Come to pep rallies, buy tickets to support Issaquah, Skyline high schools for the big game

December 4, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 2008

As the kickoff clock winds down to the start of the 4A state championship game between the Issaquah High School Eagles and the Skyline High School Spartans, students, staff and community members are rallying behind their school colors.

To get the Eagles excited for a win at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Tacoma, students are inviting community members to their pep rally at 2 p.m. in the school commons.

Skyline students and staff are sending the Spartans off with an all-school pep rally assembly at 1:50 p.m. The community will rally for the Spartans at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of 228th and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road (Wells Fargo Bank).

If you come to the Issaquah pep rally, sign in at the main office first.

At the rally, you can pick up your Issaquah High School state championship game shirt for $10, while supplies last, and help encourage the team to victory.

The Skyline Gridiron Club is selling state finals T-shirts for $10 each in front of MERCER in the QFC Plaza from 5-7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. – noon tomorrow. The school is selling shirts for $5 at the bookkeeper’s office.

Issaquah students can hop on one of several rooter buses, for $20, which will leave for Tacoma after the assembly. Community members are welcome to follow the buses but there aren’t any available seats on the buses for the general public.

Students are planning individual tailgates at the Tacoma Dome, but the schools are not coordinating one.

School officials are asking everyone to remember to exhibit good sportsmanship during the game. And the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association has asked school officials to share tournament regulations for spectators:

♦ WIAA tournament managers have the authority to remove fans for inappropriate behavior and comments.

♦ Artificial noisemakers (including thunder sticks) are not allowed at any WIAA state event; only cheerleaders may use megaphones.

♦ Helium balloons are not allowed in the facility.

♦ Small hand-towels with professional printing approved by the school administration (a sponsor name/logo on the hand towel is permissible, provided it is secondary in size to the predominate school name/logo) are permissible.

♦ Foam fingers and hand held pom-poms are permissible.

♦ Only the official school banner may be posted in the stands; no other signs are allowed.

♦ Individual schools determine whether face painting is allowed. Officials at both schools have decided to allow face painting.

♦ All fans must wear shirts at all times (attire appropriate for a school function is expected).

♦ Fans will be allowed to wear paraphernalia during the WIAA state tournament contests, only if worn or carried in the hand of the spectator in the facility; boxes/cases or large quantities carried in any manner of any such paraphernalia will not be allowed in the facility.

♦ Students will be responsible for properly disposing of such paraphernalia at the end of each contest.

♦ If additional personnel are required to clean up any mess resulting from the paraphernalia, the school will be billed for cleanup.

♦ Fans are not to bring confetti; participating schools will be subject to paying the additional clean-up expense.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment on this article at Reporter Christopher Huber contributed to this report.


Get tickets

Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students with identification and $10 for senior citizens at the Tacoma Dome.

Eagles fans can purchase tickets until 2:30 p.m. today and from 7:30 a.m. – noon tomorrow at the high school’s student leadership office.

Spartans fans may purchase tickets until 2 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Skyline High School bookkeeper’s office in the main commons.


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