Sports update — Friday

February 5, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 3 p.m. Feb. 5, 2010

Local athletes sign letters of intent

It was big day Feb. 3 for several local high school senior athletes as they signed national letters of intent.

Four members of Skyline High School’s Class 4A state championship football team signed letters of intent — linemen Evan Day and Jase Butorac with Eastern Washington, linebacker Anthony DeMatteo with Central Washington University, and linebacker Cooper Pelluer with the University of Washington.

Day and Butorac will join Skyline grads Jason Harris and Tyler Washburn at Eastern.

Pelluer, who had earlier verbally committed to Hawaii, changed his mind and decided to become a Husky. His father Scott was a star linebacker for Washington State University and his uncle Steve was a standout quarterback for WSU.

The list of Spartans bound for the college ranks also includes quarterback Jake Heaps, who signed his letter of intent in the fall with Brigham Young University.

Issaquah High School’s football team had two players sign letters of intent — lineman Daniel Fleischman with the University of Wyoming and quarterback Ryan Bergman with Western Oregon University. Running back Grant Gellatly also committed to Cornell University of the Ivy League.

Coleton Langdon, a Liberty High School lineman, signed a letter of intent with Portland State University.

There were some nonfootball signings, too. Kristin Maris and Abby Glasgow, standout members of the Issaquah girls soccer team, and Quinn Grisham and Michael Axelson, standout players on the Issaquah boys team, signed national letters of intent.

Maris is headed to Western Washington University, Glasgow is going to Chico State University, Grisham will play for Washington and Axelson will go to Whitman.

Issaquah volleyball player Chrissy Dickinson signed with Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Earlier baseball signings included Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah, with Washington, and John McLeod, of Liberty, with Wake Forest.

Eagles cruise by Bothell

The Issaquah High girls basketball team started slowly, but quickly got its game in gear Feb. 3 as the Eagles raced by visiting Bothell 83-37 at the Pacific Cascade Freshmen Campus.

Issaquah trailed Bothell by three points at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Cougars 23-10 in the second period and steadily pulled away for the victory.

Four players scored in double figures for Issaquah led by Domi Mendezona, who had a game-high 16 points. Complementing Mendezona were Mackenzie Schiltz with 13 points, Maddey Pflaumer with 12 points and Blaire Brady with 10 points.

The Eagles’ improved their 4A KingCo Conference record to 11-2. Issaquah remained one game behind first-place Newport in the Crest Division.

In other action, Skyline lost to Woodinville 54-51. Kassia Fortier, of Skyline, scored a game-high 21 points and Rachel Shim had 10 points.

Tournament time begins

Post-season tournaments for gymnasts, swimmers and wrestlers get under way this week with many athletes vying for district berths.

The KingCo Conference gymnastics meet for 4A and 3A athletes takes place Feb. 6 at Mount Si High School. The 3A gymnasts compete in the first two sessions of the day.

Session 1 begins at 9 a.m. with Liberty, Mount Si and Mercer Island competing in the session. Sammamish, Interlake and Bellevue compete in session 2 at 11 a.m.

The 4A KingCo gymnastics competition begins with session 1 at 2 p.m. with Redmond, Skyline, Lake Washington and Roosevelt competing in the session. Eastlake, Ballard, Garfield and Bothell compete in session 2 at 4 p.m.

Concluding the day is session 3 at 6 p.m. featuring Inglemoor, Woodinville, Issaquah and Newport. All four teams have won state championships in the past.

KingCo wrestling takes place at Juanita and Liberty. The 4A KingCo tournament is Feb. 5-6 at Juanita. The first round begins at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5. The second round starts at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 with the championship round set for 5:30 p.m.

The 3A KingCo tournament is Feb. 6 at Liberty. The opening round begins at 10 a.m. with consolation finals at 3:30 p.m. and the championship round at 6 p.m.

KingCo swimming takes place Feb. 4-6 at three different sites. Prelims are Feb. 4 and will be at Juanita, Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool and Hazen. Skyline, Liberty, Eastlake and Redmond compete in the prelims at 9 a.m. Feb. 4 at Hazen. Issaquah competes in the prelims at noon Feb. 4 at Juanita.

Diving prelims and finals are Feb. 5 at Juanita. The prelims begin at 11:30 a.m. with the finals set for 1 p.m.

The finals for swimming begin at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 6 at Mary Wayte Pool.

Liberty has coaching changes

Eric Larsen has become the interim head coach for the Liberty High School boys basketball team. Larsen replaces Jevon Green, who was fired midway through the current KingCo Conference season.

Liberty athletic director Stark Porter was unable to comment on why Green was let go. Green was a first-year coach for the Patriots.

Darren Tremblay is stepping down as head coach of the girls soccer team. The Patriots went 4-4-4 in 3A/2A KingCo action last fall and finished fourth.

Skyline cheer team takes second

The Skyline High School cheer squad has some momentum as it gears up for a trip to nationals later this month.

Two of Skyline’s teams took second place at the WIAA state championships Jan. 23 in Everett, according to coach Stephania Lemeshko. The Spartans were going for a three-peat after winning state in 2008 and 2009.

Skyline Green placed second in the small coed category with 200 points, behind Kentwood Silver, which scored 219 points.

In the non-tumbling category, Skyline Silver scored 185 points, enough for second. Meadowdale won by just five points in that category.

Forty-nine schools from around the state competed Jan. 23.

Skyline’s small coed team is going to the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 12-16.

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