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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009 - C3 Boys basketball FROM PAGE C1 teams are off to a hot start. How- ever, it's a long season and each has a shot at making postseason tournaments. Patriots have new coach Liberty has only recorded two winning seasons in its history, the last being in 1988. However, new head coach Jevon Green hopes to lead the team to a winning season in 2009-2010. "We've got some talented kids," Green said. The Patriots have played five games so far this season and have come up short in each one. However, four key football play- ers were missing from the team the first two games: Chandler Jenkins, Trey Wheeler, Troy Solly and Devin Bennett. Jenkins, who had a spectacular football season as a running back, will be the team's starting point guard. Wheeler, Liberty's quarter- back in football, is both a shooting and point guard. Solly, an outside linebacker in football, will be the starting center. Bennett, a starting defensive back and one of Lib- erty's leading tacklers in football, now serves as one of the team's key defensive players. Green said Jake Bainton, an all-league re- ceiver in football, might also join the basketball team. Green said it would likely take a few weeks for the football players to adjust to basketball. "We're going to have a real big second haft," he said, regarding the second haft of the season, when the football players will be fttlly adjusted. During the first two weeks of the season, Green said guard Farzam Shokri and forward Kylan Marlow -- both juniors -- played very well. Shokri led the team in scoring with 28 points in the first two games, and Marlow has led the team in rebounds, averaging six to eight per game. "He's been having to do every- thing as far as rebounds," Green said regarding Marlow. Green said he thinks Liberty would have defeated Mount Rainer in the first game of the season if Liberty had the additional players. However, the Patriots only brought eight players to that nonleague game. Since that opener, the Patriots have gone 0-3 in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference. Spartans have added depth Skyline coach J. Jay Davis said he's noticed a new depth of team cohesiveness this year. And he likes it. "It's immeasurable," he said. "It's the difference between being 15-5 or 5-15 for some teams." The Skyline boys went 8-12 overall in 2008-2009 and will look to its four returning starters -- post Cory Hutsen, guard Connor Gacek, forward Kasen Williams and guard Austin Weige -- to pro- vide the needed leadership through the tough 4A KingCo Con- ference competition. Williams, one of the best receivers in the state, again comes off a sensa- tional football season. He will be joined on the basketball court with two other members of the state championship football team, Miles Edwards and Cooper eelluer. Another promising newcomer for the Spartans this winter is Michael Simpson. The Spartans are off to a prom- ising start, winning three of their first four games and going 2-1 in league play. Skyline defeated Newport 54-44 Dec. 18. Hutsen paced the Spar- tans with 14 points. Williams con- tributed 11 points and Gacek added nine points. Davis said he looks forward to every game this season. "I think we're a really intelligent basketball team," he said. "There's just really good chemistry. Of all the teams I've been associated with, this is the best chemistry I've seen." Eagles are reloading Issaquah entered this season with a new look. The Eagles saw seven players from last season's team graduate, including five starters. Issaquah was 13-10 last season, 11-5 in 4A KingCo. "I have a young team that will be getting its varsity game experi- ence on the job," Issaquah coach Jeff Altchech said. Joe Evans, a 6-foot senior, is Is- saquah's most experienced player. He has been the Eagles' sixth man the past two seasons. Nick Price, Nik Landdeck and Steven Rael all got their feet wet playing varsity last season, and Altchech said he expects them to take on larger roles this season. Among the promising newcomers are Derek Quan, Evan eeterson and Kyle Weber. eeterson was an all- league receiver in football and set several school receiving records. In addition to lack of varsity ex- perience, another concern for Altchech is his team's lack of size. Erick Lemke, a tight end on the football team, is the Eagles' tallest player at 6-4. Issaquah's emphasis this month has been on team defense and re- bounding. Altchech said he hopes these will be strengths this season. The Eagles got off to a promis- ing start this season, winning two nonleague games. However, Is- saquah then entered league play and has lost four straight. Issaquah lost to Eastlake 54-38 Dec. 18. Price, Issaquah's leading scorer on the season, paced the Eagles with 13 points. Landdeck and Rael each had seven points. Issaquah also lost to Lake Wash- ington 57-37 Dec. 15. Price was the Eagles' leading scorer with 11 points. 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 bobtay- lor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress, com. Liberty FROM PAGE C1 the vault with 8.4. Despite Schirman's solid per- formance, the Wildcats' swept the top three all-around rankings for the meet. As one of Liberty's few seniors, Schirman is a leader on the team. Even with many new faces on the team and a new assistant coach, there's more team cama- raderie and a "more easy going feel" this year, she said. While reinforcing the basics, the coaches are pushing the girls' technical abilities. During her floor exercise, senior Miranda Jones incorporated a new combi- nation she had learned the night before. She linked a round-off tuck jump with a back jump. "That was pretty amazing," said Van Sehis, who competed in high school gymnastics and has some ballet background. "We kind of complement each other with our different styles," Copenhaver said. As the new assistant coach, Van Sehis has become the team's taskmaster. One of her first en- counters with the team was when she announced early in presea- son practice that she had scrapped all of the music for their floor routines and any new music would have to be approved by her. Regardless of what their music is, Schirman said she is excited IT DA OU LS II FIA -Sg gg II AP LY EE NE CRU FE EES OS #FC RS SE 1 CE ERS -E" -S- IT II IR_! EA riM -NG Vl T- _BE -6g POE ll IT SM -[HE LE HET AS RE GS Sudoku 5782 6918 2341 4673 9524 1837 7296 3459 8165 Solution 49136 53427 67895 98251 16783 25964 34518 81672 7,2349 2Z Fea change BY GREG FARRAR Cortney Schlrman, Liberty senior gymnast, catapLd,erS! oyer the vault Dec. 17 during the Patriots' meet against Mount Si. about her teammates. "Everyone's a good asset this year," she said. Free Recycling Computers, Ink, Toner , Printers, Monitors Appliances ECLe Electronics -TVs, Stereos Cell Phones Medical Equipment Batteries - Car, Computer Scrap Metal, Machinery I Green Planet 425-996-3513 Mon-Fri 9:30AM - 7PM Sat lOAM - 3PM 1780 NW Maple St. Issaquah, WA 98027 www.lgreenplanet.org Register by ,, Jan. 1st & ) PONY LEAGUE 80' Bases & 54' Pitching Mound Ages 13-14 / Sldll Evals Sun., Feb. 28 PONY/COLT & PALOMINO \\; 90' Bases & 60' Pitching Mound Ages 15-19 Pre-formed Teams Welcome Volunteers Needed Girls basketball FROM PAGE C1 week, including a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback to beat Easflake 51-45 Dec. 18 at East- lake. The Eagles, like they have often this season, shot to an early lead. Issaquah led 190 at the end of the first quarter. However, Eastlake fought back and led by one point at the end of the third quarter. Issaquah outs cored Eastlake 17-10 in the fourth quarter to win the contest. Blaire Brady, who plays bigger than her 5-foot-8 size, helped spark the Eagles in the fourth quarter. Brady scored off a put- back with 2:14 left to put Is- saquah ahead 43-40 and the Ea- gles stayed ahead for good. She finished the game with nine points and 11 rebounds. Domi Mendezona led the Eagles with 13 points and Maddy Pflaumer contributed 12 points. Mendezona scored eight of her points in the final quarter. Issaquah also defeated Lake Washington 54-40 Dec. 16. Pfiaumer paced the Eagles with 18 points and Brady had 10 points: The Eagles finished the week Dec. 19 with a 49-41 nonleague victory against Bellevue. Pflaumer and Mackenzie Schiltz each had 14 points to top Issaquah. Among the Eagles' early tri- umphs this season was a 62-45 victory against Garfield, which entered the season regarded as one of the state's top 4A teams. Issaquah has since caught the attention of the pollsters, moving up to seventh place in the most recent Seattle Times Top 10. The Eagles went 19-8 last year and have eflaumer, Mendezona, Brady, Brooke Miller, Schiltz, Taryn Holmes and Dayna Talley from that team. Freshman guard Aimee Brakken is expected to help contribute to Issaquah's suc- cess this season, too. At 5-11, Pflaumer is Issaquah's tallest player. The Eagles are still relatively young with just one sen- ior - Mendezona - on the roster. "Our juniors do have a lot of game experience," coach Kathy Gibson said. "We are short. It re- mains to he seen how well we can overcome a serious lack of height. "As usual, we are quick and athletic," she added. "We will need to take full advantage of of- fensive opportunities created by our pressure defense." Spartans look to leaders Skyline finished just over .500 (11-10 overall, 9-7 in KingCo) last year and looks to make the play- offs in the 2009-2010 season. Returning players and captains, [FLINTOFT/S L HOME & CE/hMATOIY You can count on us in your time of need. 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Skyline domi- nated the first haft, outscoring Bothell 33-11. Fortier, the team's leading scorer this sea- son, paced the Spartans with 16 points. Farrar contributed eight points and Rachel Shim had seven points. Skyline lost to Newport 55-41 Dec. 18. Fortier had a team-high 11 points. Amy Ziegler added nine points and Shim had seven points. Patdots win twice Liberty won two games last week to even its season record at 3-3. The Patriots defeated Spanaway Lake 50-41 Dec. 19 in a nonleague contest. Aspen Wine- gar led Liberty with 14 points. Breanne Faehnrich contributed nine points and Halle Ericksen added eight points. Liberty walloped Sammamish 72-31 Dec. 16 in a 3A/2A KingCo contest. Winegar again led the Patriots with 12 points and Faehnrich had 11 points. Karlie Ludwig added nine points. The Patriots struggled some in the first four games. In the first game, the Patriots lost to Skyline 60-30 and in the second game fell to unbeaten Newport 46-39. In the third game, Liberty de- feated Mount 60-45 and in the fourth game it lost to Bellevue 55-48. Winegar, a sophomore forward, and Danni Sjolander, a junior for- ward, have led the team in scor- ing the first four games. Sjolander and Ericksen, a jun- ior forward, have led the team in rebounds. Liberty coach Randy Leifer said the team is improving. "We're still trying to learn to play together as a group," he said. "We're young, and I think we're going to get better as the season goes on." Leifer said the toughest games of the season would be against Mercer Island Jan. 15 and Feb. 9, as well as the remaining game against Bellevue Jan. 27. 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.issaquahpress.com. ' :1 : i * Put your trust in the Estate Planning professionals. 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