NEW — Friday sports update

December 4, 2009

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 9:55 a.m. Dec. 4, 2009
Quarterbacks  set for big duel
Two of the state’s top high school quarterbacks will be dueling Dec. 5 when Jake Heaps, of Skyline, and Connor Halliday, of Spokane’s Joel Ferris, meet in the Class 4A state championship game at 7:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome.
Heaps was the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division offensive player of the year. He was also named this week as the 2009-10 Gatorade Washington Player of the Year. Heaps is a two-time recipient of the award. He is also in the running for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
The Skyline quarterback is attempting to lead the Spartans to a third straight state title. Skyline defeated Issaquah 20-15 for the 4A title last year, and rallied for a 42-35 victory against O’Dea in 2007 to win the 3A championship. Heaps, who is headed for Brigham Young University, has a 39-2 record as a starter. This season he has thrown for 2, 936 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Halliday led Greater Spokane Leaguein passing with 2,255 yards and 20 touchdowns. For the season, he has passed for 3,781 yards and 38 touchdowns. Last week in the Saxons’ 45-41 semifinal victory against Skyview, Halliday threw four touchdown passes.
Heaps and Halliday dueled in the semifinals last year. Skyline won the contest 24-21. In last year¹s game, Halliday threw for 241 yards and a touchdown. Heaps passed for 252 yards and two touchdowns.
Ferris, like Skyline, has some talented receivers. Jason Bates led the Greater Spokane League in receiving with 63 catches for 1,901 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had eight receptions for 108 yards and caught three touchdown passes in victory against Skyview.
Liberty, Issaquah gymnasts win
Liberty and Issaquah high school gymnastic teams both opened the season Dec. 3 with victories. Liberty defeated Sammamish 134.4-99.78. Cortney Schirman, of Liberty, took all-around honors with a 29.8. She was first in the floor exercise and the vault. Hannah Bergam was first in the uneven parallel bars for Liberty.
Issaquah defeated Bothell 165.4-155.15. Olivia Goree, of Issaquah, captured all-around honors with a  35.85. Teammate Risa Fukuda was second at 35.7. Goree was first in the floor exercise with a 9.15.
Skyline girls post victory
The Skyline High School girls basketball team won its second game of the week Dec. 3 when the Spartans cruised past Liberty 60-30 in a nonleague contest. Kassia Fortier, of Skyline, had a game-high 21 points. Morgan Farrar added 11 points for Skyline. Aspen Wineger led Liberty with 12 points.
Spartans down Patriots
Cory Hutsen scored a game-high 18 points and Connor Gacek added 12 as the Skyline High School boys basketball team defeated the visiting Liberty Patriots 73-40 Dec. 3 in a nonleague contest.
Issaquah swimmers drop opener
The Issaquah High School boys swimming team dropped its season opener Dec. 3 to Garfield 98-85. Issaquah had first places from Austin Melody in the 200 individual medley, Brandon Pomeroy in diving, Willy Matsuda in the 100 butterfly, Skyler Kersten in the 500 freestyle and Jack Taylor in the 100 backstroke.
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