July 1, 2014
Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently
The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.
Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.
The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.
District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.
They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.
July 1, 2014
Jason Twaddle lived in Madrid for the first seven years of his life, and the Spanish influence on his soccer game is undeniable.
Twaddle, who recently graduated from Skyline High School, had levels of success during his prep career that rivaled those of famed Spanish strikers like David Villa and Fernando Torres.
He leaves as the Skyline program’s all-time leading scorer, piling up 76 points (33 goals, 10 assists), and will continue playing this fall at Seattle University.
July 1, 2014
The Lakeside Recovery 17-and-under American Legion baseball team is learning a difficult lesson this summer — it’s tough to play consistently when your roster is in turmoil.
Coach Chris Tamminen’s squad started the summer with 19 players. One moved away and another five got injured, leaving 13 players eligible for games. Working with a short bench hasn’t been an ideal situation, Tamminen said.
“It’s definitely hurt us as far as moves that we can make during in-game situations,” he said.
July 1, 2014
The 2014 KingCo Conference baseball teams were announced after the season finished last month. Coaches made the selections.
First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline
June 24, 2014
Skyline High School’s drama department was recognized for its outstanding work in several categories at the 12th annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater.
The awards ceremony, June 9 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, is a high-school version of the Tony Awards. More than 2,000 theater students dressed in costumes were in attendance to receive awards in 21 categories.
June 18, 2014
June 17, 2014
Chuck Lee has left a lasting legacy for his colleagues and students at Beaver Lake Middle School, with or without any kind of tribute on their part.
Lee, 58, died Feb. 6 after a decadelong battle with cancer. He’d made an impression on countless individuals during his teaching and coaching career in the Issaquah School District, which spanned 24 years.
The Beaver Lake community mourned Lee’s passing, holding a remembrance ceremony earlier this spring where students and teachers spoke of their favorite memories with Lee. He spent 13 years at the school, teaching math and coaching basketball.
June 17, 2014
The University of Miami announced June 15 that former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference school for his senior season — his third college team.
Heaps will be immediately eligible and is expected to compete for the starting job for the Hurricanes, who ended the spring with an uncertain quarterback situation. Projected starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in April and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Heaps spent the past two years at Kansas, starting nine games last season. He will graduate at the end of June, making himself eligible for the 2014 season for what will be his redshirt senior season.
June 13, 2014
NEW — 2 p.m. June 13, 2014
Skyline High School is hosting the seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14-15.
Twenty high schools from around the state are scheduled to participate in the clinic, which involves a series of simultaneous seven-on-seven passing drills on eight different fields.
June 3, 2014
For the second straight year, an Issaquah High School tennis player took second at the 4A state championships.
Last year, it was the doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson, but this year it was singles player Jack Suh who earned the second-place medal. Suh won three straight games before losing to Newport’s Jason Lui in the title match.
Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams ended her career with another medal performance. A year after she teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second in the doubles tournament, she placed fourth in the singles state competition.
The Skyline High School doubles team of Jasmine Ye and Julia Lioubarski finished eighth in the 4A tournament.