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.
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.
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.
September 21, 2010
Cross country preview
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
September 16, 2010
NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010
The Liberty High School boys cross country placed five runners in the top 10 and cruised to a 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory Wednesday at home against Interlake and Lake Washington.
Tyler Westenbroek, of Liberty, finished first in the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Teammate Alex Velasquez was second in 18:36. Nick Knobich and Scott Turner were fourth and fifth respectively for the Patriots and Hiron Redmond was eighth.
Liberty won the meet with a low of 20 points. Interlake was second with 35 and Lake Washington took third with 83.
August 17, 2010
University of Portland standout runner Matthew Frerker could spend his summers hanging out with friends in the Portland area, saving a bunch of money for school or traveling. Instead, he returns to Sammamish to play sports with local youths.
The former Skyline High School cross country standout runs for the nationally competitive Division I Pilots. For the past four years, he has worked and coached a summer sports camp with David Clymer, his former coach and a Beaver Lake Middle School math teacher. Read more
February 16, 2010
Sammamish skier chases dream downhill to the Olympics
The dream stretched back to childhood, when Yina Moe-Lange strapped on a pair of skis and took to the slopes. Through the years and countless downhill runs, she honed her skill with a singular goal in mind: competing in the Winter Olympics.
Moe-Lange, 16, assumed she might be too young to compete when the Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, and skiers competed in alpine events about four hours from Sammamish, where she and her family moved in 2005.
The premier skiers — like, say, Lindsey Vonn — reach peak ability in their 20s, so Moe-Lange trained with the 2014 Winter Olympics in mind. About a month ago, however, she received word from Denmark: Moe-Lange, a Danish citizen, had been selected to compete in the games, then just a few weeks distant.
The dream to compete in the Winter Olympics turned to reality ahead of schedule.