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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY~ DECEMBER 16, 2009 C3 all FROM PAGE C1 attributed the low-scoring game to lack of ball control and sloppy defense on both sides. The second half looked like a wrestling match, as players dove and slid along the floor to keep possession or save a ca- reening ball from going out of bounds. Skyline kept it close, trailing by one point at the end of the third quarter. However, fouls ultimately gave Eastlake scoring opportuni- ties. Spartan senior wing Kassia Fortier finished with nine points. In addition to her 16 points, Morrison also had nine re- bounds, three steals and three blocks. "Kendra's just so athletic in basketball. She's just so gifted, as far as just kind of making plays, like when things break down," Sartorius said. Senior wing-forward Alyssa Charlston scored 12 points, mak- ing six of eight from the field. She also had seven rebounds and three assists. The loss put Skyline at 2-2 overall and 0-2 in league play. Skyline lost to Garfield 52-40 Dec.9. Fortier topped Skyline with 14 points. Rachel Shim contributed nine points and Morgan Farrar had seven points. Eagles upset Garfield Issaquah might not always be the tallest team on the court this season. However, through hustle and tough defense, the Eagles should be a contender in the 4A KingCo. While they gave up some inches Dec. 11, the Eagles showed plenty of heart in beating highly regarded Garfield 62-45 at Eastlake. Garfield, ranked fourth in The Seattle Times poll, was the taller team. However, the Bulldogs couldn't match Issaquah's inten- sity. Issaquah surprised Garfield by shooting to a 21-10 lead in the first six minutes. The Eagles pushed their lead to 33-17 with 2:27 before halftime and, despite a couple of runs by Garfield, stayed in front to stay. The Eagles got plenty of offense from 5-foot-ll Maddey Pflaumer, the tallest player on the Issaquah team. Pflaumer scored a game- high and season-high 23 points, and also yanked down seven re- bounds. Blaire Brady and Taryn Holmes each contributed nine points for the Eagles, who boosted their league record to 2-0 and season mark to 3-0. Issaquah opened its league sea- son Dec. 9 with a 55-45 victory against host Redmond. The Ea- gles jumped ahead 14-10 in the first quarter and stayed in front for good. Mackenzie Schiltz led the Ea- gles with 20 points. Brady added 14 points and Brooke Miller had eight points. In 3A/2A KingCo action last week, Liberty went 1-1. The Patriots lost to Bellevue 55- 48 Dec. 11. Dauni Sjolander topped Liberty with 13 points. Liberty topped Mount Si 60-45 Dec. 9. Maddie Birdsall, Aspen Winegar and Sjolander each scored 15 points for the Patriots. Liberty shot to a 17-10 first quar- ter lead and held a commanding 15-point lead at halftime. Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Reporters Tim Pfarr and Bob Taylor contributed to this story. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. FI~OM PAGE C1 "It kind of gives you a feel for what you need to work on," Brown said, regarding the early season challenge. He said he expects other high- lights of the season to include the Henry Foss Team Tournament in Tacoma at 10 a.m. Dec. 22; the Liberty Invitational at home at 10 a.m. Jan. 9; the Jack Reynolds tournament at Mercer Island High School at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16; and a dual meet with Issaquah, Mount Si and Skyline at home the evening of Jan. 28. Also, for the first time, Liberty will face schools from the Metro division in tournament at the Nathan Hale Tournament at Nathan Hale High School in Seat- The Spartans are still looking to fill the 189 and 171 spots, but Kiss said he hopes a couple of football players may decide to join the team, now that football season is finished. He said senior Joey Lim may surprise opponents this year in the 112-pound category. "He's got a good shot," Kiss said. Skyline will have'to look out for Woodinville, Inglemoor and Is- saquah. "We'll be in the hunt this year," he said. Skyline also has one of the top girl wrestlers in the state. The third time may be the charm for Alexis Wilcher this season. The senior has placed second for the past two years at the state tournament in the 145- and 140-pound levels. She'll make a bid for the title in 2010 in either the 135- or 140-pound cat- tle Dec. 19. egory. Brown said he expects Bellevue and Mercer Island to present the Eagles shoot for tournaments greatest competition this year. Issaquah High School coach "Bellevue had a pretty strong Kirk Hyatt says the Eagles' team last year," he said. "They progress this season might not al- lost some seniors last year, but ways be demonstrated in regular- you never know who's coming season KingCo matches. back until you see them face to "But we will be tougher in the face." tournaments," he said. "We want to be a tough team when we go Spartans look to leaders into the KingCo tournament." After going 12-13 overall and Issaquah placed third in last 5-4 in KingCo in 2008-2009, the year's 4A KingCo Tournament. Skyline High School Spartans will The Eagles will see the return look to senior captains Anthony of some tournament-experienced DeMatteo (189) and Danny Chris- wrestlers in Jordan Tanner, 135; tianson (152), said coach Gus Ty Morton, 112; Tyler Volk, 171; Kiss. Both were state participants Sean Novak, 145; Brandon Pear- in last year's Mat Classic state son, 140-145; and David White, wrestling tournament. 140. "The big thing is leading by ex- Tanner, a senior, should be ample," Kiss said. "That's an im- among the top 135-pounders in portant quality to have." KingCo. He moved up two weight Skyline saw a handful of classes this season after finishing wrestlers graduate, including second at 125 in last year's 4A standouts Nolan Richards and KingCo tournament. Tanner later Larson Caldwell. With 34 placed second in the Washington wrestlers turning out this year, State freestyle tournament. Kiss said the group is young but Novak was second at 130 at the enthusiastic for the season. KingCo tournament, White was "They're working extremely third at 135 and Morton third at hard this year," Kiss said. 112. Tanner, Morton and Volk were all state tournament participants last year, too. In their first invitational tour- nament of the season, Issaquah placed seventh Dec. 12 at the Battle of the Border in Blaine. The Eagles had five placers at the tournament in Max Tickman, fifth at 103; White, sixth at 140; Novak, fourth at 145; Joseph Tonnenmaker, sixth at 152; and Volk, third at 171. Hyatt said he expects fresh- men Jordan Helgeson, 125; Matt Solusol, 189; and John Mele, 103; to have an impact this sea- son, too. Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Tim Pfarr: 392- 6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bob- taylor@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Willy Matsuda, Issaquah freshman, races Liberty at Boehm Pool. FROM PAGE C1 terfiy, Henry O'Niel in the 500 freestyle, Kuroshe Mahak in the 100 backstroke and Antoine Sig- noretty in diving. In the meet against Issaquah at Boehm Pool, Logan Briggs, Austin Briggs and Duschl each won two events and swam as members of two winning relay teams. Austin Briggs won the 50 freestyle in 23.43 and the 100 freestyle in 51.74, Logan Briggs won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.14 and captured the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 4:55.53. Austin Briggs, Logan Briggs and Duschl swam as members of Lib- erty's winning 200 medley relay team with Asano, and on the 400 freestyle team with Hays. 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