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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS 0000PORTS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-5 Schools/C6 ;23, 2009 Footballers eye success on the hardwood Joe Evans (5), Issaquah senior guard, drives around Eastlake senior guard Ryan Sikma as Issaquah's Nick Price follows the play Dec. 18 dur- ing the second quarter. Eastlake won, 54-38. BY GEEG FA]REAR By Christopher Huber, Tim Pfarr and Bob Taylor Issaquah Press reporters he Skyline, Liberty and Is- saquah high school boys' basketball teams each have a corps of football players who are coming off successful seasons• Duplicating the success of the football teams might be a major challenge for the basketball teams. However, it's definitely something for the local teams to shoot for this season. BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW Skyline's basketball team has some players who were starters on the 4A state championship football team. Liberty's basketball team has players off its football team that finished second in the 3A state tournament. Issaquah also has some players off the foot- ball team that reached the 4A state quarterfinals. Thus far, none of the basketball See BOYS BASKETBALL, Page c3 Eagles sink Wolves By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter Issaquah High School swim and dive coach Laura Halter leaned down to the edge of the pool as freshman Willy Mat- suda touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle race. She excitedly congratulated him, because her gamble paid off. Matsuda usually swims sprint events, she said. "You take a risk when you put a kid like that, who's a sprinter, in a distance event," Halter said. "So, it was good." Issaquah came out on top with a 111-74 win against Eastlake High School Dec. 17 at the Julius Boehm Pool. "You win some, you lose some," said Eastlake coach Andy Hay after the meet. The two teams tied last year, but the Wolves gave the Eagles a run for their money this time. "I was actually a little wor- ried," Halter said. "The boys figured a little more how to step up and make it happen." Eastlake came up with first- place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly and the lO0-yard breast- stroke. Sophomore Zach All- eva won the individual medley in 2 minutes, 10.16 seconds, a district-qualifying time. That's just •68 seconds faster than Matsuda, who also qualified for districts. "I wanted to help my team win the meet, because we tied these guys last year," Alleva said after that race. He also won the breaststroke in a 4A state-qualifying time of 1:03.28. Issaquah won where it counted most -- in the relays• Eastlake opened the meet with a win in the medley relay in 1:49•30. But Ben Halter, Austin Melody, Spencer McCulloh and Brian Ruggles led the Eagles to win the 200-yard freestyle re- lay, coming in at 1:38.97, less than a second ahead of East- lake (Alleva, Jay Bennett, See SWIMMING, Page C2 • layoffs ,s ,aql lan girls le;00aing run back to p By Christopher Huber, Tim Pfarr and Bob Taylor Issaquah Press reporters The Issaquah High School girls basketball team might be a little short in size, but the Eagles thus far aren't coming up short on the scoreboard. Of the local teams, the Eagles are by far off to the best start. !s- saquah has won its first six games of the season, and four of them have come in 4A KingCo Confer- ence play. That's not bad for a team that doesn't have a 6-footer on the roster. GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW BY GEEG FARRAR Doml Mendezona, Issaquah senior point guard, puts up a shot trying to beat back Eastlake's comeback in the third quarter, lssaquah, however, has a win- ning tradition and the Eagles are shooting for a return to the 4A state tournament. Skyline and Lib- erty are eyeing post-season com- petition, too. Eagles win on hustle, defense Issaquah won three games last See GIRLS BASKETBALL, Page C3 [ tt.riot gymnasll;s stumble ;alnst Mot nt Si Wildcats By Dan Catchpole Issaquah Press reporter Liberty High School gymnasts came home for their first home meet this season to face Mount Si, last year's 3A KingCo Conference champion. With a young team and new assistant coach, the Patriots were overmatched by the Wild- cats, who took the Dec. 17 meet 160.05-145.5. Despite the loss, which dropped the Patriots record to 1-1, it was a good night for the program, said Shannon Van Selus, the team's new assistant coach. The Liberty team has a core of. experienced older girls, but is mostly made up of girls with only a few years in competitive gymnas- tics. None of the new girls compete in club gymnastics during the off- season• But head coach Lori Copenhaver said she sees potential. "For what they're coming in with and their motivation to work, I feel really good about the pro- gram," she said. She and Van Selus have focused on building the girls' fundamentals, while expanding their repertoire. "We've come up with some unique acrobats," Van Selus said, referring to new moves and combi- nations that the team has learned. Senior co-captain Cortney Schir- man showed off her ability during her floor exercise, which com- bined her tumbling strength with tight precision and control. "I just wanted to perform and show all the fans what the gym- nastics team is all about this year," she said after her routine, which followed a rough performance on the balance beam. Out on the floor, Schirman said she focused on "making every- thing big." "It came down to her form -- being tight. That's what made her different," Van Selus said. Schirman's effort wasn't lost on the judge, who awarded her a 9.1, tied for first with Mount Si's Kennedy Richmond. Schirman also tied with Mount Si's Rachel Karavias for third in See LIBERTY, Page C3 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Jake Heaps, Skyline High School senior, inks the deal Dec. 16 and will begin practicing with Brigham Young University next month. Jake Heaps signs to pla)00 for BYU kyline High School sen- ior quarterback Jake Heaps made it official, on paper, Dec. 16: He's playing football next year for Brigham Young Univer- sity. Heaps formally set his college football career in motion at Sky- line on the official signing day for early enrollees and junior-college transfers. He verbally committed to BYU in June. "This is a dream come true," he said at a small gathering of media, family, teammates and coaches. "It's a pretty weird feel- ing right now." He finished his high school credits Dec. 18, allowing him to start workouts with the Cougars in mid-January in Provo, Utah. During his three years of start- ing for the Spartans, Heaps amassed dozens of awards, elite distinctions and recognition for his skills as quarterback. Those include helping Skyline win three straight state football champi- onships, earning the title of Gatorade Player of the Year in both his junior and senior sea- sons, and attending the Elite 11 quarterback camp last summer. In those three years, he passed for nearly 10,000 yards BY GREG FARRAR Miranda Jones, Liberty senior gymnast, performs her routine on the uneven bars Dec. 17 during the Patriots' meet against Mount Si. and tossed 144 touchdown passes, according to athletic di- rector Kevin Rohrich. In 2009, Heaps completed 213 of 352 passes for 3,191 yards, 45 touchdowns and threw just seven interceptions. Scout.corn ranks him the No. 1 quarterback recruit from the class of 2010. Amid all the praise and accom- plishments, Heaps was sure to credit his teammates, especially the offensive linemen, who pro- tected him on the field and gave him time to complete all of those passes and touchdowns. "There's always a chance to win with him at quarterback," senior lineman Jase Butorac said after the signing. The two have played football together since the sixth grade, he said. Heaps said he's sad to leave his team and school, but he's looking forward to the new chal- lenges of playing college ball. "It's tough to leave my high school when my friends aren't," he said. But he had some advice for in- coming quarterback Max Browne: "You have to work your butt off. Take the extra time to be the best." Skyline gymnasts beat Garfield By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter It took Skyline High School gym- nast Amy Bearman a couple of weeks to recover from a concus- sion during practice, but by the time the dual meet with Garfield rolled around, she was in full form. The sophomore won the all- around competition with a com- bined score of 31.70 and helped the improving Spartans beat the Bulldogs 144.95-133.15 Dec. 17 at Skyline. After getting back into the swing of things, Bearman seemed satisfied with the performance, but she said there's plenty of work to do. "I felt really good about that win," she said. "It gave us some See SKYLINE, Page C2