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!, SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS "SPORTS WEDNESDAY~ DECEMBER 2~ 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-S Schools/C6 ,O, Patriots' droil ht is over! Last-second field goal propels Liberty into first state championship game in 21 years By Tim Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter For the third week in a row, the Liberty Patriots found themselves in a heated playoff battle, and for the third week in a row, they came away with the victory. This time, senior kicker Dean Byron nailed a personal-best 43-yard field goal with one second left to secure the win against the Lakes Lancers 17-14 in the Nov. 27 3A state semifinals in the Tacoma Dome. Liberty will take on 3A/2A KingCo Con- ference rival Bellevue in the state champi- onship game at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Tacoma Dome. The Patriots will make their third state title game appearance. Liberty won the 1988 state championship with a 31-0 victory against Cheney. The Patriots lost to Centralia in the 1980 title game. The semifinal match was a defensive one, and Lakes held Liberty scoreless for three quarters with crucial interceptions and solid defense. Trailing by two scores heading into the fourth quarter, it looked as though Liberty's playoff run might be com- ing to an end. However, the Patriots who pulled off late magic against Lindbergh and O'Dea struck again. Liberty opened the fourth quarter by marching down the field and scoring on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Wheeler to wide receiver Jake Bairn ton. It was then a one-score game with 10 minutes and 38 seconds left in the game. Liberty's defense shut down Lakes on the following drive, forcing a punt and giving the Patriots the ball at their own 43-yard line. In an instant, Wheeler connected with Chandler Jenkins for a breakaway 57-yard BY GREG FARRAR Dean Byron, Uberty senior kicker, with holder Peter Wiggum, hits his field goal with no time left, as players on Lakes' sideline can only hold hands and hope as the Patriots' 17-14 state 3h semifinal victory comes into being. touchdown reception, tying the game with 8:16 remaining. Liberty staged another drive shortly after, making it to Lakes' 9-yard line before being held to fourth down. Lakes' defense blocked Liberty's field goal a~tempt, leaving the game tied. Lakes marched down the field on its next drive, but an offensive pass interference call set the Lancers back and forced a punt. Liberty began its final drive at its own 47-yard line and worked its way down the field, reaching Lakes' 26 yard line with about 1:00 left. As the clock winded down, Wheeler launched a pass to Bainton in the end zone, but it fell incomplete, stopping the clock with just one second left. Byron and the field goal unit took the field to attempt the ~' "I was just really excited," Byron said about being called upon to kick the field goal. Wheeler recalled the anxiety of the mo- ment. "I said a quick prayer and basically hoped to God that he was going to make the kick," he said. After a good snap, Byron rocketed the kick, and the ball sailed through the up- rights. "I thought, 'Oh my God, are you seri- ous?'" Byron said about making the field goal. "I didn't really know what to think:" Head coach Steve Valach said the mo- ment was too intense to watch. "I didn't even watch it," he said. "I was watching this one lady. I watched her and all of the sudden she's going crazy, and I See LIBERTY, Page C3 Spartans eye threepeat of state title Skyline avenges conference title loss to Bothell with 31-26 win By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter After they lost to the Bothell Cougars in the 4A KingCo Conference championship game in October, Skyline High School linebacker Anthony DeMat- teo said the Spartans decided to change everything. Skyline had won back-to-back state championships, but despite losing two big games this season, the players had still become over- confident, he said after the Nov. 28 4A state semifinal with Bothell. "We changed everything. We changed how we ran practice," DeMatteo said. "We brought back the old intensity that Skyline used to have." That renewed intensity and ded- ication paid off for Skyline against the tep-ranked Cougars as the Spartans won the rematch 31-26. Skyline will play Ferris, of Spokane, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 for the state rifle at the Tacoma Dome. "It's gratifying to know we can come out this season and win a close one, win a big one," Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps said on the field afterward. "I tip my hat off to them. They're one of the best teams I've ever faced." The Spartans got out to an early 7-0 lead after their defensive ag- gressiveness caused Bothell mis- cues. Skyline blocked a punt on Bothell's first possession of the BY GREG FARRAlt Nick Washburn, Skyline senior running back, is not denied his touchdown in the third quarter by the combined effort of Bothell's Michael Marriot (5) and Colby Burk, during the state 4A semifinal football game at the Tacoma Dome. game. DeMatteo recovered the ball at the Bothell 33-yard-line and three plays later, Heaps con- nected with junior wide receiver Jordan Simone for a 33-yard touchdown. Four minutes into the second quarter, Skyline's Adam Albaum returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown to put Skyline up 14-7. Spartan linebacker Tommy Aarts hit Bothell's Wendall Galvan on a punt return to cause the fumble. "We started off in a hole," Both- ell head coach Tom Bainter said. "Against a team like that, you can't do that." The Spartans made their fair share of mistakes, too, missing two scoring chances. After recovering a pooch kick on a kickoff in the first quarter, Sky- line threatened again. But Both- ell's Kevin Knapp intercepted a po- tential Heaps touchdown pass. Heaps threw another interception to end a promising drive at the start of the second quarter. "He wasn't making poor choices, it was just they just made great plays on the ball," Skyline head coach Mat Taylor said. The Cougars proceeded to drive 80 yards in about two minutes to tie the game at 7-7. Cougar quar- terback Mitchell Muller capped the drive offwith a 47-yard touch- down bomb to receiver John Sulli- van. Muller completed 10 of 24 pass attempts for 171 yards. Heaps, however, proved effective on third downs and in pressure See SKYLINE, Page (:3 ONIliEmifIWt SKYUNE (11-2) W - Jesuit, Ore., 17-0 W - at Ballard 42-12 L - Oaks Christian, Calif. 25-28 W - Newport 55-6 W - Garfield55-0 W - at Eastiake 43-7 W - Issaquah42-0 W- Redmond L- Bothell W- Kentridge W - at South gJtsap W - Cu~s W - Bothell *Post season 63-14" 49-14" SKYLINE TITLE HISTORY 2000 - 3A title game, W, Lakes 42-30 ~, 2004 - 4A title game, L Evergreen (Vancouver), 14-28 2005 - 4A title game,W, Woodinville, 35-21 2007 - 3A title game, W, O'Dea, 42-35 2008 - 4A title game, W, igsaquah, 20-15 2009 - 4A title game, vs. Ferds L- Gonzaga Pep 35-38 W. Mead W- Mount Spokane W - Shadle Park W - University W - Wenatchee W - Kamialdn 41-16" W - Eisenhower 24-14" W - Skyview46-41" Several local athletes receive all-conference football honors Press staff report The Skyline and Liberty state-ti- tle game bound football teams, along with Issaquah, had several players receive all-KingCo Confer- ence honors this fall. Skyline, which plays Ferris, of Spokane, Dec. 5 for the 4A state title in the Tacoma Dome, had 13 players receive 4A KingCo Confer- ence Crest Division first-team honors. Liberty, which plays 3A/2A KingCo Conference rival Bellevue Dec. 4 for the 3A state title, had seven first-team 3A/2A all-KingCo selections. Skyline was represented on the 4A KingCo first team by quarter- back Jake Heaps, running back Nick Washburn, wide receiver Kasen Williams, center Matt True- blood, offensive tackle Jase Bu- torac, inside linebacker Anthony DeMatteo, outside linebacker Tommy Aarts, outside linebacker Peter Kim, corner back Mike Ford, safety Evan Zeger and punter Sean Penberthy. Cooper Pelluer and Evan Day earned first-team honors on of- fense and defense. Pelluer was se- lected at tight end and defensive lineman, and Day was picked as an offensive guard and defensive lineman. Top individual honors went to Heaps, selected as the Crest Divi- sion's offensive player of the year, and DeMatteo, tabbed as the de- fensive player of the year. For the regular-season, Heaps finished second in league passing with 1,939 yards, but topped KingCo with 26 touchdown passes, and was first in total offense with 2,022 yards. Among defenders, Day led the league with seven sacks. The Spartans also had second- team selections in running back Nick Beauchamp, wide receiver Connor Brandt, offensive tackle Michael Stead, offensive guard Jake Carlson and corner back Tait Stephens. Stead and Butorac both received second-team honors as defensive linemen, and Williams earned second-team recognition as safety. Defensive lineman Con- nor Cree and safety Miles Ed- wards received honorable men- tion. Wide receiver Evan Peterson, who had a record-setting season for Issaquah, was one of the Ea- gles to earn first-team honors, ee- terson led KingCo with 71 recep- tions for 1,219 yards and caught a league-high 17 touchdown passes. Other first-team selections for Is- saquah were center Jacob Ever- son, offensive tackle Daniel Fleis- chman, running back Taylor Wyman, defensive lineman Greg Finch, defensive lineman Phillip Hamilton and inside linebacker Nik Landdeck. See FOOTBALL, Page C3 Skyline, Issaquah account for seven all-conference soccer selections Press staff report The Skyline High School's girls soccer team, which won a second straight 4A state rifle, and Issaquah High School, which won the 4A . KingCo Conference regular-season title and tournament, accounted for seven first-team selections on this fall's 4A all-KingCo team. Representing Skyline on the first team were goalkeeper Jill Stika, defender Brittanee Randle and midfielder Madi Barney. Stika preserved Skyline's 2-1 shootout victory against Issaquah for the state title. First-team players for Is- saquah were goalkeeper Brooke See SOCCER, Page C2