Jones Soda Co. bottles Issaquah High School purple, gold beverages

January 1, 2013

The Jones Soda bottles in Issaquah High School flavors of grape and pineapple cream feature pictures of Issaquah students at a school assembly and cheering for their football team. By Greg Farrar

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.

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Issaquah, Skyline kickers help football teams boot competition

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.

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December 4, 2012

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.

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Issaquah Eagles bounced early from football playoffs

November 6, 2012

When an eager and optimistic Issaquah Eagle football team traveled to enemy territory Nov. 2 to lock horns with a perennially powerful Federal Way squad, it just couldn’t capitalize on a gaggle of Federal Way Eagle turnovers, and Issaquah’s season came to an abrupt close as the team lost, 24-14.

At first, the loyal Issaquah fans making the excursion to voluminous Federal Way Stadium probably couldn’t believe their eyes.

Issaquah received the opening kickoff and returned the ball to its own 20; that was where Issaquah set up camp.

Federal Way didn’t have time to get very comfortable, though, as on Issaquah’s first play from scrimmage, junior dynamo Jack Gellatly — who led the KingCo 4A in rushing with well over 1,000 yards on the ground in only nine outings — took a handoff and burst through a gaping hole in the line, dashing 80 yards for a touchdown.

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Guest Column

November 6, 2012

Go ‘All in for Kids’ to help students succeed

You have no doubt heard about the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign. Since August, we have reminded the community of our annual fundraiser via postcards, emails, letters, honk and waves, a billboard and even a Battle of the Fans promotion at the Issaquah vs. Skyline football game.

Why so much energy exerted to encourage the community to go “all in”? Because the revenue generated during the campaign is used to do amazing things for our students and schools. It can help transform struggling students into confident learners, equip teachers with skills to reach and engage students of all learning styles, create interest in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects by connecting classroom learning to real life applications, and expand students capacity for innovation and creativity through support of music and arts programs.

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Issaquah football team heads into playoffs after 20-13 win

October 30, 2012

The Woodinville Falcons came swooping into Gary Moore Stadium on Oct. 26 and nearly ended the Issaquah High School football squad’s 2012 postseason dreams before they began.

Thanks to a suddenly stingy Issaquah defense and Issaquah’s skilled field goal kicker Alex Shane, Issaquah rallied back from a 13-7 halftime deficit and pulled out a 20-13 triumph, to advance to the 32-team KingCo 4A state playoffs.

For Issaquah, the first tournament hurdle will come against a 9-0 Federal Way team out of the South Puget Sound League 4A, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Federal Way Stadium.

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Skyline Spartans blank Issaquah Eagles, 21-0, in battle of rivals

October 23, 2012

Jack Gellatly (5), Issaquah High School junior running back, is shaken up by a late hit from Skyline’s Blake Young (left) while being pulled down by the jersey by Jack Valencia during the third quarter.By Greg Farrar

When you are the No. 1 4A high school football team in the state, used to winning games by 30-point margins, you are able to overcome just about every form of adversity, even if it’s in your imagination.

Nationally ranked Skyline High School Spartans senior quarterback Max Browne experienced a lackluster first half by his undefeated 8-0 Skyline football squad Oct. 19, when it hosted the Issaquah Eagles in a battle for local bragging rights. The game ended in a 21-0, Skyline victory.

Browne did not like the spectacle that unfolded during a mediocre 24 minutes of Spartans’ football in the first half of the annual Issaquah School District rivalry, which saw Skyline holding a scant 7-0 advantage at intermission.

Normally Browne, who leads the KingCo 4A in passing with a 75 percent completion rating and has flung nearly 20 touchdowns this year, lets his actions furnish the inspiration to fire up the troops.

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Liberty football team loses defensive battle to Mercer Island

October 16, 2012

There wasn’t much offense between the Liberty High School football team and Mercer Island when the two battled Oct. 12.

Both teams were able to move the ball, but getting it into the end zone wasn’t so easy, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“It wasn’t like there was no offense at all,” he said. “There was some movement of the ball, but then both sides kept getting shutdown and having to punt it or turning it over.”

Ultimately, Mercer Island was the only one to reach the end zone as Liberty fell to the Islanders, 7-3.

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Issaquah High School football team rolls over Ballard, 49-28

October 16, 2012

The Issaquah High School had its hands full with a feisty Ballard bunch Oct. 12 before a large Homecoming throng of maniacal yet appreciative Issaquah followers.

After a rocky start, the Eagles took command in the encounter and prevailed, 49-28, over the Beavers, behind the relentless ball-carrying skills of Eagles’ junior tailback Jack Gellatly, who would go on to notch four rushing touchdowns to add to the 10 he had already gleaned before the encounter with the Beavers.

The north-south running stylings of Gellatly undoubtedly spearheaded the fourth Eagles’ triumph of 2012 to give Issaquah a 3-3 league mark and a 4-3 accounting on the year so far, virtually assuring a play-off crossover appointment, probably with 3-0, 6-1 Woodinville (of the KingCo 4A Crest Division).

Issaquah wisely elected to mix a little aerial attack in with its first-half offensive scheme, to keep the Beavers perplexed, guessing and on their heels from the opening kick-off.

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Homecoming is about having fun for a cause

October 16, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the Hall Monitor column that should have run in the Oct. 10 issue.

Hall Monitor
Julia Weiner
Issaquah High School

Getting back in the swing of things at school is never easy, but the students of Issaquah High School are sure doing a fantastic job of making it look like it.

This week is one of the most fun weeks of the entire year; it is Homecoming week. Each spirit day is different, but it follows our James Bond-esque theme: “Under Cover, Over Dressed.”

If you walk through the halls of IHS this week do not be surprised if you see students wearing pajamas, camo or ninja attire, or the same thing as a friend, or even students dressed as their favorite celebrities.

We also have night events to look forward to, including one very special one. Some of our awesome special-needs students will play alongside our varsity basketball team on Thursday evening in a game called Project Unify Basketball Game.

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