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November 4th, 2011
What is fast becoming a school tradition, Deer Park football coaches spent the final game of the regular season with one eye on the scoreboard and the other on their cellphones.
For the past two years, the Stags, assured of a playoff spot, spent the final weekend of the regular season worried about postseason seeding at the same time they were playing a non-league game against Medical Lake.
For the second straight year, the Riverside Rams will open the Class 1A football playoffs against the Chelan Goats.
Last year the Goats, the Caribou Trail League champion, defeated the Rams 47-10 in a regional playoff match-up. This year Riverside (5-4) will travel to Chelan (6-3) 1 p.m. Saturday for another regional game.
Chelan, coming off a 60-0 win over Cascade in its regular season finale, is led Michael Amsel, who has completed 42 of 69 passes for 873 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Deer Park football teamâ€™s playoff future will be determined on Thursday at West Valley.
The Stags, who finished their Great Northern League season two weeks ago with a 4-1 record, finish their season with a non-league game at Medical Lake 7 p.m. on Thursday. They, however, must wait to see who wins the Cheney-West Valley match-up on Thursday to see who they will play in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Deer Park football team had to rewrite its record book following a convincing 44-13 non-league win over Riverside on Friday.
The Stags, who saw Zach Mohr kick a school record 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, also used the offensive outburst to set a school mark for most points in a season (324). The win improved Deer Parkâ€™s overall record to 8-1, which tied the 1992 Stags for the best season start in school history after nine games.
â€śYou never know how itâ€™s going to go,â€ť said Deer Park head coach Keith Stamps on his teamâ€™s strong start.
The Deer Park football team continues to reach unprecedented heights this season.
The 7-1 Stags are ranked 10th with North Kitsap and Swin the latest Washington media pool for Class 2A schools. It is the first time the Stags have ever been ranked in the football poll.
Lynden, the only undefeated Class 2A team in the state is ranked No. 1 followed by defending champion Tumwater. Fellow Great Northern League school, Cheney, is ranked ninth.
The Deer Park football team can party likes its 1977.
The Stags finally ended 34 years of frustration (15 games) by defeating the Clarkston Bantams 27-25 on Friday.
The win finished the Stagsâ€™ Great Northern League season with a 4-1 mark (7-1 overall) and assures them a home playoff game on Nov. 8, 11 or 12. The Bantams fell to 2-3,
â€śThe kids worked hard tonight,â€ť said Stag head coach Keith Stamps, â€śnothing came easy.â€ť
The Clarkston Bantams, relying on strong net play, swept Deer Park 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 in the Lady Stagsâ€™ 2011 home finale on Thursday.
The win improved Clarkstonâ€™s Great Northern League record to 8-3, while Deer Park fell to 4-7.
In the first game, the Bantams jumped out to a 10-6 lead. A Jamie Weisner kill stretched Clarkstonâ€™s lead to 14-7. A kill by the Lady Stagsâ€™ Ciera Sitton trimmed the lead to 21-13 but the Bantams rolled the rest of the way.
Let the fun times begin!
Alisha Perez, a four-year member of the Deer Park volleyball team, has seen her fair share of in her first three years. While not competing for a Great Northern League championship this fall, the Lady Stags have beaten teams that never gave them a second thought in yearâ€™s past.
â€śAt first, it was shocking,â€ť said Perez on this yearâ€™s success, â€śbut after a while yeah!â€ť
Among those who fell this year was home-standing Cheney on Saturday.
The 5-foot-9 Perez, one of Deer Parkâ€™s main weapons at the net, said the Lady Stagsâ€™ win left some of the Blackhawks in tears.
The Deer Park volleyball team staged a pair of comebacks to defeat Medical Lake 25-15, 25-29, 25-23 in Great Northern League action on Tuesday.
The Lady Stags, who broke open a 10-10 tie to easily win the first game, fell behind early in the second game. An ace by the Cardinals Raquel Alsept game Medical Lake a 16-8 lead before the Lady Stags made their move.
Zoey Mohrâ€™s kill through a pair of Cardinal blockers gave Deer Park a 20-19 lead. An ace by Haley Wainwright gave the Lady Stags some breathing room at 22-20 and they cruised the rest of the way.
The East Valley Knights wasted little time delivering its best shot Friday against Deer Park with two first quarter touchdowns.
It, however, was the Stags who delivered the knockout punch with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to secure a 42-25 win.
The victory improved the Stagsâ€™ Great Northern League record to 2-1 (5-1 overall), while East Valley fell to 1-1, 3-3.
â€śIf weâ€™re going to win the league title, we had to win this game,â€ť said Stag head coach Keith Stamps, who saw his team lose a heartbreaker to Cheney the previous week.