September 10, 2013
As the clocked ticked to zero, and the scoreboard showed an ugly 62-9 loss for the home team, something beautiful was going on in the stands at Liberty High School on Sept. 6.
Despite just witnessing their beloved Patriots sustain a blowout at the hands of a talented Eastside Catholic squad, the still-full Liberty student section cheered louder than ever as the team approached the stands to thank their fans after the game.
“We’ve got some great fans,” Liberty tight end Lorin Archibald said after the loss.
September 3, 2013
It’s never a guarantee that offseason success will translate to the gridiron come fall, but as summers go, the Issaquah High School football team had a pretty stellar one.
In June, the Eagles won the University of Washington 7-on-7 passing tournament, defeating Skyline on their way to the top, and finished second in a separate 7-on-7 event.
“It’s really helpful work,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “You do well in those things when you have good quarterback play and solid receivers.”
The 2013 Eagles possess one of the best receiving corps he’s had, Bennett said, led by Jeff Shipley, speedster Derek Chapman and Tommy Nelson, who received MVP honors at the UW passing tournament.
September 3, 2013
Rain fell in sheets. A nearby lightning strike temporarily knocked out power in the locker room. The team photo was cancelled.
In other words, it wasn’t a pretty picture at Skyline High School’s annual Green vs. White scrimmage Aug. 29.
It wasn’t all bad. Before the weather ended the scrimmage prematurely, the Spartans showed flashes of brilliance they hope will translate to the Sept. 7 season opener against Bellevue.
September 3, 2013
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.
August 28, 2013
August 20, 2013
Final Gellatly brother prepares for senior season at Issaquah
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.
August 13, 2013
Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.