Editorial

December 4, 2012

Athletes’ triumphs create community pride

Skyline High School’s football and soccer teams just keep bringing home honors to the Issaquah School District. The Issaquah and Liberty high school teams have also added many awards to the virtual district trophy case.

Skyline girls soccer took first in state for the fourth time in five years. And the Dec. 1 state playoff football game gave Skyline the gridiron title again for the fifth time in eight years. Skyline’s 200-medley relay team won the state swim title last month.

Issaquah is a known winner among 4A KingCo teams. The Eagles came in second, to Skyline, for the state girls soccer championship. This year’s football team reached the playoffs. The school’s wrestlers won the district title in 2011 and sent six wrestlers to state.

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Max Browne is finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year Award

December 4, 2012

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne is one of six finalists for the 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding senior in high school football participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The selection process began this fall, as players were evaluated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee and by coaches from across the country.

“These players possess leadership, dedication and strengths similar to Army Strong soldiers. Being named a finalist for this award only underscores their talents,” John Myers, director of marketing for the Army, said in a statement. “These players are outstanding athletes. We congratulate them on their nomination and are proud to have them wear the Army colors.”

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Skyline’s 4A state football championship / Dec. 1, 2012

December 3, 2012

Skyline beats Bellarmine Prep for state football title

December 1, 2012

Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor (right) cheers for a Skyline victory Saturday. By Lillian O’Rorke

UPDATED — 12:05 a.m. Dec. 2, 2012

It was all smiles for Skyline High School and its fans at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday as the Spartans grabbed their sixth state title in seven years. Skyline beat Bellarmine Prep 49-24 to win the 4A football state championship.

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All-American Bowl names Max Browne among nation’s top players

November 28, 2012

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Nov. 28, 2012

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne is one of six finalists for the 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior in high school football participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The selection process began this fall, as players were evaluated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee and by coaches from across the country.

“These players possess leadership, dedication and strengths similar to Army Strong soldiers; being named a finalist for this award only underscores their talents,” John Myers, director of marketing for the Army, said in a statement. “These players are outstanding athletes. We congratulate them on their nomination and are proud to have them wear the Army colors.”

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Off the Press

November 27, 2012

A competitive friend is taken too soon

Sunday night, as I was meandering about on Facebook, where more than a dozen of my friends are local newspaper and professional photographers, the Internet suddenly lit up from one end to the other like a lightning bolt across the sky with the sad news that one of our brethren had passed away.

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

The pre-eminent high school sports photographer for our parent company The Seattle Times, and a friend, Jim Bates, had finished his struggle against non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And while I might flatter myself to think a few of my sports photos are clipped out and pasted in your scrapbooks, it’s a sure bet that if you have been a high school athlete or a parent of one at any time during the past decade, and look back in those books, you will find Times photos with Jim’s byline.

There is a contingent of us local photographers who follow our school sports all year, including Don Borin, Jim Simpkins, Jim Nicholson, Chuck Babcock and Gary Babcock. And the truth is, we’re all trying to make sport photos as good as Jim Bates did. In his very unobtrusive and workmanlike way, he always knew exactly where to be for the consummate image.

Whether they are football, basketball or soccer photos, and whether they have been at Issaquah, Liberty or Skyline high schools, Jim Bates was there.

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Skyline Spartans inch within one win of another state title

November 27, 2012

Nic Sblendorio, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, is finally taken down by Camas junior defensive back Jorden Payne after making a long pass reception in the second quarter Nov. 23 at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

According to the book of Revelations in the Bible, 666 is the number of the beast.

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Skyline charges to semifinals with 54-21 win over Roosevelt

November 20, 2012

Skyline’s defensive line holds Roosevelt’s Taku Shiozaki to a 2-yard gain in the third quarter Nov. 16. By Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

The last time the Skyline football team played under the Space Needle at Memorial Stadium, it had already wrapped up the win by the end of the second quarter, beating Roosevelt 43-7 at the half. Eight weeks later, that wasn’t the case.

When the halftime buzzer sounded Nov. 16, the state quarterfinal game was tied 14-14.

This was the first time in 15 years that the Roosevelt Roughriders had played in the postseason, and after making it to the final eight, they were not going quietly into the night.

“We knew Roosevelt was riding high, had the whole city of Seattle behind them…it was a good story, give them credit; give their coaches and players credit,” said Skyline quarterback Max Browne. “But at the end of the day we kind of got down to our basics and really executed what we did, and it was a good night for us.”

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Skyline quarterback Max Browne nominated for national award

November 20, 2012

Skyline quarterback Max Browne is among the 16 high school seniors from across the country that were nominated Nov. 14 for 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year.

According to a prepared statement by the Army, the award is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior high school football player.

Selection for the award began early this fall as players were evaluated by coaches from around the nation, as well as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee. The winner of this year’s top honor will be announced Jan. 4 in San Antonio, where he will be presented with the Ken Hall Trophy, modeled after Ken “Sugar Land Express” Hall, high school football’s all-time leading rusher.

The Army plans to announce the final six contenders Nov. 28.

Lake Stevens Vikings crumble under Skyline Spartan onslaught

November 13, 2012

Matt Sinatro, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, pulls in a second-quarter bomb from quarterback Max Browne for an 80-yard touchdown against Lake Stevens. By Greg Farrar

To say that the Skyline High School football squad is above reproach isn’t quite accurate. Every team has its Achilles heel, but the Spartans are a perfect ten — 10-0 that is.

The relentless gridiron machine that is the Skyline football contingent, currently No. 1 in the state at the Class 4A level, kept its untarnished accounting intact when it hosted Lake Stevens on Nov. 9 at Spartan Stadium, annihilating its visitors from the north, 42-0.

The onslaught began innocently enough, as at the end of the first 12 minutes of action the scoreboard displayed a scoreless tie. But in the ensuing quarters, the steamrolling Spartans slowly wore their formidable Vikings foe down, just as they had their previous nine adversaries.

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