Quarterback Jake Heaps glad to be at Kansas, out of spotlight

August 28, 2012

Jake Heaps will sit out this year at Kansas after transferring from BYU. The Seattle Times

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jake Heaps once commanded rooms the way only star quarterbacks can. Since his days at Skyline High School, his existence centered on the number one, a ranking given to him by recruiting sites.

He wasn’t just Jake Heaps; he was Jake Heaps, the former top-ranked quarterback prospect.

Now, at the University of Kansas, Heaps has no number attached to his name. In fact, this season will be lived mostly in the shadows.

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Skyline to host powerhouse football team from Florida

March 13, 2012

When Skyline High School got an opportunity to bring a nationally prominent football program to Sammamish next season, coach Mat Taylor didn’t hesitate.

The Spartans, defending Class 4A state champions, will play Manatee, of Bradenton, Fla., on Sept. 15 at Skyline. Game time has not been determined.

“We jumped on it and we’re really excited, not only for the motivation in the off-season for our kids, but just our community and, hopefully, showcasing Washington football and being able to represent our league and our state and our school,” Taylor said.

Skyline opens the season against Bothell, and then will travel out of state in Week 2 for another showcase game. The school is still working on that matchup.

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Skyline High School to host powerhouse Florida football team

March 6, 2012

NEW — 11:30 a.m. March 6, 2012

When Skyline High School got an opportunity to bring a nationally prominent football program to Sammamish next season, coach Mat Taylor didn’t hesitate.

The Spartans, defending Class 4A state champions, will play Manatee, of Bradenton, Fla., on Sept. 15 at Skyline. Game time has not been determined.

“We jumped on it and we’re really excited, not only for the motivation in the offseason for our kids, but just our community and, hopefully, showcasing Washington football and being able to represent our league and our state and our school,” Taylor said.

Skyline opens the season against Bothell, then will travel out of state in Week 2 for another showcase game. The school is still working on that matchup.

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Fair or not, sports bring in more money than arts

January 24, 2012

Katie Sutherland Eastside Catholic High School

After continued cuts in funding for budgets that support high school art programs nationwide, an important question has been raised in the minds of students: Do high schools devote a disproportionate amount of their focus and money to athletics? Opinions are split on this issue.

Regarding the extracurricular funding at Skyline High School, some students are outraged at the cuts made to the art program budget, complaining athletics get all of the money and attention. Although this seems unfair to students involved in art programs, athletics — specifically football — generate more school spirit, national attention and revenue for the school than art programs do.

The Spartan football legacy includes a state championship title this year and five additional state titles since 2000. Alumni like Jake Heaps and Kasen Williams, have earned Skyline national recognition. Supporting the team generates income via game ticket sales, concessions and spirit merchandise. Skyline, like many high schools in the country, relies on the success of its football and other sports teams for important funding.

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Jake Heaps transfers from BYU to Kansas

January 3, 2012

Jake Heaps, former Skyline High School and Brigham Young University quarterback, announced Dec. 22 he is transferring to the University of Kansas.

The sophomore, who asked Brigham Young coach Bronco Mendenhall to release him from his scholarship Dec. 5, took a visit to Lawrence, Kan., last weekend and decided to continue his career with the Jayhawks and new coach Charlie Weis.

Heaps, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, will sit out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules and will then have two years of eligibility left.

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Skyline standout Jake Heaps is leaving BYU

December 6, 2011

Brigham Young University football coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Dec. 5 that sophomore quarterback Jack Heaps, a former Skyline star, will leave Brigham Young.

“Jake has decided to leave the program in pursuit of a fresh start for he and his young family,” Mendenhall said in a release. “Jake is a great young man with tremendous potential and someone I deeply care about. I am sorry to see him leave this wonderful institution, yet anxious to follow his future development and success.”

Heaps started 16 games and played in 22 overall during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He set Brigham Young University freshman passing records for yards, touchdowns and wins in 2010. The highlight of his freshman season came in the New Mexico Bowl, where he passed for 264 yards and four touchdowns to earn offensive Most Valuable Player honors in a 52-24 victory.

The former Spartan started the first five games in 2011 before junior Riley Nelson took over the starting job.

For his career, Heaps has passed for 3,768 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Brigham Young has granted Heaps a release to transfer. He has not announced his intentions of where he will transfer. Heaps will not participate in the Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 or bowl game practices.

Heaps led Skyline to three state championships and amassed a 40-2 record.

Last month, Heaps was named the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week for his Nov. 19 performance against New Mexico State. Returning to the lineup for the first time since Sept. 30, Heaps passed for 238 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars routed New Mexico State, 42-7.

BYU quarterback Jake Heaps receives award

November 22, 2011

Brigham Young University quarterback Jake Heaps, a former Skyline High School star, was named the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week for his Nov. 19 performance against New Mexico State.

Heaps, a sophomore, returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 30 and led the Cougars to a 42-7 home victory. He completed 21 of 36 passes for 238 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

The week before, he came off the bench and completed 15 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns as BYU defeated Idaho, 42-7. Heaps was called into action when starting quarterback Riley Nelson was forced to the sidelines because of a chest injury.

 

Local players stand out on college gridiron

September 20, 2011

Brigham Young University sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps, a former Skyline High standout, passed for 192 yards and a touchdown Sept. 10 but it was not enough for the Cougars, which lost 17-16 to Texas.

The previous week, Heaps hit 24 of 38 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown in the Cougars’ come-from-behind 14-13 victory against Mississippi.

Taylor Wyman, an Issaquah High grad, rushed for 52 yards on five carries in his collegiate debut for Willamette University on Sept. 3. However, the Bearcats lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point 8-6.

Skyline Spartans nip Liberty Patriots in girls soccer

September 7, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 7, 2011

Nicole Candioglos scored a goal at the 72nd minute Tuesday as Skyline High School nipped visiting Liberty 1-0 in a nonleague girls soccer game.

Jordan Branch assisted on Candioglos’ goal. The shutout was shared by Tina Vargas and Sydney Martinez, who were Skyline’s goaltenders.

The contest was the season-opener for both teams, who each qualified for the state tournament last year. Skyline finished third at the 4A state tournament while Liberty made it to the first round of the 3A tournament.

In other action, Eastlake and Lake Washington fought to a 2-2 draw.

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Skyline quarterback Max Browne uses last season’s title-game loss as motivation

August 31, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

For all the things Max Browne accomplished as a sophomore, it is the one thing he didn’t that pushes Skyline’s quarterback.

When the 2010 Class 4A state title game ended with Ferris claiming a 24-16 victory over the Spartans, Browne didn’t drop his head, at least not right away. Instead, he turned to the Saxons’ sideline. He watched them celebrate.

“Some people may think it’s crazy,” he said. “But it definitely fueled me.”

From that moment on, through every workout, camp and practice, one thing has continued to carry him: Get it back.

“His dedication to this team is unbelievable,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said.

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