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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9, 2009 C3 FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK By Bob Taylor Issaquah Press sports editor When Western Washington Uni- versity terminated its football pro- gram last year, it meant many players had to seek other colleges to continue their careers. Among those players finding new homes were Skyline High School gradu- ates Zach Schrader, Nick Rocco and Nick Cragin. All three received special hon- ors this fall. Schrader, a junior safety for Sacramento State, was selected as ference second team. Playing in postseason Some former Skyline football players, just like when they were in high school, are enjoying post- season experiences. Linebackers Jason Harris and Tyler Washburn were members of the Eastern Washington University team that played in the NCAA Championship Sub Division play- offs. The Eagles lost to Stephen F. Austin 44-33 in the first round. Washburn, a freshman, started four games for Eastern this sea- son. Harris was the starting quar- terback on Skyline's 2005 state ti- tle team. Offensive tackle Tom Swanson, an all-state selection on the 2007 the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year and received second- team honors. He started all 11 games for Sacramento State, and led the team with 103 tackles. Schrader also topped the team with four interceptions and four forced fumbles. He was the only player in the Big Sky to rank among the five in each of those categories. Rocco, a defensive lineman, and Cragin, a linebacker, started for Dixie State College in Utah. Rocco was named to the Great North- west Athletic Conference first team and Cragin was named to the second team. Cragin topped Dixie State with 107 tackles. Linebacker Devon Jonsson, an- other Skyline graduate, played for Menlo College in California and was named to the Northwest Con- Skyline state championship team, is on the unbeaten Boise State University team that won the Western Athletic Conference title recently and is headed for the Fi- esta Bowl. The Broncos will play unde- feated Texas Christian University in the Fiesta Bowl. Back on the sidelines Former Liberty High School star Mkristo Bruce and former Patriots head coach Tom Ingles were in- vited to be on the sidelines for Lib- erty in the Dec. 4 3A state champi- onship game. Bruce was an all-KingCo Confer- ence selection for the Patriots in his high school playing days. He was a starting quarterback and defensive lineman for the Patriots. Bruce later became a starter at Washington State University, and played for some National Football League teams. "Our guys just love him. It's been great having him around this season," Liberty coach Steve Valach said of Bruce. Ingles led the Patriots to the 3A state championship game in 1980 and 1988. The 1980 team lost to Centralia, but the 1988 team de- feated Cheney 31-0 to cap an un- beaten season. "Tom is a great guy," Valach said. "We were honored to have him on the sidelines." Ingles later left Liberty to be- come coach at Kentwood. He di- rected Kentwood to the 4A state ti- tles in 2001 and 2002. Ingles is currently coaching at Puyalhp. Last week, Valach received phone calls and letters from for- mer Liberty players and parents who wished the Patriots well for the state title game. "It really became a community builder," he said. "It really seemed like a family atmosphere." In fact, it really was a family at- mosphere for Valach as a brother who resides in Texas and two sis- ters, who live in Oregon, came to the championship game. Former Patriots honored, too Washington State University of- fensive lineman Chris Prmnmer, a former standout for Liberty High School, was named to the Pacific 10 Conference All-Academic first team. Prummer has a 3.88 grade point average and is majoring in zoology. Deon Horne, another former Pa- triot, recently completed a stellar career for Willamette University. Home, a running back, received Northwest Conference honorable mention. He started the first seven games for the Bearcats before suf- fering a season-ending injury. Another honor for Heaps Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps picked up another award last week, when he was se- lected as the 2009-10 Gatorade Washington Player of the Year. The senior is now a finalist for the Gatorade Natioiial Football Player of the Year. The winner will be announced later this month. Coach joins good company Skyline High coach Mat Taylor joined some special company after directing the Spartans to back-to- back 4A state titles. Taylor is just the second KingCo Conference coach to win back-to- back 4A state titles. Juanita, under Chuck Tarbox, won titles in 1984 and 1985. Big season for former Eagle Wide receiver Ross Zuhl, an Is- saquah High School graduate, had a big freshman football season for the University of Puget Sound. Zubl led the Loggers in receiving with 54 catches for 640 yards. He caught seven touchdown passes. Zubl received Northwest Confer- ence honorable mention. PREP ROUNDUP Eagles win two hoops games The Issaquah High School boys basketball team got offto a winning start last week when the Eagles won two contests. Nick Price and Joe Evans com- bined for 34 points Nov. 30 as Is- saquah opened its season with a 60-54 nonleague victory against host Kent-Meridian. Issaquah trailed by two points at halftime, but shot to a 44-40 lead in the third quarter and pulled away in the final period to win the contest. Price, one of Issaquah's top re- turning players, led all players with 18 points. Evans, another top returning player, had 16 points. Then, on Dec. 2, the Eagles defeated former KingCo Confer: ence rival Mercer Island 57-51 in a nonleague game. Evans led the Eagles with 17 points and Price contributed 14 points. Nik Landdeck and Derek Quan each had seven points. Issaquah led 27-20 at halftime and had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Skyline, sparked by Cory Hut- sen's 18 points, defeated Liberty 73-40 Dec. 3 in a nonleague con- test. Connor Gacek added 12 points for the Spartans. Skyline girls win twice Kassia Fortier scored a game- high 17 points Dec. 2 as she led the Skyline High School girls basketball team to a 54-38 sea- son-opening nonleague victory against visiting Meadowdale. The Spartans dominated the game from the start, shooting to a seven-point lead in the first quarter. Skyline held a 29-13 ad- vantage at halftime. Skyline also defeated visiting Liberty 60-30 Dec. 3. Fortier had a game-high 21 points and Mor- gan Farrar added 11 points. As- pen Winegar topped Liberty with 12 points. Maddey Pflaumer scored 17 points and Mackenzie Schiltz added 15 points as Issaquah cruised by host Mercer Island 50- 44 in a Dec. 3 nonleague game. Liberty lost to visiting Newport 46-39 Dec. 5 in a nonleague con- test. Danni Sjolander led the Pa- triots with 12 points. Uberty, Issaquah gymnasts win Liberty and Issaquah high school gymnastic teams opened the season Dec. 3 with victories. Liberty defeated Sammamish 134.4-99.78. Cortney Schirman, of Liberty, took all-around honors with a 29.8. She was first in the floor exercise and the vault. Hannah Bergam was first in the uneven parallel bars for Liberty. Issaquah defeated Bothell 155.4-155.15. Olivia Goree, of Issaquah, cap- tured all-around honors with a 35.85. Teammate Risa Fukuda was second at 35.7. Goree was first in the floor exercise with a 9.15. BY GIEG FAIRAR Chandler Jenkins, Liberty junior running back, breaks from the Bellevue defense into the open in the second quarter for 72 yards and the first of the two touchdowns he accounted for in the Patriots' 17-23 loss. Liberty: 'It's been never stop believing' FROM PAGE C1 The Wolverines converted on yet another fourth down on their way down the field, scoring a touch- down with 2:08 remaining and in- creasing its lead to 23-14. Now needing two scores, Liberty hurried down field, beginning from is own 20-yard line and driving down to Bellevue's 20-yard line before being held to fourth down and five. Kicker Dean Byron converted the 37-yard field goal, closing Bellevue's lead to 23-17 with 28 seconds remaining. Now, with no timeouts left, Lib- erty attempted an onside kick, but Bellevue recovered the football, securing the Wolverine win. As Bellevue took a knee and the clock struck zero, there was not a dry eye on the Liberty team. How- ever, Liberty head coach Steve Valach expressed to the members of his team how proud he was of them. He said his team -- once again -- never gave up. "All season long, it's been never BY GREG FARI:tAR Jacob Danlels (left) and Jake Balnton, of Liberty, share a hug on the field after the Patriots' tough 17- 23 loss in the state 3A football championship against Bellevue. stop believing. As long as there's time on the clock, we've got a shot," he said. Despite the pain of the loss, Lib- erty's players could not deny the great success their team had in 2009. Lineman Alex Kaiser said the journey was the most fun experi- ence of his life. "All season, the things we did as a team, as sour as this loss may seem, I think they completely out- weigh what happened tonight," he said. Jenkins said the success of the season was difficult to appreciate in the wake of the loss, but that the team did have a successful year. "I'll look back on it probably next week. I'll be like, 'Yeah, we had a good season,'" he said. 7m Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or new- cas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Eastside Law Firm Offers Real Estate Transaction Services Licensed real estate broker and lawyer 20 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate Member of Northwest MLS Commissioned real estate services for buyers and sellers Market and list homes in MLS and newspaper Hold open houses Draft and negotiate contracts "For Sale by Owner" services Michael S. Essig Entity formation - LLCs and LLPs for investors Attorney at Law O'Brien Law Group I 175 NE Gilman nlvd, Issaquah 1425.391.7427 www.obrienlawflrm.net BY GREG FARRAR Kasen Williams, Skyline junior wide receiver, beats Ferris cornerback Cody Sorenson for his 4A state championship-game record-making third touch- down, on a 26-yard play from Jake Heaps in the third quarter. Skyline: "]]lere's no weak link there' FROM PAGE C1 had with its big-play passing game. The Saxons struck first after advancing on a fake punt. They drove the field and went up 7-0 when Halliday hit receiver Jason Bates for a three-yard score five minutes into the first. But Skyline got its bearings and tied it up on a 15-yard Heaps-to-Williams touch- down connection with less than two minutes left in the quarter. Running back Nick Washburn put the Spartans up 14-7 in the second with a five-yard run. Ferris made a few big plays throughout the night, but Skyline held in the red zone, allowing just two more touchdowns -- Halliday to Bates for 11 yards in the sec- ond and to Jordan Tonani for one yard in the fourth. Halliday finished the game completing 26 of 44 passes for 254 yards and two interceptions. "Usually, in a high school team, there's a couple kids on a defense you could pick on. There's no weak link there," Halliday said. "We tried to attack the seams. They mixed it up really well, though. It's tough when they're getting pressure with their front four and dropping seven, and don't have to blitz anyone." The Spartans defense was a wall that the Saxons couldn't get through. Ferris had just seven yards on 17 rushes. "I guess we made it so they had THOMAS R. QUICKsTAD, DDS FAMILY DENTISTRY ON THE PLATEAU SINCE 1989 SERVICES AVAILABLE: Preventive Cleanings Digital X-ray (75% less radiation) Cosmetic Veneers Sealants Crowns Dentures Teeth Bleaching Bridges Extractions Fillings Implants 425-391-1331 3707 Providence Point. Dr. 8E NEW PATIENTS WELCOME Issaquah, WA 98029 BY GREG FARRAI Jake Heaps, Skyline senior quarterback, passes to Kasen Williams as Matt Trueblood (59) protects him, during a minute-long drive that gave the Spartans a field goal to end the second quarter. BY GREG FARRAI Nick Washburn, Skyline senior run- ning back, runs for a 12-ard gain during the third quarter drive for their fourth touchdown. to keep passing, because we just completely shut down the run," Skyline linebacker Anthony De- Matteo said. Skyline led 24-14 at halftime and went on to dominate the sec- ond half. Heaps and the Spartan offense seemed unfazed against the Fer- ris defense. Running back Nick Beauchamp had 115 yards on 18 carries and Washburn had 61 on 12 carries. The team finished with 192 yards on the ground. Heaps completed 15 of 25 passes for 254 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Williams finished with eight catches for 89 yards and three touchdowns, and Connor Brandt had four for 70 yards and a touchdown. Cooper Pelleur had one catch for 66 yards. Heaps stressed the hard work of his teammates, as well as Skyline's determination and focus through- out his prep-football career. He's headed to BYU in 2010 with dozens of accolades, awards and titles, but remains humble about it all. "All the personal smffis great, but, you know, it's all about the team, and I'm just so happy for our guys," he said. "We've worked so hard. They just really deserve it." As for achieving one of the most successful high school ca- reers around: "It's truly a blessing," he said. Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Register Jan. 1st & Ssot PONY LEAGUE 80' Bases & 54' Pitching Mound Ages 13-14 Skill Evals Sun., Feb. 28 PONY/COLT & PALOMINO 90' Bases & 60' Pitching Mound Ages 15-19 Pre-formed Teams Welcome Volunteers Needed