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Wednesday September 11, 2013

“A lot of folks worked really hard the last year, including members of every class and graduated seniors, to go through a really tough government process.” — Reagan Dunn

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn congratulates the Liberty High School student body for persevering through the lobbying and community effort it took to rename their street Patriot Way. BY GREG FARRAR

King County Councilman


The new Patriot Way Southeast street signs are posted Sept. 6 for the first time on eight blocks of the former 168th Avenue Southeast, from Southeast 128th Street to Southeast 136th at the school entrance.

PATRIOTS GET THEIR OWN WAY By Christina Corrales-Toy


he long road toward Liberty High School officially bears a rather appropriate name, after new Patriot Way Southeast signs were installed Sept. 6. The name change for the road formerly known as 168th Avenue Southeast was approved by the King County Council in June after students from the Liberty Associated Student Body, along with support from the school’s dean of students Michelle Munson and school

resource officer Dave Montalvo, paved the way to make it happen. “A lot of folks worked really hard the last year, including members of every class and graduated seniors, to go through a really tough government process,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said, addressing the school at a Sept. 6 assembly. That work included filing paperwork with the county and spending rainy weekends knocking on doors and getting neighbors’



Issaquah AAUW installs new officers The Issaquah Branch of the American Association of University Women installed new officers recently and they will lead the branch when meetings resume Sept. 19. They are co-presidents Jan Gram and Carol Wellman and co-secretaries Sally Dillon and Barbara Hallum. Officers continuing in their positions are comembership vice presidents Kathryn Main and Jane Stephenson, program vice president Judy Rogers and treasurer Kelly Smith. Also

continuing are communications director Melinda Hearsey and public policy director Pat Martin. The AAUW promotes education and equity for all women and girls. The Issaquah branch meets monthly from September to June. Membership is open to graduates holding a Bachelor, R.N., Associate or equivalent degree from a qualified educational institution. Learn more at or email

The Community Church of Issaquah, the city’s longest-established church, has been without a home since February. After 45 years on Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, Community Church of Issaquah sold the building to the Living Hope Bible Church. While exploring locations for a permanent home, the congregation is temporarily worshiping at 1:30 p.m. Sundays at Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road, while maintaining an office at 85 N.W. Alder Place, in downtown Issaquah. Church leaders have said many were worried they sold their church, which couldn’t be further from the truth. “We sold our property because we believed strongly that God wanted us to be spending less time and money on a building and more time and money on ministering to people in Christ’s name,” the church’s pastor, Dr. Keith Madsen, said in a news release. He added they are still “caring for people and helping them to know of God’s love.” In terms of world need, the church recently sent $1,500 to help build a school in Haiti, another $1,500 to help care for victims of domestic abuse in Baja, Mexico, and $1,500 to help train missionaries in Brazil. Locally, the church is sponsoring the “breakfast bar” program at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, continuing to assist the homeless, and offering rental and utility assistance to seniors through contacts at Eastside Friends of Seniors and Issaquah Community Services. The Community Church of Issaquah was born as the Issaquah Baptist Church on May 2, 1890. After a slow start, the Baptists combined with a Methodist church, which was also struggling, to become The Community Church of Issaquah. The church has always been active and was one of the institutions instrumental in starting Issaquah Church and Community Services, now known as Issaquah Community Services. They have also hosted Tent City for the homeless three times. Learn more about The Community Church of Issaquah by calling 392-6447 or emailing drkmad2006@


Liberty High School cheerleaders and school staff form a tunnel Sept. 6 for the tradiSee PATRIOT WAY, Page B3 tional greeting of the freshman class at the first pep assembly of the school year.

The new Issaquah American Association of University Women officers are (from left) Kathryn Main, Jane Stephenson, Sally Dillon, Judy Rogers, Kelly Smith, Melinda Hearsey, Jan Gram, Barbara Hallum and Carol Wellman. Not pictured are Melinda Hearsey and Pat Martin.

Community Church finds temporary home

Editor’s note: This is our first in a weekly series of great photos from the history of our city and its residents. If you have a photo to share, email it to editor@

David Mergen, who won first place in the animals/nature category in our recent photo contest with a photo of a blacktail buck in Mirrormont, wrote to say that wasn’t his first involvement with such a contest. His first was in 1951, when his mother Berniece Mergen took this photo of him to enter in a Seattle Times contest. He was 2 years old. ‘I don’t remember if he had a name,’ David said of the frog, ‘but I was told that my grandfather fashioned a harness so I could take him swimming.’ BY BERNIECE MERGEN

Eastside Baby Corner announces Diaper Need Awareness Week Sept. 8-14 is National Diaper Need Awareness week, and Eastside Baby Corner needs diaper donations. The average child needs about 50 diaper changes per week, but many lowincome families don’t have the means to keep a reliable supply, according to EBC. Diapers can’t be purchased with food stamps or WIC vouchers, making it even more difficult for struggling families to clothe their children. Many childcare programs also require that young children have a supply of diapers, which can exclude children from participating. Eastside Baby Corner is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure children have enough diapers to be healthy. The network supports nearly 200 diaper banks nationwide. Eastside Baby Corner, will hold events throughout the week of Sept. 8 to raise awareness. Learn more at the National Diaper Bank Network website:



Eastside Catholic douses Patriots, 62-9 By Christina Corrales-Toy As the clocked ticked to zero, and the scoreboard showed an ugly 62-9 loss for the home team, something beautiful was going on in the stands at Liberty High School on Sept. 6. Despite just witnessing their beloved Patriots sustain a blowout at the hands of a talented Eastside Catholic squad, the stillfull Liberty student section cheered louder than ever as the team approached the stands to thank their fans after the game. “We’ve got some great fans,” Liberty tight end Lorin Archibald said after the loss. Patriot Pride was on full display in the home stands for the season opener against the Crusaders, who lost to Bellevue in the 3A state championship game last year. Liberty students stayed even after the Crusaders put 21 points on the board in the first quarter alone. They continued to cheer as the Patriots went into halftime, down 49-6. It was


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UP NEXT Liberty vs. Hazen 47 p.m. Sept. 13 4Renton Memorial Stadium not the start they hoped to see from their team, but they showed their support nonetheless. Liberty sophomore Nate Solly earned the start at quarterback, throwing for more than 100 yards against a dominant Eastside Catholic defense. That included a 16-yard touchdown pass to Archibald in the second quarter. It was Liberty’s lone touchdown of the game, but Archibald said the fade route to the end zone was just as they had practiced during the preseason. “Since we were close to the end zone, I knew it was going to be my ball, so I just took my splits and went for it,” he said. “I was pretty pumped and I give props to my quarterback.” Archibald, Liberty’s See PATRIOTS, Page B5


Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, scampers through a large hole in the Interlake line for a large gain. Gellatly scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 44-3 victory against the Saints.


Jack Gellatly leads Issaquah attack with four touchdowns By David Hayes


Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior wide receiver, pulls in a 16-yard pass for a second-quarter touchdown Sept. 6 against Eastside Catholic junior defensive back Austin Moss.

On Sept. 5, Mother Nature reminded the region she’s still a force to be reckoned with, displaying quite the impressive thunder and lightning show. The following night, Issaquah High School put the region on notice it, too, will be a force of nature in KingCo this season. The Eagles stormed into host Interlake High School’s field and ran away with a 44-3 win in a nonleague matchup. The victory begs the question why the perennial powerhouse wasn’t in preseason top-10 discussions. “Yeah, I can’t remember the last time we weren’t in the top 10 pre-season,” said head coach Chris Bennett, thinking back through his 14 years with the Eagles. From the first snap, it was obvious the Eagles were a bigger squad than the Saints.


Jeff Shipley, Issaquah High School wide receiver (4), and the Eagles offense celebrate after a 50-yard touch down reception in their Sept. 6 game against Interlake. “They’re a great team with a strong tradition that’s just in a rebuilding year,” Bennett conceded. After the squads traded possessions on downs, the Eagles would score on their next six possessions, led by the aerial assault of Jack Neary and ground attack of Jack Gellatly. The two seniors hooked up on a screen pass that Gellatly ran 60 yards for the Eagles’ first scoring

Liberty Select holds tryouts Liberty Select Basketball will hold tryouts Sept. 22, 23 and 24 for boys and girls entering third through eighth grades. Exact times and locations for the tryouts can be found on the program’s website at Players must register online prior to tryouts. Click the ‘Register Now’ icon on the home page. The Liberty Select Basketball program is a competitive program focused on providing future Liberty High School basketball players a fun, constructive and rewarding basketball experience. The Liberty Select Basketball vision includes bringing together competitive players with strong basketball skills to participate in youth basketball at the highest level.

goal as time expired to give Issaquah a 30-3 halftime lead. “The up tempo was something we wanted to do this year,” Bennett said. “The kids seem to like it. It wears down the other team.” As for Neary’s handling of the offense, Bennett said the senior handled the nohuddle well. But even in a See EAGLES, Page B5

Wheels or shoes, this race is for you

Kip Brown takes third at Diamond Cup Driver Kip Brown, of Preston’s Our Gang Racing, placed third at the Diamond Cup Championship in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Sept. 1. The competition represented the return of Unlimited hydroplane racing in Coeur d’Alene after the sport’s 45-year absence. It is the second-straight third-place finish for Brown who, driving the 95 Spirit of Qatar, finished third at Seafair in early August. The team will next compete for the Bayfair Cup in San Diego on Sept. 13-15.

drive. Neary later tossed his second TD pass of the night to senior Jeff Shipley, who ran it for 50 yards and a score with 6:45 left in the first half. The Eagles’ up-tempo attack kept the Saints on their heels all night. The Eagles were able to drive within field goal range where Jason Schwartz made up for an earlier blocked extra point attempt with a field

By Joe Grove


Chandler Wong (34), Skyline High School junior linebacker, sacks Bellevue senior quarterback Timmy Haehl for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter, helping stifle the Wolverines’ first possession of the game.

Bellevue hammers Skyline in matchup of defending champs By Neil Pierson In a battle of high-school football programs with 18 state championships between them, it was the Bellevue High School Wolverines who looked much more comfortable in a big-game environment. Bellevue High School, winners of the last five Class 3A titles, forced three turnovers and ran

up 418 yards of offense, leading to a 45-7 victory over two-time defending 4A champion Skyline on Sept. 7 at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The Wolverines took control early on both sides of the ball, using their size and speed to overwhelm the Spartans at the line of scrimmage. At halftime, Bellevue See SPARTANS, Page B5

Whether you race on two wheels or two feet, there is an event to challenge you in conjunction with Salmon Days, Oct. 5 and 6. The Salmon Dayssponsored Upstream Hill Climb for bicycles will be Sept. 28. The 37th annual Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes will be Oct. 6. Salmon Days took over sponsorship of the established Cougar Mountain Climb for Cancer and changed the name to Upstream Hill Climb to fit with the Salmon Days theme, according to Brian Twiggs, director of sponsorships for Salmon Days. It is a 2.2-mile uphill race from the start of Mine Hill Road, just off of Newport Way Southwest. The twisty and very steep paved road ends at Squak Mountain. Twiggs said organizers expect 200 bicyclists for the Geico-sponsored event.

REGISTER ONLINE Upstream Hill Climb upstream Run with the Fishes It is a timed event; each contestant will be given a timing chip at the start. Twigs said there will be services of a professional timing company and racers will leave at intervals. There will be a leader board at the bottom to record times of contestants as they reach the top. The event will raise money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. It will cost racers $40 for a ticket to participate, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to cancer research and the remainder to help fund Salmon Days. Since it is a timed event, See RACE, Page B5