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.
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.
December 10, 2013
Former Issaquah High School running back Grant Gellatly earned first team All-Ivy honors in his senior year at Cornell.
Gellatly, who switched to wide receiver in college, set Cornell single season receiving records with 91 catches for 1,224 yards and also hauled in eight touchdowns.
He led the league and ranked second nationally in receiving yards per game (122.4) and receptions per game (9.1).
He had a school-record 10 career 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard games in his career and was a Capital One Academic All-District first-team selection.
September 24, 2013
The third time proved not to be a charm for the Eagles. The Issaquah High School football team played its third-straight 3A team Sept. 20 against O’Dea.
MaxPreps Freeman Rankings for Washington had Issaquah still at 24, despite a 1-1 start. However, it was the lower-ranked, visiting Fighting Irish (38) that pulled off the upset, 51-26.
The two teams were all square at 14 after one quarter. The Eagles scored a pair of touchdowns with the usual suspects — Derek Chapman scored on a 38-yard pass from Jack Neary and Jack Gellatly rambled in from eight yards out.
September 17, 2013
Issaquah and Mount Si high schools may not compete in the same league any more. But that hasn’t diminished the intensity of the rivalry that has built between the two perennial powerhouses.
The Eagles’ stadium was standing room only when the team hosted the Wildcats Sept. 12. Both squads delivered a contest worthy of a rivalry. The nonleague game’s outcome was in question until the final minutes, when No. 5 ranked Class 3A Mount Si held on to its come-from-behind victory against 4A Issaquah, 28-20.
Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune said the Wildcats have been a team “in search of an identity.”
September 10, 2013
The Issaquah High School football team will be hosting its 2013 Pigskin Carnival on Sept. 14. The event is designed to raise at least $30,000 for the program’s needs in the coming year.
The carnival will begin at 7 p.m. at the home of Danna and Craig Kinzer, 18884 S.E. 42nd St. in Issaquah. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/footballboosters. The event is open to anyone 21 and older. It will include a dinner buffet and drinks, carnival games and an auction.
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September 10, 2013
Jack Gellatly leads Issaquah attack with four touchdowns
On Sept. 5, Mother Nature reminded the region she’s still a force to be reckoned with, displaying quite the impressive thunder and lightning show.
The following night, Issaquah High School put the region on notice it, too, will be a force of nature in KingCo this season. The Eagles stormed into host Interlake High School’s field and ran away with a 44-3 win in a nonleague matchup.
August 28, 2013
April 2, 2013
During its March 27 meeting, the Issaquah School Board approved a $5,000 contribution to the Issaquah High School football team.
The Issaquah High School Football Booster Club donated the money to help the team buy cameras and equipment and help cover any other needs it may have.
January 1, 2013
Stores will soon introduce an innovative tandem of new Jones Sodas, featuring pictures and ideals furnished by nearby Issaquah High School and Eagles event coordinator Tim Baynes.
Baynes has been working in unison with Eric Chastain, vice president of operations with Jones Soda Co.’s Seattle headquarters. The tiny inscription on the back of the Grape Soda bottle reads:
“Issaquah High School is located at the foot of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range in the heart of Issaquah. We pride ourselves in our ability to serve and support one another and the world around us. Whether that is building wells in Ethiopia and Nepal or joining the fight against cancer, we impact our world when we work together.
January 1, 2013
Kickers are a strange and quirky bunch.
Often thriving on pressure and almost always being either the scapegoat or the hero, they sit comfortably by themselves during games, lost in their thoughts, while their teammates are passing, catching, running, blocking or tackling. No one wants to sit next to the kicker and jinx or disturb him.