Issaquah employs up-tempo style | Boys basketball preview

With no player taller than 6-foot-4, height isn't an asset for the Issaquah boys basketball team.

Issaquah's Nick Price hoists a shot up over Skyline's Kasen Williams last season. Price is poised to be one of the league's top scorers in 2012.

Issaquah's Nick Price hoists a shot up over Skyline's Kasen Williams last season. Price is poised to be one of the league's top scorers in 2012.

With no player taller than 6-foot-4, height isn’t an asset for the Issaquah boys basketball team.

But, that’s little concern for head coach Jason Griffith. He plans to use a deep roster and a group of athletic players to his advantage.

“Issaquah fans are going to enjoy our games,” said the second-year coach. “The tempo will be quicker and we will play at a faster pace this year. We have shooters and kids that can put the ball on the floor and attack, which fits into what we are trying to do.”

Leading the group of returners is 6-3 senior guard Nick Price, who averaged just over 20 points per game last season.

“He has the ability to change speeds, play at different levels and angles, shoot the mid-range and three-ball, as well as get to the rim,” Griffith said.

Senior Fletcher Martin, the team’s tallest player at 6-4, is also someone Griffith expects to turn a few heads.

“We have the one of the more underrated forwards in the league,” he said. “Fletcher is 6-4, but has a 6-8- wingspan and has an incredible knack of getting rebounds. He is a hard-nose kid that isn’t afraid to mix it up inside.”

In addition to the senior leadership, the Eagles have a group of underclassmen who will play key roles. Junior Ryan Sexton, junior Grant Bair, sophomore Jake Henke, sophomore Cory Nevin and freshman Ty Gibson have already made an impact in Issaquah’s 2-0 start.

Going 8-12 last year and being absent from the league playoffs the last two seasons, its no secret a return is in the Eagles’ sights. But Griffith knows it will be no easy task in a tough KingCo 4A conference.

“We were a good high school team last year that didn’t make the playoffs, so that was a good learning experience for our program,” he said. “Our overall expectation, is to go out and compete. The wins and losses will take care of themselves.”



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

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website 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

Courtesy of Calder Productions
Girls basketball: Mt. Si beats Issaquah in conference action

Mount Si High School beat Issaquah 68-59 at home Jan. 5 in… Continue reading

file photo
Health department: COVID outbreaks linked to high school wrestling tournaments

At least 80 cases are tied to the events which included attendees from multiple counties and states.

Photo courtesy of Panthers Youth Rugby
Panthers Youth Rugby rolls into action

Panthers Youth Rugby is encouraging boys and girls in middle school and… Continue reading

Photo of Eastlake Little League’s All Star Team. From L to R: (Back row) Jackson Wheeler, Kellen Kinney, Sanath Chari, James Ort III, Sule Tian, Eli Jones, Pryce Eadon. (Front row) JJ Hamiltion, Sawyer Todd, Ryder Oswalt, Walter Steinbok, Logan Rausch, Harrison Militello. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Steinbok.
Eastlake’s time at Little League World Series comes to an end

The boys of Eastlake Little League’s 12U all-star team’s time at the… Continue reading

A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
State announces mask requirements for student sports, performing arts

Athletes are not required to wear masks when participating in sports of any contact level while outside.

Eastlake all-stars score spot in Little League World Series

Eastlake Little League’s 12U all star team was crowned Northwest Regional Champions… Continue reading

Screenshot of video obtained by Redmond police shows Richard Sherman trying to break into the Redmond home of his in-laws.
Former Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman charged with five misdemeanors in King County

Charges were filed following an incident at home of Sherman’s in-laws in Redmond.

Redmond Police arrest former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman

Redmond Police allege former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman crashed into a… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Casino unveiled the first immersive Seahawks-branded table game experience Sept. 18, 2020, in a ribbon cutting dedication with Snoqualmie Tribe Council members and Snoqualmie Casino executives. Courtesy photo
Gambling Commission OKs pacts with tribes for sports betting

Agreements with 15 tribes await approval by the governor and the feds.

Issaquah notches girls soccer victory

Issaquah’s girls soccer team celebrates a goal during its 4-0 victory over… Continue reading

Registration open for Panthers Youth Rugby

By Sophie Demandolx Special to the Reporter If you are a teenager… Continue reading

Kentwood High football. FILE PHOTO
WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports in response to state guidelines

Practices scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for football, volleyball, soccer and 5 other sports