senior Michelle Bretl said. “She was never really about the recognition.”

Nicholson graduated from Skyline on June 10 having participated in all 12 sports seasons of her high school career. She excelled in softball from an early age — and was named the 2011 KingCo 4A softball MVP — but also ran cross country and became a leading force on the basketball court.

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Top-ranked Spartans cruise to first-round win

November 10, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

The Skyline High School girls soccer team moved into the top spot of this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. Then Tuesday, the Spartans validated their status with a 5-0 victory against visiting Mount Rainier in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

Skyline, vying for a third straight 4A state title, hosts KingCo Conference rival Woodinville on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

The Spartans, 17-0-0, blasted Mount Rainier for three first-half goals.

Junior forward Michelle Bretl scored her first high-school hat track. She has four goals in the postseason and leads the Spartans with 15 goals for the season.

Madi Barney headed a Maddie Christ cornerkick into the net to put the Spartans ahead 1-0 at 10:30. Bretl, assisted by Makenzie Malsam, scored her first goal 30 seconds later. Bretl knocked in a penalty kick at the 30th minute to give Skyline a 3-0 halftime lead.

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Liberty wins first district title to qualify for state

November 2, 2010

Liberty girls’ cross country team members run with other 3A Sea-King District teams Oct. 28 at Lower Woodland Park. The Patriots took the team title with 78 points, with Aimee Christensen, Megan Chucka, Rachel Shaw, Allie Wood and Amy Broska packed within four seconds of each other in the top 20. By Michael Smith

A promise is a promise. Liberty High School cross country coach Michael Smith kept his Oct. 28 after the Patriots’ girls team captured the 3A Sea-King District title.

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Skyline boys, Eastlake girls tops in KingCo cross country

October 26, 2010

The Skyline High School boys cross country team took first place by 20 points in the 4A KingCo Conference championship meet Oct. 21 at Lincoln Park in Seattle.

And the girls of Eastlake continued their dominance in the league, capturing their fifth straight KingCo girls title. Read more

Liberty High School captures girls soccer title

October 22, 2010

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Oct. 22, 2010

Kiana Hafferty scored seven minutes in the second overtime Thursday to give the Liberty High School girls soccer team a 3-2 triumph against Juanita in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference battle. With the victory, Liberty, 10-0-2, clinched the league championship.

Whitney Cain, assisted by Hafferty, scored Liberty’s first goal at the fifth minute. Kimi Fry scored the Patriots’ second goal at the 10th minute. Liberty held a 2-1 lead at halftime.

The Patriots’ next game is Oct. 26 at home against Mercer Island.

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Issaquah volleyball team overcomes Eastlake

October 19, 2010

The unbeaten Issaquah High School volleyball team overcame an upset-minded Eastlake squad Oct. 13 to win the 4A KingCo Conference match 3-1.

Eastlake entered the match at Issaquah having just one league victory. However, the Wolves gave Issaquah a tough time in two of the games.

Issaquah won the first game 25-15, but Eastlake took the second game 25-23. The Eagles held off Eastlake 28-26 in the third game and wrapped up the match by winning the fourth game 25-15.

Sarah Hanna led Issaquah with 28 kills, 18 digs and four aces. Sam Rogers contributed 13 kills and three blocks. Setter Riley Sorenson had 61 assists and 13 digs. Libero Alexa Batiquin had 20 digs.

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Liberty High Schools girls race to another win

October 14, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2010

The Liberty High School girls cross country team placed seven runners among the top 10 finishers Wednesday to gallop away to an easy victory in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park.

Amy Broska, of Liberty, finished first in the 3.1-mile race in 19 minutes, 16 seconds. Teammate Megan Chucka was a close third in 19:18. Allie Wood, Michaela Chucka and Rachel Shaw, all of Liberty, finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Aimee Christenson was ninth and Megan Larson took 10th for the Patriots.

Liberty took first place with 22 points. Host Mercer Island was third with 43 points and Mount Si ended up third with 70 points.

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Issaquah’s runners leave Juanita in the dust

September 28, 2010

Cross country roundup

The Liberty High School girls cross country team has been used to being left in the dust of opponents in past seasons. However, Sept. 22, the Patriots left an opponent in the dust.

Liberty had a perfect score, meaning the team captured the top five places, in beating Juanita 15-50 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Kirkland’s Kamiakin Junior High.

“As far as I know, it’s the first time we’ve had a perfect score,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said. “It’s happened to us more than once.”

Megan Chucka led the Patriots by finishing first in the 3.1-mile race in 21 minutes, 28 seconds. Teammate Liz Ryker was second in 21:39. Right behind them were Rachel Shaw, third; Allie Wood, fourth; and Amy Broska fifth. The Patriots also took the next three places with Michaela Chucka, sixth; Megan Larson, seventh; and Aimee Christenson, eighth.

“I’m very pleased with the way the girls ran. I think they are happy with their performance as well,” Smith said.

Liberty showed more depth with Ida Bakke taking 11th, Shayla Anderson 12th, Kaily Davies 13th and Victoria Hoffman 14th.

“All the girls are running pretty closely in times,” Smith said. “It could be a real dogfight for our top spots before the season is over.”

With some runners still not hitting their stride, the Liberty girls team figures to get stronger throughout the season and could be a title contender at the league championship meet next month.

Smith credits assistant coach Lisa Knoblich, who was a standout runner in high school and college, with making the girls team stronger.

“If the girls can keep up with her, they will do great this season,” Smith said.

The Liberty boys were also victorious Sept. 22 by defeating Juanita 25-32.

Senior Scott Turner, of Liberty, finished first in the boys race in 17:20. It was his first win ever in cross country.

“Scott wanted it so badly. There was no way he was going to let a Juanita guy beat him,” Smith said.

Teammate Nick Knoblich, son of the girls coach, was third in 17:43. Five other Liberty runners cracked the top 10 – Chris Turner, fifth, Tyler Westenbroek, seventh, Hiron Redman, eighth, Jared Bales, ninth, and Riley Mackey, 10th.

Eagles finish second

In a 4A KingCo Conference meet Sept. 21 at Redmond’s Marymoor Park, the Issaquah boys were nipped by Roosevelt 32-33. Woodinville was third with 61 points. However, Issaquah’s Turner Wiley and Isaac Robinson finished first and second. Wiley had a winning time of 16:10 and Robinson was close behind at 16:11.

Woodinville won the girls meet with 22 points. Issaquah was second with 45 and Roosevelt third with 55. Nicole Migotsky was Issaquah’s top placer, finishing fifth in 20:28.

Spartans sixth at Nike

The Skyline boys team finished sixth Sept. 25 at the prestigious Nike Pre-Nationals in Portland. The Spartans had 262 points. Keegan Symmes was Skyline’s top placer, taking 17th in 16:04.33. Kyle Branch was 36th in 16:23.10.

The Skyline girls were 10th with 273 points. Jordan Branch was Skyline’s top placer, finishing 36th in 19:51.49. Anastasia Kosykh, of Eastlake, was seventh in 18:45.29.

Skyline looks to be more competitive with a greater depth of talent

September 21, 2010

Cross country preview

Nicole Migotsky, of Issaquah (right), puts on a burst of speed with 50 yards to go to overtake the Spartans’ Kathryn Steele (left) and Sam Krahling for second place in the 4A KingCo meet with Skyline and Bothell. By Greg Farrar

For the Skyline High School girls cross country team, it’s been hard to compete with the nearby Eastlake squad in recent years. However, Skyline coach Brandon Hyland is very optimistic about the Spartans this season.

Hyland says Skyline has one of its “strongest girls team after the 2001 state champs.” Read more

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