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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY~ OCTOBER 21~ 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4.5 Schools/C6 By Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports editor The contest Liberty High School's football team has marked on its cal- endar since the start of the season is finally here. The unbeaten Patri- ots, offto their best season in years, host defending 3A state champion Bellevue at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. "Certainly, Bellevue has been the team to beat in recent years, and it has earned the right," Lib- erty coach Steve Valach said. Liberty and Bellevue enter the contest tied for first place in 3A KingCo Conference with 4-0 records. The Patriots are 7-0 over- all; Bellevue is 5-2. However, Bellevue's losses came from two of the nation's top teams --Katy, Texas, 35-17, and Grant, of Sacramento, Calif., 14-0. Since the loss to Grant, Bellevue has won four straight games and is ranked second in The Seattle Times' poll; Liberty is ranked third. The Patriots come offa 38-14 vic- tory against Interlake Oct. 16 while Bellevue rolled by Juanita 50-7. Liberty, after a tight first half when it led just 17-14, pulled away in the second half against the host Saints. "I was really happy with the way our defense played. Our of- fense had some hiccups in the first half, but played much better in the second half," Valach said. Chandler Jenkins and Tel Stal- adi each scored two touchdowns for Liberty. Jenkins scored both touchdowns in the second quarter, catching a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Wheeler and running 8 yards for the other score, Jenkins finished the game as Liberty's leading rusher with 85 yards on 11 carries, and top re- ceiver with six catches for 64 yards. He also returned a kickoff for 22 yards. Staladi, who ended the game with 59 yards on eight carries, ran 16 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, and 3 yards for a touch- down in the final period. Jake Bain- ton capped the Patriots' scoring by returning an interception 26 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. "I'm certainly happy with the result, but we have to get better, to keep sharpening the ax, and keep improving," Valach said. It definitely has to be sharp against Bellevue. "It's the same kind of Bellevue team -- very good on defense and they run the wing-t on offense bet- ter than anyone in the nation," Valach said. He noted that Bellevue is pass- ing the ball more this season. Bellevue quarterback Kendrick Van Ackeran has thrown four touchdown passes. "When you play Bellevue, it's al- ways a huge challenge," Valach said. Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtay- lor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Nick Washburn, Skyline senior running back, motors ahead in the rain for a first down, despite Issaquah defensive backs Mitchell Blair (left) and Nick Wright during the second quarter, By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reportqr s torrential rain fell and soaked players to the core before the game, Skyline High School running back Nick Washburn's teammates looked at him and said it was go- ing to be all about the run against Issaquah. The Skyline Spartans typically attack early and often through the air, but with extra slippery gloves and football for receivers Oct. 16, they were finally going to give Washburn his chance to prove himself. He did, and 18 carries and 181 rushing yards later, Skyline beat the Issaquah Eagles 42-0 at Spar- tan Stadium. "I've really got something to prove with the running game," Washburn said after the game. "So, when we get these rainy days, I'm just glad we get to run the ball." The win clinched a first-place finish in the KingCo Crest division standings, as well as a spot in the playoffs with Bothell and the win- ner of the KingCo 4A crossover game in two weeks. "We had chances. They were able to make those conversions and we weren't able to make third-down pickups," Issaquah head coach Chris Bennett said. "They're pretty good across the board and they don't have any soft spots anywhere." Skyline (4-0, KingCo, 6-1 over- all) came out and scored two touchdowns in the first quarter on a 10-yard Jake Heaps keeper and a 28-yard Nick Beauchamp run. Issaquah got the ball down 14- 0 and had a chance to bring it to 14-7, but quarterback Ryan BY GREG FAI~RAR being wrapped by Bergman overthrew a long pass to receiver Adam Dondoyano. "Fourteen-7 we're feeling a lot better than 14-0. We get one chance to make those plays and we didn't make 'em," Bennett said. "You're not going to win when you can't get off the field and you're not going to win when you can't sustain drives." Bergman ended up completing 9 of 18 passes for 56 yards Oct. 16. The Eagles punted on five of its six first-half possessions. Is- saquah finished the night with 135 yards of total offense, thanks to Skyfine's fired-up defense. "We controlled them pretty much," said Skyline defensive lineman Jase Butorac, who sacked Bergman on two consecu- tive plays in the second. "Our game plan was to come out, fire See FOOTBALL, Page C3 9 By Christopher Huber ties," Bunnell said. Issaquah Press reporter The second half was "physical across the board," he said. Is- Coming into its Oct. 13 match saquah struck in the third against Eastlake, the Issaquah minute of the half, when Marls High School girls soccer team punched in a 20-yard Audrey was reeling from its big loss to Thomas loft kick. district rival Skyline Oct. 8. Leading 2-0 in the 50th The 2-0 defeat was the Eagles minute, Marls took advantage of first 4A KingCo Conference loss another opportunity. This time, and it knocked Issaquah into sec- Abby Glasgow posted the ball up ond place with five games re- on a free kick from 30 yards out. maining. Marls, in perfect position near So, when it came time to face the left goalpost, headed it in another tough team from the right past Eastlake goalkeeper plateau, the Eagles were focused. Bryce Kennedy. They knew they had to outhustle The goal seemed to be a testa- the Wolves on both sides of the ment to Issaquah's intent to be ball and take advantage of any the best team in the air this sea- scoring opportunity they got. son. "When they got their chances, "We really like to be the best they put them away," Easflake team in the air, and we focus on captain Courtney Pixler said. winning every ball in the air," Issaquah forward Kristin Marls said. Marls scored all four goals in the The Wolves offense posed a Eagles' 4-0 win against Eastlake. threat early on, penetrating the "The game proved to be a test Issaquah defense and creating a of wills. In the end, they pre- few scoring opportunities, but Is- vailed," said Eastlake head coach saquah held tight. Chuck Krieble. "I tip my hat to The Eagles adjusted in the her. We knew we had to mark ,, physical, back-and-forth match her, but just couldn't get to her in and managed to score on a Marls time." penalty kick before the halftime The win put Issaquah back in break. She put the game away first, tied with Skyline (each at 6- with another penalty kick score 1-0 in KingCo), and Eastlake's late in the second half. loss brought it to 5-2-0 in league "We really wanted to capitalize play. on everything we got," she said. "It was a huge win for us com- Krieble said he was impressed ing off of a loss to Skyline," Marls with Issaquah's front attack, es- said. "It was important we came pecially junior forward Margaret back and played well." Rauch's ability to control the The key to the game, Marls ban and hold off Eastlake de- and Issaquah head coach Tom fenders. Bunnell said, was to contain "We couldn't catch up at the Eastlake's speedy players -- Allie end," Krieble said. But "the score Beahan, Kelly Morro and Can- doesn't reflect the effort." dice Osei-Agyemang- up front. "It was a matter of us shoring up our defensive responsibili- See SOCCER Page C3 BY GREG FARRAR Olivia Schmoe (left), Issaquah senior defender, and Kelly Morro, Eastlake junior fo vard, battle as they chase the soccer ball out of bounds during the first period of their Oct. 13 soccer match at Issaquah Stadium. Nlcole Migotsky, of Issaquah, leads the way for teammate Arielle Walton, as they round the final turn of the 3-mile Klahanie Park cross country course to finish first and second, in 20:12 and 20:13, respective- ly, in the school district varsity women's meet. BY DON BORIN/STOP ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY/ WWW.DON- BORIN.COM S S By Tim Pfarr and Liberty scored 56. Skyline lssaquah Press reporter junior Kyle Branch finished first in the 3-mile boys race and Lib- The Issaquah and Skyline high erty senior Eric Bice was second. school teams emerged victorious "I felt good most of the way,". at the Issaquah School District Branch said. cross country meet Oct. 14 in Kla- He recorded a time of 16 min- hanie Park. utes, 4 seconds. Issaquah took first in the boys Bice was second in 16:09. Is- race to finish the season tm- saquah senior Kevin LeMond fin- beaten. Skyline was tops in the ished third in 16:11 and began a girls race. Liberty finished third pack of runners for the Eagles. in both races. Senior Jon Wallis was fourth in This meet concluded the regu- 16:13, senior Dennis Leigh came lar season for the teams, who in fifth in 16:18 and senior Chris now prepare for the KingCo Con- Brasino placed sixth in 16:25. ferenee Championships at 1 p.m. Skyline's Mark Frerker broke up Oct. 22 at Lake Sammamish State the pack by taking seventh in Park. In the boys race, Issaquah scored 26 points, Skyline had 47 See CROSS COUNTRY, Page C3 Eagles win epic battle at the net against Spartans Press staff report When the Issaquah and Skyline high school volleyball teams meet on a court, it's usually a fierce bat- tle down to the final seconds. That was definitely the case Oct. 14 in the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus gymnasium. Issaquah, one of the hottest teams in the 4A KingCo Confer- ence, outlasted Skyline 3-2. The Eagles won the first two games, 25-16 and 25-15. Skyline bounced back to win the next two See VOLLEYBALL, Page C3