December 31, 2014
It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.
Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.
Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:
March 11, 2014
TACOMA — Issaquah and Garfield high school administrators worked together to ensure a safe environment when the schools faced each other in the Class 4A boys semifinal basketball game March 7.
The extra effort came after racially charged messages appeared on social media following the schools’ matchup Feb. 21.
Garfield’s school resource officer reached out to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to inform it of the situation. The WIAA decided additional security for the game was not necessary. Issaquah planned to have more school administrators on site than usual to provide extra security.
January 14, 2014
Liberty High School sports teams will compete in the 2A classification for a two-year period beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released enrollment numbers showing that Liberty, at 891.8, is the size of a 2A school. Schools with less than 990.8 students, but more than 472, are considered 2A.
In the recent past, the Patriots have opted up to the 3A level, despite its stature as one of the state’s smallest 3A schools, but this time around administrators have decided to test the 2A waters.
January 14, 2014
Issaquah High School football coach Chris Bennett was informed late last month that he would not be retained for next season.
Coaches work off year-to-year contracts. Bennett said he was taken by surprise when informed of the decision.
“To be honest, I was just told that my contract was not going to be renewed and when asked why, I wasn’t given a reason,” said Bennett, who compiled a 44-23 record in six seasons, along with an appearance in the 2008 state-title game.