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Sammamish Weekly

Welcome to the December 11, 2022 edition of the Sammamish Newsletter!

This week, we take a look at the ongoing search for Oakley Carlson, who was reported missing a year ago. Her birth parents, Andrew Carlson and Jordan Bowers, are persons of interest in her disappearance and have not cooperated with investigators. An $85,000 reward is now available for anyone with information leading to Oakley.

We also take a look at the local real estate market, the 2021 state championship win by the Tornadoes, the Pac-12 player of the year, a former student's arrest, the Royals' red-hot streak, the Gonzaga men's basketball team's home winning streak, the Heisman Trophy finalist, a book list hand-picked by local students and teachers, DIY renovations for flippers, a fatal crash involving a suspected DUI driver, the snow at Snoqualmie Pass, and the Semiahmoo Thunderbirds' exhibition game against the Eastside Catholic Crusaders.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Grays Harbor detectives still looking for answers a year after reported disappearance of 6-year-old

On December 11, 2022, detectives in Sammamish, Washington are continuing to search for answers regarding the disappearance of Oakley Carlson, who was reported missing a year ago. Oakley's birth parents, Andrew Carlson and Jordan Bowers, are persons of interest in her disappearance and have not cooperated with investigators. An $85,000 reward is now available for anyone with information leading to Oakley.

WA is home to 4 of America’s most expensive zip codes. Think you can afford these houses?

Washington state is home to four of the top 100 most expensive zip codes in the United States, according to a study from PropertyShark. Sammamish's 98075 zip code ranked 90th with a median price of $1.87 million. For just $5 million, you can purchase a six-bedroom house on the shores of Pine Lake, just a few streets away from Lake Sammamish.

Notes from Washington 4A and 3A state championship games

Yelm (Wash.) 2024 linebacker Brayden Platt and Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic 2024 defensive lineman A.J. Tanupo were key players in the Tornadoes' state championship win in 2021. Platt was a workhorse back and a stifling run stopper, while Tanupo played with his hair on fire, perfectly fitting the "plays with his hair on fire" mantra. Both players will be key pieces in the 2024 class.

College Football: Stanford QB McKee declares for NFL draft

Sammamish native Caleb Williams was named the unanimous choice as The Associated Press player of the year in the Pac-12. Williams, a quarterback for the University of Southern California, threw for 4,075 yards and 37 touchdowns with four interceptions while completing 66% of his passes. He also ran for 372 yards and 10 more scores. Stanford quarterback Davis McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. Utah cornerback Clark Phillips III was named defensive player of the year and Washington coach Kalen DeBoer earned coach of the year honors.

Seattle man accused of threatening to bring guns to Sammamish High School

Isaiah Foster, a former student of the Bellevue School District, was arrested on December 9, 2020 after threatening to bring guns to Sammamish High School. He was charged with felony harassment and cyber harassment.

Sports Roundup 12-12-22

The Sammamish Royals routed the Lancers on Thursday, continuing their red-hot streak.

Husky men's basketball team aiming to do the unthinkable: Beat Gonzaga in Spokane

The 18th-ranked Gonzaga men's basketball team has extended their home winning streak to 69 games, the longest active streak among Division I teams. The last team to beat the Zags at the McCarthey Athletic Center was Saint Mary's in 2018. Washington, led by Eastside Catholic's Nolan Hickman, will attempt to end the streak on December 11, 2022.

Potential 2023 Heisman Trophy finalists from Ohio State

On Saturday night, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second year in a row, but USC's Caleb Williams ultimately won the award. The Buckeyes have had five Heisman finalists in the last five years, and J.T. Tuimoloau, a former five-star defensive end out of Sammamish, Washington, is expected to be a key contributor for the Scarlet and Gray in 2023.

High School Basketball Roundup: Kennedy girls clobber Kent-Meridian, 61-25 - The B-Town (Burien) Blog

Sammamish put on a show in a 72-8 win over Highline in local girls basketball on Dec. 11, 2022. The Lady Totems dominated from start to finish, never letting the Pirates get close. It was a great display of teamwork and skill from Sammamish, who look to continue their winning ways in the coming weeks.

Diverse, multilingual books picked by students, teachers

Looking for a culturally relevant and multilingual book list? Check out the one hand-picked by local students and teachers in partnership with Seattle education research organization foundry10. Titles cover a wide variety of topics, from kindergarten to ninth grade, and include books from Discovery Elementary (Sammamish). Learn more here!

What To Look For In A Flip House

According to Sammamish Mortgage, there are a number of DIY renovations that require relatively low experience levels and would be perfect for newer flippers. If you are getting started flipping houses, Sammamish Mortgage suggests looking for homes with minor needs that can be easily fixed with DIY projects.

One person killed in suspected DUI crash near Lumen Field in Seattle

One person was killed in a suspected DUI crash overnight in Seattle's SODO neighborhood. On Dec. 11, 2022, a fatal crash occurred in Sammamish, WA, involving a suspected DUI driver.

'I love it. It's a lot'; Snoqualmie Pass sees more than a foot of snow over the weekend

It was a snowy weekend at Snoqualmie Pass, with more than a foot of snow falling. Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the snow, including the Taylor family from Puyallup, who stayed overnight to get an early start. Brian Bickel of Sammamish helped a driver who got stuck by fetching a shovel. WSDOT recommends checking road conditions before heading out in the passes.

Thunderbirds battle in 80-77 loss to Washington state-based Crusaders

The Semiahmoo Thunderbirds gave the Eastside Catholic Crusaders from Sammamish, WA all they could handle, but ultimately fell 80-77 in an exhibition game at Langley Events Centre.

LSU Team Advances to National Accounting Competition

Five E. J. Ourso College of Business accounting students from Frisco, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; Metairie, LA; Crowley, LA; and Sammamish, WA will compete in Deloitte’s 2022-2023 Audit Innovation Campus Challenge.

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