Local gymnasts medal at state

March 4, 2014

Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.

Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

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Skyline High School gymnasts earn No. 2 spot at meet

February 5, 2013

The Skyline High School Spartans faced off against Eastlake, Garfield and Newport in their second-to-last league gymnastics meet Jan. 24, where they eventually took second place with 130.77 points.

Even with a few of their top performers missing Jan. 24, the Spartans had 10 girls in each event.

“They did great. I thought they did fantastic tonight,” Skyline coach Michelle McCombs said. “We were trying to reach 145, but because we were down a couple of our key players, we knew that it wasn’t going to happen. But we still got close to 130, which is good.”

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Junior Rikki Ulrich shines despite Spartan gymnasts’ last-place finish

December 18, 2012

Rikki Ulrich, Skyline High School junior, goes heels over head in the dismount during her winning balance beam routine for a score of 8.75, on the way to her winning all-around score Dec. 13 against Eastlake. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline High School gymnastics team may have finished fourth behind Eastlake, Redmond and Roosevelt on Dec. 13, but it had the top-place finisher in four of the five categories.

Rikki Ulrich, a junior at Skyline, cartwheeled down the line to the springboard before flipping up and off the vault to score 8.9 points and earn the win. On the uneven bars, Ulrich started out on the upper bar, so she could complete two bar changes by the end of her routine, which she ended with a giant fly away for 7 points and a two-way tie for sixth.

“I kind of just close my eyes and go,” she said about bar. “I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s just second nature.”

Beam brought Ulrich another win with an 8.75. She strung together several jumps and flips in the floor competition before winning with a score of 9.6. In the end, she racked up 34.25 points to win the all-around.

The 16-year-old did all this while working through back pain, which she has been dealing with for three years.

“I think it’s just overuse mainly,” Ulrich said. “It definitely impacts me, but I try to work through it because if it’s already lasted for three years then it is staying there … It makes me work harder. I don’t think it makes me better, but it gives me more drive.”

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Liberty girls basketball team finishes third in KingCo

February 3, 2012

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 2012

The Liberty High School girls basketball team bounced back from two tough losses earlier this week to defeat visiting Mount Si 57-46 Thursday in the Patriots’ final regular-season contest.

Liberty finished third in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A standings with a 10-4 record. The Patriots, 14-6 overall, host Mercer Island at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the opening round of the league tournament.

The Patriots, who lost to co-leaders Lake Washington and Juanita earlier in the week, shot to a 17-12 first-quarter lead against Mount Si and never looked back. Liberty held a commanding 27-17 halftime lead on Senior Night.

Appropriately for the Patriots, seniors played a major part in the victory. Senior Aspen Winegar scored a game-high 17 points. Seniors Stephanie Year, Megan Tsutakawa and Morgan Safley contributed nine, seven and three points respectively. Sophomore Sierra Carlson added 16 points.

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Eagles take season’s final meet from Spartans

February 1, 2011

Amanda ‘A.J.’ Bowers, of Issaquah, performs a backflip on the balance beam while earning a 7.4. By Greg Farrar

When the judges announced Skyline High School’s score at the end of the gymnastics meet Jan. 27, the team celebrated, coach Debbie Gliner said.

The team had worked all season to hit the 140-point mark and it made it.

“When we heard the final team score, I think that was a really exciting moment for us,” Gliner said. “We knew it would be a year of rebuilding and growth, and it’s exciting to see how far they’ve come.”

Skyline hit a team milestone, but ultimately Issaquah beat the Spartans, 166.130-141.8, in the final meet of the regular season. Overall, Newport did best, finishing the meet with a score of 173.8. Redmond took third overall with 158.675.

“To finish out the regular season knowing everybody’s trying new things, it’s fun to see all those new things come together,” Issaquah coach Ryan Fleisher said. “I’m pleased with where everybody finished.”

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Issaquah looks to re-assume the mantle of gymnastics powerhouse

December 14, 2010

Olivia Goree performs to a third-place finish at state on the balance beam in February during the 4A Gymnastics Championships in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Center. By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography/www.donborin.com

The Issaquah High School girls team took on two perennial powers Dec. 8 as the Eagles opened their 4A KingCo Conference season.

Issaquah placed third in the meet against longtime heavyweights Newport and Woodinville, both who have ranked among the state’s top teams over the years. Newport won 3A state titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 before moving up to the 4A level. Woodinville entered this season having won four straight 4A state titles.

Thus, the Eagles were not competing against Sisters of the Poor.

Newport won the meet with 168.65 points to just edge out Woodinville, which was second with 165.2. Issaquah, which won 3A state titles from 2002-04, was third with a respectable total of 161.6 points. Read more

Issaquah sends three gymnasts to state

February 16, 2010

Risa Fukuda, of Issaquah vaults to a state-qualifying 9.2 during the 4A Sea-King District gymnastics meet at Sammamish High School, under a ‘Girls Gymnastics’ banner hanging from the ceiling. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School gymnastics team has something to cheer about. Three of its standout gymnasts are headed to state after strong performances at the Class 4A Sea-King District 1 and 2 Gymnastics Championships Feb. 13 at Sammamish High School.

Olivia Goree took fourth place in the all-around competition, qualifying for state with a total score of 36.25 points. She scored an 8.65 on bars, 9.125 on vault, 9.225 on beam and 9.25 on the floor routine, according to coach Ryan Fleisher.

Teammate Risa Fukuda qualified for state in the vault and floor events, placing fifth and eighth, respectively.

Eva Perry also heads to state Feb. 19-20 after she tied for 11th in the floor event, according to Fleisher.

Skyline sent a pair of athletes to the district meet, but neither will move on to state. Read more

Liberty gymnasts fall to Skyline

January 12, 2010

Hannah Bergam, Liberty sophomore, vaults Jan. 7 in a gymnastics meet against Skyline. She took third overall with 30.6 points and won second place on the balance beam. By Greg Farrar

Hannah Bergam, Liberty sophomore, vaults Jan. 7 in a gymnastics meet against Skyline. She took third overall with 30.6 points and won second place on the balance beam. By Greg Farrar

Although the Jan. 7 KingCo Conference gymnastics meet at Liberty High School marked Liberty’s senior night, the Patriots fell to the Skyline Spartans, 149.3 to 146.15.

Redmond also attended the meet, competing against Skyline, but Redmond racked up 162.2 points for the win.

Skyline’s Amy Bearman took first overall in the match against Liberty, scoring 33.8 points. She scored first on the floor, beam and bars, and second on the vault.

“I think we made a lot of progress over winter break learning new skills,” Bearman said. “We had a lot of positive energy tonight.”

Liberty’s Cortney Schirman took second overall with 31.1 points, and Hannah Bergam took third with 30.6 points. Bergam took second on beam, and Schirman took first on the vault and second on the floor.

Schirman said she particularly enjoyed performing her floor routine. Read more

NEW — Friday sports update

December 11, 2009

NEW — 9:52 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009

Issaquah gymnasts leap past Skyline

Risa Fukuda captured all-around honors and the Issaquah HIgh School gymnastics won its second straight KingCo Conference meet Dec. 10 as the Eagles defeated rival Skyline 159.2-136.6 at Ballard High School.

Fukuda scored a 35.2 to take all-around honors. Skyline’s Amy Bearman was second at 32.0 and Issaquah’s Anna Fairhart was third at 29.5.

Fukuda took first place on the balance beam with a 8.9, first in the floor exercise with a 9.2 and first on the vault with a 8.9. Teammate Olivia Goree was first on the uneven parallel bars with a 8.25. Fukuda was second on the bars with a 8.2.