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, 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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Skyline’s Peyton Pelluer plays among top 100

January 15, 2013

Peyton Pelluer, a Skyline High School senior linebacker, played in the nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, in which the East team eventually topped out the West, 17-14.

Pelluer was among 100 high school athletes from across the country handpicked to play in the game at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The game is sponsored annually by the U.S. Marine Corps and aired on the NFL Network.

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Max Browne impresses in All-American Bowl

January 15, 2013

Quarterback Max Browne, a Skyline High School senior and U.S. Army Player of the Year, made the most of his chance playing in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.

Entering in the fourth quarter for the West squad, Browne went 4-7 and tossed a 16-yard pass with 6:49 left in the game to Derrick Griffin, of Terry High School, in Rosenberg, Texas. Browne then completed a play-action pass to DeSean Smith, of Barbe High School, in Lake Charles, La., for a two-point conversion, that put the West on top 8-7.

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Issaquah, Skyline kickers help football teams boot competition

January 1, 2013

Kickers are a strange and quirky bunch.

Often thriving on pressure and almost always being either the scapegoat or the hero, they sit comfortably by themselves during games, lost in their thoughts, while their teammates are passing, catching, running, blocking or tackling. No one wants to sit next to the kicker and jinx or disturb him.

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Max Browne earns Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award

December 25, 2012

Skyline High School football quarterback Max Browne, surrounded by his teammates, was named Gatorade National Football Player of the Year on Dec. 18. By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

At midmorning Dec. 18, Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne was called out of class by his football coach, Mat Taylor, on the pretense that he was needed at an emergency captain’s meeting.

Browne fell for it hook, line and sinker. What awaited him in the upstairs classroom stunned him — his parents, a gaggle of cameras, a crowd of friends and, emerging from a hidden spot, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson had been summoned to present Browne with the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious honors in high school athletics. They had managed to keep it secret from Browne, who later was formally presented the Gatorade trophy during a ceremony in the school’s theater packed with classmates.

“I had no idea,” Browne said afterward of the ruse. “Totally surprised. It was awesome.”

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Skyline Spartans cap off perfect season as state champs

December 4, 2012

Mat Taylor (right), Skyline High School football coach, delivers the state 4A football championship trophy to his team gathered on the Tacoma Dome football field Dec. 1 after a 49-24 victory over Bellarmine Prep capped a 14-0 season. By Greg Farrar

Jubilant only begins to describe Skyline High School and its fans Dec. 1 at the Tacoma Dome, where the Spartans grabbed their fifth state title in eight years. Skyline beat Bellarmine Prep, 49-24, to win the 4A football state championship.

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