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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Skyline players lead all-conference football honors

December 13, 2011

Max Browne and Peyton Pelluer, key players in Skyline High School’s Class 4A state championship football team, captured KingCo Conference 4A all-Crest Division top honors.

Browne, a 6-foot-5 junior quarterback, was selected as the division’s offensive player of the year. During the regular season, he led KingCo in passing with 2,701 yards and he tossed 29 touchdown passes.

“Browne was so impressive this season. He has great pocket presence. He is a great leader,” Issaquah High coach Chris Bennett said.

Pelluer, a 6-1, 210-pound junior linebacker who led the league in tackles, was selected as the division’s defensive player of the year.

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Skyline Spartans continue dynasty, conquer state championship

December 6, 2011

Skyline wins sixth title since 2000 with 38-7 dominance over Skyiew

Mason Gregory, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outleaps Skyview senior defensive back David Garlington for a 35-yard touchdown catch. By Greg Farrar

TACOMA — Before heading to the field for his second 4A state championship football game as a starter, Skyline High School junior quarterback Max Browne sat in the same chair in the same locker room as he did last year.

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A challenge to change the status quo

December 6, 2011

Hall Monitor Dawson Solly Liberty High School

Fall sports have just ended and the start to a new season has begun for winter high school sports such as basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.

For teams that moved into the playoffs and continued to the state championships, like the Skyline High School football team, it is an experience of a lifetime, but one thing missing from the playoffs is fan support. I think we need fan support from the district student body as a whole.

I know our district high schools have been rivals in the past and compete against each other, but times have changed as Skyline and Issaquah left 3A and moved on to 4A competition; the fan support should change, too. Instead of Liberty seeing Issaquah and Skyline as a rival in the playoffs we need to realize we are all part of the same district and that we all have an effect on our reputation as a whole.

Many may think that if this were to happen there would be a lot of conflict between schools, but think of how much our reputation as a district and community would improve. Districts across the state would think of our district as a trendsetter and a start to a new legacy.

Being an athlete at Liberty, I would see it as a positive, getting more support and gaining confidence because of it. Other athletes at Liberty agree — the more fans the better — particularly in sports such as wrestling, swimming/dive, gymnastics, tennis, and track and field, where individuals are on “the stage” alone.

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Skyline High School grad Jake Heaps leads BYU to victory

November 16, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps, who lost the starting quarterback job at Brigham Young University a few weeks ago, came off the bench Nov. 12 and led the Cougars to a 42-7 victory against Idaho.

Heaps, replacing injured Riley Nelson in the first quarter, completed 15 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson was forced to the sidelines because of a chest injury.

In the first quarter Heaps directed a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive by hitting three of three passes.

Heaps will start Saturday in a home game against New Mexico State. This will be his first start since Sept. 30 against Utah State. He started the first five games before Nelson was given the No. 1 job.

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Skyview Storm cause offensive outage in Issaquah Eagles’ loss, 47-17

November 8, 2011

It was a long bus ride home for the Issaquah High School football team Nov. 4 after the Eagles fell to host Skyview, of Vancouver, 47-17, in a preliminary round Class 4A playoff game at the Kiggins Bowl.

“Our kids were extremely disappointed. They felt they left so much on the field,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said.

Issaquah went into the contest with plenty of confidence. However, mistakes came back to haunt the Eagles throughout the game.

Although he probably did not feel like laughing, Bennett said, “It was a funny game.”

“When we look at the stats, we went up and down the field all night. We never punted. We had 79 offensive plays and close to 400 yards in total offense. We were inside their 20-yard line five different times in the first half and only got a field goal,” Bennett said.

But in the first quarter, the Eagles deflected a pass to a Skyview defender in the end zone. Instead of a touchdown, the play went for an interception. On Issaquah’s next series, the Eagles turned the ball over on a fumble at the Skyview 5-yard-line.

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Former Issaquah High School soccer stars earn academic honors

November 8, 2011

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 8, 2011

Kate Deines and Kristin Maris, former standout soccer players for Issaquah High School, both have earned academic honors this fall for their respective college teams.

Deines, a senior midfielder for the University of Washington, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team. Deines has a 3.73 grade point average and is a communications major.

Maris, a sophomore at Western Washington University, was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star team. She has a 3.78 grade point average and is a physical education major.

On Oct. 29 Maris scored both Western goals as the Vikings defeated Western Oregon 2-0. She also had a goal when the Vikings defeated Saint Martin’s 2-0 Oct. 27.

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