Skyline volleyball comes up shy of state trophy

November 18, 2014

There was an abundance of motivation for the Skyline Spartans to win a trophy at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament for the third time in four seasons.

By Greg Farrar Dana Weatherby (11), Skyline High School senior, saves the volley with a dig as senior libero Kathleen Bui shouts encouragement, as the Spartans win point for the third set, 25-9, during their Nov. 14 match against Olympia in the state 4A volleyball tournament.

By Greg Farrar
Dana Weatherby (11), Skyline High School senior, saves the volley with a dig as senior libero Kathleen Bui shouts encouragement, as the Spartans win point for the third set, 25-9, during their Nov. 14 match against Olympia in the state 4A volleyball tournament.

The incentives were there for the Spartans and their nine seniors, but the opposition proved too challenging as Skyline finished the Nov. 14-15 event in Lacey with a 1-2 record. The second loss, a 3-1 setback to Central Valley, kept Skyline from coming home with any hardware.

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Skyline soccer heads to 4A state semifinals

November 18, 2014

The Olympia Bears started their state quarterfinal match perfectly. Within five minutes, they held a 1-0 lead against the Skyline Spartans, scoring on a Sophie Wood goal.

That lead lasted all of three minutes before the Spartans tied the game, which held for the rest of the first half.

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Skyline volleyball locks up fourth straight state berth

November 11, 2014

When Callie Wesson arrived at Skyline High School prior to the 2011 season, her goal was to build the volleyball program into a perennial power.

 

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School senior outsider hitter Chloe Epker, right, wins a point in the second set against Katie McCreadie and Liz Larson, of Mount Si, on Nov. 5 in the semifinals of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School senior outsider hitter Chloe Epker, right, wins a point in the second set against Katie McCreadie and Liz Larson, of Mount Si, on Nov. 5 in the semifinals of the KingCo 4A volleyball tournament.

There are plenty of signs to indicate Wesson has accomplished that goal. The Spartans clinched their fourth straight trip to the Class 4A state tournament, beating rival Eastlake 3-1 in the championship match of the KingCo Conference tournament Nov. 6 at Skyline.

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Skyline’s season ends with stunning double-overtime loss

November 11, 2014

Leading by three touchdowns midway through the third quarter, the Skyline Spartans appeared to be well on their way to victory and an eighth straight trip to the Class 4A state football playoffs.

By Greg Farrar The ball arrives in the hands of Derek Loville, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, who scored with 1:09 left in the first half on a 26-yard trick play. Quarterback Blake Gregory sent a lateral pass to wide receiver Bradley Kim, who threw it to Loville at the goal line.

By Greg Farrar
The ball arrives in the hands of Derek Loville, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, who scored with 1:09 left in the first half on a 26-yard trick play. Quarterback Blake Gregory sent a lateral pass to wide receiver Bradley Kim, who threw it to Loville at the goal line.

The Skyview Storm had other ideas.

Skyview scored the final 24 points, including a game-winning field goal in double overtime, and stunned Skyline, 34-31, in a preliminary-round playoff game Nov. 7 at Spartan Stadium.

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Skyline cross country earns state trophy

November 11, 2014

The Skyline High School girls cross country team finished its season with a fourth-place trophy Nov. 8 at the Class 4A state championships in Pasco.

Senior Maizy Brewer, who earned an individual medal with her sixth-place finish of 18 minutes, 16.72 seconds, led the way for the Spartans on the 3.1-mile track at Sun Willows Golf Course. Brewer earned state medals in her final two seasons, placing 11th as a junior.

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Fright night football

November 4, 2014

The Halloween night football game between Eastlake and Skyline high schools brought out plenty of fun and frightful costumed students. Above, Skyline cheerleaders look at a photo of themselves taken by team photographer Jim Nicholson before the game. Right, three Eastlake fans coordinated a Spider-Man vibe in the Wolves’ bleachers.

The Halloween night football game between Eastlake and Skyline high schools brought out plenty of fun and frightful costumed students. Above, Skyline cheerleaders look at a photo of themselves taken by team photographer Jim Nicholson before the game. Below, three Eastlake fans coordinated a Spider-Man vibe in the Wolves’ bleachers.

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Skyline routs Eastlake, secures home playoff game

November 4, 2014

Head coach Mat Taylor preached resiliency to his Skyline High School football players after they suffered a 56-0 blowout loss Oct. 17 at the hands of top-ranked Bothell.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School wide receiver Elijah Nichols outruns Eastlake defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a 41-yard scoring pass from quarterback Blake Gregory, scoring the opening points for the Spartans in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School wide receiver Elijah Nichols outruns Eastlake defensive back Ivan Jimenez to haul in a 41-yard scoring pass from quarterback Blake Gregory, scoring the opening points for the Spartans in their 40-10 win Oct. 31.

The Spartans proved they had thick skin in the next two games. They rolled past Inglemoor on Oct. 24, and then walloped rival Eastlake, 40-10, Oct. 31 to clinch second place in the KingCo Conference and a home playoff game this week.

“After Week 7, we just said it was going to have to be a thing of the past,” Taylor said. “This is the best possible outcome we could’ve had after losing to Bothell.”

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Skyline volleyball powers past Issaquah

October 28, 2014

Bragging rights are always at stake when the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans meet, and that was the case again in an Oct. 23 volleyball match.

First-place Skyline earned the bragging rights, starting fast and building momentum on its way to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 victory over visiting Issaquah in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

“We focused and we remained really steady through the whole entire match,” said Skyline’s Kate Richardson, a junior outside hitter. “It was really fun to see everyone try really hard to beat Issaquah.”

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Oh so close…

October 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School senior midfielder Kelli Sullivan, after scoring an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tried to make lightning strike twice with another offensive play before time expired in the Spartans’ Oct. 23 soccer match at Issaquah. Skyline lost, 2-1.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School senior midfielder Kelli Sullivan, after scoring an unassisted goal in the 78th minute, tried to make lightning strike twice with another offensive play before time expired in the Spartans’ Oct. 23 soccer match at Issaquah. Skyline lost, 2-1.

Top-ranked Bothell roughs up Skyline, 56-0

October 21, 2014

If there were any doubts about Bothell’s ability to win a big football game on the road, the Cougars destroyed those theories in the opening minute of their Oct. 17 game at Skyline High School.

By Greg Farrar Bothell High School running back Sam McPherson (20) gets a block from a teammate to get past Skyline’s Bradley Kim (8) and Danny Sinatro and score a 13-yard touchdown in the first quarter of an Oct. 17 KingCo Conference football game. Bothell won, 56-0.

By Greg Farrar
Bothell High School running back Sam McPherson (20) gets a block from a teammate to get past Skyline’s Bradley Kim (8) and Danny Sinatro and score a 13-yard touchdown in the first quarter of an Oct. 17 KingCo Conference football game. Bothell won, 56-0.

Bothell, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, scored on its first two plays from scrimmage and went on to thoroughly dominate the Skyline Spartans, 56-0, clinching the KingCo Conference title in the process.

“We couldn’t ask for anything better — score on the first play, score on the second play of offense,” said senior Sam McPherson, the Cougars’ star running back and defensive back.

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