Homecoming is about having fun for a cause

October 9, 2012

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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Roosevelt trims Issaquah, 21-17, before record crowd

October 2, 2012

The defensive line for Issaquah High School stops Roosevelt junior running back Lianteo Culpepper for no gain on fourth-and-two at the Eagles’ 33 yard line and takes the ball over on downs during the third quarter. By Greg Farrar

The theme of the night was music Sept. 28 when Roosevelt visited the Eagles’ Nest as a record throng of 2,100 fans packed Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium and was not only treated to a rare appearance by the University of Washington marching band, but also witnessed a nailbiting KingCo 4A encounter in which the Roughriders eventually prevailed, 21-17.

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University of Washington Husky Marching Band to perform at Issaquah football game

September 25, 2012

J. W. ‘Bill’ Isotalo (left), a 1950 Issaquah High School graduate and Korean War veteran home on leave during Labor Day 1951, and brother Leo Isotalo, beginning his sophomore year at IHS, wait for the school’s band to form up near the old community church prior to the Labor Day parade. Contributed

The Issaquah High School football field will be covered in a sea of purple-and-gold this Friday evening, when more than 200 members of the University of Washington marching band take the field to entertain spectators before the Eagles take on Roosevelt.

The Husky marching band and the UW pom squad will perform a pregame and halftime show at the Sept. 28 contest.

Issaquah High School band director Patrick Holen had been trying to get the band to come to a home game for years and his persistence finally paid off. When the UW band director notified Holen of an open date, he didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunity to host the band.

“I started teaching here in 2001 and ever since I started, I always wanted to get a relationship with university bands across the region,” Holen said. “So, I was very quick to say yes to the band director. Now, it’s a reality and they’re coming out and we’re very excited to have them.”

Issaquah High School must pay for the band’s transportation and arrange to feed the group, but that was no problem, Holen said. With the support of the IHS Associated Student Body, the IHS band and the IHS Booster Club, the visit was quickly financed.

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Newport rolls past No. 8 Issaquah, 40-21

September 25, 2012

After losing in six consecutive seasons to neighboring Issaquah, the Newport High School Knights took advantage of a strong running game and five Issaquah turnovers to roll to a 40-21 victory in the KingCo 4A Crest Division opener for both teams.

After getting trounced by the Eagles by an average of 25 points the past six seasons, the Knights built a 21-7 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes, and then exploited three second-half turnovers by Issaquah while controlling the ball and dominating the clock. Time of possession in the second half: Newport 17:46, Issaquah 6:14.

Issaquah fumbled the ball away on the game’s first drive on a fourth-and-one attempt from its own 33. Four plays later, Newport’s Conner Baumann scored his first of two touchdowns on a 10-yard run.

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Issaquah’s Jack Gellatly continues strong season against O’Dea

September 18, 2012

Derek Chapman, Issaquah High School junior cornerback, runs back his interception of an O’Dea pass in the second quarter Sept. 14, setting up the Eagles’ third touchdown in the half for a 19-14 lead, en route to a 33-30 victory. By Greg Farrar

Jack Gellatly rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns as Issaquah beat O’Dea, 33-30, in a nonleague game at West Seattle Stadium Sept. 14.

Gellatly’s 54-yard touchdown burst down the right sideline with 4:53 remaining put the Eagles ahead to stay. Jack, the last of four brothers to play for Issaquah — three running backs and one receiver came before him — might be the best.

Gellatly also intercepted a pass, with 2:37 left, for Issaquah (2-1), which is ranked 10th in KingCo 4A. O’Dea (2-1), ranked second in 3A, got the ball back with 1:18 left but went four-and-out deep in its territory, and the Eagles ran out the clock.

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Mount Si Wildcats shut out Issaquah Eagles, 21-0

September 11, 2012

Issaquah High School’s football team was shutout in its second nonconference game of the year by the Mount Si Wildcats by a score of 21-0 Sept. 7.

Mount Si’s stout defense only allowed the Eagles to cross the 50-yard line three times.

One bright spot for Issaquah was running back Jack Gellatly who rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries. Gellatly was instrumental in the Eagles’ victory in week one over Interlake with three rushing touchdowns.

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Jack Gellatly rushes Issaquah High School Eagles to first win

September 4, 2012

Issaquah High School’s football season opener was scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 31, but neither team showed up until the third quarter. Fortunately for Eagles head coach Chris Bennett, running back Jack Gellatly was the one who woke up, leading the Eagles to a 24-13 win over Interlake.

Gellatly had three rushing touchdowns for the night and ran for more than 80 yards en route to the Eagles’ first victory of the year. The first Gellatly score came right off the bat on the Eagles first drive.

“We went down and scored on our first possession and then after that to be honest we weren’t very good,” Bennett said. “We were kind of our own worst enemy. I can’t tell you how many turnovers we had. When you turn the ball over like that you don’t win, so we feel very fortunate to win. But we just couldn’t get going. We threw the picks, and in the run game we’d get a run here or there. Give credit to Interlake and their coaching staff, they did a nice job.”

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Issaquah School District football preview ’12

September 4, 2012

Issaquah High School roster

Liberty High School roster

Skyline High School roster

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Local dentists tackle football safety, donate mouth guards

August 21, 2012

Katie Wilson (left), a dental assistant with Issaquah Dental Arts, and Issaquah High School incoming freshman Tyrus Tuiasosopo show how the plaster impression of his teeth was made for his mouth guard. By Greg Farrar

No one likes to go to the dentist. But when a few visits to the dental chair might prevent a lifetime of returning to the dentist instead of returning kick-offs to the end zone, Issaquah High School football players might just oblige.

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Who’s News

June 19, 2012

Four Scouts earn Eagle rank

Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney

Four Boy Scouts from Issaquah Troop 609 — Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a court of honor ceremony June 4 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue.

Eric Hall planned and led for his Eagle Scout Project a volunteer effort to build the initial 150 feet of new trail in Squak Valley Park. Eric is an accomplished musician in the Issaquah High School wind ensemble, jazz band and Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. Eric also plays football for the IHS football team and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Zach Hall planned and coordinated Scout and neighborhood volunteers to replace 30 yards of sand at South Cove Beach, repair signage and clean up landscaping. Zach is a proficient musician in the IHS wind ensemble, jazz band, Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Japanese Club.

Ben Fairhart’s Eagle project involved the restoration of 150 feet of trail in Squak Valley Park.  Outside of Scouting, Ben enjoys playing bass guitar with his band, The Greasy Spoon. Together they have performed in Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Buckley and most recently at El Corazon, in Seattle. He has also been active in service projects and mission trips through his church.

For his Eagle Scout project, Jacob “Jake” Tierney planned and organized the construction and ultimate emplacement of five wood duck nesting boxes along the shores of Lake Tradition. During this project, Jake also coordinated and supervised the relocation of wooden benches to a more useful location adjacent to Lake Tradition. Jake graduated with honors from Liberty High School on June 11. He will study engineering at Santa Clara University, in California in September. Jacob is also the proud recipient of a U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship.

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