Kiwi excursion

July 2, 2014

Liberty Rugby sends two on New Zealand exchange

Photos by Scott Wright Above, Liberty Rugby Football Club player Keegan Stuver (left) lunges toward the ball carrier in a local match earlier this year. At left, Liberty Rugby Football Club player Noah Wright, a Maywood Middle School student, carries the ball across the pitch.

Photo by Scott Wright
Liberty Rugby Football Club player Keegan Stuver (left) lunges toward the ball carrier in a local match earlier this year.

The Liberty Rugby Football Club has done a more than solid job of building a local following for the international sport, but try as it might, the enthusiasm pales in comparison to that seen in New Zealand.

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Newcastle resident earns all-academic lacrosse honors

July 2, 2014

Contributed Newcastle resident Bradley Strode stands for the national anthem alongside his Eastside Catholic High School lacrosse team.

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Newcastle resident Bradley Strode stands for the national anthem alongside his Eastside Catholic High School lacrosse team.

Newcastle resident Bradley Strode was named to U.S. Lacrosse’s Academic All-American team for his 3.98 grade point average.

Strode, a defenseman on the Eastside Catholic lacrosse team, was a salutatorian and served as a leadership officer all four years, including in the roles of junior and senior class president.

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Hazen’s Joe Glaefke plays in East/West all-star game

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.

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Local athletes, coaches make all-league teams

July 2, 2014

Coaches in both the Seamount and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 spring sports season.

 Baseball

KingCo 3A/2A

First team: UT Lorin Archibald, senior, Liberty

Honorable mention:

Liberty — Chase Vanek, Tyler Haselman, Michael Heath and Torey Anderson

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Orioles draft Liberty High School grad John McLeod

July 2, 2014

John McLeod, a 2010 Liberty High School graduate playing at Wake Forest University, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles June 7 in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

McLeod was chosen in the 21st round with the 631st overall pick. The redshirt junior, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 48 batters in 58 innings for Wake Forest in 2014.

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Local athletes make all-state team

July 2, 2014

Liberty High School midfielder Colton Ronk added another postseason honor to his arsenal.

Ronk, a now-graduated senior, was named to the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association All-State 2014 Spring Soccer First Team.

The midfielder was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season soccer title for the second straight year. Ronk recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty. He’ll continue his career at Highline College.

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Liberty track brings home medals

June 5, 2014

By Greg Farrar Cherelle Demps (left), Liberty High School junior, anchors the 4x100 relay race after taking the baton from twin sister Danielle in the state 3A championships May 31.

By Greg Farrar
Cherelle Demps (left), Liberty High School junior, anchors the 4×100 relay race after taking the baton from twin sister Danielle in the state 3A championships May 31.

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Liberty’s return to state tourney is short-lived

June 5, 2014

By Greg Farrar Madison O'Connor (left), Liberty High School sophomore catcher, gets Bainbridge baserunner Riley Gregoire out at home plate in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single, during their 3A state tournament game May 30 in Lacey.

By Greg Farrar
Madison O’Connor (left), Liberty High School sophomore catcher, gets Bainbridge baserunner Riley Gregoire out at home plate in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single, during their 3A state tournament game May 30 in Lacey.

The Liberty High School fastpitch team’s postseason magic came to an end May 30 after two straight losses in the 3A state tournament at Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex. Read more

Colton Ronk named Most Valuable Player

June 5, 2014

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The postseason accolades continue to pileup for Liberty High School senior soccer player Colton Ronk.

The midfielder was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. Ronk recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty.

Coaches across the league recognized that, voting him the KingCo 3A/2A league’s Most Valuable Player.

Ronk was also named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team. He’ll play at Highline Community College next fall.

Local tennis players make it to state

June 5, 2014

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams placed fourth at the 3A state tennis singles tournament May 31.

Adams defeated Shadle Park’s Audra Spargo in three sets to win the fourth-place medal. Last year, Adams teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second at the state doubles championship.

Hazen High School sent two athletes to the 3A state tournament. Gregg Furumasu and Misa Takami each made the field of 16, but did not medal.

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