September 9, 2014
If there were any doubts about the Skyline Spartans’ determination to start the 2014 season on the right foot, those concerns were shattered on the first play from scrimmage against the Issaquah Eagles.
Quarterback Blake Gregory threw a short pass to running back Rashaad Boddie, who shed a couple of tacklers and raced down the left sideline for an 81-yard touchdown.
Skyline had a 7-0 lead after only 19 seconds, and it set the tone for what turned into a dominating, 48-21 victory for the Spartans in a Class 4A KingCo Conference football opener Sept. 5 at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Field.
September 2, 2014
When Skyline kicks off the 2014 football season this week against rival Issaquah, it will mark the culmination of a nine-month process for the Spartans as they try to return to the elite echelon of Class 4A programs.
Skyline’s players indicate they haven’t forgotten their 26-20 loss to Federal Way in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs, and it has served as motivation for this season.
The Spartans won’t be able to reap most of the rewards from their offseason work until late fall, but they know wins usually come from the sweat equity they poured out in the spring and summer months.
September 9, 2013
In a battle of high-school football programs with 18 state championships between them, it was the Bellevue Wolverines who looked much more comfortable in a big-game environment.
Bellevue, winners of the last five Class 3A titles, forced three turnovers and ran up 418 yards of offense, leading to a 45-7 victory over two-time defending 4A champion Skyline on Sept. 7 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
September 3, 2013
Some football teams are like marathon runners: They like to use their biggest players to grind opponents and wear them out in the second half. Read more
July 31, 2013
Skyline High School’s football players know how good they have it. They live in Sammamish, one of the most affluent cities in the state, and they don’t have to worry about where they’re going to sleep each night or where their next meal will come from.
But the Spartans have been learning firsthand that many people aren’t so fortunate. Read more
June 24, 2013
By Neil Pierson
Offseason training is crucial for most high-school football programs, but it seems especially true for the Skyline Spartans considering their first-game opponent. Read more
May 15, 2013
Skyline may have found its new quarterback, Florida all-state quarterback Kilton Anderson.
That’s according to several recent news reports, including a May 6 piece by Tom Hanson, a local reporter in Marco, Fla., who wrote that the Naples High School junior is moving this summer to Sammamish and looking forward to throwing for the Skyline Spartans. Anderson told Hanson that he is hoping to be settled in time to join Skyline for its spring practice. Read more
May 7, 2013
Former Skyline High School football player Luke Marquardt signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent April 27.
The 6-foot-8.5-inch, 317-pound left tackle played 30 games for Azusa Pacific University before a foot injury caused him to sit out his senior season and limited his participation at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year.
Marquardt was named to the 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List and, according to NFL.com, had coaches from several pro teams, include the 49ers, attend his pro day workout.
December 26, 2012
By Larry Stone
Seattle Times staff reporter
At midmorning Tuesday, Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne was called out of class by his football coach, Mat Taylor, on the pretense that he was needed at an emergency captain’s meeting.
Browne fell for it hook, line and sinker. What awaited him in the upstairs classroom stunned him — his parents, a gaggle of cameras, a crowd of friends and, emerging from a hidden spot, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Read more
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.”