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The IssaquahPress



Wednesday May 28, 2014

Erika Kumar, Fred Nystrom

Park Board Youth Leadership and Volunteer Awards

Robin Callahan Citizen of the Year

Photos by Greg Farrar

Ava Frisinger, former Issaquah mayor, receives long applause from a roomful of admirers as she is called to the podium to receive the City of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award from current Mayor Fred Butler, during the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet.

HONORS IN EXCELLENCE Chamber of Commerce pays tribute to top community contributions

Marie Duke

Public Education Advocate of the Year

Greg Morris

Park Board Sportsperson

Ralph Doellefeld

Salmon Days Spawnor Roll

Karen Donovan

Bella Mancini, Sydney Weber, Becky Gordon

Environmental Excellence

Caring Community Awards

Taryn Frazier, of TMCHS, Jeremy Stroming, of LHS, and Amanda Levenson, of IHS

Human and Spiritual Values

Cecilia Gambill

Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year

Rotary Students of the Year

Jan Bennett

Vickie Hoffman

Ashley and Stan Hoffman accepting posthumous Golden Apple award

Chris and Jacque Chiechi — Fischer Meats

Salmon Days Volunteer of the Year

Business Person of the Year

Oh, to be an English gardener

Eastside Lions Rugby is hosting Clothes for the Cause drive May 31

By Jane Garrison

Eastside Lions Youth Rugby will collect donations of used clothes and textiles at a Clothes for the Cause fundraiser May 31. Instead of throwing worn clothes in the trash, where they will sit in a landfill, donate your clothes and textiles and give them a second life. Ninety-eight percent of all the textiles collected will be repurposed, reused or recycled. Types of items accepted include clothes in any condition, hats, towels, linens, rugs, curtains, bathmats, purses, shoes and stuffed animals. Items not accepted include wet or damp items, glass, electronics, pet beds, mattresses, bed pillows and large quantities of industrial textiles. The Clothes for the Cause donation truck will be parked in the Safeway parking lot, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The truck will be there from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 31. Bring your donations that day. If you have 10 full black bags or more, call Susan at 503-5542 to make arrangements to have them picked up at your house.

English gardeners are really something. They know intricate little secrets that we wouldn’t even dream of. Years and years of trial and error have taught them what works, and it seems to work on all levels, not just aesthetics. English gardens seem to make plants, animals, good insects and Mother Nature all smile in appreciation. For example, they might plant early daffodils under a Corylopsis bush. Why? There are many reasons, and these are a few: First, the Corylopsis will keep frost off the ground when the daffodils are trying to bloom. Second, the shrub allows plenty of sun on the daffodils with its sparse branching and bare limbs in winter. And finally, the shrub leafs out and spares us the indignity of looking at the old, dead and dying leaves of the daffodils. What more could you ask for? English gardeners know all of that and also where to plant this symbiotic duo in the first place. We marvel at their gardens, try some of their antics in ours here on the

Eastside, but many times we fail. Why? Well, in the first place, we haven’t tried and failed enough in our short gardening history. But more importantly, our gardening conditions here are as varied as our topography, vegetation and soil conditions. It’s hard for us to go by general rules. Our hills are steep, close together and varied in height, creating micro-climate extremes. Vegetation can be gigantic, close in, scrubby or non-existent. Our soil was compacted by the glacier on the hills and deposited by water in the valleys with pockets of either here and there. Small, fenced yards can create heat sinks in some areas, making it possible to grow good tomatoes, while others areas are cool and windy, making it impossible to grow anything edible. Some rules just don’t seem to apply here. For example, if you want to grow roses, you need six hours of sun, but not just any sun. My yard doesn’t get sun until noon due to the towering trees in the neighbors’ yard, so the soil is always cool, even

Master gardener’s corner With Jane Garrison

in raised beds. I could eke out six hours of weak, low-heat sunshine in one area. Is it enough? No, but I found out only through trial and error. The general rule of six hours did not work for me. The only way to know is to take your best guess for your micro-climate, sun, shade, hot, cold, soil conditions and air circulation. Then, buy the most suitable plant varieties and plant them where they want to be. If you don’t know, look around your neighborhood and see what is growing well. I plant just a few of each until I know if they will be happy or not. And then, I follow the advice of the famous English gardener, Vita Sackville West who said, “If it doesn’t do well, just hoick it.” I couldn’t agree more. Jane Garrison is a local landscape architect who gardens in glacial till on the plateau.

Suzie Kuflik

Skyline, Liberty drama programs up for awards The Skyline and Liberty high school drama programs wrapped up their spring musicals in early May, but the productions were so impressive, they both have one more show to attend. They’ll gather among the state’s best performing arts programs for the highschool version of the Tony Awards on June 9. The schools earned a combined nine 5th Avenue Theatre Awards nominations. The annual award show recognizes musical theater at high schools across the state. Skyline earned six nominations for its work in “Pippin,” while Liberty’s “Once Upon a Mattress” production earned three. The Spartans are up for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Hair and Makeup and Outstanding Lobby Display. Madison Willis, as Leading Player, was also nominated for

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. The school also received honorable mention in the Outstanding Performance by a Chorus category, and Courtney Cohen, who played Berthe, was mentioned for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role. Liberty will go headto-head with Skyline for the Outstanding Costume Design award. Maddy Daly and Marcus Milyko are also nominated for individual honors. Daly, as the Court Jester, is up for the Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role, and Milyko, as King Sextimus, will vie for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role. The awards show will be held 7 p.m. June 9 at Benaroya Hall and streamed live at www.facebook. com/5thAvenueEdu.

The IssaquahPress



Wednesday May 28, 2014

‘Hyped-up’ Spartans net first-round state soccer playoff win By Neil Pierson npierson@ The Skyline High School boys soccer team had recently tasted disappointment in the first round of the state tournament, and the Spartans weren’t about to let it happen again. After suffering their first loss of the season to rival Issaquah in the May 8 KingCo Conference championship game, the Spartans rebounded in a big way. Armeen Badri and Jason Twaddle netted goals in a four-minute span of the second half, and the Spartans defeated the Puyallup Vikings, 2-0, in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament May 21 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Senior defender Nick Morgan said Skyline’s last two playoff losses were motivating factors coming in. They lost to Puyallup (2-1) in 2012 and to Camas (1-0) in 2013. “Before the game, we were really hyped up on winning this game and ending the curse,” Morgan said, “because we lost the KingCo finals the last couple years, and we thought losing one game was enough for the year.” The Spartans (14-13) advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2011, and was to travel to Snohomish on May 24, after The Press’ deadline. Skyline defeated Snohomish 1-0 on March 22, although Morgan indicated last week that result means little since the rematch will have much higher stakes. Puyallup and Skyline spent much of the opening half probing each other for weaknesses, and went to the break scoreless. The Vikings (13-5-1) limited Skyline’s scoring chances, with the only serious threat coming on Nate Hardwick’s 32ndminute free kick that forced a diving save from goalkeeper Jack Rose. The opening minutes of the second half showed the Spartans to be a hungrier, more determined group, and they soon capitalized on a multitude of chances. “We had better ball movement and we came

Athletes named to All-League Lacrosse team Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls. Girls Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior

“Before the game, we were really hyped up on winning this game and ending the curse.” — Nick Morgan Skyline senior defender By Christina Corrales-Toy

together as a team, and we really played smart,” said Badri, a senior midfielder. “It wasn’t that much about strategy, just coming out prepared, playing our game, because we knew we could really step it up.” In the 53rd minute, Hardwick’s long throw-in along the right sideline went deep into the penalty box. A Vikings defender headed the ball away, but it went right to Badri, who blasted a 15-yard shot past Rose to the far upper corner. “I just saw the ball come out and I just took a good touch,” Badri said, “and took the shot and the goalie wasn’t able to stop it.” The insurance goal came four minutes later as Twaddle found a seam through Puyallup’s central defense. From 22 yards, he hit a low shot that hit Rose’s fingertips before settling into the net. Skyline dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half, putting up 10 shots, and outshot Puyallup 17-8 for the game. The Spartans’ back four, with Morgan and fellow senior Nick Christoforou in the middle, didn’t let the Vikings have many chances. Goalkeeper Jack O’Keefe made three saves in the second half, none of them difficult. Skyline has shut out 13 of its 18 opponents this year, giving up only five goals. Morgan and Christoforou are in their first season as a central-defense pairing, but there’s more than meets the eye to the Spartans’ stinginess. “We just talk a lot and don’t let guys behind us,” Morgan explained. “Our defense is really connected.” If the Spartans advance to the state semifinals, they’ll return to Sparks Stadium to play Gig Harbor or Kentwood at 8 p.m. May 30. The championship game is at 5 p.m. May 31.

The Liberty Patriots softball team celebrates after clinching a state tournament berth with their 10-1 win over West Seattle at Lower Woodland Park May 22.


Hot bats put Patriots back in state tournament

By Christina Corrales-Toy The Liberty High School softball team is back where it belongs. The perennially statebound squad will return to the state tournament, after missing out on the fun a year ago. The Patriots clinched a 2014 berth with a 3-1 record in the two-day SeaKing District Tournament May 21-22. “I’m just trying to get back to where the program should and used to be,” second-year coach Zach Bartholomew said. “It’s always kind of been the same story. They’re not always the most talented group, but nobody ever wants to play us because we’ll jump up and beat anybody at anytime.” At a time of year when nearly every game is a win-or-go-home battle, the Patriots stayed alive when it mattered most. After emerging from the KingCo tournament, something they couldn’t do last year, the Patriots’ journey to state continued May 21 with a loser-out game against Nathan Hale in the first round of the district tournament at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park. They collected 10 hits, made ample use of some small ball and received another solid outing from staff ace Sydney Hopper to easily put away Nathan Hale, 131. That win earned them at least two more games in the tournament. Shortly after defeating the Raiders, Liberty col-

lected its only loss of the tournament, when it fell to Bainbridge, 13-12, in a thriller. “I had nothing but great things to say, because they just battled that entire time,” Bartholomew said of the team’s performance against one of the Metro League’s top teams. The loss put the Patriots in the loser’s bracket, but it didn’t end their season. They came back on May 22, knowing they had to win two games to make it to state, or they were going home. The Patriots held off a late rally by Eastside Catholic to beat the Crusaders, 6-3, in the first game of the day. Senior Olivia Kutzke and Hopper both had homeruns in the game. After that, Liberty needed just one more win to get to state, and it would have to come against West Seattle. Coaches elected to give Hopper, who threw nearly three games in a row, a break, and instead give senior shortstop Liza VanCamp the start in the state-clinching game. “I just started pitching again this year, so I was really nervous up there,” VanCamp said. “But I love being put in pressure situations, because I just feel I do better and I’m so motivated.” VanCamp performed more than admirably, giving up just one run in seven innings and leading her team to a convincing 10-1 win over West Seattle. Kutzke also added what was her second homerun of the day. The Liberty offense was on a tear the entire two-day tournament. They scored 41 runs on 49 hits over the four games. Van-

Camp, the team’s leadoff hitter, was nearly impossible to get out, going a combined 10-for-17 at the plate, and wreaking havoc on the base paths. Hopper and Kutzke, the team’s three and four hitters, supplied the power, both sending pitches over the fence. Patriots Hannah McMullin, Madi Jones and Jenny Walker also had a nice two days at the plate. This year’s team resembles some of the old-school toughness that defined past Liberty squads, Bartholomew said. It’s why, as soon as they earned the state berth, the team sent out orders for T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Liberty Tough.” “That’s what our coaches have been telling us. We’re swift and scrappy like we were back when Liberty baseball won the championship and Liberty softball was at the top,” Kutzke said. The Patriots certainly sound like past Liberty softball teams, too. It’s hard not to notice the boisterous cheering emanating from the dugout. “We’re the obnoxious, really loud team that messes with everyone’s head,” VanCamp joked. Their journey isn’t over yet. The state tournament is May 30-31 at Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex. The fields there are turf, so, until then, the Liberty girls will practice on the baseball team’s turf field, since the girls’ infield is dirt. “This team is fun and as long as we stay disciplined, that’s fine,” Bartholomew said. “That’s what we’re about. We’re going to work hard, we’re going to have fun and we’re going to go out and surprise people.”

Boys KingCo Conference First Team: Zach Fritz, Issaquah, senior; Mikey Giannopulos, Issaquah, junior; Matt Thomas, Issaquah, senior; Spencer Noonan, Skyline, senior Second Team: Charlie Kurtenbach, Skyline, junior; James Nelson, Issaquah, senior; Jordan Dondoyano, Issaquah, sophomore Honorable Mention: Nate Holbrook, Issaquah, freshman; Andy Hutchings, Skyline, junior

Patriots host fundraiser The Liberty High School boys basketball team will hold a golf fundraiser May 30, featuring special guest speaker Mack Strong. Festivities begin with a 1 p.m. golf tournament at Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Participants can win a new car, or a dream vacation, in one of three hole-in-one contests. The team is also hosting a banquet and silent auction. Learn more at http://

Liberty excels at KingCo Liberty High School junior Cherelle Demps continued a stellar track season with four wins at the KingCo 3A/2A Championship. Demps won the 100 and 200 meter races and was a part of both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relay teams that took home gold. The 4×100 relay team lowered their two-week old school record to 49.39 seconds. Danielle Demps won the triple jump. Kelli Anderson won the high jump. Kelley Johnson broke a 1995 school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.64, and also won the 100 hurdles. The boys had wins from Aaron Bowe in the 3,200, Andrew Baugh in the high jump and Romney Noel in the 110 hurdles. Liberty will next compete at the state track and field championships May 29-31.

Annika Hildebrand goes deep, leads Spartans to next round By Neil Pierson npierson@ Annika Hildebrand isn’t known as a power hitter, but she picked a very good time to collect her first home run as a high-school player. The Skyline High School third baseman clobbered a threerun homer over the center-field fence, and those runs proved to be the difference as the Spartans held off the Issaquah Eagles, 7-6, in a loser-out game at the Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch tournament May 20 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. In the bottom of the third inning, Skyline (15-7) took a 4-3 lead on Natalie King’s RBI single. Hildebrand then stepped to the plate and drilled a pitch from Issaquah’s Kylie Bevell, making it 7-3 in the blink of an eye. “I had two strikes on me, so I just hit whatever I had to,” Hildebrand said, noting that she didn’t think the ball was leaving the park. “It was the first time I’ve jogged around the bases.” Skyline and Issaquah (12-10) split their two regular-season meetings, and the Eagles weren’t about to go quietly. Coach Ron

Hatlen removed Bevell in favor of Winter Ridgeway, and the junior proceeded to hold the Spartans scoreless over the final three innings, striking out eight of the 11 hitters she faced. In hindsight, Hatlen said, he might have started Ridgeway, but she’d thrown 170 pitches a day earlier in a nine-inning win over Bothell. “She wanted in there, and all she did was what Winter has done for us all year,” Hatlen said. “She led the league in strikeouts, innings pitched. She’s matured. She used to get way down when stuff happened. Now, she just lets it bounce off of her.” Issaquah trimmed its deficit to two in the fourth inning as leadoff hitter Jennifer Morse singled and Sydney Schultz followed with a two-run homer off Skyline’s Caroline Bowman. Skyline’s lead remained 7-5 until the seventh, but Ridgeway dropped an infield hit in front of shortstop Lauren Lo to score Justi Johnson. With two outs and the tying run at third base, Bowman coaxed a game-ending ground ball from Jessica DeFelice. Bowman was battered a bit, giving up 12 hits, but struck out

By Greg Farrar

Annika Hildebrand (center), Skyline High School sophomore third baseman, leaps in the air onto home plate and into her teammates’ arms after collecting three runs with her first-ever high school homerun in the third inning May 20 against Issaquah. seven and only walked one. “Not my best outing, but we got done what we needed to,” the freshman said. “Defense was huge — they backed me up every play. It’s nice knowing they have my back.” Issaquah set the tone in the top of the first inning, getting three runs on four hits, including run-scoring singles from Amelia

Cunningham and Ridgeway. The lead didn’t last long, though, as Skyline scored three in the bottom of the first. Madisen Camp-Chimenti’s two-out, two-run single was the key blow. Skyline’s successful season is due in large part to the quick maturity of its nine freshmen. Hildebrand, a sophomore, noted that many of the girls have basi-

cally grown up together, playing select softball with and against each other. The Spartans have likely surprised a lot of opponents who were overlooking them. “It’s so exciting, because coming in with the nine freshmen and not having won any playoff games, no one really expects anything from us, so it’s nice to prove them wrong,” Bowman said. “We don’t crack under pressure — we do pretty well,” Hildebrand added. While Issaquah season’s ended short of the program’s first state-tournament berth since 2008, the Eagles made big strides, increasing their win total from six to 12. And Hatlen loses only two seniors — DeFelice and captain Bailey Englin — to graduation. “They just never quit, and at the beginning of the year, they would have,” Hatlen said of their gritty effort against Skyline. “They’ve really matured as a team. They make a mistake and they let it go. This entire team, one through 16, people were cheering and no one got down. They just thought they were going to get it back.”