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October 27th, 2011
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.
The West Valley Eagles broke open a close game with a six-goal second half explosion to defeat Deer Park 8-2 in Great Northern League soccer action on Tuesday.
The win improved West Valleyâ€™s GNL record to 4-2 while Deer Park fell to 1-5.
Trailing 3-0 midway through the second half, the Lady Stags got on the scoreboard with an Alison Ruygrok goal. The Eagles retaliated with a Brittni Marro, her second of the game.
Nikki Ball also scored for Deer Park at the 67-minute mark.
West Valley outshot Deer Park 27-12.
The Cheney Blackhawks, the last unbeaten volleyball team in the Great Northern League, defeated Deer Park 25-15, 25-22, 25-21 on Thursday.
In each game, the teams played even at the start only to have the Blackhawks surge to a commanding lead.
In the first game, a 5-5 deadlock quickly became a 16-5 lead behind the serving of Cheneyâ€™s Sami Sheffels.
The Riverside Rams, who were pushed around for most of the game, shoved back at the most opportune time on Friday.
The Rams, who saw Lakeside run 49 plays in the first three quarters (as compared to 29 of their own), responded with a pair of fourth quarter touchdown to edge the Eagles 14-10 in Northeast A League action.
The win improved the Ramsâ€™ NE-A record to 1-1 and 2-2 overall. It was the NE-A opener for the Eagles (1-3).
â€śWe stopped them when we needed to,â€ť said Riverside interim head coach Mark Vannatter. â€śWe made plays.â€ť
The Springdale Chargers couldnâ€™t wait for their second football game this season.
The Chargers, who were routed by Tekoa-Oaksdale in their season opener two weeks ago, scored the first time they touched the ball, a 58-yard punt return by Shane Oâ€™Malley in a 48-0 win over Liberty (0-3) on Friday.
Unfortunately, Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s punt return was called back by a clipping penalty. It did not matter, since Mitch Peone legally scored a 45-yard run two plays later and the Chargers were in control the rest of the way.