NEW — Thursday sports update

November 5, 2009

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 9:35 a.m. Nov. 5, 2009

Football teams seek state berths

Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high school football teams will seek berths in next week’s state tournament when they enter preliminary-round games Nov. 6-7.

Issaquah and Liberty will be on the road, while Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, will be home.

Skyline, 7-2, entertains Kentridge, the No. 3 team from the South Puget Sound League’s North Division, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in a 4A preliminary contest. The Spartans are coming off a tough 25-20 defeat to Bothell in last week’s 4A KingCo Conference championship game. Kentridge enters the contest with victories in three of its last four games. Defense has been one of the Chargers’ strengths. Dylan Zylstra, of Kentridge, is regarded as one of the state’s top linebackers. Other defensive standouts are linebacker Harrison Rozane and defensive back Sean Ringor.

Issaquah, 6-3, travels to Kent where the Eagles meet the Kentwood Conquerors at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at French Field in a 4A preliminary game. The Eagles are coming off a 28-21 victory against Woodinville in last week’s KingCo playoffs. It will be a rematch of last season’s state tournament first round contest won by Issaquah 31-28. Kentwood, 7-2, is the South Puget Sound League’s North Division No. 2 entry. The Conquerors have won six of their last seven games. One of the standouts for Kentwood is Tristan Askew, a quarterback and defensive back. Askew passed for 176 yards and two touchdowns last week when the Conquerors defeated Kentlake 28-0. He is both a passing and running threat, and also returns kickoffs. Shane Green alternates with Askew at quarterback. On defense, Askew has been one of Kentwood’s leading tacklers this season. Other defensive standouts include linebackers Tyler White, Dalton Blackmore and Jeremy Antonio.

Liberty, 8-1, travels to southwest Washington Nov. 7 to play the Camas Papermakers in a 3A preliminary game at 6 p.m. at Doc Harris Field. The Patriots finished second in the 3A KingCo Conference this season. Camas is the No. 2 entry from the 3A Greater St. Helens League. The Papermakers are mainly a passing team on offense. Quarterback Logan Grindy, a junior, has thrown for 1,843 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Last week in a 35-31 defeat to rival Union, Grindy threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite receiver has been Jeremy Faulkner, who has 43 receptions this season. One of the Papermakers’ standouts on the line is Blake Casebeer, who earned all-league honors last season as a junior.

State plants lunkers in Beaver Lake

Anglers will soon have an opportunity to catch lunker trout in Sammamish’s Beaver Lake thanks to the release of about 2,000 hatchery rainbows averaging 3 pounds each.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Nov. 9. To facilitate fish planting, the Fish and Wildlife will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset on Nov. 8 and reopen the site at sunrise on Nov. 10. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
The trout were part of an educational display at the Issaquah Hatchery.
Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore, said Chad Jackson, a state fishery biologist.
The lake’s access site is most easily reached by way of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off Southeast 24th Street in the city of Sammamish. Parking for vehicles and boat trailers is limited, and a valid Fish and Wildlife vehicle access permit must be easily visible in or on vehicles parked at the access site.
Beaver Lake is one of several westside lowland lakes open to fishing year-round. Internal combustion boat engines are prohibited on the lake. All anglers 15 years of age and older are required to have a valid fishing license. The daily bag limit is five fish, and bait anglers must keep the first five trout they catch.
Anglers are advised to check the sport fishing rules pamphlet here.

Volleyball player picks Idaho

Issaquah High School senior Alyssa Schultz, a middle blocker for the Eagles’ volleyball team, will sign a national letter of intent Nov. 11 with the University of Idaho.

Schultz has been a force for the Eagles all season, and one of the top players in the 4A KingCo Conference.

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