Patriots’ record has lone blemish

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

An overtime loss is the only blemish on the Liberty High School football team’s near-perfect record so far.

The Patriots are 3-1 to start the year, with five regular-season games still to be played, including matchups against Bellevue and Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar Joseph Cunningham (right), Liberty High School senior running back, slips past Hazen sophomore safety Jaeger Scheppe (7) to the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Joseph Cunningham (right), Liberty High School senior running back, slips past Hazen sophomore safety Jaeger Scheppe (7) to the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game.

Liberty began the season with a 14-6 win over Lakewood in a game that will be remembered as the debut of junior defensive end Mikey Walter. Prior to Sept. 4, Walter never played a down of high-school football. Read more

Highlanders are off to a rocky 1-3 start

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:24 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

As the season approaches the halfway point, not much is going right for the Hazen High School football team.

The Highlanders are just 1-3 on the year, and two of those losses were double-digit blowouts.

By Greg Farrar Kaleb Magee (34), Hazen High School senior running back, runs the ball against Sam Harrington (left) and Alex Olague, of Liberty, during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game at Renton Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Kaleb Magee (34), Hazen High School senior running back, runs the ball against Sam Harrington (left) and Alex Olague, of Liberty, during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game at Renton Stadium.

Hazen kicked off the season with a 35-7 nonleague loss at Lake Washington on Sept. 4. It was a game the Kangaroos dominated from the start. Read more

Week 3 — Newcastle football scores

September 23, 2015

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Hazen’s Kaleb Magee earns WIAA Athlete of the Week Award

September 23, 2015

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015

Hazen High School running back Kaleb Magee earned Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Athlete of the Week honors for his Sept. 17 performance against Evergreen.

Magee rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown in the Highlanders’ 52-0 win. He also added a 23-yard touchdown reception.

All varsity level students in good academic standing at their schools are eligible to receive the WIAA Athlete of the Week Award. Winners receive a letter of recognition from the WIAA executive director, a commemorative WIAA Athlete of the Week beanie and a certificate.

View a full list of winners here.

Week 2 — Newcastle football scores

September 14, 2015

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Week 1 — Newcastle football scores

September 9, 2015

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Hazen football looks to take next step in coach’s second year

September 1, 2015

NEW — 3:28 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

The Hazen High School mascot is a Highlander, but this year, the football team has wolves on its mind.

It stems from the squad’s 2015 motto, “Legs Feed The Wolf.” If a wolf wants to eat, it needs legs to hunt down its prey, Hazen quarterback Michael Mason explained.

By Christina Corrales-Toy David Kilpatrick-White, Hazen High School’s head football coach, leads his team through warm-ups at an Aug. 26 preseason practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
David Kilpatrick-White, Hazen High School’s head football coach, leads his team through warm-ups at an Aug. 26 preseason practice.

“Every guy represents the legs of the wolf, and for the wolf that is Hazen football to eat, we’ve all got to do our share and put in the work,” he said. Read more

Inexperienced Patriots to rely on ‘grit’ in 2015

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.

By Christina Corrales-Toy A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

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

Hazen, Liberty athletes earn spring all-league honors

August 6, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

KingCo and Seamount conference coaches announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2015 spring season. Listed below are the selections from Hazen (Seamount League) and Liberty (KingCo 2A/3A Conference).

If you can add information, or you have corrections, email newcastle@isspress.com.

Baseball

Hazen
League co-champions — Hazen and Kennedy Catholic
Coach of the Year — Mike Brundage, Hazen
First team — C Logan Ricord, sophomore; 1B Ryan Gayte, senior; DH Eli Azcueta, senior
Second team — 3B Alex Combs, sophomore; OF Nolan Hoover, senior
Honorable mention — OF Mitchell Hard, senior; OF DJ Anderson, senior; P Ben Hoeper, junior; P Ryan Gayte, senior Read more

Local athletes commit to colleges

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony in April.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Read more

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