June 24, 2014
After winning back-to-back state championships, the Skyline High School football program didn’t have the glorious ending it expected for the 2013 season.
The Spartans cruised to an 8-1 regular-season record and the Class 4A KingCo Conference Crown Division title, but lost to Federal Way in the first round of the state playoffs.
Practices are underway in preparation for the 2014 campaign, and the Spartans are hungry for redemption. But seventh-year head coach Mat Taylor wants his players to establish their own identities, and not just look to replicate the program’s seven state title-winning teams.
June 17, 2014
The University of Miami announced June 15 that former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference school for his senior season — his third college team.
Heaps will be immediately eligible and is expected to compete for the starting job for the Hurricanes, who ended the spring with an uncertain quarterback situation. Projected starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in April and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Heaps spent the past two years at Kansas, starting nine games last season. He will graduate at the end of June, making himself eligible for the 2014 season for what will be his redshirt senior season.
April 29, 2014
The Eastside Junior College Bulldogs football team is prepping for its second season of play with three open tryouts.
Athletes interested in playing for the team must attend one of three combines at 11 a.m. May 3, 10 or 17.
The tryouts will take place at Crossfit Bellevue, 13425 S.E. 30th St., Suite 2C. Players must register in advance at http://eastsidejcfootball.com/registration.
January 14, 2014
Issaquah High School football coach Chris Bennett was informed late last month that he would not be retained for next season.
Coaches work off year-to-year contracts. Bennett said he was taken by surprise when informed of the decision.
“To be honest, I was just told that my contract was not going to be renewed and when asked why, I wasn’t given a reason,” said Bennett, who compiled a 44-23 record in six seasons, along with an appearance in the 2008 state-title game.
January 7, 2014
Liberty’s fall sports underclassmen take the stage
Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.
Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.
January 7, 2014
Former Issaquah High School quarterback Ryan Bergman broke school records and earned league honors as he wrapped up his junior campaign at Western Oregon University.
Bergman passed for 3,225 yards and 27 touchdowns, both single-season records for the school.
December 31, 2013
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.
December 31, 2013
Issaquah athletes take top state honors
It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.
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.
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.
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.