Red-hot Taylor McKerlich leads Skyline girls to win

February 10, 2015

As a sophomore, Taylor McKerlich was mostly successful on offense when she got good position under the basket.

By Greg Farrar Jade Loville, Skyline High School freshman wing, is double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Jade Loville, Skyline High School freshman wing, is double-teamed by Issaquah’s Tatum Dow (left) and Ellen MacNary during the fourth quarter of their Feb. 5 basketball game.

A year later, after diligently working on her jump shot, she has proven to be an even more valuable commodity for the Skyline High School girls basketball team.

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Skyline girls use balanced attack to beat Eastlake

February 3, 2015

When sharpshooter Cassidy Daugherty gets going, it’s even tougher for opponents to defend a Skyline High School team filled with offensive weapons.

By Greg Farrar Cassidy Daugherty, Skyline High School junior wing, puts up one of her four 3-point goals in the game during the fourth quarter Jan. 28 in the Spartans’ 62-50 win over Eastlake.

By Greg Farrar
Cassidy Daugherty, Skyline High School junior wing, puts up one of her four 3-point goals in the game during the fourth quarter Jan. 28 in the Spartans’ 62-50 win over Eastlake.

Daugherty had her game working Jan. 28 during a visit to Eastlake, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 14 points as the Spartans earned a 62-50 victory in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

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Powerful Inglemoor steamrolls Skyline girls

December 9, 2014

The deck was stacked against the Skyline High School girls basketball team in its first game of the 2014-15 season.

By Greg Farrar Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

By Greg Farrar
Alicia Shim, Skyline High School senior co-captain, watches one of her shots head to the basket in the fourth quarter Dec. 5 against Inglemoor.

Not only were the Spartans making their debut under new head coach Joe Fithian, but they also were facing a solid Inglemoor Vikings squad that placed fourth in the state last season. Throw in the experience factor — the Vikings are a senior-laden team, while the Spartans feature six freshmen and sophomores — and the chances for an upset were slim.

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Top sports stories of the year

December 31, 2013

Issaquah athletes take top state honors

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.

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Shooting spree comes up short for Spartans, 61-58

December 24, 2013

Shelby Kassuba scores a career-high 24 points

Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School senior wing, playing in a Dec. 13 basketball game against Issaquah, scored a career-high 24 points Dec. 18 against Bothell. By Greg farrar

Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School senior wing, playing in a Dec. 13 basketball game against Issaquah, scored a career-high 24 points Dec. 18 against Bothell. By Greg farrar

With its top-three scorers from last season now playing college basketball, the Skyline High School Spartans girls basketball team has had to find new offensive sources this year.

Senior wing Shelby Kassuba is one of the players who has stepped forward, and she nearly led the Spartans to an important Class 4A KingCo Conference win Dec. 18.

Kassuba scored a career-high 24 points, including 16 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Skyline’s rally fell short in a 61-58 loss to the visiting Bothell Cougars.

Kassuba’s outburst upped her scoring average to 12.2 points per game, and it gave Spartans coach Greg Bruns something to smile about.

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