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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY~ MARCH 25~ 2009 More sports/C2 Schools/C3 Classifieds/C4- Police & Fire/C5 Eagles remain undefeated, Spartans winless BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER The Skyline High School boys soccer team had it all but put away. Freshman forward Pedro Miola had given the Spartans a 1-0 lead halfway through the first half of the March 20 matchup against Is- saquah High School. And Eagles fans had all but lost hope that their team, which had struggled over the past few seasons, would come out of it with a perfect 3-0 start to the 2009 season. But a late second-half energy spurt on defense, a last-chance goal and a lucky shot in overtime for Issaquah spelled a 2-1 victory over Skyline at Issaquah High School. "That's a good team we beat. Hats off to Skyline," said Issaquah coach Jason Lichtenberger. "That's a classic Issaquah-Skyline game right there." The win was Issaquah's third, first in 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division competition. Sky- line, an annual powerhouse in KingCo, went to 0-2 overall and 0- 1 in KingCo Crest. "The work that Jason has been putting in with the boys here has finally paid off for them," Skyline coach Don Braman said of Lieht- enberger. Issaquah made it a game with less than two minutes left in regu- lation. Skyline had a wall of five de- BY GREG FARI~A]I~ Above, Mitchell Kim, Skyline junior defender, kicks the ball away from Issaquah junior forward Lucas Morais in the first period of the March 20 soc- cer match. At right, Pedro Miola (left), Skyline freshman forward, battles Issaquah junior midflelder Quinn Gdsham during the first period. SOCCER PREVIEW He needs one opening to make it happen." Each team had a chance to bigger moment," IAchtenberger them again." --: score in two five-minute periods said. "That finish, I mean that's Both Braman and Miola said in overtime. Skyline made its world-class right there." Skyline could have shored things fenders shielding the goal, occu- presence felt, but ultimately Is- Skyline controlled the tempo of up earlier in the game. pied by standout keeper Brian saquah midfielder Larry Sclmei- the game throughout. After Mi- "We had some missed opportu- Schwartz. But jnst as time ran der scored the game-winner in ola's score in the 13th minute, nities," Miola said. "We could down, Issaquah's Lucas Morais the final seconds of the first pc- Skyline held Issaquah to three have put the game away a little took a feed from Quinn Grisham riod. real shots on goal. Skyline dis- earlier." and penetrated the defense. As "I just was feeling confident played solid ball control all night. Issaquah fans and the team left Schwartz took a chance to from the last two games," he said. A typical Spartan-Eagle rivalry the stadium with high spirits. Not smother the ball high in the box, "I've known I can hit the ball from game, the teams played fast- only are they undefeated early on, Morais eluded and scored vith a that range, and I just took a paced, physical ball -- each team but they beat their district rival tight, low shot into the left side of chance when I got the space and received two yellow cards March for the first time in years. the goal. Issaquah fans leaped out hit in." 20. "It's the biggest win we can of theft seats in jubilation. The goal came on a 20-yard "Tonight, I think we did a lot to have, for sure," Schneider said. "Lucas is a very dynamic player, floating shot just out of the reach ourselves," Braman said, "but you "We haven't beaten them in three, He's explosive. He's fast," Lichten- of Schwartz and was Schneider's have to respect the efforts that berger said. "People cannot keep third of the season. Issy put in -- a team that never up with him. That's all he needs. "He couldn't have got one at a quits -- and hopefully, we'll see See SOCCER7 Page C2 BY JIM FEEHAN he Liberty High School Drill team is going through its routines with mili- tary-like precision. On a late afternoon in February, the team rehearses in the commons at nearby Maywood Middle School. The team is the proverbial stepchild when it comes time to reserving time at Liberty's gym. So, the nomadic band of per- formers practices at Maywood, Briarwood and Maple Hills elementary schools. "Because drill and pom are not consid- ered a sport, it's an activity, we have no priority on gym time," said Laura Gawler, the first-year coach of the team. "We're even behind select basketball teams." She shouts out "Think about the small things. Be light on your feet and tight. Be a dancer. Chin up and smile." Loud and proud, Gawler will have you know that the team will be a force to reckon with at the state meet March 27 at the Yakima Sundome. "Five, six, seven, eight," she shouts as the team goes through a new routine. "Sell it with your eyes as much as with your actions." Girl power Drill team is a place for girls to focus on the positive aspects of being a teenage girl. In high school, there is so much peer pres- sure to be whatever is acceptable at the time. Drill team members are held to a higher standard because they are ambassa- dors to the Liberty community. In addition, girls are not allowed to be in anyplace where alcohol or drugs can be found. If a girl is at a party and even one person opens a beer, she either has to leave or risk being suspended or expelled from the team, Gawler said. "This is non-negotiable," she stressed. Each girl has 14 other teammates and a coach who they know they can depend on for support and advice, she said "Drill offers girls a place to belong and be rewarded for being good," she said. Team members are held to a higher stan- dard for academics than sporting teams at Liberty -- 2.5 grade point average versus a 2.0 for sporting teams. "I'm very happy to say that none of my team are anywhere near the academic pro- See DRILL TEAM, Page C2 The Uberty High School dflll team rehearses at Maywood Jesslca Johnson, new Uberty fastpitch coach and players sharpen base-running and defensive skills the Patriot gym. BY GREG FAI~RAR former player, watches dudng a team practice in BY BOB TAYLOR $LI~D CHRISTOPHER HUBER essica Johnson, one of Liberty High School's top all-time fastpitch softball players, takes over as head coach this spring at her alma mater. Johnson said she envisions continuing Liberty's streak of 3A state tournament ap- pearances. In fact, Liberty, Issaquah and Skyline fastpitch teams hope to maintain their strong traditions this spring. Annually, the three Is- saquah School District squads have ranked among the best in SOFTBALL PREVIEW the 3A KingCo Conference. Often, one of the three teams ended up as KingCo champion. But this spring, there could be a big challenge for Issaquah and Skyline, who have moved up to 4A KingCo, one of the toughest conferences in the state where Eastlake, Woodinville and Ingle- moor have won state rifles in re- cent years. Liberty, meanwhile, hopes to maintain the district's dominance in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Middle School. BY JIM FEEHAN and extend its string of state tour- nament appearances. Patriots have new coach Johnson, a 2001 graduate who was star pitcher during her Lib- erty days, replaces Brian Hart- man, who stepped down because of more responsibilities as an as- sistant football coach. Last spring, Johnson was Lib- erty's pitching coach. She said she is excited to be the Patriots' head coach. "I feel like I am home. I invested a lot of hard work as a player to See SOFTBALL, Page c2 BY DALLAS CROSS vided campfires and wood There are many sub- species of cut- throat trout in the Rocky Mountains and Western rivers. We have stocked some Washington lakes with La- hontan cut- throat, native utthroat trout, spunky mem- bers of the trout family, have been native to Western America for thousands of years. They have long pro- a tasty meal cooked on stoves. Dallas Cross to Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. There are also Westslope cut- throat trout native to our beaver ponds, lakes and streams. The sea-run or coastal cutthroat trout live and spawn in rivers, streams and lakes that usually have access to salt Water. Local sea-runs for- age along shores in the salt waters of Puget Sound. An unusual characteristic of coastal or sea-run cutthroats is their unpredictable life cycle. They may live part of their adult life in salt water and spawn in fresh wa- ter -- and then produce offspring who live their entire life in fresh water, like Lake Sammamish. All cutthroat spawn in creeks on very shallow gravel beds, away from competing species, such as steel- head. Altl ough venturing out to salt water seeking more plentiful food gives some cutthroat a growth ad- vantage over their stay-at-home relatives, this travel takes its toll. Biologists have found that spawn- ers from salt water shorten their life spans by as much as 20 per- cent each time they make the salt- fresh water transition. Some cutthroat have been des- " ignated as a threatened species, so read regulations carefully to determine whether to keep or re- lease. Today, cutthroat caught in Puget Sound must be released, but those caught in lakes Sammamish or Washington may be kept, within limits. The stomach contents of cut- throat in Lake Sammamish show biologists that they mainly eat aquatic insects and small inverte- brates until they're about 12 inches long. After exceeding that size, they switch to a diet mainly of minnows, preferring small salmon and kokanee fry residing in the lake. Cutthroat trout have become one of the dominant predators of salmon fry in Lake Sammamish, replacing the Northern pike minnow in this role. You can fly fish for "cutts" in the lake but you need to find actively surfacing fish that are feeding on chronomid or midge insect hatches. And as the stomach con- tents predict, you generally con- nect with smaller-sized fish with insect-imitating flies. Our lake cutts are quite sensi- tive to warm and cold water tem- peratures, and also to low oxygen content. Thus, you must troll deeper, 15 feet to 30 feet, to bring lures within feeding range. Small- needle fish lures, minnow imita- [ors, spoons and even worms on a wedding-ring lure will work. Vary your depth and speed until you get a strike. I used to be the camp planner for a group who went to British Columbia every year for a week in June to fly fish Lake HiHium for Kamaloops rainbow trout. Wayne Crill started this annual exposi- tion. In the glow of Coleman lanterns, during fish story time in See CUTTHROAT, Page C2 .... r ' i rllllllilI IF