Skyline girls basketball team clinches tie for division title

February 2, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 2012 

The Skyline High School girls basketball team clinched at least a tie for the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division title Wednesday when the Spartans defeated host Eastlake 55-44.

Skyline improved its division-leading record to 10-3. The Spartans can clinch the division title Friday with a victory against winless Bothell. Issaquah, which has two games left, is in second place with an 8-4 record.

Eastlake, third in the division with a 7-5 record, entertained hopes of getting a share of the division crown. However, Skyline put away the Wolves in the fourth quarter with a 21-11 run.

Skyline’s Megan Wiedeman scored a game-high 17 points. Lacey Nicholson added seven points as the Spartans knocked off their two toughest contenders on back-to-back nights. On Jan. 31, Skyline defeated Issaquah 37-32.

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Skyline boys basketball team wraps up Crest Division title

February 1, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Feb. 1, 2012 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team wrapped up the KingCo Conference 4A regular season Crest Division title Tuesday when the Spartans defeated visiting Issaquah 46-39.

Skyline, which has two games left to play, boosted its league record to 11-1. The Spartans have a three-game lead on second-place Redmond.

Issaquah, 5-7, remained in a tie with Newport for third place in the Crest Division. Skyline, Issaquah and Newport all advance to next week’s KingCo 4A tournament.

Skyline shot to a 13-9 first quarter lead but Issaquah rallied in the second period to hold a 21-16 halftime advantage. The Spartans outscored Issaquah 16-5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

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Eagles win latest bout of Crest contenders, 62-48

January 31, 2012

Caleigh McCabe (right), Eastlake High School senior guard, looks for an open teammate under the basket as Issaquah’s Quincey Gibson (left) and Ali Mendezona defend during the second quarter. By Greg Farrar

Like a lot of automobile engines during the winter, the Issaquah High School girls basketball team had problems getting started in its games earlier this season.

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Skyline girls basketball team keeps Crest lead

January 27, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2012 

The Skyline High School girls basketball team shot to a 16-9 first quarter lead and went into cruise control the rest of the way Wednesday as the Spartans defeated Redmond 56-37 in KingCo Conference 4A action.

With the victory, Skyline went to 7-2 in league play and kept a one-game lead over Eastlake and Issaquah in the Crest Division standings.

Megan Wiedeman, of Skyline, scored a game-high 17 points. Teammates Morgan Farrar and Allie Wyszynski each had 10 points. Susie Tinker added eight points.

The Spartans have two of their toughest games coming up next week, hosting Issaquah Jan. 31 and playing at Eastlake on Feb. 1.

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Tight races in girls basketball

January 24, 2012

When we last had basketball, there were some tight races going on in KingCo Conference girls basketball.

In the KingCo 4A Crest Division, Skyline was in first place with a 6-2 record with Eastlake and Issaquah tied for second at 5-3.

Skyline’s Megan Wiedeman entered this week ninth among KingCo 4A scoring leaders, averaging 13 points a game. However, what makes the Spartans tough to defend is opponents never know who else will step up and have the hot hand. Eight Spartans have scored in double figures this season.

On Jan. 11, when Skyline defeated Garfield 69-59, Wiedeman scored a season-high 21 points, but Allie Wyszynski had 17 points, and Morgan Farrar and Lacy Nicholson each had 10 points. It was the first time this season that Farrar and Nicholson scored in double figures.

Haley Smith, Rachel Shim, Shelby Kassuba and Susie Tinker are other Skyline players who have scored 10 or more points in a game.

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Skyline Spartan girls basketball team move into first

January 17, 2012

The Skyline High School girls basketball team took over sole ownership of first place of the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division standings Jan. 13 when the Spartans defeated rival Eastlake, 53-50, in a big Sammamish Plateau showdown.

The teams entered the game at Skyline tied for first place. Skyline rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Eastlake, 14-11, to pull out the victory.

Skyline led 28-26 at halftime, but Eastlake outscored the Spartans 13-11 in the third quarter to move in front.

The Spartans got a strong one-two scoring punch from Allie Wyszynski and Megan Wiedeman. Wyszynski scored 18 points to share game-high honors with Eastlake’s Kendra Morrison. Wiedeman also had 15 points.

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Issaquah wrestlers entertain alumni with two wins

January 12, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Jan. 12, 2012

The Issaquah High School wrestling program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, gave its alumni a lot to cheer about Jan. 11 when the Eagles defeated two visiting teams in KingCo Conference 4A action.

On Alumni Night, Issaquah overwhelmed Garfield 66-12 and downed Woodinville 54-24.

In the Garfield match, Torre Eaton (106), Jordan Hamilton (113), Louden Ivey (120), Max Tickman (126), Almen Thorpe (132), Jerdon Helgeson (138), Joe Tonnemaker (145), and Tucker Brumley (170) all had pins for Issaquah.

In the Woodinville match, Spencer Tickman (106), Thorpe, Taylor Evans (152), Andrew Ramirez (170) and Matt Solusod (220) registered pins for the Eagles. Tonnemaker won his match by a technical fall and Helgeson won with a major decision.

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Eagles win 52-51 after buzzer-beating shot is waived off

January 10, 2012

Megan Wiedeman, Skyline High School senior post, watches her last-ditch effort head toward the hoop as Issaquah senior guard Taryn Holmes defends. Officials ruled the shot was made after time expired, handing the Spartans a 51-52 loss By Greg Farrar.

Skyline High School basketball players and coaches might still be talking about Megan Wiedeman’s near-buzzer-beating shot Jan. 6 against host Issaquah.

Wiedeman, the Spartans’ standout senior post, almost won the game at literally the last second in the packed Issaquah High School gymnasium. She made the 22-footer, but the officials ruled it no good after it rolled off of her fingertips just a split second after time expired.

“I thought we won,” Skyline coach Greg Bruns said.

So did Skyline’s fans. The last-second theatrics sent both student sections into an uproar. But as quickly as Skyline’s fans thought their team had executed a textbook come-from-behind victory, the Eagles’ faithful ultimately reveled in the victory over its district rival.

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Skyline girls basketball team overpower Oregon squad

January 3, 2012

The Skyline High School girls basketball team had too much firepower for Redmond, Ore., Dec. 28 as the Spartans cruised to a 61-22 victory at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational Holiday Classic at North Idaho College.

Skyline shot to a 13-5 first-quarter lead and stretched its lead to 35-9 at halftime.

Allie Wyszynski led the Spartans with 20 points. Megan Wiedeman added 10 points for Skyline, which is 1-1 in the tournament.

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Eagles’ boys basketball team wins tournament opener

December 29, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 

Nick Price scored 17 points and Fletcher Martin added 14 points as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33 Wednesday in the opening round of the Oregon Les Schwab Holiday Tournament in Bend, Ore.

Issaquah shot to a 15-6 first-quarter lead and held a commanding 47-17 advantage at halftime.

Jake Henke contributed eight points and Drew Danner seven points for Issaquah, which is 7-1 on the season.

In other holiday action, Skyline ran into Lincoln, of New York, one of the nation’s traditional powers, and lost 48-39 at the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Skyline almost caught Lincoln in the fourth quarter.

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