The Interlake Saints run through the Class 2A playoffs came to an abrubt end Saturday when they ran into a…
Friday was one of those nights for Interlake.
One of those nights where good things get better and bad things go good.
A quick start keyed by some unusual plays fueled the Saints to a 47-26 win over Port Angeles in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
Interlake got on the board quickly, scoring less than four minutes into the game on a Matt Malos 32-yard touchdown pass to Kamana Adriano.
Newport baseball coach Hal DeBerry knows he’s a lucky man.
He was reminded of it Wednesday afternoon, as he watched two of his senior pitchers, Jared Fisher and Cole Wiper, sign National Letters of Intent to play Pac-10 baseball next season.
“To be able to have one player in your program who can do that is very fortunate as a coach, but to be able to have two, that is something that is very special,” DeBerry said. “That speaks to the ability that these guys have.”
Fisher, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher, signed with the University of Washington, while Wiper, also a 6-foot-4 righty, signed with the University of Oregon.
Jordan Todd said he was a bit tired after playing twice in four days and preparing again for a game Saturday.
It’s hard to blame the Interlake junior running back. After all, he scored 11 touchdowns in those two games, getting plenty of work on the ground as the Saints rebounded from a tough loss last week to win the West Central District play-in game Tuesday.
“In practice Wednesday and Thursday I could barely run,” Todd said. “But just like coach told us, we just had to tough it up and go.”
In the ever-competitive KingCo swimming circuit, it takes a strong team to rise above all others.
Newport, this year, is showing itself to be the class of the conference. The Knights, led by strong performances from every class, swept through the regular season undefeated and capped things off with a win at the KingCo League Meet last weekend at the University of Washington pool.
Mike Miller is keenly aware things have worked out pretty nicely for his Newport football team.
The Knights, at 5-4, knocked off Crown division No.2 Inglemoor 28-17 Friday in the KingCo 4A crossover playoffs. Because of that win, Newport claimed KingCo’s No.3 seed to the week 10 playoffs, while Eastlake and Issaquah (who both beat the Knights during the regular season), take home the No.4 and No.5 seeds.
Monday night’s KingCo 4A regular season finale between Newport and Issaquah was for all the marbles.
Issaquah was sitting at a perfect 9-0 in league play, yet the Knights, at 8-1, could capture the KingCo regular season title with a win.
Issaquah freshman Jack Gellatly doesn’t mind when people say that he reminds them of his older brother.
Considering his brother Grant, now playing at Cornell, is one of the most-regarded running backs in Issaquah football history, the younger Gellatly gladly accepts the comparison.
“I like that compliment, a lot,” he said. “My brother is one of my heroes, I really look up to him. It’s fun to strive to compete like him.”
Gellatly rolled up a career-high 114 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, helping to ease the Eagles’ pain of losing their starting quarterback, as No.10 Issaquah beat Newport 35-14.
When Interlake’s cross country team hits the course, success begins and ends with a team concept.
That theory – the idea that yes, even cross country incorporates teamwork – has hit hard with this year’s version of the Saints squad and has them looking to make school history.
“It’s probably weird for people to think that in cross country there is teamwork,” said Max Crowell, the Saints No.1 runner and one of its captains. “But it’s really just knowing that everyone has your back that pushes you.”
The touchdown that wasn’t turned into the touchdown that won it.
An inadvertent whistle wiped out a 55-yard touchdown run by Bellevue’s Kendrick Van Ackeren, but the No.1 Wolverines recovered and continued their drive, scoring 12 plays later for the decisive touchdown in a 21-14 victory over No.5 Juanita.
Although senior Tyler Hasty officially ended Juanita’s comeback bid with an over-the-shoulder interception with just 1:16 to play, it was Latrelle Dukes’ 4-yard touchdown run with 7:29 left after the blown call that gave Bellevue (5-1, 4-0 KingCo 3A/2A) the final advantage.
“I came back to the huddle, I was the one who scored in the first place, and I said ‘guys, we’re good, we’re going to score anyway,'” said Van Ackeren. “Keep pushing, go hard and we’ll be fine.”