Skyline Spartans continue dynasty, conquer state championship

December 6, 2011

Skyline wins sixth title since 2000 with 38-7 dominance over Skyiew

Mason Gregory, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outleaps Skyview senior defensive back David Garlington for a 35-yard touchdown catch. By Greg Farrar

TACOMA — Before heading to the field for his second 4A state championship football game as a starter, Skyline High School junior quarterback Max Browne sat in the same chair in the same locker room as he did last year.

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A challenge to change the status quo

December 6, 2011

Hall Monitor Dawson Solly Liberty High School

Fall sports have just ended and the start to a new season has begun for winter high school sports such as basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.

For teams that moved into the playoffs and continued to the state championships, like the Skyline High School football team, it is an experience of a lifetime, but one thing missing from the playoffs is fan support. I think we need fan support from the district student body as a whole.

I know our district high schools have been rivals in the past and compete against each other, but times have changed as Skyline and Issaquah left 3A and moved on to 4A competition; the fan support should change, too. Instead of Liberty seeing Issaquah and Skyline as a rival in the playoffs we need to realize we are all part of the same district and that we all have an effect on our reputation as a whole.

Many may think that if this were to happen there would be a lot of conflict between schools, but think of how much our reputation as a district and community would improve. Districts across the state would think of our district as a trendsetter and a start to a new legacy.

Being an athlete at Liberty, I would see it as a positive, getting more support and gaining confidence because of it. Other athletes at Liberty agree — the more fans the better — particularly in sports such as wrestling, swimming/dive, gymnastics, tennis, and track and field, where individuals are on “the stage” alone.

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Skyline High School grad Jake Heaps leads BYU to victory

November 16, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps, who lost the starting quarterback job at Brigham Young University a few weeks ago, came off the bench Nov. 12 and led the Cougars to a 42-7 victory against Idaho.

Heaps, replacing injured Riley Nelson in the first quarter, completed 15 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson was forced to the sidelines because of a chest injury.

In the first quarter Heaps directed a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive by hitting three of three passes.

Heaps will start Saturday in a home game against New Mexico State. This will be his first start since Sept. 30 against Utah State. He started the first five games before Nelson was given the No. 1 job.

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Skyview Storm cause offensive outage in Issaquah Eagles’ loss, 47-17

November 8, 2011

It was a long bus ride home for the Issaquah High School football team Nov. 4 after the Eagles fell to host Skyview, of Vancouver, 47-17, in a preliminary round Class 4A playoff game at the Kiggins Bowl.

“Our kids were extremely disappointed. They felt they left so much on the field,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said.

Issaquah went into the contest with plenty of confidence. However, mistakes came back to haunt the Eagles throughout the game.

Although he probably did not feel like laughing, Bennett said, “It was a funny game.”

“When we look at the stats, we went up and down the field all night. We never punted. We had 79 offensive plays and close to 400 yards in total offense. We were inside their 20-yard line five different times in the first half and only got a field goal,” Bennett said.

But in the first quarter, the Eagles deflected a pass to a Skyview defender in the end zone. Instead of a touchdown, the play went for an interception. On Issaquah’s next series, the Eagles turned the ball over on a fumble at the Skyview 5-yard-line.

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Former Issaquah High School soccer stars earn academic honors

November 8, 2011

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 8, 2011

Kate Deines and Kristin Maris, former standout soccer players for Issaquah High School, both have earned academic honors this fall for their respective college teams.

Deines, a senior midfielder for the University of Washington, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team. Deines has a 3.73 grade point average and is a communications major.

Maris, a sophomore at Western Washington University, was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star team. She has a 3.78 grade point average and is a physical education major.

On Oct. 29 Maris scored both Western goals as the Vikings defeated Western Oregon 2-0. She also had a goal when the Vikings defeated Saint Martin’s 2-0 Oct. 27.

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Skyline Spartans trounce Monroe Bearcats, 59-21

November 4, 2011

Skyline junior receiver Nic Sblendorio catches a pass in the end zone from Max Browne as Monroe's Jake Dinaggio tries to defend during the third quarter Nov. 4. The touchdown put Skyline up 45-21. By Christopher Huber

NEW — 11:55 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The Skyline Spartans took just 14 seconds to score against the Monroe Bearcats in the preliminary round of the playoffs Friday night on the plateau.

And it didn’t take much more time for the Spartans to make it a one-sided game.

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Skyline, Issaquah football teams size up next opponents

November 1, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah high school football teams, both hoping to reach the Dec. 3 state title game in the Tacoma Dome, take the first step Nov. 4 when they enter the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Skyline, 6-3, will host Monroe at 7 p.m. while Issaquah, 7-2, travels to southwest Washington and meets Skyview in Vancouver’s Kiggins Bowl.

Both Skyline and Issaquah won their crossover games last week.

Skyline rolled by Roosevelt, 45-14, Oct. 29 in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. The Spartans shot to a 13-0 lead in the second quarter. Sean McDonald booted two field goals and quarterback Max Browne connected with Andrew Giese on a 42-yard touchdown pass.

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Issaquah Eagles football team advances to face Skyview

November 1, 2011

Reed Peterson, Issaquah High School junior wide receiver, stares down Inglemoor senior linebacker Anthony Moretti after a reception from quarterback Ethan Kalin. By Greg Farrar

After a decisive 40-24 victory in a must-win game over the Inglemoor High School Vikings on Oct. 28, the Issaquah Eagles advance to the preliminary round of the Class 4A state football playoffs this week.

“We tell the guys that we have to earn every week of practice,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “The Inglemoor players wanted to win just as bad as we did … and we’re really lucky that we’ve earned an extra week.”

The game was a loser-out contest and could have been Issaquah’s last of the season.

“We try to put too much on it,” Bennett said. “Over the last three years we’ve made some pretty deep playoff runs, and we just talk about getting better.”

The Eagles started out strong, as senior quarterback Ethan Kalin completed a hand-off to sophomore running back Jack Gellatly for Issaquah’s first score on the night just two minutes into the first quarter.

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Issaquah Eagles advance to preliminary round of playoffs

October 28, 2011

NEW — 11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

After a decisive 40-24 victory in a must-win game over the Inglemoor High School Vikings on Friday night, the Issaquah Eagles advance to the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs next week.

“We tell the guys that we have to earn every week of practice,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “The Inglemoor players wanted to win just as bad as we did … and we’re really lucky that we’ve earned an extra week.”

Senior quarterback Ethan Kalin handed off the ball to sophomore running back Jack Gellatly for the Eagles’ first score on the night two minutes into the game.

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Tent City 4, Eastside homeless camp, returns to Issaquah

October 25, 2011

Issaquah church hosts homeless encampment until late January

Amalie Easter helps move pallets as another Tent City 4 resident carries a plywood sheet during the move from Bellevue to Community Church of Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Tent City 4 returned Oct. 21, as teams started the long process to transform a church parking lot into a camp for up to 100 homeless adults.

In a scene familiar to church members and Squak Mountain neighbors, Tent City 4 residents assembled pallets and plywood floorboards in a careful arrangement on the rain-slicked asphalt.

The crowd bustled, as camp residents and local church members, clad in raincoats and plastic ponchos, unloaded a truck and prepared spaces for nylon tents.

“We got the Hilton!” a man shouted from the truck gate. “Where do you want it?”

Only the Hilton is not a luxury hotel, but a repurposed military tent — and a sleeping place for male residents during the 90-day stint at Community Church of Issaquah. The encampment is due to depart Issaquah in late January.

The move to Issaquah represented a milestone for Tent City 4 resident Amalie Easter. The encampment relocated to the church hours before the last Issaquah High School regular season football game — and Easter’s son plays for the Eagles. Until Tent City 4 reached Issaquah, attending home games posed a challenge.

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