Alan Hoerst graduates from Air Force bootcamp

October 21, 2014

Air Force Airman First Class Alan D. Hoerst graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Hoerst completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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Skyline soccer wins without one of its best players

October 14, 2014

The Skyline Spartans have been without one of their top offensive players, and while they haven’t been playing their best soccer, they’ve found ways to win.

Lauren Carson scored the first two goals, and Ke’ala Louie added an insurance goal late in the second half as the visiting Spartans broke away for a 3-0 victory over the Redmond Mustangs Oct. 9 in a Class 4A KingCo Conference match.

In wins over Newport and Redmond last week, the Spartans had to find ways to compensate for the loss of senior forward Amanda Johnston, a University of Washington commit who was injured in a Sept. 30 match at Mount Si.

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Several schools start fresh with new principals

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah School District hired new principals at eight schools for the 2014-15 year, including five newcomers to the district.

Donna Hood

Donna Hood

Three of the new hires have prior experience in Issaquah, including Donna Hood, who took over as Skyline High School’s principal after serving as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.

Hood said the support she has received from other district leaders has helped her prepare to be a first-time principal.

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Skyline downs Eastlake in KingCo soccer opener

September 30, 2014

The Eastlake Wolves girls soccer team had a solid nonconference run, going undefeated and outscoring their five opponents, 17-1.

But things got much tougher when Eastlake had to turn its attention to matches that matter, including Class 4A perennial powerhouse Skyline in the KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline got goals from Ke’ala Louie, Candace Hunter and Gabby Hart, and wore down Eastlake with speed at both ends of the field in a 3-1 victory Sept. 25 at Spartan Stadium.

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One-two punch — Newcastle man leads UW boxing team to national championship

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.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Chris Mendez, head coach of the University of Washington boxing team, shows off the team’s national championship trophy in his Newcastle home.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Chris Mendez, head coach of the University of Washington boxing team, shows off the team’s national championship trophy in his Newcastle home.

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.

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Patriots overpower Highlanders, 7-0

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.

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

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.

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Author patrols the sky in new book

September 9, 2014

There is a certain mystique surrounding federal air marshals.

Contributed Madison Doherty, a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School, recently debuted her new book, ‘When the Sky was Protected.’

Contributed
Madison Doherty, a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School, recently debuted her new book, ‘When the Sky was Protected.’

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.”

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Community news roundup — graduates, college, scholarships

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:

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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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Summer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season

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.

By Neil Pierson  Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

By Neil Pierson
Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

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