Issaquah School District teams reflect on 2012 missions accomplished

December 25, 2012

Jubilant members of the Issaquah High School boys swim team and their coaches hoist their state 4A second place team trophy and give themselves a cheer Feb. 18 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah School District high school sports teams have a strong tradition of excellence, and 2012 was no different.

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Editorial

December 4, 2012

Athletes’ triumphs create community pride

Skyline High School’s football and soccer teams just keep bringing home honors to the Issaquah School District. The Issaquah and Liberty high school teams have also added many awards to the virtual district trophy case.

Skyline girls soccer took first in state for the fourth time in five years. And the Dec. 1 state playoff football game gave Skyline the gridiron title again for the fifth time in eight years. Skyline’s 200-medley relay team won the state swim title last month.

Issaquah is a known winner among 4A KingCo teams. The Eagles came in second, to Skyline, for the state girls soccer championship. This year’s football team reached the playoffs. The school’s wrestlers won the district title in 2011 and sent six wrestlers to state.

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Maria Volodkevich, eight-time swim champ, strives to serve country

November 27, 2012

Andi Scarcello, Maria Volodkevich, Kristaley Umezawa and Stephanie Muñoz (from left) enjoy their moment on the podium as the Skyline High School 200-yard medley relay team celebrates their state 4A championship title Nov. 10 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Maria Volodkevich has always been a team player.

It was teammates who motivated her, at age 6, to dive headfirst into competitive swimming. Seven of her eight state titles were for team relay events, and it’s the aspiration of being a part of something greater than herself that motivates the Skyline High School senior to pursue a military career.

“I prefer winning in a team atmosphere,” Volodkevich said. “I’d rather come out of the pool winning with three other girls because that is more exciting than winning by yourself. It’s all of our work coming together to pay off instead of just one person.”

It was the group of girls that she started swimming with as a child, she said, that kept her in the sport. And looking back over her nearly 12-year career in the pool, that’s a good thing.

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Spartans relay swimming prowess into state title

November 13, 2012

Kristaley Umezawa (left), Skyline High School junior, and Issaquah High School senior Stacy Maier start side by side for the 200-yard medley relay final during the state 4A swim championship Nov. 10 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Skyline, Issaquah, Liberty rank among state’s top 10 finishers

When Skyline High School’s Maria Volodkevich marched out to the poolside for the state championships Nov. 10 the words “just race” were scrawled across her palm.

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Mercer Island High School swimmers sink Skyline, 112-74

October 16, 2012

Andi Scarcello, Skyline High School senior, pushes off the bulkhead at the final turn of her winning 100-yard breaststroke race Oct. 9 against Mercer Island in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 9.9 seconds. By Greg Farrar

The water at the Julius Boehm Pool bubbled and convulsed Oct. 9 when defending 4A state high school champions, the Skyline Spartans, took on defending 3A state champions, the Mercer Island Islanders. In the end, the Islanders came out on top, defeating the Spartans, 112-74.

“We had a pretty good idea coming into the meet that we had a big chance of losing, but it is such a great time to push ourselves, and it’s good practice,” Skyline senior co-captain Andi Scarcello said. “We knew they have a lot of depth on their team, a lot of fast swimmers … We lost some of our depth last year, too, so we are fighting hard.”

The 100-yard breaststroke started out as a fight for Scarcello as she and the two Mercer Island swimmers on either side of her emerged for their first breath in a three-way tie. By the second turn, she had began building a thin lead, inch by inch ahead of the Islanders. With more than her body length between them, Scarcello finished the race with a two-second lead to take first place.

Her time of 1 minute, 9.9 seconds was faster than the state championship qualifying time, but half a second slower than her season best of 1:09.44, which already secured her a spot at the state tournament.

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Condition of aging Julius Boehm Pool could shape park bond measure

September 18, 2012

Come summertime, about 1,000 people each day slip into the 84-degree water at Julius Boehm Pool, a fixture in downtown Issaquah for decades.

The crowd is diverse in age and activity — early-morning lap swimmers, senior citizens in water-exercise classes, children for swimming lessons and more. Summer is the busiest time of year for the pool.

The pool is 40 years old — 15 years older than designers intended for the facility — and visitors and employees often encounter signs of age.

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Spartans to represent Northwest at Olympic swimming trials

June 26, 2012

Andie Taylor

For a school that opened a mere 15 years ago, the fact that Skyline High School has produced two potential Olympic athletes is nothing short of phenomenal. In fact, Katie Kinnear and Andie Taylor’s former coach was at a loss words.

“It’s just kind of unbelievable,” Skyline girls swimming coach   Susan Simpkins said. “The Olympics are the pinnacle of swimming. When you swim, you want to swim at the Olympics.”

Taylor graduated from Skyline in 2010 and just finished her sophomore year at Stanford University. At Skyline, she was a seven-time individual state champion and led Skyline to the state title her senior year. The success continued at Stanford, where she earned All-American honors in both of her first two years.

Kinnear also was a seven-time individual state champion and she took Skyline to its second and third consecutive state championships. Kinnear just graduated and is planning to attend UCLA in the fall. Read more

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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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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Skyline High School girls swimmers sail to state title

November 15, 2011

Katie Kinnear leads Spartans to third consecutive girls swimming title

The Skyline High School girls swim team, wearing Spartan towels designed by one of the team member’s moms, hoists the 4A state championship trophy for the third consecutive year Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

FEDERAL WAY — Skyline High School senior Katie Kinnear didn’t have any specific goals in mind going into the state 4A swimming and diving finals Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center. As long as she swam her best and did her part in the relays, things would probably go fine. Read more

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