October 9, 2012
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.
October 2, 2012
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.
September 25, 2012
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.
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.
September 18, 2012
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.
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.
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.”
September 4, 2012
August 21, 2012
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.
June 19, 2012
Four Scouts earn Eagle rank
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.