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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4. Schools/C6 23, 2009 Select program swimmers now among KingCo league elite By Christopher Huber/Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports reporters The Issaquah area had a prom- ising group of young swimmers hit the pools eight to 10 years ago, with most of them competing for the Issaquah Swim Team club program. Some have since joined other select programs. However, this fall, most of those swimmers are competing for Issaquah School District high-school teams. That means Skyline, Issaquah and Lib- erty should be among the more competitive KingCo Conference teams. Among the more noted swim- mers is Skyline's Andie Taylor, who ranks among the nation's top swimmers. Taylor, a senior, is the reigning Class 4A state champion in the 200-yard individual medley. Issaquah senior Helen Liu is also back for her final season. Like Taylor, Liu has been among the state's top swimmers during her career. SWIMMING PREVIEW Skyline swimmers busy Three of Skyline's top zwim- mers are coming off a busy, but relatively successful summer club season. Taylor, Nina Zook and Meghan O'Keefe all competed in major meets during the summer. They are among the reasons the Spartans should make a stronger run for league and district titles, and maybe the state. Last year at state, Taylor won the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 58.23 seconds, breaking the 14-year-old state record for the second time in eight days. The time put Taylor at All-American standing for the event. Taylor also posted an All-Ameri- can finish in the 100 freestyle. Al- though she placed second to Kent- lake's Chelsea Barley, Taylor broke the five-year state record with a time of 49.97 seconds. She lost by only .15 seconds. Zook, a junior, and O'Keefe, a sophomore, placed in the top 10 in their events. In the 200 IM, O'- Keefe came in 10th with a time of 2:10.51, more than a second faster than her preliminary time. Zook also finished 10th in the 100-yard butterfly, with a time of 59.15 seconds. Skyline finished seventh in the state as a team in 2008, and even though it lost a dozen seniors to graduation, head coach Susan Simpkins said the 78-girl roster is full of depth and experience. That will come in handy against top teams like Newport, Issaquah and Redmond. Freshmen Maria Volodkevich, Andi Scarcello and Sarah Elderkin are among the talented newcom- ers. Skyline figures to get points from Kelsey Kosenkranius, who should be among KingCo's top divers. Kosenkranius also com- petes in swimming events and re- cently placed first in the 100 breaststroke. The Spartans, in meets that have been reported, are 3-0. They have dominated every one of .those. In the 139-47 victory against Liberty, Skyline had four state-qualiing times, three by Taylor. The 200 medley relay of Taylor, O'Keefe, Abby Magee and Zook also had one. Eagles are stronger Issaquah coach Laura Halter also has some talented young swimmers to go along with upper- classmen Liu, Molly and Kelly Herman, and Marit Borth. Among those are freshmen Kayla Flaten and Stacy Maier. See SWIMMING, Page C3 Kasen Williams, Skyline junior wide receiver, collects a per- fect Jake Heaps pass in the end zone to tie the game 14-all at 7:20 left in the second quarter, as Oaks Christian, Calif., senior defensive back Max Napolitano defends in the nationally tele- vised game. BY G-]]I G FAIRAR Spartans lose clash of titans No. 9 Shyline falls to No. 6 Oaks Christian, 28-25 BY GIiEG FARIAR Above, Tommy Aarts, Skyline senior linebacker, sacks Oaks Christian, Calif., senior quarterback Nick Montana in the fourth quarter for no gain. At right, Jake Heaps, Skyline senior quarterback, lets a pass fly in the second quar- ter against Oaks Christian, during the drive leading to a field goal and a 17- 14 lead. By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter hen the teams left - the field for haft- time, Skyline High School jun- ior wide receiver Kasen Williams told his team- n mates ot to quit. That s not whaL,  !4-0 first-quarter deficit to score Skyline does, he said. 17 unanswered points in the sec- The Spartans were down 21-17 ond. Skyline let one more Lions at the break to one of the nation's best teams in Oaks Christian. Li- ons quarterback Nick Montana, a See FOOTBALL, Page C3 Washington verbal commit, and his offense had struck three times through the air and their running game picked away at the Skyline defense. Skyline got off to a jittery start on offense in front of 4,400 fans and a national TV audience Sept. 18, but had come back from a Local soccer teams open play with mixed results Uberty soccer opens with ties The Liberty High School girls soccer team began its 3A/2A KingCo Conference season last week with a pair of dramatic ties. Cassidy Nangle's goal at the 76th minute Sept, 17 enabled Liberty to tie host Sammamish 2- 2. Sammamish led 1-0 at halftime and held a 2-0 lead mid-way of the second half. Midfielder Treva LeRoy, assisted by Carly Mackin- non, scored Liberty's first goal at the 66th minute. Nangle, a for- ward, scored the tying goal off an assist from midtielder Shannon Daly. On Sept. 15, Sarah Duvalrs goal at the 68th minute enabled the Patriots to tie Mount Si 2-2. Liberty took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Kimi Fry at SOCCER ROUNDUP the seventh minute. Lauren Barnes, of Mount Si, scored an unassisted goal at the 19th minute. Lauren Snead, assisted by Barnes, put Mount Si ahead with a goal at the 51st minute. The two ties for Liberty came after the Patriots opened the sea- son with three nonleague defeats against 4A powers Issaquah, Eastlake and Skyline. Eagles win twice In Oregon Issaquah won two games last weekend in the Tualatin, Ore., Showcase. The Eagles defeated Lincoln, of Portland, 1-0 Sept. 18. Margaret Ranch, assisted by Shelley Leland, scored the goal at the 36th minute. Goalkeeper Brooke Miller picked up the shutout. The Eagles defeated host Tu- alatin 3-1 Sept. 19 with three sec- ond half goals. Tualatin led 1-0 at halftime. Kristin Maris, an all- league player for the Eagles last season, tied the game with an as- sist from Riley Foreman at the 57th minute. Foreman, on an unassisted goal, put Issaquah ahead at the 65th minute. Dayna Talley, with an unassisted goal, concluded Is- saquah's scoring at the 78th minute. Issaquah, 3-1 on the season, also dropped a nonleagne game to Redmond 3-2 Sept. 16. Ranch and Maris scored Issaquah's goals. The game was tied 2-2 at halftime. Annika Hayman's goal at the 78th minute proved to be the game-winner for Redmond. Spartans split Skyline, 4-1 on the season, split two games in the Tualatin Show- case. The defending 4A state cham- pions lost to Westview, of Ore- gon, 2-0 Sept. 18. However, he Spartans bounced back Sept. 19 with a 3-0 victory against Lin- coln. Shea O'Donnell, off an assist by Kayla Shim, gave Skyline a 1-0 lead at 37:56. Madi Barney, as- sisted by Michelle Bretl, boosted Skyline's lead with a goal at 40:54. Barney capped Skyline's scoring with an unassisted goal at 67:39. Patriots romp, Eagles get" " in win column Press staff report iberty High School and rival Issaquah High School's football teams were headed in opposite directions prior to last week. However, both are headed on the same path now. Liberty remained unbeaten Sept. 17 with a 51-13 rout of the visiting Mercer Island Is- landers. Issaquah, a highly regarded Class 4A team be- fore the season, ended a two- game losing streak with a 28- 24 triumph Sept. 18 against the visiting Inglemoor Vikings at Mount Si High Sta- dium. Both teams hit the road Sept. 25 with Liberty at Sam- mamish, and Issaquah playing Garfield in Seattle's Memorial Stadium. Both games start at 8 p.m. F00TBhLL ROUNDUP Itclat reck Islanders Chandler Jenkins scored three touchdowns as Liberty cruised by Mercer Island, the 3A/2A KingCo Conference opener for both teams. Jenkins, a junior, rushed for touchdowns on runs of 20 and 55 yards. He also caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Liberty quarterback Trey Wheeler. Jenkins finished the night rushing for 85 yards on four carries, and four receptions for 97 yards. He also returned a kickoff 12 yards and had two punt returns for 14 yards to cap a busy night. Wheeler, a junior, threw three touchdown passes in all. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards. Wheeler connected with Jenkins on the 1-yard score and with Peter Wiggnm on a 26-yard scoring strike in the first quarter. Then, in the second quarter, Wheeler hit Jake Bainton on a 7-yard touchdown pass. Bain- ton, another junior, had six re- ceptions for 96 yards. Jay Chakravarty rushed for two third-quarter touchdowns to cap the scoring for the Patri- ots. Chakravarty finished the game with 51 rushing yards on eight carries. Tei Saladi also had 58 rushing yards on eight carries as the Patriots showed a balanced attack. Liberty had 494 total offen- sive yards. Liberty, 3-0 and ranked fourth in The Seattle Times Class 3A state poll, led 23-0 af- ter the first quarter and 37-7 at halftime. Eagles stop Inglemoor Quarterback Ryan Bergman tossed two first-half touchdown passes as the Issaquah Eagles defeated Ingiemoor. Issaquah took a 7-0 first- quarter lead when Phillip Hamilton recovered a fumble in the end zone. The Eagles then exploded for three touchdowns in the sec- ond half to lead 28-0 at half- time. Bergman connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass with Gavin Schumaker to open the second period. He later hit Evan Peterson on a 22-yard touchdown pass. Taylor Wyman also scored a touchdown on a 1- yard run.