March 6, 2012
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.
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.
December 27, 2011
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.
November 29, 2011
Several athletes make all-league soccer team
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.
November 22, 2011
Spartans win third girls 4A state soccer championship in four years behind goal of sub Lianna Simms
One went down, another stepped up.
November 22, 2011
Girls cross country finally makes state
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.”
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.
November 20, 2011
NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 20, 2011
The Skyline High School girls soccer team won its third state championship in four years Saturday night after beating Bellarmine Prep 1-0 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
November 16, 2011
NEW — 12:05 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011
Former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps, who lost the starting quarterback job at Brigham Young University a few weeks ago, came off the bench Nov. 12 and led the Cougars to a 42-7 victory against Idaho.
Heaps, replacing injured Riley Nelson in the first quarter, completed 15 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson was forced to the sidelines because of a chest injury.
In the first quarter Heaps directed a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive by hitting three of three passes.
Heaps will start Saturday in a home game against New Mexico State. This will be his first start since Sept. 30 against Utah State. He started the first five games before Nelson was given the No. 1 job.
November 10, 2011
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 10, 2011
FEDERAL WAY — Jenny Hoefel and the third-ranked Todd Beamer High School girls soccer team were in high gear from the start and never let off the throttle.
Hoefel, a junior forward, supplied two goals as the Titans handed Issaquah a 4-0 defeat Wednesday at Federal Way Stadium in a first-round Class 4A girls soccer state tournament game.
The Titans looked unstoppable while applying pressure and attacking on offense.
“We like to go the whole game. Especially me, I try to push myself the whole game and never stop,” said Hoefel, who has 18 goals this season. “We’ve brought all our talents together and play as a team and that makes us that much stronger.