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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, JUN'E 3, 2009 * C3 FI~OM PAGE C1 It was the third time in five years that Issaquah and Mercer Island battled in the state champi- onship game. Mercer Island edged Issaquah by a goal in the 2005 and 2006 title games. Issaquah defeated Mercer Island last year in the semifinals before it beat Bainhridge 11-8 in the title game. Fortier was elated by this year's triumph, and especially happy for a corps of seniors -- Jake Direc- tor, Jordan Goldstein, Riley Good- man and Connor McClain. All played key roles throughout the season, and were instrumental in the championship contest. "For those guys to lead a group that included three freshman that played in the final, two starting defenders that were on junior var- sity last year and goalies who struggled at times, is absolutely phenomenal," Fortier said. Goldstein scored four goals in the title game and Director had two. Sophomore Jake Fritz con- nected on four goals. Danforth, who made some clutch saves in the final period, had six saves in all. Tough road pays off A tougher road to the title game apparently paid off for Issaquah. The Islanders, 13-0 in league play, had coasted through the playoffs en route to the final. Issaquah, meanwhile, had a tougher time. The Eagles, coming from behind, defeated Skyline 13-5 in the quar- terfinals, and May 26, outlasted Bainbridge 5-4 in overtime. In its semifinal, Issaquah fell be- hind 2-0 to visiting Bainbridge. Todd Jones got Issaquah on the scoreboard when he scored with 1:27 left in the first period. With 8:04 left in the second period, Di- rector connected to tie the score 2- 2 for Issaquah. However, Bain- bridge led 3-2 at halftime when Kevin Nguyen scored with 1:26 left. At 8:32 in the third quarter, Mc- Chin cleared the ball and raced down the middle of the field before blasting a shot into the net, tying the score at 3-3. With 26 seconds left in the period, Issaquah took its first lead when Jones tallied his second goal of the game. Late in the fourth period, Bain- bridge tied the score at 4-4 and the game went into overtime. In overtime, Bainhridge got pos- session of the ball first and just missed on a shot. After Bain- bridge missed on two straight shots, l IcClain stole the ball. The ball went to Kevin Powers, who hit the game-winning goal. The victory gave Issaquah a boost for the title game. "Our guys were confident from having played in a close semifinal that they could win a good, close ball game," Fortier said. "Our leaders were confident feeding on last year's state experience, as well. We learned last year that battling in the playoffs was much better preparation than coasting." In championship form In the championship game, Is- Sudoku Solution 628537149 974816352 315942768 281795634 793164285 45;62:83971 547329816 16.9478523 832651497 2~Z F~ ~ge Surprise your friends with a happy ad Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! Congratulations! 1"x4" AD $39.00 ISSAQUAH PRESS 425-392-6434 Celebrating with you since 1900! BY GREG FAI~I~AR Jake Fritz, Issaquah sophomore attack, is upended and fouled by Bainbridge junior defender Alex Johnson while taking a shot on goal in the second quarter of their May 27 semifinal at Issaquah Stadium. Issaquah won, 5-4, in sudden- death overtime. "Our leaders were confident feeding on last year's state expedence, as well We learned last year that battling in the playoffs was much bet- ter preparation than coasting." - Brandon Fortier lsw~ High School coach saquah led from start to finish. "Getting off to a great start of- fensively was a huge key. Gold- stein and Director each scored on their first shot by using their bread-and-butter moves. That just gave us confidence from the be- ginning," Fortier said. Director put Issaquah ahead 1- 0, then after a Mercer Island goal, Goldstein connected to put the Ea- gles ahead 2-1. Issaquah added two more goals to take a 4-1 lead into the second period. Issaquah opened the second pe- riod with Jones passing to Fritz, who scored to put the Eagles up 5- 1. Goldstein and Fritz later scored again as Issaquah led 8-4 at haft- time. Through the first haft, Issaquah played with intensity as it domi- nated the face-offs and got to most of the gronndballs. Issaquah failed to score in the third period, but still held an 8-5 lead going into the final quarter. Fritz and Goldstein scored to put Issaquah up 10-5. "Jake and Jordan, scoring back-to-back goals, proved to be the difference. It gave us enough of a cushion to hang on, since we, unfortunately, didn't play well in the last eight minutes," Fortier said. Issaquah played most of the sec- ond half without Goodman, who broke his collarbone on the open- ing face-off of the second haft. Mercer Island then fought back. With 3:09 left, the Islanders scored to cut Issaquah's lead to10- 8. Mercer Island scored again with 17 seconds left, but the Eagles held on in part because of Dan- forth's clutch save. Danforth had also made two crucial saves ear- lier in the period. Mercer Island played the contest without senior attackman Daniel Shields, an All-Lacrosse All-Amer- ica. Shields broke his ankle in a practice earlier in the week. "We're not a one-man team," Mercer Island coach Ian O'Hearn said. "They won fair and square." The state title was actually Is- saquah's third. In addition to the back-to-back Division I champi- onships, Issaquah won the Divi- sion II title in 2004. With such underclassmen as Tyler Lucas, Kole Lindor, Alexei Burtscher, Michael Mezs, Evan Greenhall, Matt O'Neill, Ben Direc- tor, Fritz, Jones, SPan Bruno, Pow- ers and others returning, Issaquah could make another run for the ti- de in 2010. "Five of our six starting defense is back. Our entire starting attack is back," Fortier said. "Powers is the only midfielder with real expe- rience. Ben Director, Bruno and Michael Hatcher will need to step up. If we can get production from the mid field, then we could make another run." @er, cone eeds a ittk.Welp aad hea... 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Send to classifieds@isspress.com Your ad will appear in lllze Issaquah Press Sammamish Review SnoValley Star BY GI{EG FAI~RAI~ With all of their feet off the ground at the start the lO0-meter dash at the 3A state track championships (from left), Shealee O'Donnell, Skyline junior, finished third; Kelly Jacka, of Bellarmine Prep, finished second; Andrea Geubelle, of Curtis, won; Johanna Carr, of Issaquah, finished fifth; and Haley Jacobson, of Issaquah, finished fourth. FROM PAGE C1 Sorensen said while trying to re- cuperate from the haft-mile sprint. Skyline girls' long jumper and sprinter Kaylyn Berry earned sec- ond in the long jump event (18- 02.25). Although a slow final handoff led to the Skyline girls' 4x200 re- lay team missing the cut for the finals, the Lady Spartan 4x100 BY Gl EG FA]Cl AR team powered past the competi- Chandler Jenkins, Liberty High School sophomore, touches down with a tion to grab a second-place rank- triple jump distance of 44 feet and one-quarter inch, good for sixth place. ing in 48.29 seconds. It was just behind Bellarmine Prep, which vaulter Eva Perry was the lone who placed second in the prelims ran it in 47.40 seconds. Issaquah freshman in the state 4A vaulting and held the top 100-meter time placed fourth with a time of competition and ended with an in KingCo 4A. "I kept it in my 48.85 seconds, eighth-place 10-foot jump. head to keep my form. I think I "It was good. Me and Kaylyn's Amber Dodd placed sixth in the did OK. It seemed I should have handoff wasn't as good as al- 300-meter hurdles and seventh in done better, but things don't al- ways. Our goal was to keep with the 100-meter hurdles for Sky- ways work out." Bellarmine Prep, so we could line, with times of 45.99 seconds Jacobson ran the 200 in 24.64 break our (school) record of and 15.42 seconds respectively, seconds aad took second behind 47.7," anchor Rachel Butenko In the 200-meter dash, Sky-Bellarmine Prep's Kelly Jacka said after finishing the race. "It line's Shealee O'Donnell, 4A dis- (24.24 seconds). would've been nice to win ... but trict champ, placed seventh with The Mead boys won the 4A we trained the best we could've." a finish of 25.31 seconds. The team title with 49 points and Issaquah also made it to the junior took third in the 100-meter North Central won the 3A title 4x200 relay final and came out in dash in 12.03 seconds, just .01 with 52 points. Bellarmine Prep third place. Haley Jacobson an- and .04 seconds faster than Is- won the girls' team 4A title, accu- chored for Kim Varney, Kaley A1- saquah's Haley Jacobson and Jo- mulating 56 points, and Rainier lison and Johanna Carr and fin- hanna Carr. Beach took the 3A championship ished in 1:42.54. Eagle pole "I really wanted it," said Carr, with 65 points. NA!P ST O RE W E RI A EA MAR ER ll _l FRA E L LON RU OUI IZ ES T TO STA AN II S L 1 r'ON TOT INO OVE iEV PER [DA ER RE S T E D || ON SE AP GA EL |l I A TA E R ME We know you best, because we are a lot like you... 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