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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B4 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009 Press staff report t was a championship fall for the Skyline High School ath- letic program with the girls swimming, girls soccer and football teams all capturing state rifles. That itself, was quite a story for 2009. There were also championships by the Issaquah High School lacrosse club and the Lakeside Se- nior American Legion baseball team. There were gallant efforts by other teams, too. In all, every Issaquah School District high school had something to cheer about in 2009. However, in reviewing the year, the one rifle story that seemed to have the edge was the Skyline girls swimming team capturing its first state championship. Unlike the football team, projected as one of the favorites for the state title en- tering the season, or the girls soc- cer team, which repeated its title, the Skyline girls swimming pro- gram, despite having some indi- vidual standouts over the years, had never come close to winning a state title in its history. Here are The Issaquah Press' top 10 sports stories for 2009: 1. Skyline swimmers splash to state title Skyline, under the guidance of first-year head coach Susan Simp- kins, captured its first title in swim- ming Nov. 14 at the King County Alex Kaser, Uberty senior defensive end, sacks Lakes sophomore quarter- back Cedric Dozier for a 7-yard loss as junior tight end Jacob Daniels (43) backs up the play Nov. 27 in the state 3A semifinal at the Tacoma Dome. BY GREG FARRAR Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Spartans compiled 234 points to win the 4A champi- onship. KingCo Conference rival Garfield was second with 173, and Issaquah was fourth with 131. Prior to this year's 4A champi- onships, Skyline had never won a relay of any kind at the state meet. Yet, Skyline won both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The relay teams were composed of Nina Zook, Meghan O'Keefe, Maria Volodkevich and Andie Tay- lor. The 200 freestyle relay team's time of one minute, 38.71 seconds was the second fastest ever at the 4A state meet. The state meet capped the in- ' credible high school career of Tay- lor, a double winner and anchor on both relays. Taylor, who went 7 for 8 in her career in individual events, broke her own state record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.55. Her winning time of 4:45.47 in the 500 freestyle was the second fastest by a Washing- ton swimmer. For her efforts, the Washington Interscholastic Coaches Associa- tion selected Taylor as the Swim- mer of the Meet for a record-- breaking third time. Volodkevich, a freshman stand- out for Skyline, also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.25. 2. Spartans snatch another football title The Spartans, led by senior quarterback Jake Heaps, won a third straight state championship earlier this month. Skyline de- fended its 4A title with a 45-21 victory against Ferris, of Spokane, Dec. 5 in the Tacoma Dome. The title game capped a bril- liant career for Heaps, who com- pleted 15 of 25 passes for 254 yards and threw a state-title game record four touchdown passes. During his career, Heaps compiled a 40-2 mark. As a soph- omore, he led the Spartans to the 3A state title. Recently Heaps was named the Associated Press state player of the year and was also selected to the USA Today US All-America first team. The state championship game wasn't all the Heaps' show. Junior wide receiver Kasen Williams had eight receptions for 89 yards and caught a state title game record three touchdown passes. Senior running back Nick Washburn rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown. The de- fense, led by all-state linebacker Anthony DeMatteo, held Ferris to seven yards rushing. BY GREG FARRAR Andle Taylor, Skyline senior, takes a commanding early lead in the 500-yard freestyle race, beating the second place finisher by six seconds for one of her four 4A state championship medals Nov. 14 in Federal Way. 3. Soccer team repeats saquah's Kristin Marls, KingCo's leading scorer, tied the game in The Skyline girls soccer team the second half to send it into defeated rival Issaquah 2-1 in an overtime. overtime shootout Nov. 21 at Prior to the title contest, Skyline Lakewood's Harry Lang Stadium and lssaquah split two earlier to repeat as Class 4A state cham- games. The Spartans defeated Is- pions, saquah during the regular season, Skyline goalkeeper Tina Vargas and then Issaquah beat Skyline in blocked two of the Eagles' four the 4A KingCo tournament cham- penalty kicks as the Spartans won pionship game. the shootout 3-1. Junior forward The stage for a third meeting Michelle Bretl scored the winning was set when both teams won penalty kick. their semifinal games. Skyline de- In regulation, Shea O'Donnell feated Kentwood 1-0 in a shootout gave Skyline a 1-0 lead in the while Issaquah downed Kamiakin 14th minute. However, Is- 3-1. Jake Heaps, Skyline senior quarterback, pumps up the Spartan students to scream while the defense is on the field Nov. 28 against Bothell at the Tacoma Dome. BY GKEG FARHAR 4. Patriots end up second The Liberty High School foot- ball team came within six points of its first 3A title in 21 years Dec. 4. However, the Patriots lost to Bellevue 23-17 in the champi- onship game in the Tacoma Dome. Prior to the title game, Liberty won three dramatic contests. The Patriots rallied for a 38-35 victory against O'Dea in the first round, and then overcame Lind- bergh 20-17 in a triple overtime battle in the quarterfinals, when quarterback Trey Wheeler con- nected on a game-winning touch- down pass to Jake Bainton. In the semifinals, Dean Byron kicked a last-second field goal as the Patriots upset previously un- beaten Lakes 17-14. The victory against Lakes was particularly im- pressive, as the Lancers had previ- ously outscored their opponents 134-0 in the state playoffs. 5. Issaquah cross country takes third The Issaquah High boys cross country team achieved all of its post-season goals. Issaquah en- tered the fall aiming to win the 4A KingCo championship, the District 2 title and finish among the top three teams at state. The Eagles See TOP 10, Page B5 The Issaquah High School Cross Country team sets out at the start of the KingCo 4A championship race Oct. 22 at Lake Sammamish State Park. BY GREG FARRAR n my youth, there were two dates of special significance -- the opening day of fishing and the opening day of hunting. For fishing, the state rules were suc- cinctly de- scribed on a Dallas Cross couple of pages. There was the usual open- ing day for stream fishing; the main rivers and large lakes were open all year. Special dates were set to fish for saltwater fish returning to the streams. The dates did not change once they were almounced. All in all, it was quite simple, with catch limits and fishing gear remaining FISH JOURNAL friends almost always broach the service of the department, where water fish (mostly sturgeon), 18 a second rod stamp for an addi- subject of how to abide by regula- among general announcements for changes for salmon and steelhead, tional $24.50. tions. Being legal is now compli- planning and the capture of a few seven changes for freshwater fish State officials have required the cated, because the regulations are poachers, they list rule changes and 17 changes for shellfishdepartment to cut back its budget frequently changed by the Wash- and corrections. (mostly crab and clams) -- a total and this has taken a toll on hatch- the same throughout the season, ington Department of Fish and This is what I observed during of 55 changes. This averagesery workers and enforcement Then, most of the fish and game Wildlife. 12 months: There were 28 errors slightly more than one rule agents. I have been told the de- personnel employed by the state More than often, friends state reported in the official fishing change per week. partment has cut field personnel were in the field, raising fish and that they cannot plan long-term rules pamphlet issued at the be- One of the more interesting proportionally more than adminis- birds, creating habitat and enforc- trips to fish, crab or clam, because ginning of the year. One correction changes was the issuance of a : trarive and research staff. The re- ing regulations. My own summer of the numerous openings, clos- of a limit for steelhead as actually two-day-a-week closure for pink cent emphasis for the public to re- job was to plant and maintain ings and limit modifications made being one instead of two brought salmon sport fishing on the port poachers on a hofline proha- refuges for upland game. by the department. Some haveup the mental image of a stream- Puyallup River. It seems there was bly reflects an increasing deficit in A small administrative staff sup- confided that the fishing rules are side citation and a lawyer pointing a building conflict between Ameri- field-enforcement personnel. ported the field and printed the so complicated that they are fear- out the error in court, with this can Indians and sportsmen over While acknowledging budget re- regulations. So, when you found ful of breaking one and so they public mea culpa being published fishing territory. Evidently, depart- strictious in these financial times, I time to go fishing, you could plan don't bother to plan an outing, as a consequence, ment officials decided to cool reflect on the many mil]ious of fed- far ahead. Everyone knew the Department officials acknowl- Mid-season rule announcements things down before a minor civil eral dollars collected from excise rules and the only decision was edge this confusion by regularly is- are numerous. Changes were uprising escalated, taxes on fishing and recreational where to go, and whether the suing cautions to check the Inter- made for allowed fishing gear Another rule change was to al- goods and equipment in Washington weather and fishing would be net site for emergency rule types, seasonal and regionallow the use of two rods while fish- state. We don't see these taxes at the good. But good times, they were a- changes before fishing, openings and closures, catch lim- ing in fresh water. Previously, this changing. To get a measure of this prob- its and legal size modifications, was a violation, but now you may During fish story times, my lem, I subscribed to the E-mail There were 13 changes for salt- prepay the penalty by purchasingSee FISH JOURNAL, Page B5