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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY~ NOVEMBER 4~ 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-5 Schools/C6 By Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports editor The Issaquah High School football team, which dodged a bullet Oct. 30, aims for its main target for this sea- son: the 4A state tournament. Issaquah, 6-3, plays Kentwood, 7-2, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Kent's French Field. It will be rematch of last season's first-round clash won by Issaquah 31-2 . "We had a 31-14 lead going into the fourth quarter and they (Kent- wood} came back to make it inter- esting," Issaquah coach Chris Ben- nett said. "Kentwood is a good 28-21 playoff victory against next series and that helped," Ben- on 9-yard touchdown pass. ally step up for us." team with some good athletes and Woodinville at Bothell's Pop nett said. In the third quarter, Bergman One of the players who has pro- some good running backs. We will Keeney Stadium. Until the fourth quarter, it had and Peterson hit scoring passes of vided Issaquah with a consistent need to be solid against the run Issaquah built up a commanding been a Ryan Bergman to Evan Pe- 65 and 24 yards as the Eagles rushing effort is junior Taylor when we play them." 28-7 lead and then held offWood- terson show. Bergman, Issaquah's stretched their lead. Wyman, who had 94 yards on 22 Issaquah had star running back inville down the stretch to win the senior quarterback, had con- Bergman finished the game, hit- carries against Woodinville. Grant Gellatly the last rime it contest. In the fourth quarter, neeted with Peterson, a junior ting 15 of 28 passes for 268 yards. Defensively, the Eagles had solid played Kentwood. He rushed for Woodinville scored on a drive and wide receiver, on three touchdown Peterson caught eight passes for efforts from Nik Landdeck, Greg 313 yards against the Conquerors. then recovered an onside kick. The passes. 171 yards. He has caught 71Finch and Wyman. Landdeck had This time the Eagles might not Falcons took advantage of the mis- The Eagles opened their scoring passes this season, tying the 11 tackles. have Gellatly, who has been out cue when quarterback Brett Ar- in the second quarter when school single-season mark. Peter- "I'm proud of the way they hung most of the season because of a rivey connected with Ryland Lon- Bergman hit Mitchell Blair on a son has also caught 17 touchdown in there and overcame some ad- hamstring injury, goni on a 31-yard touchdown pass. 33-yard touchdown pass. After passes, versity in the fourth quarter," Ben- The Eagles, who finished second "We had played well and I really Woodinville tied the score follow- "Ryan and Evan have had phe- nett said. "It was a good win." to Skyline in the 4A KingCo Con- felt we controlled the game until ing a 29-yard van by Alec nomenal seasons," Bennett said. ference Crest Division standings they came back within 30 seconds Schwend, the Eagles came back to "With Grant dinged up this season, Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtay- this season, earne4 their prelimi- to make it close. We were able to lead 14-7 at halftime when we have had to look to other ways lor@isspress.com. Comment at nary round berth Oct. 30 with a run off some clock though on our Bergman and Peterson connected to score. We've had some guys re- www.issaquahpress.com. By Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports editor The Issaquah High School boys cross country team picked up some additional hardware on its way to the 4A state championship meet Nov. 7 in Pasco. The Eagles, who won the 4A KingCo Confer- ence Oct. 22, captured the Bi-Dis- trict 2-4 championship Oct. 31 in Kelso. It was the first time Is- saquah has won a district champi- onship. "It was a new historic event for the program," Issaquah coach Gwen Robertson said. "The boys had gone into the season with the district title as one of their goals. Hopefully it will get a little better this week." Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty runners will compete on the Sun Willow Golf Course for the state meet. The Eagles, by winning the district title, will send their entire varsity team. The Eagles led by senior Chris Brasino's third-place finish, had 53 points to beat second-place Redmond by 33 points in the dis- trict meet. Skyline finished fourth with 112 points. Brasino, putting on a strong fin- ish over the final 400 meters, ran the course in 14 minutes, 59.14 seconds. He was familiar with the Kelso course because Issaquah competed in the Kelso Invitational earlier this season and finished first. However, Oct. 31, Brasino beat his previous best time on the course by 43 seconds. "That's a lot. He has been com- ing on after having been ill earlier this season," Robertson said. Brasino is just the second boy in Issaquah history to qualify for state all four years. Redmond's Mack Young took first place in 14:50.75 and his brother Will was second in 14:55.90. While Brasino stayed up with the leaders, the Eagles had a pack of runners in the 13 through 16 places. Dennis Leigh took 13th in 15:18.87, Jon Wallis was 14th in 15:26.52, Kevin LeMond grabbed 15th in 15:29.05 and Turner Wi- ley was 16th in 15:30.67. For Is- saquah, placing five runners among the top 20 finishers was a school record and the key to win- ning the district rifle. "That was pretty incredible. All five guys actually qualified for state as individuals. They run well together, something they've done a lot of," Robertson said. The Eagles also had another team record when Isaac Robinson was 24th in 15:42.62, the first time they had six runners among the top 25 district finishers. Skyline's Kyle Branch qualified for state byplacing fourth in 15:03.83. Teammate Mark Fr- erker was 20th in 15:37.14. Eastlake won the girls district title with 42 points. Skyline was sixth, with 173 points. Anna Dailey, of See RUNNERS, Page C3 Jaso Butoroc (fight), Bothell junior running BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Skyline senior defensive lineman, and Skyline senior linebacker Anthony DeMatteo tackle back Luke Proulx for no gain iri the second quarter Oct. 29. By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter ne pivotal play in the fourth quarter deter- mined who got KingCo 4A Confer- ence bragging rights through the playoffs Oct. 29 at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell. It happened on one Jake Heaps mishap on a promising drive as Skyline looked to put the game out of reach for Both- ell. Up 20-19 in the fourth quar- ter, the Spartans had driven to the Cougar 28-yard line after Kasen Williams had stopped a threatening Bothell drive with an interception. Heaps seemed poised and ready to strike as usual with a fi- nessed toss to a receiver in the corner of the end zone. But he fumbled the snap on first down, with 6 minutes, 24 seconds re- maining. Bothell recovered. The home crowd went berserk. The Cougars had a new sense of hope that they could over- come the nationally ranked Spartans. Over the next five min- utes, Bothell executed a 72-yard scoring drive that running back BY CHI~ISTOPHER HUBER Jake Heaps, Skyline senior quarter- back, tosses a football to team- mates as he limbers up his wrist before the Bothell game. Luke Proulx capped off with a 5- yard touchdown run. Bothell went up 25-20 with 1:04 left. Skyline got the ball at its own 35, but a penalty and tight Both- ell defense hampered forward progress. Three Cougars knocked down Heaps' last-ditch pass on fourth-and-24. "Luckily we had some guys back there," said Bothell head coach Tom Bainter. "Luckily it was a fourth-and-24 play. We were fortunate." Bothell is the 2009 KingCo 4A champion, after beating Skyline 25-20. "You could say we had turnovers, you could say what- ever it was, but it came down to my mistake at the end. I take full responsibility for what happened today. There's really no excuse for that," Heaps said about his miscue in the fourth quarter. "But we had that game, we had that moment. And until I had that mistake, it looked like we were going to win that ball game." The game was a classic match-up of two perennial foot- ball powerho es. The decision came down tb- e team that made the most mistakes. There were plenty on both sides of the ball. Both teams missed oppor- tunities in the red zone due to turnovers -- there were a total of eight. Skyline's Evan Zeger inter- cepted a pass from Bothell quar- terback Mitchell Muller on the second play of the game, but the Spartans went three-and-out on the next possession. See FOOTBAM. Page C3 By Tim Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter In a back-and-forth battle Oct. 30, the Liberty High School Patriots de- feated the host Mount Si Wildcats, 38-28 in the final 3A/2A KingCo Conference game of the season. Mount Si started hot, holding Lib- erty and scoring a touchdown less than two minutes into the game. However, Liberty's offense quickly responded on its next drive, marching down the field and scoring on a 16-yard touch- down run from junior running back Chandler Jenkins just one minute later. For the remainder of the first half, Mount Si struggled to hold Liberty's offense as the Patriots continued to move the ball, scor- ing on passes from junior quarter- "Chandler pounded the ball real hard all night," Wheeler said. "The O-line played really well, and we made some crucial catches when we needed them." Jenkins fumbled the ball in the third quarter, but he recorded an interception on defensd midway through the fourth quarter. "I kind of faced some adversity myseff with the fumble, but I just kind of had to keep my head in the game and come up with some- thing big on defense to get the ball back," Jenkins said. Jenkins finished the game with 252 yards on 22 carries. Healso caught three passes for 21 yards. Wheeler hit 10 of 18 passes for 139 yards. Liberty head coach Steve Valach said the team knew the game would be a battle. back Trey Wheeler to senior wide "Mount Si's a really good foot- receivelLTroy Cglyer ,Je , Valach said Mount S1 ki~lted a field goal atthat, and we knew it was going to the end of the second quarter, be a ball game where you have to bringing the score to 24-10 at play four quarters." halftime. The Patriots finished second in the The Wildcats shut out the Patri- league standings with a 5-1 mark. ots 10-0 in the third quarter, clos- Liberty, 8-1 on the season, trav- ing the Patriots' lead to 24-20, but els to Camas Nov. 6 to take on Ca- Liberty found success again in the mas High School in a postseason fourth quarter, scoring on a pass preliminary round match to earn from Wheeler to senior tight end entry into the 3A state playoffs. Cameron Talley and another Jenk- Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ins run. With 46 seconds remain- ing in the game, Mount Si scored a Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or new- final touchdown, but it was too lit- cas@isspress.com. Comment at fie too late. www.issaquahpress.com. BY GREG FARRAR Cameron Talley, Liberty senior tight end, is wide open to haul in a fourth-quar- ter touchdown pass from Trey Wheeler to give the Patriots a 31-20 lead on the way to a 38-28 win Oct. 30 over Mount Si. BY CHRISTOPHEI~ HUBER Skyline freshman Maria Volodkevich surfaces for air in the lO0-yard but- terfly race during the KJngCo swim meet at the Mercer Island pool. She fin- ished 14th in 1:01.97. By Christopher Huber swimmers -- they were at other viduals and all three relay teams lssaquah Press reporter meets -- the Skyline Spartans fin- have qualified for state. She said ished seventh with 312 points, the KingCo meet allows the girls to Although many of the top swim- Mercer Island won the team title compete against fast 3A swimmers mers from the plateau did not par- with 586 points, whom they don't normally face. tieipate in the KingCo Conference Skyline's Kelsey Kosenkranius "I think our girls did really well swimming meet Oct. 31 at the took first place in the diving with against them," Simpkins said. Mercer Island pool, Skyline has 344.5 points. Eastlake's Mackenzie Skyline freshman Maria Volod- plenty to be happy about. Rands was second with 316.35 kevich took fourth in the 200-yard After the meet, coaches said " and Liberty's Kaitlyn Tsutakawa freestyle in 1:59.27, just behind competition was as fierce as ever, was fourth with 301.85 points. Lecoq (1:58.41). Jessie Dart took but the real test would be at the Skyline coach Susan Simpkins district meet Nov. 6 and 7. said her team looks strong going Lacking a handful of its top into the district meet. Seven indi- See SWIMMERS, Page C3 ITH IflT,,'tl amr! TmilllfdlllSmdli .... !]NF,![[itI[TilII,]U ]l|lllliliI , i