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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009 Home & Garden/C3 Classifieds/C4-5 Police & Fire/CS Schools/C6 o 41, Issaquah girls cling to division lead after 48-45 loss to [astlake BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER t was pretty straightforward: The Is- saquah girls basketball team had to hold off divLsion-rival Eastlake if it wanted to remain atop the KingCo Crest Division standings. The Eagles had beaten the Wolves two weeks ago at Issaquah and needed to as- sert their dominance on the road. "We wanted revenge from them from last time," Eastlake senior Alyssa Charlston BY GREG FARRAR Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah Sophomore forward, puts up two points late in tile game against  Eastlake as junior guard Alyssa Charlston defends. said. "We lost big to them last time and got embarrassed." Eastlake (12-5, 10-4 KingCo Crest) got its revenge in a 48-45 win against Issaquah (12-5, 10-3) Feb. 6 in front of an excited home crowd. "I told the girls, 'To be the best, you've got to beat the best,'" Eastlake head coach Scott Sartorius said after.the game. Neither team looked its best in the first haft. Eastlake finished the quarter with an 11-9 lead. The two teams traded turnovers for the beginning part of the second quar- ter and scored a combined four points in three and a half minutes. "Since the shots weren't falling and we weren't finishing, we really had to get de- fensive stops," Issaquah's Maddey Pflaumer said. "We had to contain them d we'd try to score, but it didn't work." Eastlake's Ellie Martinez broke the scor- ing drought with less than three minutes left in the half and Issaquah turned up its defense to finish out the second. "I think we played a little bit tentative in the first quarter," Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said after the game. "It took us a while to build that confidence. The girls were kind of frustrated and kind of dwelling on missing some of those layins." Eastlake led by two, 18-16, at halftime after senior forward Laura Bachman drained a 3-pointer in the final minute. Both Eastlake and Issaqah came out ready to play in the second haft. In the third, Pflaumer had her second block of the game just as the Lady Wolves found their rhythm down low and went on an 8-2 run. "We moved better outside," Sartorius said. "The defense shifted and allowed Ellie See 00SKETeALL, Page c2 BY GREG FARRAR Dayna Telley, 4aquall sophomore guard (right), Commits an offensive push foul dnFastlake's Jena Boyle on a drive to the basket in the second quarter. Swimmers see huge improvements at Kint,rCo meet BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Skyline High School freshman Ashton Powell had a great swim Feb. 7. Though he placed 16th overall in the 500-yard freestyle race at the KingCo Class 3A/4A league swim meet at Mary Wayte Pool, he shaved 14 seconds off of his previous best time. He swam it in 5 minutes, 35.86 seconds, qualify- ing for districts this week at Juanita. "He just rocked that event," Skyline coach Susan Simpkins said. "He did great." So did much of the Spartans' team. Junior Alex Palumbo qualified for the 4A state meet with a strong performance in the 500- free, as well, cutting about four seconds from his season best. He finished the race in third place with a time of 4:58.72, behind Mercer Island's Murray Long- botham (4:40.18) and Roosevelt's Cameron Johnson (4:57.51). Despite finishing the meet 10th out of 19 teams, Skyline will send a total of 15 swimmers to the dis- trict meet this week, Simpkins said, including junior John Ger- lach, who placed second in the 200-free (2:03.54), and David Jett, who swam the 100 free in 51.12 seconds. "Everybody swam really, really well," Simpkins said. "It was so fun to watch." Skyline's relay teams performed well, too. The Spartans' 200-yard medley relay team finished ninth overall, with a time just three sec- onds shy of qualifying for state -- 1:48.87. Skyline placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.75. The state-qualify- ing mark is 1:33.90. "It was a good day," Simpkins said. "Peter (Wicklund) and I could not have been happier with them." Issaquah places 11th In KingCo The Eagles fared all right at the league meet on Mercer Island. Junior Jack Taylor fared the best, finishing in the top six in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. He finished in 57.91 and 2:11.64, respectively, qualifying for dis- tricts in both. Senior Kyle Stratiner placed sixth in diving with a score of 314.75 points. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Issaquah placed eighth with a time of 3:36.69. The team fin, ished with 178 points for 11th place overall. Uhedy advances 10 to diarists Patriot freshman Logan Briggs is fast. In fact, according to coach Kris Daughters, he's the fastest on the team. "I really respect Logan because of what a team player he is," she said. "He makes it fun for the other guys." See SWIMMERS, Page C2 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Uberty freshman Logan Bdgga finishes the 200-yard freestyle race at the Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. BY SCOTT MORTON John White (top) ' and Jacob Bodn, Issaquah senior teammates who have wrestled together since fifth grade, meet in the 160-pound title bout. BY RYAN PIERSOL Olivia Goree performs her floor rou- tine during the 4A KingCo Championships, tying for first in the event with 9.45 points. tumblers take third at KingCo BY RYAN PIERSOL A pair of top-10 all-around per- formances weren't enough to keep the Issaquah t-Iigh School gymnas- tics team from stopping a Wood- inville squad intent on dominating the newly revamped KingCo 4A championships. Issaquah, which competed in 3A last season, picked up top-10 all-around finishes from both Olivia Goree and Risa Fukuda on Feb. 7 at Ballard High School. That push helped the Eagles finish with 172.7 points, good enough for third place. Woodinville was first with 181.6, while Bothell was runner-up with 177. It was the first time this season for Issaquah to face Woodinville and Bothell in a 4A league that has four new teams. The top three teams qualified for this weekend's district meet. "We went in knowing there would be six teams vying for three spots. And we knew that Wood- inville would be the givenand Bothell would be fight behind them, so there were going to be a lot of teams going after that third spot," Eaglea coach Ryan Fleisher said. "We're happy. It was a pretty good weekend." Goree placed seventh in the all- around standings with 35.95 points. She had Issaquah's highest single-category finish, too, winning the floor competition with a score of 9.45. That score was identical to Bothell's Molly Michaluk, but Goree won the tiebreaker due to her higher all-around score. She also placed fifth on the beam and ninth on the bars. It was the first time this season Goree failed to win the all-around category, which went to Hailey Wells, of Woodinville. "She's a pretty strong, all-around gymnast. She's very captivating on See TUMBLERS, Page C2 Area wrestlers ad ance to regionals BY JIM FEEHA/ o While wrestlers from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools didn't win any KingCo tournament team titles Feb. 7, each school sent several grapplers to region- als. Issaquah posted three champi- onship match winners: Dalton Fennell (112 pounds), Ben Tick- man (130 pounds) and Jon White (160 pounds) at the KingCo 4A tournament at Juanita High School. Wrestlers who finished in the top 5 at the tournament also ad- vance to the next round. The Issaquah wrestlers include: Dalton Baunsgard (112 pounds), Jordan Tanner (125 pounds), Sean Novak (130 pounds), David White (135 pounds), Jacob Borin (160 pounds), Jon White (160 pounds) and Tyler Volk (171 pounds). Woodinville won the 4A title with 254 points, followed by Ingle- moor 195 and Issaquah 188. Sky- line finished seventh with 118 points. "I'm really proud of our team," said Issaquah coach Kirk Hyatt. "Our goal was to finish among the top three and we did that." Liberty hosted the KingCo 3A championships and had three in- dividual winners: Matt Weik (125 pounds), Brandon Studer (160 pounds) and Malcolm Dike (171 pounds). Also advancing to the 3A regionals are Dan Valasquez (103 pounds), Riley Richmond (125 pounds), Hamilton Noel (135 pounds), Wright Noel (140 pounds), Jay Chakravarty (152 pounds) and Chris Harlin (215). "Chris had an excellent match in winning third place," said Darren Tremblay, assistant coach. "He was down by six or eight points, and he pinned his opponent in the closing seconds." Bellevue won the 3A title with 246 points, followed by Mercer Is- land (186 points) and Liberty (184 points). See WRESTLERS, Page C2 llllllllllll I I I I I II I I