Spartans produce solid results at holiday tournament

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.

Contributed The Skyline High School girls basketball team celebrated Dec. 30 with a division championship at the West Coast Jamboree in California. The Spartans upped their record to 6-3 with three wins at the tournament.

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The Skyline High School girls basketball team celebrated Dec. 30 with a division championship at the West Coast Jamboree in California. The Spartans upped their record to 6-3 with three wins at the tournament.

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.

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Road warriors rematch

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.

By Greg Farrar Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Shelby Kassuba, Skyline High School junior post, wraps up Inglemoor sophomore center Deja Strother on the court, turning her rebound into a traveling violation and giving the ball back to the Spartans in the waning minute of the game. Bryn deVita (15) and Haley Smith (22) look on for Skyline.

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.

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Spartans blast past Yelm into quarterfinals

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.

By Greg Farrar Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

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.

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Spartans roar into postseason with 76-44 win over Bothell

February 12, 2013

By Lillian O’Rorke Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior, drives the ball down the court during the Feb. 6 KingCo playoff game against Bothell.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior, drives the ball down the court during the Feb. 6 KingCo playoff game against Bothell.

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.

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Issaquah girls basketball team gives Skyline a scare, then loses

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.

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Skyline crushes winless Garfield girls basketball team

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.

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Haley Smith honored at basketball tournament

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.

Skyline girls basketball team nets win with OT buzzer beater

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.

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Skyline High School girls basketball team stays perfect

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.

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Issaquah School District students, athletes get $176,000 boost

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.

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