September 23, 2014
On the basement floor of Chris Mendez’s Newcastle home sits a dedicated nook filled to the brim with trophies, medals and plaques.
They represent physical reminders of Mendez’s storied boxing career as a U.S. Military Academy cadet and his accomplishments in the corporate world.
The collection’s newest addition is hard to miss, standing tall among the others, embellished with a bright red boxing glove on top.
September 16, 2014
If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads.
But Liberty and Hazen were not playing football that pleasant Tuesday evening; they were playing soccer. So, instead, that rare 7-0 score engineered by the Patriots told the opposite story — one that ends with an overpowering offensive performance courtesy of the defending 3A state champions, now playing at 2A.
“It’s so much fun when you’re scoring — and then you just keep scoring,” said junior captain Jordan Hemmen, who accounted for two of Liberty’s seven scores.
September 9, 2014
There is a certain mystique surrounding federal air marshals.
Not much is known about these men and women who patrol the skies, relying on extensive training to keep the civil aviation system safe from attacks on airports, passengers and crews.
They work independently, travel extensively, possess impressive skills with handguns and, most importantly, blend in with the flying masses. That man sitting next to you in seat 4B, reading the in-flight magazine, could be one of them, but you’d never know.
Issaquah author Madison Doherty hopes questions about and intrigue surrounding the profession will entice readers to pick up her new book, “When The Sky Was Protected.”
September 9, 2014
UW announces dean’s list
The following students from Issaquah were named to University of Washington’s dean’s list for the winter 2014 quarter:
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.
August 19, 2014
The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.
Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season — which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions — by spending their summer in the weight room.
They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts.
July 29, 2014
There were roughly 140 players on the field at Skyline High School, but it was easy to form a consensus about who their favorite football player was.
July 1, 2014
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw his second-career no-hitter June 25, defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-0.
Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate known as “The Freak” because of his unorthodox delivery, needed just 113 pitches to put away the Padres, compared to the 148 he used to no-hit the same team nearly a year ago.
June 24, 2014
To the untrained eye, Paul Weigel, 44, seems like your typical Issaquah resident — a healthy, hardworking family man with an unquenchable thirst for fitness and the great outdoors.
While most use the summer months for leisure, Weigel spends his time training to compete in the Ironman Canada competition in July in Whistler, British Colombia.
Self-described as “5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds,” Weigel arrives for an interview in a tan T-shirt, green khaki pants and running shoes. A bike sits securely latched atop his car, which he said was in need of a tune-up.
June 3, 2014
Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.
Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.
“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.