Skyline’s Mat Taylor rejects Central Washington

December 31, 2013

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Mat Taylor, Skyline High School football coach presents the 2012 state 4A championship trophy to his team at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Central Washington University head coaching position.

Taylor, who announced his decision Dec. 22, told The Seattle Times he first realized he wasn’t ready to leave his teaching and coaching job at Skyline while driving home from the end of his three-day interview at CWU.

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Top sports stories of the year

December 31, 2013

Issaquah athletes take top state honors

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.

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Grant Gellatly earns All-America honors

December 17, 2013

The postseason accolades for former Issaquah football star Grant Gellatly continue to pile up after his record-breaking season at Cornell University.

Gellatly, who switched to wide receiver in college, set Cornell single-season receiving records with 91 catches for 1,224 yards and also hauled in eight touchdowns in his senior year.

Shortly after he received All-Ivy honors, Gellatly was named to a slew of national lists honoring outstanding athletes.

The senior receiver was named to the Beyond Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America second team.

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Former Issaquah star earns collegiate honor

December 10, 2013

Former Issaquah High School running back Grant Gellatly earned first team All-Ivy honors in his senior year at Cornell.

Gellatly, who switched to wide receiver in college, set Cornell single season receiving records with 91 catches for 1,224 yards and also hauled in eight touchdowns.

He led the league and ranked second nationally in receiving yards per game (122.4) and receptions per game (9.1).

He had a school-record 10 career 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard games in his career and was a Capital One Academic All-District first-team selection.

 

Federal Way shocks No. 2 Skyline with comeback win, 26-20

November 19, 2013

Don’t call this an upset. Federal Way won’t let you.

After No. 6 Federal Way beat two-time defending champion No. 2 Skyline, 26-20, in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Nov. 15, players clad in blue and white jumped around, screaming, “This is not an upset!”

The Eagles never showed fear against a team many expected to make a run at the state title again this year. Federal Way had different expectations.

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Nate Solly named player of the week

November 19, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

By Christina Corrales-Toy

Nate Solly (right), Liberty High School sophomore quarterback, on Nov. 6 was presented the CenturyLink Athlete of the Week award in front of his classmates during school lunch. A three-sport athlete, Solly maintains a 3.88 grade point average and volunteers his time with Vision House, Mary’s Place and as a coach for youth basketball players. Seattle SeaGal Jessica Irwin (left) and CenturyLink vice president and general manager Sue Anderson, presented Solly with a $1,000 check for the Liberty ASB, a customized Seahawks jersey and football, and tickets, including pregame field access, to the Hawks’ Nov. 17 home game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Kasen Williams’ football season ends with Huskies

November 5, 2013

Skyline High School graduate Kasen Williams will miss the remainder of his junior season with the Washington Huskies football team after sustaining a broken foot in an Oct. 26 game against California.

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound wide receiver, is expected to need two to four months to recover after a successful surgery Oct. 29, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Williams was having a strong season prior to the injury, which occurred when Cal’s Kameron Jackson tackled him during the second quarter. He was third on the team with 29 receptions and 421 receiving yards, and he led the Huskies in both categories in 2012.

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A Tale of two halves

October 29, 2013

Spartans dig out 30-17 win over pesky Eagles

By Greg Farrar Derek Loville, Skyline High School junior wide receiver, pulls in a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kilton Anderson to get the Spartans on track in the third quarter for their come-from-behind 30-17 win Oct. 25 over Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
Derek Loville, Skyline High School junior wide receiver, pulls in a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kilton Anderson to get the Spartans on track in the third quarter for their come-from-behind 30-17 win Oct. 25 over Issaquah.

When the Spartans left their locker room to play the second half of their regular-season finale, they were a different team than the one that entered the room trailing by a touchdown.

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Liberty fails to solve the riddle of Bellevue

October 29, 2013

Patriots are latest victim to Wolverines

There is only so much a team can do when it goes up against the juggernaut that is Bellevue High School football.

District powerhouse Skyline couldn’t find an answer for the Wolverines, enduring a 45-7 drubbing in a Sept. 7 nonconference matchup.

By Gary Babcock  Liberty senior Lorin Archibald catches a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Solly in the Patriots’ 38-7 loss to Bellevue Oct. 25.

By Gary Babcock
Liberty senior Lorin Archibald catches a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Solly in the Patriots’ 38-7 loss to Bellevue Oct. 25.

This time it was Liberty’s turn to take on Bellevue, and after a 38-7 Patriots defeat, the question of how to stop the Wolverines still remains a mystery.

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Skyline uses run game, defense to stop Eastlake

September 24, 2013

The Skyline High School Spartans have traditionally featured a pass-happy, wide-open offense, but last week they showed they can also play bruising, run-between-the-tackles football.

Skyline amassed 286 rushing yards, including 151 from sophomore running back Rashaad Boddie, and played stellar defense to earn a 21-6 victory against the rival Eastlake Wolves on Sept. 20 at Spartan Stadium.

A dominant first half proved to be enough for Skyline (2-1), which didn’t score in the second half after Boddie was sidelined with an ankle injury.

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