February 4, 2011
The Hazen Highlanders boys basketball team blazed through January, posting an 8-1 record and falling only to 4A Skyline High School.
Thanks to its strong record, the team was 14-3 and one win away from clinching the Seamount League championship as of Newcastle News’ deadline Jan. 31.
Hazen will play in a seeding match before heading to the playoffs.
The Liberty Patriots went 3-5 in January, and its 5-11 overall record as of the News’ deadline was enough to advance it to a postseason seeding match.
January 7, 2011
Drama is still unfolding in tale of two teams
The Hazen High School boys basketball team had a successful December, going 6-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. However, the Liberty High School boys basketball team encountered adversity during the final month of 2010, going 3-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
January 7, 2011
Liberty High School and Hazen High School have named new head coaches to lead their boys basketball programs. Liberty officials brought on Joe Fithian, a former Seattle University coach, and Hazen officials called upon teacher, former head coach and former athletic director Gary Schaplow.
Liberty’s coaching situation was shaken last year when school officials fired former head coach Jevon Green mid-season. To fill the coaching holes, they hired Joe Fithian to take over as interim junior varsity head coach. In April, Liberty offered him the varsity job.
January 7, 2011
The Liberty High School girls basketball team won two of three games last week in the KingCo/WesCo Challenge Tournament at Juanita High School.
Liberty, 7-3 on the season, defeated Glacier Peak, 56-53, Dec. 28. Aspen Winegar tallied 17 points to lead the Patriots. Liberty fell behind by seven points in the first quarter, but fought back to tie Glacier Peak 24-24 at halftime. The Patriots went ahead in the third quarter and held a 43-40 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Danni Sjolander contributed 12 points and Halie Ericksen 11 points for Liberty.
September 2, 2010
Coming off a 7-4 record last year, the Hazen High School Highlanders are looking to have another winning season.
May 7, 2010
Liberty High School has hired Joe Fithian as head coach of the boys varsity basketball team for the 2010-11 season.
Fithian served as interim junior varsity coach for the Patriots last season. He has more than 20 years of experience as a basketball coach, working at the high school and collegiate levels.
Prior to joining Liberty last season, Fithian was officiating high school games in the state.
“It was clear to the hiring committee that Joe possesses the skill set to lead the Liberty Patriots basketball program forward,” Liberty Principal Mike Deletis said in a press release. “We are excited to bring on a coach with strong values, coaching history, and a work ethic that will develop our student athletes and our basketball program.”
May 7, 2010
Teams from Renton, Issaquah, Bellevue, Kirkland and Mercer Island competed in the tournament.
“It was their first time doing something like this when they’re out competing,” said coach Paul Carr, whose daughter, Makena, played on the team. Carr said this was the first year where the score was even kept.
“They were just thrilled out of their minds,” he said about the girls. “I think the parents were even more excited.”
April 2, 2010
The Liberty seventh-grade boys select basketball team won the Silver Division Seventh Grade Playoff Championship March 7 with a 48-44 win against Woodinville.
The team, which plays in the Eastside Traveling League, overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Read more
March 4, 2010
Girls soccer coach removed
Liberty High School boys basketball coach Jevon Green was suspended for the remainder of his contract after being arrested Dec. 26 for failure to appear in court after driving with a suspended license. Read more
February 4, 2010
The Liberty boys and girls basketball teams found spotty success in January.
The girls team went 3-4 during the month, defeating Decatur 55-26, Interlake 71-62 and Sammamish 50-25. The team lost to Juanita 50-33, Mercer Island 56-52, Mount Si 57-46 and Bellevue 41-33. Read more