Edward Kim wins record 7th and 8th state titles

February 26, 2014

Eastlake’s Edward Kim didn’t need directions to find the top of the winners’ podium at the 4A state swimming championships Feb. 21-22.

After all, the march across the blue, hex-shaped steps at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center had become a familiar path for the Eastlake senior.

Ed Kim, an Eastlake senior, takes a breath after winning his second state title. Kim won eight during his high school career, the maximum possible in Washington state. For more see Page 8.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Ed Kim, an Eastlake senior, takes a breath after winning his second state title. Kim won eight during his high school career, the maximum possible in Washington state. For more see Page 8. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Skyline wrestlers Steciw, Mejia garner state medals

February 26, 2014

Six Skyline High School wrestlers reached the state championships, but only two left the Tacoma Dome with medals hanging from their necks.

Senior Tristan Steciw earned the eighth-place medal at 132 pounds in Class 4A, and freshman Addie Mejia took eighth in the girls’ 118-pound division, leading the Spartans’ contingency at Mat Classic XXVI, held Feb. 21-22.

Skyline’s Tristan Steciw (in gray) battles Todd Link, of Tahaoma. Steciw won the match on the way to an eighth-place finish.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Skyline’s Tristan Steciw (in gray) battles Todd Link, of Tahaoma. Steciw won the match on the way to an eighth-place finish. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Eastlake brings home golf state championship

May 27, 2013

New: May 27, 11:31 a.m.

Plateau golfers put Sammamish on the map May 21 and 22 at the 4A state golf championships. The Eastlake boys team won the title and both the Skyline boys and the Eastlake girls teams finished in third place.

As the first round neared its end at Camas Meadows Golf Club, things were already looking good for the Eastlake boys team. All four of its golfers were on their way to making the cut for the final day, including senior Li Wang. After 15 holes he was six under par and on track to win the first day. Two bogies coupled with a double bogey on the final hole, however, put him at 70 strokes for a five-way tie for first place. Read more

3 wrestlers from plateau earn state medals

February 20, 2013

The plateau was well represented at the 25th annual Mat Classic Feb. 15-16 where 10 area wrestlers battled the state’s top athletes for a chance to medal in high school’s biggest tournament.

After taking second at the Region 3 Tournament the weekend before, Skyline filled eight of the 14 weight classes at the state championship.

Sean Mcalhaney (top), Skyline High School senior, wrestles Brandon Champaco of Spanaway Lake at 220 pounds during the state 4A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Sean Mcalhaney (top), Skyline High School senior, wrestles Brandon Champaco of Spanaway Lake at 220 pounds during the state 4A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Skyline’s Max Levy wins his first state dive title

February 20, 2013

After two consecutive years of second place finishes, Skyline High School senior Max Levy ended his career as the state’s 2013 4A 1-meter diving champion.

The gymnast-turned-diver, who picked up the sport just three years ago, finished with a score of 463.50, more than 50 points higher than the second place finisher.

Max Levy during one of his state championship dives.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Max Levy during one of his state championship dives. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Skyline caps off perfect season as state champs wins 49-24

December 1, 2012

Updated: Dec. 5, 9:58 a.m.

Jubilant only begins to describe Skyline 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.

“This is the most special…I’ve grown up with all these guys,” said Max Browne, who completed 21 of 28 passing attempts for 384 yards and four touchdowns. “Nic Sblendorio has been my best friend, Andrew Giese, Matt Sinatro, Peyton Pelluer – all those guys. This is what we dreamed of when we were 5 years old. We worked. We worked hard, and it’s awesome to sit here and know that we got the state title our senior year and are going out the right way.”

Matt Sinatro, Skyline High School senior wide receiver, stretches the football over the goal line on a 23-yard pass play from quarterback Max Browne, giving the Spartans the lead 90 seconds into the game. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Skyline soccer wins another state champoinship

November 21, 2012

Sometimes really good things come in very small packages.

Such was the case on the turf of Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium the evening of Nov. 17 when Issaquah and Skyline squared off for the 4A girls state soccer title.

Bianca Saint, right, screams and leaps into the arms of Brooke Holland as the Skyline High School girls soccer team is awarded their state 4A championship trophy Nov. 17 at Carl Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, after beating their cross-district rival and co-tournament finalist Issaquah, 1-0. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Skyline 200 medley relay team wins state swim title

November 14, 2012

When Skyline’s Maria Volodkevich marched out to the poolside for the state championships Nov. 10 the words ‘just race’ were scrawled across her palm.

It was the first event of the 2012 4A Girls State Swim and Dive Championships and, after finishing two-tenths of a second ahead of Issaquah in the preliminary race, the Skyline Spartans 200 yard medley relay team was ready to battle it out for the state title.

Lily Newton’s blazes through the water on her way to a12th place finish. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Plateau runners fare well at state cross country meet

November 7, 2012

Runners from both Eastlake and Skyline high schools’ cross country teams returned from the Oct. 3 state tournament with high marks.

Keegan Symmes, a senior at Skyline, was the plateau’s highest individual finisher. Read more

Eastlake, Skyline athletes have big performances at state meet

May 30, 2012

Skyline High School runner Alex Daugherty surprised herself, finishing third in the girls 400-meter dash in 57.68 seconds.

“I wasn’t expecting to make it out of league,” she said, crediting her coach Greg Dalzell for helping her drop four seconds off her time. “I was running 61s this year, and I’m at 57 seconds now.”

Drew Matthews, Skyline High School senior, takes the starting turn of his 400-meter race May 26 during the 4A state track and field championships in Tacoma. Photo by Greg Farrar

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