November 30, 2010
NEW — 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30, 2010
Jim Sharkey has a saying: “You can’t worry about what you can’t control.”
So the Ferris High School football coach won’t let his players dwell on the fact that they have just four days of preparation before facing top-ranked Skyline in the Class 4A state championship game Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. And a good chunk of one day will be spent driving back to Tacoma from Spokane.
“There’s no excuses,” Sharkey said after his third-ranked Saxons rallied for a 14-10 semifinal victory against Bellarmine Prep Monday at the Dome. “We’ve played 14 straight weeks now, so we’ll line up and do it.”
It will be a rematch of last year’s championship game, which Skyline won, 45-21. The third-ranked Saxons (13-0) also lost to Skyline in the 2008 semifinals, 24-21. Defensive back Cody Sorenson, one of Ferris’ seven returning starters on defense, is happy to have one final shot.
November 26, 2010
NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010
Max Browne trudged into the house, dejected.
“I am bad. I am awful. I didn’t get any hits,” the 7-year-old announced to whomever would listen.
When family members asked him what was wrong, he explained that after 27 at-bats against his older brother, Michael, he couldn’t get a hit.
He couldn’t even make contact. There was a six-year gap between the two brothers, but Max couldn’t be comforted.
He has always wanted to win.
Eight years later, Max is the sophomore starting quarterback for top-ranked Skyline (11-1), winner of three consecutive state football championships, who play Curtis in the Class 4A semifinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
November 26, 2010
NEW — 10:45 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010
The toughest test of the season for the Skyline High School football team could come Saturday in the Class 4A state semifinals. The Spartans, hoping for a three-peat, meet the Curtis Vikings at 7:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome.
Skyline enters the game with a 11-1 mark while Curtis is 12-0. The Tacoma Dome is a favorite venue for both teams. The Spartans certainly have fond memories of playing in the T-Dome. Skyline has won two straight 4A state championships in the Tacoma Dome, as well as capturing the 4A title in 2005, and 3A crowns in 2000 and 2007.
November 23, 2010
Spartans win quarterfinal match with Eagles, 42-21
Skyline High School football fans expect star receiver Kasen Williams to pull out all the stops and lead the Spartans to another victory every Friday night. That was the case Nov. 19 in a Class 4A state quarterfinal game against rival Issaquah. Read more
August 31, 2010
Issaquah High School football teams have been able to put up the points and pile up the yards with the best teams in recent years. Read more
August 31, 2010
The fact that Skyline High School sophomore quarterback Max Browne has some big shoes to fill might be a gross understatement.
But he and his teammates aren’t letting the fact that all-state quarterback Jake Heaps, who directed the Spartans to three state championships, isn’t here to lead the team to another title get to them.
And even though Skyline lost a handful of its core varsity squad to graduation, Browne and the Spartans carried over their energy from the 2009 championship season with the same goal in mind this season — make it to the Tacoma Dome. Read more
March 9, 2010
The 2009-2010 season was a season of firsts for the Skyline High School boys basketball team. Skyline brought home its first tournament trophy — Barlow Trails Classic — won its first 4A KingCo Conference championship and placed at the state tournament for the first time.
And after placing eighth in state, the Spartans will get to hang their first banner on the wall in the gym, coach J. Jay Davis said.
Skyline went 2-2 in the state 4A tournament in the Tacoma Dome March 3-6 to finish its most successful season in the school’s 13-year history.
“Twenty-two wins and placing at state, it’s obviously the best season in school history and we’re very proud of that,” Davis said. “Our goal was just to build the best program we can.”
As is every team’s dream that enters the state tournament, Skyline had aimed at the state title. But the prospect was cut short when the Spartans lost its first-round game to eventual runner-up Jackson, 45-43. Read more
March 9, 2010
The Issaquah High School girls basketball team overcame a variety of adversity throughout the season, especially in the final weeks of the season. When the season finally concluded March 6 in the 4A state tournament, the Eagles had many reasons to be proud of their accomplishments.
Issaquah took sixth place in the tournament last week in the Tacoma Dome to finish out the season with a 23-6 record. The Eagles had to win four loser-out games just to reach state.
In the Eagles’ final game, they lost to 4A KingCo Conference rival Garfield 71-54 for third place. Prior to that game, Issaquah defeated Lewis & Clark, of Spokane, 51-49 and Lake Stevens 67-47 before falling to eventual state champion Auburn Riverside 58-40 in the semifinals.
“I’m proud of the girls. Great effort and a heck of a run,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. Read more
March 5, 2010
NEW — 11:58 a.m. March 5, 2010
The Issaquah High School girls basketball team hoped it would get a shot at Auburn Riverside in this year’s 4A state tournament.
The Eagles got their wish.
Issaquah, 23-4, tangles with top-ranked Auburn Riverside, 27-0, at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at the Tacoma Dome.
The Eagles reached the semifinals after flying by Lake Stevens 67-47 Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Mackenzie Schiltz hit six three-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points to lead Issaquah. Her six trys were one shy of the tournament record.
Domi Mendezona scored 14 points and Maddey Pflaumer had 12 points for Issaquah.
The Eagles, who shot 47.1 percent, led from start to fnish.
Issaquah lost to Auburn Riverside last year in game for fourth and seventh place. The Eagles, who led through most of the game, have been eager for another shot at Auburn Riverside.
March 4, 2010
NEW — 2:07 p.m. March 4, 2010
The Skyline High School boys basketball team stayed alive in the 4A state basketball tournament with a 55-44 victory against U.C. Davis, of Yakima, in the consolation round Thursday.
Skyline 21-4, plays Stanwood at 11 a.m. Friday in another consolation contest.
The Spartans outscored Davis 25-15 in the fourth quarter. Kasen Williams led the Spartans with 19 points and Cory Hutsen had 16 points.
Skyline, the KingCo Conference’s top seed, fell into the consolation bracket when the Spartans lost to Jackson 45-43 in the opening round Wednesday. Skyline had the lead going into the final minute of the game but had back-to-back turnovers. Jackson scored off both turnovers to win the game.
Will Parker led the Spartans with 14 points and Hutsen had 11 points.
In other first-round action, Eastlake defeated Lake Stevens 69-48. Michael Russo, of Eastlake, led all players with 21 points. Eastlake plays Kentwood at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.