Skyline seeks new team identity

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.

By Neil Pierson Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

By Neil Pierson
Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

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.

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Jake Heaps transfers to Miami for senior season

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.

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Junior college football team hosts tryouts

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.

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Chris Bennett is out as Eagles’ football coach

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.

File Chris Bennett, during the team’s first practice Aug. 21, told players that doing every task right, no matter how big or small, prepares them for success.

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Chris Bennett, during the team’s first practice Aug. 21, told players that doing every task right, no matter how big or small, prepares them for success.

“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.

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Freshmen phenoms

January 7, 2014

Liberty’s fall sports underclassmen take the stage

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School freshmen varsity athletes, swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming ‘We Are One,’ the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School freshmen varsity athletes, swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming ‘We Are One,’ the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans.

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.

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Former Issaquah QB earns awards

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.

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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.

 

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