Issaquah High School girls nip Skyline team in cross country

September 15, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Sept. 15, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls cross country team, sparked by freshmen Ellie Clawson and Ellie Hendrickson, beat Skyline for the first time in six years Wednesday in a 4A KingCo Conference meet at Issaquah.

Issaquah edged Skyline 27-28 in the three-team meet. Bothell was a distance third with 83 points.

Clawson finished first in the 3-mile race in 19 minutes, 22 seconds. Hendrickson was third in 19:56. Three other Eagles cracked the top 10. Senior Rachel Osgood was sixth, and freshmen Abby Wilson and Emily Winterstein were eighth and ninth respectively.

Sam Krahling was Skyline’s top finisher, placing third.

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Liberty runners earn first place at state park

September 13, 2011

Tyler Westenbroek and Amy Broska, both of Liberty High School, finished first in their respective age divisions Sept. 6 at the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Cross Country Jamboree at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Westenbroek won the senior boys 2-mile race with a time of 9 minutes, 56 seconds. Teammate Nick Knoblich was second in 10:13.

Hiron Redmon, of Liberty, finished second in the junior boys 2-mile race in 10:23, and Aaron Bowe, of Liberty, was second in the sophomore boys 2-mile race in 10:25.

Broska, who helped Liberty win the Sea-King District title last year, won the sophomore girls 2-mile race in 12:02. Teammate Megan Larson was second in 12:06. Megan Chucka, of Liberty, was second in the junior girls 2-mile race in 12:09.

Allie Wood, Rachel Shaw and Michaela Chucka, all of Liberty, went three, four and five respectively.

Sarah Bliesner, of Liberty, was third in the freshman girls 2-mile race.

In the 4A KingCo Jamboree on Sept. 8 at Seattle’s Jackson Park, Issaquah freshman Ellie Clawson took third in 19:32. In fact, Issaquah’s top four placers were all freshmen. Ellie Hendrickson was next for Issaquah, taking 14th.

In the boys race, Skyline’s Keegan Symmes finished third in 16:22.

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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

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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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