Local lacrosse players named to USA Today all-state team

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:52 p.m. July 28, 2015

Five local players were named to the 2015 Washington boys lacrosse all-state team selected by USA Today High School Sports.

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Issaquah High School students get more than $3.5 million in scholarships

July 16, 2015

Issaquah High School and the Issaquah School District are grateful for the generosity of the community who contributed in part to more than $3.5 million in scholarships to Issaquah’s class of 2015 as reported by students and their parents.

Students received scholarships and grants for academic merit, community service, athletic ability and leadership, and honors scholarships from the schools they will be attending and community leaders.

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Local athletes named to all-league teams for spring sports

June 10, 2015

Several spring sports have announced their 2015 all-league and all-conference selections following the completion of the regular season. League coaches select the teams.

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Issaquah, Skyline lacrosse teams bounced out in state semifinals

June 3, 2015

Brett Bottomley scored the go-ahead goal with just 56 seconds remaining to send host Mercer Island to the Division I finals of the Washington boys lacrosse state tournament, with an 11-10 semifinal win over 2014 state runner-up Issaquah on May 27.

Bottomley, a two-time All-KingCo Conference senior midfielder, scored unassisted to send the Islanders back to the state title game after a year’s absence.

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Issaquah’s Fab 14 accept scholarships

April 21, 2015

Coaches and players on opposing basketball teams knew how good Ty Gibson was, but the Issaquah High School senior might not have convinced any colleges of his talents until a virtuoso performance at the state tournament in March.

Over the course of three games, Gibson set a new tourney scoring record with 87 points. His last two games in an Issaquah uniform were superstar material — a career-high 42 points against Moses Lake, and 32 more against Kentwood as the Eagles clinched the fourth-place trophy.

By Greg Farrar Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

By Greg Farrar
Fourteen Issaquah High School senior athletes, who have signed college scholarship offers, are seated under balloons with their respective future school colors during an April 15 ceremony.

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Jake Lindahl wins it in OT as Issaquah lacrosse drops Skyline

April 21, 2015

Jake Lindahl delivered the game winner for Issaquah to give the Eagles a 4-3 defeat over Skyline on April 17.

Issaquah led 2-1 after the first. Following a scoreless second, Skyline knotted the contest at 2-2 when a cutting Charlie Kurtenbach converted a Tyler Johnston pass for the equalizer.

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Issaquah lacrosse sweeps Arizona high schools on spring break road swing

April 14, 2015

Issaquah broke the game open with 10 goals in the second and third on the way to a two-game sweep over Arizona high schools with a 14-6 boys lacrosse defeat of Gilbert High, April 8, in Gilbert, Arizona.

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Area athletes chosen as all-conference picks

November 26, 2014

KingCo Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

KINGCO 4A

FOOTBALL

Defensive MVP: Cameron Saffle, Skyline

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Smash and grab — Spartans win the Coal Bucket in 48-21 trouncing of Eagles

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.

By Greg Farrar Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

By Greg Farrar
Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

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.

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Buddy Bland returns ‘home’ to coach hard-working Issaquah Eagles

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.

By Greg Farrar The Issaquah High School Eagles’ top athletes include (from left) senior offensive/defensive lineman Oliver Lekressner, senior wide receiver/defensive back Luke Watanabe, senior offensive/defensive lineman Parker Simon, junior quarterback Cam Humphrey, senior tight end/linebacker Chason Hawkins, senior offensive/defensive lineman Andrew Dieken and senior running back/linebacker Mikey Giannopulos.

By Greg Farrar
The Issaquah High School Eagles’ top athletes include (from left) senior offensive/defensive lineman Oliver Lekressner, senior wide receiver/defensive back Luke Watanabe, senior offensive/defensive lineman Parker Simon, junior quarterback Cam Humphrey, senior tight end/linebacker Chason Hawkins, senior offensive/defensive lineman Andrew Dieken and senior running back/linebacker Mikey Giannopulos.

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.

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