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The Issaquah Press


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Eagles win 52-51 after buzzer-beating shot is waived off By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter


Conner Small, Liberty High School freshman, puts the shoulders of Redmond's Bryan Lapierre on the mat for a pin during the Liberty Wrestling Invitational Jan. 7. Small went on to win the 138-pound division.

Spartans rack up wrestling wins By Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports editor Local high school wrestlers were plenty busy last week with Skyline and Issaquah both com-

peting in league matches and invitational tournaments, and Liberty hosting its annual invitational. The most active local squad last week was Skyline, which wrestled


Douglas Lawson, Skyline High School senior (top), keeps Liberty High School’s Jake Tierney tied up on the way to an 8-6 win in their 170-pound match during the Liberty Wrestling Invitational Jan. 7.

three KingCo Conference 4A matches in two days, and sent members off to two different tournaments Jan. 7. Most of Skyline’s team was at the Liberty Invitational, where the Spartans took top honors with 206 points. Liberty, which had two individual champions, was fourth with 126 points. Skyline had five individual champions at Liberty. Nathan Swanson won the 106-pound division by defeating Jayden Schwope, of Hazen, 9-1. Joseph DeMatteo took the 113-pound title by pinning teammate Kody Nyugen in 1:52. Ian Crouch captured the 152pound division with a dramatic 12-10 overtime decision against Highline’s Pat Legate. Crouch reached the finals with pins in first two rounds. Cyrus Sarkosh took the 182pound class by pinning Redmond’s Sean Donovan in 52 seconds in the final. Sarkosh reached the final with a tough 7-5 overtime decision against Liberty’s Noel Brandon. The latter placed third in the division. And Sean McAlhaney won the 195-pound class by pinning Hazen’s Hector Esquivel in 3:30. Skyline got second places from Tyler Aguirre at 145, Michael Mecham at 160 and Douglas Lawson at 170. Liberty’s Hamilton Noel, who placed second at last year’s 3A state meet, won the 160-pound division with a 14-5 decision against Mecham. Noel reached the final round after winning his first two matches with pins. Conner Small, of Liberty, won

the 138-pound class with a 7-1 decision against Hazen’s Daniel Karpman. Small won his first match with a pin and defeated Eastlake’s Mark Smith 13-0 in the second round. Liberty also received third places from Zach Toombs at 126 and Jake Tierney at 170. Both Skyline and Issaquah competed at the Bonney Lake Classic. Issaquah finished second with 133 points. Eastmont took first place with 154.5 points. Skyline, which sent some wrestlers to the meet, was 16th with 57 points. Issaquah did not have any individual champions but did have four runners-up. Max Tickman (126), Almen Thorpe (132), Jerdon Helgeson (138),and Jonathan Norris (285) took second places. Skyline’s Tristan Steciw (120) placed second and teammate Justin Manipis (113) was third. Issaquah wrestlers win final match to edge Skyline Issaquah pulled out a dramatic 35-34 victory Jan. 4, when Andrew Ramirez won the 170pound match as the Eagles defeated host Skyline in KingCo Conference 4A action. Ramirez scored a major decision by beating Skyline's Douglas Lawson 10-2. Issaquah got pins from Spencer Tickman (106), Louden Ivey (120) and Norris (285). Joseph Tonnemaker (145) also won his match with a major decision. Crouch (152) and Sarkosh (182) had pins for Skyline. Manipis

Skyline High School basketball players and coaches might still be talking about Megan Wiedeman’s near-buzzer-beating shot Jan. 6 against host Issaquah. Wiedeman, the Spartans’ standout senior post, almost won the game at literally the last second in the packed Issaquah High School gymnasium. She made the 22footer, but the officials ruled it no good after it rolled off of her fingertips just a split second after time expired. “I thought we won,” Skyline coach Greg Bruns said. So did Skyline’s fans. The lastsecond theatrics sent both student sections into an uproar. But as quickly as Skyline’s fans thought their team had executed a textbook come-from-behind victory, the Eagles’ faithful ultimately reveled in the victory over its district rival. Issaquah improved to 3-3 in KingCo Conference 4A and 8-4 overall after it won, 52-51. The Eagles remain in third place behind Skyline (4-2, 7-5) in the Crest Division standings. The loss knocked the Spartans out of a tie with Eastlake for first place. “I was just trying to get the shot off,” Wiedeman said after the game. “I didn’t really know the time.” Issaquah got off to a strong start, pressing hard on defense and frustrating the Skyline offense throughout the first half. The Eagles controlled the tempo and went up 15-10 after the first, at one point leading 132. Quincey Gibson, Issaquah’s sophomore point guard, hit backto-back 3-pointers to put Issaquah up 24-12 in the second quarter. The Spartans scored 12 points that quarter but still trailed 29-22 at halftime. After Issaquah lost to Garfield, 58-55, Jan. 4, the girls resolved to refocus on their team’s defensive strength, Eagles coach Kathy Gibson said. The key was “making plays on defense, for us,” she said. “After the Garfield loss, we’ve got to get back to defense. And I thought we did a pretty darn good job.”

Skyline came out in the second half with a new energy on defense and ended up narrowing the deficit to one point by the end of the third quarter. Skyline junior guard Rachel Shim put the Spartans up 37-35 after hitting a buzzer-beater and a free throw shot. That play proved a pivotal point. “It pumped up the team a lot. That’s what got us going,” Shim said. Shim finished with 12 points, while Wiedeman led all scorers with 16. Quincey Gibson, daughter of the Issaquah coach, topped the Eagles with 12 points, coming on four 3-point field goals. Teammate Aimee Brakken scored 11 points, and Mandie Hill and Monica Landdeck each had nine points. Despite a slow third quarter, on both sides of the ball, the Eagles managed to step up their defense in the fourth quarter, causing Skyline to scramble at the last second. “I think we just played really well as a team,” Quincey Gibson said. “Contain on defense and don’t foul. We just wanted to get the win.” Skyline blows out Ballard Skyline raced off to a 20-10 first-quarter lead Jan. 4 and coasted to a KingCo 4A 65-42 victory against host Ballard. Susie Tinker scored a seasonhigh 20 points to lead Skyline and all players. Wiedeman and Allie Wyszynski each had 10 points for the Spartans. Skyline led 30-19 at halftime and steadily pulled away from Ballard. Cailey Beckett topped Ballard with 15 points. Issaquah meanwhile lost to host Garfield, 58-55. Garfield led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and the contest remained close the rest of the way. Garfield's Nyasha Sarju scored a game-high 29 points. Hill led Issaquah with 17 points. Mackenzie Wieburg contributed 11 points and Ngozi Monu added nine points for the Eagles. Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment at


Skyline win keeps them atop Crest Division The Skyline High School boys basketball team kept its hold on first place in the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division standings Jan. 6 when the Spartans defeated the host Issaquah Eagles, 64-53. Skyline improved its league record to 4-1 and season mark to 9-3. Issaquah dropped to 3-3 in the Crest Division and 9-3 overall. The Eagles entered this week in third place behind Redmond, which was 4-2. The Eagles led 11-10 going into the second quarter, but Skyline sped ahead and came out on top, 26-21, at halftime. Despite senior guard Nick Price’s 21-point effort for the Eagles, the Spartans relied on double-digit performances from three players. Lucas Shannon, a senior forward,


scored 16 points, Will Parker, a senior guard, scored 15 points and sophomore guard Jonah Eastern finished with 11 points. On Jan. 3, Skyline suffered its first league defeat. The Spartans got outscored 34-20 in the second half by visiting Ballard and lost, 56-47. Skyline led 27-22 at halftime. However, Ballard blew out the Spartans 18-8 in the third quarter to go ahead for good. Seth Berger, a 6-foot-7 junior, led Ballard with 14 points. John Verduin, a 6-4 junior guard,

added 12 points for the Beavers. Shannon topped Skyline with 14 points and Parker had 10 points. Eagles fall to Garfield Issaquah, which drew the division-leading teams last week, lost to Crown Division-leading Garfield, 73-59, Jan. 3. The Eagles, playing on their home court for just the second time this season, held a 20-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Garfield outscored the Eagles 19-5 in the second period to stay in front for good. Garfield's Tucker Hayman, a 6-5 junior, led all players with 27 points. TreVaunte Williams, a 6-4 junior, had 24 points for Garfield, which is 6-0 in league play and 8-2 overall. Price topped Issaquah with 20

points. Teammate Fletcher Martin contributed 15 points. Issaquah entered the game coming off a successful road trip to Bend, Ore. The Eagles won the Summit Holiday Tournament Dec. 30. Issaquah defeated West Albany, Ore., 61-55, in the title game. Ryan Sexton and Martin each had 14 points to lead the Eagles. Price had 13 points. Liberty boys make big second half comeback The Liberty High School boys basketball team exploded in the second half Jan. 6 and rallied for a 68-57 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against visiting Interlake. The Patriots trailed by six See BASKETBALL, Page B5


Megan Wiedeman, Skyline High School senior post, watches her last-ditch effort head toward the hoop as Issaquah senior guard Taryn Holmes defends. Officials ruled the shot was made after time expired, handing the Spartans a 51-52 loss.


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