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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 More Sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-5 Police & Fire/P,5 Schools/C6 2009 4 C ONTRIBUTED Bob Jones, of Issequah, sails with teammate Sarah Skeels at the Last Quadrinnium Training Camp on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island in April 2006. Issaquah paralympian makes U.S. Sailing Team for 20!2 games BY JEFF RICHARDS he whistle of wind blows past your ear, signaling the mo- ment to ease the sheets on the sails. The smell of grass means the wind is coming from the direction of land. Suddenly, the blast of wind eases from your nose to your cheek, and your gaze, set on the upcoming current, notices the slight shift in direction. When being propelled by nature onboard a sailboat, one must use nearly all of the five senses, and for Issaquah's Bob Jones, 58, that, is one of the driving forces for his love of sailing, something he's had since the beginning. "The first time I stepped on the boat, I got the bug," he said. "It just felt natural. "You're out sailing on the ocean, and it's not long before you run intoa pod of killer whales. It's pretty magical actually." After more than 30 years of sail- ing, and almost 20 years in com- petitive racing, Jones has reached the peak of his sport after qualify- ing for the 2009 U.S. Sailing Team at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta Jan. 30 on Bis- cayne Bay, south of Miami. The top three finishers among "The first time I stepped on the boat, I got the bug. It just felt natural. You're out sailing on the ocean, and it's not long before you run into a pod of killer whales. It's pret- ty magical actually:' - Bob Jones U.S. sailors at an Olympic-class re- gatta are invited to the U.S. team, and after several fourth-place fin- ishes, Jones placed second in the Miami Regatta and fourth overall. Finding funds Is next Now, he is faced with the task of competing for the next four years in international competition with the ultimate goal of making the Paralympics in 2012. But to do so, he will first need to raise funds. "You earn the right and the prestige to compete on the U.S. Sailing Team, but to compete for four years is quite expensive," he said. In order to pay for travel costs See PARALYMPIAN, Page C3 BY {:}BEG FARIAR Edn Nlool, senior guard (left), crashes to the floor for the last time as an Issaquah Eagle, as she and Mercedes Whitmore of Auburn-Riverside collide, in the last minute of Saturday's state 3A trophy game at the Tacoma Dome. Eagles end coaster ride at state ": BY GREG FARRAR Aiexa Smith, Iseaquah senior fommrd, fighting Mercedes Wetmore (1) of Auburn Riverside for possession, watches the ball go out for a critical turnover with two minutes remaining in Saturday's trophy game at the Tacoma Dome, BY IYAN PIERSOL he Issaquah girls bas- kethall team didn't fin- ish No. 1, but it did beat a top-ranked team and set the tone for future 4A marches with a seventh-place finish in the state tournament last week at the Tacoma Dome. The KingCo Conference cham- pion Eagles finished the season with a 19-8 record. The state trip was Issaquah's sixth since 2000, but first since moving up a class to 4A: After beating Jackson 58-55 in the opener, the Eagles' first loss of the tournament was a 54-38 deci- sion to Federal Way in the quar- terfinals. Facing traps both in the full-court and half-court, Issaquah turned the ball over 20 times and shot just 22 percent from the field in the defeat. "We didn't handle it very well. Issaquah leaves undefeated Pasco in its wake en route to 7th place We just had a lot of mental mis- takes and didn't handle that pres- sure very well," Issaquah head coach Kathy Gibson said. "Why? I don't know. The girls knew what they were supposed to do. They just didn't do it. "We're a better team than that. Federal Way is a good team, but unfortunately, they didn't beat us doing our best." Issaquah trailed just 8-6 at the end of the first period, but a small run early in the second opened up a 16-8 Federal Way lead and it was 25-16 at halftime. That lead grew to as much as 37-21 by the 3:26 mark of the third period, af- ter Federal Way hit a 3-pointer and got back-to-back layups off turnovers. Erin Nicol led Issaquah with 15 points, 11 of which came from the free-throw line. None of the Ea- gles hit more than three field goals. "These games are tough to lose, because everyone wants to win. It's kind of who can bounce back the fastest, really, and who wants to bounce back," Gibson said. "It's tough to bounce back and is a tough mental challenge for the girls." Issaquah handled it just fine, however, as it came back the next day to topple top-ranked Pasco 52-50 behind a huge game from senior Alexa Smith. Smith scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while also scoring the eventual game- winning bucket with 1:11 to play. Smith was 6-of-9 from the field See BASKETBALL, Page C3 Youth soccer team rallies around cancer-stricken parenl The Arsenal Blue 97 won the Commissioner's State Cup Tournament and is now raising money for a teammate's mother who has been diagnosed with leukemia. C ONTRIBuTED BY ARI CETRON AND CHRISTOPHER HUBER t didn't take much to con- vince Federico Rubiolo to help teammate Alex Appel's mother who was diagnosed with leukemia. "Alex is one of my good friends, and I just don't like cancer," said Federico, a fifth-grader at En- deavour Elementary School. "The less people that have it, the bet- ter." :iYederico and Alex's team, the Arsenal Blue 97, has been to- gether for 11 months. On Feb. 15, they won the Washington Youth Soccer Commissioner's Cup tour- nament with a 4-0 victory over a team from Tacoma. HOWTO HELP Go to www.transplants.org and follow the link for 'Patients We Help: Or mail your donation to NFT Washington Bone Marrow Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write 'In honor of Dawn Appel' in the memo line. Donations are tax- deductible and available for com- pany matching gifts. "It felt amazing," said Federico, who plays center defense. "I was like, 'Oh, my God, I can't believe it." Coach Fernando Barros attrib- utes the success to the team's :: work to develop the skills 0feach : player and the diverse group . : j they've put together. "We have what I carl the melting pot, because we have five nation- alities within the team," he said.: The players have also come to help one of their own off the field. Dawn Appel, of Issaquah, was diagnosed with leukemia in Sep- tember 2007. Since, she's under- gone chemotherapy, sinus surgery and fought a blood clot in her brain, according to the National Foundation for Transplants' Web site. Federico said he found out a couple of months ago from his See SOCCER, Page C3 ......................... 7,,,r --- r ..............................