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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Bellevue hammers Skyline in matchup of defending champs

September 10, 2013

In a battle of high-school football programs with 18 state championships between them, it was the Bellevue High School Wolverines who looked much more comfortable in a big-game environment.

Bellevue High School, winners of the last five Class 3A titles, forced three turnovers and ran up 418 yards of offense, leading to a 45-7 victory over two-time defending 4A champion Skyline on Sept. 7 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

By Greg Farrar Chandler Wong (34), Skyline High School junior linebacker, sacks Bellevue senior quarterback Timmy Haehl for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter, helping stifle the Wolverines’ first possession of the game.

By Greg Farrar
Chandler Wong (34), Skyline High School junior linebacker, sacks Bellevue senior quarterback Timmy Haehl for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter, helping stifle the Wolverines’ first possession of the game.

The Wolverines took control early on both sides of the ball, using their size and speed to overwhelm the Spartans at the line of scrimmage. At halftime, Bellevue led 35-0 and had three scoring plays of 40 yards or more.

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Football Preview 2013

August 28, 2013

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Skyline football players lend helping hand to tent city move

July 30, 2013

Skyline High School’s football players know how good they have it. They live in Sammamish, one of the most affluent cities in the state, and they don’t have to worry about where they’re going to sleep each night or where their next meal will come from.

But the Spartans have been learning firsthand that many people aren’t so fortunate.

Contributed Skyline High School football players connect poles to help construct tents at Redmond Family Church July 13.

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Skyline High School football players connect poles to help construct tents at Redmond Family Church July 13.

Skyline’s players perform community service activities each year, and on July 13, they spent time at Redwood Family Church in Redmond helping homeless people relocate their tents.

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Questions remain for Spartans as spring football kicks off

June 25, 2013

Quarterback battle, roster turnover remain unresolved

Offseason training is crucial for most high-school football programs, but it seems especially true for the Skyline Spartans considering their first-game opponent.

Skyline will try to win its third straight Class 4A state title this fall, and in terms of preparing itself for the postseason, the Spartans couldn’t have picked a better in-state test for the opening week. They’ll face the defending 3A champion Bellevue Wolverines at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic on Sept. 7 at the refurbished Husky Stadium.

By Neil Pierson Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback transfer from Florida, lofts a pass during a spring football team camp June 20 at Skyline Stadium.

By Neil Pierson
Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback transfer from Florida, lofts a pass during a spring football team camp June 20 at Skyline Stadium.

“You’re playing a team that, in some publications, was the No. 1 team in the nation last year,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said about Bellevue.

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Skyline finds possible new quarterback from Florida

May 14, 2013

Skyline High School may have found its new quarterback — Florida all-state quarterback Kilton Anderson.

That’s according to several recent news reports, including a May 6 piece by Tom Hanson, a reporter in Marco, Fla., who wrote that the Naples High School junior is moving this summer to Sammamish and looking forward to throwing for the Skyline Spartans. Anderson told Hanson he is hoping to be settled in time to join Skyline for its spring practice.

According to Maxpreps.com, Anderson has 1,288 passing yards and has thrown for 17 touchdowns.

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Skyline football stadium delayed

April 30, 2013

Community cheers decision

Skyline High School will not be getting a new stadium this summer.

The nearly $6.5 million stadium upgrade, part of the $219.2 million bond measure approved by voters in April 2012, was originally slated to begin this summer and be completed as early as this fall. Jake Kuper, the district’s chief financial officer, announced at the April 24 Issaquah School Board meeting that the project is being pushed back by at least one year. The reason, he said, is because of the six to eight months it will take for the district to receive a site-development permit.

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Former Skyline benchwarmer’s long road nears the NFL

April 23, 2013

Luke Marquardt could be the first Spartan drafted by the NFL

Luke Marquardt

Luke Marquardt

God gave Luke Marquardt gifts that he gives very few people.

The first is size, the kind that makes him look like Gulliver surrounded by Lilliputians. Marquardt is 6-foot-8 ½ and weighs about 315 or 320 pounds, depending on the week. The second is coordination, the kind that allows him to operate that frame without looking foolish. The third is athleticism — the quickness of foot to not just be huge but also swift.

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District unveils Skyline High School stadium plans

February 5, 2013

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen has given the Issaquah School District the OK to move forward on a nearly $6.5 million facelift for the stadium at Skyline High School.

Rasmussen signed off on the project Jan. 24, the day after he and the school board received a presentation on the topic during the board’s regular business meeting.

The improvement project includes moving the home side to the west side of the field where new covered aluminum bleachers will have seats for 2,500 Spartans fans. New support facilities, including locker rooms, restrooms and concessions, will form a horseshoe around the south end of the field where a large scoreboard will be a feature element.

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Eastlake hires Skyline’s Don Bartel as head football coach

January 22, 2013

Eastlake High School has hired Skyline High School defensive coordinator Don Bartel as its new football coach.

Bartel previously spent three years at Eastlake as a defensive coordinator and also served as the head coach at Enumclaw for four years before joining the Skyline staff this season. He served as the Spartans’ defensive coordinator and helped lead them to a 14-0 season and a Class 4A state championship in his only year there.

He now moves just a mile down the road to Eastlake.

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