September 12, 2015
NEW — 12:29 a.m. Sept. 12, 2015
On a night when the “We run Renton” chants echoed loud and clear through Renton Memorial Stadium, it was the Liberty Patriots that had the last laugh.
The Liberty football team defeated Hazen, their Renton Highlands rivals, 28-6, Friday night. The teams are in different school districts and leagues, but Liberty and Hazen students often play youth sports together and live in the same communities. Just three miles separate the two schools.
The Patriots struck first, when running back Austin Regis scored on a 5-yard touchdown. Liberty missed the extra point, but took the 6-0 lead as the first quarter came to an end. Read more
September 7, 2015
NEW — 12:25 p.m. Sept. 7, 2015
Skyline High School graduate Kasen Williams was one of seven players to sign with the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad Sept. 6 following the cutdown to 53 players on all NFL rosters. Read more
September 7, 2015
NEW — 11:57 a.m. Sept. 7, 2015
Basketball star has breakout gridiron debut for Patriots
Prior to Sept. 4, Liberty High School junior Mike Walter never played a down of high-school football.
Walter has made his name on the hardwood, starring on the Patriots’ varsity basketball team since he was a freshman. But this year, he decided to hit the gridiron, much to the delight of Liberty football coach Steve Valach.
“My job is to get the best athletes and best kids out for football and my team, and this is one of those guys that everybody knows,” Valach said before the season. Read more
August 24, 2015
NEW — 2:48 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015
Just before the Liberty High School football team hit the locker rooms after a sun-soaked Aug. 21 practice, they gathered in an end zone and knelt on one knee.
“It’s time for ‘Spotlight on a Champion,’” Liberty coach Steve Valach announced. He asked for nominees and the players quickly identified a teammate. Once chosen, Valach ushered him to the front and put his arm around him.
“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more
August 21, 2015
UPDATED — 7:14 p.m., Aug. 21, 2015
Midway through the third quarter, the Skyline Spartans had a three-touchdown lead and seemed to be cruising toward their eighth straight appearance in the Class 4A state football playoffs.
A victory that seemed well within their grasp never materialized as the Skyview Storm scored the last 24 points and capped a 34-31 win by stuffing Skyline running back Rashaad Boddie on a goal-line play in double overtime, ending the Spartans’ season in stunning fashion.
“Last season was very unique. I’ve never had the situation where one play call could determine the end of the season,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. “We’re fourth-and-1 on the 1 to win the game. We could’ve kicked the field goal to go to a third overtime, but we went for it, and I wouldn’t change the call.” Read more
August 21, 2015
UPDATED — 7:17 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015
On paper, a 5-5 season for the Issaquah High School football team might look rather unremarkable, but the details surrounding the Eagles’ 2014 campaign are worth examining.
Issaquah began last season with new leadership as Buddy Bland – who led the program to two KingCo Conference titles as coach from 1999-2005 – returned for a second stint on the sidelines. It took time for his players to respond.
“It was just tough adjusting to the different style of coaching,” senior quarterback Cam Humphrey admitted, “but as we saw toward the end of the year, we were able to figure some stuff out and we’re kind of hoping to transition, follow what we were doing toward the end of the year and bring it back into this year.” Read more
August 17, 2015
NEW – 10:35 a.m., Aug. 17, 2015
Construction of the new home grandstands at Skyline High School’s stadium won’t be complete in time for the start of the football season, so the Spartans will open on the road instead. Read more
August 6, 2015
NEW — 5 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015
Click the photo below to see pictures from the Liberty High School football team’s youth summer camp.
June 25, 2015
The Seattle Seahawks signed former University of Washington and Skyline High School standout receiver Kasen Williams on June 12.
Williams impressed the Seahawks during May’s rookie mini-camp, in which he participated as a tryout player. Before that, he had signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was waived after failing his physical, apparently due to concerns over a foot injury he suffered as a junior at the UW.
June 25, 2015
It’s a warm evening at Bellevue High School’s stadium, and a couple dozen players have donned pads, helmets and jerseys to practice tackling and blocking, and running offensive and defensive schemes.
They’re not members of Bellevue High’s nationally renowned program, which has captured 11 of the past 14 state championships. They’re young men who, for various reasons, aren’t playing college football but are looking to attract attention from coaches at that level.