September 1, 2015
NEW — 3:18 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015
Just before the Liberty High School football team hit the locker rooms after a sun-soaked Aug. 21 practice, they gathered in an end zone and knelt on one knee.
“It’s time for ‘Spotlight on a Champion,’” Liberty coach Steve Valach announced. He asked for nominees and the players quickly identified a teammate. Once chosen, Valach ushered him to the front and put his arm around him.
One by one, players and coaches threw out words such as “inspiring” and “hardworking.” They highlighted the best in the spotlighted champion’s character and made sure he heard it.“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more
February 6, 2015
If you’ve ever been to a Liberty High School football game, you know what “We are one” means.
It’s the chant that, without fail, win or lose, emanates from the packed Liberty home bleachers, showcasing the pride and camaraderie that comes with being a Patriot.
Now, the Liberty football program truly is “one,” from top to bottom — elementary school to high-school varsity — with the creation of the Patriots’ new youth football program.
The Liberty Junior Football program will kick off its inaugural season in 2015, allowing kids to grow and learn within one program from age 7 through high school. Read more
November 7, 2014
The Hazen High School Highlanders went on the road Oct. 24 to play Lindbergh on the Eagles’ homecoming night. Read more
November 7, 2014
The Liberty High School Patriots fell to the Mount Si Wildcats, 35-17, in a game that dropped Liberty’s season record to 6-3. The game on Halloween, Oct. 31, was the final game of the regular season before Liberty heads into the 2A playoffs to face Fife on Nov. 7.
“It’s disappointing because it felt like we were in the game and we could win,” head coach Steve Valach said.
The Patriots scored first blood against the Wildcats with a touchdown run from junior running back Joe Cunningham in the first quarter. The touchdown came after an interception thrown by Mount Si quarterback Jonathan Hillel. The early touchdown was the only time Liberty had the lead. Later in the first quarter, Hillel punched through on a quarterback keeper to tie the game. Read more
October 3, 2014
August 29, 2014
It’s not uncommon to hear speakers blaring with rap music and today’s latest hits when visiting a high-school football practice. Read more
August 29, 2014
As the Liberty High School football team took to the gridiron for fall practices, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field. Read more
July 2, 2014
Hazen High School football star Joe Glaefke represented the Highlanders at the 2014 East vs. West All-State Game on June 27.
The rosters consisted of graduated seniors from 3A and 4A schools across the state, with teams split by region.
Glaefke, a linebacker, played on the West team, alongside players from high schools such as Skyline, Mount Si, Eastlake and Mercer Island.
May 1, 2014
Hazen High School hopes to capture some of the Bothell football team’s “Blue-Train” magic with the hire of its new football coach.
David Kilpatrick-White will lead the Highlanders, after spending the past three years on the coaching staff at Bothell High School.
He replaces outgoing coach Drew Oliver, who announced at the end of February that he would leave to take the helm at his alma mater, Newport High School.
January 2, 2014
Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.
Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.
Liberty sports teams found a lot of success this fall, due in no small part to these budding stars.