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Page 12 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, November 11, 1987 Sport Cross country champions Issy girls win state for third time I L oys take trov 7y too by Linda Thielke You just had to be there last Saturday in Port Townsend to get the full ef- fect of the surprise, the joy, the sweat and the exhilaration of both Issaquah High cross country teams winning top trophies at the state champi- onships. Heavily favored to win the state title for a third consecu- tive time, the girls team did it with spirit and style. But it was the previously unheralded boys team that provided the big home-town contingent with the greatest thrills as they captured third place in their first-ever state meet. "We've been in the shad- ows a lot behind our girls team," said boys team mem- ber Tom Hawley, "but today, we could not have done bet- teL" Nor could the boys team have been more surprised by their own stunning perfor- mance. During the regular season, Issy boys were unde- feated but ended the season with a tie against Interlake. Then in a disappointing KingCo League meet, Is- saquah fell to third behind In- terlake and Redmond. At the Sea-King District meet on October 29, it was do or die for the boys since only three teams would advance to state. The Indians held off Redmond that time, to get the third berth behind Interlake and Metro powerhouse Blanchet. At the end of the state run, the boys were uncertain how they stood in the team re- sults. Coach Ken Ruud had done a few rough calculations and figured Issy had beaten Interlake, probably by EADACHES Come to: Tony J. Winters, D.C. Gilman Station 240 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 102, Issaquah. 392-4792 '-00Tpce= ......... N TER A U D I B H O N D A! I T A L I A N E X 0 T I C S M E R C E D E S N I S S A N Complete Foreign & Domestic Autdmottve Servlce including Car Rentals And Sales ONLY ONE MORE WEEKI Winterization Special $995. 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Then came the long, long wait while the scores were tallied. Finally it was time to announce the team results in the boys AAA race. The Indians stood silent, staring off into space. When Interlake was announced as the ninth place finisher, it was obvious the Issy boys were ready to happily accept eighth place, but their team was not called. At first confusion spread across their individuals faces, and then gradually dawning hope and realization as the team placings went higher and higher. By the time the announcer got to third place, the entire team was already half-launched in a victory leap. All it took was the words "and in third place, coached by Ken... " to pro- pel them upward and drown out the announcer in a thun- derous clash of war-whoops, shouts, screams and applause. Before the race, the boys had tried to appear cool and casual. "We're up, but we're realistic about the race," said Brent Copenhaver. "Yeah, this is low pressure compared to last week when we had to make state," said Hawley. The team began to catch on that they were on to some- thing good when all seven ,mnners ossed.lhe, finish lin close together. Running an outstanding race was team leader Travis Whisman who was 1 lth overall individually. The emotion on Brant Copenhaver's face, center, was typical when the Issy boys found out they had beaten district rivals Blanchet and Interlake to capture third In the state. Photos by Linda Thlelke. this kind of competition. I felt good about the way I handled it. I was nervous at first, but Gwen (Assistant Coach Gwen Robertsn) helped me focus into things that were more important than being nervous." If the girls team was ner- -,vous, it didn't show. The two-time defending chami were in their usual high spir- its before the race, faces painted with purple and gold AAA race, the Issy Indians ran their own kind of race. "It was a fast first mile," said Stacy Liebsack. "I tried not to go too fast at first, but I did anyway." "We just had to have it," said Mickey Gray of the state title. "We knw it was ours, ve felt undefxl." The first Indian to cross the finish line ,[is Ophomore Leslie SmithJn l lth place overall, and tight behind her the Indians had a 34-point lead over second place Eisen- hewer. "Congratulations coach," said the Eisenhower coach to Ruud after the race. "That bunch of yours is too tough." The two Issy teams were Stacy Llebsack, the only senior on the girls cross country team, got a big hug from Coach Ken Ruud after her great run. supported by a large crowd of friends, family and teachers and there were purple and white "Issaquah" sweatshirts as far as the eye could see. The Issy girls soccer team, which is headed for its chance at the state crown this week and next, was on hand to offer special inspiration in the form of a poster. It read: "Desire -- that's what makes it happen." Judging by the smiles and trophies on Saturday, desire did its job. Issy nailers clrop game Issaquah High was defeated by Sammamish in the laSt home volleyball game of the season, last Wednesday, No" vember 4 in three straight games. Jody Bateman had an out" standing game with seven kills, one block and one Jenine Blondeau had a follow-up with two kills, one block and an ace. Jody Strg had two kills and one ace; Kristen Warnick had one kill and a pair of aces; Boeschan had two blocks an ace, and Minda Davis had a stuff and two aces. "Our defense to the shot sets from Sar mamish. Their setters great control," said Hatmaker. Mercer Island also down" the Indians in four with Issy taking Hatmaker said that this w the best offensive game of the year. Bateman had six kills, four blocks and two aceS; Blondeau also had six killS, one block and four aceS; Warnick had three kills, f0t blocks and fou aces; Angle McCallum had one kill and a block; Davis had a kill and ace, and Jody Strang had a pair of blocks. "The girls were very pa: tient in the growing proCe.o of being a 'winner.' We nal our goals -- they mentally tough and skills improved. The for next year is very said Hatmaker. The team finished the se" son with a record of 2-10. , ----Rob Netterfiel Soccer Club teamshave busy time.this season The Issaquah Soccer Club coaches provided valuable in- Thiffault was selected player cellent defensive play Introductory Clinic presented struction to the first time of the week for her defensive Robin Beckner and certificates of completion to players, play. play by Patrick Running behind him in pack warpaint and hugging every- in 12th was Julia Folkman. 80 six year olds on October Several games have been The U-8 Issy Rebels 80 aided the victory. formation were John one in sight. They were followed fairly 30. The youngsters have played recently by the teams, extended their unbeaten string In the U-10 division, Louviere, Bill Rupp, Sal De- As usual with the girls, it quickly by Gray, Liebsack, spent' the past seven Fridays The U-9 Yellow Jackets came to six games with a 3-1 win Falcons won a hard fougt Salvo, Copenhaver, Brent was team work that paid off. Lara Allison and Maren War- learning the basics of soccer back after a 0-0 tie in the first over the Sunset Racers. John 2 victory over the Soun Wendel and Hawley. While the crowd focused on nick. and playing practice games, half to beat the Newport Shaw was responsible for two with goals by Ren Wald ,, . . . f I felt good out there, said Jennifer Robertson rom The girls were supposed to Ron Tomlinson, clinic direc- Lasers 7-0. Kathy Rundquist goals and Damian Beckner Jonathan Anderson and C( Wh2Sc?il'I'tle;errebeeniit ROgegouHigh e, e:he O glel senlfifwfeompelti;ersfr: tor, and his staff of volunteer scored three goals and Deveny scored on a penalty kick. Ex- Hess. ISSAQUAH ooOOOo o n  " --,, .f-'' COUNSELING SERVICE g  %  Individual dr Family Therapy Rockin' with .... '" '1 " " LId'_PORTER "-: I qr  Depression, Marriage Counseling, Stress ,= OOOOOOO0 OOOOOO0 II) OOOO0000 oO000 O - o. 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