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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Issaquah shut out in state lacrosse title match

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.

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Athletes named to All-League Lacrosse team

May 27, 2014

Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls.

Girls

Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior

Boys

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

 

Issaquah lacrosse takes second in Space Needle Shootout

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.

Issaquah’s Mikey Giannopulos named to high-profile lacrosse prospects list

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.

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