Spartans soccer team hosts scrimmage of defending state champs

September 11, 2012

Rachel Shim, Skyline High School senior forward, dribbles past Seattle Prep’s defense during the Sept. 4 game at Skyline Stadium. By Lillian O’Rorke

The Skyline High School girls soccer team has a lot to prove this year.

The defending state champions have won the 4A title three times in the past four years. They went undefeated in the 2010 season and finished last year at 18-0-2.

It’s a similar story for Seattle Prep’s girls soccer team. Coming off of two consecutive 3A state championships, the players are ranked second among Washington’s 3A teams.

So as an early-season test of their mettle, the two defending state champions came together for a friendly match. And when the whistle was blown after the 90th minute ticked away Sept. 4, the two teams walked away still on level ground — tied at 2-2.

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Skyline High School girls team hosts soccer camp

August 14, 2012

Skyline Women Junior Soccer Camp, for ages 6-13, is from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Skyline High School community fields.

A fundraiser for the women’s soccer program, the fee for the camp is $35 and includes a Junior Spartans T-shirt. Campers will be coached by the varsity soccer team, last year’s 4A state champions.

Register for the camp by emailing

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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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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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Issaquah schools high schools keep same classifications

January 24, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 24, 2012

Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools will all remain at their current classification levels for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board approved the classification enrollment figures to the next two schools years at its Monday meeting.

According to the figures, Skyline (1,443.57 students) and Issaquah (1,396.47) both were clearly in the 4A classification. Liberty (870.64) opted up to remain at Class 3A.

When the new classification system was implemented for the 2010-12, the goal was to balance the number of schools in each class so they would have equal post-season opportunities, or as close to it as possible. Currently, there are 66 schools in 4A, 67 in 3A, 64 in 2A, 65 in 1A, 62 in 2B and 62 in 1B.

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Kasen Williams leads parade of 2011 best efforts from individuals, teams

December 27, 2011

Peyton Pelluer (right), Skyline High School junior linebacker, and teammate Nic Sblendorio (9), junior defensive back, combine to throw Woodinville senior running back Devin McKee to the turf during the 4A state semifinal game Nov. 26. By Greg Farrar

It was a year of state titles for Skyline High School, and the end of a career for a Spartan who always seemed to be in championship form.

When he graduated last spring, Skyline’s Kasen Williams left a legacy that might never be duplicated in the Issaquah School District. He was definitely the most dominant figure in the local sports scene in 2011.

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Issaquah’s Audrey Thomas named 4A KingCo most valuable player

November 29, 2011

Several athletes make all-league soccer team

Audrey Thomas (left), Issaquah junior midfielder, and Brooke Bofto, Skyline sophomore midfielder, battle during the Oct. 18 soccer match. By Greg Farrar

One of the smallest players in KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer had a mighty big impact this season.

Audrey Thomas, just 4-feet-11, was a dynamo on the pitch for Issaquah High School. The junior midfielder led the conference in scoring and sparked the Eagles to the 4A state tournament.

She was also selected the league’s most valuable player.

“She won it by a landslide,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said. “She was just so dynamic.”

Although on the small side, Thomas commanded respect from every team she played against.

Thomas scored a league-leading 10 goals and had 11 assists to tally a league-leading 31 points.

“She is extremely quick and she can jump like nobody’s business,” Bunnell said. “She has the whole package. She has a great knowledge of the game and very good vision. Teams would come up with plans trying to stop her, and she always would find a way to avoid that plan. She is tough physically and can take a hit.”

Thomas was joined on the all-KingCo first team by teammate Lyrik Fryer, a freshman defender.

“Lyrik is fantastic,” Bunnell said. “She really took to the position. She had a great freshman season.”

Fryer’s speed made her a force on defense.

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‘It feels so good’ as Skyline soccer team clinches state title

November 22, 2011

Spartans win third girls 4A state soccer championship in four years behind goal of sub Lianna Simms

Tina Vargas, Skyline High School senior goalkeeper (left), can't contain her joy as she celebrates with teammate Nicole Candioglos after the Spartans won their third state title in four years. By Christopher Huber

One went down, another stepped up.

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Local high schools’ fall sports teams wrap up

November 22, 2011

Girls cross country finally makes state

Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School’s girls cross country team made a triumphant return to the state championships earlier this month, finishing 10th overall and placing 21st out of 72 teams.

The 2011 season commemorated the team’s first return to state in 13 years after succeeding in various invitationals, finishing second at the KingCo Conference and placing fifth at districts.

Notable runners include senior Rachel Osgood, who placed 32nd overall at state; freshmen Ellie Clawson, Cayla Seligman, Abby Wilson and Ellie Hendrickson; and sophomore Amanda Chalfant, all of who participated at state.

“Everyone improved drastically,” captain Madison Callan said. “The team worked really hard this year, and we ended up holding a season record of 9-1.”

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Emily Frankland, Junpei Tsuji earns soccer honors

November 22, 2011

Western Washington University senior forward Emily Frankland, a Skyline High School graduate, was selected to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer all-star second team.

Whitman College sophomore Junpei Tsuji earned All-Northwest Conference honorable mention. Tsuji, a midfielder, started 18 of 19 games this fall.

The Issaquah High School graduate scored three goals and handed out three assists.

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