Issaquah Eagles sophomore Charlie Dietiker has recorded a double-double in three of his team’s last four games. Dietiker can play on the perimeter as well as in the paint for the Eagles. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Issaquah Eagles sophomore Charlie Dietiker has recorded a double-double in three of his team’s last four games. Dietiker can play on the perimeter as well as in the paint for the Eagles. Shaun Scott/staff photo

Dietiker is a matchup nightmare for opponents

Issaquah sophomore is a utility player on the hardwood.

A player on the basketball court who has the ability to play multiple positions is a commodity for their team.

The Issaquah Eagles boys basketball team is blessed with the presence of 6-foot, 5-inch, sophomore Charlie Dietiker’s wide array of talents on the court. Dietiker, who has recorded a double-double in three of his past four games, creates headaches for Eagles opponents.

“He is a guard, he is a forward. His skill set allows him to be bumped out to the perimeter. Charlie is a matchup nightmare. He can work you on the block, he can take you outside. His handle (dribbling ability) has really came a long way since I have been here,” Issaquah first-year head coach Brad Valentine said. “He is a joy to coach for sure. We love having that type of a weapon on the team.”

Valentine is a fan of Dietiker’s mantra and mindset.

“His energy is so infectious. He does such a good job of communicating defensively and that sets the tone. Last night in particular against North Creek (73-63 win) he had a couple of plays where you could see that physicality coming out of him,” Valentine said before practice began on Jan. 9. “He is only a sophomore and is really young. Sometimes we (coaching staff) forget that he is only 16 years old. It is awesome how he has been progressing so far.”

Dietiker is a fan of Valentine’s coaching style.

“He is a great guy and he definitely knows what he is talking about. He loves his players and he loves this game,” Dietiker said of Valentine.

The Eagles, who have an overall record of 6-8, including a 4-3 record in 4A KingCo play, are determined to peak at the right time.

“Right now our goal is to win out in our (4A KingCo) conference. Our main goals are to beat Mount Si (currently first place in 4A KingCo) and get to the Tacoma Dome (site of the Class 4A state tournament),” Dietiker said.

Recently the Issaquah Reporter had an opportunity to ask Dietiker some questions about his life outside of the basketball court.

Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Charlie Dietiker: The “Avengers: Infinity War.” I just love all of the “Avengers.”

IR: What is your biggest pet peeve?

CD: To have someone step on the back of my foot. It is really annoying to try to put your shoe back in and all of that stuff.

IR: Where do you see yourself in five years?

CD: Hopefully I’m at a Division-1 college playing basketball.

IR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your car right now?

CD: Mostly rap and hip-hop. I listen to Ariana Grande.

IR: How many text messages do you send per day?

CD: I probably send about 200.

IR: What is your dream vacation spot?

CD: I love Maui. I love going there.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Worker at 3A, 4A state basketball tournament tests positive for COVID-19

In a statement released on March 13, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association… Continue reading

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Eagles hold on, take fourth at state

Issaquah held on for a 67-56 victory over Todd Beamer in the girls 4A state tournament.

Issaquah picks up character win over Moses Lake

The Eagles made nine 3-pointers to beat the Chiefs and advance to the fourth-place game.

Issaquah outworked on the boards in loss

The Eagles were outrebounded 42-18 in loss to Central Valley in state quarterfinals.

Hardwood Classic tips off after coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Olson and Andy Nystrom Basketball players took to the court… Continue reading

Issaquah shows toughness in victory over Kentridge

The Issaquah girls basketball team opened the 4A state tournament with 57-35 win.

Most school events, including sports practices, on schedule after coronavirus outbreak

All the school districts in the Reporter’s coverage areas — Northshore, Lake… Continue reading