Issaquah’s Tribe among the state’s finest
December 29, 2008
By Kevin Lindsay
Twenty-eight years ago, a football team from Issaquah High School loaded up a school bus bound for the Kingdome to play for the state title. They called themselves the Indians.
On Dec. 5, the same event took place, only in lieu of the now-deceased Kingdome, we went to the Tacoma Dome. We called ourselves the Tribe. We went to finish what we started. The near year of commitment for this season paid off.
The hallways were covered with good luck posters, player spotlights and even dress codes for the event. Every other overheard conversation was about football. School spirit had never been as high as it was that week.
The week of football practice was somewhat relaxing. No more curious classmates constantly asking, “Can we beat them?” Preparation and perfection were the top priorities. The coaches assured us, if we played to our ability, we would no doubt come out on top. We would scream “dominate” when we finished practice and think of the countdown: three days, then two and then one. High school athletics — competitive or intramural — can be experienced by nearly any student who wishes to participate. But to reach the championship game is a feat accomplished only by the elite. To members of the Issaquah High School football team, playoff berths are expected every year.
But this year was different. This year was special. As a lineman on the team, it is sad to see my playing days at Issaquah come to an end, but in a sense, it is bittersweet. I am proud of each and every man on the team, freshmen to seniors, because we all shared the ultimate goal.