Skyline boys basketball team nips Renton

December 3, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:25 a.m. Dec. 3, 2010

Bryan Cikatz scored a game-high 23 points Thursday to lead the Skyline High School boys basketball team to a 48-47 come-from-behind victory against Renton in the opening round of the Les Schwab Tipoff Classic at Kentwood High School.

Skyline, which was missing some key players who are on the football team, trailed 31-23 at halftime. The Spartans outscored Renton 25-16 in the second half to pull out their season-opening victory.

Will Parker added 13 points for Skyline.

Darren Briggs topped Renton with 18 points.

Skyline Spartans seek fourth state title

The Skyline High School football team will rely on its explosive passing attack while Ferris will depend on a stingy defense when the teams meet for the Class 4A state title at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.

Skyline, 12-1, goes after a fourth straight state championship. The Spartans have won two straight 4A championships and captured the 3A title in 2007.

The top-ranked Spartans’ only loss came in the season-opener to Liberty 39-34. Ferris enters with a 13-0 record. Skyline defeated Ferris 45-21 in last year’s title game.

Skyline’s passing game has clicked all season. Sophomore quarterback Max Browne has passed for 4,172 yards and thrown 51 touchdown passes. Wide receiver Kasen Williams, who has shattered all the school receiving marks, has caught 83 passes for 1,539 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Wide receiver Jordan Simone has put up sparking numbers, too. Simone has 61 receptions for 1,185 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.

Williams was the 4A KingCo Conference offensive player of the year. Simone, who also starts at safety on defense, was the league’s defensive player of the year.

Ferris relies on a balanced offense and a stingy defense, which has allowed less than 10 points per game. The Saxons allowed only 84 yards rushing per game during the regular season. Defensive end Drew Sharkey anchors the defense.

Riley Stockton, nephew of former NBA star John Stockton, starts in the secondary. He was selected as the Greater Spokane League’s defensive player of the year. Stockton also starts on offense as a wide receiver. He has caught 41 passes and scored 10 touchdowns.

Defensive back Cody Sorenson is the Saxons’ leading tackler with 46 stops.

On offense, fullback Kole Heidinger is the leading Ferris rusher. He has run for 1,134 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Quarterback Ben Goodman has passed for 1,935 yards and 25 touchdowns. Jordan Tonani is the leading receiver with 54 catches for 520 yards and seven touchdowns.

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