Bellevue hammers Skyline in Husky Stadium showdown

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.

Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback, scores on his 45-yard run in the fourth quarter, putting the Spartans on the board in a 45-7 loss against Bellevue at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback, scores on his 45-yard run in the fourth quarter, putting the Spartans on the board in a 45-7 loss against Bellevue at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium. Photo by Greg Farrar

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Prep football: Eastlake, Skyline have high hopes

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

Skyline football players lend hand to tent city move

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

Quarterback battle, roster turnover are questions for Spartans to answer

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

Possible new quarterback at Skyline

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

49ers sign former Skyline player as free agent

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, had coaches from several pro teams, include the 49ers, attend his pro day workout.

Skyline’s Max Browne named national player of the year

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

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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Max Browne nominated for national award

November 21, 2012

Skyline quarterback Max Browne is among the 16 high school seniors from across the country that were nominated Nov. 14 for 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year.

According to a prepared statement by the Army, the award is given to the nation’s most outstanding senior high school football player. Read more

Skyline charges ahead to semifinals with 54-21 win

November 21, 2012

The last time the Skyline football team played under the Space Needle at Memorial Stadium, it had already wrapped up the win by the end of the second quarter, beating Roosevelt 43-7 at the half.

Eight weeks later, that wasn’t the case.

Skyline’s Trevor Barney goes right then left along the goal line giving quarterback Max Browne enough time to find him for a 6-yard touchdown in the first half Friday against Roosevelt. Photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

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