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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Skyline’s Peyton Pelluer plays among top 100

January 15, 2013

Peyton Pelluer, a Skyline High School senior linebacker, played in the nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, in which the East team eventually topped out the West, 17-14.

Pelluer was among 100 high school athletes from across the country handpicked to play in the game at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The game is sponsored annually by the U.S. Marine Corps and aired on the NFL Network.

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Max Browne impresses in All-American Bowl

January 15, 2013

Quarterback Max Browne, a Skyline High School senior and U.S. Army Player of the Year, made the most of his chance playing in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.

Entering in the fourth quarter for the West squad, Browne went 4-7 and tossed a 16-yard pass with 6:49 left in the game to Derrick Griffin, of Terry High School, in Rosenberg, Texas. Browne then completed a play-action pass to DeSean Smith, of Barbe High School, in Lake Charles, La., for a two-point conversion, that put the West on top 8-7.

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Issaquah, Skyline kickers help football teams boot competition

January 1, 2013

Kickers are a strange and quirky bunch.

Often thriving on pressure and almost always being either the scapegoat or the hero, they sit comfortably by themselves during games, lost in their thoughts, while their teammates are passing, catching, running, blocking or tackling. No one wants to sit next to the kicker and jinx or disturb him.

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Issaquah School District teams reflect on 2012 missions accomplished

December 25, 2012

Jubilant members of the Issaquah High School boys swim team and their coaches hoist their state 4A second place team trophy and give themselves a cheer Feb. 18 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah School District high school sports teams have a strong tradition of excellence, and 2012 was no different.

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Max Browne earns Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award

December 25, 2012

Skyline High School football quarterback Max Browne, surrounded by his teammates, was named Gatorade National Football Player of the Year on Dec. 18. By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

At midmorning Dec. 18, Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne was called out of class by his football coach, Mat Taylor, on the pretense that he was needed at an emergency captain’s meeting.

Browne fell for it hook, line and sinker. What awaited him in the upstairs classroom stunned him — his parents, a gaggle of cameras, a crowd of friends and, emerging from a hidden spot, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson had been summoned to present Browne with the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious honors in high school athletics. They had managed to keep it secret from Browne, who later was formally presented the Gatorade trophy during a ceremony in the school’s theater packed with classmates.

“I had no idea,” Browne said afterward of the ruse. “Totally surprised. It was awesome.”

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Skyline Spartans cap off perfect season as state champs

December 4, 2012

Mat Taylor (right), Skyline High School football coach, delivers the state 4A football championship trophy to his team gathered on the Tacoma Dome football field Dec. 1 after a 49-24 victory over Bellarmine Prep capped a 14-0 season. By Greg Farrar

Jubilant only begins to describe Skyline High School and its fans Dec. 1 at the Tacoma Dome, where the Spartans grabbed their fifth state title in eight years. Skyline beat Bellarmine Prep, 49-24, to win the 4A football state championship.

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