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ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNE SDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/CA-5 Schools/C6 4* ! By Bob Taylor lssaquah Press sports editor f Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach had his way, the recent Coach of the Year award he received would have included a few more names. Valach was honored Dec. 6 as the Seattle Seahawks' High School Coach of the Year. He was given the award, along with a check for $2,000 for the Liberty football pro- gram, at halftime of the Seahawks' game with the visiting San Fran- cisco 49ers. While Valach's name was on the award, the Liberty head coach pointed out that other members of the team deserved to be on it, too. "This is really a team award. You don't win it without having ex- cellent players or without having community of Cowiche, suffered a backer Anthony DeMatteo. excelent coaches," Valach said. concussion in a game Sept. 18. Newman's story has even gone "As the head coach, you get your Newman was rushed to Yakima's international. In Japan, at the name on it, but it really should in- Regional Medical and Cardiac Cen- Koshien Bowl, members of the Ho- clude all the players and coaches, ter, where he underwent surgery sei University team will raise "7" There are a lot of people who to remove a portion of his skull to to Newman. made this award possible." help lessen the swelling and pres- Liberty players and coaches be- This fall, Liberty posted a 12-2 sure around his brain, came aware of Newman's battle record and finished second in the After three weeks at the Yakima earlier this season. On Dec. 6, Class 3A state tournament. It was hospital, Newman was transferred Valach took posters autographed the first time since 1988 that the to Seattle Children's, where he has by the team, to Newman. One Patriots played in the state title waged an inspiring battle for his poster showed the players holding game. Liberty lost to KingCo Con- life that has caught the attention of up "7," and another poster ference rival Bellevue 23-17 in the people throughout the Pacific showed Liberty fans raising "7." championship contest. Northwest, the nation and even "He was definitely touched by it Valach didn't spend the entire the world. A Web site -- and just held the pictures in his Dec. 6 afternoon at Qwest Field. www.Raise7forMatthew, corn -- hands for quite a while," Valach Shortly after the presentation, he has been started for him. Seven is said. "I am so proud of Liberty. and his son Isaiah left to visit an the number he wears for the High- This year was so much bigger injured player at Seattle's Chil- land football team. than football or awards." dren's. Many high school football play- Matthew Newman, a junior ers have provided encouragement Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtay- quarterback for Highland High to Newman. Among those is Sky- lor@isspress.com. Comment at School in the central Washington line High School all-state lne- www.issaquahpress.com. Llberbj coach Steve players who had just the first round of the BY GREG FARRAR Valach, carrying son Elijah, 3, shouts his pride out to his beaten O'Dea 38-35 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle in 3A state football playoffs. Luke Duschl, Uberty sophomore, against Issaquah at Boehm Pool. Press staff report The Liberty High School boys swimming team has often lacked depth and talent in recent years to be competitive in the KingCo Con- ference. However, based on their efforts last week, the Patriots are a team that opponents can't take lightly this season. Liberty won two KingCo meets last week, defeating rival Issaquah 95-88 Dec. 8, and topping East- lake 98-88 Dec. 11. In the meet with Eastlake at the Redmond Pool, Shunya Asano had two first-place finishes and swam as a member of two winning relay teams for the Patriots. Asano won the 200 individual medley in 2:19.12 and the 100 freestyle in 55.40. He also swam as a member of the Patriots' win- ning 200 freestyle relay team and the 400 freestyle relay team. Lib- erty swept all three relays. Other Liberty first places came from Luke Duschl in the 200 freestyle, Austin Briggs in the 50 freestyle and Kevin Hays in the vims to a BY OREO FARRAR state-qualifying, 58.84-second victory in the lO0-yard backstroke Dec. 8 BY OREO FARI~AR Shunya Asano, Uberty sophomore, breaks the surface dunng his winning tOO- yard breaststroke race Dec. 8 against Issaquah at Boehm Pool. 100 breaststroke. Tucker Watts, Hays, Cameron Kaulia and Hayden Meriwether made up Liberty's winning 200 medley relay team. Duschl, Meri- wether, Asano and Briggs were on the 200 freestyle team. Briggs, Duschl, Asano and Watts made up the 400 freestyle relay team. Easflake got first places from Ryker Oldenburg in the 100 but- See SWIMMERS, Page c3 Issaquah gets upset victory aver Garf ld By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter It was a messy game, but the Eastlake Wolves came out on top Dec. 11 at the Skyline High School gymnasium. While both teams had their moments, Eastlake beat Skyline 42-38 to improve to 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in the 4A KingCo Conference. "We just knew that we had to come out and be 100 percent and be really aggressive on the boards," said Wolves' sophomore Kendra Morrison. She led all scorers, sinking seven of 13 shots for 16 points on the night. She also went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Skyline led 8-7 to end the first quarter after Spartans senior post Amy Ziegler made a shot at the buzzer. She finished with 10 points. Skyline went up 12-9 early in the second. But halfway through the quarter, the Wolves ramped up the pressure on defense and went on a 12-5 scoring run to lead 21-17 at the half. Skyline struggled to move the ball on offense. "We just gotta be a little smarter with the ball. We'll get better with that," Skyline coach Greg Bruns said after the game. "In the haft-court is where we've gotta be more disciplined." Eastlake coach Scott Sartorius See BASKETBALL, Page C3 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBElit Rachel Shim, Skyline freshman guard, drives to the hoop as Eastlake junior forward Katy Ainslie and other Wolves try to defend in the second quarter Dec. 11. 'S By Tim Pfarr, Christopher Huber and Bob Taylor WRESTLING Brown said he hopes two or three other wrestlers will qualify for the state tournament this Issaquah Press reporters PREVIEW year, in addition to the six who After sending eight wrestlers to = : previously qualified. the state tournament in the 2008- He said there may be as many 2009 season, Liberty's wrestling "This year, we're hoping to get as 10 wrestlers on the team this team looks to continue to grow out six placers at state," V-e- year who also played football. and be even more successful, lasquez said. "Hopefully, we'll However, football players do not "We're hoping to get our name make a strong showing." join the team until after the foot- on the board this year," said head Studer agreed, and he said Ve- ball season ends Dec. 4. coach Manny Brown, who's lasquez and Wright Noel should Football players are required to coaching the team for his fourth help lead the team this year. participate in six wrestling prac- year. "Danny and Wright have done tices before they may participate He previously Coached Is- really well since the last time we in a match. saquah High School's wrestling wrestled, Studer said. "They're "We've got great support from team for seven years, bigger, faster, stronger."our football coach," Brown said. Seniors Dan Velasquez, Wright In one of their first tests of the "I think wrestlers make good Noel Jr., Brandon Studer and season, the Patriots competed in football players and football play- Chris Harlin; junior Jay the Battle of the Border tourna- ers make good wrestlers." Chakravarty; and sophomore ment Dec. 12 in Blaine. Hamilton The team began its season Dec. Hamilton Noel each qualified for Noel took first place in the 152- 1 against Eastlake and Issaquah. the state tournament in the 2008- pound class, Wright Noel was 2009 season, and each is eying a fourth at 140 and Velasquez was return this season, sixth at 112. See WRESTLING, Page C3 I"rl'll i I IIllllll IV I' i ..... 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