Area athletes chosen as all-conference picks

November 26, 2014

KingCo Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

KINGCO 4A

FOOTBALL

Defensive MVP: Cameron Saffle, Skyline

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Skyline routs Eastlake, 40-10

November 4, 2014

Head coach Mat Taylor preached resiliency to his Skyline High School football players after they suffered a 56-0 blowout loss Oct. 17 at the hands of top-ranked Bothell.

By Greg Farrar Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Elijah Nichols, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, outruns the pursuit of Eastlake senior defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a pass from quarterback Blake Gregory for a 41-yard touchdown to start the Spartans’ scoring in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

The Spartans proved they had thick skin in the next two games. They rolled past Inglemoor on Oct. 24, and then walloped rival Eastlake, 40-10, Oct. 31 to clinch second place in the KingCo Conference and a home playoff game this week.

“After Week 7, we just said it was going to have to be a thing of the past,” Taylor said. “This is the beset possible outcome we could’ve had after losing to Bothell.”

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Bothell Cougars humble Skyline Spartans, 56-0

October 21, 2014

If there were any doubts about Bothell’s ability to win a big football game on the road, the Cougars destroyed those theories in the opening minute of their Oct. 17 game at Skyline High School.

By Greg Farrar Sam McPherson (20), Bothell High School senior running back, gets a block from a teammate on Skyline junior defensive back Danny Sinatro, and scored from 13 yards out for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game.

By Greg Farrar
Sam McPherson (20), Bothell High School senior running back, gets a block from a teammate on Skyline junior defensive back Danny Sinatro, and scored from 13 yards out for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game.

Bothell, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, scored on its first two plays from scrimmage and went on to thoroughly dominate the Skyline Spartans, 56-0, clinching the KingCo Conference title in the process.

“We couldn’t ask for anything better — score on the first play, score on the second play of offense,” said senior Sam McPherson, the Cougars’ star running back and defensive back.

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Smash and grab — Spartans win the Coal Bucket in 48-21 trouncing of Eagles

September 9, 2014

If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.

By Greg Farrar Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

By Greg Farrar
Rashaad Boddie (28), Skyline High School junior running back, explodes to start his 81-yard touchdown run on the first play as (from left) Issaquah’s Tyrus Tuiasosopo, Mikey Giannopulos and Andy Co give chase.

Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.

Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.

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Skyline Spartans look to avenge disappointing 2013 finish

September 2, 2014

When Skyline High School kicks off the 2014 football season this week against rival Issaquah, it will mark the culmination of a nine-month process for the Spartans as they try to return to the elite echelon of Class 4A programs.

By Greg Farrar The Skyline High School Spartans’ top athletes include (from left) junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie, senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville, senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher, senior lineman Riley Griffiths, senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong, junior quarterback Blake Gregory and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

By Greg Farrar
The Skyline High School Spartans’ top athletes include (from left) junior running back/linebacker Rashaad Boddie, senior wide receiver/defensive back Derek Loville, senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Sypher, senior lineman Riley Griffiths, senior running back/linebacker Chandler Wong, junior quarterback Blake Gregory and senior lineman Cameron Saffle.

Skyline’s players indicate they haven’t forgotten their 26-20 loss to Federal Way in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs, and it has served as motivation for this season.

“We took it to heart,” junior Rashaad Boddie, a running back and linebacker, said of last year’s early exit at state. “Everyone was in the weight room with our trainer, coach (Kevin) Chiles, every day of the week, strength training and getting ready for the next season.”

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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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Skyline uses run game, defense to stop Eastlake

September 24, 2013

The Skyline High School Spartans have traditionally featured a pass-happy, wide-open offense, but last week they showed they can also play bruising, run-between-the-tackles football.

Skyline amassed 286 rushing yards, including 151 from sophomore running back Rashaad Boddie, and played stellar defense to earn a 21-6 victory against the rival Eastlake Wolves on Sept. 20 at Spartan Stadium.

A dominant first half proved to be enough for Skyline (2-1), which didn’t score in the second half after Boddie was sidelined with an ankle injury.

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