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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY~ OCTOBER 7~ 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-5 Schools/CO 41, 41, Press staff report uring his Issaquah High School running days, Jon Harding almost always finished first or near the top. Well, nothing has really changed for the Issaquah graduate. On Oct. 4, he took first place in the 5K race atthe Issaquah Rotary Run at Salmon Days. Harding completed the race in 15 minutes, 38 seconds. He fin- ished a minute ahead of second- place runner Ryan Goldstein, of Seattle. Liberty High School coach Michael Smith was third in 16:43. Skyline High School graduate Joey Chirillo was sixth in 18:57 and current Skyline runner Jamon BY GREG FARRAI~ Krlstl Houk, of Port Orchard, (above) wins the women's division of the Rotary Run 1OK race in a time of 37 minutes, 2 seconds, ion Harding (left), of Issaquah, winner of the Rotary Run 5K in a time of 15 minutes, 38 sec- onds, comes up to congratulate Ryan Goldstein, of Seattle, who finished one minute behind in second place. Rogers was seventh in 19:02. Harding competed in cross country and track at Issaquah and University of Washington, where he recently graduated. His high school accomplishments in- clude a first-place finish in the 3, 00 meters at the 3A state track and field meet in 2004, and a thUd-place finish in the 3A state cross country 2002, when the Eagles took sec- ond as a team. During his collegiate career, Harding ranked in the University of Washington's all-time top 10 in the indoor track and field 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. In cross country, Harding took first placb at Above, JJ Acreff, championships in See ROTARY RUN, Page 6"3 Rotary Run BY (~REG FARRAR of Ravensdale, receives a motorcycle escort as he wins the 1OK race in a time of 33 minutes, 37 seconds. BY BRIAN HAMILTON/HAMILTONPIX.COM Above, Ryan Bergman, Issaquah senior quarterback, is pressured by Eastlake senior linebacker Alex Boyce late in the third quarter, with the score tied at 7-all. Below, Taylor Wyman, Issaquah junior running back, breaks away for a first-quarter touchdown to give the Eagles the early lead during the football game Oct. 2 against Eastiake. By Eric Berto Issaquah Press freelancer The trouble with a must-win game is that only one team can win it. And it was the Issaquah Eagles that prevailed in the Oct. 2 game against the Eastlake Wolves with a 14-13 win in a pivotal game in the KingCo Crest league. "Our kids played with a lot of guts tonight," said Chris Bennett, Issaquah head coach. "It wasn't, pretty, but a lot of guts from our kids." Both teams made their share of mistakes, but none more heart- breaking than when Eastlake jun- ior kicker Devon deAlteris missed an extra point in the fourth quar- ter. Eastlake senior running back Cameron Hunt had just given the Wolves the lead after he broke a rush up the right sideline for a 72-yard score. DeAlteris missed the extra point, but the Wolves had the lead. "It's not just one play that makes the game, but that was a huge play," said Gene Dales, See EAGLES, Page 6"3 By Thn Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter The Liberty High School Patriots took down the Juanita Rebels in a 28-21 home victory Oct. 2. "It was a war. I'm really proud of the way the kids responded. They responded like champs," said Liberty head coach Steve Valach. "When you play an excel- lent football team, you know it's going to be a battle." Liberty came out with guns blazing and quickly marched down the field. However, Juanita held Liberty at the 7-yard line and blocked the Patriots' field goal at- tempt. A bad snap gave the Patri- ots the ball back at the Juanita 14, and junior Liberty running back Chandler Jenkins quickly ran for a touchdown, giving the Patriots the lead with 7:07 remaining in the first quarter. Liberty went up by 14 more points in the second quarter with junior quarterback Trey Wheeler's touchdown pass to junior wide re- ceiver Jake Bainton and junior running back Jay Chakravarty's touchdown run. Juanita scored a touchdown be- fore the half, but missed the extra point. Juanita scored again in the third quarter and at the beginning of the fourth quarter, using a two- point conversion to tie the game at 21 with 10:52 remaining in the game. However, Wheeler con- nected with Bainton for one final touchdown pass with 8:32 re- maining. The Rebels' last attempt to tie the game began with a drive at their own 6-yard line with 2:05 remaining, but the Patriots shut down the Rebels' offense, securing the win. "Everybody just played their roles and we were able to come out on top," Wheeler said. "We were fortunate to come out on top, because that's a great team and they played hard." Wheeler, Jenkins and Valach See LIBERTY, PageC3 Kevln team, LeMond (left) and Chds Braslno, of the run side by side at a class 4A meet. BY LAWI:~IE I~OBERTSON Issaquah cross country S By Christopher Huber Klahanie Park at 4 p.m. Oct. 14, and Bob Taylor when the three Issaquah schools Issaquah Press reporters compete in their annual district meet. In high school cross country meets, it always helps to have CROSS COUNTRY some talented runners who can finish near the top of the pack. It also helps to have depth. When PREVIEW a team has talent and depth, it has a chance to be very competi- :-= tive. This year, the Issaquah, Sky- SWine boys are still strong line and Liberty boys cross coun- The boys of Skyline ran well in try teams have talent and depth, 2008 -- they went 10-0, won a major reason they have ranked KingCo 4A and placed fifth in among the top KingCo Confer- state 4A competition. The team ence squads, lost standout Simon Sorensen, as The top individual runners this well as Travis Lund and Jeff season include Kevin LeMond Lestz, to graduation and hope to and Chris Brasino, of Issaquah; stay strong in 2009 with numer- Kyle Branch and Mark Frerker, ous experienced returning run- of Skyline; and Eric Bice and ners. Josiah Sherwood, of Liberty. Captains Ben Ressler and Fr- The girls teams aren't quite as erker will lead the pack for the strong as the boys, although Sky- Spartans, but they won't be line posted a big victory last alone, as Branch, Evan Botsch, week. Among the top runners Jay Bowlby, Brandon Clark and this season have been Arielle newcomer Keegan Symmes Walton and Nicole Migotsky, of should provide needed support Issaquah; Elise Pletcher and Ha- against competitors like Red- ley Hunter, of Skyline; and mond and Issaquah. Megan and Michaela Chucka, of Branch is one of the top run- Liberty. ners in the area. At the recent Prior to the KingCo and dis- Nike Invitational in Portland, trict meets later this month, Ore., he finished sixth in the there are some big league events 5,000-meter race. In a Sept. 30 in the next two weeks. Skyline KingCo meet, Branch finished and Issaquah compete against first at Klahanie Park in 15 min- Newport and Eastlake at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Beaver Lake Park. The big showcase meet is at See CROSS COUNTRY, Page C3