Patriots blow out rival Highlanders, 10-0

April 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Tyler Haselman, Liberty High School sophomore catcher, tags out Hazen’s J. Crosby in the top of the fourth on a spot-on throw from Liberty freshman centerfielder Torey Anderson.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Haselman, Liberty High School sophomore catcher, tags out Hazen’s J. Crosby in the top of the fourth on a spot-on throw from Liberty freshman centerfielder Torey Anderson.

It doesn’t have the same energy as the football or basketball rivalries, but anytime Liberty and Hazen high schools meet on the diamond, it’s always a battle between familiar foes.

Just three miles separate the two schools, and despite the fact they reside in different school districts, many of the students grew up together playing in youth leagues.

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Hazen drill team wins third state championship in a row

April 3, 2014

If Kristin Sargent’s career as the head coach of the Hazen drill team was written as a book, it would have the perfect fairy tale ending.

The preface would note that her Hazen roots run deep. She was a member of the Liberty High School drill team before coming to Hazen, where she was the drill team captain in 1999.

Contributed Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their newest state championship trophy at the Yakima SunDome March 29. Hazen placed first in 3A pom.

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Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their newest state championship trophy at the Yakima SunDome March 29. Hazen placed first in 3A pom.

The body of the story would detail her seven years as the Hazen drill coach, a golden era of sorts, as she led the Highlanders to several state titles.

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Julia O’Toole signs with College of the Holy Cross

April 3, 2014

Newcastle resident Julia O’Toole signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I volleyball at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

O’Toole is a senior at Seattle’s Holy Names Academy, where she plays varsity volleyball. She led her Holy Names team to second place in the state tournament this year.

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Liberty vs. Hazen Baseball

April 1, 2014

Newcastle’s Lindsey Anderson named US Lacrosse national youth coach of year

March 5, 2014

Contributed Lindsey Anderson (left), of Newcastle, US Lacrosse National Girls Youth Coach of the Year, sits with 14-year-old Quick Styx player Haily Santorsola, the one who nominated her for the honor, at Seattle’s Kerry Park.

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Lindsey Anderson (left), of Newcastle, US Lacrosse National Girls Youth Coach of the Year, sits with 14-year-old Quick Styx player Haily Santorsola, the one who nominated her for the honor, at Seattle’s Kerry Park.

Newcastle resident and youth lacrosse coach Lindsey Anderson has been named by US Lacrosse as its 2013 National Girls Youth Coach of the Year.

Anderson, a middle school girls coach and youth coach mentor with the Quick Styx youth lacrosse program on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, was nominated for the honor by a 14-year-old player on her middle school team.

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Malik Haythorne shines for Hazen at Mat Classic XXVI

March 5, 2014

Malik Haythorne’s senior season of wrestling was emblematic of his entire Hazen High School team — growth was evident.

A year after failing to win a match at the state championships, Haythorne nearly wound up capturing a Class 3A state title. He settled for second place at 152 pounds as the Mat Classic XXVI wrapped up Feb. 22 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar
Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome.

Haythorne’s tournament run began with a pin against Decatur’s Christian Aragon, progressed with a 7-5 overtime decision against Bainbridge’s Dylan Read, and reached the title bout with a 12-7 victory over North Central’s Cody Kiourkas.

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Hazen swimmers narrowly miss podium

March 5, 2014

Highlanders earn fifth, Liberty gets three medals at 3A state swim meet

A certain sense of uncertainty surrounded the Hazen High School boys swim team at the beginning of the season.

Without a coach until nearly the last minute, when current coach Jon Graybill agreed to step in, Hazen senior Malcolm Mitchell said he wasn’t sure what to expect of this year’s Highlanders.

By Greg Farrar Connor Biehl, Liberty High School senior, swims to fifth place with a time of 1 minute, 56.72 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley 3A state championship final.

By Greg Farrar
Connor Biehl, Liberty High School senior, swims to fifth place with a time of 1 minute, 56.72 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley 3A state championship final.

“It got off to a bumpy start, just because he was hired just a few days before the season,” Mitchell said. “He handled it well, though, and the season was successful.”

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Liberty Lacrosse wins grant

March 5, 2014

The Liberty Lacrosse Club was one of 12 state programs to receive a $600 equipment grant from the Washington State Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.

The grant will help local families seeking assistance to provide protective equipment for their children, such as helmets for boys and eye-gear for girls, along with sticks, gloves and pads.

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Hazen soccer coach attends training

March 5, 2014

Hazen High School soccer coach Ken Matthews was one of six state coaches to complete the recent National Soccer Coaches Association National Diploma course held at Walla Walla’s Whitman College.

The NSCAA’s National Diploma is an advanced-level, 45-hour course for experienced coaches. The course stresses technical and tactical knowledge and includes sessions about the teaching process, psychological skills training and laws of the game.

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Hazen football coach steps down

March 5, 2014

Hazen High School football coach Drew Oliver announced on the team’s Facebook page that he will leave the Highlanders to coach his alma mater, Newport High School.

Oliver took over the program in 2009, and under his direction, Hazen returned to the state playoffs during the 2011 season, for the first time since 1993.

Drew Oliver

Drew Oliver

“I feel that the program at Hazen is in a much better place now than it was five years ago, and I’m confident that with the fine community of support and culture of hard work we’ve created, it will continue to get even better,” he wrote.

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