Eagles make a racket at tennis match

September 16, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

By Greg Farrar
Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

New cycle track connects trail system

September 16, 2014

A new cycle track now completes the regional trail link between Issaquah and Preston.

King County recently installed a 0.7-mile cycle track along High Point Way, just east of the High Point to Preston regional trail that runs parallel to Interstate 90.

“Filling this gap between Issaquah and Preston allows a cyclist to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle to an overlook at Snoqualmie Falls, a scenic 50-mile journey,” Cynthia Welti, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said in a news release.

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Charity run benefits lake salmon

September 16, 2014

Help benefit Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon restoration efforts at the Run With the Kokanee 5K and 10K charity race Oct. 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Proceeds benefit the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited and its efforts to save Lake Sammamish kokanee.

Learn more here.

 

Smash and grab — Spartans win the Coal Bucket in 48-21 trouncing of Eagles

September 9, 2014

If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.

By Greg Farrar Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

By Greg Farrar
Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.

Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.

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Liberty Patriots prevail in first football game of season

September 9, 2014

Russell Boston, Liberty High School running back, snakes through defenders in the Patriots’ 27-22 win at Lakewood on Sept. 5.

Photos by Gary Babcock Russell Boston, Liberty High School running back, snakes through defenders in the Patriots’ 27-22 win at Lakewood on Sept. 5.

Romney Noel, Liberty High School senior, leaps into the air to intercept a pass intended for the outstretched arms of a Lakewood receiver.

Romney Noel, Liberty High School senior, leaps into the air to intercept a pass intended for the outstretched arms of a Lakewood receiver.

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Sign up for basketball tryout Sept. 14-16

September 9, 2014

Issaquah Select Boys Basketball will hold tryouts for the 2014-2015 season Sept. 14-16.

Specific times and locations can be found here. Players should register online prior to tryouts by clicking on the “Register Now” icon on the home page.

The Issaquah Select Basketball program is a competitive program in the Issaquah and Sammamish area for boys in fourth through eighth grades, focusing on player development, basketball fundamentals, sportsmanship, respect and integrity in preparation for high school-level basketball.

 

Go flying over Lake Sammamish in upcoming courses

September 9, 2014

Washington State Parks offers a Safety in Flight Training course Sept. 10-17 and Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

The flying is in the Sunset Beach area, all day.

The course involves experts towing paragliders behind a boat on the lake who instruct students on various safety maneuvers.

 

State park offers bicycle, orienteering racing events Sept. 7 and 9

September 6, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 6, 2014

The Washington State Parks offers two racing events for outdoor enthusiasts at the Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road:

MFG Cyclocross — An all-day bicycle event Sept. 7 on Sunset and Tibbetts beaches. Learn more here.

Krank Adventure Race — All-day orienteering event Sept. 9 where groups have to find 15 survey markers using a map, compass and GPS device.  Learn more here.

High-school football game of the week: Skyline at Issaquah, tonight at 7

September 5, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 5, 2014

About the game

It’s the first time this district-rivalry game has not been played at the end of the season. League realignment caused the change to the schedule.

The schools play for a trophy called the “Coal Bucket,” something original Skyline High School coach Steve Gervais and Issaquah High School coach Buddy Bland dreamed up early on in the rivalry.

“It’s really odd for us,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said of playing the Eagles in Week 1 rather than Week 9. “But, it’s also really helped motivate the kids this offseason.”

Skyline has made a habit of playing a big-name (and many times out-of-state) team to begin the year. The Spartans don’t have a game like that on the schedule this season.

For the Eagles, tonight’s game marks Bland’s return to the sideline for his first game since he resigned in 2006 after seven seasons. Issaquah is looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to Skyline.

The Eagles led at halftime a year ago, but wilted in the second half and fell, 30-17, in the regular-season finale.

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Buddy Bland returns ‘home’ to coach hard-working Issaquah Eagles

September 2, 2014

After Issaquah High School parted ways last season with head football coach Chris Bennett, the administration turned to a familiar face to fill his shoes — Buddy Bland.

By Greg Farrar The Issaquah High School Eagles’ top athletes include (from left) senior offensive/defensive lineman Oliver Lekressner, senior wide receiver/defensive back Luke Watanabe, senior offensive/defensive lineman Parker Simon, junior quarterback Cam Humphrey, senior tight end/linebacker Chason Hawkins, senior offensive/defensive lineman Andrew Dieken and senior running back/linebacker Mikey Giannopulos.

By Greg Farrar
The Issaquah High School Eagles’ top athletes include (from left) senior offensive/defensive lineman Oliver Lekressner, senior wide receiver/defensive back Luke Watanabe, senior offensive/defensive lineman Parker Simon, junior quarterback Cam Humphrey, senior tight end/linebacker Chason Hawkins, senior offensive/defensive lineman Andrew Dieken and senior running back/linebacker Mikey Giannopulos.

After leading the Eagles for seven seasons before resigning in 2006, Bland chose to focus on teaching his video production class at Issaquah.

However, Bland never completely stepped away from the game — he was Skyline’s offensive lines coach during the Spartans 28-0 run that led to two state titles in 2007 and 2008. He returned to Issaquah to coach the Eagles offensive line in 2011 and 2012. He jumped at the chance to start is 16th year as head coach.

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