January 7, 2014
Basketball teams that shoot 11 of 31 at the free-throw line don’t typically win, but the Skyline High School girls managed to do it during their most recent outing.
In the championship game of the Emerald Division at the West Coast Jamboree in Dublin, Calif., Skyline shot 35 percent at the charity stripe. Yet the Spartans managed to outlast host Valley Christian, 57-54, on Dec. 30.
The Spartans (6-3 overall) built a 45-35 lead after three quarters, but had to fend off a late challenge from a Valley Christian team sporting a 9-0 record and playing in front of its home fans.
March 5, 2013
Vikings prove too much for Spartans at state tourney
Two weeks after a third-quarter run gave the Inglemoor Vikings what they needed to swipe the KingCo crown from the Skyline High School Spartans, history repeated itself at the 4A Girls Basketball State Tournament.
Once again March 1, the Vikings pulled away from the Spartans in the third quarter, this time beating them 44-34, knocking Skyline out of the state tournament before going on to finish in sixth place.
February 26, 2013
The last time the Skyline High School girls basketball team reached the state quarterfinals, Rachel Shim was a spectator as a sixth-grader.
The past three seasons, she was hampered by knee injuries, missing most of her sophomore year and playing with a brace as a junior.
This time, she made a difference.
Shim helped fuel a second-half rally to propel the eighth-ranked Spartans past No. 10 Yelm, 61-48, in the Class 4A regionals Feb. 22 at Rogers High School.
February 12, 2013
The postseason started with a bang for the Skyline High School girls basketball team Feb. 6 when it blasted Bothell, 76-44, in the first round of the KingCo 4A Championships.
Seeded No. 1 in the Crown division, the Skyline Spartans came out with a strong defense. Senior guards Rachel Shim and Lacey Nicholson were glued to two of the Bothell Cougars top scorers, Randi Dixon and Erin Burns, and together with their teammates held the Cougars’ offense to only two points during regular play in the first quarter.
January 29, 2013
When two squads lock horns in an intense local rivalry, especially when the moon is as full as it was Jan. 25, hovering over Skyline High School like a spotlight, one should always expect the unexpected.
That was exactly the spectacle that those fans assembled in the Skyline gymnasium beheld recently when a feisty 10-4 Issaquah girls basketball bunch invaded the 12-2 Spartans’ fortress and nearly upset the vaunted Skyline cagers on the road, but instead succumbed to the pressure of being the visitor in hostile territory to and eventually lost 48-45.
“We definitely came into their house with a chip on our shoulder,” admitted Issaquah junior dynamo Mandie Hill, who leads the KingCo 4A in scoring, averaging a sweet 16 points per contest.
January 15, 2013
The Jan. 11 basketball game being hosted by the KingCo 4A Crown Division-leading 8-1 Skyline girl cagers, which featured winless Garfield as the guests, was like a train wreck. As a hoop humanitarian you wanted to look away, but morbid curiosity prevented you from doing so.
The lopsided result of the mismatch was a 67-17 onslaught in favor of the Skyline girls in the green-and-white uniforms, and the silver lining in the massacre was the fact that every single player on the Skyline bench got plenty of minutes on the hardwood.
January 15, 2013
Haley Smith, a senior wing/post for the Skyline girls basketball team, was named to the All Tournament Team at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament Dec. 27-29 in Palo Alto, Calif.
During her team’s three games, Smith scored a total of 42 points, 27 rebounds and seven assists. The Skyline Spartans won their first game 62-46 against the Lynbrook Vikings, of San Jose, Calif., on Dec. 27 but lost 55-53 the next day to Brea Olinda, of Brea, Calif.
The Spartans then returned Dec. 29 to edge out St. Francis, of Mountain View, Calif., 46-45 to take third place.
January 8, 2013
Skyline and Ballard put on a nail-biting show Jan. 4 when the two girls team went back and forth on the court, ending the fourth quarter in a 44-44 tie.
December 25, 2012
After ending the first half 12 points behind Dec. 19, the Skyline High School girls basketball team returned for a comeback and beat Woodinville, 56-53.
“The first half, we just weren’t playing with the same intensity that we have defensively,” head coach Greg Bruns said. “Every time we answered, they would knock down a three.”
When the Spartans entered the locker room down 29-17, the coach told them to step it up and take more pride in who they are. They did. Haley Smith came out in the third quarter to score 10 of her 14 game points; Alex Daugherty put five on the board, including a 3-pointer. Skyline swept the third quarter, 23-11.
December 11, 2012
The Issaquah School District approved more than 176,000 worth of donations during its Nov. 28 meeting.
The Issaquah Schools Foundation donated $88,597.55 to support various programs in the district.
From that, $12,500 is for the Middle School After School Homework program while another $7,500 is for similar high school programs. As well, $35,600 is for Science Tech; $25,000 goes to Humanities Plus; $3,500 is earmarked for Financial Literacy and Targeted Academic Interventions gets $3,797.55.