Patriots eye rekindled tradition

September 3, 2013

Marquel Ellis (right), Liberty High School sophomore linebacker and running back, listens to coach Steve Valach set up a play. By Greg Farrar

Marquel Ellis (right), Liberty High School sophomore linebacker and running back, listens to coach Steve Valach set up a play. By Greg Farrar

No one was unluckier than the Liberty High School football team last year. An already thin-in-numbers squad was hit with injury after injury in 2012.

As the injuries piled up, so too did the losses in a tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference, on the way to a 3-7 record.

Luckily, things are already looking up for the Patriots as they prepare for the 2013 campaign with a much larger turnout than last year, which should help with depth, longtime Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

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Football Preview 2013

August 28, 2013

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End of an era

August 20, 2013

Final Gellatly brother prepares for senior season at Issaquah

By Greg Farrar Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, holds off O’Dea junior defensive back Jack Murphy on the last yard of his 19-yard touchdown run against the Irish Sept. 14, 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, holds off O’Dea junior defensive back Jack Murphy on the last yard of his 19-yard touchdown run against the Irish Sept. 14, 2012.

Robert and Susan Gellatly could be considered the ultimate Issaquah Eagles sports fans.

They’ve been going to football and baseball games for more than 10 years, witnessing two state championships and countless playoff runs along the way.

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Back in the game

August 13, 2013

Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.

Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.

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Skyline grad Kasen Williams pays fine in Chelan County

July 16, 2013

Kasen Williams, the University of Washington’s leading receiver in 2012, paid a fine of $695.50 July 8 for a misdemeanor citation related to a May 26 incident in which he was pulled over in Chelan County for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

Williams, 20, a junior from Sammamish, took a voluntary breath test at the scene, according to court records. He blew a .059 percent and .056 percent, both under the legal limit of .08 percent.

Kasen Williams

Kasen Williams

Williams was arrested, but he was ultimately not charged with DUI. He was cited for being under 21 and operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana. As part of his citation, he was also placed on two years’ probation.

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Questions remain for Spartans as spring football kicks off

June 25, 2013

Quarterback battle, roster turnover remain unresolved

Offseason training is crucial for most high-school football programs, but it seems especially true for the Skyline Spartans considering their first-game opponent.

Skyline will try to win its third straight Class 4A state title this fall, and in terms of preparing itself for the postseason, the Spartans couldn’t have picked a better in-state test for the opening week. They’ll face the defending 3A champion Bellevue Wolverines at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic on Sept. 7 at the refurbished Husky Stadium.

By Neil Pierson Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback transfer from Florida, lofts a pass during a spring football team camp June 20 at Skyline Stadium.

By Neil Pierson
Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback transfer from Florida, lofts a pass during a spring football team camp June 20 at Skyline Stadium.

“You’re playing a team that, in some publications, was the No. 1 team in the nation last year,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said about Bellevue.

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Skyline finds possible new quarterback from Florida

May 14, 2013

Skyline High School may have found its new quarterback — Florida all-state quarterback Kilton Anderson.

That’s according to several recent news reports, including a May 6 piece by Tom Hanson, a reporter in Marco, Fla., who wrote that the Naples High School junior is moving this summer to Sammamish and looking forward to throwing for the Skyline Spartans. Anderson told Hanson he is hoping to be settled in time to join Skyline for its spring practice.

According to Maxpreps.com, Anderson has 1,288 passing yards and has thrown for 17 touchdowns.

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Football gets $5,000 for new equipment

April 2, 2013

During its March 27 meeting, the Issaquah School Board approved a $5,000 contribution to the Issaquah High School football team.

The Issaquah High School Football Booster Club donated the money to help the team buy cameras and equipment and help cover any other needs it may have.

 

Local athletes sign with colleges

February 12, 2013

Two Issaquah and four Liberty high school seniors will officially take their athletic talents to the collegiate level, signing letters of intent to play for universities across the country.

Liberty soccer players Nicolle Marlow, Kailiana Johnson, Katie Noonan and Kiana Hafferty made their college commitments official in a special signing day ceremony at the school Feb. 6. The Patriots soccer team placed fourth in state this year.

Both Marlow and Johnson will play for Washington State University, while Noonan will play for Southeastern Louisiana University and Hafferty will suit up for Seattle Pacific University.

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Eastlake hires Skyline’s Don Bartel as head football coach

January 22, 2013

Eastlake High School has hired Skyline High School defensive coordinator Don Bartel as its new football coach.

Bartel previously spent three years at Eastlake as a defensive coordinator and also served as the head coach at Enumclaw for four years before joining the Skyline staff this season. He served as the Spartans’ defensive coordinator and helped lead them to a 14-0 season and a Class 4A state championship in his only year there.

He now moves just a mile down the road to Eastlake.

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