Max Browne sets state completions record in Skyline’s win

November 6, 2012

Peter Stromgren, Skyline High School senior linebacker, with senior linebacker Brandon Crandall behind him, tackles a Puyallup Viking ballcarrier during the Spartans’ 59-17 win Nov. 3. By Jim Nicholson

In typical Skyline Spartans fashion, the first quarter of Nov. 3 state playoff game was awash in touchdowns, leading the Spartans to a 59-17 win over the Puyallup Vikings.

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Guest Column

November 6, 2012

Go ‘All in for Kids’ to help students succeed

You have no doubt heard about the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign. Since August, we have reminded the community of our annual fundraiser via postcards, emails, letters, honk and waves, a billboard and even a Battle of the Fans promotion at the Issaquah vs. Skyline football game.

Why so much energy exerted to encourage the community to go “all in”? Because the revenue generated during the campaign is used to do amazing things for our students and schools. It can help transform struggling students into confident learners, equip teachers with skills to reach and engage students of all learning styles, create interest in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects by connecting classroom learning to real life applications, and expand students capacity for innovation and creativity through support of music and arts programs.

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Skyline Spartans remain unbeaten, claim KingCo 4A championship

October 30, 2012

Skyline High School’s Cedric Cooper gains a little ground before being tackled in the Oct. 25 game against Bothell. By Jim Nicholson

After plowing through the regular season undefeated, the Skyline High School football team kicked off what it calls the “second season” Oct. 25 with a blowout win over Bothell for the KingCo 4A title.

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Skyline Spartans blank Issaquah Eagles, 21-0, in battle of rivals

October 23, 2012

Jack Gellatly (5), Issaquah High School junior running back, is shaken up by a late hit from Skyline’s Blake Young (left) while being pulled down by the jersey by Jack Valencia during the third quarter.By Greg Farrar

When you are the No. 1 4A high school football team in the state, used to winning games by 30-point margins, you are able to overcome just about every form of adversity, even if it’s in your imagination.

Nationally ranked Skyline High School Spartans senior quarterback Max Browne experienced a lackluster first half by his undefeated 8-0 Skyline football squad Oct. 19, when it hosted the Issaquah Eagles in a battle for local bragging rights. The game ended in a 21-0, Skyline victory.

Browne did not like the spectacle that unfolded during a mediocre 24 minutes of Spartans’ football in the first half of the annual Issaquah School District rivalry, which saw Skyline holding a scant 7-0 advantage at intermission.

Normally Browne, who leads the KingCo 4A in passing with a 75 percent completion rating and has flung nearly 20 touchdowns this year, lets his actions furnish the inspiration to fire up the troops.

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Liberty football team loses defensive battle to Mercer Island

October 16, 2012

There wasn’t much offense between the Liberty High School football team and Mercer Island when the two battled Oct. 12.

Both teams were able to move the ball, but getting it into the end zone wasn’t so easy, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“It wasn’t like there was no offense at all,” he said. “There was some movement of the ball, but then both sides kept getting shutdown and having to punt it or turning it over.”

Ultimately, Mercer Island was the only one to reach the end zone as Liberty fell to the Islanders, 7-3.

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Skyline football juggernaut steamrolls Ballard

October 9, 2012

The stars appeared to be in perfect alignment for most of the Issaquah School District’s KingCo football squads last weekend, as Skyline and Liberty won handily Oct. 5. The next night, Issaquah’s Eagles traveled to Memorial Stadium in Seattle to take on Garfield, where they overwhelmed the Bulldogs, 40-0.

Skyline kept its league accounting to an untarnished 3-0, when it hosted Ballard on Oct. 5, demoralizing the visitors, 64-17, to stay abreast of undefeated nemesis Newport in the league standings.

The lopsided triumph over Ballard also elevated the Spartans’ overall record to an unblemished 6-0 as they continued to humiliate their adversaries, as they had in the previous five outings. Skyline is currently averaging a formidable 58 points per contest, while relinquishing one-third that many points to its “competition.”

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Skyline runs away with home opener against Garfield

October 2, 2012

Skyline High School’s Andrew Giese receives a pass from Max Browne in the first quarter against Garfield on Sept. 28.

Twelve minutes into Skyline’s first home football game Sept. 28, it was clear who would be the victor.

The first quarter was awash in touchdowns and none of them belonged to Garfield. The Skyline High School Spartans went to work right away with Sam Mix, on the punt return, running the ball to Garfield’s 35-yard line. Four plays later, the Spartans had their first touchdown, thanks to Cedric Cooper, who made a successful run for the end zone. Skyline finished it up with a 2-point conversion by kicker Sean McDonald.

Giving up zero turnovers, Skyline continued to score. Peyton Pelluer recovered Garfield’s fumble and ran it over the line; McDonald secured the extra point.

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Max Browne selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

October 2, 2012

Max Browne

Max Browne was honored Sept. 28 for his selection to represent Skyline High School in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The nation’s top 90 high school players will face off Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, in the All-American Bowl, which will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

“To be the third guy from Skyline to do it, it’s been a tradition,” Browne said. “It’s a great honor.”

As a result of being selected, Browne’s head coach, Mat Taylor has been invited to travel to San Antonio for bowl-week activities, as well as take part in the three-day U.S. Army Coaches Academy featuring NFL coaches.

“Max is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Skyline High School,” John Myers, director of marketing, Army marketing and research group, said in a statement.

Spartans thrash Roughriders, 57-14, to remain unbeaten

September 25, 2012

Elliott Welnak (74), Skyline High School junior defensive lineman, is cheered by teammates as he runs his fumble recovery back for a touchdown Sept. 21 against Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium. By Jim Nicholson

Skyline High School opened its league campaign on the road as it bludgeoned the Roosevelt Roughriders, 57-14, in KingCo 4A gridiron action at Memorial Stadium Sept. 21, to move its overall record to 4-0.

Spartans quarterback Max Browne spearheaded the lopsided Skyline conquest as he threw for well over 300 yards and a trio of touchdown strikes to seal the Roughriders’ fate.

The outcome of the contest was never in doubt as Skyline’s offensive machine sprinted out to a 43-7 halftime advantage, bolstered not only via the stalwart passing arm of Browne but also a reliable ground attack.

Cedric Cooper and Jack Valencia culminated long drives in the evening as they scampered and plunged in from 13 yards and 1 yard out, respectively, for a pair of touchdowns on the ground.

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Skyline Spartans demolish Coeur d’Alene Vikings, 71-20

September 18, 2012

With Washington State University head coach Mike Leach looking on to scout University of Southern California-bound Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne, Skyline defeated Coeur d’Alene, 71-20, on Sept. 15.

Browne went 24 for 31 passing for 380 yards and six touchdowns in the first half alone. He ended up with 446 yards passing when the night was over.

Six receivers were graced with Browne’s passes, including baseball standout Matt Sinatro, who had three touchdown catches and 126 receiving yards.

Skyline returns home from its two-week world tour and opens conference play on the road at Roosevelt Sept. 21.

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