Summer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season

August 19, 2014

The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.

Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season — which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions — by spending their summer in the weight room.

They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts.

By Neil Pierson  Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

By Neil Pierson
Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

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Past, upcoming stars collide at Skyline football camp

July 29, 2014

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

There were roughly 140 players on the field at Skyline High School, but it was easy to form a consensus about who their favorite football player was.

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Kasen Williams’ football season ends with Huskies

November 5, 2013

Skyline High School graduate Kasen Williams will miss the remainder of his junior season with the Washington Huskies football team after sustaining a broken foot in an Oct. 26 game against California.

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound wide receiver, is expected to need two to four months to recover after a successful surgery Oct. 29, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Williams was having a strong season prior to the injury, which occurred when Cal’s Kameron Jackson tackled him during the second quarter. He was third on the team with 29 receptions and 421 receiving yards, and he led the Huskies in both categories in 2012.

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Skyline grad Kasen Williams pays fine in Chelan County

July 16, 2013

Kasen Williams, the University of Washington’s leading receiver in 2012, paid a fine of $695.50 July 8 for a misdemeanor citation related to a May 26 incident in which he was pulled over in Chelan County for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

Williams, 20, a junior from Sammamish, took a voluntary breath test at the scene, according to court records. He blew a .059 percent and .056 percent, both under the legal limit of .08 percent.

Kasen Williams

Kasen Williams

Williams was arrested, but he was ultimately not charged with DUI. He was cited for being under 21 and operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana. As part of his citation, he was also placed on two years’ probation.

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Local high schools’ track teams evaluate mid-season progress

April 10, 2012

Joey Domek, Issaquah High School junior, leaps a barrier as he wins the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.54 seconds April 5 against Bothell. Domek also persevered in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.4 seconds. By Greg Farrar

If there’s one single word in the English language to describe a strategy in high school track, it might be survival.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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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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Kasen Williams leads parade of 2011 best efforts from individuals, teams

December 27, 2011

Peyton Pelluer (right), Skyline High School junior linebacker, and teammate Nic Sblendorio (9), junior defensive back, combine to throw Woodinville senior running back Devin McKee to the turf during the 4A state semifinal game Nov. 26. By Greg Farrar

It was a year of state titles for Skyline High School, and the end of a career for a Spartan who always seemed to be in championship form.

When he graduated last spring, Skyline’s Kasen Williams left a legacy that might never be duplicated in the Issaquah School District. He was definitely the most dominant figure in the local sports scene in 2011.

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Skyline grad Kasen Williams stars in Apple Cup

November 29, 2011

Kasen Williams, who had many memorable moments at Skyline High School, likely won’t forget his first Apple Cup, either.

The freshman wide receiver caught five passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns Nov. 26 to help the University of Washington beat rival Washington State University, 38-21, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Williams caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Keith Price in the first quarter to put the Huskies ahead 14-0. Then, with just 24 seconds left in the first half, Williams hauled in a 21-yard pass from Price to put Washington ahead for good at 21-14.

Three other Skyline graduates saw action in the game. William Chandler was the holder on all Washington placekicks and linebacker Cooper Pelluer also played some on defense. For the Cougars, Gino Simone caught a pass for 32 yards.

Chandler recently earned Pacific-12 Conference All-Academic Team second-team honors. He has a 3.83 grade point average and is a business/accounting major.

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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