Rotary clubs honor student standouts

May 31, 2012

Rotary Club of Renton names student of the month

Thomas Nguyen, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as the Rotary Club of Renton ’s Student of the Month for May.

He maintains a 3.5 grade point average and has been involved in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Key Club; Highlander Club; Concert Choir; Gay Straight Alliance; Diversity Club; Ignite and Associated Student Body. He is a cheer captain for the Highlanders.

Nguyen has received the Masonic Junior Award, a varsity letter and the National Cheerleaders Association Individual Leadership Award. He is an NCA All-American Cheerleader and an Academic All-Star.

He works at King County Sexual Assault Resource Center and volunteers with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and Three Wings/Queer Youth Space.

Nguyen plans to attend a four-year university to study public relations and political science and hopes to work in public relations in the entertainment business.

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Renton School board recognizes Hazen High School students

May 31, 2012

Twelve Hazen High School students were recognized as outstanding seniors by Renton School Board members at its May 9 meeting.

The students have received numerous individual honors, succeeded in the classroom, served their community and represented Hazen High School with integrity, according to the district.

Students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship and character, community service and contributions to their classmates and school.

Students spoke briefly during the presentation about what made them successful in school and motivated them in their personal life. They recognized their parents in attendance, acknowledged friendships with other students and honored their teachers.


UW students honored

May 31, 2012

Students from the Newcastle area have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the winter quarter. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (out of 4).

Students on the dean’s list include seniors Tiffany A. Chau, Virgil O. Hodge, Mary B. Lebeau, Brandon M. Nudelman, Rebecca F. Queitzsch, Tyler S. Watson and Leslie A. West; juniors Garnik Y. Akopyan, Dylane J. Madison, Jessica In Young Kim, Natalie M. Nichols, Dragos A. Puscalau, James Q. Wang and Hilary E. Watson; and sophomores Simerjot Singh and Shayna R. Waldbaum.

Those honored also included freshmen Lauren M. Mortier and Julian J. Li.



Newcastle resident to run on national team

May 31, 2012

Joe Gray to run July 21 in mountain championships in British Columbia

Contributed Newcastle resident Joe Gray was named a member of the U.S. team for the NACAC Mountain Running Championships in April. He’s the first man to win the championship three times: 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Newcastle resident Joe Gray will represent the United States as a member of the U.S. Team for the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Mountain Championships. The event will be at Cypress Mountain, just north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 21.

Gray, 28, finished 10th at the World Mountain Running Championships in 2010, leading the U.S. men’s team to its first team silver medal. At last year’s championships, Gray finished 11th and was a scoring member on the bronze-medal USA team in 2008.

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Former Hazen shot putter qualifies for NCAA Preliminary Round

May 31, 2012

A former Hazen High School track and field standout joined a dozen other University of Idaho men’s and women’s track and field athletes that officially advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round with the NCAA’s announcement of the meet’s declared athletes May 17.

Idaho sophomore Andrey Levkiv won the 3A shot put title for the Highlanders his senior year at the school.

“We feel really good about our group,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “We had two more who had qualified but were unable to compete, so for us to have 15 who qualified, and 13 who will be competing is very good for us as a program.”

By Spencer Farrin Andrey Levkiv starts an attempt in the shot put at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on May 11. Levkiv won the conference title with a throw of 56 feet, 5.75 inches.

Levkiv is a first-time NCAA qualifier this year.

“It’s an exciting and amazing accomplishment for anyone to be a repeat qualifier, and for us to have this many new people is a great sign for our program that we’re progressing and moving in the right direction,” Phipps said.

The NCAA Preliminary Round system replaced the Regional Championships in 2009. The nation is split between the East and West regions, with the top 48 athletes in each event advancing to the NCAA Preliminary Round, at which they compete in the opening rounds through the semifinals of NCAA competition, depending on the event.

The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the national finals, which will be held June 6-9 at Des Moines, Iowa.

“I like that everyone is on an equal playing field once you get there, but it does put a ton of pressure on each student-athlete to compete,” Phipps said. “There’s an incredible level of competition and there’s no room for error, whatsoever.”

Hazen loses in first round at state, 5-0

May 31, 2012

Scoring two goals in the first three minutes, Bainbridge High School quickly set the tone for what became a 5-0 runaway over Hazen High School on May 16 at Renton Stadium in a first-round match of the Class 3A boys soccer tournament.

Sophomore Peter Fawley and junior Sebastian Scales put home close-range blasts to give fifth-ranked Bainbridge (14-2-4) irreversible early momentum as the Spartans cruised into the quarterfinals against top-ranked Shorewood.

Hazen finished 9-6-4.

“A quick start always makes it comfortable,” said Bainbridge coach George Vukic, whose team’s 12-match unbeaten streak ended last week when Lakeside scored twice in the first six minutes of a 2-1 victory over the Spartans. “It helps you get your rhythm and break the ice.”

The Spartans did that in the opening minutes, and followed with another close-in goal in the 23rd minute by Will Economy.

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First-round loss leaves room to grow for Liberty High School’s youths

May 31, 2012

Two unearned runs in an error-riddled bottom of the first inning proved to be an insurmountable lead as the Liberty High School Patriots’ fastpitch team lost to Everett in the first round of the 3A state tournament May 25.

Everett starting pitcher Lexi Levin took control after that, surrendering only one run in the top of the fourth on a steal of home.

Although the quick exit from the state tournament was not what Liberty had in mind, head coach Brian Hartman said he knows that the return of Liberty to the state tournament is a return to normalcy.

“It’s a big deal,” Hartman said. “The program’s kind of back where it belongs. I think we’re about ready to start another streak here. We had a 12-year run here. It’s fun seeing everyone here. It means you’re back playing with the elite. You’re one of the top programs in the state and that’s where we expect to be.”

Hartman said he thinks the several-year layoff and relative post-season inexperience was evident in his young team.

“I saw a team that hadn’t been to the state tournament in a few years,” he said. “They looked a little bit nervous to start the game, we made a few errors, definitely wasn’t our best game of the year. But we had a chance to beat a team that was 21-1. Like I told a few other people, I’m the happiest coach in the world to be here. There are a few other teams sitting at home right now that aren’t here. I’m proud of them. I’m disappointed that we lost, but Everett’s a great team.”

Hartman said he knew his team had some opportunities, but just weren’t able to string enough hits together off Levin.

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Kennewick ends Hazen’s state run 4-0

May 31, 2012

After its first state championship run since 2008, the spring baseball season was over for Hazen High School in the first round after its 4-0 loss against the Kennewick Lions on May 19.

The Lions lead 2-0 after two innings played, with one run scored in each inning.

Hazen got two base runners in the first at-bat but ended the inning with two players left on base.

The Lions’ starting pitcher, Stetson Pew, pitched scoreless shutout baseball in the first six innings with only two hitters getting on base.

There was one final Hazen threat with two base runners in the sixth inning at-bat, with Highlanders on first and second base, but they couldn’t capitalize over Kennewick. The Lions went up two more runs to lead 4-0 after six innings played.

Hazen was last at bat in the seventh, but the Lions managed to hold them to a three-up, three-down inning to clinch the game.

Hazen finished the season 15-8, tying for most wins in a single season at 15.

Liberty boys soccer ends season with 2-1 loss

May 31, 2012

With a 2-1 loss to the Sammamish Totems, the Liberty High School’s boys soccer team ended its season in the first round of the KingCo 3A Tournament.

Sammamish’s Miguel Hernandez scored a goal off a Beau Blanchard assist in the 48th minute of the game, while Gio Sanchez added an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute to lead the Totems to the win over the Patriots.

Liberty’s Josh Johnson notched an unassisted goal in the 79th minute for the Patriots.


Skyhawks sports camps available for kids

May 31, 2012

Newcastle will facilitate Skyhawks sports camps this summer for children ages 4-12.

From July 2 to Aug. 17, beginner to intermediate players can develop their skills in soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, flag football or cheerleading.

Two to three sports are incorporated into the multisport program and for the mini-hawk program, youths learn the essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer.

Camps will be held at Lake Boren Park or other local parks and facilities. Registrations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full, up to seven days before the start date.

Skyhawks is a nationwide organization established in 1970. Its goal is to teach life skills through sports.

Get additional information or register for upcoming camps at Each participant enrolled receives a T-shirt and merit award.

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