September 9, 2014
If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.
Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.
Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.
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.
June 3, 2014
Issaquah lost to Bellevue, which won its third consecutive state championship, on May 31 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.
The boys Division I game was the first shutout since the state’s first boys state lacrosse title game was contested in 1979.
Issaquah had handed the Wolverines one of just two losses in the season April 25.
May 27, 2014
Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls.
Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior
KingCo Conference First Team: Zach Fritz, Issaquah, senior; Mikey Giannopulos, Issaquah, junior; Matt Thomas, Issaquah, senior; Spencer Noonan, Skyline, senior
Second Team: Charlie Kurtenbach, Skyline, junior; James Nelson, Issaquah, senior; Jordan Dondoyano, Issaquah, sophomore
Honorable Mention: Nate Holbrook, Issaquah, freshman; Andy Hutchings, Skyline, junior
December 24, 2013
The Issaquah lacrosse team fell to Claremont Secondary School, 10-4, in the title game of the 2013 Space Needle Shootout Dec. 8.
Despite applying strong pressure of its own with All-State faceoff specialist and Georgetown commit Mikey Giannopulos winning 90 percent of his draws and two of four Issaquah goals coming on transition, the Eagles had trouble containing a powerful Claremont squad that was in top form at the midpoint of its field lacrosse season.
“Claremont is a very well-rounded team. They dodge and dump to the crease all day,” said Issaquah team coach Mason Smith, an assistant under high school head coach Brandon Fortier during the spring.
More than 1,400 youth, middle and high school-aged lacrosse players from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia competed in the 10th annual Space Needle Shootout at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.
October 1, 2013
Following his inclusion in the Sept. 23 StudentSports.com regional high school lacrosse watch list, Issaquah junior Mikey Giannopulos was added to the online scholastic sports magazine’s Top 200 national list of NCAA prospects and players to watch in the class of 2015.
He’s the first student-athlete from Washington state to be named to the list.
Giannopulos, who platoons for the Eagles as a midfielder and a faceoff specialist, finished the 2013 season with 196 ground balls, making him the top sophomore in the state and ranking third among Division I boys players.