Eagles beat Woodinville 28-21, state playoffs next

November 3, 2009

The Issaquah High School football team, which dodged a bullet Oct. 30, aims for its main target for this season: the 4A state tournament.

Issaquah, 6-3, plays Kentwood, 7-2, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Kent’s French Field. It will be rematch of last season’s first-round clash won by Issaquah 31-28.

“We had a 31-14 lead going into the fourth quarter and they (Kentwood) came back to make it interesting,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “Kentwood is a good team with some good athletes and some good running backs. We will need to be solid against the run when we play them.”

Issaquah had star running back Grant Gellatly the last time it played Kentwood. He rushed for 313 yards against the Conquerors. This time the Eagles might not have Gellatly, who has been out most of the season because of a hamstring injury.

The Eagles, who finished second to Skyline in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings this season, earned their preliminary round berth Oct. 30 with a 28-21 playoff victory against Woodinville at Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium.

Issaquah built up a commanding 28-7 lead and then held off Woodinville down the stretch to win the contest. In the fourth quarter, Woodinville scored on a drive and then recovered an onside kick. The Falcons took advantage of the miscue when quarterback Brett Arrivey connected with Ryland Longoni on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Read more

Holidays arrive early in ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’

November 3, 2009

Ryah Nixon, as Esther Smith (left), and Jason Kappus, as John Truitt, converse as (back, from left) Katie Griffith, as Agnes Smith, and Analiese Emerson Guettinger as Tootie Smith, look on, in the Village Theatre production of  ‘Meet Me In St. Louis.’ By John Pal/Village Theatre

Ryah Nixon, as Esther Smith (left), and Jason Kappus, as John Truitt, converse as (back, from left) Katie Griffith, as Agnes Smith, and Analiese Emerson Guettinger as Tootie Smith, look on, in the Village Theatre production of ‘Meet Me In St. Louis.’ By John Pal/Village Theatre

It’s time to deck the halls and stoke the hearth — the holidays are coming to Village Theatre.

Village Theatre’s cast and crew are taking audiences back to a time when horse and buggies were the mode of travel, home telephones were still novel, the World’s Fair was on the tips of all tongues and first love was anything but easy.

Welcome to St. Louis in 1904 as Village Theatre presents “Meet Me in St. Louis,” Nov. 11 through Jan. 3.

“The holidays are time for family. It’s a time when people think about their families, going home or having people over. The holidays are a time to reconnect with family,” said Steve Tomkins, artistic director for Village Theatre. “Really, what this show is about is the interaction of the family.

“It is delightful and energizing.” Read more

Patriots whack Wildcats 38-28 in season finale

November 3, 2009

Cameron Talley, Liberty senior tight end, is wide open to haul in a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Trey Wheeler to give the Patriots a 31-20 lead on the way to a 38-28 win Oct. 30 over Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

Cameron Talley, Liberty senior tight end, is wide open to haul in a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Trey Wheeler to give the Patriots a 31-20 lead on the way to a 38-28 win Oct. 30 over Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

In a back-and-forth battle Oct. 30, the Liberty High School Patriots defeated the host Mount Si Wildcats, 38-28 in the final 3A/2A KingCo Conference game of the season.

Mount Si started hot, holding Liberty and scoring a touchdown less than two minutes into the game.

However, Liberty’s offense quickly responded on its next drive, marching down the field and scoring on a 16-yard touchdown run from junior running back Chandler Jenkins just one minute later.

For the remainder of the first half, Mount Si struggled to hold Liberty’s offense as the Patriots continued to move the ball, scoring on passes from junior quarterback Trey Wheeler to senior wide receiver Troy Colyer and Jenkins.

Mount Si kicked a field goal at the end of the second quarter, bringing the score to 24-10 at halftime. Read more

Nancy Lynn Ward

November 3, 2009

Nancy Lynn Ward was born in Renton Feb. 9, 1960. She lived her entire life in the Renton-Issaquah area, graduating from Issaquah High School in 1978. For the past 18 years, she has been office manager for Pile Contractors in Issaquah.

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Issaquah Women’s Club hosts Harmony & High Tea Nov. 14

November 3, 2009

Put on your best and come sip tea for charity with the Issaquah Women’s Club at its Harmony & High Tea annual fundraiser at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Read more

Joanne Fish

November 3, 2009

Joanne Fish, of Issaquah, died Oct. 31, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. She was 69. Read more

Littlest ghosts have a spooktacularly good time at Fall Fun Fest

November 3, 2009

Zachary Gottesman, 3, of Issaquah, is dressed as Spiderman as he tosses a rubber pumpkin ball to knock down pins Oct. 30 during the Fall Fun Fest at the Issaquah Community Center.

Zachary Gottesman, 3, of Issaquah, is dressed as Spiderman as he tosses a rubber pumpkin ball to knock down pins Oct. 30 during the Fall Fun Fest at the Issaquah Community Center.

Skyline students play it forward

November 3, 2009

Emily Baer saw a newspaper ad in search of unused soccer balls.

Perfect, the eighth-grader thought. Answering that call would more than satisfy a community service requirement.

She collected 36 balls from her neighborhood and figured she was done. Turns out she sold herself short. Way short.

“A couple months later, I was at it again,” Baer said. Read more

Author taps into the teen scene with ‘Giving up the V’

November 3, 2009

Serena Robar

Serena Robar

With a newly released book, “Giving up the V,” author Serena Robar, 40, of Issaquah is hoping to conquer the sticky conversation about teen sex.

Teens talk about it with friends, hear about it at school and see it on TV and in movies. So, why not address it in a book that can help parents and young women talk about virginity together? Robar asked.

Far from her first book — she began writing in 2003 — “Giving up the V” is the first where she’s tackled a really serious issue. But she hasn’t lost the fun, quirky, irony-filled prose she’s known for her from her other teen books.

In her latest book, May Valley High School student Spencer Davis has just turned 16 and as a right of passage, her forward-thinking mother takes her for her first gynecological exam. But Spencer is conflicted about the situation. She repeatedly tells her mother she doesn’t want to have sex, is embarrassed by the prospect of the pill and doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. But one day, Benjamin Hopkins enters her life and her emotions turn upside-down.

In an e-mail question-and-answer interview Robar explained her new book and its importance.

Q: Why is writing important to you?

A: I have stories to tell and writing them down seemed the best way to share them with as many people as I could. And I get to work from home. Big bonus.

Q: Why did you choose teen issues?

A: I watch my 15-year-old daughter and see that things haven’t changed since I was her age. There are still bullies, teen sex, first loves, etc. Writing about teen issues resonates with me most.

Q: How do you keep current on teen issues, trends and speech patterns?

A: I have a teenage daughter and I love listening to her with her friends. Next year, she will be old enough to drive and I won’t be privy to all the gossip anymore. Hmm.

Q: How did you get the idea for your latest book?

A: I heard a gyn doctor tell his receptionist about a teen patient whose mother wanted her on the pill, even though she claimed she wasn’t ready to give up “the V” yet. Loved it!

Q: Did the book cause any controversy? If so, how did you handle it?

A: It’s been well-received. It’s a great book to open dialogue about sex between teens and parents because of the way it’s written. Teens relate to the tone and moms appreciate the candor.

Q: What would you like your readers to walk away with after reading it?

A: Be true to yourself. There’s lots of conflicting information out there, but only you know what’s right for you. Stay true to your beliefs and you can’t go wrong.

Next up for Robar, the rerelease of “Braced2Bite,” “Fangs4Freaks” and “Dating4Demons,” and her sequel to “Giving up the V,” — “So, Was it Good for You?” which tells the story of Spencer’s best friend, Alyssa, after she chooses to give up “the V.”

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Skyline falls to Bothell 25-20 in KingCo 4A title rematch

November 3, 2009

Jake Heaps, Skyline senior quarterback, tosses a football to teammates as he limbers up his wrist before the Bothell game. By Christopher Huber

Jake Heaps, Skyline senior quarterback, tosses a football to teammates as he limbers up his wrist before the Bothell game. By Christopher Huber

One pivotal play in the fourth quarter determined who got KingCo 4A Conference bragging rights through the playoffs Oct. 29 at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

It happened on one Jake Heaps mishap on a promising drive as Skyline looked to put the game out of reach for Bothell.

Up 20-19 in the fourth quarter, the Spartans had driven to the Cougar 28-yard line after Kasen Williams had stopped a threatening Bothell drive with an interception.

Heaps seemed poised and ready to strike as usual with a finessed toss to a receiver in the corner of the end zone. But he fumbled the snap on first down, with 6 minutes, 24 seconds remaining.

Bothell recovered. The home crowd went berserk. Read more

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