Skyline salutes star athletes at National NCAA Signing Day

May 1, 2012

It was all smiles at Skyline High School on April 18, National NCAA Signing Day, when Maddie Christ, Jackie Wilson and Megan Wiedeman signed their contracts to become college athletes.

“As a school, we wish you the best moving forward,” Skyline’s Athletic Director Ryan Gilbert said.

So far, 16 Skyline students have signed to play college sports.

“It felt good,” Wilson said. “It felt like a new start.”

Wilson signed to row for the University of Washington’s crew team.

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Skyline girls basketball team center earns first-team honors

February 28, 2012

Skyline center Megan Wiedeman, who led the Spartans to the KingCo 4A Crest Division title, was named to the all-league first team. Wiedeman, a senior, averaged 13.3 points a game and ranked sixth in league scoring.

Senior forward Allie Wyszynski, of Skyline; and Issaquah sophomore guards Mandie Hill, Monica Landdeck and Mackenzie Wieburg were named to the all-KingCo 4A second team. Hill, who transferred to Issaquah from California before the beginning of the season, averaged 12.4 points a game. She ranked eighth among the league’s top scorers.

Sabrina Norton and Aimee Brakken, of Issaquah, and Hayley Smith and Rachel Shim, of Skyline, earned honorable mention.

Woodinville’s Ali Forde was selected as the league’s most valuable player.

Skyline girls playoff run comes up short against Stanwood, 61-50

February 28, 2012

Megan Wiedeman, Skyline senior post, goes to the basket as Issaquah junior guard Aimee Brakken defends during their Jan. 6 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline High School girls basketball team looked like it was headed for an upset in the Feb. 21 KingCo/Wesco playoff at Stanwood.

Skyline had an 10-point halftime lead against host Stanwood and appeared headed for the state Class 4A regionals.

But third-ranked Stanwood, backed by its large crowd of vocal fans, rallied in the second half to post a 61-50 victory in the loser-out game.

Skyline, which won the KingCo Crest Division title this season, finished with a 17-8 record.

It was a game where the teams had the same mascots — both are Spartans.

The Skyline Spartans, sparked by Megan Wiedeman, jumped to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. Wiedeman scored seven of her game-high 13 points in the first quarter. Skyline pushed its lead to 31-21 at halftime.

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Skyline High School girls’ hoop season ends in defeat

February 22, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Feb. 22, 2012

The Skyline High School girls basketball team looked like it was headed for an upset when the KingCo Conference entry had an 10-point halftime lead against host Stanwood.

However, third-ranked Stanwood rallied in the second half to post a 61-50 victory in a Wesco/KingCo loser-out playoff for a Class 4A Regional berth.

Skyline, which won the KingCo Crest Division title this season, finished with a 17-8 record.

It was a game where the team’s had the same mascots — both are Spartans.

The Skyline Spartans, sparked by Megan Wiedeman, jumped to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. Wiedeman scored seven of her game-high 13 points in the quarter. Skyline pushed its lead to 31-21 at halftime.

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Skyline girls top Issaquah, earn KingCo No. 3 seed

February 21, 2012

Ty Gibson, Issaquah freshman guard, is fouled by Garfield forward Trey Williams during a furious third-quarter comeback at the 4A KingCo championship. By Greg Farrar

Local girls basketball fans always know it will be a battle down to the wire when the Skyline and Issaquah High School teams meet.

And, the third meeting of the season between the rivals was no exception. After an intense first half, Skyline pulled away in the final quarter Feb. 16 to beat Issaquah 47-41 in a loser-out game in the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Juanita High School.

With the victory, Skyline captured the KingCo No. 3 berth. The Spartans, 17-7, played at Stanwood, the Western Conference No. 3 entry, Feb. 21 in a playoff for a Class 4A Regional berth. The winner of the game advances to the regional at Auburn Feb. 25 and plays a team from District 3 or District 4 at 4 p.m.

In the first contest on Jan. 6 between Issaquah and Skyline, the Eagles held on for a 52-51 victory. In the Jan. 31 rematch, Skyline rallied in the second half to win 37-32.

In the third meeting, Issaquah held a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The teams were deadlocked at 20-all at halftime. The contest stayed close through the third quarter. In the final period, Skyline outscored Issaquah 15-11 to win the contest.

Rachel Shim and Megan Wiedeman each had nine points to lead the Spartans. Morgan Farrar and Allie Wyszynski each contributed eight points.

Issaquah’s Sabrina Norton led all players with 15 points. Mandie Hill added nine points and Monica Landdeck eight points for Issaquah, which ended the season at 17-7.

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Issaquah, Skyline girls stay alive, meet for vital KingCo No. 3 berth

February 15, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012 

The Issaquah and Skyline High School girls basketball teams will meet once again and this time the stakes are even bigger. This time the outcome determines which team’s season continues.

Issaquah and Skyline meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita High School to determine the KingCo Conference No. 3 berth. The winner of the loser-out game plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Western Conference No. 3 team for a berth in the Class 4A state regionals.

Both rivals stayed alive in the KingCo 4A Tournament Tuesday with victories at Juanita. Issaquah edged Inglemoor 66-65 while Skyline raced by Newport 50-32.

Issaquah fell behind by six points in the first quarter but fought back to earn a 31-31 halftime tie. The Eagles pulled ahead in the third quarter and held off Inglemoor in the final period to win the game.

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Presidents Day Tournament showcases future prospects

February 14, 2012

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Feb. 14, 2012 

Some future high-school girls basketball stars could be on the hardwood at this year’s Eagle Eye Presidents Day Tournament.

The annual tournament, hosted by the Issaquah Girls Basketball Association, runs Feb. 17-20. Sixty teams are entered in the event with divisions in fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade and eighth grade. In the past many players from this tournament went on to become standouts for Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline High School programs.

Games will be played at Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School and Pacific Cascade Middle School.

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Issaquah, Skyline girls basketball teams reach semifinals

February 9, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 9, 2012 

The Issaquah and Skyline High School girls basketball teams are moving on to the semifinals of the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament after both teams won their Wednesday first-round games.

Issaquah routed visiting Roosevelt 76-40 while Skyline topped visiting Garfield 55-47.

On Saturday, Issaquah plays Crown Division champion Woodinville at 6:30 p.m. at Juanita High School. Skyline plays rival Eastlake at 8:15 p.m. at Juanita. The semifinal winners earn berths to the Class 4A regionals.

Twelve players scored for Issaquah, which made quick work of Roosevelt, the No. 3 Crown Division entry. Issaquah’s Mackenzie Wieburg scored a game-high 22 points. Mandie Hill added 12 points. Monica Landdeck contributed nine points and Aimee Brakken had eight points as Issaquah, the Crest Division No. 2 team, went to 16-5 on the season.

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Eagles’ girls team takes second place in Crest

February 7, 2012

Issaquah finished second in the Crest Division Feb. 4, when the Eagles defeated host Newport, 62-40.

The Eagles shot to a 17-7 first quarter lead and steadily pulled away for the victory. Norton scored a game-high 13 points for the Eagles. Aimee Brakken and Mandie Hill each had nine points for Issaquah.

On Feb. 2, Issaquah cruised by Ballard, 60-30, in the Eagles’ home finale.

Issaquah went up by eight points in the first quarter and held a commanding 28-15 halftime advantage. Hill led all players with 11 points. Quincey Gibson and Monica Landdeck each had 10 points.

Issaquah finished league play with a 10-4 record, one game behind first-place Skyline and one game ahead of third-place Eastlake.

The Eagles, 15-5 overall, host Roosevelt at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the first round of the KingCo tournament.

Skyline girls basketball team takes KingCo Crest title

February 7, 2012

The Skyline High School girls basketball team captured the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division title Feb. 3 by breezing past visiting Bothell, 66-17.
Skyline finished league play with an 11-3 record. The Spartans, 14-6 overall, host Garfield at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the opening round of the KingCo 4A tournament.

The Spartans, who had been battling Issaquah and Eastlake for the top spot, needed a victory against Bothell to secure the division title. There was little doubt about the outcome when the Spartans raced off to a 25-4 first-quarter lead.

Allie Wyszynski topped Skyline with 12 points. Morgan Farrar, Shelby Kassuba and Megan Wiedeman each had 10 points for the Spartans.

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