Bulldogs football fills a niche for players without a program

June 25, 2015

It’s a warm evening at Bellevue High School’s stadium, and a couple dozen players have donned pads, helmets and jerseys to practice tackling and blocking, and running offensive and defensive schemes.

By Neil Pierson Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

By Neil Pierson
Quarterback Braden Bouwman-Hess, an Issaquah High School product, slings a pass during the Eastside JC Bulldogs’ June 18 practice at Bellevue High School.

They’re not members of Bellevue High’s nationally renowned program, which has captured 11 of the past 14 state championships. They’re young men who, for various reasons, aren’t playing college football but are looking to attract attention from coaches at that level.

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Prep football kicks into gear at Skyline tournament

June 17, 2015

When high-school spring sports like baseball, soccer and track end, it marks the start of the season for football teams, who began their offseason workouts last week.

By Greg Farrar Blake Gregory, Skyline High School fall senior quarterback, throws footballs to receivers during scrimmages and drills June 13 during the annual Skills and Drills on the Hill event.

By Greg Farrar
Blake Gregory, Skyline High School fall senior quarterback, throws footballs to receivers during scrimmages and drills June 13 during the annual Skills and Drills on the Hill event.

For 11 teams around the region, the first competitive event of the 2015 season was June 13 at Skyline High School’s eighth annual Skills and Drills on the Hill event, which featured a seven-on-seven passing competition for quarterbacks and receivers.

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Wrestling icon Roger Wilson to join national hall of fame

June 10, 2015

More than a half-century has passed since Roger Wilson founded the Issaquah High School wrestling program, and many things surrounding the sport have changed.

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Roger Wilson

When Wilson came to Issaquah in 1961, there were only about 60 high schools statewide offering the sport, a number that has exploded to more than 350 today. And Issaquah — whose mascot was the Indians, not the Eagles — was the smallest school in its league at the time, with fewer than 400 students in three grades.

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Cartoon — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

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Issaquah’s Fab 14 accept scholarships

April 21, 2015

Coaches and players on opposing basketball teams knew how good Ty Gibson was, but the Issaquah High School senior might not have convinced any colleges of his talents until a virtuoso performance at the state tournament in March.

Over the course of three games, Gibson set a new tourney scoring record with 87 points. His last two games in an Issaquah uniform were superstar material — a career-high 42 points against Moses Lake, and 32 more against Kentwood as the Eagles clinched the fourth-place trophy.

By Greg Farrar Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

By Greg Farrar
Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

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Patriots make their college choices

April 21, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony April 15.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

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Fan frenzy for football

September 16, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (above) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (below) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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Fall Football Fan Frenzy

September 16, 2014

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Public is invited to seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill football event this weekend

June 13, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. June 13, 2014

Skyline High School is hosting the seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14-15.

Twenty high schools from around the state are scheduled to participate in the clinic, which involves a series of simultaneous seven-on-seven passing drills on eight different fields.

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End of an era

August 20, 2013

Final Gellatly brother prepares for senior season at Issaquah

By Greg Farrar Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, holds off O’Dea junior defensive back Jack Murphy on the last yard of his 19-yard touchdown run against the Irish Sept. 14, 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, holds off O’Dea junior defensive back Jack Murphy on the last yard of his 19-yard touchdown run against the Irish Sept. 14, 2012.

Robert and Susan Gellatly could be considered the ultimate Issaquah Eagles sports fans.

They’ve been going to football and baseball games for more than 10 years, witnessing two state championships and countless playoff runs along the way.

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