November 1, 2012
It’s been an up-and-down year for the Hazen High School football team, but the Highlanders seem to be hitting their stride just in time for the playoffs.
The team has won three of its last four games, ending the regular season with a 5-4 record, after a slow, 2-3 start to the season.
“The whole season has been kind of a roller coaster,” Hazen coach Drew Oliver said. “There’s really only been one game that we haven’t been close. I think that the second half of the season has been more of what we wanted.”
The Highlanders began the second half of the season Oct. 4 with a 48-6 win against Evergreen. The team flourished behind a strong performance from Jordan Abdullah, who rushed for two touchdowns and more than 100 yards.
Hazen then fell to Bainbridge, 21-20, on Oct. 11. The Highlanders led Bainbridge 14-7 at halftime, but couldn’t hang on against the nonconference foe.
November 1, 2012
The Liberty High School football team went into the season believing in the acronym TEAM — together everyone achieves more.
It was the motto that drove and motivated a young, thin-in-numbers Patriots squad.
And even though the team finished its season with a 3-6 record and won’t be going to the playoffs, the acronym was truer than the team could have ever imagined.
“They picked as their motto, the acronym TEAM, and it’s really a cliché because everyone uses it,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said. “But the team really stood behind it and that’s who we are. We are going to be a team.”
The 2012 Patriots faced adversity throughout the season. Liberty was plagued by injuries, a tough predicament for an already small squad. While it didn’t translate to wins for the Patriots, it did bring the team together, Valach said.
October 4, 2012
After a rocky 2-3 start to the season, Liberty High School coach Steve Valach said his team needs to focus on taking care of the football and staying healthy, with just four games left in the regular season.
The Patriots opened their season with a 41-14 loss to a talented Eastside Catholic team.
October 4, 2012
After a strong 2011 season, expectations were high for the Hazen High School football team, which is why the team’s 2-3 start is a bit frustrating for Hazen coach Drew Oliver.
“We’re kind of at a crossroads here in the season and we’ll see how we respond in the second half,” he said.
In its season opener, Hazen had a come-from-behind victory, defeating Franklin Pierce, 37-28, behind a strong performance from running back Mason Jacobs, who scored three touchdowns.
Hazen started out slow for the second straight week, but picked it up in the fourth quarter, when they took on Liberty. This time, it wasn’t enough to overcome the slow start and the Highlanders lost, 25-22.
Oliver said he was happy with Hazen’s effort, but added that his team was disappointed by the close loss.
“I’m very proud of my team as far as effort is concerned,” he said. “I’m not happy on the scoreboard and the team isn’t either. I told those guys that we are past moral victories in our program, and three years ago that would have been a moral victory for us.”
But on Sept. 14, the Highlanders bounced back with a 50-21 victory against Highline in its Seamount Conference opener.
September 10, 2012
NEW — 5:55 p.m. Sept. 10, 2012
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September 6, 2012
After a disappointing 2011 season, the Liberty High School Patriots are looking toward each other to get the team back to its winning ways in 2012.
TEAM, which stands for together everyone achieves more, is the motto motivating a young Patriots squad in coach Steve Valach’s 14th year at the helm.
“There’s good energy with this group,” Valach said. “I like their chemistry and they’re working hard. They are really into that idea of playing together and no one is bigger than the team.”
September 6, 2012
Create a legacy.
That’s the message driving the Hazen High School Highlanders in coach Drew Oliver’s fourth year at the helm.
With a group of players that have been in his system from the beginning, Oliver is looking to his seniors to leave a lasting legacy.
“Our team motto this year is to create a legacy,” he said. “So we’re talking about how they leave this place and how they leave it for the young guys. These guys are my best representation of knowing everything that Hazen football stands for.”
Under Oliver’s leadership, the football team has improved every year, culminating with an appearance in the state tournament last year. It was the team’s first state appearance since 1993, but it was a short-lived run as the Highlanders were bounced from the tournament after a 47-0 loss to Capital.
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 www.skyhawks.com. Each participant enrolled receives a T-shirt and merit award.
January 6, 2012
Deep-seated sports passion has family ties for football, track star
Josh Gordon, a standout athlete in track and football, Eagle Scout, honor student and brother, identified himself as a competitor at a young age.
Gordon and his father were attending a University of Washington football game and Josh pointed to the field.
“Someday, I’m going to make a touchdown there,” Josh told his father.
Now 17 and attending his final year at Liberty High School, Gordon is working hard to make good on that promise. He’s the leading receiver for King County in 3A football, and if football doesn’t work out, Gordon will look to track and field. As a junior, he won first place at state in the long jump and 1,600 relay, adding to the second-place medal he earned as a sophomore.
One would think his success might change his personality, or make him susceptible to the culture of boastful talking.
December 1, 2011
Highlanders beat Franklin, 36-15, before falling to Capital, 47-0
1993. That was the last time the Hazen High School Highlanders earned a spot in the state football playoff run.