Hazen playoff hopes dashed

November 7, 2014

By Marcus Mason Hazen running back Marquise Lee (3) bursts through for a big gain in the Highlanders’ Oct. 24 loss to Lindbergh, 56-12. The loss eliminated Hazen’s playoff hopes.

By Marcus Mason
Hazen running back Marquise Lee (3) bursts through for a big gain in the Highlanders’ Oct. 24 loss to Lindbergh, 56-12. The loss eliminated Hazen’s playoff hopes.

The Hazen High School Highlanders went on the road Oct. 24 to play Lindbergh on the Eagles’ homecoming night. Read more

Patriots prepare for playoffs despite 35-17 loss to Wildcats

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

Liberty soccer puts up a touchdown against Hazen

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads. Read more

Patriots dismantle Highlanders on the gridiron

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Russell Boston (middle), Liberty High School senior running back, lies on the turf without his helmet after being tackled by Parker Trewet (left) and Kevin Govea of Hazen on the HighlandersÕ 11-yard line during the second quarter. The Patriots won the rivalry of Renton Highlands schools, 56-6.

By Greg Farrar
Russell Boston (middle), Liberty High School senior running back, lies on the turf without his helmet after being tackled by Parker Trewet (left) and Kevin Govea of Hazen on the Highlanders’ 11-yard line during the second quarter. The Patriots won the rivalry of Renton Highlands schools, 56-6.

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Liberty’s Ben Graham off to hot start

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Ben Graham, Liberty High School sophomore, watches his tee shot fly on the 309 yard, par 4 eighth hole Sept. 17 at Maplewood Golf Course on the way to a 4-under, 32 round over nine holes for medalist honors. Also under par for the Patriots was senior Dexter Simonds with a 35. The nonleague golf match against Issaquah was won by the Eagles, 181 to 189 strokes. The sophomore won WIAA Athlete of the Week for his efforts.

By Greg Farrar
Ben Graham, Liberty High School sophomore, watches his tee shot fly on the 309 yard, par 4 eighth hole Sept. 17 at Maplewood Golf Course on the way to a 4-under, 32 round over nine holes for medalist honors. Also under par for the Patriots was senior Dexter Simonds with a 35. The nonleague golf match against Issaquah was won by the Eagles, 181 to 189 strokes. The sophomore won WIAA Athlete of the Week for his efforts.

Highlanders enter new era

August 29, 2014

By Greg Farrar Nolan Hoover, Hazen High School senior quarterback, fades back and looks for a receiver August 20 during the Highlanders' first fall football practice of the 2014 campaign.

By Greg Farrar
Nolan Hoover, Hazen High School senior quarterback, fades back and looks for a receiver August 20 during the Highlanders’ first fall football practice of the 2014 campaign.

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

Patriots ready to make the jump to 2A

August 29, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

As the Liberty High School football team took to the gridiron for fall practices, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field. Read more

One-two punch

July 31, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Chris Mendez, head coach of the University of Washington boxing team, shows off the team's national championship trophy in his Newcastle home.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Chris Mendez, head coach of the University of Washington boxing team, shows off the team’s national championship trophy in his Newcastle home.

Newcastle man leads UW boxing team to national championship Read more

Hazen baseball player makes All-State team

July 31, 2014

Hazen High School pitcher Ryan Gayte was named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State team.

Gayte, a junior, earned second team 3A honors. He also earned first-team All-Seamount League at the end of the season.

Eastside Select wins state title

July 31, 2014

By Kerry Baker The Eastside Select Sports 14U baseball team, including players with both Hazen and Liberty high school roots, won the USSSA state championship at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, July 9.

By Kerry Baker
The Eastside Select Sports 14U baseball team, including players with both Hazen and Liberty high school roots, won the USSSA state championship at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, July 9.

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