Issaquah High School boys basketball guard hits for 41

December 21, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Dec. 21, 2011

Issaquah High School senior guard Nick Price practically got overlooked by almost all the KingCo Conference Crest Division boys basketball coaches when it came to picking last year’s all-league teams. He did manage to get honorable mention despite leading his division in scoring.

But that was last year. The way he has been hitting lately, Price should have no problem attaining higher honors.

Price scored a season-high 41 points Tuesday as he sparked the Eagles to a 86-78 KingCo 4A victory against host Inglemoor.

Last Friday Price scored 30 points when the Eagles lost to Eastlake. Against Inglemoor, he connected on 16 of 23 shots, including 4 of 8 from the three-point range.

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Skyline girls basketball team routs Redmond, Newport

December 20, 2011

The Skyline High School girls basketball team posted to impressive KingCo Conference 4A victories last week. On Dec. 14, the Spartans raced to a 34-8 halftime lead and coasted to a 52-23 victory against Redmond.

Skyline blew out Redmond 18-1 in the second quarter.

Megan Wiedeman, of Skyline, led all players with 14 points. Haley Smith added nine points and Allie Wyszynski eight points for the Spartans.

On Dec. 16, Skyline shot to a 16-1 advantage in the first quarter and cruised by visiting Newport 47-32.

Skyline led 26-11 at halftime.

Rachel Shim, of Skyline, led all players with 15 points. Wiedeman added nine points.

Liberty girls basketball team rallies by Mercer Island

December 16, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 16, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team staged a tremendous fourth-quarter rally Thursday as the Patriots overcome visiting Mercer Island 45-41 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty trailed 35-20 with five minutes left in the game but outscored Mercer Island 25-6 down the stretch to win the game.

Aspen Winegar had 14 points to lead Liberty. Sierra Carlson added nine points and Delane Agnew eight points as Liberty improved its league-leading record to 4-0. The Patriots are 6-0 on the season.

Mercer Island’s Krista Brackman led all players with 15 points.

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Unbeaten Patriots basketball team overcomes Bellevue

December 8, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team overcame a nine-point halftime deficit Wednesday and rallied for a 50-47 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against host Bellevue.

Liberty, 2-0 in league and 4-0 overall, trailed 30-21 at halftime. However, the Patriots shot ahead in the third quarter by outscoring Bellevue 14-4.

Delane Agnew paced Liberty with 14 points. Aspen Winegar added 13 points and Sierra Carlson had six points for Liberty.

Bellevue’s Katie Savard led all players with 19 points.

In other league action, it was Mercer Island 48, Sammamish 36; Juanita 52, Lake Washington 40; and Mount Si 53, Interlake 37.

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Skyline girls basketball team routs Kentlake

December 6, 2011

The Skyline girls raced to a 19-5 first-quarter lead and cruised to a 71-27 victory against Kentlake Dec. 3 in the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic at Auburn Riverside.

Skyline outscored Kentlake 17-0 in the third quarter.

Rachel Shim sparked Skyline with 18 points. Shelby Kassuba contributed 12 points and Allie Wyszynski had 10 points.

On Nov. 30, Skyline dropped its season opener to visiting Bellevue, 37-34. Megan Wiedeman led Skyline with 17 points and Holly Smith had 10 points.

Liberty boys basketball team shuts down Mariner

December 1, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 2011

The Liberty High School boys basketball team switched defenses in the second half and it paid off Wednesday as the Patriots rallied for a 44-36 nonleague victory against host Mariner.
Liberty, 1-1 overall, trailed by 14 points at halftime. However, the Patriots surrendered only four points in the second half. In fact, Liberty outscored Mariner 16-0 in the final quarter.
Robbie Thomas paced the Patriots with 16 points. Ben Wessell added seven points.
In a nonleague girls game, Skyline lost to visiting Bellevue 37-34. Bellevue overcame the Spartans 14-9 in the fourth quarter. Megan Wiedeman, of Skyline, scored a game-high 17 points. Haley Smith contributed 10 points for the Spartans.

Local teams to play in preseason tournaments

November 29, 2011

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 29, 2011

Issaquah and Skyline high school basketball teams will be playing in preseason tournaments this week.

The Issaquah girls enter the Northwest Invitational at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore., Thursday.

The Eagles meet Central Catholic, of Portland, Ore., at 6:45 p.m. in the first round. The tournament runs through Saturday.

The Skyline boys and girls teams play Saturday in the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic at Auburn Riverside High.

The Skyline girls play Kentlake at 11 a.m. and the Skyline boys meet Auburn Mountainview at 12:30 p.m. The Issaquah boys team plays Kent-Meridian at 4 p.m.

High-energy Lindsey Nicholson was Skyline’s game-changer

June 21, 2011

When Skyline High School girls basketball players would come to pre-game warm-ups, they would find the colorful artwork of senior guard Lindsey Nicholson covering the whiteboard.

Skyline High School senior Lindsey Nicholson stood out as a leader on the basketball court and the softball field. She plans to play softball at Boise State University. By Christopher Huber

She often drew pet animals for each player. The silly antics were meant to keep the mood light among the team members before game time, head coach Greg Bruns said, but Nicholson got down to business when necessary.

“She always had the mentality of team before herself, which is hard to find, at least among high school athletes,” longtime teammate and senior Michelle Bretl said. “She was never really about the recognition.”

Nicholson graduated from Skyline on June 10 having participated in all 12 sports seasons of her high school career. She excelled in softball from an early age — and was named the 2011 KingCo 4A softball MVP — but also ran cross country and became a leading force on the basketball court.

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Spartans’ season ends on loss to Wolves

March 1, 2011

Skyline loses in first round of Region 3 playoffs, 64-54, to South Kitsap

By Greg Farrar Allie Wyszynski (left), Skyline High School junior post, drives past Maile Keanu, of South Kitsap, during their 4A state tournament game.

There was one word the Skyline High School girls basketball team did not believe in — quit.

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Maddey Pflaumer is named 4A KingCo Player of the Year

March 1, 2011

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, scores two of her game-high 20 points Jan. 28 against Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team could always count on Maddey Pflaumer this season. Whether she played forward or point guard, the 5-foot-11 senior always gave the Eagles her best.

Pflaumer’s efforts were noticed by other 4A KingCo Conference coaches, too. When the league’s coaches got together to select the all-conference team, Pflaumer was chosen as the 4A KingCo’s Player of The Year.

“She did a fantastic job for us this year,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. “When I called her to tell her she was selected as MVP, she was surprised.”

The fact Pflaumer was selected to the all-league team wasn’t a huge surprise to others; she was regarded as one of KingCo’s top returning players when the season began. Pflaumer was selected to the all-league first team as a junior, and prior to this season, signed a national letter of intent to play for Seattle Pacific University.

But Pflaumer was given new responsibilities at mid-season when senior point guard Blaire Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Pflaumer was switched to point guard.

“Maddey really stepped up and carried us. She wasn’t a true point guard, but she did what we needed her to do. She really rose to the occasion,” Gibson said. “Other coaches in the league recognized her performance.”

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