December 4, 2012

By Staff

Athletes’ triumphs create community pride

Skyline High School’s football and soccer teams just keep bringing home honors to the Issaquah School District. The Issaquah and Liberty high school teams have also added many awards to the virtual district trophy case.

Skyline girls soccer took first in state for the fourth time in five years. And the Dec. 1 state playoff football game gave Skyline the gridiron title again for the fifth time in eight years. Skyline’s 200-medley relay team won the state swim title last month.

Issaquah is a known winner among 4A KingCo teams. The Eagles came in second, to Skyline, for the state girls soccer championship. This year’s football team reached the playoffs. The school’s wrestlers won the district title in 2011 and sent six wrestlers to state.

Liberty’s Patriots are 3A and most lately have been known for their exceptional girls soccer team. Last year’s team placed second in state and this year’s team came in fourth.

Athletes from all Issaquah schools have gone on to snag scholarships and further educational opportunities, earned with a lot of practice, strain and sweat. It’s not just a credit to the district, but also to the coaches, teachers, certainly the parents, and the friends and fans who support the teams. As the saying goes, “It takes a village…”

With that many champions, there could be a sense of complacency, a la “Oh, boy, just another trophy.” Don’t let it happen! Keep coming out to support all of the teams.

Each year brings a new round of girls and boys who take their youthful love of sports to a new level when they turn out for a freshman squad. Coaches push as muscles grow, but also instill lifelong values, teaching the rewards of hard work, the virtues of teamwork and the thrill of a victory grounded in commitment.

The new players each season deserve a fresh round of encouragement. They deserve fans who appreciate the effort as much as the win. In the end, it’s not just the trophies that matter, but also our community pride, well beyond the school gates.

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