Public hearings begin for possible school closure

September 16, 2014

The Issaquah School Board has yet to set a date for when it will consider closing Tiger Mountain Community High School, but it began a public comment period last week that brought dozens of impassioned people out in defense of the alternative school.

The first public hearing regarding the possible closure of Tiger Mountain was held Sept. 10 and generated comments from students, parents and teachers. The public comment period was scheduled to last 50 minutes, but went nearly an hour longer as more than a dozen people spoke about the issue, the vast majority supporting ideas to keep it open.

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Fan frenzy for football

September 16, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (above) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (below) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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Spartans rough up Timberwolves, 4-0

September 16, 2014

Don Braman likes to use the nonleague schedule to discover which players work best in certain positions, and the coach may have tougher decisions to make based on the Skyline Spartans’ first three soccer matches.

By Dale Garvey Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

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Gabby Hart, Skyline High School junior forward, plays Sept. 9 in a soccer match against Jackson High School. Hart scored the opening goal as the Spartans defeated the visiting Timberwolves, 4-0.

After traveling to Oregon and defeating two opponents by a combined score of 9-1, the Spartans returned to their home venue Sept. 9 and were just as impressive, whipping the Jackson Timberwolves, 4-0, behind goals from four different players.

Skyline substituted freely throughout the match — particularly at midfield and forward — and put the game away early in the second half on goals from Kelli Sullivan and Lindsey Fujiwara.

“We were really excited to get out and play our first home game,” said Gabby Hart, a junior forward. “We definitely had a good first half, but we really picked it up in the second half and got things more organized.”

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Fall Football Fan Frenzy

September 16, 2014

Smash and grab — Spartans win the Coal Bucket in 48-21 trouncing of Eagles

September 9, 2014

If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.

By Greg Farrar Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

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Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.

Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.

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Attend Issaquah High School class of 1964 reunion Sept. 13

September 9, 2014

Issaquah High School’s class of 1964 is having its 50-year class reunion Sept. 13.

The reunion is at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W.

Organizers are inviting anyone who attended the school from 1960-1964. There were 182 people in the graduating class in 1964, but 263 people attended the school in that time period.

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Skyline Spartans look to avenge disappointing 2013 finish

September 2, 2014

When Skyline High School kicks off the 2014 football season this week against rival Issaquah, it will mark the culmination of a nine-month process for the Spartans as they try to return to the elite echelon of Class 4A programs.

By Greg Farrar The Skyline High School Spartans’ top athletes include (from left) junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie, senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville, senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher, senior lineman Riley Griffiths, senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong, junior quarterback Blake Gregory and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

By Greg Farrar
The Skyline High School Spartans’ top athletes include (from left) junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie, senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville, senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher, senior lineman Riley Griffiths, senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong, junior quarterback Blake Gregory and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

Skyline’s players indicate they haven’t forgotten their 26-20 loss to Federal Way in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs, and it has served as motivation for this season.

“We took it to heart,” junior Rashaad Boddie, a running back and linebacker, said of last year’s early exit at state. “Everyone was in the weight room with our trainer, coach (Kevin) Chiles, every day of the week, strength training and getting ready for the next season.”

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Issaquah School District finishes school projects, delays others

August 26, 2014

Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.

By Greg Farrar A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

By Greg Farrar
A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.

The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.

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Ride of a lifetime — Teen completes Seattle to Portland bike ride event for charity

August 26, 2014

Amol Garg is an unusually motivated 14-year-old, and his inner fire fueled another noteworthy accomplishment this summer.

Contributed  Amol Garg, 14, trained for about four months for the STP, despite never having ridden a bike for more than 15 miles.

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Amol Garg, 14, trained for about four months for the STP, despite never having ridden a bike for more than 15 miles.

Garg, who will be a Skyline High School freshman in September, has been actively involved around Sammamish for years. He volunteers with a youth-centered charity that uses arts and crafts projects as inspiration, has achieved the rank of Life Scout with Troop 677, and founded a Toastmasters-type club to help fellow children improve their public-speaking and leadership skills.

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Community news roundup — schools, high school, college, dean’s lists, scholarships

August 26, 2014

National Merit Scholarship

Five local high school seniors are among its collegiate-sponsored winners for the 2014 scholarship program of the National Merit Scholarship Corp.:

  • Catherine Ball, Issaquah High School, is pursuing a degree in computer programming at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Grant Vaska, Issaquah High School, will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Minn.
  • Kathleen Park, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in communications at Wheaton College near Chicago.
  • Shanchen Pu, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
  • Nikila Vinugopal, of Sammamish, will pursue a career in dance at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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